Jazzin Tiffin

Jazzin’ Tiffin adds grilling, bourbon

Jazzin Tiffin 2016 PosterThe 8th Annual Jazzin’ Tiffin Festival, set for September 10 on Frost Parkway in Tiffin, has some new additions this year. In addition to great jazz music, local vendors and beer and wine, local “celebrities” will be grilling and a Marker’s Mark representative will be serving up bourbon and commemorative Tiffin glass shot glasses.

New this year, local faces including Mayor Aaron Montz, Tiffin University President Lillian Schumacher and Heidelberg University President Rob Huntington, will be “celebrity servers” in the grilling area from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mike Pinkston of the Empire at 138 will be grilling bratwurst with peppers and onions.

Maker’s Mark representative and Tiffin-native Joe Roszman will be running a bourbon tent within the beer garden, which will include the entire festival and vending area this year. Along with bourbon, there will be original Tiffin glass shot glasses engraved with the Jazzin’ Tiffin logo that can be dipped in the Maker’s Mark wax. There are only 200 of these unique souvenirs.

The festival begins at 3 p.m. on September 10.

Jazz legend Bobby Caldwell to headline 8th Annual Jazzin’ Tiffin

Jazzin Tiffin 2016 Poster.jpgInternational star whose career spans more than three decades is one of the most prolific and well respected artists in the music industry.

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 2, 2016 – Jazzin’ Tiffin will celebrate their 8th Annual Jazz Festival in style this year with a performance by Jazz Superstar Bobby Caldwell.

The Jazzin’ Tiffin Festival will take place on Saturday evening September 10 at Rotary Park on Frost Parkway in Tiffin. Performers include at 3 p.m. – Tiffin University ProMusic Ensemble, 4:30 p.m. – Jazz Organ Trio Organissimo, 6 p.m. – Saxman Dave McMurray and 7:45 p.m. – Trumpeter Joey Sommerville. Headliner Bobby Caldwell will take the stage at 9 p.m.

Caldwell, best known for his Mega-Hit “What You Won’t Do For Love”, has written numerous hits, not only for himself, but a host of other huge stars of the industry like Boz Skaggs, Peter Cetera, Vanessa Williams, Chicago, Commodores and many others. In addition, Caldwell’s work is some of the most “sampled” in the music industry.

To kick off the festival, there will be a Jazz Night at the Pioneer Mill on Thursday, September 8 from 6:30-8:15 p.m. featuring the B3 Trio. B3 has been performing in Northwest Ohio for the last 7 years. Their music genres include jazz, R&B, Motown, ballads and pop.

On Friday night, September 9 from 4-6 p.m., there will be an educational event on the Heidelberg University campus, featuring Joey Sommerville. Joey’s presentation will be a combination of performance and discussion. He will have an accompanist so he can play some of his music for the students and invite them to join him on a few songs and he will accompany them on a choice of their music.

More importantly he will be talking with the students about the importance of music as an art form, how he got into the music business and how they can prepare themselves to become performing artists. The industry has gone through dramatic changes over the past decade and successful artists like Joey Sommerville have mastered weaving the through the maze to stardom.

Jazzin’ Tiffin is proud to be a free festival for all, thanks to our generous sponsors and partners who contribute to this wonderful family event.

About Jazzin’ Tiffin

Jazzin’ Tiffin began in 2009 and has featured the biggest names in Jazz including Rick Braun, Mindi Abair, Nelson Rangell, Alexander Zonjic, Chuck Loeb, Eric Marienthal and many more. The festival’s mission is to support art and culture and the music of local, regional and national artists. The event also seeks to create visibility and economic impact for the greater Tiffin, Ohio area. For more information, please follow Jazzin’ Tiffin on Facebook or call 419.447.3831. Jazzin’ Tiffin is produced by Up Front Entertainment.

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at http://www.senecasuccess.com.

