Jazz seems to be in the air today. No sooner did I post about plans for the 2012 Hampton Jazz Festival than I received word that the Norfolk Jazz Festival, July 20-21 at Town Point Park, will feature smooth jazzers Rick Braun and Gerald Albright, among other artists.
Those musicians will play Saturday, July 21, along with guitarist Peter White in a collaborative project called Jazz Attack. Friday, July 20, will also see a trio of players moving and grooving together. The package called Sax Pack will feature saxophonists Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Marcus Anderson.
Admission will be $28 per day or $38 in advance for a two-day combo ticket. They go on sale 10 a.m. Monday, March 12 through the Festevents website.
Here's the full news release about the event:
The 30th Annual NORFOLK JAZZ FESTIVAL
Returns to Town Point Park
Friday and Saturday, July 20-21, 2012
Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk, Virginia
NORFOLK, VA (March 7, 2012) – Cool Jazz and warm summer nights return once again to Downtown Norfolk at the area’s longest running outdoor Jazz Festival, Friday, July 20 – Saturday, July 21, 2012, 5:00pm – 11:00pm daily. Tickets will go on sale this coming Monday, March 12, 2012 at 10 am and will be available at www.festevents.org, by calling 757-441-2345 or visit the Festevents Box Office at 120 West Main Street in Downtown Norfolk, Virginia. Box Office is open 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.
Jazz enthusiasts will chill to the sounds of smooth jazz in the serene setting of the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront along the Elizabeth River. This musical weekend features Jazz greats including Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Marcus Anderson appearing as Sax Pack on Friday July 20,2012. On Saturday July 21, Everette Harp will be heating up the main stage, followed by Peter White, Rick Braun and Gerald Albright appearing as Jazz Attack.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Sax Pack featuring Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Marcus Anderson:
Steve Cole: http://www.stevecole.net
The saxophonist is one of the most celebrated players in contemporary jazz, having sold hundreds of thousands of albums worldwide and scored four #1 R&R Smooth Jazz hits. He attended Northwestern University, where he explored modern classical music for the saxophone under the tutelage of internationally recognized educator Fred Hemke. While in undergraduate school, this gifted musician was a semi-finalist in the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts and one of three finalists in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and was awarded the privilege of performing Tableaux De Provence by Paule Maurice with the CSO. Cole went on to earn his MBA which paved the way in his being appointed to Professor at the prestigious McNally Smith College of Music - a position which he maintains today. The artist has five CDs in his catalog and has previously recorded for Atlantic, Warner Brothers and Narada Jazz. Recently Steve signed a multiple album deal with Mack Avenue/Artistry Music.
Jeff Kashiwa: http://jeffkashiwa.com/
Jeff Kashiwa is a jazz saxophonist native to Seattlewho became known on the music scene in 1989 as a member of popular fusion jazz group The Rippingtons. Kashiwa joined The Rippingtons following Brandon Fields, exit from the group. Kashiwa prepared himself for the role by learning every song in the group's library prior to being hired, making his eventual step into Field's large shoes seemingly effortless. Kashiwa recorded his first two solo albums, ("Remember Catalina" and "Walk A Mile"), during his tenure with The Rippingtons. In 1999 Kashiwa left the group to concentrate on a solo career with his own band, Coastal Access, which included Melvin Davis (Bass), Allen Hinds (Guitar), Dave Hooper (drums) and Dave Kochanski (Keyboards/Synths). Eric Marienthal and Paul Taylor both covered the sax player spot in The Rippingtons for a few years, but Kashiwa rejoined the group in 2007 for their 20th Anniversary Tour, and continues to appear with the group on occasion. Kashiwa plays soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute and the EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument). His involvement in music encompasses composing, producing, performing and teaching.
