• by 904 Newsroom
  • May 22, 2024

Jacksonville, Fla., May 20, 2024 – The Jacksonville Jazz Festival returns to Downtown Jacksonville, May  23 – 26, 2024. This year's festival has returned to our beloved Metropolitan Park, where memories have  been made and music has filled the air for generations. Additionally, we are excited to introduce our  new venue at Daily’s Place, which promises to add an extra layer of excitement and energy to our  festivities. With free performances across both stages, come and see The Brian McKnight 4, Stanley  Clarke Band, Brian Culbertson, Gregory Porter, Joss Stone, The Baylor Project and so many more! 

The Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition, presented by Keyboard Connection - The Piano Place, will kick  off the four – day festival and takes place at the Florida Theatre on Thursday, May 23. Five piano finalists  will vie for cash prizes and the chance to perform at the festival on Saturday, May 25. Admission is free,  and no registration is necessary. 

The Jacksonville Jazz Festival weekend will continue May 24 – 26, featuring free performances at the Met  Park Stage presented by Publix Super Markets at Met Park and the Daily’s Place Stage presented by  Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) at Daily’s Place. Festival hours are Friday, May 24, from 4:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m., Saturday, May 25 from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday, May 26 from 3:00 p.m. to 10:30  p.m. Limited Premium Experience packages are available for purchase. 

More festivities include the Jazz Jam presented by Hot 106.5, Jazz Marketplace, and the Jazz Clinic presented by V101.5. The Jazz Clinic will take place on Saturday, May 25 at 1:30 p.m. at the Old St.  Andrews featuring The Huntertones. The Clinic is free, but registration is required to attend.  

This year’s commemorative poster was created by Varick Rosete, a distinguished creative force with over  25 years of experience in design, illustration, and animation. Currently, Varick is the Chief Design Officer  and Principle at TigerLily, a creative and production studio, where he lends his profound artistic insight  and visionary leadership in animation and film, as well as co-owner of the Wolf & Cub boutique in  Downtown Jacksonville, where his creative influence extends to designing and curating uniquely crafted  products. A The 2024 commemorative poster design captures the St. Johns River’s essence with abstract,  cubist elements inspired by Picasso, Klee, and Harper. It features Jacksonville’s wildlife seamlessly  integrated into the river’s flow, symbolizing nature’s interconnectedness. Jazz musicians emerge from the 

river, reflecting harmony and collaboration. It nods to both Metropolitan Park and Daily’s Place,  showcasing Jacksonville’s cultural evolution. Bold graphics and vibrant colors convey a dynamic energy,  embodying the spirit of jazz and the river ecosystem. Order your own signed & numbered or unsigned  poster at store.jacksonvillejazzfest.com. 


This year's Jacksonville Jazz Festival is cashless. Guests may use all major debit and credit cards, mobile  and tap to pay for onsite purchases. Cash payments will not be accepted. 

Dedicated secured entry points for the 2024 Jacksonville Jazz Festival will be at the following locations:

• West side of Daily’s Place Gate 1 

• East side of Daily’s Place Gate 4 

These entry points will be the entrances to the entirety of the 2024 Jacksonville Jazz Festival.  From Thursday, May 23 to Monday, May 27 there will be road closures on Gator Bowl Blvd. as follows: 

• Beginning at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, May 23, 2024 (reopening at 6:00 a.m. Monday, May 27, 2024) o Westbound closes from Talleyrand Avenue to the Lot J entrance near the Adams/Duval  ramp 

• Beginning at 6:00 p.m. Thursday May 23, 2024 (reopening at 6:00 a.m. Monday, May 27, 2024) o Eastbound closes from Lot J Entrance (Adams/Duval ramp) to Lot D & Gator Bowl  connection) 

Visit the Jacksonville Jazz Festival social media channels, @JacksonvilleJazzFestival on Facebook and @jaxjazzfest on Instagram and Twitter, and website jacksonvillejazzfest.com, for more information and  further updates. 

Thank you to our sponsors and partners: Publix Super Markets Official Presenting Sponsor of Met Park  Stage , JAA Jacksonville Aviation Authority Official Presenting Sponsor of Daily’s Place Stage, AARP  Florida , Breezy Jazz House, CG Consulting and Design, Eli Lilly and Company, Florida Department of  Health, Northeast Florida Women Veterans Inc. , Sun Pass , Tobacco Free Florida , Visit Jacksonville,  Hyatt Regency Jacksonville, JEA Jacksonville Electric Authority, JTA Jacksonville Transit Authority,  Keyboard Connections, Marriott Jacksonville Downtown, Southbank Hotel Jacksonville Riverwalk, Action  News Jax, Cox Media Group station Hot 106.5, IHeart Media station V101.5 and WJCT. 

About the Jacksonville Jazz Festival 

The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is a free, multi-day music festival produced by the City of Jacksonville Division  of Sports and Entertainment. The festival welcomes residents and visitors to enjoy live music performances, food, drinks, and activations throughout the weekend in Downtown Jacksonville along the  St. Johns River. The Jacksonville Jazz Festival includes two stages of great music, Piano Competition, Jazz  Marketplace, Jazz Clinic and more. For updates and information, please visit jacksonvillejazzfest.com

About the City of Jacksonville Division of Sports and Entertainment 

The City of Jacksonville Division of Sports and Entertainment attracts, hosts, and creates opportunities  that drive economic impact, accelerate the Jacksonville brand, and improve the quality of life and cultural  engagement for visitors and residents. Jacksonville hosts hundreds of diverse events each year making 

Northeast Florida a premier destination with rich tradition and world-class hospitality. For more  information, visit events.coj.net. 


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