The Huntington International Jazz Festival is poised to become the golden jewel of the State of West Virginia. As the sole “international jazz festival” it will be a beacon of light to music lovers, enthusiast, and fans of the performing arts.
The Huntington International Jazz Festival (HIJF) is located in the second largest city in the state of West Virginia, and named after it. This 5-day cultural extravaganza is the region’s largest free community event, and consists of a multitude of free activities that will attract a wide swath of the community.
The HIJF starts off with a premier exhibit “Jazz Lives” at the Huntington Museum of Art, featuring the photographs of the world famous Jazz photographer Leonard Feather. Over the course of the event there will be a special photographic exhibit entitled: The Marsalis Family: America’s First Family of Jazz”, which were culled from never-before-seen-photos from the family’s personal archives; a lecture on the life of noted jazz bass player and photographer Milt “The Judge” Hinton with a special movie screening of a documentary based on his life; a concert entitled “The Spiritual Side of Jazz” featuring the Sacred Music of Duke Ellington; and a wide array of children’s arts & crafts activities; children’s concerts; student performances; performances by regional jazz groups; and headlining performances by international jazz stars the “Marsalis Family Quintet” and Jonathon Batiste from the “Stephen Colbert” show.