Jazz Scholarship Benefit Concert

Scholarship Benefit Concert, May 12, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, at the new Amelia Community Theatre, 209 Cedar Street, in Fernandina Beach.

2008 Jazz Festival Poster

2008 Jazz Festival Poster

Amelia Island, FL – 18-year-old tenor saxophonist John Sheard, the winner of this year’s Amelia Island Jazz Festival Scholarship will challenge the masters at a special Festival Preview and Scholarship Benefit Concert slated for Thursday, May 12, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, at the new Amelia Community Theatre, 209 Cedar Street, in Fernandina Beach.

Swinging with critically acclaimed veterans like Barry Greene (guitar), Ernie Ealum (bass), and Les DeMerle (drums) doesn’t appear to intimidate the sensational 18 year old Douglas Anderson School Of The Arts senior. “I feel honored to be able to play with such highly skillful musicians,” Sheard said. “It’s going to be great fun.”

John Sheard

John Sheard

DeMerle, the Festival’s Artistic Director, is up to the challenge as well. “This is kid is really something… all of us were blown away during John’s audition. We’re going to have to come out swinging hard to keep up with him.”

At the concert, DeMerle will announce the exciting 2011 festival lineup and The Dynamic Les DeMerle Jazz All-Stars will preview a striking variety of jazz genres set for this year October event, including Big Band, Bebop, Jump Blues, Latin, Gypsy Swing, and Louisiana Zydeco. The Concert will also feature vocalist Bonnie Eisele, former Ray Charles sideman Al Waters (saxophone/flute), Marvin Ferebee (trumpet), and Eric Lofgren (piano).

And the Amelia Community Theatre (ACT) makes for a wonderful show in itself. DeMerle calls it “an absolutely perfect listening room with wonderful acoustics and stadium seating. It definitely will enhance the excitement of the music tenfold.”

Preview and Scholarship Benefit concert tickets will cost $25 and are available online at: www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com (Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover) and at:

The UPS Store – Island Walk Shopping Center
1417 Sadler Road
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
(904) 277-0820

Or at the door (if not sold out in advance)

A not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation, the Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival distributes proceeds toward a scholarship program to fund college educations for aspiring jazz musicians.

For more information, please contact the Festival Hotline at (904) 504-4772

Or visit the website: www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com
Email address: info@ameliaislandjazzfestival.com

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