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The 28th annual Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest as presented by Berks Arts Council once again will glitter with a galaxy of stars performing April 6-15, 2018.

The 10-day Jazz Fest will be epic in scope, talent and genres — with a multiplicity of concerts at venues large and small encompassing contemporary jazz, traditional jazz, pop, crossover, world, blues, roots, funk, R&B, gospel and unique concerts produced especially for the festival.

The Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest is recognized as one of the largest and most diverse music festivals of its kind in the country. Since 1991, the festival has been an important part of the Greater Reading’s community revitalization efforts as both an economic and cultural catalyst for positive change.

The festival gets off to a rousing start on Friday, April 6, with the Opening Night Celebration, Brian Culbertson: Colors of Love Tour, at 7:30 p.m. at the Santander Performing Arts Center. Culbertson, the award-winning multi-instrumentalist, mainly features his signature acoustic piano on his new romantic album Colors of Love due out on Valentine’s Day 2018.

Also at 7:30 on April 6 at The Inn at Reading will be the Special All-Stars featuring four musical heavyweights in guitarist Chieli Minucci, saxophonist Eric Marienthal, keyboardist Lao Tizer, violinist Karen Briggs and bassist Gerald Veasley.

That epic opening Friday will continue with a blockbuster 10 p.m. concert at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading Grand Ballroom, acclaimed chart-topping trumpeter Rick Braun with superstar saxophonist Dave Koz, he of the nine Grammy Award nominations and nine No. 1 albums.

The Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest lost a dear friend when Chuck Loeb passed away July 31 at 61 from cancer. Loeb was much more than just a fabulous guitarist with incredible musicianship – the consummate arranger and composer. He also was a wonderful human being and a prolific and peerless performer at Berks Jazz Fest.

Chuck may be gone — but he will never be forgotten by his Jazz Fest family of volunteers and fans. The Remembering Chuck Loeb concert on Sunday, April 8, at 6 p.m. at the Santander Performing Arts Center will feature Eric Marienthal, Rick Braun, Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason, Kirk Whalum, Will Lee, Michael Franks, Dave Koz, Everette Harp, Jeff Lorber, Randy Brecker, Paul Jackson Jr., Chieli Minucci, Nick Colionne, Kim Waters, Gerald Veasley, Bill Evans, Mitch Forman, Brian Bromberg, Andy Snitzer, Lionel Cordew, Ron Jenkins, David Charles, Matt King and The Berks Horns.

Also gracing the stage will be Chuck’s wife Carmen and his daughters Christina and Lizzy Loeb. A portion of the proceeds will establish the Chuck Loeb Scholarship Fund.

Kirk Whalum’s Gospel According to Jazz Celebration has become a staple as the Berks Jazz Fest finale and this time will feature Take 6 plus Kevin Whalum, John Stoddart, Shelea Frazier and the DOXA Gospel Ensemble.

Berks Jazz Fest always has a plethora of brilliant artists and other notables in the 28th edition will include:

Sensational saxophonist Boney James with special guest vocalist Eric Roberson.

The celebrated Pieces of a Dream with special saxophonist Kim Waters, guitarist Nick Colionne and vocalist Eric Roberson.

The iconic group Fourplay with keyboardist Bob James, bassist Nathan East, drummer Harvey Mason and saxophonist Kirk Whalum.

The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, under whose production the group has released 22 albums, all of which have attained Top 5 Billboard status and sold over three million albums, plus saxophonist/singer Grace Kelly.

Rayford Griffin’s Reflections of Brownie: A Tribute to Clifford Brown by his nephew and volcanic drummer Rayford Griffin featuring trumpet maestro Rick Braun, ground-breaking bassist Brian Bromberg, keyboard master Hans Zermuehlen and sensational saxophonist Andy Snitzer.

EPK as in sizzling saxman Euge Groove, acclaimed guitarist Peter White and transcendent pianist Keiko Matsui.

Saxophone great Gerald Albright with special guest vocalists Selina Albright, his daughter, and sensational singer Kenny Lattimore.

Famed British funk/jazz/soul group Incognito featuring Maysa, she of the instantly identifiable honey-toned mezzo-soprano and an undeniably brilliant and magnetic stage presence.

