WESTFIELD, NJ — The 20th Annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival, taking place Tuesday nights in July and August from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., continues Aug. 23 with its eighth evening of free outdoor concerts by five bands at locations throughout Downtown Westfield. (Rain date Aug. 24.)
The festival is sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation.
Your complete guide to week eight bands:
East Broad Street and North Avenue West: Eric Frazier. Eric Frazier has received international acclaim as a singer, songwriter and composer. The drummer taught himself to play the conga drums and trap drums. His recordings represent a distinct blend of jazz, blues, salsa, R&B, Soca and world music. He has been featured on several television shows.
Elm Street (in front of the Baptist Church): Carrie Jackson. This jazz vocalist is well known for her natural and effortless voice as she combines classical jazz, standards, pop and blues. She has two critically acclaimed CDs that have been praised by reviewers for their excellent choice of music and style paired with her voice.
Central Avenue (in front of Banana Republic): Jazz Lobsters. This versatile group handles music ranging from big band to funk, island to rock, jazz standards to modern hits, along with Latin and Jewish/Klezmer music. Usually livening up the scene at weddings and parties, the Jazz Lobsters are known as the hottest band on the Jersey Shore and promise to live up to their name at every performance.
North Avenue West and Elm Street: Justin Hernandez. Justin Hernandez is a trumpet player in high demand for his talent and jazz performances. Currently on Broadway in “If/Then” with Idina Menzel, Hernandez has performed with countless jazz ensembles in a variety of stages. Though he is mainly active in New York and New Jersey, he has also been well-received all over the country and Canada when he went on the International Vans Warped Tour.
Foundation Park (South Avenue West and Westfield Avenue): Lance Bryant. Lance Bryant is a soulful saxophonist and vocalist who combines his spirituality with his rich blues sounds. He was part of an on-stage group for the Broadway production of “Swingl,” which received six Tony nominations. Believing in the profound healing power of the blues, Bryant spreads his spirituality through his music.
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Soo Min Chung is a student at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAP into Westfield.