Discountd ticket to Jazz & Music Festival in Hampton, Virginia

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For more than five decades, Hampton Jazz & Music Festival has brought the best of jazz, soul, blues, pop and R&B in one wonderful weekend of music.  Each year, it’s gotten bigger and more exciting than the last.

In 1968, the first Hampton Jazz Festival was held to celebrate Hampton University’s 100th anniversary.  Headliners included Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie Quintet, Thelonius Monk Quintet, Cannonball Adderly, Dionne Warwick, Muddy Waters & His Blues Band, Ramsey Lewis and Herbie Mann Quintet.

The popular event was held again in 1969 and has since become an annual tradition on the last weekend in June.

The Hampton Jazz Festival has traditionally featured major jazz, gospel, R&B, blues, pop and crossover stars.  The lineup is known for having a mix of talent.  Local musicians from the Hampton Roads area act as openers to nationally recognized headliners.

Music icons like Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Duke Ellington and Ray Charles have appeared at the festival.  Newer artists, such as David Sanborn, Kenny G and Dave Koz followed closely in their wake.

The Hampton Jazz & Music Festival commemorated its 50th anniversary in 2017 with a special performance from jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis who performed in the inaugural lineup.  Frankie Beverly holds the record for the most Hampton Jazz Festival performances with his 17 appearances.

Each year, thousands of people travel from across the country to celebrate an annual reunion with friends, family members and Hampton University alumni.  The three day festival is co-produced by Hampton University, the city of Hampton, Virginia and the Santangelo Group, Inc.

The 54th Annual Hampton Jazz & Music Festival will be happening on June 28, 29 and 30, 2024 at the Hampton Coliseum.

Festival Schedule

Friday, June 28

  • KEM
  • Ledisi
  • Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
  • Special EFX All-Stars

Saturday, June 29

  • Boyz II Men
  • Coco Jones
  • Boney James
  • Angelica Baylor & Trey Jones Experience

Sunday, June 30

  • Jon Batiste
  • Brian Culbertson
  • October London
  • The Fuzz Band


I’ve seen tickets for the festival going for as much as $113 for one ticket from online ticket brokers.  Book your tickets here and you can save at least $18 on each ticket.