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Sound Check: The TBAAL Riverfront Jazz Festival In Dallas Hits A High Note

Love good music and looking for a great getaway during Labor Day Weekend? Well, you definitely should check out the TBAAL Riverfront Jazz Festival in Dallas, Texas.

I traveled to The Big D for the sophomore year of the festival put on by The Black Academy of Arts and Letters Inc. and presented by VisitDallas.com.

Jawn Murray with Lalah Hathaway/Jawn Murray with Rahsaan Patterson at TBAAL Riverfront Jazz Festival

The TBAAL Riverfront Jazz Festival included a diverse array of jazz, R&B, soul and funk musicians including Erykah Badu, Rahsaan Patterson, Lalah Hathaway, Kenny Lattimore, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Michael Lington, Mikki Howard, Sir Charles, Rachelle Ferrell, Hiroshima, Julio Iglesias Jr., Rhonda Ross, Kim Waters, Liv Warfield, Walter Beasley, Mindi Abair, Tito Puente Jr., The Rippingtons, Fat Daddy, Alex Bugnon and many others.

Erykah Badu performs at TBAAL Riverfront Jazz Festival in Dallas

The event is held at the storied Black Academy of Arts and Letters Inc., a Dallas institution that is one of the city’s best-kept secrets, but truly a bonafide treasure.


VIDEO: Watch this video recap of my time at the TBAAL Riverfront Jazz Festival in Dallas.


A three-day event, the TBAAL Riverfront Jazz Festival utilizes three stages sponsored by VisitDallas.com—the smallest being an intimate supper club room that seated 300; the second stage in an auditorium

Fairmont Dallas Hotel

that houses 1,000 guests; and the largest being a 4,000-seat venue in the neighboring convention center.

As Labor Day isn’t a huge tourist weekend in Dallas, its an ideal time for a music festival like TBAAL Riverfront Jazz Festival and you can get great travel and lodging deals. I was hosted at the swank Fairmont Dallas Hotel while at the festival.

VisitDallas.com Welcome Bag

If you want to end your summer experiencing some of your favorite artists in a mature environment that includes great food, vendors and lots of feel-good fellowship, then make the trip to Dallas for the TBAAL Riverfront Jazz Festival each Labor Day Weekend.

Thanks to Curtis King at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters Inc. and his associate Vern Goff for inviting me and to VisitDallas.com for hosting me throughout the weekend. If you’re planning a trip to Dallas, check out VisitDallas.com to learn more about the city and its offerings.


VIDEO: To learn more about The Black Academy of Arts and Letters Inc., watch the video below.

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