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Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival

October 14, 2021 - October 17, 2021

About The Festival

When fall approaches and the weather in Rehoboth Beach is cooling down, the music is just starting to heat up!

Established in 1989, our unique group has been orchestrating events bringing national and international Grammy Award winning artists to Coastal Southern Delaware…Our festival is local and our artists are global.

The Delaware Celebration of Jazz, producer of the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, is a 501[c][3] non-profit corporation with our headquarters for 29 years only in Sussex County, Delaware. Our goal throughout the years has been to raise money to help the Beebe Medical Foundation fund the Tunnell Cancer Center. The Tunnell Cancer Center has over 35,000 visits a year. Each year they have over 2,500 new patients, seeing approximately 150 patients each day. When a patron purchases tickets and donates to our cause, it helps us not only fight the devastating disease of cancer, but also contributes to the ongoing research & the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment for the Tunnell Cancer Center. Our efforts are to help our Sussex County family members and friends beat this disease and live a normal life while battling cancer.

4 Stages

Our “Main Stages” include Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, Cape Henlopen Performing Arts Theater, Rusty Rudder and Epworth Church.  But we are also in many restaurants and smaller venues throughout Sussex County such as Sydney’s Restaurant, 1776, Indigo, The Room At Cedar Grove, Outlet Liquors, Dogfish Head Brewery and many others.

Community Involvement

Working throughout the greater Rehoboth community with education programs, supporting of non-profits, and our biggest involvement – Tunnel Cancer Center at Beebe Hospital.

 Schedule/Tickets

CHPAT = Cape Henlopen Performing Arts Theater RBCC = Rehoboth Beach Convention Center EWUMC = Epworth United Methodist Church
LFM = Lewes Farmers Market RR = Rusty Rudder RRD = Rusty Rudder Deck
OL = Outlet Liquors
 7:30 PM
 CHPAT

Blood, Sweat & Tears

with opening “Soon to be Famous” Artist Vincent Ingala

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No one can argue BS&T invented a new style of music. From the first ensemble in the late sixties practicing in a loft on Bleeker Street in New York’s Greenwich Village and having crowds clapping on the street below between songs, founding member and drummer Bobby Colomby knew they were on the right course. Since then, the band has never stopped touring for over 50 years. From Woodstock, to being the first rock band to play behind the Iron Curtain, to 10 Grammy Nominations (and winning 3!), BS&T’s music is timeless, and fans are never disappointed!

As much of an entertainer as he is a musician, Yamaha Performing Artist Vincent Ingala has been wowing live audiences as a regular on the popular smooth jazz festival and cruise circuit for several years. His fun-loving stage presence, combined with an obvious passion for playing, elevates the crowd to an exciting frenzy.

Tickets:  $62 – $125
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  •  Fri. Oct. 15

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     8:00 PM
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    Damien Escobar

    with opening Artist Eric Darius

    Damien Escobar is a world renowned violinist hailing from Jamaica, Queens, New York. His musical career spans over a decade, and his inspiring journey of making it big, losing it all, fighting to rebuild, and getting a second chance at success is as much apart of his brand identity than being among the top violinist in the world.His “crossover violin” musical style consists of a mix of classical, jazz, pop, R&B, and hip hop.

    Saxophonist Eric Darius NEVER disappoints!!! He is a dynamic and very talented musician and really knows how to engage his audience. His shows offer a variety of styles, leaving everyone musically satisfied.

    Tickets:  $62 – $89
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     8:00 PM
     EUMC

    The Royal Scam

    A Tribute to Steely Dan

    Since it’s inception in 1992, the Royal Scam has been performing for packed houses and cheering crowds who appreciate the classic rock music of Steely Dan. The Royal Scam radiates a spirit of vitality, authenticity, and intimacy that breathes new life and emotional energy into the music they perform. The ensemble creates an inspiring, engaging musical experience and is consistently first rate and professional.

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    Tickets:  $39
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     8:00 PM
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    Sydney’s Restaurant presents Art Sherrod, Jr.

    tbd200Sydney’s Restaurant & Lounge and the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival present Art Sherrod Jr “…a man who loves music, a man who loves art, respects the spirit world and thinks with his heart.”

