The festival kicked off Thursday, November 21st with an opening reception at Puck Food with a a performance by vocalist Chat Adaway. The African Jazz Ensemble with Ekpe Abioto kept the party going with a performance at the National Civil Rights Museum. Saturday the 23rd was wall to wall Jazz in Memphis. Jazz, Culture, and Art collided with past MIJF Artists-in-Residence during a free event at South Main Artspace Lofts. Scott McEwen from Memphis Magnetic Recording kept the Jazz experience going with a noon free pubic event. This was followed at 1:00 by a Memphis Jazz Legacy with Dr. Jack Cooper. At 2:00 the Memphis International Jazz Festival turned the spotlight on the future of Jazz with a special concert featuring The Memphis Jazz Workshop. This concert served as a fundraiser for Memphis Jazz Workshop to support their mission of reaching the next jazz generation.