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The Watertown Jazz Festival is an annual fixture on the city’s historic square, but Saturday’s event brought something new ... a Vantrease Jazz Band performance without Ernest Vantrease.

Vantrease passed away in May. The Watertown native made a name for himself as an icon in the jazz world. Being linked to Ray Charles and B.B. King earned him a reputation for having some serious chops, but one of his greatest legacies was performing for his hometown.

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