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September 24, 2013 Amy Steward 410 829-0436

2013 Monty Alexander Jazz Festival Brings the House Down in Easton

The 2013 Monty Alexander Jazz Festival topped previous year’s attendance with a spectacular weekend line-up. Performers mingled with guests at a reception following the Monty Alexander Concert on Saturday night of the Labor Day Weekend Festival.

#1: Pictured left to right are Don Buxton, executive director of Chesapeake Chamber Music; Monty Alexander, Monty Alexander Jazz Festival artistic director and namesake; Willoughby Buxton, intern Chesapeake Chamber Music; and Merideth Buxton, director of Chesapeake Chamber Music’s First Strings Program. (Photo by Amy Blades Steward)

#2: Pictured is jazz saxophonist Sharel Cassity, performing on the Avalon Theatre stage during the 2013 Monty Alexander Jazz Festival. (Photo Courtesy of Bill Geoghegan)

#3: Pictured left to right are John Malin, friend of the Monty Alexander Jazz Festival; Al Sikes, Chair of the Jazz on the Chesapeake Committee for Chesapeake Chamber Music; Gale Redd, and Chuck Redd, percussionist and vibraphonist. (Photo by Amy Blades Steward)

#4: This year, Dee Daniels performed with a local vocal ensemble put together by Jana Leslie, Contemporary Music Minister at Christ Church in Easton, performing two of Daniels own choral arrangements – one of which she co-wrote with her mother. Churches represented in the local ensemble include the Greater New Hope Church and Ministries in Preston, Christ Church in Easton, and the Redemption Church in Owings Mills, MD. (Ensemble members pictured front row, left to right, were Jana Leslie, Laura Spies, Brenda Wood, and Terri Key. Pictured back row, left to right, are Earle Kirkley, Sam Martin, Terron Quailes, and Matthew Sevon). Dee Daniels band members included Carlton Holmes on piano/keyboard, Dwayne “Cook” Broadnax on drums, and Paul Beaudry on bass. (Photo Courtesy of Bill Geoghegan)

The Festival is presented by Jazz on the Chesapeake, a program of Chesapeake Chamber Music, and is held annually at Easton’s historic Avalon Theatre. To view more images from the 2013 Festival, visit

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