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CAPE MAY JAZZ FESTIVAL NOV 6-8 “A Tribute to the Count”

2009 “A Tribute to the Count”

Count Basie

Swing with the timeless, priceless and still genuine Count Basie Orchestra at the Cape May Jazz Festival presented by the New Jersey Department of Travel and Tourism and Bank of America November 6th for one big thrill 8pm – 9:30pm in the Theatre at Lower Regional High School.  The Count Basie Orchestra of today is nineteen performers committed to upholding the Basie tradition with a keyboard set in motion, always swinging Kansas City style, winning 17 Grammies and continuing to perform across North America, Europe and Southeast Asia. Friday night continues with Richie Cole and “alto

Richie Cole

madness” in Carney’s Other Room.  Richie is a master of the sax, a brilliant arranger, composer who constantly shows that there is life, humor and creativity found in classic bebop. He is “one of the last of the breed – a fast and competitive musical gunslinger demonstrating his command of Charlie Parker’s bebop language” states All About Jazz.  Barbara King returns by popular demand with her dusky, Sarah Vaughan-like qualities performing in Victorian Gardens at the Marquis De Lafayette Hotel.  Raised with a mix of family background cultures from Cuba, Jamaica and Costa Rica, and surrounded by music and

Barbara King

Barbara King

dancing; Barbara was introduced at an early age to jazz legends such as Sarah, Ella, Dinah and Billie who influence her singing.  Continuing in Carney’s Main Room is the Radam Schwartz Quintet featuring Radam pumping out driving rhythms on the Hammond B3.  Radam’s prolific career has led to many successful recordings, having performed with David “Fathead” Newman, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and many others.  Friday night is rounded out with Gary Allegretto’s versatile harmonica rockin’ the pure electric and acoustic blues in Cabanas.  Allegretto sings with a natural storytelling appeal with a wry sense of humor, while his harmonica comes as natural as his own voice that makes you dance from the first song ‘til the last.

Ravi Coltrane, a true Renaissance man who is at the forefront carving up new paths within

Ravi Coltrane

Ravi Coltrane

jazz, opens 6:30pm Saturday night at the Theatre.  A modernist who has absorbed a wealth of jazz ranging from his father John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins to contemporary figures such as Steve Coleman, Wayne Shorter and owes equal debt to Joe Henderson. The listener hears the “elusive beauty” of Ravi through his tenor and soprano saxophone as an explosion of rhythmic and melodic sequences that float through the air with grace…deep, soulful, masterful with the appealingly Hendersonian tendency to lay back even

Houston Person

Houston Person

when he is driving hard.  Saturday night continues to thrill with Houston Person performing at the Jazz Dinner at Aleathea’s Restaurant at the Inn of Cape May with open seating at 11pm.  A reviewer calls him the natural heir to the boss tenor crown worn so long and so well by Gene Ammons.  It is all “tone”, no flash, but instead the warmth of his sound, lingering over every note….his solos are tuneful enough to be part of the melody of any standard.  Denise Thimes graces Victorian Gardens

Denise Thimes

Denise Thimes

with her brilliant voice ranking with the all-time greats such as Ella, Sassy, Lady Day, Nancy and Carmen to name a few.  She has shared the stage with Clark Terry, Dr. Billy Taylor, Jimmy and Tootie Heath, James Moody and will continue to steal the show.  Teddy Royal, international instrumental guitarist, will perform with his organ trio in the Boiler Room at Congress Hall. Royal calls New Orleans his home where he wrote and recorded with the Staple Singers, Allen Toussaint, Patti LaBelle and the Neville Brothers and was Fats

Inca Band

Edgardo Cintron
and Inca Band

Domino’s guitarist for 30 years.  Royal has had a life-long love affair with music which began while growing up listening to the music of Wes Montgomery…..Wes can be heard throughout his playing.   Edgardo Cintron and Inca return to Carney’s Main Room by popular demand with a “Tribute to Carlos Santana”. Trumpeter Dominic Farinacci performing in Carney’s Other Room began his career listening to Louis Armstrong and Harry James and received a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee. He opened for Wynton Marsalis at the Tri-C JazzFest in Cleveland after which Wynton invited him to solo with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. In 2008 he debuted with his own band at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Detroit International Jazz Festival and the Tri-C JazzFest.  This gifted, mature and very versatile artist performs with warmth and rich lyricism and is a talent who will be remembered.

