2:00pm Gates open
2:15pm Scruffy Aristocrats (6p walking band)
2:40pm Southcoast Jazz Orchestra (17p big band)
4:15pm Alan Bernstein New Bop Revue feat. Marcelle Gauvin (4p w/ vocals)
5:50pm Grupo Sazon (7p latin jazz)
7:00pm NBJF closed
The festival kicks off with the 17-piece local favorite, the SouthCoast Jazz Orchestra, back for the seventh year with its classic big-band sound, a powerhouse group of regional musicians led by Symphony Music Shop owner, Bob Williamson. The band plays semi-regularly at Gilda’s Stone Rooster in Marion.
Alan Bernstein and the New Bop Revue Featuring Marcelle Gauvin. Alan, Dino, Chris and Mike have played for the past several years in several configurations, always expanding their repertoire from bop, modern styles and standards. Add Marcelle to the mix and you have a contemporary ensemble that is both innovative and exciting.
The Scruffy Aristocrats are a providence based 6-piece brass band. The group came together on the streets of Rhode Island making music for crowds at Water Fire, to popping up in Newport to play by the ocean. Thriving in energetic, playful and dance worthy music, the Scruffy Aristocrats are sure to have the whole house on their feet. And since we’re always cordial to our guest (and maybe professionally mischievous) we have an array of tunes to get everyone moving.
From The Jackson 5, the temptations and Mungo Jerry, to New Orleans style jazz, to funk, and a sprinkle of hip-hop, everyone’s musical tastes buds will be satisfied.
Jesús Andújar was born into a family of musicians in Samaná, Dominican Republic. At a young age he developed his rhythm, timing, and ear for music while working on the farms. He peeled rice using a big piece of wood with a hole in it and used his hands to smash rice to create rhythms that helped him develop his talent for playing drums. His instruments include congas, bongos, tambora, timbales, drum set and many minor percussion instruments. He began his professional career playing with groups in the Dominican Republic.
Jesús studied at the New York Drummers Collective with Bobby Sanabria, Ricky Sebastian and Mike Clark.
As the founder and musical director of Grupo Sazon, Jesús leads a group of incredibly talented musicians who play throughout the New England area. Grupo Sazon performs authentic music from the Spanish Carribbean and has an expansive repertoire of Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cha cha chá, Calypso and Latin Jazz.
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