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Amelia Island Jazz Festival Kicks off on October 8

Oct 02, 2017 02:00AM
The Amelia Island Jazz Festival kicks off on Sunday, October 8 with its enormously popular free community concert, Jazz in the Park, featuring the exciting 21-piece University of North Florida Jazz Ensemble II, directed by Dennis Marks. JE II’s music comes from all idioms of big band jazz, including swing, bop, funk, and fusion. This ensemble consistently enjoys the presence of high-quality players, enabling a wide variety of sound colors and textures. Marks is considered one of the best bassists in the jazz scene today. Much in demand as an accomplished musician and composer, he has toured the world over with jazz greats like trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. Concert goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food and beverages will be provided by Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen. The concert will be held at Amelia Park, located between 14th Street and Citrona Drive, from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information and complete schedule of events visit www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com.