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Thursday, July 4th 

Kickoff Party with John Dillard

Friday. July 5th

Performances on the Armstrong Stage  Welcome from Kenneth Chestnut  Carly Jones, Music Director, North Carolina Arts Council Department of Natural and Cultural Resources  Jazmin Ghent  Presentation to Honorees  John Brown Little Big Band  The Sax Pack featuring Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Marcus Anderson

Saturday, July 6th

Performances on the Armstrong Stage  Selina Albright  Presentation to Honorees  The Ocean City All-Star Band featuring Cyrus Chestnut, Mark Whitfield, Derrick Gardner and John Brown  Eric Darius

Sunday, July 7th—AM  

Church Service—The Right Reverend Robert C. Wright Gospel Brunch—Richard Dawkins, the John Brown Quintet with special guest Cyrus Chestnut and Tamisha Waden

Sunday, July 7th– PM

Performances on the Armstrong Stage  Gail Jhonson  John Brown Quintet with Alvin Atkinson, Jr.  Adam Hawley featuring Kat Hawley with special guest Marcus Anderson In the event of a lighting storm, please evacuate the tent and go to an enclosed building or your vehicle. Emergency exits are on Island Drive, Carver Street and Ocean Drive 2

Greetings and Welcome to the 10th Annual Ocean City Jazz Festival! On behalf of the Ocean City Community and the 10th annual Ocean City Jazz Festival, we are ecstatic to welcome you to our celebration of "Jazz With A Higher Purpose". Following the devastation of Hurricane Florence, the festival committee questioned if it was possible to have the festival this year. However, after reflecting on the determination, and tireless Commitment demonstrated by the community's founders, surrender was not an option. Relying on our legacy, and momentum gained by your support and excitement as inspiration, we were determined to make it happen, and here we are! Our thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, and to you our attendees. Get ready to have some serious fun! The Ocean City Jazz Festival is proud to bring you the gold standard in Jazz performances. The 2019 Ocean City Jazz Festival is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.


2019 Sponsors

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John Dillard

Profusely creative, highly energetic, sensitive and yet dynamic are a few words that describe the artistry of this extraordinary bassist. Born and raised in Rochester, NY, John was surrounded by music that helped shape his particular style of playing. John credits his early influences to his father. John’s musical journey started when he was eight years old. John gives credit to other heavy influences aside from family members such as Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller, Dave Holland, Ron Carter, John Patitucci, Nathan East, Fred Hammond, and Joel Smith. They drove his growth, resulting in a deeper love and dedication to the art of being a bassist. When asked about his greatest influences, John’s response is always: “Too many to name and enough to keep me humble and always practicing.” Whether John is playing electric, acoustic (upright) bass, or key bass, John can be found holding the groove on local stages in Charlotte, NC, his hometown, or performing on main stages across the country with national recording artists. In his career thus far, he has worked with gospel artist Lejuene Thompson, John P Kee, Daryl Coley, Monique Walker, and Vanessa Bell Armstrong. His RnB credits include, musical director for Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Stephanie Mills, Tamia, Deborah Cox and Queen Latifah. His Smooth/Contemporary jazz credits include artists Brian Simpson, Matt Marshak, Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, Walter Beasley, Nick Colionne, Marc Antoine, MAYSA, Peter White and Four80East. Additionally, John has earned Grammy certifications for his performances on EMI gospel projects “Oh Happy Day,” an All-Star Celebration (Best Traditional Gospel Album) and Heather Headley’s “Audience of One” (Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album.) They were both won at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. June 29th, 2015, John released his debut solo cd title “Let’s Ride” featuring smooth jazz artist that include Marc Antoine, Matt Marshak, Marcus Anderson, Art Sherrod, Jr and Lin Rountree. Let’s Ride has already been well received great accolades and continues moving forward within the genre of Smooth Jazz. “Let’s Ride”, delivers an auditory experience that finds its way down in your soul and moves every part of you. John’s affiliation with such admired and respected artists is a true testament to his motto: "VERSATILITY, DEDICATION, EXCELLENCE and Groove = THE TOTAL BASSIST”.



