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SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts (WWLP) – The sounds of jazz music echoed through the city of Springfield Wednesday night, kicking off the highly anticipated Jazz & Roots Festival taking place later this week.

Music was heard at One Financial Plaza, where New Orleans musician Glen David Andrews performed jazz at the evening’s festivities. City and festival officials also commemorated this major event that attracts thousands of music lovers each year.

Three days of music, art and community building offer a diverse program of musical performances. Kristin Neville, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival, told 22News what to expect at this year’s festivities.

“We’ve been working really hard and we’re excited to share some incredible music with you over the next few days. We want to celebrate community and diversity, art and culture, and cultural revival.”

The festival performances officially begin this Friday at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free for all visitors.

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