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Jacksonville Jazz Fest Experiences

The Jacksonville Jazz Festival returns Memorial Day Weekend to Downtown Jacksonville May 25 – 28, 2023! For more than 40 years, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival has brought music lovers together to enjoy an incredible weekend of food, drinks, community and of course music! The Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition presented by Keyboard Connection – The Piano Place will kick the festival off on Thursday, followed by 3 days of live, free entertainment on two stages along the St. Johns River for you to groove at daily.



For over thirty years, the Jacksonville Piano Competition  presented by Keyboard Connection – The Piano Place has been a jazz fest tradition. The event continues to be one of the most exciting musical spectacles to be seen anywhere!



The Jazz Jam session will return to the Jacksonville Jazz Festival on Saturday, May 27th hosted by  The John Lumpkin Trio featuring Dave Champagne! It is one of the most popular specialty sets of the festival the being an improvisational open “jam” session. In the true tradition that led to the birth of Jazz Festival fans enjoy watching the exciting mix of musicians performing together. Jam session participants have included Horace Silver, Diana Krall, Russell Malone, Dave Valentine, Roy Hargrove, Rodney Whitaker, Brad Mehldau, Delfeayo Marsalis, the Poncho Sanchez group, the Airmen of Note band members, Shelly Burg, Danny Gottlieb, Linda Cole, Piano Competition winners and contestants, regional pros, collegiate jazz students from UNF, JU and FSCJ, jazz students from Douglas Anderson and LaVilla School of the Arts.



Further your jazz education and refine your chops at free educational clinics with the US Army Jazz Ambassadors and Reuben Rogers! Aspiring and accomplished jazz musicians of all ages are invited to learn and grow their skills in an intimate setting located right next to the Jacksonville Jazz Festival event site.


Jazz Parade

presented by V101.5

Parade will begin at 5:30pm followed by a special performance from Let’s Ride Brass Band.

START: West side of Ford on Bay, middle of Market St.

  • Travel south down Market St.
  • Turn right to travel west on Independent Dr.
  • At Laura St., travel the roundabout past Independent Dr. and head toward Riverfront Plaza
  • Travel southeast on Riverfront Plaza IN FRONT of bleachers to Riverwalk
  • TURN and travel northwest on Riverfront Plaza BEHIND bleachers to Laura St.
  • Turn right to travel east on Independent Dr.
  In front of Jazz Store at JAX Chamber

The Second Line Jazz Parade will begin at the southeast corner of Riverfront Plaza near the Main St. Bridge and St. Johns River. The parade will make its way through Riverfront Plaza, head east along Independent Drive, and end at the Groovin’ Stage. CLICK IMAGE FOR LARGER VERSION