Sixth Annual Monty Alexander Jazz Festival Promises New Sounds from Acclaimed Artists
Contact: Don Buxton 410 819-0380 or Amy Steward 410 829-0436
The Monty Alexander Jazz Festival will celebrate its sixth anniversary in Easton, MD on Labor Day weekend from September 3 – 6, 2015. The extraordinary energy and virtuosity of Artistic Director Monty Alexander have vaulted the Festival into a four-day event showcasing new talent, as well as jazz greats.
Vocalist Caterina Zapponi will lead off the Festival on Thursday night with an All-Star ensemble in an intimate night club-style concert at the Academy Art Museum. This concert will not be a part of the Festival Pass and the number of seats available will be limited.
Jazz vocalist René Marie, a 2015 Grammy nominee for her recent tribute album to Eartha Kitt, will open with her Quintet at the Avalon on Friday night. Marie is one of America’s most interesting and compelling artists with a style that incorporates a distinctly American mélange of jazz, soul, blues, folk and gospel. New York-based tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander will lead Saturday afternoon’s concert. Monty Alexander and Friends take the stage on Saturday night. Monty’s eclectic musical offerings will include reflections on his time with Frank Sinatra at the legendary Jilly’s Club in New York City. Brooklyn singer Alicia Olatuja, who performed at the President’s 2013 Inaugural, will blend jazz and gospel for the Festival’s Sunday afternoon concert. The New York Times calls her “an American singer with a strong, lustrous tone and an amiably regal presence onstage.”
A Festival tradition will continue this year on Saturday morning with a free New Orleans jazz concert in Thompson Park by The Conservatory Classic Jazz Band. The band will then lead a second line parade to the Tidewater Inn where a jazz brunch will precede the afternoon showcase.
The Avalon Theatre’s intimate setting and the lineup of world class artists make The Monty Alexander Jazz Festival an Eastern Shore destination for Labor Day weekend. The Monty Alexander Jazz Festival, presented by Jazz on the Chesapeake, is a program of Chesapeake Chamber Music. For further information on the Monty Alexander Jazz Festival, visit ChesapeakeJazz.org.