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2012 Jacksonville Jazz Festival: Rising Above the Storm

Gigi Brooks takes in the festival on the Florida coast

Karrin Allyson at the 2012 Jacksonville Jazz Festival
Karrin Allyson at the 2012 Jacksonville Jazz Festival
Sonny Rollins at the 2012 Jacksonville Jazz Festival

The City of Jacksonville outdid themselves with this year’s lineup, which included a grandeur of stars from headliners, Sonny Rollins, Patti Austin, Bela Fleck, Trombone Shorty, Raul Midon, Jazz Crusaders, Karrin Allyson, Brian Culbertson, and a host of others graced three stages late last month to kick off the annual event held in the center of downtown Jacksonville. Performances were held simultaneously at three stages throughout the area: Swingin’ Stage, Breezin’ Stage and Groovin’ Stage.

Jazz legends Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White of Return to Forever and also the great trumpeter, Terence Blanchard, along with many others were scheduled for the third and final day of the festival. Unfortunately, all performances were cancelled due to Sub-Tropical Storm Beryl, which according to the National Weather Service was due to hit Jacksonville early that Sunday afternoon.

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