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Jacksonville Jazz Festival Line-up

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The City of Jacksonville is proud to announce an exciting lineup of performances for the 2011 Jacksonville Jazz Festival scheduled for Thursday, May 26 through Sunday, May 29. All festival performances and elements are free and open to the public unless otherwise listed.

This year's festival will continue the tradition of jazz in Jacksonville with a variety of jazz genres and featured activities in the heart of downtown Jacksonville. Special components include Art in the Heart Downtown, a juried art show and sale, and the Wine Down/Brew Town Tasting Experience featuring a variety of fine wines and beers. Other activities include the 'Round Midnight Jazz Jams (two nights), Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition, Generation Next Youth Talent Competition presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, a jazz brunch, a jazz jamboree, exhibits and educational activities.

Entertainment Stages
The Florida Theatre (Thursday, May 26 only)
Groovin' Stage (Hemming Plaza)
Old Church (corner of Laura and Monroe streets)
Swingin' Stage, presented by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (corner of Main or Monroe streets)
Breezin' Stage (The Jacksonville Landing courtyard)

Entertainment Schedule
Artists, billing and performance times are subject to change.

Thursday, May 26
Doors open at 6 p.m. | Competition begins at 7 p.m.
The Florida Theatre (128 E. Forsyth St.)
6 p.m. Doors Open
7 p.m. Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition

The Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition has been a Jacksonville tradition for more than 20 years. Five finalists, chosen by a selection committee through “blind" judging, will compete for the honor of this award. The first-place winner will receive a $2,000 prize and will perform at the 2011 Jacksonville Jazz Festival on Saturday, May 28, at the Swingin' stage presented by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (corner of Main and Monroe streets). The five finalists will be announced in late April.

Noel Freidline will emcee the competition. A rhythm section will accompany the five finalists during the piano competition, with Danny Gottlieb on drums and Dennis Marks on bass.

General admission ticket prices for the competition are $10 plus applicable service charges. Tickets may be purchased at The Florida Theatre Box Office (904) 355-2787 (ARTS). The Florida Theatre Box Office is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Friday, May 27
Music starts at 5 p.m.

Swingin' Stage presented by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (corner of Main and Monroe streets)
5 p.m. Gentlemen of the Night starring Paul Taylor, Marion Meadows and Warren Hill
7 p.m. John Pizarrelli Quartet with the University of North Florida Jazz Ensemble 1
9 p.m. Natalie Cole

Breezin' Stage (The Jacksonville Landing)
5 p.m. Navy Band Southeast's TGIF Band
6:30 p.m. Pierre & Co.
8:30 p.m. Global Noize

Groovin' Stage (Hemming Plaza)
5 p.m. Dayve Stewart & The Vibe
6:30 p.m. Joey Calderazzo Trio featuring Orlando le Fleming and Donald Edwards
8:30 p.m. Rebirth Brass Band

Old Church (corner of Laura and Monroe streets)
6 p.m. Gary Starling Jazz Organization
8 p.m. Ray Callendar Quintet featuring Doug Carn

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
(Official Host Hotel of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival)
10 p.m.-2 a.m. 'Round Midnight Jazz Jam; Hosted by The Kelly/Scott Quintet featuring Lisa Kelly, JB Scott, Per Danielsson, Dennis Marks and Clyde Connor.

Saturday, May 28
Music begins at noon at most stages.

Swingin' Stage presented by Jacksonville Aviation Authority (corner of Main and Monroe streets)
Noon Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition Winner
1:30 p.m. McCoy Tyner Trio with special guest Gary Bartz
3:30 p.m. The Defenders of The Groove
5:30 p.m. Boney James
7:30 p.m. Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra with Herman Olivera
9:30 p.m. Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra featuring Dianne Schuur


Breezin' Stage (The Jacksonville Landing)
11 a.m. Generation Next Youth Competition, First Round
2 p.m. Generation Next Youth Competition, Finals
4 p.m. BK Jackson
5:30 p.m. Isaac Byrd, Jr. & Tribe Judah
7:30 p.m. Noel Freidline Quintet
9:30 p.m. Spam Allstars

Groovin' Stage (Hemming Plaza)
Noon St. Johns River City Band
1:30 p.m. Bradford Rogers
3:30 p.m. Raul Midon
5:30 p.m. The Flail
7:30 p.m. Bitches Brew Revisited—Graham Haynes, Antoine Roney, Adam Rudolph, DJ Logic, Shazad Ismaily, James Hurt, JT Lewis and Brandon Ross
9:30 p.m.Roy Ayers

Old Church (corner of Laura and Monroe streets)
Noon Bill Hart Quartet
2 p.m. Just Jazz Quintet
4 p.m. The John Ricci Organ Trio
6 p.m. Ethan Bortnick Trio

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
(Official Host Hotel of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival)
10 p.m.-2 a.m. 'Round Midnight Jazz Jam; Hosted by The Kelly/Scott Quintet Lisa Kelly featuring JB Scott, Per Danielsson, Dennis Marks and Danny Gottlieb.

Sunday, May 29
Music begins at noon

Swingin' Stage presented by Jacksonville Aviation Authority (corner of Main and Monroe streets) Noon Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble
2:30 p.m. Nestor Torres
4:30 p.m. DMS—George DukeMarcus MillerDavid Sanborn
6:30 p.m. Herbie Hancock

Breezin' Stage (The Jacksonville Landing)
Noon Tropic of Cancer
2:30 p.m. JB Scott's Swingin' Allstars with special guest Terry Myers
4:30 p.m. ArtOfficial
6:30 p.m. Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band

Groovin' Stage (Hemming Plaza)
Noon Joe Baione
2:30 p.m. The Wild Magnolias
4:30 p.m. Mavis Staples
6:30 p.m. Guitarzzz featuring Chuck Loeb, Chieli Minucci & Paul Jackson Jr

Old Church (corner of Laura and Monroe Streets)
Noon Sacred Jazz
2:30 p.m. Sacred Jazz
4:30 p.m. Von Barlow's Jazz Journey

Throughout the festival
1:30 p.m. Jazz Jamboree through the festival streets beginning at Hemming Plaza

VIP Opportunities
“Experience Jazz" VIP Packages and Preferred Seating Day Passes are available for purchase. Visit JaxJazzFest.com for pricing, benefits and sale locations.

Where to Stay
Book online at visitjacksonville.com or call 1-800-733-2668 for a list of area hotels and complimentary visitors guide. The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront is the Official Host Hotel of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront and The Omni Jacksonville Hotel (host hotel) have special packages available.

Sponsors
The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is proudly produced by the City of Jacksonville Office of Special Events with support from these sponsors: Jacksonville Aviation Authority; Duval County Tourist Development Council; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida; Verizon Wireless; Heineken; Constellation Wines; Keyboard Connection Pianos & Organs; Coca-Cola; Farah & Farah; Action News CBS 47; Clear Channel Radio V101.5; The Florida Times-Union; and the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, the official host hotel of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival.

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