The 24th Cape May Jazz Festival presented by Bank of America kicks off Friday November 11 honoring the late premier jazz flutist, Herbie Mann….voted Number One jazz flutist for 13 years by Downbeat Magazine. Long before “world music” was coined, Herbie was exploring the rhythms of Africa, India, Cuba, Jamaica and especially Brazil.
Mann performed to a sell out crowd at the Cape May Jazz Festival April 1999 and November 2002. At his last appearance he asked if Cape May would honor the music of Herbie Mann at one of the festivals….and the promise is being kept. Carol Stone states Herbie was so loved by both musicians and jazz aficionados for his musicianship, honesty and being the gentleman he always was. The finest musicians were on his gigs and his recordings and many will be here Friday night in Convention Hall to honor him including Dave Valentin, Larry Coryell, Edson Café DaSilva and his original band with his son Geoffrey on drums and on Saturday night David Fathead" Newman."
Hubert Laws, a native of Los Angeles, opens Saturday night in Convention Hall with David Fathead" Newman to honor Herbie. Hubert, one of the finest classical and jazz flutists in the world, performed with the Jazz Crusaders in the 50’s and gigged with Mongo Santamaria, Benny Golson, James Moody and Clark Terry while Newman spent 15 years with Herbie's band.
Gerald Veasley Quintet featuring Chuck Loeb on guitar and Gerald Veasley on bass, an adventurous smooth jazz group turning it up and out, will appear Saturday night at the new state-of-the-art Theatre at Lower Regional High School. Two jazz vocalists will appear at the Pelican Club: Friday night Andy Bey who ranks as one of the 2 or 3 great male standard-bearers keeps getting better and better while Saturday Mary Stallings will appear having a voice with the soulful flare of Dinah Washington and a sweetness that is all her own" according to Stone. Charlie Hunter, a favorite with the enthusiastic younger audience who masters jazz, funk and rock on an eight-string guitar, will appear Friday night at the Star of the Sea Auditorium, while Saturday evening Philly favorite Bobby Watson's Horizon with Terrell Stafford on trumpet will thrill the audience with their familiar hard-bop music and stunningly unexpected rifts.
At Carney’s Main Room on Friday night, Gene Ludwig Organ Quartet will feature Gene Ludwig on Hammond B3 Organ. Gene Ludwig has been called the country's most passionate exponent of jazz organ. The Joshua Breakstone Trio will perform in Carney’s Other Room. Breakstone says, “Jazz should sing, be pretty to listen to and feel good” and he is true to his philosophy.
Continuing the tribute to Herbie Mann, Dan Faulk Quartet will perform Friday evening in the Boiler Room at Congress Hall featuring the world-class soprano and tenor saxophonist, Dan Faulk. The Burr Johnson Trio will be performing at the Café Promenade Friday night, a new venue at the Montreal Inn. Byther Smith, a bluesman with thrilling gut-wrenching vocals will perform with his trio, Byther Smith and the Night Raiders at Cabanas.
Complimentary guitar, horn and improvisation workshops for children and adults are offered Saturday morning. In the afternoon, the Boiler Room at Congress Hall will pulsate to the Latin beat of Edgardo Cintron Latin Band featuring Winston Byrd on trumpet along with Edgardo Cintron on timbales. The CD signing party and wine tasting sponsored by Barefoot Wine will be held from 5-6 p.m. in the Boiler Room.
Cape May's favorite Tim Eyermann and East Coast Offering will appear Saturday night in the Boiler Room. Rounding out this fabulous lineup Saturday evening will be the remarkable and creative blended jazz sound of the Chip Shelton Quintet performing at the Café Promenade at the Montreal Inn. Bongo and Vodou Jazz Ensemble will have Carney’s Main Room dancing to the beat of their dynamic rhythmic sounds. T. K. Blue Quintet will bring their unique and contemporary sound to Carney’s Other Room. Bubba Macs Blues Band performing their high energy wailing blues will be in Cabanas.
A total of 24 events over the weekend, the festival will welcome many familiar and exciting new performers at the Saturday and Sunday jams. Returning to the Pelican Club on Sunday will be a Gospel and Blues Brunch featuring gospel singer Barbara D. Mills with Aaron Graves on piano.
The Cape May Jazz Festival is a growing part of the artistic and cultural scene in this beautiful resort town within driving distance of the major metropolitan areas of New York, Philadelphia, Wilmington, Baltimore and Washington, DC.
Complimentary shuttle buses run on a continuous loop to allow festival-goers to move among the Cape May beachfront sites that are venues for the festival.
A memorial to Oscar Brown, Jr. will be held at Convention Hall Saturday at 10:30am. Visit the new website www.capemayjazz.org or call 609-884-7277 for additional information. Tickets go on sale Sept 15 by calling 877-7CM-JAZZ.
Cape May Jazz Festival is presented by Bank of America and sponsored by the Friends of Cape May Jazz, Inc, Barefoot Wine, Cape May Gazette, Cape May Star and Wave, Delaware River and Bay Authority, Jazz Times, Verizon, WRTI 90.1 Temple Public Radio, WBGO Jazz 88, WTTH The Touch 93.1 and Yamaha. Cape May Jazz Festival receives generous support from The New Jersey Council of the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey Office of Travel and Tourism and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.