Legendary jazz singers pack Elizabeth Park and deliver powerful performances – The News Herald

She learned to respect the power of love and he found the greatest love of all, and in between they brought all their legendary sounds and No. 1 hit recordings at Trenton’s Jazz on the River to Elizabeth Park.

Visitors to the free jazz concert in Elizabeth Park were all smiles during the performances recently. (Photos courtesy of Montez Miller)

Grammy award-winning George Benson and five-time chart-topping Stephanie Mills did not disappoint when they visited Trenton for entertainment.

The recent concert was a big hit among those who appreciate classic R&B music as fans filled the lawn around the stage.

Using the Detroit River as a backdrop, the concert provided an opportunity to hear some of the two’s old-school favorites in honor of the festival marking its silver anniversary.

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It was a perfect night out on the town in Elizabeth Park for jazz lovers. George Benson and Stephanie Mills gave an unforgettable concert. (Photos courtesy of Montez Miller)

Jazz concerts have been attracting fans of the genres for 25 years and Benson and Mills have been chosen to headline the anniversary show.

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A young boy was recently able to take part in the fun Jazz on the River festival. (Photos courtesy of Montez Miller)

Concerts have multiplied over the years and now Trenton hosts what is considered one of the largest and most popular free jazz festivals in the region.

Crowd drawn to the concert
Jazz lovers traveled from communities near and far to hear legendary artists George Benson and Stephanie Mills. (Photos courtesy of Montez Miller)

Wayne County Executive Warren Evans spoke about the concert before the show, saying that Jazz on the River has remained such a popular cultural event in Wayne County for 25 years is a remarkable achievement.

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Trenton’s Elizabeth Park provides the perfect setting for one of the region’s biggest free jazz concerts. (Photos courtesy of Montez Miller)

He said it’s not just a testament to the quality of entertainment that is recruited every year, but also the hard-working staff and supporters.

George Benson
George Benson’s release of his three-time platinum 1976 album “Breezin” and award-winning singles “Breezin” and “This Masquerade” brought him worldwide success and recognition. (Photos courtesy of Montez Miller)

Evans said they continue to go above and beyond to ensure it continues to be a happily memorable occasion every year.

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