100K attend downtown Jacksonville Jazz Festival

Published On: May 25 2014 12:03:25 AM EDT   Updated On: May 24 2014 11:20:00 PM EDT

An estimated 100,000 jazz lovers packed downtown for the 2014 Jacksonville Jazz Festival Saturday.


The 2014 Jacksonville Jazz Festival is one of the year's biggest downtown events, bringing an estimate 100,000 people to the River City.

This year's event, which was at a new location, included dozens of performances.

Tony Robinson and his wife, Angela, made the trip from Columbia, South Carolina. For him, the festival brings back plenty of music-filled memories.

"I grew up with jazz. I played the saxophone for about fifteen years," Robinson said. "I was in a jazz quartet back in North Carolina when I was at North Carolina A&T."

The sound may be the same awesome jazz, but this year's event did bring change. It moved from Hemming Plaza and was closer to the river, with three stages along Bay Street.

"The venue is different," said Doris Kennedy, a festival regular. "We had to learn the different stages. They've got some great artists. It's far enough apart that I don't have to hear that when I'm listening to this, which is great."

"I'd like to say to all of our visitors here in Jacksonville who come to our city, I hope they enjoy themselves and return very soon," said Artis Gilmore.


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