Grammy Award-winning vocalist Catherine Russell teams up with jazz guitarist, vocalist and bandleader John Pizzarelli in a stunning tribute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra.

Two-time Grammy-winning and legendary vocalist Lisa Fischer and her band Grand Baton.

Phenomenal blues guitarist/vocalist Ana Popovic plus Philadelphia-based blues vocalist/saxophonist Vanessa Collier, whose rise to the top has almost been meteoric.

In the Music of Rory Gallagher, who produced some of the greatest rock/blues albums of the 1960s, 70s and the 80s, the Band of Friends features seminal blues prodigy/guitarist /vocalist Davey Knowles; bass guitarist Gerry McAvoy, who played, recorded and toured with Gallagher for 20 years; and drummer Ted McKenna, who also played with Gallagher from 1978-81.

Performing a special brand of music that encompasses multiple genres, the Victor Wooten Trio is led by world-renowned bassist Victor Wooten, a five-time Grammy Award winner and a founding member of Béla Fleck & The Flecktones. The trio features drummer Dennis Chambers and saxophonist Bob Franceschini. The opening act is Teen Town, a young, impressive fusion/jazz/funk trio out of Williamsport.

Chilean-born tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, who at the tender age of 24 won the prestigious 2013 Thelonious Monk Competition. She later became a recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award from Jazz at Lincoln Center and a double recipient of the Altazor Award, Chile’s highly prestigious national art prize.

Jazz Funk Soul with pianist Jeff Lorber, saxophonist Everette Harp, and guitarist Paul Jackson Jr.

The Heart & Soul of Sax featuring Kirk Whalum and Everette Harp with special guests Maceo Parker, Dee Dee Bridgewater and The Berks Horns.

The Caribbean Connection with former New York Yankees star outfielder and guitarist Bernie Williams, saxophonist Elan Trotman, flutist Nestor Torres and Kareem Thompson on steel pans.

The inspiring all-star pairing of pianist David Benoit and guitarist Marc Antoine.

Steve Cole & Friends featuring Nick Colionne, Kevin Whalum, Jay Rowe, JJ Sansaverino, David Dyson and Carl Anderson.

Saxophonist Eric Marienthal, trumpeter Rick Braun, bassist Brian Bromberg, keyboardist Mitch Forman and drummer Lionel Cordew salute the music of Cannonball Adderley, one of the great alto saxophonists and an iconic performer in the hard bop era of the 1950s and 1960s.

The Berks All-Star Jazz Jam, Berks Bop Night and the four Gerald Veasley’s Midnight Jams are perennial festival favorites showcasing multitudes of performers.

The Slam Allen Band, a slamming hit at the inaugural Reading Blues Fest presented by Berks Arts Council in October, returns to Berks to showcase Slam, one of the most dynamic and original blues and soul artists on the scene today.

The Billy Price Band with special guest Johnny Rawls, a soul-blues singer, guitarist, and keyboardist.

Hard-swinging, rocking bluesman Popa Chubby.

Distinctive guitarist Dave Stryker, accomplished tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and his Organ Quintet with special guest Steve Nelson, one of today’s most revered jazz vibraphonists.

The Royal Scam, the world’s premier Steely Dan tribute band, playing more than 40 of Steely Dan’s masterpieces and keeping the compositions of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker and the enthusiasm of fine musicianship alive.

Greg Hatza ORGANization. Hatza, a Reading native is a Hammond B3 organ master and the possessor of a fiery technique and a seemingly innate feel for jazz phrasing.

Cullen & Company, populated with local and regional marquee artists, features guitarist/vocalist David Cullen, drummer Matt Cullen, guitarist/vocalist Craig Thatcher, bassist Chico Huff, pianist/vocalist Cliff Starkey and saxophonist/harmonica player Pete Fluck.

The Reading Pops Orchestra with Berks County’s own instrumentalist and vocalist Erich Cawalla.

Reading Symphony Orchestra presents Glorious Gershwin featuring pianist Simon Mulligan, bass-baritone Kevin Deas, and soprano Julie-Ann Whitely Green.

The GetJazzED Night Jazz Jam hosted by GetJazzED chairman Mike Eben, Eric Marienthal, Albert Rivera, Gerald Veasley and the Lars Potteiger Trio.

Mike Eben’s From the Hip Nonet with special guest Albert Rivera.

