Other Jazz Fest events and Exhibitions

Art in the Heart Downtown
During the festival, browse through the works of talented artists and master craftspeople.Laura Street Corridor. Free admission. Friday, May 22, 5-10 pm; Saturday, May 23, 11 am-10 pm; Sunday, May 24, 11 am-6 pm

Wine Down Tasting Experience
A tasteful complement to the displays of fine art and the sounds of jazz during the festival. Includes eight tastes of featured wines and a complimentary, limited edition wine glass. Hemming Plaza. Tickets $15. Five additional tastes can be purchased for $10. Can be purchased at point of entry. Friday, May 22, 5-10 pm; Saturday, May 23, Noon-10 pm; Sunday, May 24, Noon-6 pm

Jazz Juniors
A fun, hands-on educational jazz experience for children. Instruments from the four families (woodwinds, brass, percussion, and strings) and a keyboard station will be available for children to make music. In front of The Jacksonville Landing (on Water Street and Independent Drive) Free. Saturday, May 23, 11 am-8 pm; Sunday, May 24, 11 am-6 pm;

An interactive show that teaches children to appreciate jazz and have fun in the process. In front of The Jacksonville Landing (on Water Street and Independent Drive) Saturday, Noon-1 pm, 1-1:30 pm., 2:30-3:30 pm and 6:30 pm-7:30 pm; Sunday, Noon-1 pm and 2-3 pm.

Herman Leonard Photography Exhibit
Exhibit featured in Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA), 333 N. Laura St., which depicts various jazz greats, performances and candid moments. Free admission to Herman Leonard exhibit, with paid admission to the museum exhibits. Friday, May 22, 5-10 pm; Saturday, May 23, 11 am-11 pm; Sunday, May 24, Noon-6 pm

Jazz Festival Commemorative Poster Display from 1981-2009
The jazz festival poster display will feature the commemorative posters from Jacksonville’s famed festival. Exhibit featured in Main Library, 303 N. Laura St. (lobby area) from May 1-31. Free admission. Hours during the festival Friday, May 22, 5- 10 pm; Saturday, May 23, 11 am-11 pm; Sunday, May 24, Noon- 6 pm; These hours are for the exhibit only, not the library.

GUMBO: A Jazz film by Ken Burns
The first of a 10 part film series by Ken Burns, takes us on a jazz journey beginning with its birth in New Orleans in the 1890s at the height of the Jim Crow era. This film explores the role of some of the first practitioners including the half-mad Buddy Bolden, the half-truthful Jelly Roll Morton, and the fully explosive Sidney Bechet. Main Library, 303 N. Laura St., Hicks Auditorium, conference level. Tuesday, May 19, 5:45 pm

Shawn Hanlon, jazz pianist
In the competitive arena of the music industry today, one musician stands out above the rest. Hanlon currently performs as principal horn of the University of North Florida Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, and Brass Quintet, plays piano with UNF’s top big band, Jazz Ensemble 1, and sings bass with the UNF Chamber Singers and the Big Orange Chorus. He currently studies with Kevin Reid, principal horn of the Jacksonville Symphony, and Lynne Arriale, world-renowned jazz pianist. Main Library, Hicks Auditorium. May 22, 2 pm

Jazz Festival Hall of Fame Display
View photos and biographies of those who have greatly contributed to jazz in Jacksonville. More members will be inducted into the Jacksonville Jazz Festival Hall of Fame this year. Exhibit featured in Riverwatch at City Centre (a.k.a Suntrust Building on Laura Street) Free admission. Friday, May 22, 5-10 pm; Saturday, May 23, 11 am-11 pm; Sunday, May 24, Noon-6 pm

Generation Next Youth Talent Competition
A live talent showcase and competition where the winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used expressly for the purpose of furthering his/her musical education. The scholarship may be used toward school tuition or private lessons, specifically in the field of performing arts. Finalists will perform on Saturday, May 23 on the Breezin’ Stage (The Jacksonville Landing courtyard). Winners will be selected by a panel of music adjudicators who specialize in the field of traditional and contemporary jazz and blues art forms. Saturday, May 23, 1:30 pm

Jazz Brunches
Enjoy the sounds of jazz and a delicious brunch. This is the perfect way to kick off the final day of the jazz festival on Sunday, May 24. Omni Jacksonville Hotel (official host hotel of the 2009 Jacksonville Jazz Festival), 245 Water St. Seatings at 10 am and Noon $28 per person For reservations call (904) 355-6664; Cafe Nola (inside MOCA), 333 N. Laura St. Noon-4 pm, $18 per adult, $8 children 10 years and under Reservations are suggested by calling (904) 366-6911 ext. 231