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Cape Region is all jazzed up

Oct 18, 2013
Photo by: Nick Roth Mindi Abair brings a lot of energy when performing on stage. She shared the stage with guitarist Jay Gore Oct. 19 at the 2013 Rehoboth Beach Jazz All Stars event.

The Cape Region was alive with the sounds of jazz music this past weekend, as the 24th annual Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival rolled into town.

Jazz fans from all over the country packed into Cape Henlopen High School, Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, churches and restaurants to take in dozens of shows Oct. 16-20.

An all-star group of musicians collaborated Saturday afternoon at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center for the Jazz Meets James show. The performance celebrated the music of the legendary James Brown.

Early in the show, the fire alarm was tripped at the convention center, causing the sound system to cut out. But the show went on, as the musicians took the party into the aisles until power was restored.

Later in the night, many of the same musicians joined forces again for the 2013 Rehoboth Beach All Stars show at the convention center. Among those featured were Mindi Abair and Sheila E.

On Friday night, a sold-out crowd at Cape Henlopen High School's theater was treated to a first in the jazz world. Swiss pianist Alex Bugnon and New York saxophonist performed together for the first ever time on stage.

The show's opener was Japanese jazz pianist veteran Keiko Matsui, who has released 25 albums in her career. Matsui took a moment before many songs to share what inspired her to write it.

Will Downing delighted a packed Cape High Oct. 19 with his soulful, baritone voice.

Sheila E. takes her turn at center stage during the Rehoboth Beach Jazz All Stars show Oct. 19. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Pete Escovedo, Sheila E.'s father, plays the bongos during his daughter's performance Oct. 19 at the all stars show. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Sheila E. tries to get the crowd going. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Sheila E. and her father Pete Escovedo take a bow after their performance Oct. 19. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Mindi Abair performs the first of her songs she heard on the radio. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Steve Cole, left, and Nick Colionne play together early in the all stars show. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Steve Cole, left, and Nick Colionne shared the stage together for an all-star performance. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Joey Sommerville thanks the crowd for hanging in after a fire alarm interrupted a song, cutting out the sound system. Sommerville and his colleagues took the show out into the audience until the problem was fixed. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Gerald Albright performs during the Jazz Meets James show Oct. 19 at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Eric Darius takes turn at center stage Oct. 19 at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Joey Sommerville continued to play even after the electric to the sound system abruptly cut out mid-song. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Nick Colionne wows the crowd with his enthusiasm. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Alex Bugnon, left, and Najee performed together for the first time. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Najee entertained the crowd on the second night of the Jazz Festival. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Najee plays the sax center stage. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
All eyes were on opening act Keiko Matsui as she performed a piano solo during her show. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Keiko Matsui and her saxophonist share a moment as they perform the last song of the set. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Najee wandered back to perform with his drummer. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Najee's bassist RiShon Odel gets into it while performing a solo. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Keiko Matsui acknowledges the crowd at the end of a song. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Najee walked through the crowd to open the show. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Keiko Matsui and her saxophonist enjoy their time on stage. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Keiko Matsui waves to the crowd during her final song. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Najee performs the first song of his set. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Keiko Matsui and her band take a bow at the conclusion of their show. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Najee entertained a packed house at Cape High Oct. 18. (Photo by: Nick Roth)
Will Downing performs Oct. 19 on the Cape Henlopen High School stage. Downing, who recovered from a rare disease in 2007, says his music is the story of his life – the highs and the lows. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Will Downing's show is part jazz, part story-telling and part comedy. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Will Downing – with a distinctive baritone voice – has loyal fans who came from throughout the region to his Oct. 19 performance. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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