Love or loathe jazz, there's no stopping it this weekend in Chandler.
The city's 11th annual Jazz Festival will bring a multitude of local and national jazz musicians to historic downtown.
Headliners Bleu Orleans, Dmitri Matheny Group, Stan Sorenson and Jazz Prose, and Nick Manson and the Festival Allstars will play on the festival's outdoor main stage at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. The bandmates of Bleu Orleans appeared as members of the Ray Charles Septet in "Ray," the Academy Award-winning 2004 Ray Charles biopic starring Jamie Foxx.
More than 20 other acts will perform around the clock, indoors and out, at cafes, galleries, courtyards and bars throughout the historic district. Spectators are invited to bring blankets or folding chairs to enjoy the free, nonstop music.
In addition, the festival will feature an arts and crafts fair, and jazz musicians will lead a "parasol strolling walk" with free Mardi Gras beads at 1 p.m. Saturday along the sidewalks of San Marcos Place. Jazz in AZ will lead an interactive and educational jazz jam session for kids. At 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, youngsters can learn about the genre and help create music with free kazoos.
The festival runs 4:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, and free parking is available downtown. For a parking map and festival entertainment schedule, visit www.ChandlerAZ.gov/jazz. For information, call (480) 782-2735.