WESTFIELD, NJ — The 22nd Annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival returns soon to Downtown Westfield with free live music every Tuesday night in July and August from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Rain dates Wednesdays).
Four live performances each Tuesday night will held outside in Downtown Westfield at various locations — on Central Avenue in front of Banana Republic, the lawn in front of the North Avenue Train Station, Elm Street in front of the Baptist Church and in Foundation Park across the street from 439 South Ave. West (near the corner of South Ave West and Westfield Ave.).
Quimby Street will be closed for special celebrations of the Sweet Sounds Downtown on July 10 and August 28.
“There are 37 different groups with a wide variety of musical performances,” said Sherry Cronin, executive director of the DWC. “You won’t find a boring, sleepy jazz set in our Sweet Sounds. While there are serious, highly acclaimed musicians, the groups are here to entertain and have fun. In addition to our Westfield-based performers from the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, Florian Schantz Jazz Combo, Watson, and B. Ro & The Groove Merchants, we have musicians who travel from Brooklyn, NYC and Philadelphia to part of our signature events.”
The festival committee worked very hard this year in creating a diversified slate of performers, according to Beth Brenner, assistant executive director of the DWC.
“You will find big band, blues, funk, Latin, swing, steel guitar and many other styles of musical performances,” Brenner said. “We even have a New Orleans roving band this year. Come downtown, shop, dine and unwind to some Sweet Sounds.”