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      We are very excited to have booked Spyro Gyra and David Benoit, world class artists as headliners for this year. Fernandina Beach can definitely look forward to some spectacular musicianship. The Festival will present a full week of musical events including performances by jazz violinist Doug Cameron, Smooth Jazz pianist, Mike Levine with the Miami Vibe, and The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band featuring Bonnie Eisele, plus Latin Jazz Night, a Blues Night with Wine Tasting, the Dixieland Jazz Brunch, Jam Sessions, Jazz in the schools and more to be announced.  
   
  2012 AIJF Headliners Spiro Gyra

Spyro Gyra
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Formed out of Buffalo, New York’s fertile 1970’s jazz jamming scene by saxophonist Jay Beckenstein, Spyro Gyra quickly made a name for itself by creating a distinctive style that sounded like nothing before it. Buoyed by amazing live shows and strong original material, the band has endured as an audience favorite for over 35 years. Beckenstein's inimitable sax style has led him to become somewhat of an elder statesman in smooth jazzdom, his influence touching up and coming performers with the same overall impact as Grover Washington Jr. and David Sanborn.

 
         
         
    2012 AIJF Headliners David Benoit

David Benoit
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David Benoit’s expansive career as a highly regarded jazz pianist has included over 25 solo recordings. His ‘80s releases This Side Up, Freedom at Midnight and the GRAMMY nominated Every Step of the Way are regarded critically as jazz-fusion classics. Benoit has also penned notable film scores such as The Stars Fell on Henrietta, produced by Clint Eastwood and starring Robert Duvall. Heavily influenced by Vince Guaraldi, Benoit coincidentally performed and recorded with DeMerle’s 1970s fusion band, Transfusion.

       
    2012 AIJF - Doug Cameron

Doug Cameron
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Doug Cameron is one of the true innovators of the contemporary and electric violin. With eight CD’s to his credit, Cameron has long been a favorite on jazz radio internationally. An arranger and composer as well, Doug’s CD’s feature many of his own compositions. A veteran of the Los Angeles studio scene, Doug has recorded and performed with a wide range of artists, including George Benson, Doc Severinsen, Tom Petty, Cher, The Allman Brothers, Dionne Warwick and many others as well as numerous motion pictures and commercials.

       
    2012 AIJF - Mike Levine

Mike Levine with the Miami Vibe
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Pianist Mike Levine is a man of many talents whose career is a blend of different aspects of music. He attended the University of Miami where he studied piano with Vince Maggio. While at UM, Mike formed a group with Billy Ross.  They released their first album That Summer Something in 1981, which featured Pat Metheny as a guest artist. Mike wrote the majority of the band’s compositions. 

       
    2012 AIJF - Les DeMerle and Bonnie Eisele

The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band
with vocalist Extraordinaire - Bonnie Eisele
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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".

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