The City of Jacksonville is excited to release the full entertainment lineup and schedule for the 2016 Jacksonville Jazz Festival. The free annual festival will be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 26 – 29, in the core of downtown Jacksonville.
The full lineup includes: KEM, John Batiste & Stay Human, Snarky Puppy, the McCoy Tyner Quartet, Dr. John, Generation NeXt fea. Nicholas Cole, Lin Rountree & Lebron, the Yellowjackets, Dizzy Gillespie™ Afro-Cuban Experience, Nathan East, Cyrille Aimee, SOMI, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Jamison Ross, Ken Ford, Lizz Wright, Mark Pender presented by Buffet Crampon, and more.
Local performers include the Douglas Anderson Jazz Band, UNF Jazz Ensemble I, The Chris Thomas Band, Terry “Doc” Handy, John Lumpkin and the Covenant, Gary Starling Group featuring Russel George, and Eric Carter & Co.
Other festival activities include the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition presented by Keyboard Connection Piano & Organs, the Jazz Marketplace (formerly Art in the Heart), the Omni Sacred Jazz Brunch featuring the Noel Freidline Quintet at the Omni Hotel Jacksonville, the Jazz Clinic featuring Mark Pender presented by Buffet Crampon, the Jazz Jam with Lisa Kelly, and Jazz Fest After Dark.
The festival is free and open to the public unless otherwise listed. Attendees are able to enhance their festival experience with all new enhanced VIP and drink package options. Information regarding festival details, VIP packages, and more can be found at JacksonvilleJazzFest.com