2015 Festival Tickets & Events

    Past AIJF Performers

    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

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    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!”
    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

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    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…”
    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.”
    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

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    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.”
    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

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    2012 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

    Jay-Beckenstein - Spyro Gyra
    “…the Amelia Island Jazz Festival rocks. We had an amazing time here….”
    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

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    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!”
    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

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    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….”
    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

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    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!”
    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

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    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…”
    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

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    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!…”

    DeMerles return and gear up for Big Band Bash Gala Dinner/Dance on Valentine’s Day

    AIJF Big Band Bash 2014

    Amelia Island Jazz Festival Artistic Director Les DeMerle and his wife, vocalist Bonnie Eisele, return to the Island this week from a three month sojourn cruising Australia and New Zealand. They’re more than warmed up after performing nightly on the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship and thus eager to swing at the 4th annual BIG BAND BASH Benefit Gala, which will take place Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14 at the Omni Resorts Amelia Island Plantation , in the Amelia Ballroom. The popular Dinner/Dance will present The Dynamic Les DeMerle 17 piece Orchestra, featuring Eisele and special guests, in a salute to America’s legendary big bands.

    DeMerle is quite enthusiastic about the Bash’s 2015 edition. “This band is the real deal, an incredibly well-oiled swing machine that includes some of the greatest musicians on the planet,” he said. “We’ll be playing classic big band jazz from the repertoires of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Harry James and more. And to celebrate Valentine’s Day we’ll be showcasing a few romantic tunes as we pay tribute to the greats,” he added. Featured soloists will include Lead Alto Sax - Bill Prince, formerly with Buddy Rich; Lead Tenor Sax – Al Waters, formerly with Ray Charles; Lead Trumpet – JB Scott, a one-time leader of the Dukes of Dixieland and currently head of UNF Jazz Dept; and Lead Trombone - David Steinmeyer, formerly with Tony Bennett and leader of the Airmen of Note, the official United States Air Force band. Guest will include WJXT Sports Director and part time singer Sam Kouvaris, who will emcee and perform tunes with the band. Notable artist Tim Yanke, who is affiliated with the Park West Gallery, an AIJF Sponsor, will also be on hand to exhibit his music oriented artistry.

    The BIG BAND BASH schedule will kick off with a meet and greet the musicians at 6:30 PM. Dinner and music will begin at 7:00 PM, and the orchestra will play until 10:00 PM. A Silent Auction will take place from entrance time until 9:30 PM. Requested dress is Semi-Formal/Casually Elegant.

    Tickets are priced at $85 per person and the proceeds will benefit the Amelia Island Jazz Festival’s ongoing Scholarship Program, which raises money to support high school seniors in their pursuit of jazz studies in college. In addition to online, tickets may also be purchased at the UPS Store, 1417 Sadler Road, in the Island Shopping Center, or at the AIFBY Chamber Of Commerce, Gateway to Amelia, A1A and Amelia Parkway.

    For more information, please contact the Festival Hotline at (904) 504-4772
    Email address: info@ameliaislandjazzfestival.com

     

    BIG BAND BASH GALA DINNER/DANCE SET FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

    AIJF Big Band Bash Benefit Gala

    The Amelia Island Jazz Festival is proud to announce its fourth annual BIG BAND BASH, to be held Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM, in the Amelia Ballroom at the Omni Resorts Amelia Island Plantation.

    The popular Dinner/Dance Benefit Gala will present The Dynamic Les DeMerle 17 piece Orchestra, featuring vocalist Bonnie Eisele and special guests, in a salute to America’s legendary big bands. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the music will showcase romantic tunes while paying tribute to greats like Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Harry James, with whom DeMerle played drums for several years. A Meet And Greet the Musicians cocktail party is set to begin at 6:30 PM . Suggested dress is Smart Casual/Elegant. Tickets for the Big Band Bash are priced at $85 per person, and the proceeds will benefit the Amelia Island Jazz Festival Scholarship Program.

    For online ticket purchases and further information, please visit the festival website: www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com
    Tickets can also be purchased at the

    UPS Store, 1417 Sadler Road, in the Island Shopping Center,

    or at the AIFBY Chamber Of Commerce, Gateway to Amelia, A1A and Amelia Parkway

     

     

     

    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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