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  • Les DeMerle AIJF founder and artistic director

    Jazz the American Art Form

    Join Les DeMerle, Jazz Drummer and Amelia Island Jazz Festival Founder & Artistic Director, formerly with Harry James, Frank Sinatra and the Manhattan Transfer at the Amelia Island Museum of History. Les will talk about the history and the future of Jazz from Louis Armstrong to Wynton Maralis.  He will also present a special Amelia Island Jazz Festival Video with highlights from the 2016 and 2017 headliners. Attendees will be treated with a special guest[…]

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  • Roseanna Vitro and Nestor Torres

    Néstor Torres and Roseanna Vitro – Headliners at the 2017 Festival

    Venerable jazz flautist Néstor Torres and Grammy nominated vocalist Roseanna Vitro are set to headline the 2017 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, Torres will appear on Saturday, October 14. He has recorded for a number of prestigious labels including Polygram, Shanachie, and Sony Latin Jazz. Inspired by musicians like Cal Tjader, Dave Brubeck, and[…]

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  • Big Band Bash at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation

    DeMerle Brings World Class Musicians and Art to BIG BAND BASH

    by Michael Rothschild “My Big Band features some of the finest Jazz musicians and Jazz Educators in the world”, said Les DeMerle in advance of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival’s sixth annual BIG BAND BASH, “Salute to the Bands”, to be held Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM, in the Amelia Ballroom at the Omni Resorts Amelia Island Plantation.

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  • Thomas Milovac

    Amelia Island Jazz Festival Names 2016 Scholarship Winner

    18 year old Thomas Milovac, a gifted bassist from Clermont, FL, will be honored with a college scholarship from the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, it was announced today by AIJF Artistic Director Les DeMerle. A member of the Florida All State Band while attending East Ridge High School, Milovac will accept the festival’s annual award when he performs at the 2016 Amelia Island Jazz Festival, October 2-9, at various venues in Fernandina Beach. He will[…]

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  • 2016 AIJF Jazz Pass

    Lebo chosen as 2016 Amelia Island Jazz Festival Artist

    by Park West Gallery David Le Batard, also known as the artist Lebo, will loan his artistic talents to the 13th Annual Amelia Island Jazz Festival as its official artist. Lebo follows Tim Yanke, who served as the official artist in 2015. Lebo will create art that is featured on posters, shirts, flyers and other materials related to the festival, held at several venues on Amelia Island in Florida from Oct. 2-9. “Being chosen for[…]

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  • 2016 Amelia Island Jazz Festival

    AIJF Sets HOUSTON PERSON and BRIA SKONBERG as 2016 Headliners

    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[…]

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  • Valentine's Day Big Band Bash

    Park West sponsors 5th Annual 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[…]

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  • Legends Tim Yanke

    Tim Yanke named official artist for the Amelia Island Jazz Festival

    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[…]

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  • Ryan Duncan - 2015 AIJF Scholarship Winner

    AIJF Names 2015 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[…]

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