Legendary tenor saxophonist Houston Person and trumpeter Bria Skonberg are set to headline the 2016 Amelia Island Jazz Festival, it was announced this week by AIJF Artistic Director Les DeMerle. A highly influential player with dozens of albums to his credit, Person has recorded for a number of labels including Savoy, Mercury, Prestige Muse, and presently High Note Records. His soulful, bluesy, and thick-toned tenor style, in the tradition of the great Gene Ammons, has been particularly notable in his work with various jazz organ trios. A trumpeter, vocalist, and composer, Skonberg has rapidly become a top draw in New York City. Both will appear on shows at the St. Michaels Academy Parish Hall on October 7 and 8.
Now in its 13th year, the AIJF will take place at various locations in Fernandina Beach from October 2 through 9, and will kick off with its annual free concert in Amelia Park on Sunday, October 2. Additional shows will feature numerous performers including the Dynamic Les DeMerle band featuring vocalist Bonnie Eisele. Times and venues for all shows will be announced soon. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com.