The Summer Nights Jazz Festival is an incredible celebration of music featuring renowned jazz figures Jonathan Butler, Michael Franks, Rachelle Ferrell, Warren Hill, Maysa Leak, and new comer Jimmy B. (featuring Andre Grant). This inaugural event will take place on the grounds of the Wolf Creek Amphitheater on August 4, 2012 at 7:00pm.
The Summer Nights Jazz Festival will bring forth jazz enthusiasts to engage with the music and nature underneath the stars in the picturesque outdoor setting of the Wolf Creek Amphitheater. The show line up reflects the diversity of the jazz genre with a phenomenal range of artists and musicians who are both exceptional performers and dedicated to their craft.
Jonathan Butler a South African born artist solidified his presence in the 1990s with a body of music that crossed color and age lines. Jonathan's ability to blend his roots in African music with western pop sensibilities would be a trademark of many albums to follow. His self-titled debut album introduced him internationally and scored a Grammy nomination for the pop hit Lies. An instrumental, Going Home, earned a Grammy nomination and the mid-tempo ballad, Sarah, Sarah, confirmed Butler's place in popular music. A collection of diverse albums followed.
Michael Franks is a smooth jazz singer and songwriter hailing La Jolla, CA. His best known works include When I Give My Love to You, Popsicle Toes, Monkey See, Monkey Do, Tiger in the Rain, Rainy Night in Tokyo, and Tell Me All About It. His biggest hit came in 1983 with When Sly Calls (Don't Touch That Phone) from the album Passionfruit. Radio hits include Your Secret's Safe With Me from 1985's Skin Dive, and "Island Life" from 1987's The Camera Never Lies.
Rachelle Ferrell is unquestionably one of the most dynamic talents in contemporary pop music. Very few vocal artists in the industry have Ferrellâ€™s potent combination of range, phrasing, and musicianship. Ferrell first emerged in the states with her R&B debut Rachelle Ferrell (1992), a solid collection of self-penned originals that featured a striking duet with Will Downing (â€˜Nothing Has Ever Felt Like Thisâ€™). It was with the release of First Instrument in 1994 (recorded prior to Rachelle Ferrell) that audiences were really introduced to Ferrellâ€™s jazz sensibilities.
Warren Hill represents the Canadian side of smooth jazz. His debut CD, Kiss Under the Moon in 1991, quickly caught the attention of the industry and climbed to the top of the Contemporary Jazz charts. Warren has released 11 solo CD's which have reached combined worldwide sales of over 1 million copies. His live show is critically acclaimed as one of the best in his genre and has taken him around the globe including Southeast Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. He has earned accolades from a variety of institutions including: 6 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, Berklee Distinguished Alumni, multiple SESAC Songwriter Awards, a Juno Nomination, multiple Number 1 songs at Radio & Records, USA Today and Billboard.
Maysa Leak first gained fame as the featured voice on British acid jazz band Incognitoâ€™s defining `90s era hits such as Donâ€™t You Worry About A Thing, Still A Friend of Mine and Deep Waters. She then launched a concurrent solo career with the hits Am I Wrong (For Lovinâ€™ You), Friendly Pressure and Hypnotic Love. With a sultry alto on par with Phyllis Hyman and Patti Austinâ€™s honeyed notes, Maysa should be one of the biggest names in the urban mainstream but instead sheâ€™s earned a loyal underground audience.
Jimmy B. (featuring Andre Grant) is newcomer to the forefront of the jazz scene. Not only does he play a strong, "funky" guitar, but he is also an accomplished composer. His current projects Jimmy B and The Jazz All Stars and Letâ€™s Go For a Ride boasts of impressive collaborations with the legendary Najee on the single Letâ€™s Go for A Ride and jazz pianist Bobby Lyle on Ivory Dreams. Both collections feature soon to be smooth jazz classics like Silent Thoughts, and 9846 to grooves infused with an intoxicating soul-funk flavor.
Tickets for The Summer Nights Jazz Festival are available at the Wolf Creek Amphitheater box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.ticketicketmaster.com or by phone 1-800-745-3000. This is an outdoor event and VIP table seating is available with special pricing. The Gates will open at 4:00pm for entry. Coolers and carry-ins (food and alcohol) are welcome. Vendors will also be available onsite. For event information call: (404) 613-9653.
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. For additional information about the Wolf Creek Amphitheatre call 404-613-WOLF (9653) or visit the website at www.wolfcreekamphitheater.com