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Florida Jazz & Blues Festival Coming This September

Featured acts include Freddy Cole, Brian Lynch, Marcus Roberts and the Count Basie Orchestra

Freddy Cole
Freddy Cole (photo: Peter Clampitt)

The inaugural Florida Jazz & Blues Festival will take place in Tallahassee at the Capital City Amphitheater in Cascades Park from Sept. 23-25.

The three-day festival will include performances by more than 20 acts, among them Lady Bianca, the Count Basie Orchestra and Brian Lynch. Other scheduled artists include the Freddy Cole Trio, Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation, the Cleveland Eaton Trio, Mac Arnold and Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child.”

The festival will also pay homage to two Florida-born jazz legends who lived in Tallahassee, saxophonist Cannonball Adderley and his brother, cornetist Nat Adderley. The tribute to both brothers will include faculty from Florida State University and Florida A&M University.

Grammy-winner and director of the Count Basie Orchestra, Scott Barnhart, will serve as the festival’s artistic director. Gary Anton, owner of the Bradfordville Blues Club and a teacher at Florida State University, will serve as its blues director.

Evening and headliner performances are ticketed while the festival’s daytime performances are free. More information on the festival can be found at

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