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Fri April 26, 2013
Arts

Seventeenth Annual Murfreesboro JazzFest

Credit jazzfestmainstreet.com

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Murfreesboro’s annual Main Street Jazz Fest is fast approaching.

This is the festival’s 17th year and it will kick off Friday evening, May 3 on Murfreesboro’s historic downtown square. On Saturday there will be acts performing on two stages with WMOT’s Greg Lee hosting the main stage.

Main Street Murfreesboro Director Kathleen Herzog says JazzFest features local talent Friday afternoon and evening with no less than 9 Rutherford County student jazz bands performing.

“We call those people the ‘future jazz greats’ and they are fabulous. I mean the talent that is in this county is amazing. “

The pros take over on Saturday and Herzog says vistors can expect some top-flight talent.

“We have Marcus Finney who is a percussionist and he will actually be conducting the free clinic at 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon over at the Center for the Arts. We are also having Dara Tucker who is a smokin’ jazz vocalist; wonderful, wonderful vocalist.”

Herzog says the event attracts an estimated 10,000 and 15,000 visitors to the Murfreesboro square each year. For performance times visit jazzfestmainstreet.com