Jacksonville's Jazz Scene at Historic Ritz Theatre & Other Venues

By: Hilda Mitrani


Jazz and Jacksonville go hand-in-hand, and not just at the world-famous Jacksonville Jazz Festival held each May. In the city, visitors can enjoy jazz at a number of locales.

Near Downtown, a new wine and art bar named Fusion welcomes jazz lovers. Located in Springfield, a historic, up-and-coming neighborhood, Fusion hosts weekly performances on Fridays and for special events.

Coming up, the Sounds of Hot Summer Nights beach concert on Aug. 14 at the oceanfront Sea Walk Pavilion. You can bring your own picnic blanket or chair and end enjoy free, live jazz by the ocean. Call 904-270-1658 for more details on the performers.

At the historic Ritz Theatre & Museum, radio DJ Na'im Rashid hosts a jazz series with an established performer and a new talent on the first Saturday of each month. He is also the program host at this café-style evening.

The Ritz's LaVilla Museum has a permanent exhibit highlighting the region's African-American history. One highlight is the memorabilia about native sons James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson, who composed “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing," considered the Negro National Hymn.

Keep up with Jacksonville's extensive entertainment scene on the Visit Jax website.

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