GEORGE BENSON TO HEADLINE “ULTIMATE WEEKEND” OF SMOOTH JAZZ 

AT 2011 ResortQuest SEABREEZE JAZZ FESTIVAL APRIL 13-17TH 

Presented By The Smooth Jazz Cruise

National “Top 10” Jazz Festival Returns to Pier Park In Panama City Beach 

The sounds of contemporary jazz from top performers will again beckon jazz fans to return to the beautiful beaches of Northwest Florida as the 2011 ResortQuest Seabreeze Jazz Festival presented by The Smooth Cruise returns to Pier Park in Panama City Beach, FL.  The event, now in its 13th year, is set for April 13th-17th with performances on stage at Aaron Bessant Park (Pier Park Amphitheater) adjacent to the exciting Pier Park shopping and entertainment complex.  

Named “Top 10 Jazz Festival in the USA” by JazzIZ Magazine and recently nominated as “Best Jazz Festival” at the Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards, The Seabreeze Jazz Festival combines the top national smooth jazz artists with a full weekend of fun, sun, great beaches, and good times– all on the west end of Panama City Beach.    The event now attracts over 20,000 fans from the USA, Canada, and Europe for what many call “The Ultimate Weekend” in one non-stop performance-packed weekend of music.  Hosted by WSBZ Midday Personality Miranda Wilson, fans will get a live taste of the programming that makes WSBZ-FM The Seabreeze one of the most unique radio stations on the Gulf Coast.

Artists to perform for 2011 include Grammy-Award winner George Benson, along with Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Norman Brown, Richard Elliot, Peter White, Candy Dulfer, Euge Groove, Gerald

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Albright, Kirk Whalum, Warren Hill, Jeff Golub, Mindi Abair, Eric Darius, Ken Ford, Cindy Bradley, Paul Taylor, Marion Meadows, Dotsero, Joey Sommerville, Marcus Anderson, Julian Vaughn, Nicholas Cole, Robert Harris, Roman Street, and Jones and Company.   The Seabreeze Jazz Festival is unique in it’s lineup of current top smooth jazz stars–all with recent or current Top 10 Contemporary Jazz hits on national radio.

Special events include a Smooth Jazz Dinner Cruise aboard The Lady Anderson dinner boat in Panama City on Wednesday, April 13th from 7-10pm with live entertainment from top saxman Eric Darius.   The festival kicks off on the main stage at Pier Park with “A Special Evening with George Benson and Boney James” set for Thursday, April 13th — showcasing two of the top names in contemporary jazz.  George Benson, a guitar legend and multi-Grammy winner, will be celebrating the 35th Anniversary of his landmark album Breezin during the event weekend plus showcasing selections from his latest release Songs and Stories.   A free Meet and Greet/Mini Performance event at Borders Books with select festival artists is set for Friday, April 15th at 3pm at the store at Pier Park.  And jazz fans will be able to “groove into the late night” after the main performances at the All-Star Jazz Jam After-Parties set for Friday and Saturday nights at Reggae J’s at Pier Park hosted by Eric Darius.

Tickets are limited and on sale at Borders at Pier Park, Kitchenique in Destin at City Market, and Playground Music Center in Ft. Walton Beach.   Order by phone at 1-800-595-4849 or online at www.seabreezejazzfestival.net.  Tickets are $80 for Single Day Events, $140 for a Weekend Pass, and $200 for a Four Day Pass which includes the show with George Benson and Boney James on Thursday, April 14th.   Special limited VIP Tickets for “An Evening with George Benson and Boney James” are available for $150 each including VIP parking, VIP entrance, covered table seating near the stage, dinner catered with beer, wine, and soft drinks, and VIP restrooms.    Special event tickets to the Smooth Jazz Dinner Cruise and After-Parties are available by phone or online only.

For more information, call 850-267-3279.

