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- 2016 - May - 26th -

Jazz festival begins today in the heart of Downtown

  • From left, saxophonist Skyler Nolan, Mayor Lenny Curry, City Council President Greg Anderson and city Sports & Entertainment Officer Dave Herrell provided a preview Wednesday of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival that starts today. Nolan, who performed at City Hall before the program began, is a junior at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and won the youth competition at last year’s festival.

  • Work began Wednesday morning to transform Hemming Park into the north end of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. The south end is the Jacksonville Landing and in between, the main stage will be set up at Main and Monroe streets.

  • The Navy Band Southeast Jazz Combo provided the first jazzy notes of 2016 when they performed for Lunch @ The Lounge at the Main Library on Wednesday.

  • Yellowjackets perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday on the Groovin’ Stage at Hemming Park.

By Max Marbut, Staff Writer

After a detour the past few years to East Bay Street, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival returns this weekend to Downtown’s urban core along Laura Street and at Main and Monroe Streets.

“It’s back where it belongs,” said Mayor Lenny Curry as he and other city officials offered a preview of the event that begins tonight with the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition at the Florida Theatre.

The festival then will continue through Sunday on stages at Hemming Park, the Jacksonville Landing and at Main and Monroe streets.

“We have 36 artists and 22 hours of music on the schedule,” said Dave Herrell, city sports and entertainment officer.

An addition this year is the “Second Line Parade,” a procession led by musicians, followed by anyone who wants to walk along, that will begin at 2 p.m. at Hemming Park and end at the Landing.

“It will be New Orleans-style with beads and umbrellas,” Herrell said.

For artist and schedule information, visit jacksonvillejazzfest.com.

Road closure and traffic information is available at jaxsheriff.org.

mmarbut@jaxdailyrecord.com

@DRMaxDowntown

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