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Westfield’s Summer Jazz Festival Continues in August

Big Fun(k) performs during the Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Stringbean and the Stalkers perform during the Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
Workers from Carlo's hand out samples during the Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival. Credits: Jackie Lieberman

WESTFIELD, NJ — The 19th Annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival, sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation, continues this summer with free concerts each Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in August. (Rain dates are Wednesdays.)

“Sweet Sounds is going very well,” said DWC Executive Director Sherry Cronin.  “We have seen many new faces downtown so far this year and the restaurants particularly are pleased with the additional diners. We attribute this to increased advertising and presence on social media and jazz websites.  We also are encouraging our retailers to stay open later for the additional traffic and to cross-promote with the Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival. For example, Carlo’s Bakery has been distributing delicious samples and the feedback has been very positive.”

A new performance venue piloted at South and Westfield Avenues in July was a success, according to Cronin. 

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“It has proven to be beneficial as we work with the town of Westfield and the Westfield Foundation on building an outdoor performance space in the park area on the south side of the train underpass —a park near Exquisite Bride’s new building,” she said. To read about that park, click here.

On Aug. 4, catch Mike Kaplan Nonet, No Name James & Butterball, Marlene VerPlanck and The Joe Taino Group downtow. On Aug. 11 hear New-Trad Sextet, The Murphtet, David Aaron Quintet and B.D. Lenz. Aug. 18’s jazz night will feature Abelita Mateus, Mauricio de Soussa & Bossa Brasil, Carrie Jackson and VooDUDES. The festival ends Aug. 25 with performances by Jazz Lobsters, Ehoff/Gano/Knapp, Ali Ryerson and Watson.  

For more information and a complete performance schedule, visit

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