MONTY ALEXANDER JAZZ FESTIVAL TO BLAST THROUGH EASTON ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND

For Immediate Release: August 24, 2014
Contact: Don Buxton 410 819-0380 or Amy Steward 410 829-0436

Tickets are going fast as patrons get ready to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Monty Alexander Jazz Festival in Easton, MD. Since 2010, the Monty Alexander Jazz Festival in Easton, MD has grown from two concerts to six over the Labor Day Weekend. Hundreds of Shore residents, who never considered themselves jazz enthusiasts, now support the Festival as benefactors and patrons and the Festival is drawing a growing number of jazz lovers from states near and far. This year’s Festival has several special concerts scheduled for Labor Day Weekend, August 28 – 31, 2014 at the Academy Art Museum and the historic Avalon Theatre.

The Festival kicks off on Thursday, August 28 at 8 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum with recording and touring guitarist Frank Vignola, who has recorded and/or toured with Madonna, Leon Redbone, Ringo Starr, with famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, and has performed with the Boston Pops. Trumpeter Etienne Charles, a native of Trinidad, and his quintet will charm audiences as he brings a Creole flavor to his music on Friday, August 29 at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, August 30 at 2 p.m., there will be a salute to legendary jazz pianist and composer, Dave Brubeck, who passed away in 2012. Bobby Militello, who became Brubeck’s alto saxophonist after the death of Paul Desmond, will lead the salute. Saturday night, Monty Alexander will recreate his 2011 performance, Jazz at Lincoln Center, with his trio and some of jazz greats including vocalists Allan Harris and James DeFrances, and tenor saxophonist Houston Person. The “New York Times” calls Harris a “baritone crooner,” while DeFrances, a rising big band vocalist, has been praised for his Frank Sinatra-style voice.

Wrapping up the weekend on Sunday afternoon, August 31, at 2:00 p.m., is returning jazz and gospel virtuoso, Dee Daniels, who brings audiences together with her unique blend of spirituals, gospel and jazz. Dee Daniels will be joined by the Jana Leslie Singers and the Alive at 5 Band of Christ Church Easton.

A limited number of Festival Passes are still available. There is also a Discount Duo Balcony Package starting at $30 featuring the concerts of Etienne Charles/David Brubeck, Monty Alexander/David Brubeck, or Monty Alexander/Etienne Charles . The Monty Alexander Jazz Festival, presented by Jazz on the Chesapeake, is a program of Chesapeake Chamber Music. Festival passes are going fast. To purchase tickets, visit ChesapeakeJazz.org.

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