Memphis Gold

Memphis Gold

Memphis Gold who continues the blues tradition at Cabanas evokes the vintage sounds of southern soul and blues and reveals his golden knack for resuscitating southern musical traditions.  Gold appeared on the cover of February 09 Living Blues Magazine where he is called a throwback to the blues men of yore who learned their licks at the knee of legendary patriarch Charlie Patton, who was king of the Mississippi Delta Blues.

The festival includes Jam Sessions Saturday and Sunday in Carneys, Blues Jams in Cabanas with Alan Weber and Frenz Saturday and Frank Bey and the Swing City Blues Band Sunday along with the complimentary workshops Saturday at Cape May Elementary School and the Saturday CD Signing Party compliments of Barefoot Wines.


31st Cape May Jazz Festival

Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Award for The Favorite Music Festival went to the Cape May Jazz Festival January 8, 2009.  Festival’s organizers wish to thank all the friends and supporters who voted for the festival.

The 31st Cape May Jazz Festival “Legends….and more Blues” April 17-19, 2009 presented by NJ Division of Travel and Tourism and Bank of America promises to be one of the best.  A Tribute to Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan with “Have a Song on Me Celebrating Mr. B” and the Big Band Music of the 40s and 50s with the B Swingers Big Band and Steve Butler. Billy Eckstine, known as Mr. B, became the most influential ballad singer during this era with an appealing baritone voice.  It has been said Steve Butler “looks and sounds hauntingly similar to Billy Eckstine…capable and convincing” and the Big Band one of the best.

More Blues Saturday night with Grammy Award winner James “Superharp” Cotton whose pedigree is a veritable who’s who in the world of Blues. Cotton and his Blues Band continue to showcase his immense talent and keep him one of the most sought-after, hard-driving blues musicians touring the world today.  More Blues continues all weekend at Cabanas with Andrew Jr. Boy Jones, Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang, Alan Weber and Frenz and Juke Joint Central.

Legendary Odean Pope, known for his fiery, often intense solos, dazzling elevations and throbbing, husky sounds, opens Aleathea’s Restaurant at the Inn of Cape May for an 8:30pm Jazz Dinner and late Show with open seating available.  Barbara King will continue the legends with a Tribute to Sarah Vaughan.  “Barbara King’s dusky, Sarah Vaughan-like qualities mark her as a talent to watch” says Lloyd Sachs, Chicago Sun-Times.

Opening up Carney’s Main Room Saturday night, Cuban percussionist Mayra Casales brings her band “Women on Fire” with Cuban Francois Zayas on drums. Born in Cuba and raised in Miami, her earlier influences began with the Afro-Cuban musical culture of her surroundings.

DC Sharon Clark returns by popular demand for the Jazz Dinner and late show in Aleathea’s Saturday night.  Sharon is an amazing, exceptionally gifted talent with performances including jazz standards but also lesser known songs performed by Ella, Sarah, Johnny Hartman and Nancy Wilson.

Performing in Carney’s Other Room is guitarist Roni Ben-Hur, a very charming, talented guitarist and composer offering creative melodies, brilliant solos and dazzling original compositions.  As a leader he has won high praise from jazz critics around the world.

Sylvia Cuenca opens Carney’s Main Room Friday night with her organ quartet.  Sylvia swings impeccably with her authentic feel for the Latin genre.  Performing in the Boiler Room at Congress Hall Saturday night, the Michael Thomas Quintet is a powerful and energetic group that is deeply rooted in the rich tradition of hard-bop and blues with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers their major influence.

Along with the usual high energy jams Saturday and Sunday in Carney’s, the complimentary workshops and Saturday CD Signing Party, Juke Joint Central will be in Cabanas Sunday afternoon.  This is a fun, stimulating band with a juke joint jamming feel that is mainly blues -- a not to be missed experience.