    Tickets:  $35

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     9:00 PM
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    Najee

    with opening “2021 Artist of the Year” Maysa

    Najee is a master storyteller. Born in New York, NY he became an acclaimed saxophonist and flute player. Najee is one of the most successful and recognizable crossover jazz and R&B performers of his generation.He was a member of Chaka Khan’s band in 1983. In addition to all the saxophones (Tenor, Alto and Soprano), Najee is an accomplished flutist. He attended The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He is one of the first innovators of Urban Contemporary Jazz/Smooth Jazz, which grew in popularity throughout the 1990’s to this day.

    A unique, instantly identifiable vocal sound encompassing both Jazz and R&B. Grammy-nominated ,Soul Train Award Winning Soul/Jazz singer Maysa, will grace our stages once again.

    Tickets:  $62 – $125
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     10:00 PM
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    Brian Simpson & Marcus Anderson

    Keyboardist and composer Brian Simpson is a sought-after studio musician, musical director and touring keyboardist who has regularly crossed from jazz to pop and R&B. As a touring musican, Brian has he has worked with some of the greats of recent jazz history, including George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Larry Carlton, George Howard, Billy Cobham, and Gerald Albright. Brian was Dave Koz’s Music Director for several years and has been RBJF’s Music Director for over a decade.

    Whether he is performing for dignitaries such as President Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson and Hillary Clinton or blazing the stage with Sheila E., Stevie Wonder, CeeLo Green, Lailah Hathaway, Eric Benet, Brian Culbertson, or Jennifer Holiday, Marcus Anderson continually delivers stellar musicianship with whom he has shared the stage.

  •  Sat. Oct. 16

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     10:00 AM
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    Lewes Farmers Market

    The Historic Lewes Farmers Market (HLFM) welcomes audiences of the Rehoboth Jazz Festival to its special jazz weekend market on Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 10:00 am to noon in the parking lot of the Shields Elementary School off Savannah Road at Sussex Drive in Lewes. DE. Convenient parking can be found on Sussex Drive or you can bike, walk, or carpool! Performing will be Reggie Harris (Sax) and Sam Ricci (keys).

    free Tickets:  FREE

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     12:30 PM
     CHPAT

    Peter White & Euge Groove

    with opening Artist Nick Colionne

    Over the years, Peter White has maintained a reputation as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape. Armed with an unparalleled combination of lyricism and energy, he combines elements of jazz, pop and classical guitar to create a sound that is singular and at the same time accessible to a broad audience. In a career that spans nearly four decades, over a dozen solo recordings and countless performances, White insists that it’s the faces in the crowd and the fans that keep the experience fresh

    Chart-topping saxophonist, composer and producer Euge Groove, who has scored close to a dozen #1 hits on the Contemporary Jazz Charts. A favorite on radio and the international touring circuit, Euge Groove has garnered a devout following with his irresistible mix of danceable grooves, mind-bending hooks, R&B infused melodies and inspired solos. Having collaborated with everyone from Tina Turner Elton John and Bonnie Raitt to Tower of Power and Aaron Neville, Euge Groove is never short on inspiration.

    While keeping up his whirlwind pace of 75-plus shows per year as one of the genre’s most tireless and explosive live performers, Nick Colionne made history with his 2016 collection The Journey – becoming the only artist in the history of the format to score five consecutive #1 singles on the Billboard Smooth Jazz National Airplay and Smooth Jazz Songs charts from a single album. What is the secret to Nick’s extraordinary impact? The title of his 2018 Trippin’ ‘N’ Rhythm album says it all! Keeping his incendiary, yet heartfelt mix of jazz, R&B, funk blues and soulful, seductive vocals fresh, funky and innovative every time out, Nick works his magic by… Just Being Me.

    Tickets:  $62 – $99
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     1:00 PM
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    Club Phred

    Club Phred is a group of musicians who on average have over thirty years of professional experience. We all share a love of classic 60’s and 70’s music and have deep roots in the Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey tri-state area. Club Phred formed in 2002 and has performed with the likes of Mark Farner (formerly Of Grand Funk Railroad) and opened up for Pete Best (the original drummer of The Beatles), The Marshall Tucker Band and Disney recording artist Sarah Buxton. Club Phred has won numerous awards from the Delaware media and has helped various charitable organizations raise in excess of $2,500,000 since 2004.

