Jazz & Roots Festival held in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – In Springfield hundreds of residents came out for a jazz festival, both to hear great music and help the community.

The well-attended festival entertained hundreds of people who filled Court Square Park for the sweet sounds of jazz.

The Springfield Business Improvement District picked up part of the tab to get the Phil Woods Band and other marquee names to perform in the shadow of City Hall.

The jazz concert was free, but residents were asked to bring a new pair of socks to donate to Mercy’s Healthcare for the Homeless campaign.

One resident told 22News nights like this remind him how important it is to bring positive community events to the downtown area.

“Oh, it’s great,” said John Osborn. “The reason we started it, Springfield needs cultural events like this. It brings people together and we all have a good time. It’s a wonderful thing.”

Health Care for the Homeless executive director Doreen Fadus told 22News many of the homeless in Springfield and surrounding communities suffer from foot related issues.

This is the first Court Square jazz festival in three years.

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