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Events > Official Jacksonville Jazz Festival Site

Official Jacksonville Jazz Festival Site
5/22/2014 - 5/25/2014
Downtown Jacksonville
117 West Duval Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32202

“The Jazz Festival has long been one of Jacksonville’s signature events,” said Mayor Alvin Brown. “It’s a growing tradition that gets bigger and better every year. This year promises to be the best ever. The Jazz Festival is just one more example why downtown Jacksonville is where people want to be.”

The new Jacksonville Jazz Festival event footprint will include stages along Bay Street, one near Marsh Street and the Shipyards, another near Newnan Street, and at the Jacksonville Landing.

Click here for the 2014 Jacksonville Jazz Festival Lineup

Festival Hours

Friday, May 23:
5:00 pm - 10 pm

Saturday, May 24:

1:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Sunday, May 25:
1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Click here to view the festival map

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"There’s no better place to celebrate jazz than here in Jacksonville. Events like these are an important part of building collaboration and community."
- Jeff Johnson, AARP’s Florida State Director

*Special Rate: To take advantage of the special AARP discount rate, please contact The Office of Special Events at (904) 630-3690.

2014 Jacksonville Jazz Festival Commemorative Poster
Titled: The Brilliance of Jazz
by Mike O'Connell

Michael O'Connell is an artist living in Clearwater, Florida originally from Johnson City, NY. Having graduated from the Tampa Tech School Of Art and Design, Michael has over 25 years of experience in the design field and currently works for Sharpline Converting, the country's leader of vinyl graphics.
He started his professional career as an airbrush artist for Tampa's Busch Gardens. His designs and logos can be seen through out Florida and the Tampa Bay area. Also a self-taught contemporary painter, his mixed works combine bold use of colors and imagery to make his paintings both versatile and memorable at the same time.
His works have been featured by the Tampa Bay Lightning's Celebration Of The Arts, Perdido Key Wine Festival, Blissfest Music Festival and the National CIAA Basketball Tournament to name a few.


VIP Packages & Preferred Day Passes

Enhance your Jacksonville Jazz Festival experience with the “Experience Jazz” or “All that Jazz” VIP Package. The package includes access to preferred seating, festival parking, swag, and more. Not coming all three days, but still want the VIP treatment? Check out our Preferred Day Passes. General admission to the Jacksonville Jazz Festival is free. 

To purchase a VIP package or preferred day pass, CLICK HERE!


Art in the Heart Downtown
5/23/2014 - 5/25/2014
Downtown Jacksonville

The 2014 Art in the Heart of Downtown art show and sale features the work of talented artists and master craftspeople from around the country. Festival patrons can enjoy the sounds of first-rate jazz performers and browse the works of talented artists from around the nation - all in a vibrant street festival setting.

Mediums include: Clay, Digital, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture and Wood

For more information about the 2014 Art in the Heart Downtown juried art show and sale, call (904) 630-3797 or email

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Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition
The Florida Theatre

The Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition, presented by the City of Jacksonville and Keyboard Connection Pianos & Organs, has been a tradition for more than 30 years. Five finalists, chosen by a selection committee through "blind" judging, will compete for the honor of this award, a cash prize and the chance to perform on the Main Stage during the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. 

Tickets for the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition are $10 and can be purchased at the Florida Theatre Box Office.

Click here to purchase tickets!

For more information about the 2014 Jazz Piano Competition, call (904) 630-3607 or email

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Jacksonville Jazz Festival Hall of Fame

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Jacksonville Jazz Festival Hall of Fame for individuals who have made a positive impact to jazz in Jacksonville.

Click here to nominate a deserving individual

Click here for a complete list of Hall of Fame members

2014 Hall of Fame inductees will be announced soon!

Jazz After Dark
Friday, May 23 - Sunday, May 25

10 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Back this year, the City of Jacksonville is bringing you “Jazz after Dark”. Following the last act of the festival lineup each night, enjoy even more live Jazz from 10 p.m. till 2 a.m. Participating bars and clubs are located within a couple of blocks from the Jazz Fest stages and admission is free!


1904 Music Hall
Burro Bar
Dive Bar

Downtown Cigar Bar
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

Act this year include: Brooklyn based Moon Hooch; Heavy Pets; Big SomethingNaughty Professor; The Sh-Booms; and more!
Overall the lineup is diverse, with genres such as Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Instrumental, Klezmer, Celtic, Folk, Bluegrass, Avante-garde, and free jazz, and really just about something for everyone.

2014 JJF "Off Jazz" Concert
The Florida Theatre
Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts 7 p.m.

Back this year, the City of Jacksonville will bring to you the second annual "Off Jazz" Concert. This year the Off Jazz Concert will be held on Sunday, May 25. The artist will be announced soon! Tickets will be available at The Florida Theatre Box Office or at www. The Florida Theatre Box Office is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

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Jazz Jam with Lisa Kelly
Breezin' Stage (The Jacksonville Landing)
9 p.m. - Midnight

The legacy of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival’s official "‘Round Midnight Jam Session" tradition continues! The jam is hosted annually by the “Kelly/Scott Quintet,” featuring world class jazz artists,five time DownBeat Magazine award winning vocalist and 2013 Jacksonville Jazz Festival "Hall of Fame" inductee Lisa Kelly, Yamaha trumpet artist and UNF trumpet professor JB Scott, award winning pianist Joshua Bowlus, Arturo Sandoval bassist Dennis Marks & former Navy Commodores drummer Clyde Connor, providing top-notch musical support for the variety of musicians who turn out each year to play. From young, up-and-coming musicians and seasoned pros in the community to festival featured acts and “heavyweights,” you never know who’s going to turn out to share in the improv! This event continues to be one of the festival favorites and will be a feature this year at the Jacksonville Landing’s “Breezin’ Stage.” So bring your horns, guitar, voices and talent to join in, piano, drums, bass/amp & guitar amp provided! Fans, bring a chair to witness the musical jammin’ magic!

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Youth Jazz Talent Showcase
Groovin' Stage

Jacksonville Jazz Festival is a pleased to bring the Youth Jazz Talent Showcase, a live talent competition open to young jazz singers and musicians. The winner will receive a cash prize to be used expressly for the purpose of furthering his or her musical education. Finalists will perform at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival on Saturday, May 24. Winners will be selected by a panel of music adjudicators who specialize in the arts forms of traditional and contemporary jazz and blues. Trophies will be awarded to 1st-3rd place winners. Applicants must be between the ages of 7 and 21.

The deadline to apply is April 1, 2014.

For more information about the 2014 Youth Jazz Talent Showcase, call (904) 630-2002 or email

Click here for the Youth Jazz Talent Showcase application.


Date: Saturday, April 12


Time: 2 – 5 p.m.

Location: Keyboard Connection Pianos & Keyboards (9912 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32257)


Boat Docking Information

New this year, jazz fans will be able to experience the Jacksonville Jazz Festival on the river.

Opens Friday, May 23 at 8 a.m.
Docking fee determined by boat size. Three-day minimum charge.

Click here to access the Marina Boat Docking form

For more information, call the City Dockmaster (904) 630-0839 or email

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