Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Classical Bluesical Jazzi Festival on Martha's Vineyard, August 29

The First Annual Martha’s Vineyard Classical, Bluesical, Jazzi Festival (The CBJ Festival) takes place on Saturday, August 29, 2009, at Union Chapel, Kennebec Avenue in Oaks Bluff.

Headlining the event is SAGE, an all-woman ensemble that delivers a unique brand of hot jazz, funk, and Latin licks, with classical grooves. SAGE features Lakecia Benjamin on alto saxophone, Bernice Brooks on drums, Miki Hayama on piano, Kersten Stevens on violin, Miriam Sullivan on bass and Ragan Whiteside on flute and vocal.

The concert starts at 7:00 p.m. and is free to the public.

Returning to the Vineyard to perform with SAGE is äj, (pronounced ahhsh) a contemporary jazz, blues and R&B ensemble from New York, by way of St. Louis. Featuring Andrea and James Rohlehr (pictured above), Äj is a unique ensemble of singers, songwriters and producers that has enriched the American Music landscape with many compositions heard on television and radio.

The CBJ Festival is designed to bridge and unify the music interests of jazz connoisseurs and young people, promoting intergenerational cultural exchanges based on themes of respect, humanity, environment and scholarship, says Sheila Baptista of Lewis and Kirk Music, Inc. one of the event organizers along with AndJam Enterprises.

For more information contact: 914 837-1995 or

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