PetSmart Hosting FREE Photo Event

Thanksgiving has passed, and the cooler temperatures have finally fallen upon Jacksonville. December is here, and PetSmart is holding a FREE photo session just for your pooch and a very special gue…

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Amelia Island Jazz Festival Approaching



Amelia Island, Fl (August 2016) It’s time to plan for the 13th Annual Amelia Island Jazz Festival (AIJF) created by legendary jazz drummer Les DeMerle and vocalist/wife Bonnie Eisele! As in past years, the multi-venue weeklong event (October 2-9, 2016) is taking place at some of the most vibrant locations on Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach.

World renowned tenor saxophonist Houston Person and young, hot trumpeter Bria Skonberg are headlining this year’s musical events, announced by AIJF Artistic Director DeMerle.  With dozens of albums to his credit, Person has recorded for many labels including Savoy, Mercury, Prestige, Muse and currently High Note Records. His soulful, bluesy and thick-toned tenor style is in the tradition of the great Gene Ammons.

Newcomer to Amelia Island Jazz Festival, Skonberg ~ a trumpeter, vocalist and composer, has rapidly become a top-draw in New York City. According to the Wall Street Journal “…is poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation”.


  • October 02, 2016 Amelia Island, FL ~ Kick-off FREE Concert

Jazz in the Park – Free Concert

  • October 03, 2016 Amelia Island, FL – Sponsor Party

Jazz Festival Sponsor Party

  • October 05, 2016 Amelia Island, FL ~ Swing Night Jump/Jive/Wail

Jump Jive And Wail / Swing Night

  • October 06, 2016 Amelia Island, FL ~ Latin Jazz Night with the sizzling hot award-winning internationally famous Trio Caliente

Hot Latin Jazz Concert – Concert, Dance

  • October 07, 2016 Amelia Island, FL ~ Headliner Houston Person

Jazz Legend Houston Person in Concert

  • October 07, 2016 Amelia Island, FL ~ Late Nite JAZZ JAM

Friday Late Nite Jam

  • October 08, 2016 Amelia Island, FL ~ Headliner Bria Skonberg

Bria Skonberg in Concert

  • October 08, 2016 Amelia Island, FL ~ Late Nite JAZZ JAM

Saturday Late Nite Jam

  • October 09, 2016 Amelia Island, FL ~ Dixie to Swing Jazz Brunch featuring famed trumpeter J.B. Scott & vocalist Bonnie Eisele

Dixie to Swing Jazz Brunch at the Florida House

For more information, contact the Festival Hotline at (904) 504-4772.  Or visit the website:


In addition to online, tickets may be purchased at:

  • UPS Store, 1417 Sadler Road, Amelia Island
  • AIFBY Chamber Of Commerce, A1A and Amelia Parkway 


** The Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival is a non-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation ~ and distributes proceeds toward a scholarship program to fund college educations for aspiring jazz musicians.


Les DeMerle and Bonnie Eisele ~ Leading a Jazz Parade!


MEDIA CONTACT (interviews and appearances):

Leigh Cort ~ Leigh Cort Publicity

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A Corporate Horror Story With All The Misery Of Humanity Packed Into One Scam

DS-MAX, Smart Circle, Cydcor, Innovage, Granton, Quantum, The Landers Group, Cobra Group, PerDM, Credico and Appco Group are the exact same company.  They all have the same system, run the same sca…

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FW: Media release from the 2015 Amelia Island Jazz Festival


June 18, 2015



Jazz guitar pioneer, Larry Coryell, and Kevin Mahogany, a masterful jazz vocalist, are set to headline the 2015 Amelia Island Jazz Festival, it was announced this week by AIJF Artistic Director Les DeMerle. A hugely influential guitar player, Coryell is a major figure in the jazz fusion movement of the 1970s and continues to turn out highly regarded recordings. He will appear on Friday, October 9, at the Omni Resorts Amelia Island Plantation. Veteran recording artist Kevin Mahogany, who will perform on Saturday, October 10 at the Omni, is a wide-ranging, spectacular singer who refines the jazz vocal legacies of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Eddie Jefferson and Al Jarreau into the myriad, interwoven dimensions of music – from gutbucket, the Great American Songbook, and gospel, to Charles Mingus to Motown.

Now in its 12th year, the AIJF will take place at various locations in Fernandina Beach, Fla. from October 4-11, and will kick off with its annual free concert in Amelia Park on Sunday, October 4, with U.S. Navy Band Southeast TGIF.  A new show, Jump Jive & Wail, a tribute to classic dance oriented swing music featuring the Dynamic Les DeMerle Little Big Band and gifted vocalist Bonnie Eisele, has been added to this year’s slate of events for Wednesday, October 7, at Sandy Bottoms.  Latin Jazz Night will take place in its traditional Thursday night slot, October 8, and will showcase the sizzling hot, award winning, and internationally famous Trio Caliente with their inimitable blend of Flamenco, Pop, and Brazilian Jazz, also at Sandy Bottoms.  Additionally, the always entertaining and fun late night Jazz Jams, featuring the AIJF’s 2015 musicians, will follow the headliner sets on October 9 and 10 in the Omni’s Veranda Restaurant at Racquet Park.  The festival is scheduled to end on a swinging note Sunday, October 11, with a Dixie to Swing Jazz Brunch, featuring DeMerle’s Jazztet plus Eisele with Former Ray Charles  Saxophonist, Al Waters-Clarinet, Sax and Flute, at David’s Restaurant.