    Free Tickets:  FREE
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     2:30 PM
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    Art Sherrod Jr. – CD Release Party

    Come join us as Art officially releases his latest CD “Art of Love“.  “Art of Love” touches on all the elements of love.  You will thoroughly enjoy the ride as Art performs some of the biggest hit songs pertaining to love.

    Art Sherrod Jr is “…a man who loves music, a man who loves art, respects the spirit world and thinks with his heart.”  He is equal parts heart and soul and it seems as if God gave him an extra dose of expression through music.  Art is a work in progress, so he is the first to tell you that his taste in music varies greatly, but the influence of growing up in Texas created an appreciation for everything from Country & Western, to Rock N’ Roll, Rap, Hip-Hop, to Gospel and of course Jazz! But it all began in church sitting alongside his amazing mother who sang and played the B-3 organ and father who sang in the male chorus.

    Free Tickets:  FREE
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     2:30 PM
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    Marion Meadows & Alex Bugnon

    Marion Meadows was born in West Virginia and grew up in Stamford, Connecticut. He began playing the clarinet and studying classical music at the age of nine. After studying jazz at Rippowam High School in Stamford, CT, Meadows attended Berklee College of Music. There he majored in arranging and composition. He later went to the SUNY Purchase School for the Arts. During his college years he played in a number of bands including disco, R&B and various jazz ensmbles. Meadows first hit the airwaves in 1991 with “For Lovers Only” which was a huge success and was followed by his ground breaking “Keep it Right There” album. He became a staple of the contemporary jazz format with his subsequent recordings. He is also a semi-pro cyclist, graphic artist and designer, and has received a doctorate from Wilberforce University

    Alex Bugnon has been a prolific, energetic force on the contemporary music scene for almost three decades. A renowned musician, composer and bandleader, Bugnon hales from the picturesque town of Caux, Switzerland – 4 miles above Montreux, site of the world famous Jazz Festival. No doubt, the annual convergence in his hometown and in his own home, of some of music’s most illustrious names played a role in his decision to pursue a musical career, as did his early friendship with Herbie Hancock. The fact that his uncle was the legendary Donald Byrd only served to further his decision.

    Tickets:  $55

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     4:00 PM
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    Gerald Veasley’s Unscripted Jazz All-Stars

    featuring Gerald Veasley, Everett Harp, Paul Jackson Jr., Jackiem Joyner, Bobby Lyle, Carol Riddick & Jeff Kashiwa

    Gerald Veasley’s Unscripted Jazz All-Stars presents contemporary artists stretching the boundaries between straight ahead and soul. These celebrated artists display their virtuosity, playing classic jazz, as well as their own soulful hits. Gerald not only serves as the curator of Unscripted, he performs with his talented guest artists: Everette Harp, Paul Jackson Jr., Jackiem Joyner, Bobby Lyle, Carol Riddick and Jeff Kashiwa

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    Tickets:  $59 – $89
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     4:00 PM
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    Mindi Abair & the Wild Hearts

    One of the most recognized and sought-after saxophonists/vocalists, two-time GRAMMY nominee Mindi Abair has been electrifying audiences with her dynamic live performances and utter command of the saxophone since her debut album in 2000. No one since Junior Walker has brought saxophone and vocals in one package to the forefront of modern music, with a raucous tone and dynamic stage presence. She has garnered ten #1 radio hits, six Top 5 solo records and two #1 spots on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz album charts.

    Tickets:  $59 – $82
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    Rehoboth Beach All Stars
     8:00 PM
     CHPAT

    The RBJF All-Stars

    featuring Brian Simpson, Nick Colionne, Jackeim Joyner, Maysa, Marion Meadows & Peter White

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    Tickets:  $62 – $125
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     8:00 PM
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    Joey Alexander

    Now far beyond his early days hoopla, Alexander channels what he sees, hears and feels throughout his life and travels into his astonishing melodic gift and natural aptitude for spontaneous collaboration. The more appropriate thing to call him would be “major-label artist,” given that he’s now signed to Verve and performed with such greats as Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, and bassist Esperanza Spalding. Joey, at the age of 12, was the youngest jazz artist to be show cased at the Grammy Awards. Today, he’s simply become one of the most expressive and thrilling pianist-composers currently at work in jazz.

