A change for the Festival this year is that the popular Student Music Clinic conducted by the Jim Oattes Sextet. will be held at the Cherokee Middle School two weeks after the Jazz Fest, on January 16.
Headlining the 2009 Festival will be Kelley Hunt, a Blues Pianist from Kansas City who brings her own style that is steeped in blues/roots/Gospel traditions and a refreshing originality.
Other acts that will be appearing at the Festival include the David Zollo Trio, Erick Hovey Band, and Cherokee native Eric Klotz and his Trio now based in Chicago. Popular, in-demand bands that are returning from previous Festivals are the Northwest Iowa Musicians, Something Underground, and the Tom Gary Blues Band.
Currently, the Jazz and Blues Festival Planning committee is hard at work lining up volunteers to help with the many duties that are called for during the Festival. If anybody would like to help out with the Festival they are asked to contact event organizer Jim Adamson at 229-9502.
The venues for the popular Pub Crawls scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights will be announced in the near future.
For more information on the Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival go to the web site at www.cherokeejazzbluesfestival