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Nothing goes better with contemporary jazz than contemporary art, and the Seabreeze Jazz Festival Artwork and T-Shirt design for 2011 is a perfect blending of both.  Created by renowned contemporary painter Alfred Gockel of Germany, the design is a visual fusion of jazz and art in one very funky design.    Known as one of the “most collected contemporary artists of our time”, Alfred Gockel’s works are highly sought-after by some of the world’s top art collectors and art afficiandos.   The vibrant use of color and his unique style truly dipicts the funky coolness yet sophistication of smooth jazz and the Seabreeze Jazz Festival.   Alfred Gockel will make a special appearance at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival doing “live painting” each day with his original work being auctioned to the crowd at the end of each festival day.   For the jazz-lover and art collector — this is the event to attend!

Major sponsors for the 2011 ResortQuest Seabreeze Jazz Festival presented by The Smooth Jazz Cruise  include The Panama City Beach Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Pier Park, Sterling Resorts, Smooth Jazz.com, JazzIZ Magazine, Creative Gems, Panama City News Herald, Oaseas Resorts, Smooth Lounge.com, Mac Fine Art, and Vision Airlines/Fly VPS.

For full festival information including performance schedules and tickets, go online to www.seabreezejazzfestival.net.

Presented by WSBZ-FM Seabreeze 106.3 Smooth Jazz.  Proceeds to benefit Music In the Schools for local high school band music scholarships, instrument purchases, and jazz band clinics.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Seabreeze Jazz Festival

300 Pier Park Drive

Panama City Beach, FL  32415

850-267-3279

For more information, contact Mark Carter, WSBZ Radio (seabreezeradio@yahoo.com)

Festival website:   www.seabreezejazzfestival.net

 

          2011 Seabreeze Jazz Festival Schedule

                         *Times estimate –artist schedule subject to change*

WEDNESDAY April 13th

7-10pm   Smooth Jazz Dinner Cruise with Eric Darius — aboard The Lady Anderson.   Captain Anderson Marina.  Boat boards

        at 6:30pm departs at 7pm.  Sponsored by Sterling Resorts

THURSDAY  April 14th

Pier Park Amphitheater

Gates open 5pm for VIP and 5:15pm for General Admission

6pm         Roman Street

6:30pm    Boney James

8:30pm    George Benson

FRIDAY April 15th

3pm Borders Sneak Peek and Mini Performance/CD Signing Party  

           FREE ADMISSION   Borders at Pier Park

Pier Park Amphitheater

Gates open 5pm for VIP and 5:15pm for General Admission

6pm          Seabreeze Rising Stars:  Nicholas Cole, Julian Vaughn, and Marcus Anderson

7:15pm     Joey Sommerville

8:30pm    “The Gentlemen of the Night” featuring Warren Hill, Marion Meadows, and Paul Taylor

AFTER PARTY JAM  10:30pm at Reggae J’s hosted by Eric Darius.  Sponsored by Smoothlounge.com 

  (various artists to guest appear)

SATURDAY April 16th

Pier Park Amphitheater

Gates open 8:30am for VIP and 9am for General Admission

10am        Dotsero

11:30am   Cindy Bradley

1pm          Eric Darius

3pm          Euge Groove

5:30pm     Brian Culbertson

7:30pm     SUMMER JAM starring Norman Brown and Richard Elliot   

AFTER PARTY JAM  10:30pm at Reggae J’s hosted by Eric Darius.  Sponsored by Smoothjazz.com 

   (various artist to guest appear)

SUNDAY April 17th

Pier Park Amphitheater

Gates open 8:30am for VIP and 9am for General Admission

10am          Jones and Company

11:30am      Robert Harris Group

1pm             Mindi Abair

3pm             Ken Ford

5pm             Candy Dulfer

7pm             Guitars and Saxes featuring Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Peter White, and Jeff Golub

GEORGE BENSON TO HEADLINE AT 2011 ResortQuest SEABREEZE JAZZ FESTIVAL APRIL 13-17TH

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