Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2012

Highlights of weather shortened festival

We had so much fun last year, that we had to return with some friends. The lineup of performers, the hospitality of Jacksonville and the ease of moving between stages to catch the various acts makes this a "must do" event from now on.
Festivities kicked off on the Swingin' Stage with the Karrin Allyson Quartet, followed by Bela Fleck with the Marcus Roberts Trio and closing with Sonny Rollins. Because of staggered start times and the short walk to the Groovin' Stage we were able to see Pierre & Co., BK Jackson and Brian Culbertson too.
Saturday featured Raul Midon, Jonathan Butler, Cindy Blackman Santana & Another Lifetime, Jazz Crusaders, The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, Patti Austin with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and closing out the weather shortened festival was an incredible performance by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, which included a New Orleans style second line through the whole crowd.
And if you still needed or wanted more there was the 'Round Midnight Jazz Jams back at the hotel until 2AM.
We'll be back!

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