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 Mt. Bethel Retreat Center—home of the Jazz festival.

Their 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 brings to King George, situated in the Northern Neck of Virginia, multi-talented national and international Jazz artists. We also aim to introduce our audience to gifted jazz artists in the local Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC areas. As well, attendees are invited to explore King George County's recreational outlets and visit the area year-round. 

We began a new tradition with our Inaugural Festival in 2019 and set 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 at annual jazzy festivals. 

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