Allentown JazzFest Night 4: Day at the Museum, Part 1

We rolled up to Allentown Art Museum shortly after 2 o’clock this afternoon for the fourth day of Allentown JazzFest. Today promised to be perhaps the biggest day of the festival, with world-class performances taking place within the museum’s many galleries, each providing its own unique backdrop to the art created onstage.

Our day started with New York City indie pop duo Fajjr + Ali, who filled the room with acoustic versions of their soulful originals (to be included on their hopefully-soon-to-come EP) alongside stripped-down covers of artists like Beyonce and Drake.┬áThe duo’s knockout performance built a great sense of anticipation inside of the museum’s Trexler Gallery as Fajjr + Ali prepare their upcoming release.

Of course, in the spirit of JazzFest, the next performance offered something completely different in the form of the Dieruff High School Jazz Ensemble. Under the direction of Frank DiSimone, these talented students put their spin on a number of jazz standards and classics — without a note out of place.

Then, it came time to head downstairs for Hot Bijouxx who, in and of themselves, are as diverse a musical experience as they come, drawing influence from French gypsy jazz, Brazilian Bossa Nova, and vintage American styles.

There’s still plenty more to come from the Allentown Art Museum! Andy Milne hits the stage momentarily, and Jeff “Tain” Watts Trio grace us with their presence at 7:30 p.m. If you’re in the area, come on down!

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