The schedule, musician’s information and sounds bytes are found on the web at www.capemayjazz.org.  For more information or to be put on the mailing list please call       609-884-7277.  An All Event Weekend Pass to attend 18 events beginning 8pm Friday through 4pm Sunday is $150 general admission.  Individual Friday or Saturday Night All Event Wristbands are $55.  Saturday Afternoon Jam Wristbands are $35, Sunday Jams $25.  Reserved Seating is available at the Theatre at Lower Regional High School for an additional $25 per person .  Complimentary Festival Transportation running every 10 minutes is available between venues all weekend.

The 31st Cape May Jazz Festival is presented by New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism VisitNJ.Com and Bank of America and sponsored by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, Barefoot Wines, Jazz Times, WRTI Temple Public Radio, WBGO Jazz 88, WMGM  TV40, WCFA 101.5, WTTH the Touch, Cape May Star and Wave, Verizon Wireless with generous support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey Cultural Trust, local businesses and donors.

Cape May Jazz Festival April 17-19, 2009

James Cotton- for the Grateful Web

The 31st Cape May Jazz Festival "Legends….and more Blues" April 17-19 2009 presented by NJ Division of Travel and Tourism and Bank of America opens featuring a Tribute to Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughn with "Have a Song on Me Celebrating Mr. B" and the Big Band Music of the 40s and 50s with the B Swingers Big Band and Steve Butler. Billy Eckstine, known as Mr. B, became the most influential ballad singer during this era with an appealing baritone voice.  It has been said Steve Butler "looks and sounds hauntingly similar to Billy Eckstine…capable and convincing" and the Big Band one of the best.  Sabrina Carten is convincing honoring Sarah Vaughn.

More Blues Saturday night with Grammy Award winner James "Superharp" Cotton whose pedigree is a veritable who's who in the world of Blues. Cotton and his Blues Band continue to showcase his immense talent and keep him one of the most sought-after, hard-driving blues musicians touring the world today.  More Blues continues all weekend at Cabanas with Andrew Jr. Boy Jones, Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang, Alan Weber and Frenz and Juke Joints Last Stand.

Legendary Odean Pope, known for his fiery, often intense solos, dazzling elevations and throbbing, husky sounds, opens Aleatheas Restaurant at the Inn of Cape May for an 8:30pm Jazz Dinner and late Show with open seating available.  Pope worked with Max Roach for many years and permanently joined the Max Roach Quartet in 1979.  Barbara King will continue the legends with a Tribute to Sarah Vaughn. "Barbara King's dusky, Sarah Vaughn-like qualities mark her as a talent to watch" says Lloyd Sachs, Chicago Sun-Times.  Enjoying a mix of family background cultures from Cuba, Jamaica and Costa Rica and surrounded by music and dancing, Barbara was introduced at an early age to jazz legends such as Sarah, Ella, Dinah and Billie who influence her singing.

Opening up Carneys Main Room Saturday night, Cuban percussionist Mayra Casales brings her band "Women on Fire" with Cuban Francois Zayas, drums. Born in Cuba, raised in Miami her earlier influences began with the Afro-Cuban musical culture of her surroundings.  Her fiery, heartfelt spirit with strong roots in Cuban music is always present.  Mayra is a versatile vocalist, percussionist, arranger, lyricist and composer who is considered one of the most complete percussionists of our time.

DC Sharon Clark returns by popular demand for the Jazz Dinner and late show in Aleatheas Saturday night.  Sharon is an amazing, exceptionally gifted  talent having performed at the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and for President Bill Clinton and can be seen weekly in clubs and hotels in the DC area.  Her performances include jazz standards but also lesser known songs performed by Ella, Sarah, Johnny Hartman and Nancy Wilson.

Woody and Carol saw Roni Ben-Hur in NYC and knew he was a must for the festival.  He is a very charming, talented guitarist and composer offering creative melodies, brilliant solos and dazzling original compositions.  As a leader he has won high praise from jazz critics around the world.  Gary Giddins describes Ben-Hur  "as eloquent as a cool breeze, this understated exercise in bebop equilibrium goes down so easy you might underestimate the magic.  A limber and inventive guitarist….keeps the modernist flame alive and pure with a low flame burning in every note."

Sylvia Cuenca opens Carneys Main Room Friday night with her organ quartet.  Sylvia swings impeccably with her authentic feel for the Latin genre.  Originally a sideman who performed with almost everyone around the NYC area, her band performs in clubs and festivals in the US and around the world. Performing in the Boiler Room at Congress Hall Saturday night, the Michael Thomas Quintet is a powerful and energetic group that is deeply rooted in the rich tradition of hard-bop and blues with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers their major influence.

