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Jacksonville Jazz Festival
late May – Jacksonville, Florida
The sounds of Jazz fill downtown Jacksonville when the annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival takes the spotlight.
This festival has been touted as the second largest jazz festival in the nation and is second to none in the entertainment it features. Many well-known musicians, such as Patti LaBelle, Basia, Chris Botti, Bernie Williams, Spyro Gyra and Buckwheat Zydeco, have performed at this very popular festival.
National and International performers can be found at this festival as well as plenty of local and regional favorites. Enjoy a live talent showcase and contest with the Generation Next Youth Talent Competition, where one lucky winner will receive a $1,000 savings bond. The party continues into the early morning hours with the ‘Round Midnight Jazz Jam, consisting of both amateur performers and skilled professionals. Musicians of all ages are encouraged to bring along their instruments and join in the fun. And what is a festival without a parade? The excitement grows when the Jazz Parade winds through downtown city streets.
With the sound of jazz in your ears, you can enjoy the delicious food, beverages and fun activities. To keep the jazz alive, many local businesses and restaurants support the festival by providing discounts and specials to jazz lovers and VIPs. Jazz Brunches and the Wine Down, a wine tasting experience, offer more opportunity to revel in the festival atmosphere. Feel free to sample a few wines or all of them!
Examine the artwork of gifted artists and master craftspeople at the Art in the Heart Downtown. The juried art show and sale highlights the work of artists from around the United States. Be sure to check out the Jacksonville Jazz Festival poster artist winner as well.
There are any exhibits at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. The Commemorative Poster Display features a collection from Jacksonville’s famed festival; the Jacksonville Jazz Hall of Fame is a pictorial compilation of those who have made important contributions to jazz in Jacksonville. Many establishments present extraordinary private collections and have amazing exhibits of their own.
With so much going on, it’s sure to be a good time! After this, you’ll be anticipating the next event that’s sure to come along, so start marking your calendar now.
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