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America's First Jazz Festival

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

 

— February 23, 1951 —

 
America's First Jazz Festival Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 2, 2018
1. America's First Jazz Festival Marker
Inscription.  

On February 23, 1951 history was made in Wilkes-Barre. Eight jazz bands got together for "The Cavalcade of Dixieland Jazz" which became the country's first Jazz Festival. On this occasion April 29, 1994 the City of Wilkes-Barre acknowledges and pays tribute to those early jazz musicians and promoters who initiated the tradition which continues today, not only here in its birthplace, but throughout the country.

Lee A. Namey
Mayor of Wilkes-Barre


 
Erected 1994 by City of Wilkes-Barre.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment.
 
Location. 41° 14.769′ N, 75° 52.923′ W. Marker is in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in Luzerne County. Marker is near the NW corner of the Public Square, in downtown. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wilkes Barre PA 18701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Birthplace of HBO (here, next to this marker); Birthplace of the AIME (here, next to this marker); The Fine Arts Fiesta (here,
Markers near the NW Corner of Public Square image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Markers near the NW Corner of Public Square
next to this marker); Public Square Park (here, next to this marker); Fort Wilkes Barre 1778 (here, next to this marker); Old Ship Zion Church Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Wilkes-Barre Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Christopher Columbus (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilkes-Barre.
 
Also see . . .  The First U.S. Jazz Festival? (NPR Jazz Blog, 2011). (Submitted on May 4, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 5, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 111 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 4, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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