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Preview: The Shoreline Jazz Festival 2017, August 24 – 27 in Muskegon, MI

The 4th Annual Alexander Zonjic’s Shoreline Jazz Festival featuring headliners, Peabo Bryson, Boney James, Gerald Albright, Keiko Matsui, Jeff Lorber and Alex Bugnon along with four days of music by the top musicians in contemporary jazz, funk and soul, returns to Heritage Landing in Muskegon, Michigan, on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, August 24 through 27.

 

This world class musical event kicked off for the first time three years ago with a huge success. It is the dream child of nationally known jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic who has been a major force and beloved performer in the world of contemporary jazz for more than three decades.

 

This year’s exciting line-up of musicians also includes Steve Cole, Joey Sommerville, Yancyy, John Gist and Organissimo. The festival will include a preview concert on Thursday, August 24. Alexander Zonjic and his Band with special guest Jeff Lorber will play a concert at The Block in Muskegon at 7:30 p.m.

 

There will also be a free Jazz in the Park concert in Hackley Park in Downtown Muskegon on Friday, August 25, featuring Alexander Zonjic with his Band and special guests Jackiem Joyner and Joey Sommerville. And, on Saturday, August 26, when the last act has left the stage at Heritage Landing, the fun moves to the After Party Jam at the Holiday Inn Main Ballroom featuring Alexander Zonjic, his band and Joey Sommerville, jamming with Festival Artists dropping by!

 

“We are thrilled to see the Shoreline Festival continue into its fourth year with one of the most exciting line-up of artists that we’ve had. It is a real musical happening, taking place throughout downtown Muskegon,” said Zonjic.

 

“This all started when I came across Heritage Landing in Muskegon. I was struck with the beauty of the setting, the stage and the grounds. I knew this was the ideal location for a celebration of contemporary jazz, soul and funk, offering the opportunity for fans to see their favorite performers, at one time, in one beautiful place, with the Lake Michigan sunsets as a backdrop.”

 

Zonjic said his hunch payed off over the last three years, attracting music enthusiasts from across the country to this beautiful location. “The jazz fans really loved it. They were dancing in the aisles and many were declaring that they would be back every year and they have returned. We are looking forward to seeing them each year and attracting many more music lovers with our exceptional and diverse line-up this year,” he said. Heritage Landing is a stunning landscaped park on the picturesque shorelines of Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake right in downtown Muskegon.

 

DTE Energy is presenting sponsor for the Shoreline Jazz Festival.

 

The popular vacation area is within easy driving distance of Detroit, Toledo, Chicago, Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Saginaw, Bay City, Ann Arbor, Jackson, Battle Creek and Flint as well as other areas.

 

Complete Shoreline Jazz Festival Line Up For Saturday and Sunday at Heritage Landing:

 

Saturday, August 26

 

1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  Organissimo

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.­ Joey Sommerville

3:45 p.m. – 5:15 P.M.  Alexander Zonjic and Friends with special guests Jeff Lorber and Steve Cole

5:45 p.m. – 7 p.m. Keiko Matsui

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Boney James

 

Sunday, August 27

 

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. John Gist

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Yancyy

4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Alex Bugnon

5:45 p.m. – 7 p.m. Gerald Albright

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Peabo Bryson

 

Ticket & Information Details:

Saturday and Sunday, August 26 and 27, Heritage Landing

 

General admission to the Alexander Zonjic’s Shoreline Jazz Festival is only $35 per day (bring your own lawn chair) and two day tickets are available for $70. A limited number of preferred seats are available for $60 per day and two day tickets are available for $120. Preferred seats are closest to the stage with chairs provided. Tickets are available atwww.startickets.com or call 800-585-3737. For more information go to www.shorelinejazzfestival.com .

 

Please note prices will be $5 more at the door on the day of the festival.

 

 

Additional Events

 

Thursday, August 24 – Preview Concert featuring Alexander Zonjic and Friends with special guest Jeff Lorber at The Block at 7:30 p.m., 360 W. Western Ave, 2nd Floor, Muskegon, MI. Tickets are $25. Call 231-726-3231 for tickets or go to www. ;THEBLOCKWESTMICHIGAN.org

 

Friday, August 25 – Jazz in the Park, featuring Muskegon Jazz All-Stars and  Alexander Zonjic and Friends with special guests Jackiem Joyner and Joey Sommerville , 5 – 9 p.m., Hackley Park, Downtown, Muskegon, free to the public

 

Saturday, August 26– After Party Jam, featuring Alexander Zonjic with Joey Sommerville, jamming with festival artists, Holiday Inn Main Ballroom, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets just $35.

 

The Performers:

 

Peabo Bryson, hi rezPeabo Bryson – The multiple Grammy winning artist, Peabo Bryson is legendary for his silky voiced soul sound and famous hit duets with artists like Natalie Cole, Roberta Flack, Melissa Manchester and Regina Belle.  Some of these hits includingTonight I Celebrate My Love for YouCan You Stop the Rain, Through the Fire, Unconditional Love, A Whole New Love and more. Bryson won two Grammy Awards for his performance of Beauty and the Beast with Celine Dion and in for A Whole New World with Regina Belle. As the final act on Sunday night, Peabo Bryson’s emotional performance will be a thrill for the Shoreline audience.

