Organizers are hoping bigger is better for the second annual Allentown Jazz Fest.
The expanded festival will now be spread over 10 days at various locations throughout Allentown, set for April 29-May 8. Details of the festival were released Tuesday.
This year's crop of performers include: Late Show with David Letterman trumpeter Al Chez & The Brothers of Funk, drummer JoJo Mayer and Nerve, French jazz violinist Scott Tixier, pianist-composer Laurence Hobgood, singer Lucy Woodward and award-winning saxophonist Steve Coleman, a resident of Allentown, and his band, Five Elements.
Additional performers are expected be announced by the end of the month.
Ron McCurdy's "Langston Hughes Project, described as a "multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes' kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite," is also part of the lineup. McCurdy is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 7 at Muhlenberg College's Empie Theater.
Al Chez & The Brothers of Funk will perform April 29 at The Renaissance Ballroom. Woodward will headline the venue on May 5. Both performances are scheduled for 8 p.m.
Other locations are Allentown Civic Theater's Theater514, Cedar Crest College and Allentown's West Park, according to news reports, as well as throughout Center City Allentown.
The inaugural 2015 festival was held over six days and eight nights in downtown Allentown.