Jacksonville Jazz Festival: Florida’s Best Fest?

I’ve said it before, earlier this year, and I have to say it again: The Jacksonville Jazz Festival looks to be the best jazz festival in Florida.

Clearly, it’s the state’s jazz fest with the most number of top-shelf jazz artists – the kind of artists who routinely win jazz magazine polls and release recordings of the highest caliber. Admission: free!

This year’s lineup: Sonny Rollins, Poncho Sanchez with special guest Terence Blanchard, Corea Clarke &
White, Bela Fleck with the Marcus Roberts Trio, Karrin Allyson, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Soul Rebels, Patti Austin, Jazz Crusaders, rising-star saxophonist Grace Kelly and other acts.

Did I mention that it’s free?

The festivals run Friday through Sunday on four stages in downtown Jacksonville.

Let’s hope Jacksonville’s programming rubs off on Florida’s other big jazz festivals.

For more information, click here.

(Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make the Jax fest, but I AM looking forward to attending the Montreal fest later this summer)

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