2012 Seabreeze Jazz Festival Lineup

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Aerial Photo &#169 Seabreeze Jazz Festival

Aerial Photo @ Seabreeze Jazz Festival

Florida Vacation Guide: Artists coming to the Seabreeze Jazz Festival 2012

Thousands of jazz lovers from all over the world are getting ready to head to Panama City Beach this week for the Seabreeze Jazz Festival.

It’s hard to imagine a more romantic notion for a jazz fan than sitting on the beach and listening to the smooth sounds of jazz floating on the gentle coastal breeze. Perhaps this is why so many people flock to the Seabreeze Jazz Festival on the Gulf Coast of Florida each year.

Dave Koz is coming to the 2012 Seabreeze Festival

Saxophonist Dave Koz is known for being a pioneer of the smooth jazz format. He’s one of the top-selling and top-charting artists in the contemporary jazz genera since this genre of music really began, back in the 1980s. This Grammy-nominated performer will make his second ever appearance at the Sebareeze Jazz Festival which is now going into its 14th year.

With a twenty year career and a dozen albums to his name, Koz has solidified a firm position as one of the most prominent artists in the contemporary music genre. His current album (“Hello Tomorrow”) made its debut at Number 1 on iTunes’ Jazz Album chart and Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. iTunes named “Hello Tomorrow” the “Best Smooth Jazz Album of 2010.”

Other artists appearing

R & B and smooth jazz favorites Brian Culbertson, Fourplay, U.K. based-band Down to the Bone, Phil Perry and Maysa, along with singer/songwriter David Pack (known for his Top 40/Pop hits with the band Ambrosia) will all be making appearances.

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue make their first appearance at the event, and more women than ever will be on the stage thanks to “Jazz In Pink”. This all-ladies jazz ensemble features trumpeter Cindy Bradley, flutist Althea Rene’, jazz violinist Karen Briggs, keyboardist Gail Jhonson, and jazz harpist (Maria Antoniette).

Click here for the full festival lineup.

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