Enjoy Free Music at 5 Fridays of Jazz

5 Fridays of Jazz is a showcase of smooth sounds, satisfying sips, and more.

A weekly Friday Jazz series makes its return in March at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, playing host to talented local artists like the famed Joyce Cobb and Gary Topper.

5 Fridays of jazz
Overton Park Shell

The free music series, now in its 9th year, celebrates and supports budding artists and veteran performers. The 5 Fridays of Jazz series is in partnership with Overton Park Shell and the Memphis Library Foundation.

Performances begin at 6:30 p.m. and will last 90 minutes. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

  • March 1, 2024 - Memphis Black Arts Alliance presents Joyce Cobb ft. Memphis Jazz Workshop
  • March 8, 2024 - Memphis Black Arts Alliance presents Lannie McMillian Jr.
  • March 15, 2024 - Deborah Swiney
  • March 22, 2024 - Gary Topper
  • March 28, 2024 - Michael Townsend with special guest Alvin McKinney
Joyce Cobb performs for 5 Fridays of Jazz
Andrea Zucker
Joyce Cobb performs at 5 Fridays of Jazz

“Our continued partnership with the Memphis Library Foundation allows us to build community outside of the historic park stage,” said Yolanda Kelly, Shell on Wheels Outreach Manager. “We're excited to see familiar faces, and connect with new entertainers, as we spotlight local musicians and celebrate Memphis’ rich music history.”

For more information, please visit overtonparkshell.org.


Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library

3030 Poplar Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111

Joyce cobb performs on stage
Andrea Zucker
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