Fort Harrod Jazz Festival

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Check out recent bands who performed at the Fort Harrods Jazz Festival

Adrian Crutchfield is known around the world for his neo-soul sound. His smooth, unique timbre reflects his proficiency in a wide variety of genres including jazz, funk, hip-hop, R&B, rock, and many more.  Known as the last horn man to perform and record (2012-2016) with Prince. Adrian is featured on many of Prince’s final masterpieces including the 2017 Grammy-Nominated Hit-N-Run Phase 2, and the unreleased, but highly anticipated “Black Is The New Black” a l bum.
​ Adrian also has played sax for many of today’s brightest stars such as Lionel Richie, Bette Midler, CeeLo Green, R&B icon Anthony Hamilton, Fantasia Barrino, K-Ci and JoJo, The Gap Band featuring Charlie Wilson and hip-hop superstar Young Jeezy. In jazz, Mr. Crutchfield has been featured by artists including Kim Waters, Mike Phillips, Alex Bugnon, Jeff Lorber, and Branford Marsalis. He also has performed with the legendary group Fourplay. 

The Osland/Dailey Jazztet was formed in 2006 and consists of Miles Osland, woodwinds; Brad Kerns, trombone; Raleigh Dailey, piano; Danny Cecil, bass; and Paul Deatherage, percussion. The quintet’s music is an update of the jazz tradition with influences ranging from jazz fusion to free improvisation. The group plays original music as well as reinventions of classic jazz material. The members of the quartet, all associated with the University of Kentucky, have performed widely both nationally and internationally including the Montreux (Switzerland) and North Sea (Rotterdam) Jazz Festivals. The quintet’s debut recording, titled Evidence, was released on the Sea Breeze Jazz label in the summer of 2009, and received major airplay across the globe. The CD has also garnered critical reviews, and a recommendation for a Grammy nomination by Sea Breeze.

Blue Groove Jazz Quartet is a classic jazz ensemble with members from Harrodsburg and Danville, Ky. The band is comprised of seasoned musicians, collectively having very diverse and extensive musical experiences, all with a common love of jazz. The musical genres of BGJ are equally diverse, ranging from swing, bebop, and Latin, covering artists ranging from Miles Davis to Steely Dan. BGJ has already garnered a loyal following in central Kentucky, and has performed at gala events for the Norton Center for the Arts at Centre College and is a regular at the Jazz on the Porch series presented each summer by the Lexington Jazz Arts Foundation. The members of BGJ are Sam Carr (Alto and Tenor Sax), Eben Henson (drums), Pete McCaffrey (bass) and Mark Gardner (keyboards).

Paladin was formed by the gifted New Orleans trumpeter James Millard Poole III in 2013 to perform “Organa” or free spirited improvised jazz.  The stellar rhythm section of Paladin consists of equally gifted musicians including drummer Brehnan Miller,  a Harrodsburg native currently residing in Louisville,  bassist Rob Barnes from Lexington, and keyboardist Mark Gardner also residing in Mercer County. Paladin has played to enthusiastic audiences across Kentucky, including  the Jazz on The Porch series at Talon Winery.   ​

Jamey Aebersold is a internationally-known saxophonist and authority on jazz education and improvisation, and has developed a series of Play-A-Longs (book and cd sets (now numbering almost 130 volumes) as well as various other supplemental aids for the development of improvisational skills. The Aebersold book and recording sets allow a musician the opportunity to practice and improvise with well-known jazz personalities at home as well as in the classroom. The recordings employ some of the best jazz musicians in the world.

The Walnut Street Ramblers have performed at many locations in Kentucky and abroad. In 2011 and 2012 the band was invited to tour Spain and performed in festivals and concerts on the Mediterranean coast.  While in Spain the Ramblers performed at Salamanca’s famed jazz club El Corillo.   Though all members of the band are accomplished performers in the concert and jazz areas, they have a special love for early jazz music, especially featuring tunes from New Orleans and the 1920s. 

When the Cosmic Collective met in a jazz combo at Middle Tennessee State University they quickly discovered their collaboration was something that needed to continue past the semester. Every performer in the ensemble adds a particular element to the sound, resulting in a blend that is dynamic, smooth, and refreshingly unpredictable. Band leader and vocalist Nikki Michelle attributes their success to the chemistry they share as friends expressing that “having fun together and doing something we love is what makes this project work and keeps us coming back to create something beautiful.” 

​​ ​The UC Jazz Ensemble is an exciting ensemble that performs music from a variety of styles including swing, funk, latin, ballads, bebop and fusion. This entertaining band performs often on campus and throughout the region. Numerous guest artists have appeared with the UC Jazz Ensemble including Greg Abate, Dominic Spera, Rande Sanderbeck, David Ridenour, Rick Simerly, Bob Bryant, John Willmarth and Jamey Aebersold.

The Jazz Collective
This group of professional musicians from Central Kentucky is unique with their collective approach to all matters concerning decisions that affect the group and the music that they perform.  Coming from different backgrounds and experiences, their music reflects their roots and their journeys along the way.   All are accomplished performers with decades of experience and a passion for jazz.

Moorehead State University has developed a fine reputation for a strong music program.  Jazz I is MSU’s premiere jazz ensemble and maintains an active performing schedule on campus, throughout Kentucky, and beyond.  Regular appearances are made at the Marshall Jazz Festival, UK ‘Battle of the Bands,  and the Morehead State Jazz Clinic.  In February 2016 MSU Jazz I performed at the Elmhurst Jazz Festival in Elmhurst, Illinois and received the Overall Outstanding Ensemble Award, as well as 6 Outstanding Individual Musician Awards. 

​The MetroGnomes are a 19-piece big band based out of Lexington who perform in Central Kentucky and surrounding areas.  Since their formation in 2004 the band has played 12-15 concerts per year to rave reviews.  Specializing in variety, the MetroGnomes play many different styles such as jazz, latin, rock, and swing with a goal to always entertain with musical excellence.  The band consists of members from all musical backgrounds and careers. The band is directed by composer, arranger, clinician and former Stan Kenton bass trombonist.


EKU music students have the opportunity to study with a dedicated faculty of performing musicians and scholars. in 2004 the band has played 12-15 concerts per year to rave reviews.  Specializing in variety, the MetroGnomes play many different styles such as jazz, latin, rock, and swing with a goal to always entertain with musical excellence.  The band consists of members from all musical backgrounds and careers. The band is directed by composer, arranger, clinician and former Stan Kenton bass trombonist.


​The Music Department is a vibrant part of the ministry of Asbury University located in Wilmore, Ky. The AU Jazz Band is one of many fine music ensembles at Asbury under the direction of Dr. Glen Flanigan. AU jazz band is a seventeen piece, big band that includes talented musicians attending Asbury as well as community members.   The band performs at numerous functions both on and off campus, including annual touring ministry mission trips throughout the United States.