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31st Cape May Jazz Festival - “Legends and More Blues”

United States
Thursday, January 15, 2009 —

WHAT: 31st Cape May Jazz Festival - “Legends and More Blues”

Presented by New Bank of America New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism VISITNJ.COM

WHEN: April 17-19, 2009

WHERE: Historic Victorian Cape May, NJ. Theatre at Lower Regional High School, Inn of Cape May – Aleathea’s Restaurant, Carneys, Carneys Other Room, Cabanas, Congress Hall - Boiler Room

WHO: A Tribute to Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughn “Have a Song on Me” with the B Swingers Big Band starring Steve Butler, James Cotton Blues, Odean Pope Quintet, Mayra Casales Group, Roni Ben-Hur, Sylvia Cuenca Group, Sharon Clark, Barbara King, Michael Thomas Quintet. More Blues with Andrew Jr. Boy Jones, Eddie Shaw and Wolf Gang, Alan Weber and Frenz, Juke Joints Last Stand

WORKSHOPS: No Ticket required. Saturday 10am-1pm; voice, guitar, saxophone, percussion, improvisation workshops – Cape May Elementary School, Lafayette Street near Madison Avenue

SPONSORS: New Jersey Department of State Division of Travel and Tourism, Bank of America, Barefoot Wines, Delaware River and Bay Authority, WRTI Temple Public Radio, WBGO Jazz 88, WCFA 101.5 LP, Smooth Jazz WJJZ 97.5, WTTH TheTouch, JazzTimes, Cape May Star and Wave, Verizon Wireless

TICKETS: All Event Weekend Pass for 18 Events – General Admission $150

Preferred Reserved Seating Packages Available!

• 5 Event Fri Evening Pass 8:00 pm – 1:00 am $55
• 6 Event Sat Evening Pass 6:30 pm – 1:00 am $55
• 3 Event Sat Afternoon Jam & Blues Pass 12pm -- 4:00pm $35
• Free Jazz Workshops Sat 10am-1pm; CD Signing Party 5pm – 6pm
• 3 Event Sunday Jam & Blues 12pm – 4pm $25;
• Reserved Seating Upgrades for Theatre at Lower Events - $25 in addition to Weekend or Evening Pass

For Tickets call: 877-7CM-JAZZ, 24 hours, 7 days a week or online at www.capemayjazz.org.

Box Office- Avondale Inn, Decatur and Gurney Sts: Festival Weekend Friday 3-10pm & Saturday 11am–10pm VISA, Mastercard, Cash

The Festivals receive support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; New Jersey Cultural Trust and the local business community and friends.

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 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 $25pp . Complimentary Festival Transportation running every 10 minutes is available between venues all weekend.

Written by Carol Stone.
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