Jazmin Ghent Jazmin Ghent is one of the hottest national smooth jazz and gospel recording artists today. According to Euge Groove, “She provides much needed real deal youth in the genre. She definitely knows how to bring on the “Heat”. She has 2 Billboard topping singles, “Heat” and “Compared to What” and has recorded 3 CDs. “Heat” remained on Billboard Charts for 20+ weeks. Jazmin has performed at various major festivals throughout the country and in Europe. In addition to performing, she teaches music in Polk County Florida to elementary students in grades K-5. Jazmin was voted “2017’s BEST NEW SMOOTH JAZZ ARTIST. And The jazz phenom recently received an NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Jazz Album category for “The Story of Jaz.” According to Art Good of Catalina Island’s JazzTrax festival, “Unknown Jazmin Ghent was one of the best FINDS the festival has ever uncovered. Obviously…she OUTSOLD all 30 stars of smooth jazz in the JazzTrax store, selling more CDs than anyone. She had stage presence, a show and she could play!” Jazmin received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a Master’s Degree from Tennessee State University. Her latest CD, “The Story of Jaz” includes collaboration with Phillippe Saisse, Kim Scott, James P. Lloyd and Jeff Lorber. The CD was recorded and produced by Ron Jenkins and Euge Groove at “The Groove House”.

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John Brown Little Big Band

The John Brown “little” Big Band is an 11-piece band that has a BIG sound! The group packs a punch and has the big band sound without the additional horns we bring along with our Jazz Orchestra. This group is in high demand for feature performances at concert halls, education residencies and concerts and private events. Experience the powerful sound of the “little” BIG band.

John Brown Quintet The award-winning John Brown Quintet specializes in performing music from the timehonored Bebop and Hard Bop eras of jazz, bringing new life to some of the best-known classics from the Great American Songbook and introducing original music. The group garnered national attention when its first recording reached #8 on the national JazzWeek chart, and stayed in the top 50 for 16 consecutive weeks. Featuring the classic instrumentation of two horns in the frontline along with the rhythm section, the John Brown Quintet sets the standard for John Brown's myriad ensembles.


Jeff Kashiwa Seattle native, Jeff Kashiwa knew he was destined to be a musician following his junior high introduction to woodwinds. His instincts were correct. He became known as one of the most compelling young saxophonists in contemporary jazz during his first year with The Rippingtons. Kashiwa performed hundreds of shows all over the world and appeared on many of the band’s classic recordings. Having established himself in the 1990’s as one of the most diverse saxmen in contemporary jazz during his decade long tenure with The Rippingtons, Kashiwa’s instincts led him to more dynamic endeavors through his solo career. It surprised many when Jeff left the group to venture out on his own, but he had things to say through his own music. Kashiwa now has nine CDs released under his own name and has continued to record as a guest artist with many other artists as well. In 2004, Kashiwa founded The Sax Pack, a trio of saxophone headliners, featuring himself, Steve Cole and Kim Waters. The group released two CDs together and charmed audiences with their Rat Pack style reparte’ in tours across the U.S. and abroad. In 2006, Jeff reunited with The Rippingtons for their 20th Anniversary Tour and continues to record and tour with the group as often as his busy schedule will allow. In addition to touring with The Sax Pack and his own group, Kashiwa has expanded his career to include the realm of music education, teaching various courses through the music program at Shoreline Community College in Seattle. His brand new CD Let It Ride features a host of great musicians in the world of Contemporary Jazz; Russ Freeman, David Benoit, Chuck Loeb and Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra. Let It Ride has been in the top 4 Best Sellers in Smooth Jazz on Amazon.com for the past few weeks.


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 the album “Stay Awhile” that was produced by fellow Chicagoan Brian Culbertson. The disc scored two #1 hits and earned Cole the Oasis Smooth Jazz Award for best new artist shortly before his sophomore set, “Between Us,” was released in 2000. His catchy singles made him an instant radio favorite and he cranked them out with regularity on subsequent albums “NY LA” (2003), “Spin” (2005, “True” (2006), "Moonlight" (2009), and "True" (2013). In addition to his work as solo artist, Steve has performed/ recorded, with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Boz Scaggs, Larry Carlton, Jeff Lorber, Jim Peterik, Freddie Cole, Cyrus Chestnut, and KMFDM, and has been a featured soloist with the City of Prague Orchestra, and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Steve is also a founding member of The Sax Pack, a stellar sax trio completed by Marcus Anderson and Jeff Kashiwa. Known for consistently cranking out chart-topping singles that deploy big vibrant pop hooks, contemporary jazz saxophonist Steve Cole conjures a sonic escapade with the hypnotic “Mirage,” the first single from his forthcoming eighth album, “Turn It Up,” which will be released July 15 by Artistry Music. Radio programmers were instantly spellbound, making the track from the David Mann-produced set of R&B grooves and soul-powered sojourns the No. 1 most added single on the Billboard BDS chart. The entrancing single on which electronic beats bombard the senses before chill tenor and soprano sax leads and a soothing trumpet undercurrent take command of the illusion is one of nine new songs on the session, eight of which were composed or co-composed by Cole. The tune reflects his hometown roots and ardor for Chicago’s dance music scene. It’s one of three major cities that helped shape the collection.


