At the 2015 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

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WOW we did it again in 2015!

Are you ready for 2016

Another great Amelia Island Jazz Festival. From our Amelia Park Concert with the UNF JE 2 and our Jazz education presentations in the schools, to our Sponsors Party and our Latin and Big Band Swing nights. Plus the exciting headlining concerts with Larry Coryell and Kevin Mahogany and our swingin' Sunday Jazz Brunch at David's with everyone joining in for the New Orleans second line led by Bonnie Eisele.

We thank ALL of our Volunteers and our AIJF Board for working hard all year to make this happen. Lets all celebrate Americas Art Form JAZZ, and spread the word to keep the Amelia Island Jazz Festival growing even stronger in 2016.

Thank you to all of the musicians, sponsors, volunteers and our many fans!

We love ya.

Celebrate the Spirit of Jazz!

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Big Band Bash Sampler

Les DeMerle on WJXT4

Past AIJF Performers

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…”
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.”
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

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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

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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!”
Randy Brecker 2014 AIJF Headliner

Randy Brecker

"... you guys (AIJF) are doing a real great thing here.  I hope to come back soon!..."

2014 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

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2014 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

Randy Brecker 2014 AIJF Headliner
“… you guys (AIJF) are doing a real great thing here.  I hope to come back soon!…”
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….”
Tony Monaco at the 2014 AIJF

Tony Monaco

"... it was great being here.  Thanks for all the kindness and professionalism.  Hope to play Amelia Jazz again!..."

2014 Amelia Island Jazz Festival Friday Night Headliner

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2014 Amelia Island Jazz Festival Friday Night Headliner

Tony Monaco at the 2014 AIJF
“… it was great being here.  Thanks for all the kindness and professionalism.  Hope to play Amelia Jazz again!…”
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!”
Larry Coryell

Larry Coryell

"Wow... it was great experience meeting everyone and playing at the Amelia Island Jazz Festival. Keep up the good work!"

2015 Amelia Island Festival Friday Night Headliner

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2015 Amelia Island Festival Friday Night Headliner

Larry Coryell
“Wow… it was great experience meeting everyone and playing at the Amelia Island Jazz Festival. Keep up the good work!”

AIJF Sets HOUSTON PERSON and BRIA SKONBERG as 2016 Headliners

2016 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

Legendary tenor saxophonist Houston Person and hot young trumpeter Bria Skonberg are set to headline the 2016 Amelia Island Jazz Festival, it was announced this week by AIJF Artistic Director Les DeMerle. A highly influential player with dozens of albums to his credit, Person has recorded for a number of labels including Savoy, Mercury, Prestige Muse, and presently High Note Records. His soulful, bluesy, and thick-toned tenor style, in the tradition of the great Gene Ammons, has been particularly notable in his work with various jazz organ trios. A trumpeter/vocalist/composer, Skonberg has rapidly become a top draw in New York City, and according to the Wall Street Journal, “is poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” Both will appear on shows at the St. Michaels Academy Parrish Hall.

Now in its 13th year, the AIJF will take place at various locations in Fernandina Beach, FL from October 2-9, 2016 and will kick off with its annual free concert in Amelia Park on Sunday, October 2. Additional shows will include Jump Jive & Wail, a Wednesday, October 5, swing concert and dance with the Dynamic Les DeMerle band featuring vocalist Bonnie Eisele, the popular Latin Jazz Night in its traditional Thursday night slot, October 6, with the sizzling hot, award winning, and internationally famous Trio Caliente. Additionally, the always entertaining and fun late night Jazz Jams, starring the AIJF’s 2016 musicians, will follow the headliner sets on October 7 and 8. The festival is scheduled to end on a swinging note Sunday, October 9, with a Dixie To Swing Jazz Brunch, featuring DeMerle’s Jazztet plus vocalist Bonnie Eisele. Times and venues for all shows will be announced soon.

Tickets will be available online as well as at the UPS Store, 1417 Sadler Road in the Island Shopping Center Fernandina Beach andThe AIFBY Chamber of Commerce, Gateway to Amelia, A1A and Amelia Parkway.

A not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation, the Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival, distributes proceeds toward a scholarship program to fund college educations for aspiring jazz musicians.

 

 

Park West sponsors 5th Annual Big Band Bash

Valentine's Day Big Band Bash

by Park West

Roses and chocolates are lovely gestures, but for something extra sweet for your sweetheart, treat them to a night of dinner, dancing, music and art that benefits a good cause.

Park West Gallery was teaming up with the Amelia Island Jazz Festival to host the Big Band Bash Dinner and Dance. The fundraiser gala took place 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Amelia Ballroom in the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida.

The fundraiser is held each year on Valentine’s Day, offering you and your valentine a gourmet dinner and a night of dancing to music performed by the 17-piece Dynamic Les DeMerle orchestra with vocalist Bonnie Eisele, featuring tunes by greats such as Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

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Tim Yanke named official artist for the Amelia Island Jazz Festival

Legends Tim Yanke

Originally published by Park West Gallery

 

Park West Gallery artist Tim Yanke of Birmingham, Michigan has been chosen to be the official artist for the 12th Annual Amelia Island Jazz Festival in Florida.

Yanke has created original artwork he will donate that will be auctioned off to benefit the Amelia Island Jazz Festival Scholarship Program. The funds raised will coincide with the festival’s 4th Annual Big Band Bash gala on February 14 in the Amelia Ballroom at the OMNI Resorts Amelia Island Plantation.

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AIJF Names 2015 Scholarship Winner

Ryan Duncan - 2015 AIJF Scholarship Winner

18 year old Ryan Duncan, a gifted saxophonist from Jacksonville, will be honored with a college scholarship from the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, it was announced today by AIJF Artistic Director Les DeMerle. A four year member of the Florida All State Band while attending Douglas Anderson School Of The Arts, Duncan will accept the festival’s annual award during a special “All That Jazz” concert/show on September 20, 7:00 – 10:00 PM, at the Amelia Community Theatre at which he will also perform with the Dynamic Les DeMerle Band featuring vocalist Bonnie Eisele. For his university training, Duncan plans on joining the highly regarded music program at the University of North Texas.

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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.

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

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.

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