Jazz Up Your Weekend

Dallas has the Deep Ellum Arts Festival, Fort Worth has its Main Street Arts Festival and even Grapevine has Main Street Days and Grapefest. These are all long-running, multi-faceted family events where drinks can be enjoyed, art of a million kinds can be purchased and, yes, bands can be heard. What sets the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival apart from all other area parties of similar ilk is the dogged dedication to the Jazz portion of the programming. Jazz isn't a label to be taken lightly in Denton, of course. For this 35th edition, held across the acreage of Quakertown Park (700 Oakland St.), jazz tunes from the storied UNT Lab Bands, local high school — and younger — bands, and the quintessential New Orleans Jazz Legend himself, Dr. John, will be features on seven different stages through each day into each night. The Denton Arts & Jazz Festival begins 5 p.m. Friday and continues through Sunday. Admission is Free. Visit dentonjazzfest.com for more info.. Photo by Ed Steele Photography.
Fri., April 24, 5 p.m.; Sat., April 25, 11 a.m.; Sun., April 26, 11 a.m., 2015
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Kelly Dearmore