12th Annual Amelia Island Jazz Festival

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See what you missed if you could not make it to the 2015 Amelia Island Jazz Festival... Relive the fun you had at the 2015 Amelia Island Jazz Festival...

WOW we did it again!

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!

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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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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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