Seabreeze Jazz Festival

Chris Standring

British-born soul jazz guitarist, born in 1960.

Eric Darius

Every now and then an artist bursts onto the scene, changing the rules and challenging the status quo. Eric Darius is one of those artists fearlessly pushing all musical boundaries. He is one of the most exciting musicians to enter the Contemporary Jazz scene in the last decade. His explosive arrival as a recording artist at the age of 17 caused a frenzy worldwide! Now, with six critically acclaimed albums under his belt, a Number One hit single, and Seven Top 10 radio hits on Nielsen's R&R/Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts, international recording artist, Eric Darius, is on the verge of superstardom. Prophetically hailed Debut Artist of the Year by Smooth Jazz News in 2004, Eric has shared the stage with innumerable world renown, Grammy Award-winning artists, such as Prince, Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige, David Foster, Carlos Santana, Babyface, Wynton Marsalis & George Benson, just to name a few. His music innovatively crosses over all music boundaries from Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, to Pop, creating a very distinctive, fresh sound and approach that is uniquely his own.

Saxophonist, composer, producer, and vocalist Eric Darius likes to play by his own rules. He's a visionary who has learned to listen to his own inner voice. Steeped in tradition and grounded in the lessons learned from his mentors, Darius is not afraid to push himself and his art forward. The Renaissance man reaffirms this credo on his sixth album as a leader and second recording for Shanachie Entertainment. "Retro Forward represents my musical statement as an artist who's not confined by any boundaries, genres, or rules. As a younger person with roots in the Contemporary Jazz genre, I feel it's my responsibility to pay homage to the greats that founded this music, but also push it forward to a new, exciting direction that will keep the music alive and relevant for the younger generation," confesses the astute business scholar.

"Artists such as Prince, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Miles Davis have always inspired me because of their fearlessness to express themselves freely from a musical standpoint and allow their music to evolve with each album," states Eric Darius. Hailing from a musical family with rich traditions in Caribbean music (his father is from Haiti and his mother is from Jamaica), Eric realized his calling for music at an early age. " I remember being nine years old and hearing a saxophonist play at my church. I instantly loved the sound…I remember being blown away by the soul and emotion of the instrument. It was as if I could almost hear the words and lyrics with each note being played…it was at that point that I fell in love with the instrument. The saxophone has a way of connecting with people in a way that no other instrument does. To me, its expressions are closest to the human voice." Darius is one of those musicians who was fortunate to benefit from music programs in the school system. As a result the young musician has made it a mission to pay it forward and has spent a considerable amount of time exposing young students to music in the public school system with his On A Mission in the Schools campaign. He shares, "It is important to me that these types of music programs remain available for children. One of my goals is to expose young kids to music with substance and to help make them aware that music can be an outlet for their emotions…that it can be a positive influence in their lives. By age eleven—after only playing for one year—Eric was chosen to be in Sonny LaRosa and America's Youngest Jazz Band, which consisted of young musicians, ages five to twelve. The group toured the country and even played at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Throughout Eric's young but already dynamic career, he's had the tremendous opportunity to travel and perform worldwide with numerous groups. Even as a high school student at Blake High School of the Performing Arts and college student at the University of South Florida in Tampa, he had the fortune to travel internationally at such a young age. The much in demand saxman's worldwide gigs include Japan, Indonesia, London, Spain, Germany, France and Italy, among countless other countries.

"My goal is to really help bridge the generational gap and make music that has infinite possibilities," concludes Eric Darius. With the release of Retro Forward, Eric Darius is building bridges, forging new paths and ensuring that his heartfelt, organic and honest approach to the music will stand the test of time. Whether he's being featured on FOX's hit TV show, The X Factor, or TNT's hit drama series, Mob City, Eric's presence is definitely being felt in the entertainment world. He continues to be an artist that knows no boundaries and a force that is unequalled in today's musical landscape.

