TRENTON (WWJ) – Tens of thousands of jazz fans are expected to gather in Trenton’s Elizabeth Park this weekend for Wayne County’s annual Jazz on the River.

The 17th year of Jazz on the River will provide two full days of music and fun, including performances by international artists like Najee, Kirk Whalum, Pieces of a Dream, Dave McMurray and Alexander Zonjic . The star-studded extravaganza will also feature Detroit’s significant mainstays and emerging artists including Kimmie Horn, Al McKenzie and Matt Marshak.

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Wayne County Executive Bob Ficano said the festival is getting more and more popular every year.

“We even have a lot of boats right there in the channel that sits behind the stage as well, that is part of the Detroit River down there in Trenton, and they’re able to listen to the music as well,” said Ficano.

Grills and alcoholic beverages are not permitted into Wayne County parks, but BBQ ribs and chicken, hot dogs, burgers, brauts, veggies, ice cream and other special treats are available for purchase.

The event is free to the public; however, there is a $5 suggested donation for parking.

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Another parking option is available at the corner of Jefferson and West Road and Jefferson and Elm. Visitors can ride SMART’s free shuttles to Elizabeth Park from these local parking areas. Shuttles will run continuously throughout the festival starting at 1 p.m.

Entertainment Schedule

Saturday, August 4

  • 1 p.m. — Al McKenzie
  • 2:30 p.m. — Urban Jazz Collection
  • 4 p.m. — Matt Marshak
  • 5:45 p.m. — Alexander Zonjic with special guests James Lloyd and The Motor City Horns
  • 7:30 p.m. — Najee

Sunday, August 5

  • 1 p.m. — Larry Lee and Back in the Day featuring Kiko
  • 2:30 p.m. — Kimmie Horne
  • 4 p.m. — Dave McMurray
  • 5:45 p.m. — Pieces of a Dream
  • 7:30 p.m. — Kirk Whalum
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