Crown Jewels of Jazz Heritage Festival

Kathy Wade


I sat down with Cincinnati’s own Mrs. Kathy Wade, jazz singer extraordinaire, to talk about music, education and bridging the gap between neighbors and neighborhoods in our city.

The nonprofit educational foundation, Learning Through Art, Inc. is hosting the Crown Jewels of Jazz Heritage Festival fund-raiser Wednesday, August 21st through Saturday, August 24th. The four day festival, a reboot of the Crown Jewels of Jazz Gala, will transform seven blocks of OTR into a Global Jazz Village, featuring stages in Washington Park and Mt Adams’ Seasongood Pavilion.

The organizers have put together a stellar lineup of talent featuring local, national and international award winning Jazz artists including Pieces of a Dream, Marc Fields Septet, Airwave Band featuring Dixie Karas, John Aiken, Keenan West, Gregory Porter, Phil DeGreg and the Samba Jazz Syndicate, Mandy Gaines,The Cincy Brass, Diane Schuur, Kathy Wade, and the Blue Wisp Big Band.

The concerts are free of charge, however, festival attendees can support Learning Through Art’s signature program, the four-time Emmy nominated, award winning Books Alive! For Kids literacy program ….read more