Marcus Anderson

An incredible act and one worth watching, saxophonist Marcus Anderson is the golden child shining among stars. With 10 studio albums on his list of accomplishments, the fusion jazz artist brings R&B, Pop, Rock, Latin and Funk to make music that puts listeners in another atmosphere. Charting number one in both categories of Billboard’s Smooth Jazz and Sirius XM’s Watercolors with his exceptional hit “A Cup Of Joe” from the album AND Coffee the Spartanburg, SC native is delivering major music in a humble way. His work with the late Prince and the New Power Generation led him to join stages with the likes of Ceelo Green, Judith Hill, Stevie Wonder, and Liv Warfield just to name a few, where he had become a key contributor in these touring band. Prince also featured Marcus on his last release Hit N Run Phase 2, playing on “Revelation” and “Look at Me Look at You”. Anderson is an act that puts on a show for and with household names. Whether he is performing for dignitaries such as President Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson and Hillary Clinton or blazing the stage with Sheila E., Anthony Hamilton or Miguel in a collaborative effort, Anderson is always the man of the hour, delivering stellar musicianship every time. Lailah Hathaway, Esperanza Spaulding, George Duke, Jennifer Holiday are just a few out of the numerous world-renowned artists that Anderson has opened for and with whom he has shared the stage. Both near and far, audiences of all musical tastes have made their way to hear Marcus Anderson and his band Limited Edition. He and his band present a show in which he not only plays the sax but sings and performs choreography as well. High-spirited and welcoming, Anderson is a multi-instrumentalist who is not afraid of “showing out” He’s a fan-favorite at highly recognized festivals such as Essence Music Festival, Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival and many more. He has also appeared with headliners on top-ranking shows like The Tonight Show, Arsenio Hall, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Jimmy Fallon. 15


Selina Albright With a last name associated with musical excellence, Selina Albright is a soulful singer-songwriter with versatility that comes from years of listening to many origins and languages of music. Her angelic tone adds character and emotion to any ballad, yet her powerful wailing and energetic stage presence commands attention. Albright developed her onstage charisma and vocal technique from being exposed to legendary artists, such as Whitney Houston, Take Six, Ella Fitzgerald, Tina Turner, Dinah Washington, Beyonce, Lalah Hathaway, and Tina Turner. Her intimate, connective writing style comes from experiences and aspirations from her own life, so that when you listen to her music, you are introduced to a private piece of who Albright is, has been, or is becoming. The artist appears on Gerald Albright's Grammy-nominated projects, dating back to 1997, with such titles as “Live To Love,” “Smooth,” ”Slam Dunk,” “G,” and "30." She wrote and performed the lyrics for the title track of Gerald Albright’s Grammy-nominated collaboration with Norman Brown, entitled “24/7." She was also featured on Peter White's 2016 release "Groovin'." Most recently, Selina Albright made a feature appearance on Jarez' record "Blow Your Mind." Her 2016 single release “Sun Comes Up” (2016) primed the market for her 2017 full-length R&B project entitled "Conversations," featuring Billboard chart-topping, Grammy-considered singles "Eat Something (feat. Kay-Ta Matsuno)" and "Possible." Aside from her R&B and Jazz releases, the artist has also joined forces with Electronic Dance Music artists, demonstrating yet another facet of her creativity. The world has responded strong to her collaborations with the internationally-revered DJ duo Manufactured Superstars. A major highlight of her career was their performance of "Serious" for the Las Vegas Electric Daisy Carnival in 2011, before over 200,000 high-energy ravers and fans! Her creative relationship with Manufactured Superstars continues. Selina Albright has graced the stage the world over with many artists, such as pianists Jeff Lorber, George Duke, Joe Sample, Brian Simpson, Brian Culbertson, and Keiko Matsui. 17

