The third annual Dudley Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday, July 28 from 12-6 p.m. at Mary Hannon Park, 613 Dudley St., Dorchester. The rain location will be The Bruce Bolling Building 2nd floor, 2300 Washington St., Roxbury.
This year’s program will include guitarist Fred Woodard, vocalist Lydia Harrell, vibraphonist Monte Croft with the George W. Russell Trio and a quartet led by tenor saxophonist Ricky Ford.
Woodard, who will be playing with his group the Fred Woodard Collective, has been a fixture in the Boston music scene for over 30 years. A Kansas City native who moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music, Woodard describes the musical stylings of his group as “straight-ahead jazz spiced with R&B.”
Lydia “Lovelysinger” Harrell is an accomplished jazz singer and winner of the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Voice Competition who has performed with the likes of the Boston Pops and at storied venues like Harlem’s Apollo Theater. Her musical repertoire spans from jazz standards to Stevie Wonder to Cher.
Vibraphonist Monte Croft is a veteran of the New York music scene who has played with such jazz giants as Branford Marsalis and Terence Blanchard. Croft has also done work in TV and film, lending his talents to shows like “Luke Cage” and movies like The Greatest Showman.
Ricky Ford is a Boston native and alumnus of New England Conservatory who has performed with countless jazz legends including Charles Mingus, McCoy Tyner, and Freddie Hubbard.
The festival is free and open to the public.
The festival is sponsored by Creative Cultural Arts, LLC., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Dorchester. For more info go to www.creativeculturalarts.org, email at firstname.lastname@example.org call 617-631-9809.