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Goespel Jazz Fest coming to Wheaton in June

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  • Saxophonist Greg Vail will perform at the Gospel Jazz Fest in Wheaton.

      Saxophonist Greg Vail will perform at the Gospel Jazz Fest in Wheaton.
    Courtesy of Wheaton Park District

  • Chicago's own Robin Alexis will sing at Wheaton's Gospel Jazz Fest.

      Chicago's own Robin Alexis will sing at Wheaton's Gospel Jazz Fest.
    Courtesy of Wheaton Park District

 
By Margie Wilhelmi
Wheaton Park District

Wheaton Park District will sponsor a new summer event, Gospel Jazz Fest, from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave., in downtown Wheaton.

"We're highlighting an up-and-coming area of music with top talent in the genre. People are going to be amazed at the caliber of artists," said Tracy Scott, founder of radio station WPJC-FM and co-organizer of the event.

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The musical lineup features both national and local jazz artists, including:

• Saxophonist Greg Vail, a nominee for the 2010 American Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year.

• Chicago's own, soulful voice, Robin Alexis.

• Tanya Egler and the Steven Lambert Quintet.

The outdoor festival will feature a wine-tasting experience, as well as a variety of food for purchase.

"Wheaton's historic downtown and gospel music is such a happy marriage," Scott said. "Joyous music in a relaxing atmosphere that lets people connect -- this will be one of the best local events of the summer."

General admission begins at 4 p.m. The concert begins 6 p.m.

This will be a private, ticketed event. Tickets for general admission will be $35 and are required for entry into Wheaton's Memorial Park. Purchase tickets at www.wheatonparkdistrict.com/tickets or at Wheaton Park District Community Center, 1777 S. Blanchard Road, Wheaton.

Lawn seating is also available for the concert. Bring chairs or come early to secure limited bench seating near the band shell.

Special pricing on group ticket sales is available. For details, contact Kristina Nemetz at (630) 510-5064 or knemetz@wheatonparks.org

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