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          2008 Headliners
2008 AIJF Headliners
      Harry Allen
Harry has performed at jazz festivals and clubs worldwide, frequently touring the United States, Europe and Asia. To quote C. Michael Bailey "...a practitioner of such dense talent he sounds as if he invented tenor saxophone performance instead of Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. Allen is the Sinatra of the tenor saxophone: a master interpreter of standards."

Jeff Rupert + Dirty Martini
with vocalist Michelle Amato
Together, this group creates music full of rhythm and passion with a sensuous lyrical quality.

The Bill Allred Classic Jazz Band:
Led by renowned trombonist Bill Allred, this "monster octet" plays everything from Jelly Roll Morton to Count Basie and all stops in between.

19-Piece US Navy Big Band Southeast
Simply put this band is terrific.

The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band
featuring vocalist Bonnie Eisele

Renowned drummer, bandleader and Jazz Festival Artistic Director, Les has played with Harry James and The Manhattan Transfer. In the words of Downbeat magazine, Les and his vocalist wife, Bonnie Eisele, are: "Upbeat from the downbeat, one of the most exciting acts on the jazz scene today".

Les DeMerle and Bonnie Eisele

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