Folk Circle Association


From Lexington, KY and Cincinnati, OH, Driving South on I-75:

Take I-75 South to exit 77 for KY-595 S

Turn left onto KY-595 S/Walnut Meadow Road

Turn right onto Walnut Meadow Road

Continue onto Main Street

Boone Tavern will be on the left

From Knoxville, Driving North on I-75:

Take I-75 North to exit 76 for KY-21

Turn right onto KY-21 E/Chestnut Street

Continue onto Estill Street

Take a sharp right onto South Main Street

Boone Tavern will be on the left

Franklin County High Jazz Ensemble:

11:30am - noon

Directed by Joshua Toppass, named the 2021 Frankfort Fave's "Favorite Band Director" runner-up.

Berea eateries for lunch: noon - 1pm

More info to come!

Masterclass: 1 - 2pm

Michael Cruse, our Pinnacle Jazzfest featured artist, has been privately teaching trumpet, piano, voice and drums since 2012, and directs the jazz combo groups at Emory University. Helping his students to unlock their potential and grow as musicians is tremendously rewarding and brings him great joy. This session is open to public viewing. He will be providing instruction to this exciting line-up of musicians:

Colin Richey (Berea) - drummer

Sam Werner-Wilson (Versailles) - guitar

Franklin County High student (Frankfort)

To be announced soon: 2:30 - 3:30pm



Bruce Lewis Trio: 4 - 5pm

Bruce Lewis (guitar/vocals/arranger) is a globally renowned musician who spent much of his career playing and touring in Europe while living in Budapest, Hungary. He is accomplished in various musical styles, with numerous recordings to his name.

Tripp Bratton (percussion) is one of the most versatile and sought-after percussionists in the area. He also holds positions at both Centre College and Berea College, teaching and directing their percussion and jazz fusion ensembles.

Tom Covello started playing the electric bass as a teenager in New York. He went on to study at the famed Berklee College of Music and since then has performed and recorded with numerous local, regional and international musicians.

Bruce, Tripp, and Tom along with Keith McCutchen are members of the exciting new event band, Kynetic. ([email protected])

Will Boyd and Kelle Jolly: 5:30 - 6:30pm

Will Boyd co-leads this group with his wife, jazz radio host, and founder of the Knoxville Women in Jazz Jam Festival, Kelle Jolly. Will is a multi-reed instrumentalist, composer, and educator. He hails from soul sax tradition like artists Eddie Harris, Hank Crawford, David "Fat Head" Newman, King Curtis and Yusef Lateef. Originally from Orangeburg SC by way of Queens NY, Will currently resides in Knoxville TN. He is a member of the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra and currently has 3 solo albums “Live at the Red Piano Lounge”, “Freedom Soul Jazz”, and "Soulful Noise". Will and Kelle perform around the US as well as abroad including many trips touring Japan. They appeared on Season 6 of the cooking show “The Jazzy Vegetarian” with Laura Theodore for the Create Channel. They received the MLK award for the arts in 2013. They are featured on the soundtrack for the PBS documentary on painter Beauford Delaney, and performed in the premier performances of "Shadow Light" (an opera celebrating the life of Beauford Delaney) with the Marble City Opera. Will also appears in the 2nd episode of “Live at Lucille’s”, season 1 (a live jazz concert series on East TN PBS) as a member of the Kenneth Brown Quintet.

Featured Headliner

Michael Cruse Band: 7 - 8:30pm

Jazz artist and composer Michael Cruse is known for his unique take on the singing and trumpet-playing style of the incomparable Louis Armstrong. Cruse’s compositions and arrangements have been used in television, film, and commercial music. Born into a gospel family, Cruse developed a deep love for performing music at a young age. His uncle, Charles Quillings, who taught and performed with Les McCann, taught him the trumpet and how to read and write his own music. Cruse studied jazz performance and composition at the University of Cincinnati–College Conservatory of Music. After graduating, he released his first CD titled Unbridled featuring the Michael Cruse Quintet. He is a faculty member at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is the trombone, trumpet, and combo instructor. Cruse frequently performs in the Atlanta area and tours nationally in various concert halls, jazz festivals, and jazz clubs. His latest single, You (2020), is available on music streaming platforms.

Jazz Jam with The Michael Cruse Band:

9 - 10:30pm

Don't miss this opportunity to join in and jam with the band! The Michael Cruse Band will host this session. The jazz jam will offer seasoned veterans a place to meet, perform, and network. It also presents up-and-comers with the opportunity to learn from experienced performers.