Live Jazz FREE at Cleveland Public Library

These FREE, live musical performances are open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Outreach and Programming Services at 216-623-2921 or

OberlinOberlin College Jazz Ensemble
Enjoy a live performance of jazz classics and contemporary pieces by the Oberlin College Jazz Ensemble. The Ensemble, founded in 1973 by Wendell Logan, professor of African American music and one-time chair of the Oberlin College Jazz Studies Department, frequently performs at festivals and colleges across the country and has recently been chosen by the United States Information Agency to make an extended tour of major cities in Brazil.
Saturday, April 11 • 2:00 p.m.
Langston Hughes Branch

James McBrideJames McBride and the Good Lord Bird Band
Join us for a live musical performance by multi-talented musician, screenwriter, and author James McBride and his Good Lord Bird Band.
McBride has toured as a sax sideman with jazz legend Jimmy Scott, among others. His memoir The Color of Water was on the New York Times best-seller list for two years. His debut novel The Miracle of St. Anna became a major motion picture directed by Spike Lee and his most recent novel, The Good Lord Bird won the 2013 National Book Award for fiction and he is currently a Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University.
The author will host a book signing after the performance. Books will be available for sale at the event courtesy of A Cultural Exchange.
Monday, April 13 • 7:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch

Gerald ClaytonGerald Clayton Trio
Gerald Clayton is a 2015 Tri-C JazzFest Artist in Residence. He brings his long-standing trio featuring drummer Justin Brown and bassist
Joe Sanders to the Cleveland Public Library for a live performance which blends a variety of musical styles into a musical language all his own. Brilliant jazz pianist Gerald Clayton’s schooling in hard-swinging, melodic jazz was all in the family: he learned from his father, bass
legend John Clayton, his uncle, saxophonist and multi-reed instrumentalist, Jeff Clayton, and family friends Billy Childs and Kenny Barron became his mentors. More recently, he has collaborated with the innovators of his own generation, from Ambrose Akinmusire to Kendrick Scott. This program is presented in partnership with the Cuyahoga Community College Creating and Performing Arts Department and the Tri-C JazzFest.
Wednesday, April 15 • 7:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch