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The eighth annual Montclair Jazz Festival, on Saturday, Aug. 12, brought about 12,000, the largest crowd ever, to Nishuane Park to see headliners and student bands perform on two stages for nine hours of fun, music and advocacy.

Dee Dee Bridgewater sings– this year the rain held off. COURTESY NEIL GRABOWSKY/JAZZ HOUSE KIDS.
Dee Dee Bridgewater sings with Memphis Soulphony. COURTESY NEIL GRABOWSKY/JAZZ HOUSE KIDS.
A student band performs. COURTESY NEIL GRABOWSKY/JAZZ HOUSE KIDS.
The Montclair Art Museum provided art opportunities for kids in the Family Jazz Discovery Zone. COURTESY NEIL GRABOWSKY/JAZZ HOUSE KIDS.
A child paints on a cardboard guitar at the Jazz Festival on Saturday, Aug. 12.
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Melissa Walker, left, founder and president of Jazz House Kids, and husband Christian McBride, JHK artistic director, read stories in the Family Jazz Discovery Zone.
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Louis Prima Jr., right, performs with The Witnesses in the Family Jazz Discovery Zone. COURTESY NEIL GRABOWSKY/JAZZ HOUSE KIDS.
Louis Prima Jr. marches around the Family Jazz Discovery Zone before returning to the stage. GWEN OREL/STAFF PHOTO.
Teaching assistants play in New Orleans-style marches to ask for donations, in between sets. COURTESY NEIL GRABOWSKY/JAZZ HOUSE KIDS.
Heeten Choxi, co-publisher of MontclairLocal, tattoos Ricky Manso, as his mother Tyra, of Montclair Pediatric Dental Care chats with Thalla Choxi ,not pictured, at the MontclairLocal booth during the Eighth Annual Montclair Jazz Festival, in Nishuane Park , Saturday. About 5,000 music -lovers show up to listen to the line-up of Grammy award-winning musicians, and the Jazz House Kids, Aug 12.
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Jazz House Kids president and founder Melissa Walker speaks to fans. ADAM ANIK/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL.
Cyrus Chestnut leads his trio on the keyboards. ADAM ANIK/FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL.
The large crowd enjoys the music as the weather holds, despite a few sprinkles. COURTESY NEIL GRABOWSKY/JAZZ HOUSE KIDS.
Christian McBride on the electric bass closes the festival.
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Everyone on stage at the finale of the festival. NEIL GRABOWSKY/COURTESY JAZZ HOUSE KIDS.