Marcus Anderson: http://marcusanderson.net/home.html
Marcus Anderson, a South Carolina native, is from a large musical family of seven siblings. Growing up, both of his parents sang regularly, but it was his father who introduced him to Jazz, which has become his passion. Aware of his natural talent, his parents nurtured his musicality and he began performing in church with his older brothers. He graduated from Dorman High School in Roebuck, SC and after graduation he continued his jazz studies at North Carolina Central University. There he was a member of the program’s world renowned Jazz Ensemble directed by Dr. Ira Wiggins. He studied with Branford Marsalis and Gospel Saxophonist, Donald Hayes for several years.
His numerous accolades include All-State High School Jazz Ensemble for South Carolina three consecutive years, receiving the Chancellor’s Award three times, and having performed for Hilary Clinton and Jesse Jackson. He was a member of the HBCU All-Star Jazz Ensemble as 1st Tenor Sax for three consecutive years, and he is a proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America. He was recently nominated and won the North Carolina Gospel Announcers Guild 2011 Prestige Awards for Gospel Jazz Artist of the Year.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Everette Harp: http://everetteharp.com/home.php
An emotional R&B-oriented saxophonist, Everette Harp graduated from North Texas State University and played locally in Houston during 1981-1988, becoming a studio musician. In 1988, he moved to Los Angeles and was soon playing in major R&B bands (including those of Anita Baker, Sheena Easton, and Kenny Loggins). In 1991, Harp toured with George Duke and Marcus Miller, and recorded his debut for Manhattan. In 1992, he toured with Rachelle Ferrell, and two years later his second album (for Blue Note Contemporary) was released; the Marvin Gaye tribute What's Going On, his contribution to the Blue Note Cover Series, followed in 1997, trailed a year later by Better Days. For the Love was released three years later. The popular Everette Harp's background is in gospel and R&B, but he sometimes displays the ability to improvise.
Jazz Attack featuring Peter White, Rick Braun and Gerald Albright
Peter White: http://www.peterwhite.com
For nearly 20 years, Peter White has made the acoustic guitar a dynamic and expressive voice in the soundscape of contemporary jazz. Since his first recordings in the early 1990s, he has infused pop standards, and his own original material with a sense of innovation and energy that rivals the abilities of many of his electric guitar counterparts. In a career that spans two decades and a dozen solo recordings, he continues to surprise seasoned fans and newcomers alike with his willingness to push the preconceived parameters of his instrument to new places. Peter was recently nominated in three categories of the Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards 2011 - Guitarist of the Year, Song of the Year for "Bright" and Artist of the Decade!
Rick Braun: http://www.rickbraun.com/
A native of Allentown, Pennsylvania, trumpeter Rick Braun first surfaced as a member of the jazz-fusion outfit Auracle, formed while he was a student at the prestigious Eastman School of Music. After two LPs the group disbanded, and Braun turned to songwriting, scoring a hit with REO Speedwagon's "Here with Me"; in time he directed his focus to contemporary jazz, issuing his solo debut Intimate Secrets in 1993. After touring with Sade, he returned in 1994 with Night Walk as well as the seasonal release Christmas Present. With 1995's Beat Street, Braun's popularity continued to snowball, with 1996's smash Body and Soul launching the NAC chart-topper "Notorious." A two-time winner of the Gavin Report's Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year award, he returned in 1998 with Full Stride. He also collaborated with Boney James on the 2000 release Shake It Up. Kisses in the Rain followed a year later, and Braun continued issuing albums throughout the decade of the 2000s, including Esperanto in 2003, Sessions, Vol. 1 in 2004, Yours Truly in 2005, RnR (a duo set co-led by saxophonist Richard Elliot) in 2007, and All It Takes in 2009. Braun offered up a change-of-pace recording in 2011 with the self-explanatory Sings with Strings, an album of standards featuring string charts by Philippe Saisse. Jason Ankeny, Rovi
Gerald Albright: http://geraldalbright.com/index.htm
Albright's contemporary and straight-ahead collections have established the Los Angeles-based musician as one of the most prominent artists. Indeed, Albright was one of the ten featured saxophonists who performed at President Clinton’s inauguration. He was also featured at the Presidential Summit, as well as several private functions for the President. Albright had sold over 1,000,000 albums in the U.S. alone. His self-produced music features him on bass guitar, keyboards, flutes, drum programming, and background vocals. Gerald has definitely earned the reputation as the “musician’s musician.”