Cyrus Chestnut Composer, pianist and educator Cyrus Chestnut is a musical force that utilizes his classical, Gospel and jazz influences to entertain and capture his audiences. Born in 1963, Chestnut started his musical career at the age of three, playing piano at the Mount Calvary Star Baptist Church at the age of five in his hometown of Baltimore, MD. In the fall of 1981, Cyrus began jazz education in Boston, MA at the Berklee College of Music, where he earned a degree in jazz composition and arranging. After Berklee, Cyrus began further honing his craft as a sideman with some of the legendary and leading musicians in the business. Some of these great people include; Jon Hendricks, Michael Carvin, Donald Harrison, Terence Blanchard, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Regina Cater, Chick Corea, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Joe Williams, Isaac Hayes, Kathleen Battle, Betty Carter and, Dizzy Gillespie just to name a few. His association with Betty Carter, which began in 1991 significantly affected his outlook and approach to music, confirming his already iconoclastic instincts. Cyrus was absorbing experiences as a sideman, he was also developing as a leader, recording and playing live around the world. There’s a Brighter Day Coming was his first self-released album, followed by The Nutman Speaks (1992), The Nutman Speaks Again (1992), Another Direction (1993). The records received the prestigious Gold Disk award from Japan’s leading jazz publication, Swing Journal. As a bandleader, Cyrus Chestnut’s repertoire is vast and his work has been featured in films such as Robert Altman’s Kansas City (in which Chestnut also made his big screen debut portraying a Count Basie-inspired pianist) and Piano Grand: A Smithsonian Celebration In the fall of 2014, Cyrus was appointed professor of Jazz Piano and Improvisation at the prestigious Howard University in Washington, offering lectures to the next generation of musical artists. Devoted to education and community engagement, Chestnut’s new appointment builds upon his career as one of jazz’s most celebrated performers. In November 2015 Cyrus got together with two other giants of jazz, Buster Williams on bass and Lenny White on drums and recorded a beautiful collection of classic trio material. ‘Natural Essence’ (Highnote Records) was released in 18

May 2016 and garnered many accolades. The next release, ‘There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit’, also with Highnote Records, accomplished the same success, receiving a 4-star review from The Observer and reaching #1 on the Jazz Week charts two weeks running. Cyrus’s next August 2018 release, Kaleidoscope, features newly arranged jazz interpretations of classical pieces by Debussy, Ravel, Mozart and Satie .With more than a dozen studio albums in his discography, Cyrus continues to experiment with his familiar integration of jazz, spiritual and classical sound that reflect his heritage and identity as an artist. His most recent composition, “The Saga Of The Cross”, was created for jazz quintet and choir and premiered at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem on Good Friday 2017



Derrick Gardner Jazz trumpeter, Derrick Gardner, inspired by the finest hard-blowing funky bop bands of the 1960s, is working to extend that great tradition as a composer, arranger, performer, leader and educator. With extraordinary, creative natural talent, Derrick quickly made his mark upon arriving on the New York jazz scene in 1991. There he began a top-flight career that has taken him around the world performing internationally with the Count Basie Orchestra, (1991-present), Frank Foster’s Loud Minority Band, Harry Connick Jr.’s Big Band, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and Swiss tenor player Roman Schwaller’s European Sextet. Over the last 18 years Derrick has worked with a tremendous litany of artists that include late Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Frank Foster, Jon Faddis, Nancy Wilson, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Rufus Reid and Clark Terry just to name a few. Mr. Gardner formed his own sextet, The Jazz Prophets, in 1991; it continues to be the primary vehicle of his distinctive, hard-driving music. Derrick‘s recording by The Jazz Prophets, A Ride to the Other Side, marked his Owl Studios debut in the spring of 2008. Like Slim Goodie (his highly regarded first recording as a leader on his own Impact Jazz imprint in 2005) it boils with the long-standing collective’s sheer passion for the soulful, funky jazz sound for which Cannonball Adderly and Horace Silver built solid foundations with their 1950s and 60s ensembles. The Prophets take that traditional straight ahead sound into new, invigorating territory. Derrick Gardner & the Jazz Prophets’ second release on Owl Studios, Echoes of Ethnicity, was heralded with rave reviews and received the honor of being awarded, Best Jazz Album of the Year by the Independent Music Awards. Echoes of Ethnicity is a solid, dynamic collection of excellence that highlights the deep talent and professional sound being produced by this hard-driving group. In addition to his own releases, Derrick has performed on multiple recordings with the Count Basie Orchestra (including Grammy-winning The Count Basie Orchestra Live at Manchester Craftman’s Guild), the New York Voices in 1997 and four sessions with Harry Connick Jr. including 2007s Hurricane Katrina inspired Oh, My Nola. In addition to recording and touring with the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band (an affiliation that continues as his schedule permits) Derrick was the feature trumpet soloist in the Broadway musical Thou Shalt Not, for which Connick wrote the music and lyrics. As a sideman, Derrick has been on numerous recordings by arranging mentor and close friend Frank Foster, Carlos Garnett, Stefon Harris, Roman Schwaller and Liz Wright, among others.




Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield graduated from Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, the world’s foremost institution for the study of Jazz and modern American music in the spring of 1987. Shortly thereafter, he returned to his to his native New York to embark on a career as a Jazz Guitarist that afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with legendary artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, Carmen McRae, Gladys Knight, Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Smith, Clark Terry, Shirley Horn, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Joe Williams, Stanley Turrentine and his greatest teacher and mentor George Benson. In 1990 the New York Times dubbed Whitfield “The Best Young Guitarist in the Business”. Later that year, Warner Bros. released his debut album “The Marksman”. The success of his debut release led to a recording career that has produced a total of 14 solo recordings and a myriad of collaborative efforts with some of the most important artists in recent years; Sting, Steven Tyler, D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige, John Mayer, Chaka Khan, Jill Scott, Diana Krall, Christian McBride, Chris Botti, Roy Hargrove and Nicholas Payton. Along the way the “Whitfield Family Band” was born, literally. In 1994 The Mark Whitfield Quartet appeared on the Thanksgiving Day broadcast of Good Morning America. This performance featured a very special guest drummer, 4 year old Mark Whitfield Jr. It was obvious even then that he was destined for greatness. Following in his father’s footsteps he attended the Berklee College of Music and graduated in 2011 with honors. He went on to study for his Masters Degree at the Manhattan School of Music while simultaneously embarking on a career as a drummer extraordinaire. He has quickly earned a reputation as one of the best young drummers in Jazz and was nominated for a Grammy in 2014 as part of the ensemble featured on Kenny Garrett’s 2013 release “Pushing the World Away”. Not to be outdone by his older brother, Davis Whitfield, a prodigious pianist, earned a Presidential Scholarship and graduated from the Berklee College of Music with honors in 2014.

Together, the “Whitfield Family Band” has created a brand new recording project. "Grace" was be released on January 24th, 2017. It features Mark Whitfield on guitar, Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums, Davis Whitfield on piano, Yasushi Nakamura on bass and the incredible Sy Smith singing the title song, Grace!!.


John Brown

Bassist, composer, educator and actor John Brown is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and currently resides in Durham, NC. He is a graduate of the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the School of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. John currently serves as Director of the Jazz Program and Associate Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University, and he has served on the faculties of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University and Guilford College (NC). He has been performing professionally since his teens and has performed with artists like Wynton Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Elvin Jones, Nnenna Freelon, Cyrus Chestnut, Diahann Carroll, Rosemary Clooney, Nell Carter, Lou Donaldson, Slide Hampton, Nicholas Payton, Frank Foster, Larry Coryell, Cedar Walton, Fred Wesley, Bernard Purdie and Mark Whitfield, as well as giving regular performances as a substitute with the North Carolina Symphony since 1992. John also has a Grammy nomination for his performance and co-writing on Nnenna Freelon’s 1996 release, Shaking Free, and recently earned his membership in the Screen Actors’ Guild (SAG) for his role in the film, Bolden. He actively performs and records internationally as a sideman & a leader, gives education residencies and now leads a group of high school students called the JAZZFORCE. John is also part owner of the Hudson Brown Agency and he has recently become a YAMAHA Certified String Educator.



Eric Darius

Eric Darius was born in Livingston, New Jersey, raised in Tampa, Florida He grew up in a very musical family to a Haitian father, who is a bass player and Jamaican mother, who is a singer and piano player. That Caribbean influence was passed down to Eric and his siblings. While growing up, Darius was also influenced by Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Marvin Gaye, George Benson, James Brown, David Sanborn, Miles Davis, Bob Marley, and Grover Washington Jr., among many others. While still in high school, at the age of 17, he recorded and released his first album titled, Cruisin’, which would lay the ground work for his seven full-length albums. In 2004, Darius signed his first record deal with Higher Octave Music, after label representatives saw him perform and wow the audience at Florida’s Clearwater Jazz Festival. This resulted in the release of his national debut album, Night on the Town later that year. In 2006, Darius released his third project, Just Getting Started through Narada Jazz. In 2008, he released Goin’ All Out (Blue Note Records), in 2010 On A Mission and 2014 Retro Forward (both through Shanachie Entertainment). With seven highly-acclaimed albums to his discography, Darius continues to rack up some impressive statistics: Three No. 1 Hit Singles; Twelve Top 10 Radio Hits on Nielsen’s R&R/Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart; 2004’s Debut Artist of the Year by Smooth Jazz News Magazine; named 2015’s SESAC Top 10 Jazz Artist of the Year; 2017’s Best Jazz, Saxophonist, Composer, Producer & Musician of the Year Award at the 1st Annual Citril Starz Awards; featured on countless magazine covers; with many more milestones and honors to come. Darius has made TV Appearances on Fox’s The X-Factor, TNT’s Mob City, and has shared the stage with Grammy â award-winning artists Prince, Mary J. Blige, David Foster, Carlos Santana, Jamie Foxx, Babyface, George Benson, Marcus Miller, Wyclef Jean, and many others. Darius believes in giving back to today’s youth in the form of education. His On A Mission in the Schools initiative include making regular appearances to speak and perform with students from elementary and middle schools to high schools and at the college level.


