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Jacksonville Jazz Festival

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Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2014

The Jacksonville Jazz Festival returns Memorial Day Weekend 2014! Top Jazz performers will play on four different stages in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville.

The 2014 Jacksonville Jazz Festival returns Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25, 2014 in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. The new Jacksonville Jazz Festival event footprint will include stages along Bay Street, one near Marsh Street and the Shipyards, another near Newnan Street, and at the Jacksonville Landing.

This FREE festival will transform into a vibrant setting with multiple entertainment stages and other components! Be sure to plan your trip to Jacksonville this Memorial Day Weekend to attend the Jacksonville Jazz Festival taking part in the coreof Downtown. The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront is the headquarter hotel for the 2014 Jacksonville Jazz Festival. We have hotel special deals and packages available, click here!

2014 Jacksonville Jazz Festival Commemorative Poster

Titled: The Brilliance of Jazz
by Mike O'Connell

Michael O'Connell is an artist living in Clearwater, Florida originally from Johnson City, NY. Having graduated from the Tampa Tech School Of Art and Design, Michael has over 25 years of experience in the design field and currently works for Sharpline Converting, the country's leader of vinyl graphics.

He started his professional career as an airbrush artist for Tampa's Busch Gardens. His designs and logos can be seen through out Florida and the Tampa Bay area. Also a self-taught contemporary painter, his mixed works combine bold use of colors and imagery to make his paintings both versatile and memorable at the same time.

His works have been featured by the Tampa Bay Lightning's Celebration Of The Arts, Perdido Key Wine Festival, Blissfest Music Festival and the National CIAA Basketball Tournament to name a few.

Festival Performers

Boney James
Ester Rada
Pedrito Martinez Group
Average White Band
Al Jarreau
Traces of Blue
the Latin Jazz All Stars tribute to Dave Valentin
Sax and the City featuring Marion Meadows & Paul Taylor 
Joey DeFrancesco
TIZER featuring Karen Briggs
Marcus Johnson.

Local favorites appearing at the festival include Gary Starling, Akia Uwanda, JB Scott’s Swinging All Stars, JU Jazz Combo, Unique Sound, The Katz Downstairs, Linda Cole & The Joshua Bowlus Quartet, Von Barlow, Just Jazz Quartet, and the Jazz Jam with Lisa Kelly.

More acts coming soon!

Entertainment Stages

  • The Florida Theatre (Thursday, May 22)
  • Swingin' Stage presented by AARP
  • Groovin' Stage
  • Breezin' Stage (The Jacksonville Landing)

VIP Packages & Preferred Day Passes

Enhance your Jacksonville Jazz Festival experience with the “Experience Jazz” or “All that Jazz” VIP Package. The package includes access to preferred seating, festival parking, swag, and more. Not coming all three days, but still want the VIP treatment?  Check out our Preferred Day Passes. General admission to the Jacksonville Jazz Festival is free.

Information comming soon on how you can enhance your Jacksonville Jazz Festival experience!


Festival Events

Art in the Heart Downtown
5/23/2014 - 5/25/2014
Downtown Jacksonville

The 2014 Art in the Heart of Downtown art show and sale features the work of talented artists and master craftspeople from around the country. Festival patrons can enjoy the sounds of first-rate jazz performers and browse the works of talented artists from around the nation - all in a vibrant street festival setting.

Mediums include: Clay, Digital, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture and Wood

Click here for more information on the 2014 Art in the Heart Downtown or call (904) 630-3797, email

Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition
The Florida Theatre

Now is your time to step into the spotlight! Apply now for the 2014 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. The Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition, presented by the City of Jacksonville and Keyboard Connection Pianos & Organs, has been a tradition for more than 30 years. Five finalists, chosen by a selection committee through "blind" judging, will compete for the honor of this award, a cash prize and the chance to perform on the Main Stage during the Jacksonville Jazz Festival.

Click here for more information on the 2014 Jazz Piano Competition or call (904) 630-3607, email


Jazz After Dark
Friday, May 23 - Sunday, May 25
10 p.m. - 2 a.m.

The City of Jacksonville will bring to you “Jazz after Dark”. Following the last act of the festival lineup each night, May 23-25, enjoy even more live Jazz from 10 p.m. till 2 a.m. Participating bars and clubs are located within a couple of blocks from the Jazz Fest stages and admission is free!


2014 JJF "Off Jazz" Concert
The Florida Theatre
Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts 7 p.m.

Back this year, the City of Jacksonville will bring to you the second annual "Off Jazz" Concert. Start your festival weekend on Friday, May 23. The artist will be announced soon! Tickets will be available at The Florida Theatre Box Office or at www. The Florida Theatre Box Office is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Youth Jazz Talent Showcase
Groovin' Stage

Jacksonville Jazz Festival is a pleased to bring the Youth Jazz Talent Showcase, a live talent competition open to young jazz singers and musicians. The winner will receive a cash prize to be used expressly for the purpose of furthering his or her musical education. Finalists will perform at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival on Saturday, May 24. Winners will be selected by a panel of music adjudicators who specialize in the arts forms of traditional and contemporary jazz and blues. Trophies will be awarded to 1st-3rd place winners. Applicants must be between the ages of 7 and 21.

Sunday Jazz Brunch

Enjoy the softer sounds of jazz as you indulge in a delicious brunch.
Seating: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cost: $32 per person

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