About the Huntington Jazz Fest

The Huntington International Jazz Festival (HIJF) is located in the second largest city in the state of West Virginia, and named after it. This 5-day cultural extravaganza is the tri-state region’s largest free community event, and consists of a multitude of free activities that will attract a wide swath of the community.

Ellis MarsalisThe HIJF starts off with a premier exhibit "Jazz Lives" at the Huntington Museum of Art, featuring the photographs of the world famous Jazz photographer Leonard Feather. Over the course of the event there will be a special photographic exhibit entitled: The Marsalis Family: America's First Family of Jazz", which were culled from never-before-seen-photos from the family's personal archives; a lecture on the life of noted jazz bass player and photographer Milt "The Judge" Hinton with a special movie screening of a documentary based on his life; a concert entitled "The Spiritual Side of Jazz" featuring the Sacred Music of Duke Ellington; and a wide array of children’s arts & crafts activities; children's concerts; student performances; performances by regional jazz groups; and headlining performances by international jazz stars the "Marsalis Family Quintet" and Jonathon Batiste from the "Stephen Colbert" show.