Park West Gallery, the world’s largest art dealer, has been one of AIJF’s main sponsors since 2013 and regularly raises funds for the festival throughout the year. During this year’s Big Band Bash, Park west hosted a special art auction hosted by auctioneer Martin Botha, which included an original painting created for the festival by the famous Miami artist Kre8.
Park west raised more $ 30,000 for the Amelia Jazz Festival this year to date. All proceeds from the annual festival are used to fund music education for children and the elderly. The Jazz Festival also awards a scholarship each year to a promising high school music student.
The festival was co-founded by Les DeMerle, an accomplished drummer and singer who has performed with greats like Frank Sinatra, Lou Rawls, Sammy Davis, Jr., Mel Tormé and Joe Williams – and his wife, renowned singer Bonnie eisele.
The Big Band Bash 2021 gave their guests fantastic live performances of classic Count Basie songs, Duke Ellington, Glenn miller, and other Big Band icons brought to life by the Dynamic Les DeMerle Orchestra, composed of 17 musicians. DeMerle told local reporters: “It was exciting playing for so many old friends and a packed dance floor filled with awesome ballroom dancers.”
This year, the 2021 Amelia Island Jazz Festival scholarship was awarded to a 17-year-old musician Wyatt bruno, who wowed the crowd with a virtuoso trumpet performance. “I can’t think of a more important time to support young people who pursue their dreams in the arts,” said John block, Park West Gallery Executive Vice President. “The Amelia Island Jazz Festival does so much to promote live music and young musicians, and we couldn’t be more excited to help them on this mission.”
Since 2013, another Park west The artist has been selected each year as the “official artist” of the festival. Former official Amelia Island artists have included Peter Nixon, Alfred Gockel, Tim yanke, and Marcus Glenn, among others. In addition to the Big Band Bash, Park west will also act as the main sponsor of the official Amelia Island Jazz Festival 2021, which takes place from October 3-10.
You can read more about the Amelia Island Jazz Festival here: https://www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com/
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