In its 36th year, the Winter Park Jazz Festival shows no signs of slowing down. A true fan favorite, the event brings a mix of world class and up and coming artists to the two-day entertainment-packed festival.
On Saturday, July 21st, the gates open at 10 am and the first act, Mary Louise Lee, comes on at 11. Playing a mix of R&B, Soul and Contemporary Jazz, Lee promises an unforgettable opening set. At noon, Eric Darius brings a mix of Jazz, R&B and Hip-Hop with a distinctive, fresh sound and approach uniquely his own. Grammy-winning guitarist, Norman Brown, takes the stage at 1:30 pm with his breezy guitar work, fluid melodies and richly conceived songs. 3 pm brings multi-talented favorite, Sheila E, for another unforgettable performance. The “Queen of Percussion” will certainly not disappoint. R&B singer/songwriter, Fantasia, rounds out Day 1 with a raspy, gritty and soulful performance.
The party doesn’t end there, with the official after-party hosted at the new Headwaters Center, just a few blocks north of Hideaway Park. Doors open at 8 pm and the music, by PG6IX, starts at 9 pm. For tickets, visit eventbrite.com.
On Sunday, July 22nd, the gates open at 10 am and opener, Dotsero, kicks off Day 2 with their exciting brand of contemporary jazz at 11. Soul and R&B artist, Avery*Sunshine, takes the stage at 12 pm for a silky-smooth hour-long performance. At 1:30, jazz violinist, Damien Escobar, plays a fusion of classical violin and hip-hop beats. Genre-blurring saxophonist, Boney James, hits the stage at 3 pm, with his emotional and descriptive jazz mix. Legendary R&B singer, Keith Sweat, closes out the Festival with his soul-drenching tones, starting at 4:30 pm.
CD’s and artist branded apparel will be on sale at the event. Tickets are still available at playwinterpark.com.