The Hot Club of Reading featuring Josh Taylor, Chris Heslop, Ken Gehret, Trey LaRue and Josiah Taylor with special guest accordion virtuoso Julien Labro.

The U.S. Navy Band Commodores in two free community concerts, one with the Berks High School All-Star Jazz Band.

KU Jazz Jazz Ensemble I and After Hours Jazz Chorus.

There also will be Berks Jazz Fest Night pre-fest concerts … the Hot Club of Philadelphia March 14 at Alvernia University; the Eric Mintel Quartet March 16 in Allentown; and Mary Stallings March 25 in Lancaster.

A post-fest concert will be the Joey Alexander Trio April 20 at Kutztown University.

April 6-15, 2018

For information on the complete lineup of performing artists and ticket information, please visit http://www.berksjazzfest.com

Berks Jazz Fest is a project of Berks Arts Council, a local arts agency whose mission is to cultivate, promote, and support the arts in our community through collaboration, education, and presentation. In addition to the Berks Jazz Fest and Reading Blues Fest, Berks Arts Council presents the Bandshell Concert Series, Fast Lane Art, the Pagoda Awards, administers the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grant program, and provides art exhibition and marketing opportunities for local artists. Visit them at http://www.BerksArts.org.

 

 

Summer Concert Series 2017 features Chris Isaak, Richard Marx, Brian McKnight, Candy Dulfer, Grace Kelly, Fourplay, Jeffrey Osborne, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, Peter White, Damien Escobar, Herb Alpert, Lani Hall, Gino Vanelli and further special guests to be announced.

Hyatt Regency, 1107 Jamboree Rd, Newport Beach, California 92660

Saturday, June 17 at Grand Tradition

The Stanley Clarke Band
Main Stage from 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Jeanette Harris (opener)
Main Stage from 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Tjader
Orchid Bar from 3:30 PM to 6 PM
The Detroit Underground
Arbor Terrace Pavilion from 3:45 PM to 6 PM
Jose Molina Quintet
Arbor Terrace Waterfall from 4 PM to 6:15 PM
Charlotte Littlehales
Beverly Mansion from 4 PM to 7 PM

Sunday, June 25, 2017 at The Centre

Acoustic Alchemy
Moonlight Veranda from 7 PM to 8:30 PM

Sunday, July 16, 2017 at The Centre

David Benoit Trio
Moonlight Veranda from 7 PM to 8:30 PM

Sunday, July 23, 2017 at The Centre

Jane Monheit

Saturday, August 05, 2017 at Grand Tradition

The Rippingtons (Co-headliner)
Main Stage from 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers (Co-headliner)
Main Stage from 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Ruby and The Red Hots
Orchid Bar from 3:30 PM to 6 PM
Wazabe Blue with Jerome Dawson
Arbor Terrace Pavilion from 3:45 PM to 6 PM
Rebecca Jade
Arbor Terrace Waterfall from 4 PM to 6:15 PM
Charlotte Littlehales
Beverly Mansion from 4 PM to 7 PM

Saturday, September 09, 2017 at Grand Tradition

Fourplay
Main Stage from 8 PM to 9:30 PM
David Maldonado (opener)
Main Stage from 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Sinatra & Martinis
Orchid Bar from 3:30 PM to 6 PM
Viva Santana
Arbor Terrace Pavilion from 3:45 PM to 6 PM
Len Rainey & The Midnight Players
Arbor Terrace Waterfall from 4 PM to 6:15 PM
Charlotte Littlehales
Beverly Mansion from 4 PM to 7 PM

 

Grand Tradition Estate, 220 Grand Tradition Way, Fallbrook, California 92028

The Vanport Jazz Festival features: Brian Culbertson, Fourplay with Bob James, Nathan East, Chuck Loeb & Harvey Mason, Boney James, Mike Phillips, Althea René and Patrick Lamb.

Saturday, August 05, 2017 – 12:00 – noon

Portland Meadows, 1001 N Schmeer Rd, Portland, Oregon 97217

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Fourplay is rarely on the stage now. These are the dates of the next events. It’s no secret, that Fourplay is working on a new album, which is scheduled for release end of 2017.

