Thousands attend the Township Jazz Festival in Ridgeland

RIDGELAND, Miss. (WLBT) – After going virtual in 2020 and postponing the 2021 event to mid-fall due to COVID-19, the 15th annual Township Jazz Festival is back.

The event has earned a reputation as one of the best family music events in the state.

Organizers say they have made sure to live up to that reputation this year.

The sound of trumpets, improvised beats and a sunny day was the perfect combination that brought hundreds of music lovers to the annual Jazzfest.

“Jazz is what I like, good and slow,” said Chris Heard, who attended the event. “I like all kinds of music, but it’s twice as good here.”

Jazz music has been a part of my life for years – jazz, blues, all that stuff. “It’s very calming, uplifting at times too…so it’s really good to be a part of it,” Erica said.

Headliners for the outdoor festival included various acts ranging from local talent to Grammy-winning artists from New Orleans and around the country.

The family event also included a green lawn where children could play kickball and throw Frisbees with their dogs.

“I think there’s so much turmoil in the world, in our community and in our society, and so this is an opportunity to get out there and enjoy our community and this incredibly diverse crowd,” he said. event organizer, Tripp Douglas.

Douglas says as we turn the corner of this pandemic, people of all ages are excited to get out and enjoy food, fun and live music once again.

“Musicians can’t wait to play,” Douglas said. “These are professionals who need a place to play. So they are thrilled to have an event like this to perform.

According to Douglas, more than 3,000 people attended the festival today, which is a record number for this event.

He says they plan to make it bigger and better next year.

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Willie J. Johnson