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‘Jazz on the Square’ returns to Market Square with two months of performances

April 19, 2022

The sounds of jazz will fill Market Square in May and June with nine weekly performances from May 3 to June 28 starting with the Sam Adams Quartet and ending with the Margherita Fava Trio.

Other “Jazz on the Square” performances will include artists such as Eric Reed, a world-class pianist and composer; Greg Tardy, saxophonist and a University of Tennessee professor of jazz saxophone; and Mark Boling, a jazz guitarist who was previously the head of Jazz Studies at UT.

The performances are free and open to the public and will be held every Tuesday evening on Market Square from 7-9 p.m. in May and June.

“We are excited to return to Market Square and provide these concerts for every jazz fan,” said Vance Thompson, director and founder of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra. “Whether it’s your first time enjoying live jazz or you’re a longtime listener, these performances will be delightful for any fan of good music. The talented musicians in our community enjoy getting outside and playing as well.”

Anyone from a casual music fan to a jazz aficionado can enjoy the performances at the Bill Lyons Pavilion. All performances are presented by the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra. For more information, visit

The performance schedule includes the following dates and performances:

  • May 3: Sam Adams Quartet
  • May 10: Eric Reed
  • May 17: Jack Roben Trio
  • May 24: Greg Tardy Quartet
  • May 31: Mark Boling Trio
  • June 7: Greg Tardy Quartet
  • June 14: Taber Gable Trio
  • June 21: Ken Brown Quintet
  • June 28: Margherita Fava Trio

The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra also soon will announce a ticket release for its fall regular season, which will include performances at the Bijou Theatre and Tennessee Theatre.

About the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra
The Knoxville Jazz Orchestra was founded in 1999 by trumpeter, arranger and composer Vance Thompson. Since that time, the band has appeared on jazz festivals in the United States and Europe, released four critically acclaimed CD recordings and presented scores of concerts, many featuring world-renowned guest artists. Visit to learn more.