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

904-806-3613 ###

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