Along with the usual high energy jams Saturday and Sunday in Carneys, the complimentary workshops and CD Signing Party, Juke Joints Last Stand will be in Cabanas Sunday afternoon.
This is a fun, stimulating band with a juke joint jamming feel that is mainly blues - a not to be missed experience.

The schedule, musician's information and sounds bytes are found on the web.  For more information or to be put on the mailing list please call 609-884-7277.  An All Event Weekend Pass to attend 18 events beginning 8pm Friday through 4pm Sunday is $150 general admission. Individual Friday or Saturday Night All Event Wristbands are $55.  Saturday afternoon Jam wristbands are $35, Sunday Jams $25. Reserved Seating is available at the Theatre at Lower Regional High School for an additional $25pp. Complimentary Festival Transportation running every 10 minutes is available between venues all weekend.

The 31st Cape May Jazz Festival is presented by New Jersey Department of State Division of Travel and Tourism VisitNJ.Com and Bank of America and sponsored by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, Barefoot Wines, Jazz Times, WRTI Temple Public Radio, WBGO Jazz 88, WCFA 101.5, WTTH the Touch, Cape May Star and Wave, Verizon Wireless with generous support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey Cultural Trust, local businesses and donors.

Cape May Jazz Pays Tribute To Maynard Ferguson Nov 7-9

Maynard Ferguson- for the Grateful Web

November 7-9, 2008, will mark the Cape May Jazz Festival's 15th year and 30th celebration presented by Bank of America. Friday night's opener kicks off with a Tribute to Maynard Ferguson featuring a 16-piece big band led by Ed Vezinho and Jim Ward.  This performance will be held in the theatre at Lower Regional High School. Jon Faddis, internationally acclaimed high-register trumpeter, will solo with the band saluting Ferguson's music. Ferguson, jazz legend and internationally famous big band leader, was one of the world's great trumpet and brass instrument players dazzling the world with his high trumpet blasts.  Ferguson, the kid, set the jazz world on its ear with his innovation and the level of musicianship of his "Birdland Dream Band" back in the 50s.

Pieces of a Dream returns by popular demand performing on Saturday night, also in the theater.  To fill out the schedule, well-known jazz vocalist Jackie Ryan will perform in the Grand Hotel Ballroom Friday, and smooth jazz saxtress Pamela Williams will lend her talents on Saturday night.  Ex-Ferguson musician Denis DiBlasio will bring his band to Carney's on Saturday night, featuring Jim McFalls on the trombone. Also included on this bill are Michael Pedicin, Frank Bey, Edgardo Cintron, Antoinette Montague, David Cole, Bob Ferguson, the Little Jazz Giants and many more plus the always-popular high energy jam sessions and complimentary workshops.

The schedule in its entirety can be found on the web at www.capemayjazz.org, the best source for all the latest on the Cape May Jazz Festival, including music bytes from your favorite artists.  For more information or to be put on the mailing list please call 609-884-7277.

For those who wish to discover all venues and performers, the new Preferred All-Event Weekend Pass gives guests an opportunity to attend 20 jazz performances, including RESERVED SEATING at any 2 concerts at the Theatre at Lower for a special $170 (saving $30 off regular ticket pricing).  The general seating All-Event Weekend Pass is also available for $150.  Individual Friday or Saturday Night All-Event Wristbands are available for $55 each.  Saturday Afternoon Jam Wristbands are available for $35 each, and Sunday Afternoon Jam Wristbands are $25 each.  Tickets go on sale September 15th by calling 1.877.CM.JAZZ.  Information including schedules, pictures, biographies, music clips and ticket order form can be found on www.CapeMayJazz.org or by calling 609.884.7277.   Complementary Festival Transportation is available between venues Friday thru Sunday.

