Second annual Jazz Fest comes to Suwanee | Entertainment

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Smooth sounding jazz will entertain the crowd Saturday night in Suwanee at the second annual Suwanee Jazz Fest.

The event, taking place from 6 to 10 p.m., is a fundraiser hosted by The North Gwinnett Arts Association and WJZA Smooth Jazz 101.1FM, in partnership with the City of Suwanee and ARTober Gwinnett to help fund student art scholarships and art initiatives.

“We’re so happy that NGAA brought jazz back to Suwanee,” City of Suwanee Events and Outreach Manager Amy Doherty said. “Jazz Fest is yet another great example of how great community partnerships lead to great events.”

The event features four solo and group jazz artists for an evening of sounds, tastes and experiences under the stars.

Guests can hear the music of Carlena Prophet, Gregg Robbins, instrumental duo Unknown Lyric and Mix Fina.

Prophet is an Atlanta-based singer-songwriter and worship leader. A native of Augusta, her musical journey began at a young age as both a soloist and member of The Prophets, a gospel group formed by Carlena and her three sisters. Prophet recently released her first CD project.

Robbins is a vocalist based in Atlanta and has experience performing at jazz clubs, music festivals and wedding receptions. According to event organizers, his style is comparative to Johnny Hartman, Harry Connick Jr., Kurt Elling and Gregory Porter. Robbins recently recorded his debut album, “On Your Way.”

The Atlanta-based duo Unknown Lyric is made up of guitarist Jeremiah Turn and Kevin Grayson playing violin. They are the two-time winners of Amateur Night at the Apollo, a nightclub in New York, and were named Atlanta’s Next Best by Smooth Jazz 101.1.

Hailing from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Mix Fina will provide a Latin style and mix to his jazz performance.

In addition to music, local eateries, food trucks and vendors will be jazzing things up with food, drinks, and cocktails to-go.

Concertgoers are welcome to bring chairs and a cooler, however, glass bottles are not permitted in the park, and alcoholic beverages must be purchased from Town Center merchants. The event is free, but tables for six are available for purchase at ngaa4arts.com.



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