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Chaka Khan, Charlie Wilson, David Sanborn added to Jacksonville Jazz Fest lineup

The Jacksonville Jazz Festival has added heavy-hitters David Sanborn, Chaka Khan and Charlie Wilson to the lineup.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Some heavy-hitters have been added to the 2023 Jacksonville Jazz Festival lineup in the past few days.

On Tuesday, the festival announced on social media that Grammy-award winning artist Chaka Khan would be performing at the Swingin’ Stage at the Memorial Day-weekend fest on Saturday, May 27.


Other lineup adds include Charlie Wilson, former Gap Band singer also known as “Uncle Charlie,” and alto saxophonist David Sanborn, who will perform on Sunday, May 28. Wilson will play the Swingin’ Stage and Sanborn will take the Groovin’ Stage.

As of Tuesday, the Jazz Fest’s website showed five performer spots left to be announced.

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The Jazz Fest kicks off on Thursday night with a piano competition at The Florida Theatre. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are three days filled with performances on two different stages, one at Riverfront Plaza and one at Ford on Bay.

Here’s the day-by-day lineup that’s been announced so far:

Friday, May 26

  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
  • Ron Carter’s Foursight Quartet
  • Eddie Palmieri
  • Carmen Lundy
  • Eric Roberson
  • The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Saturday, May 27

  • Larry Carlton
  • Marcus Miller
  • Pieces of a Dream
  • Ulysses Owens Jr. and Generation Y
  • The U.S. Army Ambassadors Jazztet
  • CeCe Teneal

Sunday, May 28

  • Samara Joy
  • Shemekia Copeland
  • Piano Competition Winner

The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is free to attend. Premium Experience packages are available for purchase to take your experience to the next level, but not required. Check out to get details on showtimes, parking and to see what is included with remaining Full-Festival and Single-Day VIP packages.

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