 

Downtown – recent projects and announcements

Around the Town pic

More than 60 businesses and 1,000 students participated in Around the Town.

Here are just some of the exciting things that have taken place or been announced in downtown Tiffin recently:

  • Another Man’s Treasure: Second-hand shop that features furniture, appliances, collectibles and antiques.
  • Around the Town: More than 1,000 Heidelberg and Tiffin University students have an opportunity to see what more than 60 Tiffin businesses and organizations are all about.
  • Bailiwicks Coffee Company: Founded in 2011 and recently expanded to include coffee roasting that will allow them to serve up their own signature brews, roasted in house.
  • Downtown Façade Enhancement Program: One of the most successful programs in the In 2014, $50,000 was set aside by the city and $150,000 was reinvested back into Downtown Tiffin. In 2015, $100,000 was set aside by the city and $700,550 was reinvested back into Downtown Tiffin.
  • Downtown Farmers Market: Sponsored by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services held every second and fourth Saturday of the month. Draws 1,000+ people downtown.
  • Downtown Summit: SIEDC hosts a Downtown Summit every year that highlights the successes from the previous year and honors those that helped make it happen.
  • Empire at 138: Upscale restaurant that brings a historic flair to white tablecloth dining in downtown Tiffin.
  • FroZone: Build-your-own frozen yogurt shop, which features 12 yogurt choices and a topping
  • Jazzin’ Tiffin: Jazz festival that brings 2,000+ visitors into the downtown every year.
  • JT’s Bagel Bar: Features their famous donuts, bagels and various bagel sandwiches for take-out.
  • Kiosk, Wayfinding & Signage: The city of Tiffin has invested $100,000 into a kiosk on the Courthouse Square, wayfinding and signage to assist visitors on navigation.
  • Ma Chere Claire: Boutique that sells clothing, accessories, jewelry and more.
  • Mural: Leadership Seneca County commissioned the mural as part of the Tiffin Downtown Strategic Plan, and two-thirds of the funding for the project came from private or corporate donations.
  • Ohio Main Street Program: Tiffin joins an elite group of 23 additional communities dedicated to a comprehensive and highly successful trademarked Main Street revitalization strategy.
  • Phat Cakes & Café: Located in downtown Tiffin across from the Ritz Theatre, the restaurant offers a full menu including craft beer, wine, mixed drinks, homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, quiche, specials, and gourmet desserts.
  • RE/MAX: Full service agency, specializing in real estate listings, farm ground sales, estate auctions, and information for home owners and buyers.
  • Simply Susan’s:“Unique boutique” and gift shop. Offerings include chocolates made in-house, customizable sugar cookies, craft supplies, scrapbooking basics and apparel.
  • Surge Staffing: Employee recruitment service with more than 60 locations nationwide.
  • The Beehive Café: A farm to table restaurant located in Downtown Tiffin that opened in 2014.
  • Vintage Chick: Repurposed, restyled and chic furniture, as well as antiques and decorations.

Pioneer Mill to hold first ever Jazzin’ Tiffin Nights

20150813120830066As part of this year’s Jazzin’ Tiffin festival, The Pioneer Mill of Tiffin will feature jazz acts on the three Thursday evenings leading up to the festival on Sept. 12. Each band will begin at 7 p.m. at Tinker’s Dam in the Pioneer Mill, located at 255 Riverside Drive in Tiffin.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Aug. 27: Trio NOT – This three-piece band, composed of Douglas Neel (guitar/trombone/vox), Nelson Overton (drums) and Kyle Turner (organ/keys) focuses on funk/soul/rock fusion and also explores reggae/country/pop music. Trio NOT ties together their unique voice and arranging ideas with recognizable covers, dance heavy material, and original work.
  • Sept. 3: Pete Ford Jazz Trio – Pete Ford is a jazz pianist, composer and assistant professor of music at Adrian College. The Pete Ford Trio consists of Pete Ford on piano, Scott Kretzer on drums and Kurt Kranke on bass.
  • Sept. 10: B3 Jazz Trio – Made up of Chuck Summers (sax/vocals), Bob Essex (bass/vocals) and Frank Harnishfeger (piano/vocals), B3 has been performing in Northwest Ohio for the last 7 years. Their music genres include jazz, R&B, Motown, ballads and pop, and their jazz performances are covers from groups such as The Crusaders, George Benson, Larry Carlton and Jimmy Smith, among others.

