Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series
Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series

Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series: February 10-19, 2023

Grammy Award-Winning Jazz and Blues Artists Confirmed Over the Two Week Series

Over the course of two weekends, February 10-19, Fort Mose (moe-say) State Historic State Park will host its second annual Jazz and Blues Series. This year’s edition features some of America’s most well-known and accomplished performers including the legendary Mavis Staples and Gladys Knight! The Series consists of six unforgettable performances at the heart of Black History Month.

The site is especially appropriate. Fort Mose was established by the Spanish in 1738 as the first legally-sanctioned community for free Black residents in what is now the United States. Proceeds from this series will support the construction of an on-site fort representation and development of additional interpretive resources. The original fort was destroyed during the Battle of Bloody Mose in 1740. To purchase tickets, visit

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Friday, February 10

Mavis Staples

Multi-Grammy Award winner, including the prestigious Lifetime Grammy Achievement Award, Mavis Staples brings her legendary music to Fort Mose. A member of the Blues, Rock and Roll, and Gospel Music Hall of Fames, Rolling Stone magazine selected her among the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time.” She is also a Civil Rights icon who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and performed at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, as well as at the White House during President Obama’s administration.

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Saturday, February 11

Christian McBride's New Jawn

Grammy Award-winner Christian McBride’s jazz quartet, New Jawn, is one of the most-acclaimed and innovative bands in jazz today. In addition to introducing his forward-thinking approach to music to audiences nationwide, he hosts and produces “The Lowdown: Conversations With Christian” on SiriusXM satellite radio and National Public Radio’s “Jazz Night in America.”

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Thursday, February 16

Valerie June

Her latest album “The Moon and Stars: A Prescription for Dreamers,” produced by (Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys and John Legend), has won lasting acclaim for its innovative blend of folk, soul, gospel, country, blues, psychedelia, and time-bending symphonic pop. Each of the numerous recording sessions for the album were conducted under a full moon. “I hope it also helps people to recognize the light in everyone around them, so that we can all connect with each other in a kinder and gentler and more loving way,” said June.

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Friday, February 17

Gladys Knight

Known as the “Empress of Soul,” this seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film and television productions. From the 1960’s through the 1980’s, her recordings and performances with The Pips helped define American Soul music worldwide. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Knight was included in Rolling Stone magazines “100 Greatest Singers of All Time,” Her songs “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Midnight Train to Georgia” were inducted into the Grammy Award Hall of Fame for their “historical and artistic” value.

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Saturday, February 18

Rhiannon Giddens

A MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient, Giddens co-founded the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, and she has been nominated for six additional Grammys for her work as a soloist and collaborator. Giddens has performed for the Obamas at the White House, served as a Carnegie Hall Perspectives curator, and received an inaugural Legacy of Americana Award from Nashville’s National Museum of African American History.

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Sunday, February 19

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram

This 22-year-old has already headlined two national tours and performed with Vampire Weekend, Jason Isbell and Buddy Guy. He was interviewed by Sir Elton John on his Apple Music podcast, Rocket Hour, and recently released a duet with Bootsy Collins. In January 2021, Ingram was simultaneously on the covers of both Guitar World and Down Beat magazines. Rolling Stone declared, “Kingfish is one of the most exciting young guitarists in years, with a sound that encompasses B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and Prince.”

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