The 2021 Winona Lake Jazz Festival will feature Mark Guiliana – recognized as one of the world’s leading drummers – and his jazz quartet from New York. Photo provided.
The 2021 Winona Lake Jazz Festival will feature Mark Guiliana – recognized as one of the world’s leading drummers – and his jazz quartet from New York. Photo provided.
WINONA LAKE — The 2021 Winona Lake Jazz Festival will feature Mark Guiliana – recognized as one of the world’s leading drummers – and his jazz quartet from New York.

The concert will take place from 1 to 7 p.m. July 24 at Winona Lake Limitless Park, 1598 Park Ave., Winona Lake. Part of the Grace College and Village at Winona Festival of Music, the free, outdoor concert is sponsored by Sweetwater Sound, according to a news release from Grace College.

“The jazz festival is a community favorite each summer. This year, we are really in for a treat,” said Walter Brath, coordinator of the festival. “We are thrilled to welcome the Mark Guiliana Quartet to Winona Lake for the first time and welcome back several other phenomenal returning groups.”

The complete concert schedule is as follows: 1 p.m. The Truth in Jazz Big Band; 2:30 p.m. Alicia Pyle Quartet; 4 p.m. Every Tribe and Tongue Ensemble featuring Greg Tardy and Wally Brath; 5:30 p.m. Mark Guiliana Quartet.

Guiliana is hailed by The New York Times as “a drummer around whom a cult of admiration has formed.” He brings the same adventurous spirit, eclectic palette and gift for spontaneous invention to a staggering range of styles – one of which is jazz, the release states. Guiliana was chosen as Best Jazz Drummer in the Modern Drummer Readers Poll 2017, and JazzTimes described him as “a technical master with a rare sense of musicality who has over the past decade become one of the most influential drummers of his generation.”

Equally virtuosic playing acoustic jazz, boundary-stretching electronic music, or next-level rock, he’s become a key collaborator with such original sonic thinkers as Brad Mehldau, Meshell Ndegeocello, Donny McCaslin, Matisyahu and the late, great David Bowie, according to the news release.

To learn more about Mark Guiliana, go to www.markguiliana.com/biography.

In addition to the music, guests can also enjoy the scenery and patronize the food trucks. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Jazz Fest will take place rain or shine.

The next Festival of Music concert is the southern gospel concert with the Booth Brothers on Aug. 21. Visit www.grace.edu/musicfestival/ for more information.