Ticket packages are available for General Lawn Seating, Reserved Seating and VIP Jazz Club. Please purchase tickets by visiting www.festevents.org, by calling 757.441.2345 or visit the Festevents Box Office at 120 West Main Street in Downtown Norfolk, Virginia. Box Office is open 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.
Tickets will go on sale this coming Monday, March 12, 2012 at 10 am. To qualify for special advance ticket pricing, all ticket purchases for this event must be completed by 5pm on Thursday, July 19, 2012.
General Admission: Open Lawn seating; please bring your own chair.
General Admission 2-day Combo ticket: $38, advance purchase only.
Single Day General Admission Ticket: $28 per day
Reserved Seating 2-day combo ticket (stage area seating): $58, advance purchase only.
VIP Jazz Club: The VIP Jazz Club provides the ultimate festival experience with unlimited access to an exclusive VIP Area that offers private gourmet catering and bar service at special prices. Jazz Club VIP’s will receive complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, complimentary cocktail hour hors d' oeuvres and private restrooms.
2-day General Admission combo ticket with VIP Jazz Club: $138 advance purchase only.
2-day Reserved Seating combo ticket with VIP Jazz Club: $158 advance purchase only.
1-day General Admission ticket with VIP Jazz Club: $80 advance purchase only.
Festival Boater Docking: Park-side docking is available by reservation only at $20 per day for vessels up to 35', special rates available for vessels over 35' with ticket admission purchase for each guest on board. Please contact Shane Vernon at 757.441.2345 ext.3017 or by email email@example.com for more information or to purchase your boater package. Festival takes place rain or shine. Boater Packages are non-refundable, non-transferable and are valid on day of purchase only. Docking is available during festival hours only.
Children: Children 12 and younger are free
Show your AT&T Wireless Phone: Show your AT&T wireless phone between 5 pm and 6 pm either night and receive a $10 discount per AT&T wireless phone owner. (AT&T wireless phone promotion is valid for day of event ticket purchase, for one guest and one entry per day. This offer cannot be combined with any other special ticket offer).
Festival Quick Facts
Date/Time: Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21, 2012. 5 pm – 11 pm daily.
Location: Town Point Park
The festival will be held in the traditional outdoor venue of Town Point Park on the downtown Norfolk waterfront and centrally located in the city’s shopping, dining and entertainment district. On the banks of the historic Elizabeth River, festival-goers can enjoy the concert experience by land and by water. Town Point Park offers 8 acres of open-air lawn seating and picnic style areas along with advanced reserved seating for up to 500.
Parking: Parking is available in several Downtown Norfolk garages within a short walk of the park.
Weather: In the event of severe inclement weather, the festival may relocate to an indoor facility.
Special Notes: Lawn chairs, picnic blankets, coolers, food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted. No alcohol or glass is permitted; food and alcohol will be available for purchase during the festival.
Festival Tents and Large Umbrella Area:
A special area is reserved for festival guests wishing to set up a tent or large umbrellas for shade. All umbrellas must be lowered during performances if seated in front of the stage; no tents or other structures are permitted in the lawn directly in front of the stage.
For additional information: More information about events, including park regulations, parking, and surrounding attractions, can be found by visiting festevents.org, or by calling 757.441.2345.
The 30th Annual Norfolk Jazz Festival is made possible by the City of Norfolk, AT&T, Norfolk Waterside Marriott, Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/RAM/ Fiat, Budweiser, CFE Equipment Corporation, WAVY TV 10 & 95.7 R&B.
Norfolk Festevents, Ltd. is a private not-for-profit organization dedicated to producing premier concerts, festivals, ship visits and special events and city celebrations for residents and guests of Hampton Roads. Celebrating its 30th season, Norfolk Festevents has garnered international acclaim for its outstanding quality programming. Norfolk Festevents is the official event marketing and production agency for the City of Norfolk.