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Cape Region is all jazzed up

Mindi Abair brings a lot of energy when performing on stage. She shared the stage with guitarist Jay Gore Oct. 19 at the 2013 Rehoboth Beach Jazz All Stars event. BY NICK ROTH
October 19, 2013

The Cape Region was alive with the sounds of jazz music this past weekend, as the 24th annual Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival rolled into town.

Jazz fans from all over the country packed into Cape Henlopen High School, Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, churches and restaurants to take in dozens of shows Oct. 16-20.

An all-star group of musicians collaborated Saturday afternoon at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center for the Jazz Meets James show. The performance celebrated the music of the legendary James Brown.

Early in the show, the fire alarm was tripped at the convention center, causing the sound system to cut out. But the show went on, as the musicians took the party into the aisles until power was restored.

Later in the night, many of the same musicians joined forces again for the 2013 Rehoboth Beach All Stars show at the convention center. Among those featured were Mindi Abair and Sheila E.

On Friday night, a sold-out crowd at Cape Henlopen High School's theater was treated to a first in the jazz world. Swiss pianist Alex Bugnon and New York saxophonist performed together for the first ever time on stage.

The show's opener was Japanese jazz pianist veteran Keiko Matsui, who has released 25 albums in her career. Matsui took a moment before many songs to share what inspired her to write it.

Will Downing delighted a packed Cape High Oct. 19 with his soulful, baritone voice.