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Inaugural Alton Jazz & Wine Festival to celebrate Miles Davis

Regional and national jazz acts will wail at the first Alton Jazz and Wine Festival at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater Saturday, Sept. 9, beginning at 4 p.m.

altonjazzandwinefestAmong sounds will be Keyon Harrold’s trumpet (shown), New Orleans traditional jazz from the Funky Butt Brass Band, the jazz piano of the Ptah Williams Quartet and the swinging blues of the Dawn Weber Group.

Admission to the event is free, although a VIP experience is available which includes parking, drink vouchers, reserved seats and access to a VIP tent. VIP tickets are two for $25 or one for $15. Tickets are available at the Alton Visitor Center, 200 Piasa St., or at

The jazz festival was created as a salute to jazz legend Miles Davis who was born in Alton in 1926. A bronze statue honoring Davis was created two years ago and stands on 3rd Street in Alton. It is one of three Miles Davis statues in the world and the only one on the North American continent. A variety of wine and food will be available for sale at concession stands.

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