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Amelia Island Jazz Festival Announces 2018 Headliners

May 21, 2018 02:00AM
The critically acclaimed Requinte Trio, featuring multiple Grammy winning vocalist Janis Siegel, a founding and longtime member of Manhattan Transfer, along with Chicago guitarist Henry Johnson, will headline the 2018 Amelia Island Jazz Festival, October 7 through14, announced by Artistic Director Les DeMerle. Requinte Trio also includes Nanny Assis (percussion, guitar, vocals) and John di Martino (piano). Their latest release, “Honey and Air,” has received worldwide praise, and the group maintains a notable international touring schedule accordingly. Requinte Trio will appear on Saturday, October 13.

Henry Johnson, a disciple of jazz guitar greats Wes Montgomery and George Benson, has accompanied and performed with dozens of luminaries including Ramsey Lewis, vocalist Joe Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, and Stanley Turrentine. Johnson’s latest release, “Organic” is a collaboration with legendary singer Nancy Wilson. He will be backed by the Les DeMerle trio for his concert on Friday, October 12. Both artists will appear on programs at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club on Bill Melton Road.

Now in its 15th year, the AIJF will present a full week of jazz at various locations in Fernandina Beach, beginning with a free concert on October 7 at Amelia Park. For more information, visit www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com or call (904) 504-4772.