The 30th Cape May Jazz Festival is presented by Bank of America and sponsored by Delaware River and Bay Authority, Barefoot Wines, Yamaha Concert Division, Jazz Times, WRTI Temple University Public Radio, WBGO Jazz 88 FM, WCFA 101.5 LP, WTTH the Touch, Cape May Star & Wave, Cape May Gazette, and Verizon Wireless, with generous support from New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and supported in part by the New Jersey Department of State, Economic Growth & Tourism Commission.  Visitnj.org

Maynard Ferguson - This three time Grammy nominee, consistent Downbeat and Playboy Jazz Poll award winner, was a potent force in the world of music education, making time to personally encourage young musicians. An instrument designer, a record producer, composer, arranger, symphonic guest artist, and film soundtrack artist, Maynard Ferguson was a diverse and energetic musician whose talents far surpass trumpet player.

As might be expected, Maynard's innate musical talents were exhibited at an early age. He has been performing since he first soloed as a child prodigy with the Canadian Broadcasting Co. orchestra in 1939 when Maynard was 11 years old. Born in Montreal, Quebec in May 1928, he was encouraged by his mother, a violinist and school principal, and by age four was playing piano and violin. By nine, he had enrolled in the French Conservatory of Music where he received his formal training.

Maynard Ferguson had his own jazz and dance band at 16. All the players were twice his age except his brother, Percy. By 1948, Maynard had made his debut in the U.S. in Boyd Raeburn's band and the first of three major career periods had begun. In the 50's, he played with Charlie Barnett and Jimmy Dorsey dazzling the jazz world with his high trumpet blasts in the Stan Kenton band. After Kenton, for the next three, he was first-call studio trumpeter and recorded film soundtracks for Paramount including The Ten Commandments. Guesting with symphony conductor Leonard Bernstein in 1955, Maynard Ferguson performed the "Titans" by William Russo, with the New York Philharmonic.

"I'm a person of change and I must be honest to my artistry and my creativity. That's part of the word 'jazz'....it's an adventure."  Maynard Ferguson

WHAT:  30th Cape May Jazz Festival

WHEN:  November 7-9, 2008

WHERE: Theatre at Lower Regional High School, Grand Hotel, Carney's, Cabanas, Congress Hall Boiler Room

WHO:   Tribute to Maynard Ferguson:  Jon Faddis soloing with 16 piece orchestra directed by Ed Vezinho/Jim Ward; Pieces of a Dream, Jackie Ryan, Pamela Williams, Michael Pedicin, Chembo Corniel and Grupo Chaworo; Denis DiBlasio with Jim McFalls; Antoinette Montague with Bill Easley; Frank Bey; Edgardo Cintron; David Cole and Main Street Blues; Bob Ferguson.

CAPE MAY JAZZ FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NOV 7-9 CELEBRATION

Maynard Ferguson- for the Grateful Web

November 7-9, 2008, presented by Bank of America will mark the Cape May Jazz Festival's 15th year and 30th celebration.  Friday night's opener kicks off with a Tribute to Maynard Ferguson featuring a 16-piece big band led by Ed Vezinho and Jim Ward.  This performance will be held at the Lower Regional High School in the theatre.  Jon Faddis, internationally acclaimed high-register trumpeter, will solo with the band saluting Ferguson's music.

Pieces of a Dream returns to perform on Saturday night, also in the theater.  To fill out the schedule, well-known jazz vocalist Jackie Ryan will perform in the Grand Hotel Ballroom Friday, and smooth jazz saxtress Pamela Williams will lend her talents on Saturday night.  Ex-Ferguson musician Denis DiBlasio will bring his band to Carney's on Saturday night, featuring Jim McFalls on the trombone.  Also included on this bill are Michael Pedicin, Frank Bey, Edgardo Cintron, Antoinette Montague, David Cole, Bob Ferguson, the Little Jazz Giants and many more plus the always-popular high energy jam sessions and complimentary workshops.
 
The schedule in its entirety can be found on the web at the best source for all the latest on the Cape May Jazz Festival, including music bytes from your favorite artists. For more information or to be put on the mailing list please call 609-884-7277.
 
Funding for the Cape May Jazz Festival is provided in part through a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; and the New Jersey Department of State Travel and Tourism Commission.  Bank of America is the Presenting Sponsor along with sponsorship provided by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, Barefoot Wines, Cape Savings Bank, Jazz Times, WBGO Jazz 88, WRTI 90.1FM, WTTH, 101.5 WCFA, WJJZ 97.5, Verizon, and Cape May Star & Wave.