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From Jacksonville Beach, FL

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Downtown will be jumpin' during Jacksonville's Jazz Festival

       If you're a fan of jazz, downtown Jacksonville is the place to be this Memorial Day weekend.  Starting Thursday, May 26 with the Jazz Piano Competition and continuing until  Sunday, May 29 with a Jazz Jamboree through the downtown streets, the Festival has a list of impressive headliners.  Most events are free and open to the public.
      Five main venues all open at the same time will have downtown jumpin.'   The Florida Theatre, Hemming Plaza, Snyder Memorial Church, Monroe Street between Main and Ocean. and the Jacksonville Landing Courtyard are close enough together for walking and far enough apart to give some elbow room.
     Headliners such as Natalie Cole, Global Noize, Joey Calderazzo, Ray Callender, Eddie Palmieri, Mavis Staples, George Duke, Marcus Miller and many other jazz artists, local and national will provide plenty of variety.   To see a full list of performers, times, dates, and other information go to the Jazz Fest website.  The Jacksonville Office of Special Events at 904-630-3690 also provides festival information.  Several free local magazines and papers have a schedule and information, most notably, Arbus, which can be found in stores and racks all around Jacksonville.  The Florida Times Union will provide information as the festival gets underway.
     As part of the festivities, a Wine Down Brew Town Tasting Experience will be on Laura Street between Monroe and Duval from Friday to Sunday.  Tickets are $25.  There will be an Art in the Heart Downtown juried art show and sale at Laura and Adams Street.  This event is free.  Both Friday and Saturday nights the 'Round Midnight Jazz Jam from 10pm to 2am at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront gives you night owls another listening opportunity.  Go early this event is quite popular.
     Don't forget to buy a Jacksonville Jazz Festival poster for $40 for a signed and numbered poster and $25, unsigned.  You can purchase a poster at the Jacksonville Office of Special Events and at various  retail stores.    I know people who have a large collection of posters from many years of festivals.  Some of them are now quite rare and quite expensive.
     So, see you at the Festival!!

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