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Winter Park Jazz Festival lineup announced

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Bassist Larry Graham and Graham Central Station perform at the Winter Park Jazz Festival at Hideaway Park in Winter Park last year. The festival tends to draw one of the largest crowds of the year. With acts such as Morris Day & The Time, this year likely will be no exception.

WINTER PARK — The Winter Park & Fraser Chamber announced the dates, lineup and ticket sales information for the 33rd Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival, part of the Odell Brewing Concert Series to be held in Hideaway Park July 18-19.

The headliner for the Saturday, July 18, performance is an 11-time Grammy winner with 11 solo albums of his own —Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds. He is credited with greatly influencing the contemporary pop/urban genres. In a relatively short time he has reached icon status as a poignant tune smith, prolific hit maker/producer, superstar recording artist, and revolutionary label owner.

The Sunday, July 19, headliner is Morris Day & The Time. Morris Day burst onto the public scene with the group's self-titled album, The Time, which included "Get It Up," "Cool," and "Girl." Soon after the world was introduced to the former Prince band member and music marvel, the group went on to record three more albums, including What Time Is It? and Ice Cream Castle. The later album, the group's most popular, is best remembered for the infectious singles "Jungle Love" and the Rufus Thomas-influenced, "The Bird." The songs were hits on both urban and pop radio.

Tickets went on sale Wednesday, April 1, at 10 a.m. and may be purchased by calling the Jazz Festival Box Office at (888) 409-5974 or online at http://www.altitudetickets.com/event-groups/winter-park-jazz-festival.

Both general admission tickets and V.I.P. tickets will be available. The cost of a general admission ticket is $45 in advance ($55 day of show). V.I.P. tickets will be priced at $65 in advance ($75 day of show).

Back again this year, an add-on for Express Lane allows festival-goers quick access into Hideaway Park one hour before the main gates open (first 500 attendees). The cost is $25 in advance ($30 day of show) with ticket purchase.

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A "book early" special is being offered for two drink tickets included with any V.I.P. or general admission ticket purchase through the end of business day April 13.

"For three decades the Winter Park Jazz Festival has been a treasured tradition for locals and visitors alike," says Catherine Ross, executive director of the Chamber. "From the intimate venue in the heart of Winter Park to the well-known national and regional acts, the Jazz Festival is a really special celebration."

The entire lineup of the 33rd Winter Park Jazz Festival Lineup can be viewed at http://www.JazzWinterPark.com. Gates open daily at 10 a.m. and the music begins at noon.

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