The Underworld Jazz Festival was launched in 2018 to amplify rich, colorful and nuanced Black art traditions. We use the word "underworld" because despite the revenue it generates, Black art remains marginal to mainstream society. We use the term "jazz"; less as genre and more as a way to think about approach to music, creativity and life.  In 2022, the Jazz festival was crowned as the "Black Arts" Festival to truly demonstrate our dedication to 360° of Black Creativity. 


Upcoming Events

  • Get The Knowledge Thursday
    Oct 20, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
    Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E 6Th St. Cincinnati, OH 45202
    Day 1
  • Back The F Up Friday
    Oct 21, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
    Wood Ward Theater , 1404 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
    Day 2
  • DJ Set by Jarobi (A Tribe Called Quest)
    Oct 21, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
    The Woodward Theater , 1404 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
    Day 2
  • Burnt Sugar Black Box Burnout / The Mobilisation of Congo Square
    Oct 22, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
    Aronoff Center, Corner of 7th St. and Main St,.Cincinnati OH 45202
    Day 3
  • Napoleon Maddox Presents: L'Ouverture de Toussaint
    Oct 23, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
    Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
    Day 4

Underworld Jazz & Black Arts Festival exercises traditions such as the Mobilization of Congo Square [Pop Up Improvised Jazz] and the cultivation of collaborations between Cincinnati based, regional and International artists.





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