Arts and Jazz Festival

  • August 14, 2024
  • 4:00 PM
Admission: Free

An evening not to be missed at Freeman Arts Pavilion! Stroll the green and enjoy previewing the artwork of Delmarva’s finest visual artists. Pull up a chair and groove to some of the most talented jazz artists to ever play at the shore.

Interested art vendors should fill out the submission form here.

Jazz performers include:

Joe Baione 4 p.m.

Joe Baione has a passion for all things jazz and continues to make a mark on the jazz scene with his powerful and energetic performances on the vibes.
The relative rarity of vibraphonists in the history of jazz remains one of the musical genre’s true mysteries. Despite the natural beauty of the instrument’s sound and the historical importance and celebrated popularity of its most famous players – Lionel Hampton, Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson – comparatively few artists have chosen to make the vibraphone their primary means of expression. Fortunately, Joe Baione shows that the vibes and the mallets with which he plays them are in very good hands.
A native of the state of Delaware, Baione grew up in a jazz drenched musical environment. His father, the clarinetist-saxophonist-educator Jim Baione, is a graduate of Philadelphia’s prestigious Combs Conservatory of Music, where he earned both his B.A. and M.A. in Music Education Degrees and first met Joe’s musician mother, Barbara. The other musical members of the Baione family include Joe’s two older brothers, bassist Tom and guitarist Jimmy. Following in his father’s footsteps, Joe studied both music education and jazz performance, graduating from the University of Maryland E.S. in 1995.
In 2003, Joe had the good fortune to meet saxophonist/composer Benny Golson, when the jazz legend participated in a series of clinics and benefit concerts in Delaware. The two forged a lasting friendship and Golson became an important mentor to the vibraphonist, encouraging him to pursue his dual dream as a jazz musician. Golson’s appraisal of Baione as “a young man with vision who is able to realize the future today” is one that has inspired the young veteran vibraphonist to reach for.
Joe Baione has performed at some of the most prestigious festivals and venues in the world, too many to name, but some include Trinidad Jazz and Steelpan Festival, Rochester Int. Jazz Festival, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, The Iridium NYC, The Kimmel Center, The Freeman Stage and the Rehoboth Autumn Jazz Festival, just to name a few.

Jazzy Blu 5:15 p.m.

Jazzy Blu is one of the leading jazz and R&B bands in the Washington metropolitan area. The band produces the melodic sounds of smooth jazz, neo-soul, and R&B, while blending the influences of funk, jazz, R&B, neo-soul, blues, rock, and alternative music. They create a groove-filled emotional roller coaster that takes you through an array of themes, moods, and experiences.

Jazzy Blu has entertained audiences everywhere from small lounges to large theaters. They have performed at various venues across the United States, from sold-out crowds at the historic Washington, D.C. landmark Blues Alley, to the infamous Kennedy Center, Lincoln Theatre, and Howard Theatre.
Jazzy Blu has both opened for and shared the stage with notable and Grammy Award-winning artists such as Boys to Men, Brian McKnight, Ohio Players, The Whispers, Raheem Devaughn, The O'Jays, Jon B, Roy Ayers, and Tank. Whether preparing an audience for a sold-out performance of the critically acclaimed Broadway musical, The Color Purple, or opening for the eight-time Grammy Award-winning Mary J. Blige, Jazzy Blu is “a band for every occasion.”

DuPont Brass* 6:45 p.m.

Join DuPont Brass at the Freeman Arts Pavillion and Immerse yourself in the fusion of unfiltered eclectic soul, reminiscent of The Roots' groove, Earth, Wind & Fire's energy, and the soulful vibes of your favorite R&B/Hip-Hop artists. DuPont Brass promises a unique and interactive experience that transcends boundaries, leaving you craving more.

*This performance is sponsored, in part, by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation