Celebrating its twenty fifth Anniversary, the free jazz music pageant Jazz on the River returns to Elizabeth Park in Trenton with a stunning line up of musicians headlined by the jazz/R&B/soul legends: singer, songwriter Stephanie Mills and guitarist and singer George Benson. Jazz on the River, one of the biggest and hottest free jazz festivals within the area, takes place on Saturday and Sunday August 6 and seven. The pageant stage, backed up by the gorgeous vistas of the Detroit River, in Trenton’s Elizabeth Park, makes for an idyllic summer time music expertise.
“The truth that Jazz on the River has remained such a preferred cultural occasion in Wayne County for 25 years is a testomony not solely to the fine quality of leisure that’s recruited annually, however to the hard-working workers and supporters who proceed to go over and above no matter is required of them to ensure this continues to be a joyfully memorable event each yr,” mentioned Wayne County Government Warren C. Evans. “On behalf of Wayne County, I wish to thank everybody who has made it doable for us to as soon as once more efficiently host this occasion. Particularly I wish to thank Alexander Zonjic, who has been the pageant’s Creative Director, organizer and driving pressure for everything of its 25-year existence. And to all of you in attendance, whether or not that is your first time on the pageant of in case you are a returning fan, be sure you take pleasure in yourselves, benefit from the music and luxuriate in one another. We look ahead to seeing you once more subsequent yr.”
George Benson and Stephanie Mills will add to the record of main stars who’ve graced the Jazz on the River stage.
George Benson beloved singer and guitarist has traversed the worlds of pop, R&B, soul, and jazz. It was the discharge of his 3 times platinum 1976 album Breezin and the award-winning singles Breezin and This Masquerade that introduced him worldwide success and recognition together with a number of Grammys. Over his a long time lengthy profession, he’s collaborated with the likes of Steve Marvel, Freddie Hubbard, Minnie Riperton, Mary J Blige, Jill Scott and Gorillaz.
Singer-songwriter Stephanie Mills rose to stardom as “Dorothy” within the unique, seven- time Tony Award profitable Broadway run of the musical The Wiz. The track Residence from the present grew to #1 on the charts and have become Mills’ signature track. She gained a Grammy for greatest feminine R & B vocal efficiency together with her track By no means Knew Love Like This Earlier than in 1981. Her albums What Cha Gonna Do with My Lovin, Candy Sensation and Stephanie all went gold or platinum.
Extra artists on the two-day Jazz on the River line up embody famend jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic and his band with particular visitor keyboardist James Lloyd from Items of a Dream, saxophonist Randy Scott, younger keyboardist Justin “Lee “Schultz and guitarist Dee Brown.
The whole two-day line-up of music follows:
Saturday, August 6:
1:30 p.m. Daryl Beebe, saxophonist
2:45 p.m. Kym Brady – “The City Violinist”
3:15 p.m. Dee Brown, guitarist
4:45 p.m. Randy Scott, saxophonist
6:30 p.m. Stephanie Mills, singer/songwriter
Sunday, August 7:
1:30 p.m. – Audrey Northington “Scat Diva” with Ralphe Armstrong, bass guitarist
3:00 p.m. – Justin “Lee” Schultz, keyboardist
4:45 p.m. - Flutist Alexander Zonjic & Mates with James Lloyd keyboardist from Items of a Dream
6:30 p.m. George Benson, guitarist, and singer
Wayne County Parks’ Jazz on the River is made doable by the next sponsors:
Mates of Wayne County Parks, SMART, Hollywood On line casino Greektown, Escapes, DTE , Normal RV Middle and COTS.
Jazz on the River is free to the general public; nonetheless, there’s a $5 money parking price.
The park will likely be open to the general public on each days starting at 10 a.m. and can shut after the ultimate efficiency.
Elizabeth Park is situated at 4461 Elizabeth Drive, Trenton, Michigan 48183. It’s east of I-75 and south of West Street in Trenton. Take I-75 South to the West Street exit and comply with West Street east to Jefferson. Take Jefferson south into the park
For data name 734-261-1990 or go to www.waynecounty.com.
Wayne County Parks is a division of the Wayne County Division of Public Providers with the aim of enhancing the standard of life for households and residents of the 43 communities of Wayne County.