2015 Festival Tickets & Events

Past AIJF Performers

Mindi Abair at the Amelia Island Jazz Festival

Mindi Abair

"This Festival rocks!  You've got something really good going here.  I hope to be back soon...."

2013 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

2014-06-22T22:03:10+00:00

2013 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

Mindi Abair at the Amelia Island Jazz Festival
“This Festival rocks!  You’ve got something really good going here.  I hope to be back soon….”
David Sanborn at the Amelia Island Jazz Festival

David Sanborn

"The Amelia Island Jazz Festival is authentic, exciting and charming. I love the island and I look forward to coming back soon."

2009 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

2014-06-22T22:41:55+00:00

2009 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

David Sanborn at the Amelia Island Jazz Festival
“The Amelia Island Jazz Festival is authentic, exciting and charming. I love the island and I look forward to coming back soon.”
Daniel Glass at the Amelia Island Jazz Festival

Daniel Glass

"We, The Royal Crown Revue, had great time performing at this Festival.  What an amazing audience you are! We hope to be back!"

2013 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

2014-06-22T22:06:54+00:00

2013 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

Daniel Glass at the Amelia Island Jazz Festival
“We, The Royal Crown Revue, had great time performing at this Festival.  What an amazing audience you are! We hope to be back!”
Harry Allen at the Amelia Island Jazz Festival

Harry Allen

"A great swingin' festival in a beautiful setting. I had a ball and hope to be back soon."

2009 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

2014-06-22T22:43:26+00:00

2009 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

Harry Allen at the Amelia Island Jazz Festival
“A great swingin’ festival in a beautiful setting. I had a ball and hope to be back soon.”
Marcus Printup at the Amelia Island Jazz Festival

Marcus Printup

"The vibe is right and the true spirit of jazz is alive and swingin'. The Amelia Island Jazz Festival is the best!"

2006 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

2014-06-22T22:46:04+00:00

2006 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

Marcus Printup at the Amelia Island Jazz Festival
“The vibe is right and the true spirit of jazz is alive and swingin’. The Amelia Island Jazz Festival is the best!”
Ramsey Lewis at the Amelia Island Jazz Festival

Ramsey Lewis

"This Festival is the 'real deal' because the focus is on true Jazz music.  I look forward to be back..."

2010 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

2014-06-22T22:40:03+00:00

2010 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

Ramsey Lewis at the Amelia Island Jazz Festival
“This Festival is the ‘real deal’ because the focus is on true Jazz music.  I look forward to be back…”
Jay-Beckenstein - Spyro Gyra

Spyro Gyra – Bandleader Jay Beckenstein

"...the Amelia Island Jazz Festival rocks. We had an amazing time here...."

2012 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

2014-06-22T22:31:48+00:00

2012 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

Jay-Beckenstein - Spyro Gyra
“…the Amelia Island Jazz Festival rocks. We had an amazing time here….”
NIcole Henry and Doug Cameron (AIJF 2011)

Nicole Henry and Doug Cameron

"... so much love. This is a fabulous festival and a great place to hang out..."

" Definitely... I look forward to coming back soon!"

2011 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

2014-06-22T22:37:36+00:00

2011 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

NIcole Henry and Doug Cameron (AIJF 2011)
“… so much love. This is a fabulous festival and a great place to hang out…” ” Definitely… I look forward to coming back soon!”
Buckwheat Zydeco at the Amelia Island Jazz Festival

Buckwheat Zydeco

"This Festival is so much fun.... I hope you'll ask us to come back soon!..."

2011 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

2014-06-22T22:35:15+00:00

2011 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

Buckwheat Zydeco at the Amelia Island Jazz Festival
“This Festival is so much fun…. I hope you’ll ask us to come back soon!…”
David Benoit at the Amelia Island Jazz Festival

David Benoit

"... what a great audience and an amazing place to have a Festival..."

2012 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

2014-06-22T22:28:54+00:00

2012 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

David Benoit at the Amelia Island Jazz Festival
“… what a great audience and an amazing place to have a Festival…”

AIJF Sets Randy Brecker and Tony Monaco as 2014 Headliners

Randy Brecker 2014 AIJF Headliner

 

 

Jazz trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker, a multiple Grammy Awards winner, and monster jazz organ player Tony Monaco, are set to headline the 2014 Amelia Island Jazz Festival, it was announced recently by AIJF Artistic Director Les DeMerle. A hugely successful performer who has sold well over a half million albums as a solo artist, Brecker will be performing a tribute to the Brecker Brothers in honor of his late brother Michael, on Saturday, October 18, at the Omni Resorts Amelia Island Plantation. Credited with augmenting the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades, Randy Brecker’s trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of recording artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament/Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, and Jaco Pastorius.

Tony Monaco, who will appear on Friday, October 17 at the Omni, is a leader in the revival of the Hammond B3 organ in jazz. As he has been with so many fledgling jazz organists, Jimmy Smith played a significant role in attracting Monaco to jazz and retaining his interest in the music. A critically acclaimed player, Monaco consistently ranks high among organists in DOWNBEAT Magazine’s Annual Critics Poll. He has released several well-reviewed albums including his latest, “Celebration: Life & Love & Music” on the Chicken Coup Label.

Now in its 11th year, the AIJF’s past headliners include numerous world-class artists such as David Sanborn who commented, “The Amelia Island Jazz Festival is authentic, exciting and charming. I love the island and I look forward to coming back soon.” Another stalwart performer, Ramsey Lewis, called the AIJF, ” the ‘real deal’ because the focus is on true Jazz music.” Buckwheat Zydeco, Spyro Gyra, and Mindi Abair are among the other notables to have appeared on the festival’s stages. According the DeMerle, this year’s lineup will follow in the best of festival traditions. “We are very excited to have Randy, a longtime friend, and Tony this year—both are highly regarded and among the world’s finest on their respective instruments,” he said. “Fernandina Beach can truly look forward to some spectacular musical fireworks.”

The AIJF, which will run from October 16-19, will kick off with its annual pre-Festival free concert in Amelia Park on Sunday, October 12, with U.S. Navy Band Southeast. A Latin Jazz Night showcasing one of the country’s hottest dance groups, El Niño & the Latin Jazz Knights, is scheduled for Thursday, October 16, at Sandy Bottoms. Prior to the headliner shows on October 17 and 18, the festival will present this year’s AIJF Scholarship winner, saxophonist Luke Stribling and the Next Generation Jazz Band on the outdoor stage at the Omni. The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band, with dazzling vocalist Bonnie Eisele and exciting young saxophonist Hunter Diamond, will warm up each headliner show with high-energy sets.

Accomplished and sultry singer Jilla Webb, Jr. will host the traditionally fun late night Jazz Jams, featuring the AIJF’s 2014 musicians, in the Omni’s Heron Room at the Racquet Park following the headliner sets on October 17 and 18. The Festival is scheduled to end on a swinging note Sunday, October 19, with a Dixie To Swing Jazz Brunch, featuring DeMerle’s Amelia Island Jazz Festival All-Stars, plus Eisele and the highly talented Dr. Bill Prince, at David’s Restaurant. Additionally during the week, the AIJF will present a Jazz In The Schools program, clinics, jam sessions and more to be announced.

 

by Michael Rothschild

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