NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The 40th Annual Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival kicks off Friday, Aug. 18.

Jazz legends Gerald Albright, Dave Koz, Candy Dulfer, Eric Darius and Maysa Leak will headline festival.

Other performers in the two-day lineup include Keiko Matsui, Jazz Funk Soul featuring Jeff Lorber Everette Harp and Paul Jackson Jr., Kim Waters and Kayla Waters and Kandace Springs.

WAVY News 10’s Tom Schaad will welcome the crowd Friday night and Aesia Toliver will be there Saturday.

This year there will be new expanded guests experiences to celebrate four decades of smooth jazz on the waterfront, such as a festival pre-show party that will feature performances from local jazz musicians, RaJazz. The pre-show party is happening Saturday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at a new stage in TowneBank Fountain Park.

The full schedule is listed below:

Friday, August 18
9:30 p.m. – Gerald Albright
7:30 p.m. – Keiko Matsui
5:30 p.m. – Kim Waters & Kayla Waters
Saturday, August 19
9:30 p.m. – Dave Koz with Candy Dulfer, Eric Darius & Maysa Leak
7:30 p.m. – Jazz Funk Soul featuring Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp & Paul Jackson Jr.
5:30 p.m. – Kandace Springs

Tickets are on sale now at

Here are the prices:

  • Single-Day General Admission – $35 Advance / $45 Week-Of
  • Two-Day General Admission – $60 Advance / $70 Week-Of
  • Single-Day Reserved Seating – Sold out
  • Two-Day Reserved Seating – Sold out
  • Two-Day VIP Reserved Seating – Sold out
  • Boater Package – $225