Apr 1, 2017 Berks Jazz Fest, Reading, Pennsylvania

Apr 2, 2017 The Birchmere, Alexandria, Virginia

Apr 4, 2017 Rams Head on Stage, Annapolis, Maryland (Two shows)

 

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Blue Note Tokyo is a high-end jazz venue, the most expensive in Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan. It is located about 400 metres east of the Aoyama Gakuin University. It is described as Tokyo’s best venue for live jazz.

2016 December 29, 30, 31, 2017 January 2, and 3

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Longevity among jazz groups is a surprisingly rare commodity. With relatively few exceptions, a run of a few years, at most, is standard; for a collective of jazz musicians to stick together for a decade or more is almost unheard of. That puts Fourplay, who celebrates their 25th anniversary this year, in a league of their own. Since 1990, bassist Nathan East, keyboardist Bob James, guitarist Chuck Loeb (who joined five years ago) and drummer Harvey Mason have continued to explore together, their efforts resulting in what All Music Guide called one of “the most intuitive, forward-thinking and focused groups in modern jazz.”

Saturday, November 19, 2016 – 8:00 pm

Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St, Charleston, South Carolina 29403

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Picture by travel agency Black Sense
June 3-5, 2016

FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2016
7:30pm – 11:00pm
(Gates open 6:30pm)
PAVILION STAGE

Hosted by Donnie Simpson

Friday Night Soul!

starring
New Edition
En Vogue
King
11pm-2am
MARRIOTT BWI AIRPORT HOTEL
Late Night Soul Music Showcase

Hosted by Debórah Bond

featuring:

Conya Doss
Frank McComb
plus…introducing soul singer David Morin
SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2016
12 noon – 10pm
(Gates open 9am)
PAVILION STAGE

Hosted by Alonzo Bodden

Brian Culbertson
Lalah Hathaway
Marcus Miller
Raul Midón
Jazzing Up The Elements: A Musical Tribute to Maurice White
Take 6
Plus opening act TBA
SYMPHONY WOODS STAGE

Hosted by Cayman Kelly

The Isley Brothers
Al B. Sure
SWV
Eric Roberson
Blackstreet feat. Teddy Riley & Dave Hollister
Plus opening act TBA
10:30pm-3:30am
MARRIOTT BWI AIRPORT HOTEL
Late Night Dance Party

Come eat, drink, dance, and mingle with Capital Jazz fans from across the country!
SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2016
12 noon – 10pm
(Gates open 9am)
PAVILION STAGE

Hosted by Alonzo Bodden

Will Downing
Fourplay – 25th Anniversary Show!
David Sanborn

Pieces of a Dream – 40th Anniversary Show!
Jarrod Lawson
Mike Phillips
Plus additional act TBA
SYMPHONY WOODS STAGE

Hosted by Cayman Kelly

Toni Braxton
The Brand New Heavies
Kenny Lattimore

Rick James’ Original Stone City Band
Tamia
Plus opening act TBA

Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, Maryland 21044

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Opening Night! 8:00p

• THE SAX PACK – Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Kim Waters
This outstanding saxophone trio each has 20 radio hits and they have sold thousands of smooth jazz albums. Their name “Sax Pack” was created after Jeff Kashiwa watched a movie featuring “The Rat Pack.” That example of unparalleled camaraderie sparked the inspiration for their name and gives light to their lively performance. Their show is an entertaining combination of masterful, musical talent and personality that is not to be missed. FUN!

• BWB – Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown
Braun – Whalum – Brown – Three distinct musicians generating one fabulous smooth jazz sound! Rick Braun with his high energy trumpet is soothing one minute and has you jammin’ to funk the next. “Best Gospel Song” Grammy winner, Kirk Whalum, pours passion and stirring talent, from his sax. And “Best Pop Instrumental” Grammy winner, Norman Brown’s guitar has enhanced the music of Michael McDonald, Stevie Wonder, and Boyz2Men. Be the first to rise from your seat at the close of this performance!

Friday, October 16, 2015

8 PM – Al Jarreau w/Marc Antoine & Steve Cole

Al Jarreau was born in Milwaukee, WI, the fifth of six children, Al grew up with Mom playing the piano and Dad singing. Harmonizing with his siblings was only the beginning for this legendary performer. His unique vocal style is one of the world’s greatest, earning 7 Grammy Awards and scores of international awards. On March 6, 2001 he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With a career spanning 40 years, he remains one of the hardest working men in show business; and is currently working on a new album. His presence on stage is not to be missed!