 

Boney_James hi rezBoney James – Closes the exciting first night at Heritage Landing with his inimitable high energy performance is Boney James. The renowned saxophonist was named the No. 3 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Artist of the Decade.  He has four gold albums, four GRAMMY nominations, two NAACP image Award nominations, a Soul Train Music Award and  nomination and sales totaling more than 3 million records. Earlier he released The Beat marking his 14th album and his return to former label Concord Records. Cited as virtually creating the urban jazz genre, James melds contemporary jazz with hip-hop sensibilities. The crossover virtuoso has racked up nine No.1 albums on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz cart and two top 10 entries on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums tally.

 

Gerald Albright, hi rezGerald Albright  – One of the biggest stars of R &B, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz, the multiple Grammy nominated saxophonist Gerald Albright has earned his reputation as a “musician’s musician.”  A highly requested session musician, he played with artists including, Anita Baker, Ray Parker, The Temptations, Maurice White to name a few, and toured extensively with Phil Collins, Less McCann, Jeff Lorber, The Winans, Quincy Jones and Whitney Houston among many others. Along the way, he has sold over a million albums in the U.S. Alone and appeared on nearly 200 albums by other artists.

 

Keiko Matsui, hi rezKeiko Matsui– Born in Tokyo, jazz keyboardist Keiko Matsui has a huge fan base. She has sold more than 1.2 million records in the U.S. alone and is truly an icon of contemporary jazz! Her music is both powerful and introspective, blending both Western and  Eastern musical influences as well as smooth jazz, jazz fusion, new age and worldbeat.

 

jeff_lorber[1]Jeff Lorber – is the Grammy nominated groundbreaking jazz keyboardist who helped pioneer fusion jazz, combining elements of funk, R and B, rock and electric jazz. He went on to be a key musician in contemporary jazz. Lorber was born and raised in Philadelphia and attended the Berklee College of Music where he developed his love of jazz. He is also noted for introducing an unknown saxophonist Kenny G on the Lorber Jazz Fusion album Wizard Island. Lorber will appear at Smooth Jazz in the Garden with his legendary fusion band and renowned

 

Jazz pianist Alex Bugnon performs during Army Entertainment's sold out Friday Night Jazz & Wine concert Nov. 9 at Fort Sam Houston Theatre. U.S. Army photo by Tim Hipps, IMCOM Public Affairs

Alex Bugnon – Jazz pianist Alex Bugnon has been a prolific and energetic force on the contemporary music scene for more than two decades. A renowned -pianist – composer – bandleader, Burgnon hales form the picturesque town of Montreux, Switzerland – site of the world famous Jazz Festival.  His first album, Love Season rocketed to number 2 on the R &B charts and Burgnon’s 12th album, Harlem, was recently released to acclaim. He attended the famed Berklee School of Music and has toured consistently across America and Europe with a dedicated fan base.

 

Steve Cole – Saxophonist Steve Cole is one of the most celebrated players in contemporary jazz. The Chicago native exploded onto the scene in 1998 with his album Stay Awhile. The disc scored two No. 1 hits and earned Cole the Oasis Smooth Jazz Award. He has performed with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Boz Scaggs, Larry Carlton and Jeff Lorber. His also a founding member of The Sax Pack. He is known for his affinity for infections melodies, a wall of horns and soulful grooves.

 

Alexander Zonjic on flute 2Alexander Zonjic – Flutist  Alexander Zonjic is a jazz favorite across North America for his cool jazz grooves and exciting shows. He has shared the stage with such greats as Kenny G, Jeff Lorber and Keiko Matsui. In addition to performing in one hundred concerts a year, he is the artistic director of numerous music festivals including the Shoreline Jazz Festival. Zonjic is host of the TV show Alexander Zonjic from A to Z on WADL TV, Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and the radio show, Alexander Zonjic Doin’ the D, on 910 AM Superstation, Sundays, 5 to 7 p.m.

 

Joey Sommerville – Singer and pianist Joey Sommerville offers funky contemporary blues with down-home-inspired originals and a fresh take on the classics. At the helm of his band at the keyboards and sometimes on trumpet, Joey Sommerville puts on a super energized show that has the audience up on its feet

 

Yancyy – A native of Detroit, MI, Saxophonist Yancyy is noted for his fluid sounds, interpretive mastery and refined raw talent. He appeals to jazz heads, as well as pop, rock, funk and hip hop fans. He has been nominated for the GenArt & Hearst Magazines’ Cultural Icon Award and performance highlights have included the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the Lionel Hampton Jazz Club in Paris. He’s opened for scores of musical giants including  Stevie Wonder, The Neville Brothers, Jean Luc Ponty, George Benson Jefferey Osbone and more.

 

John Gist – The Grand Rapids native, saxophonist John Gist  has mastered a wide variety of styles including jazz, funk, Blues R & B and Gospel on the alto, tenor and soprano sax.  The diversity of his music has you up and shaking your groove one minute and swaying to soft, sultry notes the next – all to the audience’s delight.

 

Organissimo – With Jim Alfredson on the organ along with Randy Marsh on drums and Lawrence Barris on guitar, Organissimo stretches the boundaries of the traditional organ trio with bits of funk, blues, Latin, groove and New Orleans influences.With a sound that is both sophisticated and soulful, its been called one of the most promising organ trios in jazz.

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