In addition to online, tickets may be purchased at the UPS Store, 1417 Sadler Road, in the Island Shopping Center, or at the AIFBY Chamber Of Commerce, Gateway to Amelia, A1A and Amelia Parkway.  A not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation, the Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival, distributes proceeds toward a scholarship program to fund college educations for aspiring jazz musicians. For more information, please contact the Festival Hotline at (904) 504-4772.  Or visit the website:

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Free Java Training Program at FSCJ this Summer with 3-Year Job Commitment

Looks like a great idea!


Applications are being accepted now for a free 8-week summer program for adults to learn Java programming.

The training class begins June 1st and runs through July 24th. It will be held at the Betty P. Cook campus of Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) in Yulee, Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

In return for free training, students must agree to work for three years for the company offering the course. That’s Cook Systems International based in Germantown, Tennessee. Students must also agree to relocate around the country for employment. Many of the jobs the company offers are temporary consulting gigs that require travel, according to job postings on the company’s website.

Open House May 4th Officials say they are looking to enroll 25 to 50 people for the course and they will hold an Open House for the Java boot camp on May 4th

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Jazzing it up Island Style at Amelia


Having just returned from fulfilling a lengthy cruise contract in the Baltic Sea, Amelia Island Jazz Festival Artistic Director Les DeMerle and his wife, vocalist Bonnie Eisele, dispensed with any vacation days and plunged into their annual Jazz In The Schools program in advance of the 2014 festival, which begins this Sunday with a free concert in Amelia Park. “We love going out and educating students of all ages about jazz, the truest American art form,” said DeMerle, who with Eisele will be making stops this week at, among others, the Yulee Middle School and the Fernandina Beach High and Middle Schools. After spending several months visiting ports as varied as Warnemunde,
Germany, Reykjavik, Iceland, and Copenhagen, Denmark, they are more than ready to put the island on jazz time. “It’s a terrific experience playing for folks from all over the world,” he said, “but getting back to our home and preparing for the festival is really the special highlight of every year for us.”

The festival starts with its traditional Amelia Park concert Sunday featuring the highly regarded crack TGIF US Navy Band Southeast from 2-4PM. “Bring your lawn chairs and blankets,” DeMerle added, “and we’ll also have food and beverages available from Sonny’s BBQ.” Thursday, October 16, the AIJF will continue with its popular Latin Jazz Concert and Dance, featuring the exciting rhythms of El Niño and the Latin Jazz Knights, plus a wine tasting, from 7-10 PM at Sandy Bottoms.

Critically acclaimed monster jazz organ player Tony Monaco and trumpeter/composer Randy Brecker, a multiple Grammy Awards winner, are set to headline the Festival on October 17 and 18 respectively at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort Jazz Village and Pavilion in Racquet Park beginning at 7PM each night. Both are enthusiastic about appearing on Amelia Island for the first time. “I can’t wait to play in Fernandina Beach,” said Monaco. “This will be so exciting, especially with jazz luminaries like Randy Brecker and Les DeMerle. Man, it is going to be one special weekend of great swingin’ music, and I’m going to pull out all the stops and wail.” “I heard from my dear friend David Sanborn that this festival is the real deal because the focus is jazz, and the setting on Amelia Island is beautiful,” said Brecker from his home in Manhattan. “I have also known Les DeMerle for over 30 years! We played together in his groundbreaking New York band, Sound 67,
and I know the fireworks are going to fly. The weekend will be incredible, and I also look forward to performing a tribute during our set to my late brother Michael which will be dedicated to the Brecker Brothers Band.”

Prior to the headliner shows on October 17 and 18, the festival will present this year’s AIJF Scholarship winner, saxophonist Luke Stribling, and the Next Generation Jazz Band on the outdoor stage at the Omni beginning at 6PM. The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band, with dazzling vocalist Eisele and hot young saxophonist Hunter Diamond, will warm up each headliner show with high-energy sets. Accomplished and sultry singer Jilla Webb, Jr. will host the traditionally fun late night Jazz Jams, featuring the AIJF’s 2014 musicians, in the Omni’s Heron Room at the Racquet Park following the headliner sets on October 17 and 18.

The festival will end on a swinging note Sunday, October 19, with a Dixie To Swing Jazz Brunch, featuring drummer DeMerle’s Amelia Island Jazz Festival All-Stars, which includes Eisele, the highly talented Dr. Bill Prince, trumpet, sax, clarinet and flute, plus stalwarts Mike Levine on piano, and Dennis Marks, bass, at David’s Restaurant. There will be two seatings at 11 am and 1 pm

For more information, please visit the website:, or contact the Festival Hotline at (904) 504-4772. Email address:

A not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation, the Les DeMerle Amelia Island Jazz Festival distributes proceeds toward a scholarship program to fund college educations for aspiring jazz musicians.

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Converged Communications on the Road: Tech Coast Conference

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Sometimes, it’s a good idea for converged communicators to take some time to learn from others in this fast-changing field. That’s what happened Friday at the Tech Coast Conference, held at FSCJ’s Advanced Technology…

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