A Paris, France native, Marc Antoine’s parents bought him a guitar as a child; it has never left his side. Even when an accident threatened his career in 1981, his instrument gave him the inspiration to recover and become the musician he is today. The legendary George Benson honored Marc with the compliment of being “one of his favorite guitarists.” Come and see why! Steve Cole followed in his father’s footsteps, and trained classically on clarinet, only to switch to sax in high school. It became his passion. After graduating college, Steve started playing for TV commercials, radio and finally went out on his own. In 2001 he hit the charts on the jazz classic “Just the Two of Us” with Bill Withers and Grover Washington.

RB Convention Center

• 10:30 PM – Nick Colionne, Euge Groove, Brian Simpson

As a stellar guitarist and vocalist, Nick Colionne has been described as one of the most exceptional performers to come along in a long time. Honored as Artist of the Year, at this Jazz Festival in 2011, his musical style will give the discerning jazz fan a real treat! In a class all his own, sax musician, Euge Groove, claims a long string of Top 40’s history. Having played for the popular group Expose`, Tina Turner, and taking Richard Elliot’s place with the fabulous Tower of Power, Euge has said, “Fear and creativity cannot live in the same room!” Come and enjoy his free-spirited approach to saxophone delights! “How a keyboard should sound.” This is how Keyboard musician Brian Simpson has been described by such talents as Janet Jackson and Teena Marie. His soulful mentality has made him the “first call” by many performers to give them the unique sound they demand. He delivers his music with the kind of emotion he hopes his audience absorbs and remembers.

Performing Arts Theater at Cape Henlopeon High School

• 11:30 PM – Friday’s After Show Party

Saturday, October 17, 2015

• 1:00 PM – Boney James

4-time Grammy Nominee, sax-toting James Oppenhein was tagged “Boney James” in his early 20’s as a thin, struggling musician. But, he grew in the next 23 years to sell 3 million records, with 4 RIAA gold albums, and a Soul Train Award, to name just a few recognitions. Boney blends smooth jazz with funky-soul rhythms to create a genre blending style that is both exciting and cleaver. Always open to new free-wheeling music, his vibrant show is unforgettable.

Tickets: $59 – $72
The Performing Arts Theatre at Cape Henlopeon High School

• 1:00 PM – Art Sherrod, Jr. and The Sounds of Soul Sessions: “A Tribute to R&B”. Also appearing: Club Phred

This years’ Rock n’ Roll event hits the stage with electricity and great familiar hits! Set your feet on fire as you dance to this band’s super charged interpretations of your favorite songs! Winner of several Reader’s Choice and Best of Delaware Awards, and Best Musical Group by the Newark Post! Hit the Deck with Club Phred!

Smooth and Urban jazz saxophonist, Art Sherrod, Jr., grew up in Palestine, TX surrounded by music. As a teen, he was fascinated by the saxophone. He admits, “The saxophone chose me.” He possesses a magically impressive style that captivates like no other. He combines many musical components to create a jazz mood for the audience that is truly unique. You many even get a moment with this personable artist after the show! THE SOUNDS OF SOUL This band is Motown all the way. A very high energy group, they get you rolling with fabulous dance moves and fantastic vocals powered by pure soul. The six seasoned performers each has been in the national recording spotlight on Capital Records, Big Apple Records, and R&S Records, respectively. Get ready to soak in the classic music of such artists as The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, and Lionel Richie.

NOTE: A $5 donation to Beebe’s Tunnell Cancer Center will be collected with bar tab.

Tickets: Free (See Above Note)
Rusty Rudder

• 2:30 PM – w/Special Guest Marc Antoine

Stanley Jordan has 4 Grammys to his name and his recent album, “Friends” was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Since 1985, this guitar virtuoso has consistently wowed audiences with his creativity, versatility, and daring! His music takes you on a breathless journey, filled with surprises. You will appreciate your attendance at this internationally acclaimed musician. Marc Antoine This must-see guitar master is a pleasure to experience. His guitar has been by his side from childhood to the present, and this passion for his music is reflected by his style and the feeling he projects to his audience. The legendary George Benson has commented on this artist as being “one of his favorite!”

