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Ready to swing and groove? Jazz Fest returns after pandemic hiatus

Trombone Shorty at Jazz Fest in 2011.
Trombone Shorty at Jazz Fest in 2011.

The first Jacksonville Jazz Fest since 2019 starts Friday.

Last year’s was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the festival’s 40th anniversary and it is celebrating in a big way with 27 concerts.

There will be two stages: The “Swingin’” stage is at Riverfront Plaza -- where The Landing used to be. The “Groovin’” stage is at Ford On Bay, just a few blocks away.

Organizers say they are thrilled to be back and recognize jazz’s impact on Jacksonville.

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