The 12th Annual St. Elizabeth Jazz Festival was a big success. Because of the pandemic and for the safety of our parish and community, we decided to host the festival as a virtual festival that everyone could watch from the comfort of their own home. Our volunteer committee quickly learned how to host an event on Zoom with music and live interviews. In between the music, Connie, our MC, interviewed Sister Tiberh, Liz, Father Jim, and Cathy about the spiritual and justice outreach the parish does for our parishioners and Highland Park community. Throughout the two hour event more than a hundred people logged on. People gave generously — raising as much money as last year’s event which was on the grounds of the church. The Jazz Festival raises 20% of the church’s budget. We are grateful to the bands, volunteers, parishioners and donors who supported the church.

If you were too busy enjoying the music and forgot to donate, you can still give in support of the operation and outreach of St. Elizabeth Parish. Use the online form to give one time or every month. You can mail a check payable to St. Elizabeth Church (write “JAZZ FESTIVAL” in the memo) to St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 1301 Victor St, Richmond, VA 23222

We want to thank the sponsors of the 12th Annual St. Elizabeth Jazz Festival.

You can visit their websites to find out more information about their services.

These six amazing groups donated their talents in time in support of the 12th Annual Jazz Festival.

Use the links to listen to more of their music and connect with them on social media.

Glennroy Bailey

The Glennroy & Company Jazz Quartet has been together for over twenty years. This group of talented, entertaining specialist plays classical, jazz, religious, R&B, and mild top forty tunes.

Kofi Shepsu

Kofi Shepsu is making quite a name for himself in the RVA Jazz Scene. Kofi was formally a member of the Richmond Youth Jazz Guild under the direction of Ashby Anderson.

Michael Hawkins

Michael Hawkins is a versatile and well-rounded virtuoso Jazz bassist, playing and writing in multiple sub-genres and on both acoustic and electric bass.

Sharon Rae North

Sharon Rae North’s latest album, a Smooth Jazz/Adult Contemporary EP titled Sincerely Yours, was a first-ballot contender in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in 2017.

Plunky Branch

Saxophonist J. Plunky Branch is president of his own independent record label, N.A.M.E. Brand Records, which he has released 30 albums. With his group, Plunky & Oneness, he has appeared in concert with Patti Labelle, Ray Charles, Earth Wind & Fire, Frankie Beverly & Maze, LL Cool J, Chuck Brown.

Mighty Joshua

Independent Reggae Artist Mighty Joshua engages audiences by opening minds and activating bodies through song. His soulful exploration in the evolution of sound creates an expression of reggae for the modern-day.