March 4, 2007

Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2007

Mayor Peyton and the City of Jacksonville Announce 2007 Jacksonville Jazz Festival Activities and Lineup

Jazz-07-poster-web.jpgThe City of Jacksonville is proud to announce an exciting lineup of activities for the 2007 Jacksonville Jazz Festival Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15.

This year’s festival will take place in three downtown venues: The Florida Theatre, Metropolitan Park, and the Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum.

“The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is one of the city’s marquee events,” said Mayor John Peyton. “With exciting events and performances scheduled throughout the weekend, it’s a great opportunity for everyone to come out and experience some of the country’s most talented jazz musicians at great downtown venues”.

Metropolitan Park will also be the site of Art at the Met, an art show and sale featuring many of the Southeast’s finest artists and craftspeople and 38° Latitude: A Wine Tasting Experience.

The Florida Theatre will house the Jazz Odyssey: A Retrospective of Photographs by Milt Hinton, an, exhibit from the late Milton J. Hinton, a renowned jazz bassist who captured the lives of jazz musicians at work and play for more than six decades. Photos of Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Cab Calloway are just a few that are featured in this collection. This exhibit will be on display at The Florida Theatre during festival hours Friday, April 13-Sunday, April 15.

General admission to the festival each day is $10 plus applicable service charges. Experience Jazz VIP packages are good at all venues all festival days for $150 plus applicable service charges. Tickets can be purchased beginning Feb. 27 at Noon.

The ‘Round Midnight Jazz Jam on Saturday, April 14 at The Jacksonville Marriott is free to the public. Jazz fans are encouraged to bring their instruments and jam with festival performers.

The Ritz Jazz Brunch on Sunday, April 15 will be $25 at the door.

Complimentary trolley transportation provided by Verizon Wireless to and from Metropolitan Park, The Florida Theatre and the Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum will be provided Friday, April 13 – Sunday, April 15, making one-time parking and venue-hopping easy for festival attendees.

Entertainment Schedule
The Florida Theatre- 128 East Forsyth Street
Friday, April 13
6 p.m. Doors Open
7 p.m. The Great American Jazz Piano Competition

The Great American 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 monetary prize of $3,500 and will perform at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2007 on Saturday, April 14, at Metropolitan Park. The finalists will be announced the week of March 5.

The rhythm section accompanying the five finalists during the piano competition includes Jay Leonhart on bass and Danny Gottlieb on drums. In addition, the 2007 Jacksonville Jazz Hall of Fame inductee, Von Barlow, will perform with emcee Noel Freidline during the competition.

Artists and performance times are subject to change. See Ticket Pricing for complete information.

Saturday, April 14
1:30 p.m. Doors Open
2:30 p.m. Greg Adams
4 p.m. St. Johns River City Band with special guest Diane Schuur
6 p.m. Regina Carter
7:30 p.m. McCoy Tyner

Sunday, April 15
1 p.m. Doors Open
2 p.m. The Original Super Stars of Jazz Fusion featuring Roy Ayers, Jean Carne, Wayne Henderson of the Jazz Crusaders, Ronnie Laws, Jon Lucien and Lonnie Liston Smith with The Ubiquity Band
4 p.m. Noel Freidline Quintet
5:30 p.m. Dianne Reeves

Artists and performance times are subject to change. See Ticket Pricing for complete information.


Metropolitan Park - 1410 Gator Bowl Boulevard
Friday, April 13
6 p.m. Gates Open
7 p.m. Lao Tizer
8:30 p.m. George Benson and Al Jarreau
6 p.m. Art at the Met Art Show and Sale
6 p.m. 38° Latitude: A Wine Tasting Experience

Saturday, April 14
10 a.m. Gates Open
12:30 p.m. The Great American Jazz Piano Competition Winner
1:30 p.m. Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble I
3 p.m. UNF Jazz Ensemble 1 with special guest Ed Calle
4:45 p.m. The Dizzy Gillespie™ All Star Big Band under the direction of Slide Hampton
6:30 p.m. Wayman Tisdale
8:15 p.m. Jazz Attack featuring Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot and Peter White
10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Art at the Met Art Show and Sale
2 -10 p.m. 38° Latitude: A Wine Tasting Experience

Sunday, April 15
Noon Gates Open
1 p.m. The Kelly-Scott 5tet with special guest Ed Calle
2:30 p.m. The Big 3 Palladium Orchestra
4 p.m. Karrin Allyson Quartet
5:30 p.m. Chris Botti
Noon- 7 p.m. Art at the Met Art Show and Sale
Noon – 7 p.m. 38° Latitude…A Wine Tasting Experience

Artists and performance times are subject to change. See Ticket Pricing for complete information.


The Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum - 829 North Davis Street
Friday, April 13
Late Night at the Ritz
8:30 p.m. Doors Open
9 p.m. Urban Jazz Coalition
10:30 p.m. Guitars & Saxes featuring Gerald Alright, Kirk Whalum, Jeff Golub and Tim Bowman.

Saturday, April 14
4:30 p.m. Doors Open
5:30 p.m. Ya’ Gozo’ The Latin Jazz Band
7 p.m. Johnny O’Neal
8:30 p.m. Roy Haynes

Sunday, April 15
10:30 a.m. Doors Open
11 a.m. Jazz Brunch catered by Chef Matthew Medure featuring The PM Xperience Band
Live broadcast of the Na’im Rashid’s “First Sunday Cup” radio show.
1:30 p.m. Marc Dickman
3 p.m. Chuck Mangione

Artists and performance times are subject to change. See Ticket Pricing for complete information.


For more information about the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, call the Office of Special Events at (904) 630-3690 or visit www.jaxjazzfest.com.

Posted by Peter Böhi at March 4, 2007 8:21 PM