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Cape May Jazz Festival: Jazz at the Jersey Shore

Jim Eigo shares photos from recent festival in quaint New Jersey shore town

Kevin Eubanks, Billy Pierce, Alfred Rene Camacho and Marvin "Smitty Smith" at 2011 Cape May Jazz Festival
Gregory Porter at 2011 Cape May Jazz Festival
Performers at the 2011 Cape May Jazz Festival
Sheryl Bailey, Kim Clarke and Sylvia Cuenca at the 2011 Cape May Jazz Festival
Sheryl Bailey and Monnette Sudler hanging out at the 2011 Cape May Jazz Festival
John Beasley and Joseph Donofrio at the 2011 Cape May Jazz Festival
Performers at the 2011 Cape May Jazz Festival
Performer at the 2011 Cape May Jazz Festival
Rotimi Hundeyin and the Afrophonic Rhythms Crew at the 2011 Cape May Jazz Festival
Andrew Jr. Boy Jones at the 2011 Cape May Jazz Festival
Winston Byrd at the 2011 Cape May Jazz Festival
Point Blank with trumpeter Gerald Chavis at the 2011 Cape May Jazz Festival
Poncho Sanchez performing at 2011 Cape May Jazz Festival
David Torres and Javier Vergara performing with Poncho Sanchez at 2011 Cape May Jazz Festival
Poncho Sanchez at the 2011 Cape May Jazz Festival
Jeannette Curtis Rideau, Steve Johns, Allen Farnham, Lauren Hooker and Joris Teepe at 2011 Cape May Jazz Festival
Josh Richman, Leon Jordan, Jr,, Leon Jordan, Sr., Greg Riley and Jason Fratacelli at 2011 Cape May Jazz Festival

The rains didn’t dampen the spirit of the standing room only crowd for the opening night of the 35th Cape May Jazz Fest this past weekend. Former Tonight Show bandleader Kevin Eubanks delivered a smokin’ set of high level improvising, playing mostly acoustic guitar, his fingers flying across the strings for nearly and hour. Accompanied on drums by Marvin “Smitty’ Smith, Billy Pierce on tenor sax and Alfred Rene Camacho on stand up electric bass they had the crowd on their feet shouting for more by the end of the set.

Vocalist Gregory Porter showed why he’s a rising star on the jazz scene singing to a packed house his rich, deep voice can swing, scat and sing the blues. In the tradition of Oscar Brown Jr, Joe Lee Wilson and Leon Thomas, Gregory Porter is one of the most exciting singers to come along in a generation.

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