Jacksonville, the largest city in area in the continental United States, is a rapidly growing metropolitan city in Northeast Florida, with approximately 850,000 residents. Under its strong mayor form of government, residents elect a mayor and a 19-member City Council, with five at-large members and 14 members elected by district. John Peyton is Jacksonville’s sixth mayor since the consolidation of Duval County and City of Jacksonville governments in 1968.

The 2011 Jacksonville Jazz Festival will feature Natalie Cole and Herbie Hancock during the Memorial Day weekend on Main Street, Hemming Plaza, Snyder Memorial Church, The Jacksonville Landing, Laura St. and various downtown businesses and buildings.   Eddie Palmieri, Jason Miles and Mavis Staples will also be featured on this festival.

Mark your calendars for the 2011 Jacksonville Jazz Festival held May 26-29, 2011. Friday night will mark the beginning of incredible jazz performances on multiple stages in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. The Wine Down Tasting Experience and the Art in the Heart Downtown juried art show and sale will also be open along with jazz exhibits and displays to start the festival weekend.

This FREE festival will transform into a vibrant setting with multiple entertainment stages and other components including the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition (ticketed); Art in the Heart Downtown Art Show & Sale; the Wine Down Tasting Experience (ticketed); Generation Next Youth Talent Competition; jazz exhibits, displays and much more.

The ‘Round Midnight Jazz Jam and Sunday Jazz Brunches are also included as highlights of the festival.

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