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CAPE , Friday, April 10 - April 16, 1998 - 77 Ninth Cape May Jazz Fest a trihttte to Oscar Brown Jr., April 17-19 Organizers of the Cape May Jazz Festival have dedicated the ninth edition of the festival, scheduled for April 17-19, as a tribute to Chicago singer/song- writer Oscar Brown Jr., who will make his third appearance at the event. Additional headliners for the festival include guitarist Jimmy Bruno, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, trumpeters George Rab- bed and Terell Stafford, and vocal- ist Phillip Manuel. The festival, which draws be- tween 4,000 and 5,000 people, has been held each April and Novem- ber since 1994. Nighttime performance acts at the festival will feature combos led by blues vocalist Frank Bey; pianist Brian Trainor, with Terell Stafford as soloist; saxophonist Denis DiBlasio, with George Rab- bal and Jimmy Bruno as soloists on separate nights; drummer Ralph Peterson, with Ravi Coltrane as soloist; pianist Robin VanDuzee, backing Oscar Brown; saxophonist Tim Eyermann and the East Coast Offering; with vo- calist Juanita Williams; saxophon- ist Lennie Roberts; jazz-blues singer Jeannie Brooks, backed by the Bootsie Barnes Quartet; and bassist Tim Lekan, with vocalist Gina Roche. In framing the April jazz festi- val as a tribute to Brown, festival president Carol Stone said, "Oscar Brown has been a social and mu- sical force for almost half a centu- IT, and is certainly one of the most creative and distinctive perform- ers in the jazz world. We are proud to dedicate this festival to him." Brown has been making an im- pact since the 1950s as a singer, songwriter, poet, radio performer, actor and playwright. He has com- posed more than a dozen full- length theater pieces as well as several hundred original songs. His unique repertoire of classic blues songs, ragtime tunes, chain- gang wailers, witty verse, folk tales, talkin' blues and street cries is constantly being augmented by new, topical material. His latest CD, "Then and Now," for in- stance, includes "Hymn to the Homeless," and "Cyberspace Is the Place." At the April festival, Brown will again connect with the Robin Van Duzee Quartet, which has backed him in his two previous appearances in Cape May. On Friday, April 17, and Satur- day, April 18, free shuttle buses running on a continuous loop will allow festival goers to move along the Cape May beachfront night- clubs that are venues for the festi- val. Trios led by VanDuzee and bassist Steve Green are the rhythm sections for the traditional Saturday afternoon double jam session at Carney's Tavern, spon- sored by Hennessy Cognac. The jam is a free-wheeling, two-room affair that will showcase more than two dozen guest musicians and vocalists. For the Sunday jazz-gospel event, Juanita Williams will per- form at Carney's with a quartet that also features pianist Fred Hughes and saxophonist Tim Eye- rmann. Festival-goers will have a choice between the 11 a.m. jazz- gospel session and the traditional Sunday jam, 1 p.m. at the Rusty Nail, that will feature local jazz musicians plus vocalist Barbara Walker. A new addition to the festival is a Friday night jazz vespers at the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, with saxophonist Michael Pedecin Jr.'s quintet. The Presby- terian Church will also be the venue for a Saturday night, free youth concert that will feature the t*  ." h (STAUANT 302-227-5767 1/2 Price Entr6es 5-6:30 p.m. Wine Tasting Prix-Fixe Dinner 3 Courses, 2 Wines $30 IOoSENIOR CITIZEN DISCOUNT EVERY DAY AREA BUSINESS DISCOUNTS ; 10% 50-C Wilmington Avenue Rehoboth Beach debut performance of the Cape May County Youth All-Star Jazz Band. The evening program schedules are April 17: Oscar Brown Jr., with the Robin VanDuzee Quar- tet, two shows at the Rusty Nail, 9 and 11 p.m.; The Tim Lekan Trio, featuring vocalist Gina Roche, 9 Continued on page 78 Aunt Open Daily 7 a.m. Midway Shopping Center 45; 8 Highway One Rehoqoth Beach 302-645-7705 The Staff at the Pasta Bowl would like to say... "'Gracie . .**'" THANKS for making our first five months so successful. "Have you tried these great new specials ?" (ao00) 600-9oo5 22 Midway Shopping Center, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Pasta Bowl Web Site