Some of the best contemporary jazz artists from around the world will be appearing at the inaugural Camellia City Smooth Jazz Festival which was officially launched at a well-attended event in Slidell, Louisiana recently. The jazz festival will be held at the Northshore Harbor Center (northshoreharborcenter.com) on the banks of Lake Pontchartrain, on 7th October.

The launch of the festival was held at Bayou Haven Bed and Breakfast in Slidell on 29th January, coincided with the release of issue 18 of Kreol Magazine. At the event, attended by members of the local business communities, stakeholders and press, editor and publisher, Georgina Dhillon, announced that Kreol Magazine would become an International Media Partner and sponsor of the event.

“We are delighted to give the inaugural Camellia City Smooth Jazz Festival our full support and with the exciting line up of jazz musicians scheduled to appear, I’m sure the festival will be a huge success. Kreol Magazine showcases Creole culture and music and this is one event we’re really looking forward to this year.”

The festival organizers, Wil and Diane Colmore-Bias expressed their gratitude to Kreol Magazine for their support and to all those who have given the festival their backing.

“We’re so thrilled by the turnout and the enthusiasm everyone has shown for the jazz festival. We’re also very grateful to Georgina for becoming a partner and sponsor. This is a new and exciting addition to the jazz calendar and a terrific event for Slidell.”

World names of jazz

An exciting line up of international artists will be offering an eclectic mix of contemporary jazz that is sure to appeal to music lovers everywhere. Artists scheduled to appear include Gerald Albright, the Los Angeles-born saxophonist and bass player who has toured with the likes of Quincy Jones and Whitney Houston and is a highly requested musician; jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader Alex Bugnon, from Montreux, Switzerland, and renowned Afro-Cuban/Latin Jazz percussionist and multi-instrumentalist, Bill Summers.

Other big names appearing at the Camellia City Smooth Jazz Festival include New Orleans-born vocalist Stephanie Jordan, premiere saxophonist Marcus Anderson, Generation NeXt, Joey “Papa J” Sommerville, and bassist/composer Gerald Veasley. For a complete list of artists performing at the inaugural Camellia City Smooth jazz festival at the Northshore Harbor Center in October, or for information on tickets and sponsorship packages, please go to http://camcityjazzfest.com/

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