This year's Jazz Festival was nothing short of entertaining. Thousands, including families from near and far gathered at Riverfront Plaza in Downtown Jacksonville to enjoy great music, art , shopping with local vendors and of course a taste a variety of food and drinks!
For 40 years, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival has staged some of the world's most influential jazz and R&B artists; and years line up was no filled with award winning and Grammy nominated artist.
Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds. The large audience song word for word as Baby face sung some of his fan favorite to such as Whip Appeal, Soon as I get Home, Every time I close my eyes and the list goes on!
The Jacksonville Jazz Festival also offers the Jazz Marketplace where artists and makers showcase their original wares in a unique shopping experience and jazz eats and drinks, the Piano Competition, Jazz Jam, Sacred Jazz Brunch featuring Camille Thurman and The Darrell Green Quartet.
If you missed the Jacksonville Jazz Festiva
For information about the history and future festival, visit Jacksonville Jazz Festival.
THIS FREE MULTI-DAY RIVERFRONT FESTIVAL FEATURED SEVERAL
AWARD-WINNING ARTISTS PERFORMING ON TWO STAGES IN THE
HEART OF JACKSONVILLE, FL.
While the world was in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic, Edmonds, along with producer Teddy Riley, set a record for Instagram, attracting over four million viewers during a live episode of Swizz Beatz & Timbaland's Verzuz Beat Producer Battle series. The event on April 23, 2020 attracted fans from around the world, music artists, film & television celebrities, and pop culture icons.
Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis held a community meeting Tuesday to discuss the idea of Sulzbacher potentially moving the homeless shelter and other developments to a location in his district... more specifically, in the heart of the Fairfax Neighborhood.
Anger, Disbelief, and Confusion were the range of emotions that filled the auditorium of Susie E. Tolbert during the Town Hall meeting on June 13, 2021. Over 100 Community members supported by Councilman Garret Dennis and other local officials gathered as Executives of Sulzbacher presented their plans to relocate their men’s Homeless shelter and other developments from Downtown Jacksonville to a 12.5 acre lot in Fairfax neighborhood. Plans presented by Sulzbacher Executives included short term and long term housing, manufacturing facility, job training center, work-force housing/apartments, community services and outdoor recreation.
City Councilman Garrett Dennis held a community meeting residents pack the auditorium. Image BSMN
The residents of the community support the Sulzbacher’s efforts to continue to provide shelter to the homeless, just not in their neighborhood!
“Our problem isn’t with the Sulzbacher, it’s with the Mayor and the City of Jacksonville; where is our Mayor tonight?” Exclaimed Community activist Ben Frazier. “The city has broken many promises and neglected many issues in our area”, stated another resident.
In November 2019, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set up a Remedial Action plan for the 12.5 acres to remove contaminated soil and segments including a large portion of the elementary school’s playground, to send contaminated materials to an appropriate disposal facility, and remove 300,000 gallons of contaminated water.
There was a strong Unity between the residents of the Fairfax community that deemontated their opposition to the Sulzbacher’s proposal and encouraged their CEO and board to find a more suitable location.
Councilman Dennis was enthused with the community's quantity in presence and transparency about the needs of the community. He encourages residents to continue to show up!
"Strength is in numbers....We need to organize, we need to stay strong, we need to get everyone to register to vote; and when there are meetings, we need to show up in force then when it's time to vote, we need to take that force to the ballot box" said Councilman Dennis.