Branford Marsalis headlines the first Tilles Jazz Fest

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“Jazz at Lincoln Center” takes over the LIU Post and Tilles Center campuses for the first-ever Tilles Jazz Fest on July 20 from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. This all-day event includes nine concerts, including headliner Branford Marsalis and his Quartet.

Hosted by the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in conjunction with Jazz at Lincoln Center, this outdoor and indoor festival will showcase both established and emerging artists. There will also be a New Orleans-style “Second Line” parade. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic. Food trucks will also be on site.

Artists include Long Island native Matt Wilson and his project “Good Trouble,” Hempstead native Brandee Younger, and others, including student ensembles from Long Island University, Sea Cliff and two nearby high schools.

“We are thrilled to unveil this first-ever, annual landmark event,” said Tom Dunn, executive director and artistic director of the Tilles Center, in a press release about the festival.

“In collaboration with our friends at Jazz at Lincoln Center, we will transform the beautiful LIU Post campus into a vibrant hub for music and fun on July 20,” Dunn added. “It promises to be an unforgettable day for our entire community to celebrate summer with the joy of live jazz.”

Georgina Javor, vice president of concerts and touring at Jazz at Lincoln Center, said in the press release that the Manhattan-based organization “is very pleased to expand our long-standing collaboration with the Tilles Center to create this exciting new event, and that the artist roster is a who’s who of established and emerging talent.”

Tilles is partnering with Nassau County Tourism to offer a limited number of ticket packages to New York City visitors.

Food trucks include Green Street Eatery and Demi’s Spot Food Truck. There will be local artisans and vendors, including Rosie’s Vintage, which sells vinyl albums and vintage items. There will also be an “instrument petting zoo” perfect for kids.

Marsalis is an NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) Jazz Master, Grammy Award winner and Tony nominee. He and his quartet will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. in the Krasnoff Theater at the Tilles Center. Marsalis leads the concert on tenor and soprano saxophone, with pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner.

Tilles Jazz Fest is sponsored by Sandy and Eric Krasnsoff, Catholic Health and Dime Community Bank, with additional support from Lisa and Brian Land and Jessica Brassler and George Kakoulides. Media partnership is provided by WBGO.

The Tilles Jazz Fest is sponsored by Sandy and Eric Krasnoff, Catholic Health and Dime Community Bank. Additional support comes from Lisa and Brian Land and Jessica Brassler and George Kakoulides. Media partnership is provided by WBGO.

Matt Wilson’s Good Trouble is a project with Tia Fuller, Dawn Clement, Mimi Jones and Jeff Lederer. Wilson is a former faculty member at LIU and curated the “Jazz on Stage” series at the Tilles Center. He is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors and has performed with many jazz greats. The group will perform at 3 p.m. on the Dime Mainstage.

Hempstead native harpist Brandee Younger was named DownBeat Critics Poll winner in the Rising Star Harpist category and nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition, making history as the first black woman nominated in that category. Younger plays at 4 p.m. in the Rose Garden.

Rising pianist Sean Mason is a graduate of the Juilliard School and released his debut album, “The Southern Suite,” in 2023. He will perform on the Dime Mainstage at 5 p.m.

Lyrical and swinging trombonist Mariel Bildsten has made a name for herself worldwide through her performances with classical and modern jazz greats. Her arrangements and originals celebrate the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and others. Bildsten performs at 4 p.m. in the Winnick House and will also lead a second jazz line across campus at 5:45 p.m.

Young jazz vibraphonist Jalen Baker has received awards including outstanding soloist at two festivals and was named a member of the Chicago Next Gen Allstars by the Chicago Jazz Institute. His album “This is Me. This is Us.” was voted the fourth best jazz debut of 2021. The Jalen Baker Duo will play at 2 p.m. at the Winnick House.

Georgia Heers is a singer and composer and graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory and the Juilliard School. She has performed with Dizzy’s Minton’s Playhouse, Smalls and many others. Heers will perform on the Dime Mainstage at 1 p.m.

Student ensembles, including two LIU groups, the LIU Jazz Sharks and the LIU Jazz Combo, will greet guests at both Tilles Center entrances, Monter Plaza and Castagna Plaza, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Two area schools, the Harborfields High School Jazz Band and the Elmont Global Jazz Orchestra, will perform in the Rose Garden at 2 p.m. Sea Cliff’s own North Shore Jazz Quartet, comprised of current conservatory and high school students, will perform at 6:30 p.m. in the Tilles Center’s outdoor Castagna Plaza.

Tickets are on sale now. Single-day passes, all-event passes and evening tickets start at $20. Tilles Center members and subscribers save 10% off regular adult ticket prices.