Damien Escobar

GET TO KNOW DAMIEN
Damien, once a self-proclaimed retired artist is now back to being one of the world’s top violinist. The people have taken note, but so have the media - the gatekeepers of information, with major features in People Magazine, Huffington post, CNN, The NY Daily News and Chicago Tribune to name a select few. The star even found his way back on national television, performing on WETV’s “David Tutera’s: Unveiled”. Since then invitations to appear on television haven’t ceased; landing Escobar in the interviewee chair at every major network on both a local and national scale including Fox News, The Hallmark Channel, The Katie Couric Show, Empire Live , NBC, CBS and ABC.

A constant creator Damien has had his hand in a plethora of entrepreneurial endeavors including penning his first children’s book entitled “The Sound of Strings”, a signature line of violins, a partnership to develop his own line of wines, a nonprofit organization as well as a children’s focused music program. As a veteran knowing the ups and downs of the industry, he has committed to centering his career around the loyal fans whom he refers to as"good people" and who constantly remind him of why he returned to music. With this in mind it has been important to the “violin crooner” to build a brand that is inclusive of his global fan base.

Today Damien’s solo career is moving at lightning speed. Damien is currently promoting his newest single, Get Up And Dance, which is the lead single from his second solo album, “Boundless”. The “Boundless” album in particular is important to Damien as it marks Damien’s first solo album of all originally produced material. The nationally executed Boundless Tour has brought Damien to a number of US cities for an unprecedented number of sold out shows in various major markets including Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New York City. His single Freedom premiered at #15 on the iTunes dance charts and subsequently broke the iTunes Hot 100 Top 10.

Four years ago Damien was a shell of himself. Humbled by homelessness and depression, Damien had to fight through his fear of failure and reemerge as a confident, positive, thriving artist. Today he has arrived. An unprecedented story of triumph, Damien Escobar can look back at his days playing the violin for change on the subway platforms of New York to playing for Presidents in the White House. Unpretentious yet confident, Damien makes no secret of the determination necessary to gain the recognition he has obtained while becoming one of the few commercially successful mainstream violinist. Damien Escobar is a musical pioneer dominating an industry that’s ready for change. The future of the music industry rests in his hands - and he’s ready.

Najee

Born 4th November 1957 in Jamaica, Queens, NYC where he still resides. Smooth Jazz artist, plays saxophone (soprano, alto and tenor), clarinet, flute and keyboards. As well as releasing a number of solo albums he has performed with other artists including Freddie Jackson, Will Downing, Jeffrey Osborne, Marcus Miller, Paul Jackson Jr. and George Duke.
Also featured as himself in the horror film 'Def by Temptation' which starred Samuel L. Jackson.
Brother of guitarist and producer Fareed Abdul Haqq who has featured on much of his work.

Jeffrey Osborne

American funk and R&B musician (born on March, 9th 1948 in Providence, RI, USA).

Peabo Bryson

Soul singer - songwriter - producer - arranger

Born on 13.04.1951 in Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A.
In the late 60's he played with Moses Dillard & Tex-Town Display. In 1975, Eddie Biscoe brought him to Bang Records for his debut single with Michael Zager & The Moon Band ("Do It With Feeling"). His solo debut single was "Disco Queen" at Shout Records and his debut album was "Peabo" at Bullet Records (2). From then on he released over 20 albums mainly at Capitol Records and Elektra, up to 2007. Among these, three whole duet albums (two with Roberta Flack and one with Natalie Cole. He specializes in duets: apart the above, he has sung with Chaka Khan, Melissa Manchester, Minnie Riperton, Linda Eder, Debbie Gibson, Regina Belle, Celine Dion. With the last two, he has won two Grammy Awards for his duet performances for two consecutive years, in 1992 - 1993, for two Disney romantic ballad movie themes. His biggest solo hit is "If Ever You're In My Arms Again" (1984). In the same year he sung the movie theme for "D.C. Cab".

Gerald Albright

US-American saxophonist, born 30 August 1957, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

$120.00

Tickets

No refunds, exchanges or replacements. Rain or Shine event

No coolers will be allowed, only 1 bag and one chair per person, no rolling coolers, wagons, tables, carts or tents are allowed.
No open containers of any kind, alcoholic beverages, glass or weapons.

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children 12 and under are no charge

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