Jazz on the Chesapeake Presents
the Monty Alexander Jazz Festival 2014 Lineup
Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing today. The legendary Les Paul named Vignola to his “Five Most Admired Guitar List” in an article in the Wall Street Journal. Vignola’s stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, and the New York Pops. Vignola’s jaw-dropping technique explains why the New York Times deemed him “one of the brightest…stars of the guitar".
Original is characteristic of jazz. Jazz invites innovative expression and new compositions. Jazz artists are continually shaping new blends. Etienne Charles is an original, drawing on both the jazz canon and Caribbean influences. Etienne was first a student of the celebrated Marcus Roberts, then graduated from Julliard and excels with a diversity of jazz styles. The New York Times calls Charles an auteur who is “one of [jazz’s] more ambitious soloists and composers.”
Enjoy a free New Orleans style jazz concert in Thompson Park at the corner of Dover and South Washington Street at 11am with the Conservatory Classic Jazz Band. Step-out with the parade to the Tidewater Inn where
you can savor a delicious brunch and jazz from 11:30 – 1:15 at Hunter’s Tavern.
Reserve for brunch at 410.822.1300.
New York’s Lincoln Center recently celebrated the music of Dave Brubeck. Monty Alexander, anticipating our own celebration, asked Bobby Militello, Dave’s alto saxophonist (succeeded Paul Desmond), to lead the Salute. Dave Brubeck’s unique contributions to jazz will be a special moment as we celebrate the Festival’s 5th Anniversary.