The Pioneer Mill of Tiffin stands on the same site as the original Tiffin dam built by Tiffin founder Josiah Hedges in 1822. The current building was constructed on the same foundation walls after a fire in 1875 destroyed the original wooden building. After much planning and development, The Pioneer Mill of Tiffin restaurant opened for business on October 3, 1974 and was placed on the national register of historic places in recognition of its background.

Chris Standring to headline 7th Annual Jazzin’ Tiffin

Festival expands to three days with a full day of free live jazz on September 12

Jazzin Tiffin Poster 2015TIFFIN, OHIO – August , 2015 – The 7th Annual Jazzin’ Tiffin festival will take place September 10-12, 2015. This annual celebration in Tiffin, Ohio begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 10 with the first ever official Warm-Up Party at the historic Pioneer Mill Restaurant. On Friday, September 11, local university students will get to interact on-on-one with headliner and jazz superstar Chris Standring during the festival’s first “Education Night.” The main event—an all-day jam session with six performers from around the country—takes place on Saturday, September 12 and runs from noon to 10 pm.

Jazzin’ Tiffin has hosted some of the biggest names in jazz music, such as Eric Marienthal, Rick Braun, Nelson Rangell, Mindi Abair, Chuck Loeb, Warren Hill and Alexander Zonjic. This year’s headliner, Chris Standring is among today’s hottest jazz stars and he will bring his own special brand of music to the stage on Frost Parkway in Rotary Park on Saturday evening September 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Standring has been performing for nearly three decades and has numerous projects in his discography, with his latest release “Don’t Talk, Dance” receiving a lot of attention. Add to that the release of his autobiography “Something In the Stars,” a plethora of very creative and entertaining music videos and a new internet TV show and you quickly see that Standring’s star is rising once again. “I love doing things that no one else is doing. Especially when people tell me, oh, you shouldn’t do that!” Standring said. “I have made a career out of going down the uncharted path. My music has been called funky, sexy, and electric.” he said.

20150813120830066Nelson Rangell will also be making his second visit to Tiffin, this time with not one but two exciting new CD releases featuring chart toping hits. Ann Arbor Michigan’s Lady Sunshine & The X Band will perform as will former NFL Star Larry Lee and his band, Back in the Day. Rounding out the lineup will be up and coming Lansing sax man Phil Denny and the Heidelberg University Jazz Ensemble.

New this year are the Jazz at the Mill nights, held at the historic Pioneer Mill restaurant on Thursdays at 7 p.m. leading up to the festival. Local acts give residents and visitors a chance to eat great food and listen to live jazz in an upscale, restored building whose foundations date back to 1822. Trio NOT will perform first on August 27, followed by the Pete Ford Jazz Trio on September 3, and the B3 Jazz Trio will finish things off with the Warm-Up Party on September 10.

Educational poster for Jazz 2015Tiffin, Ohio has long been known as the Education City, being one of the few small towns in America with two universities—Tiffin and Heidelberg—and in that spirit the first Education Night is taking place on Friday at 4 p.m in the Osceola Theatre in the Gillmor Student Center. The Education Night gives local university students and musicians the chance to learn from a successful contemporary artist in an intimate setting. This year, none other than the headline artist Chris Standring will be featured.

About Chris Standring

Born and raised in Great Britain, Standring loved the guitar at a very early age. His dream was to come to America and see what all the “fuss” was about. So when he left England for California for a visit that turned into a year living in Los Angeles and ultimately making it his new home, it was that adventurous spirit that has catapulted him to being one of the most sought after guitarists in America.

For more information about Chris Standring visit www.ChrisStandring.com or follow him on Facebook. Chris also invites you to view his YouTube videos and his new TV Show “The Inside Track”

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.

Indie art show in Tiffin tomorrow

Local gallery to donate proceeds to art festival, scholarship

Art Gallery 4Local body and visual arts studio Red Raven Tattoo Gallery  will host this Saturday the latest in a series of indie art shows highlighting the creative talents of up and coming local artists. This Saturday’s show will display 21 works in the skateboard art genre by 12 area artists.

The show will run 6 to 9 pm, auction off the pieces, and proceeds will benefit the scholarship of this year’s Tiffin Music and Art Festival (June 12-13). In addition, 125 other art works will be on display and for sale. Separate donations to the TMAF Scholarship will also be accepted.

Tiffin’s vibrant arts scene is beginning to become more well known. Other arts offerings in Tiffin include:

Jazz Saxtress Mindi Abair to headline 6th annual Jazzin’ Tiffin on Sept. 13

Jazzin Tiffin 2014 poster 2The Grammy nominated artist is red hot following appearances on David Letterman & American Idol, touring with Aerosmith, performances with Bruce Springstein and a world tour with Super Group The Summer Horns.

Tiffin, OH – There has been no shortage of fame for Jazz Saxtress/Vocalist Mindi Abair over the past few years. No doubt, she is already a Star performer in the Contemporary Jazz World, but she has made all the right moves and in addition, has become a consistent Chart Toping artist in the U.S.

Abair will be the headliner at this year’s 6th Annual JAZZin’ Tiffin Festival in Tiffin, OH (Saturday September 13, 2014 from 1 pm till 10 pm) along with other stars like Alexander Zonjic, Thornetta Davis, Urban Jazz Coalition and others. Up Front Entertainment President/CEO John Patterson, who has produced the Tiffin Festival from its inception, says that Mindi is a big win for the event. “Mindi is hugely popular with our audiences in the Midwest. She is has a sultry, soulful sound as well as the capability to play Rock, R & B, Funk. She writes beautiful music and she is a very sweet and lovely young woman. We are very fortunate that we were able to grab a slot on her busy schedule!”

Mindi graced the cover of the prestigious Jazziz Magazine this month and has just released a NEW CD project titled “Wild Heart” which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz Chart.  In addition to the artists already mentioned, Abair has toured and/or recorded with the Backstreet BoysDuran DuranMandy MooreJosh GrobanAdam SandlerKeb’ Mo’Lalah HathawayLee RitenourTeena MarieJohn TeshBobby LyleJonathan ButlerPeter White, Rick Braun and many more. One of her current projects is playing as part of Super Group The Summer Horns with fellow sax stars Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot. She was recently elected President of the National Academy of Recording Artists (Grammy Organization) to represent the Los Angeles District.

In addition to Abair who closes the festival starting at 7:30 pm, this year’s festival will feature Award Winning Flutist Alexander Zonjic with Special Guest Blues Singer Thornetta Davis, Columbus Ohio product Urban Jazz Coalition and Jazz bands from both the Tiffin University Pro Music Ensemble and the Heidelberg University Jazz Ensemble.

JAZZin’ Tiffin has hosted some of the biggest names in the Jazz world. Nelson Rangell, Rick Braun, Chuck Loeb, Eric Marienthal, Warren Hill and others.

The event is held annually in Rotary Park on Frost Parkway along the Sandusky River in Downtown Tiffin, OH. For more information please contact Amy Reinhart Downtown Development Coordinator with SIEDC at reinhart@senecacounty.org or 419-619-5517.  You can also visit our website: jazzintiffin.com or John Patterson, President/CEO of Up Front Entertainment can be reached at 734.693.4770 or UpFrontEntertainment@Hotmail.com.