A weekend of jazz featuring Tim Yanke art
Today begins the weekend festivities of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, with tickets still available for concerts running October 9-11 on Amelia Island in sunny Florida.
Be sure to keep an eye out for artwork created by Park West Gallery artist Tim Yanke, the festival’s official artist for 2015. The art will be on display and available to collect. The artwork, according to Yanke, “simulates the vibration, the moods and the flow, the improvisation that jazz depicts.”
Not only can you collect Yanke’s artwork, but you’ll be in good company. Yanke will be in attendance during the jazz-fueled weekend alongside Park West Auctioneer John Block. Block helped raise funds for the festival’s scholarship program with an auction during the Big Band Bash gala in February.
As a 501(c)(3), the Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival gives proceeds toward a scholarship program to fund college educations for jazz music students. The festival also offers educational programs and jazz workshops in local schools and senior centers.
Performances this weekend include:
- October 9 – Larry Coryell, master guitarist and a pioneer of jazz-rock
- October 10 – Kevin Mahogany, a vocalist setting the standard for jazz for three decades
- October 11 – A Jazz Brunch featuring jazz drumming legend Les DeMerle
The October 9 and 10 concerts will take place at OMNI Amelia Island Plantation Resort, while the brunch will be held at David’s Restaurant & Lounge in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Click here for ticket information.
From the festival’s website:
The Festival presents world-class jazz in many styles, including swing, bebop, Dixieland, big band, Latin, and contemporary. During the week-long festival, held in October each year, music is performed by jazz greats as well as fresh, up-and-coming young talent. Performances are staged in several venues around Amelia Island including the OMNI Hotels & Resorts Amelia Island Plantation. The Amelia Island Jazz Festival helps preserve the American art form Jazz by increasing the exposure and awareness of the music genre to the general public.