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Gail Jhonson Gail Jhonson brings all of her many talents to bear as soul-lifting spiritualist, next-gen feminist inspiration, big-picture band leader and, Philly street-corner rhythmist; building on a foundation of straight-ahead jazz, R&B, Funk and Gospel. Let’s learn a little about Her Story… born and raised in the city of Philadelphia, Gail’s fascination with the endless possibilities of the piano began at the young age of 10. By 14, Gail had played her first professional gig, starting her on a journey that has seen her travel the world, touching lives through her gift of music. From her humble beginnings on the streets of Philly to the height of her success on the stage and in the studio, Gail Jhonson has lived a life fully committed to music. The next chapter in Her Story saw Gail graduate from the Berklee College of Music, with a B.A. in Composition. Gail made the move west, to Los Angeles, where she established herself in the vibrant heart of the music industry. Gail’s impressive resume as a recording artist and touring musician includes appearances with such notables as Norman Brown, Mindi Abair, Bobby Womack, Ray Parker Jr, Pink, Milli Vanilli, Morris Day (Time) & Rain Pryor. TV appearances on The Jay Leno Show, BET, several videos, Gospel Theatre, Jazz Festivals with Cindy Bradley, Peabo Bryson, Jeff Lorber, Patti Austin, Marion Meadows and so many others! In 2010 and 2011 The American Black Music Association awarded Gail a Spotlight Award at the red carpet event in Los Angeles; for which she won “Best Jazz Musician.” Her daughter Tamina performed & also won “Best Jazz Vocalist.” To give you some more background to Her Story, in 2009, Gail’s CD Pearls garnered the nod in the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, a featured artist on the SummerStorm Tour, hosted by Norman Brown, for whom she has been music director for many years. Gail leads the all female ensemble “Jazz in Pink”, featuring such artists as Karen Briggs, Althea Rene & Mariea Antoinette. She has her own band “3 Piece Suit” in Los Angeles. She is an educator and author of 3 music method books; also composer for the musical Overcome, Overjoyed-showing at The El Portal Theatre/North Hollywood. 27


Alvin Atkinson Drummer, educator and clinician, Alvin Atkinson, Jr. has toured the globe with his group Alvin Atkinson and the Sound Merchants. In 2009, the group traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon for the U.S. State Department’s Musical Overtures tour. In the 2007 and 2008, the group participated in the Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad Program (sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center) tour to the Middle East and Russia. In 2008, Jazz at Lincoln Center asked Alvin to lead the “All-Star American Music Abroad Group” tour to Mali, India and China. Atkinson’s career highlights include recording the theme song for PBS’s show, Moment of Luxury, the New York One Television Network’s theme song, and the music for the HBO Cat House and Katie Morgan: Sex Guide documentaries. Additionally, Atkinson participated as a Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. For the past seven years. Traveling to Africa, South America, Southeast Asia, Middle East, and Haiti. This program is sponsored by the U.S. State Department Kennedy Center and Jazz @ Lincoln Center. Throughout the US and abroad, Atkinson has shared the stage with notable artists such as: Freddy Redd, Roy Hargrove, Ellis Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, Barry Harris, Houston Person, Luciana Souza, Don Braden, Frank Wess, Oscar Brown, Jr., Ernie Andrews, Tom Browne, Vanessa Rubin and Wycliffe Gordon. Atkinson served as the Visiting Professor of Drum-set Studies for the 2004-2005 school year at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. He worked with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Middle School Jazz Academy, the Bronx Academy, and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. Currently Atkinson conducts music workshops through the Midori & Friends, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Band Director’s Academy, and the Litchfield Jazz Camp. Atkinson’s first solo project Alvin Atkinson and the Sound Merchants received nominations for “Best International Jazz Song” from the First Annual 2007 Toronto Exclusive Magazine and “Best Jazz Song” from the Seventh Annual Independent Music Awards for the single Dance of the Emirates.