Tickets: $29
Epworth UMC

• 3:00 PM – Steve Cole

From Montreux, Switzerland, pianist Alex Bugnon’s life was surrounded by the atmosphere of the famous Montreux Jazz Festival; which instigated his love of the jazz piano. His uncle being the legendary Donald Byrd, and his early friendship with Herbie Hancock, shaped this artist’s unparalleled career. He is recognized as a prolific and energetic force on the contemporary jazz scene. Think late 70’s through the 80’s when you think about R&B and jazz and you have the brilliant sound of Matt Marshak’s guitar! His talent is so recognized that he was recently invited to perform at the Dubai International Jazz Festival, the Mallorca Jazz Festival in Spain, and the Augsburg Jazz Festival in Germany. Matt’s guitar voice is well on its way to becoming a legendary. The smooth sound of Steve Cole’s tenor sax has given him several #1 hits and the Prism Award for Best New Artist at the 2000 Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards. He is a professor/advisor or music business at the University of St. Thomas, and had the honor of performing on the jazz classic album, “To Grover, With Love.”

Tickets: $38
The Performing Theatre at the RB Elementary School

• 4:00 PM – Pieces of a Dream with Eric Roberson and Kim Waters

Pieces of a Dream is an America R&B/jazz group from Philadelphia. The group was formed in 1976 by then teenagers, and original band members, drummer Curtis Harmon and keyboardist James Lloyd. Producing 16 albums since then, their music has evolved into the intriguing band they are today, yet still hold on to the youthful exuberance and Philly authenticity that has always been theirs! Eric “Erro” Roberson is an enthusiastic R&R/jazz singer, songwriter, and producer from Rahway, NJ. As a member of DJ Jazzy Jeff’s production company, Erro went on to release his own material through Blue Erro Soul Imprint. He has been nominated for 2 Grammys in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2011 and for two songs in the same category in 2012.

Tickets: $45 – $55
Rehoboth Beach CC

• 6:00 PM – Four80East w/ Special Guest Art Sherrod, Jr.

Performing On the deck at the Rusty Rudder, Four80East is a Canadian electro Jazz ensemble including Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace with a special appearance by Art Sherrod, Jr., this show is not one to be missed! This trio will create music that is distinctive and melodic with a strong bass groove. You will hear Four80East frequently on the Weather Channel and on The Best of Smooth Jazz.

Tickets: $38
Rusty Rudder Outside Deck

• 7:30 PM – Fourplay

Fourplay is celebrating its 25 year as a quartet of quintessence! Featuring Nathan East, Chuck Loeb, Harvey Mason, and Bob James. James, East, and Mason are original members of the group formed at the Berks County Jazz Festival in 1990. Come and enjoy this momentous occasion with this legendary blending of fine smooth jazz at its very best!

Tickets: $59 – $72
The Performing Arts Theatre at Cape Henlopeon High School

• 7:00 PM – “Honoring the Masters of Fusion” featuring Gerald Veasley, Alex Bugnon, Chielli Minucci with Chris Farr and Tommy Campbell

Smooth jazz fans have embraced the music of the musicians in this project: chart topping pianist Alex Bugnon, award winning guitarist and co-founder of Special EFX, Chieli Minucci, and Rehoboth Beach Jazz Fest 2010 Performer of the Year, bassist Gerald Veasley. The band also features saxophone phenom, Chris Farr and the virtuoso drummer Tommy Campbell.

This special performance, Honoring the Masters of Fusion (HMF) reunites these festival favorites to salute the source of smooth jazz: Miles Davis and more.

Most impressively, the collective resume of HMF reads like a who’s who of jazz and pop: From Grover Washington, Jr. to Celine Dion; Dizzy Gillespie to Rihanna; Sonny Rollins to Earth Wind and Fire. HMF learned from the masters how to create an concert of exciting contemporary music for smooth jazz fans and beyond.

