ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
2017 and 2018
"TBAAL is like to home to me! Curtis King can call me and he knows that I'm there to support this very important institution. The level of excellence that TBAAL continues to exemplify is one of the reasons I agreed to perform at this festival."
"What a wonderful weekend we've had in Dallas performing at this festival. TBAAL knows how to put on a show and treat its artists. Please invite us back, we loved it and we had a ball!!"
"I'm glad to have been a part of the inaugural festival in my hometown. I'm looking forward to the 2018 Festival! "
"Don't let no one sway you from your dream Curtis. Stay focused . . . you got something here! For a first time, this is amazing! "
"I'm awed and delighted to be on the roster of so many outstanding and diverse acts at this festival. Hats off to all of you! "
"It's obvious that Curtis has a heart for American Black Music and for people in Dallas. For years, he's showcased so many of us in our beginnings and our ends, even sometimes at a great sacrificial cost. "
"Let's make sure we keep this going! I'm glad to have been an Honorary Chair and performer! Everybody who hears about next year's festival, they need to be in Dallas.
"I've performed in a lot of festivals around the world and I tell you that Dallas got it going on with its first Jazz Festival! "
"When my agent booked me for this festival, I thought I would be playing just another festival. But when I got here and saw what these people are doing, I realized that they are putting their heart and soul in making something happen beyond "just entertainment." This event is part of a major movement and I'm going to support it for the long haul. . ."
"What a remarkable undertaking by a young visionary who sees the big picture for navigating a way to sustain his institution for generations to come. I'm moved beyond words."
Dee Dee Bridgewater
"Thanks for thinking of me! I was waiting for the time to wear my cowgirl boots and this jazz festival gave me the chance to do so. "
"I love Dallas and TBAAL! Whenever they call me, I'm there! TBAAL has done a lot of good stuff and this festival is top-shelf! "
" Coming off the heels of Hurricane Harvey . . . the Riverfront Jazz Festival was a cool breath of jazzy smooth air for all our souls. "
Mike Renfro, Former Dallas Cowboy
"I've performed all over the world and this festival is the real deal! for a cultural arts institution of color to orchestrate something of this magnitude with such meticulous detail is eerily rare. I'm IMPRESSED!"
Tito Puente, Jr.
" What a magnificent venture this is... I feel pleased to be an artist in this festival company of greats! "