JAZZ IN THE COUNTRY

Our Story

Jazz In The Country (JIC) Music Festival is the brainchild of Rev. Larry Robinson, Pastor of Little Ark Baptist Church in King George VA. His congregation is one of 20+ member churches of the Mt. Bethel Baptist Association which owns the historic Mt. Bethel Retreat Center—home of the Jazz festival.

Mt. Bethel’s vision is to expand existing retreat facilities for community recreation—and moreover to institute summer camps for area youth. Pastor Robinson's resolve for this effort energizes organizers to strive towards making his vision a reality.

Jazz In The Country, Inc., a nonprofit 501c3 organization, was established in 2019 primarily to support Mt. Bethel. We also invite and encourage exploration of King George County’s historical and recreational treasures.

We also realize and cherish our role in helping preserve Mt. Bethel’s rich history - it’s legacy. It’s the right thing to do. Every generation needs to know about Mt. Bethel’s  longstanding commitment to serving families and community.

Every year, Jazz In The Country brings to King George highly skilled, multi-talented national and international Jazz artists. We also spotlight gifted jazz artists in the local Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC areas.

A new tradition began in 2019 with our Inaugural festival, setting the stage for annual music festivals to be held every August. Jazz lovers hear a combination of contemporary and straight-ahead jazz and celebrate the historical legacy of Mt. Bethel.

Everyone falls in love with Mt. Bethel! - Enjoying stunning views of the Potomac River, delicious local fare, outstanding jazz and down-home hospitality. Audiences leave with a greater knowledge of Mt. Bethel’s contribution to community and King George County.

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