Tickets: $44
The Performing Theatre at the RB Elementary School

• 8:30 PM – Urban Jazz Coalition featuring Jeff Kashiwa and Selina Albright

Urban Jazz Coalition has a strong presence on satellite/internet radio, and they constantly achieve Top 50 status on international airplay charts. They are becoming one of the most sought after back up groups going, with their tight, funky sound. You’ve heard them on the air, now come and see what all the excitement is about! “The best kept secret in jazz,” will be revealed tonight with Jeff Kashiwa (The Sax Pack), on sax, and Selina Albright with her stunning vocals, this will be a phenomenal show (Selina’s father is 7 time Grammy nominated Gerald Albright).

Rusty Rudder

• 8:30 PM – Bettye LaVette

Ms. LaVette’s fabulous career spans over 50 years and is part of the living history of Motown. This talented, Grammy nominee, rivals Aretha Franklin, as one of this century’s vital soul singers, and began 2015 with her latest album, “Worthy.” Her first hit single, “My Man-He’s a Loving Man’” charted #7 in 1962. Her ability to reveal the soul of a song through her own vocal interpretation of its lyric and melody is fascinating. So, sit back and prepare to get an earful of this lady’s artful instrument, as she takes you back to the glory days of soul!

Epworth UMC

• 10:30 PM – All Star Super Show featuring Brian Simpson, Boney James, Euge Groove, Nick Colionne, Chuck Loeb, Nathan East & Eric “Erro” Roberson

The title says it all! One of the best shows of the weekend.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

• 10:00 AM – The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival Presents “Art Sherrod Jr’s Official Gospel CD Release Brunch”

Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival is proud to host Art Sherrod Jr’s Official CD Release Concert. Join us on Sunday October 18th as Art performs songs from his newest release, Intervention. His performance will be nothing less than phenomenal as he tastefully blends elements of Gospel and Jazz into one spirit moving performance.

Art’s new Gospel Jazz CD Project, ” Intervention” is jammed pack with songs that will speak to your soul and provide the Intervention that we all need when the storms of life are against us. With hit songs like Oh Happy Day, Nobody Greater, Stand, How Great is Our God and many more, you can’t help but feel the power and presence of the Lord.

Rusty Rudder

• 1:00 PM – Gerald Albright and Peabo Bryson

Gerald Albright, having 7 Grammy nominations and more than 1 million records sold in America alone, this great saxophonist is also a multi-instrument master musician. A bit of fun trivia reveals Albright’s work on the Play Stations video game “Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.” He also collaborated with Phil Collins in 1998 with a Big Band, and the two toured together, for quite a while. He was nominated this year for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.

Peabo Bryson’s voice has been described as the memory of that first glance across a crowded room…that first slow dance…that moment you knew your found your true love…Peabo sings the songs of love like no one else. With 20 albums to his credit, he has established a career as one of the premier male vocalists in contemporary music. Let this mystical musician take you back to those memories!

Performing Art Theatre at Cape Henlopeon High School

• 4:00 PM – 2015 Final Grand Jam

Featuring – Gerald Albright, Selina Albright, Alex Bugnon, Marc Antoine, Peabo Bryson, Steve Cole, Nick Colionne, Stanley Jordan, Jeff Kashiwa, Curtis Harmon, James Lloyd, Brian Simpson, JJ Sansaverino, Art Sherrod, Jr., Kim Waters

RB Convention Center

• 6:30 PM – 2015 Closing Party

Dinner Buffet Included Four80East, Alex Bugnon, Matt Marshak, Art Sherrod, Jr., Jeff Kashiwa, JJ Sansaverino, and a surprise guest!

Cape Henlopen HS Perf Arts Theater, 1250 Kings Hwy, Lewes, Delaware 19958

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Sailing from Fort Lauderdale to:

Costa Rica
Panama
The Cayman Islands

Line-up includes Jonathan Butler; Kirk Whalum; War; Euge Groove; Anthony David; Spyro Gyra; Cameo; Jazz in Pink featuring Gail Jhonson, Karen Briggs, Althea Rene, Lynne Fiddmont & Robin Bramlett; Fourplay; Goapele; Urban Jazz Coalition, Raheem DeVaughn; Ruben Studdard, Naturally 7, Lalah Hathaway, special appearance by Patti LaBelle; special performance by Dallas Black Dance Theatre; special guest Gospel artist Mary Mary; special guest comedian Sinbad; musical hosts Gerald Veasley, Eric Roberson & Joey Sommerville.

Saturday, October 18, 2014 – 4:00 pm

Pier in Fort Lauderdale