UPDATE: Soul singer/ songwriter Joy Dennis added to the 2015 Jacksonville Jazz Fest Lineup – May 21-24.
Joy Dennis will serve as opening act for the Off Jazz Concert at the Florida Theater on May 22nd 2015 at 7pm. The headliner of the Off Jazz Concert is to be announced. Previous headliners for this concert include, Musiq Soulchild (2014), Brian McKnight (2013), Avant (2013) and Sebastian Mikael (2014).
Joy will be backed by Jacksonville favorite, the Top Shelf People Band (formerly Fusebox Funk).
The full lineup for the 2015 Jacksonville Jazz Fest includes:
Soul Rebels, Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra, Felix Peikli & the Royal Flush Quintet presented by the Buffet Group, Roman Street, Kellylee Evans, Spyro Gyra, Maceo Parker, Postmodern Jukebox, Jazz Attack featuring Peter White, Richard Elliot and Euge Groove, Michael Franks, The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra with Peabo Bryson, Andy Snitzer, Ignacio Berroa, Noel Freidline Quintet and Lisa McClendon.
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2015 Jacksonville Jazz Festival Commemorative Poster
About the Jacksonville Jazz Fest 2015
In 2003, there was the rebirth of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. The City of Jacksonville began producing the event, incorporating additional venues, the Florida Theatre and the Ritz Theater, and introducing activities such as an art sale and wine tasting, attracting newer audiences. In 2009, the festival footprint expanded introducing a livelier street festival atmosphere along with four stages of entertainment.
Jacksonville has seen the likes of: Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Diane Schuur, Patti Austin, Branford Marsalis, Count Basie Orchestra, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis Trio, Chuck Mangione, Chris Botti, Rippingtons, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, David Sanborn, Pamela Williams, Spyro Gyra, Dianne Reeves, Chick Corea, David Benoit, Boney James, Karrin Allyson, Grover Washington, Jr., Kenny G, Harry Connick, Jr., Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle, Mavis Staples and Greg Adams.
The tradition continues and the Jacksonville Jazz Festival continues to serve as a catalyst in downtown Jacksonville and a destination for jazz enthusiasts around the world.