Adam Hawley Guitarist Adam Hawley is a gifted performer, sideman, and educator, known for his lithe, groove-oriented approach to contemporary jazz and R&B. After working steadily for over a decade with many marquee jazz and pop artists, Hawley launched his solo career with his breakthrough 2016 debut album, Just the Beginning, which featured three chart-topping smooth jazz singles including "35th Street," "Joy Ride," and "I Don't Mind." He followed that up with the #1 single "Can You Feel It" off of his 2nd project Double Vision. Along with performing, the guitarist has a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California, and balances his time between playing live and teaching at places like Musician's Institute, Chaffey College, and Saddleback College. A native of Portland, Oregon, Hawley started playing music at age eight, first taking piano lessons per his mother's request, and then adding guitar lessons a year later. As a teenager, he played in church, toured with a bluegrass ensemble, and led his own blues band. Also during high school, a friend made him a mixtape which included George Benson's 1976 hit song "Breezin'," and ignited his enduring love of contemporary jazz. In 2002, he relocated to Los Angeles where he attended the University of Southern California, eventually earning his Bachelor's, Master's, and doctorate degrees in music. Since graduating, he has played in a variety of live and studio settings with a bevy of pop, jazz, and R&B artists including Natalie Cole, Jennifer Lopez, Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, Rick Braun, Gerald Albright, Manhattan Transfer, Peabo Bryson, Euge Groove, and many more. In 2015 he signed with Kalimba Records. A year later, he released his full-length debut Just the Beginning, which featured guest appearances by Culberson, Albright, Groove, Eric Darius, and Michael Lington. The album performed well, producing three number one hits including "35th St.," which spent five weeks on top of the Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart. Hawley spent much of the next year touring in support of the album before joining Koz on tour in 2018. That same year, he returned with his sophomore album, Double Vision. Included on the album were contributions by Jeff Lorber, Darren Rahn, Marcus Anderson, Julian Vaughan, and others. Also included was a cover of Adele's "Hello." 30

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Our 2019 Tee-Shirt design symbolizes the energy, fun and breezy feel of the Ocean City Festival. Even the remnants of the Ocean City Pier is represented in the design! Created by artist BARTON HATCHER -- the design is cool, contemporary, and fun. Purchase your 2019 merchandise at the Merchandise Tent. AND -- be sure to check out BARTON’S art booth on-site at the show!

Growing up on his grandfather’s farm in Bladen County, North Carolina, Barton Hatcher discovered his special artistic and creative gifts early in his life. A self-taught artist and mixed media sculptor, Barton’s eclectic style is admired by many. His work has been showcased in several North Carolina galleries. On several occasions he has been commissioned to do customized art designs for clients to fit their individual taste and desires. Barton owns and operates Gardens by Barton, a landscape design business in Wilmington, NC, where he uses his artistic talents to create customized garden designs, including building hardscapes such as arbors, trellises and garden sheds. Before starting his own business, Barton was employed for 25 years by Cape Craftsmen of Elizabethtown, NC, where he was an art buyer and designed and built prototypes for furniture. An avid gardener and fly fisherman, Barton draws inspiration for his artistic designs from nature itself. He is single and lives in Wilmington.


Our MC Amanda Fitzpatrick Amanda Fitzpatrick is an award-winning journalist, who is excited to call the Cape Fear home. In August 2016, she joined the WWAY News team as the evening anchor at 5, 6 & 11 p.m. You can also catch her anchoring the WWAY NEWS at 7:30 p.m. and The Cape Fear CW Primetime News at 10:00. Amanda is a North Carolina native . Before joining WWAY, she was the weekend anchor at WCCB in Charlotte. She also spent five years working in Dallas, TX, at the CW and NBC stations. It was at CW where she was nominated for three Lone Star EMMY awards and won three Salute to Excellence in reporting awards by the National Association of Black Journalists. Before working in Dallas, she was a reporter at the ABC station in her hometown of Raleigh-Durham. While at WTVD, she covered the 2008 presidential campaign and even traveled to Washington, DC, to cover the inauguration of President Barack Obama for ABC. Other stops include reporting in beautiful Charleston, SC, and Albany, GA. Amanda enjoys speaking to students and mentoring young journalists. She is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Bertram Chestnut Our Poster Artist Horn Player at Dusk Mix Media Bertram Chestnut 32 x 43 Bertram is a Multi Media artist that works in a variety of mediums from oil painting, ceramics, and wood working to digital design formats. He currently live in Atlanta, GA. where he studied under renowned artist John Saunders. Not only are his pieces held by private owners in cities such as Charlotte, Atlanta, Dallas and Chicago. But he also has works in the permanent collection of the historical Hammond House Gallery in Atlanta, GA. and Mint Museum in Charlotte NC. 36

