Preserve Jazz Festival
The Preserve Jazz Festival was an annual live jazz concert founded in 2007 by jazz guitarist Eric Essix and insurance consultant Jason Henderson. For its first seven years, the festival was held on the held on the great lawn at The Preserve planned subdivision in Hoover. In 2014 it was moved to Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham. The annual event was ended before the 2017 festival.
The 2017 event had been scheduled for September 24, but was canceled during August.
On May 25, 2014 the festival relocated to Sloss Furnaces with headliners the Larry Mitchell Trio, Vann Burchfield, and Keith "Cashmere" Williams.
The 2009 festival was held on May 31. Headliners included Jazz Attack (Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler and Richard Elliot), Eric Essix and Tracy Hamlin. HoneyBaked and the Chad Fisher Group also performed.
The 2008 festival was held on June 1, 2008. Headliner was Guitars & Saxes, featuring Gerald Albright, Jeff Lorber and others. Other acts included Mart Avant's Night Flight Big Band, Kelley O'Neal Band with CeCe Phillips, and Joey Sommerville and his band, with Bob Baldwin.
The innagural festival was held June 3, 2007. Headliner was Grammy-nominated saxophonist, Kirk Whalum. Also appearing were Eric Essix & Friends, Oteil and the Peacemakers, and Karen Gruber.
|Events||Magic City Brewfest · Preserve Jazz Festival · Sloss Fright Furnace · Stokin' the Fire BBQ Festival|
|Exhibits||Engine No. 4018 · Sloss Quarters|
|Owners||Sloss Furnace Company · Sloss Iron & Steel Company · Sloss-Sheffield Steel & Iron Company · U.S. Pipe · Jim Walter Corporation|
|People||Joseph Johnston · Theophilus Jowers (The Ghost in Sloss Furnaces) · Hugh Morrow · James Sloss|
|Programs||Sloss Metal Arts · Sloss Performing Arts Program|
- Preserve Jazz Festival website
- Harvey, Alec (January 28, 2008) "Preserve Jazz Festival returns with Peter White, Gerald Albright, Jeff Lorber, more." The Birmingham News
- Colurso, Mary (May 30, 2008) "Sharing the spotlight: Jeff Lorber, one-fifth of Guitars & Saxes, is headlining the Preserve Jazz Festival." The Birmingham News
- Wright, Barnett (June 1, 2009) "Preserve Jazz Fest brings music to thousands in Hoover, Alabama." The Birmingham News