Who we are


In the year 2000, a group of dedicated individuals and jazz lovers, lead by former Mayoral Aid John Osborn, made the decision to produce an annual jazz and art festival in the city of Springfield to give jazz music a home in Springfield and to ensure that all of its citizens would have access to (at least) one significant cultural event. So they formed the Mason Square Jazz Festival Committee. Six years later they expanded their geography, embracing the entire city, as well as the city’s legacy as the birthplace of basketball, becoming “Hoop” City Jazz, Inc. (HCJ). Today we continue to work diligently in our quest build a destination event for the city of Springfield - with all the benefits that can accrue.

our Mission

To become one of the premire destination

events of its kind in the Northeast in order

to celebrate our diversity and showcase the

wonderful things the city of Springfield has

to offer...


Downtown Springfield At Court Square.

This year’s event will be staged on the esplanade of City Hall itself, where many of the city’s businesses and most significant cultural attractions are well within the sightlines and walking distance. The city’s Court Square Park, at the heart of the city, will serve as a seating and staging area for associated offerings.


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Artists & Food

In addition to presenting outstanding local, regional and world-class musicians, the festival will include the “Taste Springfield” food court, highlighting food purveyors from downtown and around the city.

There will also be an exhibit of artists and crafters from Springfield and a “bazaar” featuring vendors offering unique and reasonably priced merchandise that cannot be found in local malls. And to attract and give youngsters something to do, the Springfield Armor – our local NBA farm club, will stage an early clinic/meet and greet for our aspiring “hoop” stars.