Amelia Island Jazz Festival

October 1, 2019
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An annual tradition since 2001, the Amelia Island Jazz Festival is an incredible celebration of the all-American musical genre of jazz.

Taking place October 6-13, the 2019 Amelia Island Jazz Festival will feature a dizzying line-up of world-class artists including the festival headliners, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis and trumpeter Jamil Sharif. Both are highly regarded musicians that have helped shape the sound of jazz.

Delfeayo Marsalis is part of the Marsalis Jazz family that includes famous siblings, Wynton, Branford and Jason. As a gifted musician and producer, he is a known for his “technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor.” Trumpeter Jamil Sharif has been wowing audiences for years with his mesmerizing musical skills. Born and raised in New Orleans, he has performed and recorded with many of the industry greats. Both Sharif (Friday, October 11) and Marsalis (Saturday, October 12) will appear at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club and will be backd by the Les DeMerle Jazz Quartet. The festival will also include performances from the Dynamic Les DeMerle Band, featuring vocalist Bonnie Eisele, as well as latin artists Trio Caliente, drummer/percussionist Terry "Doc" Handy, bassist Sam Lobley and many more. Get the full line-up of outstanding musicians here.  

Now in its 16th year, the AIJF will showcase a full week of jazz at various locations in Fernandina that include Dance Nights, Wine Tastings, Jam Sessions and Sunday Jazz Brunch. Since its inception, the festival has featured the biggest names in jazz, including David Sanborn, Ramsey Lewis, Spyro Gyra, David Benoit, Buckwheat Zydeco, Mindi Abair, and the Royal Crown Review. 

Les DeMerle, founder and artistic director of the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, is a veteran jazz drummer. He and his wife, vocalist Bonnie Eisele, have been recording and performing jazz music for more than 30 years. According to DeMerle, the duo started the Jazz Festival to bring world-class jazz to Amelia Island and provide jazz awareness with educational programs like Jazz in the schools, Jazz for Kids and Jazz for Seniors.

For more information or to buy tickets, call 904-504-4772 or visit You can compare and book Amelia Island accommodations here.

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Located just off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island is easy to reach, but hard to forget. With 13 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike.