5 live jazz events in Birmingham you won’t want to miss this summer

Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival
The Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival is always one of the most anticipated summer events in town. (Taste of 4th Avenue, Inc.)

Summer is almost here and it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy live music.

Are you ready to relax and feel the groove? Check out these five live jazz events around the Magic City this summer.

Birmingham’s historic jazz scene

Since the 1920s, Birmingham has been home to a thriving jazz scene, including famous Alabama artists such as Sun Ra and Nat “King” Cole. Continuing through economic depressions, world wars, political movements and more, the jazz movement is timeless and an integral part of Alabama’s rich history.

Today, the spirit of jazz is alive and well in Birmingham thanks to local venues like the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and the Uptown Jazz Lounge.

1. Steel City Smooth Jazz Fest — June 14-16

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Steel City Smooth Jazz Festival returns to Birmingham. This three-day festival at Linn Park features more than 20 jazz and R&B concerts from around the country.

Buy a one-day pass or go all-in with the 3-day VIP package. Check out the listing for artist info and more.

2. Taste of 4th Ave Jazz Festival — August 24

Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival
Festival goers dance to live jazz in Birmingham’s historic 4th Ave business district. (Taste of 4th Avenue, Inc.)

The annual Taste of 4th Avenue jazz festival returns for its 21st anniversary. Mark your calendars, this free event will take place on August 24th in the historic 4th Ave business district between 16th and 18th streets.

Bring your own lawn chairs and relax for a day full of music, vendors and fun.

3. Jazz Brunch with The Jules — June 30

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Come to Ferus on 41st for live music and brunch. (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

Live jazz, mimosas and southern brunch food? Sign me up.

On June 30th, join The Jules for a Jazz Brunch at Ferus on 41st. Formed in Tuscaloosa, The Jules are known for performing everything from jazz legends like Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald to new school hits from John Mayer and Norah Jones.

This is a free event open to all ages.

4. The Connection Band at Uptown Jazz Lounge – May 11

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Catch live music and open mic nights at the Uptown Jazz Lounge. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Located in the Uptown area near the BJCC, the Uptown Jazz Lounge is a hot spot for local jazz bands and artists. This weekend, May 11th, The Connection Band will light up Uptown Jazz with an exciting show.

5. Mother’s Day Brunch at Jazzi’s on May 3-12

Avoid the restaurant rush this year and celebrate your mom with brunch and live music. This special brunch will feature favorites such as chicken and waffles, Cajun shrimp and grits and hashbrown casserole prepared by Chef Hicks of Infinit Eats.

Mothers will be called by the talented and soulful Abraham the Voice and his band. Places are limited, so secure your tickets as soon as possible.

Where do you like to hear live music in the Magic City? Tag us @bhamnow and let us know!

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