Lincolnville Jazz at the Excelsior is a series of performances hosted by the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center from December 2018 through April 2019. The concerts showcase jazz through the ages from its African roots to the fusion sounds of today in historic St. Augustine.
The series features nine performances that begin at 7:00pm. All of the events, except for the March 15, 2019, performance, will take place at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center, 102 Martin Luther King Ave. The March 15, 2019, performance will take place at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St.
December 28, 2018 — Jazz Series opens with a performance by Robert Phillips featuring music from the African-American experience. Phillips is the director of vocal music at Miami Edison Senior High School and also serves as the minister of music at Bethel Apostolic Temple.
January 4, 2019 — Mama Blue will perform jazz and blues favorites. Mama Blue, a Jacksonville native, will share her original songs as well as songs from artists who have inspired her.
January 11, 2019 — Kelle Jolly & The Will Boyd Project will perform soul jazz. The concert will include jazz songs of freedom and spirituals that swing. Kelle Jolly, vocalist and ukulele player, and Will Boyd, saxophonist, are a husband and wife award-winning duo residing in Tennessee.
January 18, 2019 — Eric Carter & Company will perform live jazz fusion. Carter, the lead artist of Eric Carter & Company, has been playing music since the age of two and was in his first concert at the age of 13. He has performed onstage with artists such as Al Green, George Benson and Paul Jackson Jr.
February 8, 2019 — To commemorate Black History Month, Akia Uwanda & Friends will perform in place of Desmon Duncan-Walker. A Jacksonville native, Akia grew up appreciating different genres of music, art, and culture. She is a classically trained sultry jazz and soul vocalist who has opened for Earth, Wind & Fire and Avery Sunshine. She’s shared the stage with jazz greats such as Gregory Porter and Kamasi Washington and has performed all over the world at various festivals, venues and events.
March 15, 2019 — Ron McCurdy will perform The Langston Hughes Project, a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’ kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite titled “Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz.” Hughes created the jazz poem, a creative masterwork left unperformed at his death, as homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s.
March 16, 2019 — Billboard Recording Artist Catch The Groove, an instrumental group from St. Augustine, will perform. Catch The Groove incorporates the diverse backgrounds of its members to offer the sounds of smooth jazz with a Latin flair and a funky vibe.
March 29, 2019 — Victoria Horne, internationally known vocalist, actress and songwriter, will take the stage. She will be performing music from “The American Songbook,” bringing back to life memories of singers who’ve influenced her throughout her career, including Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Della Reese, Lena Horne and Barbra Streisand.
April 19, 2019 — To commemorate Jazz Appreciation Month, by Clarence Herrington performs a musical interpretation of songs through the ages. Herrington has been singing most of his life. He was the featured singer in an entertainment show on Miami Beach for a local comedian for five years.
Admission at Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center: $20 Advance / $25 Door.
Admission at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College: $30 Advance / $35 Door / $15 Students with ID.
Tickets can be purchased by clicking on the event website link or in person at the Lincolnville Museum.
The jazz series is sponsored by the St. Augustine Distillery, VyStar Credit Union, Hyundai of St. Augustine, Herbie Wiles Insurance, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, The Floor Trader, CenterState Bank, Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine, Blackfly The Restaurant and Davis & Davis-Certified Public Accountants, P.A.