Chestertown Jazz Festival this LAST weekend UPDATED

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Here is the a little video from the 2014 Chestertown Jazz Festival.

It was a beautiful day for Jazz. The sun was shining the music was swinging and the crowds loved it.

We have big things planned for next year as well! Stay updated on our blog to learn what is in store for next years festival!

Thanks to everyone that came out and to everyone that made this event a success!

2014 Chestertown Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday, September 6th.

Join us for a full day of Jazz and delicious local food, wine, and beer for sales in Wilmer Park

After a six year hiatus, the Chestertown Jazz Festival returned to Maryland’s Eastern Shore in September of 2012 as Emcee Miyuki Williams, host of WPFW’s “Sunday Kind of Love” jazz program oversaw a full day of phenomenal live jazz performances by groups like the 100 Voice Choir, Joe Holt Trio, Felicia Carter and Amy Shook, Project Natale, Giacamo Gates, and headliner Frederic Yonnet. Now, each Fall, the Chestertown Jazz Festival Committee comes together with the Garfield Center for the Arts to host the re-imagined Chestertown Jazz Festival in Wilmer Park, along the lovely Chester River in Chestertown, MD. 2013’s Festival brought the 100 Voice Voice, Logan Seith Quartet, Marsha Heydt, Sue Matthews, and Cyrus Chestnut to the Jazz Fest stage.

The Chestertown Jazz Festival is presented by the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre, Chestertown MD and produced by Dr. Melvin S. Rapelyea.

Headliner – Sherry Winston
Flutist with quintet, plays beautiful smooth jazzy music.

100 Voice Choir – opening
Founded in 2005, the 100-Voice Choir is the vision of Sylvia Frazier, a gospel music producer and promoter who runs S & B Productions with her husband, Bill Frazier.

Todd Marcus Orchestra
Nonet (nine piece band) comprised of six horns (bass clarinet, alto saxophone/flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone), piano, bass, and drums comprised of musicians from Baltimore, New York, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia. The group?s instrumentation, compositions, and arrangements create a rich sound with music that often incorporates straight-ahead jazz with other influences from classical to Middle-Eastern themes. The music explores a range of moods while swinging hard and showcasing the individualized solos of each artist in the ensemble.

Lena Seikaly
A rare combination of a beautiful trained voice and legit music theory and jazz chops, Lena show what happens when you put knowledge and talent together. Lena is not just a killer jazz singer but actually used the winnings of an opera competition to fund her first jazz recording.

Gregor Huebner
German violinist and composer Gregor Huebner leads El Violin Latino, his Latin Jazz quartet. They will perform new arrangements of Cuban, Brazilian & Tango music with violin as the connecting thread.

Bratcher Project
The Bratcher Project was conceived of and developed by Vaughn Bratcher. The purpose and objective was to assemble a “rotating” group of talented musicians to perform genres of music that leans slightly outside the mainstream. It is essentially a dynamic musical workshop in constant development where style, creativity and the almighty “Groove” stands at the core of it’s inception. The Bratcher Project intertwines traditional and contemporary Jazz and R&B stylings. Combined with diverse musical interpretations, the music always stays fresh and engaging.

You can buy tickets on the Garfield Arts Center site:

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Also check out the video from last year that we recorded at the festival!