Ocean City Celebrates its 70 Year History with the Ocean City Jazz Festival The Ocean City Community was started in 1949, in the Jim Crow South 15 years prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1965. A beach community on the Atlantic Ocean, where Blacks could have home ownership was just not supposed to happen. But after World War II, Edgar Yow, a white Wilmington attorney and former mayor, purchased six miles of beach property on Topsail Island. The land was previously owned by the Navy and was used for Operation Bumblebee which was a secret test site for guided missiles. As mayor, Yow had become acquainted with many members of the Black community and realized that in the era of segregation there was a need for beach front recreational opportunities for Blacks. Yow approached Dr. Samuel Gray with his idea; Gray was unable to devote a great deal of attention to the project but soon called upon friend; Wade Chestnut, Sr. and his siblings, Bertram, Robert and Louise. Energized by the possibilities, Wade Chestnut, Sr. sold his interest in the family automobile repair business and devoted his full attention to the development opportunity. Edgar Yow owned the one mile stretch of property three miles north of Surf City, which was to become Ocean City, from the ocean to the sound. Gray and the Chestnuts purchased several tracts of land from Yow which included one of the island’s Bumblebee observation towers. In 1949, stock was sold and an inter-racial corporation (Ocean City Developers, Inc.) was formed and headed by Robert Chestnut, Sr. for ownership of the land and to sell property to blacks. Wade Chestnut, Sr. conceived the idea of naming this section of the island, Ocean City, as it is presently called. The corporation divided the beach into business and residential areas, with the first homes being built in 1949 -50 by William Eaton, a black contractor from Fayetteville, NC. Wade Chestnut, Sr. bought and remodeled the tower to be a restaurant and tackle shop. Wade and Eaton built what was then a 10 room motel in 1952. Eaton would go on to build 30 additional homes, the Chapel and rectory, camp dormitory and dining hall in Ocean City. The intent was to build up the area to further encourage development of a carefully planned town with residential and separate commercial areas and a family-type of beach. Many blacks were skeptical of the opportunity to buy into the one-mile beach area. However, to gain interest, Wade Chestnut, Sr. devoted his time looking for prospective buyers by attending meetings where blacks were assembled and heavily advertising the project. The lots were $500 or $1000 for oceanfront lots. The Chestnuts hosted Sunday church services in their home or on the beach. Services were led by, the Reverend Edwin Kirton of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Wilmington. Following the destruction of summer camps in South Carolina due to Hurricane Hazel, Father Kirton spoke with Wade Chestnut, Sr., about camping at Ocean City. Camp Oceanside was established in 1955 and was the first Episcopal camp for blacks in the Diocese of East Carolina. On the invitation of Mr. Chestnut and associates, the motel and a cottage were rented for the summer camp from 1955-1957.



St Mark's Episcopal Chapel, as it was called before it was named the Wade H Chestnut Memorial Chapel was built in June 1957, where Father Kirton served as Priest until his retirement in 1975. The Chapel was a place in which every beach resident was considered a member regardless of home denomination. In 1954 the community faced major disaster in Hurricane Hazel. The Category 4 hurricane severely damaged the community, but would not deter the homeowners, who had the “tenacity� to rebuild. In 1958, the Ocean City Fishing Pier was built and a second organization, the Ocean City Fishing Pier, Inc. was formed. Of the five fishing piers on the island, the Ocean City Fishing Pier was the only one that allowed blacks to fish.

In 1976, Ocean City Developers, Inc. was dissolved and the Ocean City Beach Citizens Council was started. The homeowner’s council was formed to support community issues, and plan business and social activities. By 1986, there were approximately 100 homeowners in the community. The restaurant, tackle shop, fishing pier and motel were in business until their destruction by Hurricane Fran in 1996. Current challenges of the community are lack of funding and lack of awareness of its historical value. To answer this challenge, the Ocean City Beach Citizens Council, a 501(c)(3) hosts the Ocean City Jazz Festival during the July 4th weekend. The mission of the Ocean City Jazz Festival is to expose and entertain a diverse audience of Jazz aficionados, young Jazz enthusiasts and aspiring musicians to the rich heritage of Jazz as an authentic form of traditional music and celebrate the rich history of Ocean City while sustaining the community and its resources. This year the community will celebrate 70 years on Labor Day Weekend!!


Sponsor the 2020 Ocean City Jazz Festival contact us at info@oceancityjazzfest.com

Festival Merchandise is exclusive to the historic Ocean City Community

Polo Shirts, Tee-Shirts, OCJF All Water Sleeves, OCJF Shot Glasses and Caps and the very popular Ocean City Cookbook with Heirloom Recipes


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