Cape May Jazz Festival

CAPE MAY JAZZ CELEBRATES BASIE AND BEYOND, NOVEMBER 12-14, 2004Mid-November will erupt in music with the 22nd Cape May Jazz Festival, November 12-14 in Cape May, New Jersey. The Festival kicks off at 7:30pm Friday and continues with nonstop entertainment through Sunday afternoon. Opening the Festival Friday night is a celebration of the Count Basie Centennial with Kendrick Oliver & The New Life Jazz Orchestra featuring vocalist Marlena Shaw, channeling The Count's hard-driving sense of swing with their delivery of Basie and Beyond.
Lauded Detroit jazz violin dynamo Regina Carter brings her technical proficiency and exciting improvisation to Convention Hall Saturday night. Her unexpectedly percussive and aggressively melodic approach to her instrument will challenge your ideas about the violin.
Adding allure to November's lineup are returning jazz legends Oscar Brown, Jr., offering spontaneous drama and song, and Little Jimmy Scott, performing time-honored jazz ballads in his celebrated style.
Eclectic guitar-playing vocalist Joyce Cooling and seductive song stylist Renee Marie will be featured in the Pelican Club on Friday and Saturday, respectively, where dinner reservations are required for the 9:15pm Saturday performance. (Call 609-884-3995 for reservations.)
Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band with Vincent Herring and Jeremy Pelt will honor the all-time hard-bop favorite and great jazz communicator.
Direct from the island of St. Martin will be grooving reggae band the Top Groovers, performing in the Boiler Room at Congress Hall Friday and Saturday nights. Master guitarists Sonny Rhodes and Ray Gomez will storm Cabanas as they unleash the blues. Two sensational organists, Tony Monaco and Vince Seneri with percussionist Doc Gibbs, will perform at Carney¹s Friday and Saturday, respectively. Rounding out the lineup are the Festival All Star Band, trumpeter Wendall Shepherd's quartet, vocalists Deborah Brown from Georgia, Philadelphia's own Pearl Williams, and the captivating Keisa Brown, plus high energy  jazz jams, a blues jam, a gospel and blues brunch and educational workshops. Check out www.capemayjazz.org for more details.
The Cape May Jazz Festival, presented by Bank of America, has been produced bi-annually, in April and November since 1994.  It has become a corner on the national cultural scene and is a well-respected event throughout the jazz music community. Each festival grows and adds new segments that move increasingly into educational and thematic events. Cape May, NJ is within driving distance of the major metro areas of New York City, Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore and Washington, DC.  The Cape May Jazz Festival is made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Dept. of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, presenting sponsor Bank of America and many other corporate and media sponsors.
Friends of Cape May Jazz, Inc. is a non-profit organization that produces the Cape May Jazz Festival.  Its mission is to develop and maintain the Greater Cape May, NJ, area as the hub for jazz in the mid-Atlantic region and to foster the appreciation of jazz as an American art form through the presentation of concerts, festivals, educational programs, workshops and jam sessions for musicians.  Tickets may be purchased by calling 800-595-4849.  For a complete lineup with dates, times and more call +1 609-884-7277, or visit www.capemayjazz.org.
PRESS CONTACT: Lelah Eppenbach+1 609-884-7200, lelah@capemayjazz.orgPUBLIC: +1 609-884-7277 - TICKETS: +1 800-595-4948www.capemayjazz.org