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Jazz Sudbury to present free weekly downtown Sudbury concerts this summer

Just show up at the corner of Cedar and Durham streets on Saturday mornings
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JAllan Walsh of the Allan Walsh Quartet and guitarist Jacob Starling are seen here at the launch of the 2019 edition of the Jazz Sudbury festival in June 2019. (File)

Buoyed by the success of its Jazzed Up Downtown festival last summer, Jazz Sudbury is presenting a 10-week festival of free concerts every Saturday morning beginning July 10 and running until Sept. 11.

The concerts take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the corner of Cedar and Durham streets in Downtown Sudbury.

This year’s Jazzed Up Downtown festival will feature musicians from the Sudbury community including 11-piece Afro Madness Drum Troupe; The Allan Walsh Quartet; jazz guitarists Jacob Starling and Zac Martel; vintage vocal trio The Sweet Julliettes; audience favourite The Hill Toppers Big Band; Sudbury’s hottest funk band Jellycap; and many others. 

Featured entertainment on July 24 and Aug. 21 dates will be by young jazz performers in the community. A complete list of participating artists will be available on the Jazz Sudbury Facebook page.

“We have all been cooped up far too long due to the pandemic,” said festival director Katherine Smith, in a press release.

“It’s time to get out, visit your favourite downtown stores and patios and enjoy the experience of live jazz. But if you can’t make it downtown, don’t worry. The concerts will be live streamed on the Jazz Sudbury website, jazzsudbury.com.”

All COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed as outlined by Sudbury & District Public Health and the provincial government.

The Jazzed Up Downtown festival is supported by Downtown Sudbury BIA and the Sudbury Arts Council. The Sudbury Arts Council will provide a series of family-oriented arts entertainment every Saturday.