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Jazz Festival Returns To Downtown Springfield

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A jazz festival is taking place Saturday in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Springfield Jazz and Roots Festival runs from 11am to 10pm, with the main stage set up in Court Square.  The organizer of the free festival, Evan Plotkin, who is major downtown property manager, said the festival is a pivotal event in Springfield’s newly designated cultural district.

" Court Square, the historic church, City Hall, Symphony Hall and the MassMutual Center surrounding this beautiful park. It just lends itself to an activity that is of such cultural richness and importance."

A jazz festival and arts show that was held four years ago in downtown Springfield drew over 20,000 people. This year’s festival will be headlined by legendary musician Charles Neville.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.