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in Avalon Theatre & Stoltz Listening Room

Phone: 410-822-7299


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Easton, MD 21601
 
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Monty Alexander Jazz Festival

Monty Alexander Jazz Festival
The love affair began twelve years ago at The Avalon—Monty Alexander’s magic blend of jazz with the sounds and rhythms of his native Jamaica, brought the crowd to its feet. The magic, the mastery returns this Labor Day weekend—it’s “The Monty Alexander Jazz Festival”!

On September 3, 2010, the first Monty Alexander Jazz Festival launched at the Avalon Theatre in historic Easton, Maryland and featured the legendary Jazz pianist that bears its name.

What began in 2009 as a single concert by the Monty Alexander Trio with the support and leadership of a small group of local Jazz enthusiasts promoted as an experiment to test the Mid-Shore's appetite for world-class jazz, the festival has now grown into an annual three-day extravaganza with world-class Jazz musicians performing over the Labor Day weekend. Originally part of Chesapeake Music, the festival is now fully owned and managed by the Avalon Foundation’s Jazz Founders Club. We especially look forward to the 2021 Festival since the 2020 Festival and associated concerts had to be cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since 2010 Monty Alexander has served as Artistic Director of the festival, playing a pivotal role in producing programs featuring new and emerging talent in the genre, as well as established performers, and providing opportunities for education and insight into the music and the music-making process of jazz.

Over the previous decade, the festival has introduced an amazing array of world-renowned musicians, many of whom were young and fast-rising stars who are now well established in the global Jazz scene.  The list includes such inspiring performers as Dee Daniels, Sharel Cassity, Grace Kelly, Frank Vignola, Etienne Charles, Alan Harris, Bobby Militello, Cyrus Chestnut, Matthew Whitaker, Dominick Farinacci, Shenel Johns, our local star Chuck Redd, Sean Jones, Rene Marie, … the list just goes on and on.

Of course the Saturday evening concert with Monty Alexander and guests has filled every seat in the 400-seat capacity Avalon Theatre since the inception of the Festival. Monty, a Jamaican pianist, performs his unique swinging jazz, which is influenced by Blues, Reggae and Bepop, and the stylistic influences of Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson and Frank Sinatra, who he accompanied many times at Jilly Rizzo’s Night Club in New York as resident pianist.

With this, we are excited to announce the 2021 Festival program for the “best small town music festival in America.”

Friday, September 3, 2021 (2 ticketed shows - separate sets consisting of different music)
An Evening with Bria Skonberg
Early Set – doors 6:30; Show 7pm
Late Set – doors 8:30; Show 9pm
Avalon Foundation’s Stoltz Pavilion (Outdoors)
218 N. Washington Street
Easton, MD

Tickets:
$45 per set
$180/$150 for Full Monty Alexander Jazz Festival Package

“A millennial shaking up the Jazz world” - Vanity Fair  

Trailblazing trumpeter, vocalist and songwriter Bria Skonberg opens the festival. 

Bria is originally from the small town of Chilliwack, British Columbia, and as a bandleader since her teens, has performed festivals and stages the world over, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, and over a hundred more.

Described as “one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (Wall Street Journal), she recently sang the music of Aretha Franklin alongside Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, played with U2 at the Apollo, sat in with the Dave Matthews band, was a featured guest with Jon Batiste.

https://www.briaskonberg.com/

Watch Bria performing "So Is The Day": https://youtu.be/EUUPvnSafQY


Saturday, September 4, 2021
An Evening with Monty Alexander
Doors 7:30; Show 8pm
Avalon Theatre
40 East Dover Street
Easton, MD

Tickets:
$70 Reserved Mezzanine & Orchestra
$40 Reserved Upper Balcony
$180/$150 for Full Monty Alexander Jazz Festival Package

Nearly sixty years after he moved to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica, his hometown, Grammy nominated pianist Monty Alexander is an American classic, touring the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message.

As Alexander explains, “My greatest hero was Louis Armstrong.  I’m a messenger of goodwill. When I play I try and make it right for me and everybody else, from straight ahead trio jazz to a combination of Jamaican music.”

Documented on more than 75 recordings and cited as the fifth greatest jazz pianist ever in The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time (Hal Leonard Publishing), Alexander applies endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit, and a consistent predisposition to a repertoire spanning a broad range of jazz and Jamaican musical expressions.

"I have so many different directions that I can go in and make something out of it that I'm constantly being motivated by that.  So my music is alive, it's right now, it's here and now. That's it."

https://www.montyalexander.com/

Watch the Monty Alexander Trio performing LIVE at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club: https://youtu.be/nMQ7quaKUiY


Sunday, September 5, 2021
An Afternoon with Peter and Will Anderson
Doors 2:30; Show 3pm
Avalon Theatre
40 East Dover Street
Easton, MD

Tickets:
$30 Reserved Mezzanine, Orchestra & Upper Balcony
$180/$150 for Full Monty Alexander Jazz Festival Package

“Paired by nature and harmonics Peter and Will Anderson are originals—they reach back and look forward in their compositions and improvisations. A sublime jazz moment is promised!”

“Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone” (New York Times)

Identical twins Peter and Will Anderson were born and raised in Washington D.C., moved to New York City to attend The Juilliard School, and have since become two of the most extraordinary jazz woodwind players today.  They’ve performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, and can be heard on the 2014 Grammy-winning soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks.

Vanity Fair magazine listed their debut album, Correspondence, featuring Kenny Barron, alongside Miles Davis in “Four New Releases to Make You Love Jazz,” and the Washington Post called their music “imaginatively unfolding in ways that consistently bring a fresh perspective to classic jazz.”

https://peterandwillanderson.com/

Watch Peter and Will, "Saxophone Virtuosos," performing: https://youtu.be/di5YVos15Zs


Please join us for a weekend full of incredible Jazz!  When you buy all 4 shows, you will receive $10 off. (Discount applied upon check out)

*On August 12, the Avalon Foundation announced a new COVID vaccine policy that affects this performance.  This policy will require each ticket holder to provide proof of vaccination (your completed vaccination card or official digital card) and a corresponding photo ID, along with a valid ticket, in order to gain access to the theatre.
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