The Festival takes place October 14 to 21, 2017, featuring film, dance, panel discussion and student workshops, and culminates with a three-day concert marathon. The three-night jazz marathon, conceived and curated by Jack Walsh, Lia Crockett and Brice Rosenbloom, includes performances by Kavita Shah Quintet, Maceo Parker, The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen, Vijay Iyer, Terri Lyne Carrington Band, GoGo Penguin’s Koyaanisqatsi A New Score (performed live), Harriet Tubman, Rudresh Mahanthappa Indo-Pak Coalition, Samora Pinderhughes, Miles Mosley & The West Coast Get Down, Papo Vazquez Mighty Pirate Troubadours, Theo Croker Escape Velocity, Troker, Butcher Brown, Braxton Cook, Miramar, Imani Uzuri: Wild Cotton, Dave Douglas Meets The Westerlies, Matana Roberts and many more. Performances take place in the state-of-the-art Ballroom, the relaxed Stoop overlooking the Brooklyn Photographs art exhibition in the BRIC Gallery, and the BRIC Artist Studio which transforms into an intimate jazz club.

Kavita Shah received an ACC fellowship in 2017 to travel to Bangalore to study Indian classical music.