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Jax Daily Record Thursday, Mar. 3, 202210:50 AM EST

Herbie Hancock, George Benson headline Jacksonville Jazz Festival

The annual event will be Memorial Day weekend Downtown.
by: Monty Zickuhr Managing Editor

The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is coming to Memorial Day weekend, May 26-29.

The Downtown event, sponsored by the city Division of Sports and Entertainment, was announced March 3.

Performers include Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Mindi Abair, David Sánchez, Jazzmeia Horn, Christian Sands Trio, Emmet Cohen Trio, The United States Air Force Airmen of Note and The John Lumpkin Trio featuring Patrick Bartley.

The city said additional performers will be announced soon.

The festival begins May 26 with the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition presented by Keyboard Connection - The Piano Place at the Florida Theatre.

There will be two stages for events May 27-29.

The Swingin’ Stage will be at Riverfront Plaza, the former Jacksonville Landing.

 The Groovin’ Stage will be at The Ford on Bay, the former Duval County Courthouse site. The stage areas will be connected via Independent Drive.

The event is free, but VIP packages and preferred seating will go on sale at 10 a.m. March 4.

VIP packages are $399 and $199 and preferred seating is $89. For more information, visit

Last year, the festival was in early fall. The event was canceled in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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