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Jazz on the River 2013 will keep toes tapping from noon to sunset at Ponce Inlet Saturday, March 2, with seven bands, including a solo trumpeter from Boston, quartets from Jacksonville and Winter Park, and the city's own Hothouse Jazz Band.
Headliner will be trumpeter Wayne Pearcy, who placed second last year in the International Trumpet Guild Jazz competition in London, and has earned recognition as a classical trumpet player as well. The other visiting musicians are the Barry Greene Quartet, Jacksonville, and Michelle Amato Quartet, Winter Park.
This is the second year for the festival and joining the professionals again will be the Spruce Creek High School 10 o'clock, 11 o'clock and 12 o'clock jazz bands (named after the times they gather for class).
The program is presented by the Ponce Inlet Lions Club and Down the Hatch Restaurant. Festival chairman is Tom Gannaway.
The stage will be on the riverfront next to the restaurant at 4894 Front St. Those attending are asked to bring chairs or blankets.
Entry fee is a donation of $10 for adults. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free and parking also will be free. Refreshments will be available and there will be art exhibits by the Museum of Arts and Sciences.
Proceeds will go to benefit the many Lions Club projects, including Paws for Patriots (service dogs for veterans), Conklin Center for the Multi-Handicapped and Visually Impaired, division of blind services talking library and Halifax Urban Ministries. Also benefiting will be the Spruce Creek High School music program.