    Tickets:  $55
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     8:00 PM
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    Mindi Abair & the Wild Hearts

    One of the most recognized and sought-after saxophonists/vocalists, two-time GRAMMY nominee Mindi Abair has been electrifying audiences with her dynamic live performances and utter command of the saxophone since her debut album in 2000. No one since Junior Walker has brought saxophone and vocals in one package to the forefront of modern music, with a raucous tone and dynamic stage presence. She has garnered ten #1 radio hits, six Top 5 solo records and two #1 spots on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz album charts.

    Tickets:  $59 – $82
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     8:30 PM
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    Sydney’s Restaurant presents “A Night of Jazz”

    Sydney’s Restaurant & Lounge and the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival present Gerald Veasley & Carol Riddick in “A Night of Jazz”.

    Tickets:  $40 – $50

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     9:30 PM
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    Boney James

    Boney James is a four-time Grammy Award nominee (Best Pop Instrumental Album, 2001, 2004, 2014 and Best Traditional R&B Performance, 2009) and a Soul Train Award winner (Best Jazz Album 1998). He has also been honored with two NAACP Image Award nominations for Best Jazz Album.[1] James has sold over three million albums,[2] and has accumulated four RIAA Certified Gold Records. In 2009, Billboard magazine named James one of the Top 3 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Artists of the Decade.

    According to the Boston Globe: “Let’s make something perfectly clear: James is not a smooth jazz player. Yeah, he is often grouped with people like Kenny G and Najee, but his music is muscular and gritty, whereas most smooth jazz has all the texture and complexity of a cue ball…James swaggered across the stage like a blacktop hero draining treys on an overmatched opponent. He even weaved his way through the audience, never missing a beat and all but daring the crowd not to have a good time.”

    Tickets:  $69 – $99
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  •  Sun. Oct. 17

  • Sunday Brunch
     11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
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    Elan Trotman & Paul Jackson Jr.

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    Saxophonist Elan Trotman, has quickly become one of jazz’s most thrilling and emotive performers as he continues to stand out and push boundaries as a composer, performer, teacher and recording artist. Born and raised in Barbados and educated at the world-renowned Berklee College Of Music in Boston, Trotman approaches jazz in his own way. Blending Caribbean rhythms from his roots with skillful horn textures, his playing is full of surprises.
    Paul Jackson Jr. is an American fusion/urban jazz composer, arranger, producer and guitarist. In addition to being a recording artist in his own right, Jackson is also a highly accomplished L.A. session player, with a career spanning multiple decades. He has supported artists ranging from Michael Jackson, Luthor Vandross and Aretha Franklin to Barry Manilow, Carol King and Natalie Cole. Paul also was the primary guitarist for the original seasons of “American Idol”.

    Brunch will be held at the Rusty Rudder which is known for their fabulous buffet! No seats are reserved in the restaurant, only your table in the Rusty Rudder bar theater for the show. Open seating in the restaurant will be based on first come first choice. Ticket price includes buffet. Buffet begins at 10 am and ends at 12:00 pm. NOTE: no food will be permitted in theater.

    Tickets:  $59 – $89

     3:30 PM
     RBCC

    Grand Jam

    featuring Brian Simpson (Music Director), Mindi Abair, Alex Bugnon, Nick Colionne, Everett Harp, Paul Jackson Jr., Jackiem Joyner, Bobby Lyle, Maysa, Marion Meadows, Carol Riddick, Art Sherrod Jr, Elan Trotman & Gerald Veasley

    Tickets:  $62 – $99
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     4:30 PM
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    A Little Jazz, A Little Reggae…

    featuring JJ Sansaverino and Jeff Kashiwa

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    Free Tickets:  FREE
     Just a little more great free music to cap off the Festival weekend!  Did we say free?  Yes indeed we did!


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     6:30 PM
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    Closing Party w/Buffet

    featuring Nick Colionne, Alex Bugnon, Jackiem Joyner, Art Sherrod Jr, Gerald Veasley and ?

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    No seats are reserved in the restaurant, only your table in the Rusty Rudder bar theater for the closing party show. Open seating in the restaurant will be based on first come first choice. Ticket price includes dinner buffet. Buffet begins at 5 pm and ends at 8:00 pm. NOTE: no food will be permitted in theater.

    Tickets:  $65 – $89
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October 14, 2021
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October 17, 2021
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