Downtown hosts annual Jazz Fest

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The smooth sounds of jazz were heard in downtown Youngstown on Sunday for this year’s Jazz Fest.

There was quite the crowd for Grammy Award winner, Kirk Whalum, whose credits include playing the sax in the Whitney Houston hit, “I Will Always Love You.”

This year’s fest was moved to the the central square of downtown to allow for more seating. Organizers said it’s important to have events like this to bring more people downtown.

“As downtown and as the city begins to redevelop we need to offer more entertainment options for people,” said Downtown Youngstown Marketing Director, Lyndsey Hughes.

WKBN/WYTV reporter Julie Bercik took part in fest, welcoming the crowd and introducing Youngstown City Council members who presented Whalum with a resolution.

YSU’s new president, Dr. Randy Dunn, was also in attendance.


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