Straight-ahead American jazz is alive and thriving around the globe, in the United States and in downtown Rehoboth Beach. In overdrive toward their schedule for 2019’s 7th True Blue Jazz Festival, Wednesday to Sunday, Oct. 16 to 20, founder and producers Eddie Sherman and Peggy Raley are bringing together another great Jazz Appreciation Month Celebration Concert for fans and supporters of real jazz...true blue jazz.
Sherman said, “This will be our 3rd Annual True Blue Jazz Appreciation Month Celebration Concert to be held Friday, April 27, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., happening in home base for one of our favorites among our many True Blue Jazz sponsors - The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company, located at 219 Rehoboth Ave. Partial proceeds will benefit our community’s all-volunteer fire company. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.truebluejazz.org, or available at the door.”
Headlining the concert is one of the region’s jazz giants, vibraphonist Chuck Redd, backed by the Monday Jazz Cats. These cats include Joe Holt on piano, Amy Shook on bass, and Frank Russo behind the drums, three of the tops among the Mid-Atlantic jazz scene. The outstanding trio of jazz artists will be featured with Redd as the centerpiece for this specially focused catalog of music drawn from the book of a real jazz great.
Redd lives jazz, and his storied saga of performing alongside numerous icons of jazz bears that out. His career highlights include a concert with the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet in Africa for the Namibian Independence Celebration; a recital at the White House with the Barney Kessel Trio; four concerts at Carnegie Hall with the Mel Torme Quintet, The Great Guitars and The Charlie Byrd Trio; and an appearance on “The Tonight Show.” In 2008, Redd was a featured soloist in the finale concert at The Lionel Hampton International Jazz festival with The Lionel Hampton Big Band and the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.
The concert in Rehoboth Beach will be taking place as the International Jazz Day Celebration is happening in more than 190 countries around the world. For the very first time, the True Blue Jazz Festival is a registered participant in this worldwide jazz party, celebrating April as jazz month and April 30 as International Jazz Day.
Come Oct. 16 to 20, the True Blue Jazz Festival will present a 2019 lineup that is unrivaled for the quality and purity of the artists. Continuing its tradition of a commitment to real, straight-ahead jazz, this seventh annual festival promises much for jazz fans, supporters and sponsors.
New partnering venues are coming on board including two outstanding Rehoboth Beach restaurants, The Pines at 56 Baltimore Ave., and Shorebreak Lodge, 10 Wilmington Ave. Specially selected live jazz acts will be featured at both these downtown venues from Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 17 to 19, with no cover or admission charge. Full dinner menus and a wide array of libations will be available for guests to enjoy as they take in the live jazz.
Tickets are available online and at the door for all the True Blue Jazz shows. For more information, go to www.truebluejazz.org.