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posted: 6/17/2014 9:00 AM

Wheaton to celebrate Smooth Jazz Fest

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Wheaton's Smooth Jazz Fest returns to the city's Memorial Park Saturday, June 28, with several acclaimed jazz artists and food and drink from area vendors.

Sponsored by Wheaton Park District and WPJC 88.3-FM radio, the fest will run from 3 to 10 p.m. in the park at 208 W. Union Ave. and is expected to draw more than 800 music fans, organizers say. The event will be hosted by smooth jazz DJ Rick O'Dell.

"The lineup features something for everyone, with a good cross-section of contemporary jazz stylings and instrumentation," O'Dell said.

"Young people who play an instrument, as well as their parents and fans of contemporary jazz in general, will enjoy performances by some talented players. Add in some tasty food and refreshing beverages, and you've got the makings of a perfect Saturday evening at Memorial Park."

The show will open with a performance by Roland Gresham at 4:15 p.m. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, he has performed throughout North America, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. His latest project is "Memories of Michael Jackson."

Naperville native Scott Allman, a contemporary jazz boardist and composer, will follow at 6:15 p.m. His debut CD, "Generations," has received strong reviews. He'll perform with Darren Rahn, a master's level jazz graduate from the University of Northern Colorado.

Finally, Donald Hayes will perform at 8 p.m. Hayes' music has been featured on countless recordings and he is considered the best saxophonist in the country.

Tickets for the festival are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. For details, visit wheatonparkdistrict.com/jazz.

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