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16th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival Apr 24-27

April 22, 2014 by SoWal Staff

The annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival has become a mainstay of SoWal area entertainment. It's one of the longest running and most successful festivals on the coast. The 16th annual edition returns tp Pier Park in Panama City Beach Apr. 24 - 27. Don't wait - buy tickets now at www.seabreezejazzfestival.com.

All main performances will take place at the Pier Park Amphitheater (Aaron Beasant Park) adjacent to Pier Park shopping. Known as "The Ultimate Weekend of Smooth Jazz", The Seabreeze Jazz Festival attracts attendees from 41 states and over ten countries.

 

The event was named “Top 10 Jazz Festival in the USA” by JazzIZ Magazine and a “Top 100 Event in North America” by the North American Tour Bus Association.  The unique appeal of the Seabreeze Jazz Festival is its alluring quality as a true "destination festival", attracting thousands to the Northwest Florida coast for the "Best in Smooth Jazz" as heard on national radio and charting on Billboard Magazine's Contemporary Jazz charts.

The 2014 Lineup is an exciting collection of top-notched musicians: 

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns featuring Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, and Richard Elliot. Other performers include Brian Culbertson, Will Downing, Jonathan Butler, Norman Brown, The Family Stone, Nick Colionne, Brian Simpson, Maysa, Phil Perry, Kim Waters, Chuck Loeb, Eric Darius, Cindy Bradley, Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, Chieli Minucci and Special EFX, Alex Bugnon, Jonathan Fritzen, Vincent Ingala, Julian Vaughn, Lebron, Nicholas Cole, Lin Rountree, Micheal J. Thomas, and Jones and Company.

 

 

Tickets are $80 per single day, $150 for a Weekend Pass good for Friday-Sunday, and $200 for a Four Day Pass. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.seabreezejazzfestival.com or by phone at 800-595-4849.

Local ticket outlets in Northwest Florida include:

Panama City: Creative Gems on Jenks Ave just south of 23rd Street Destin: Vacuum Center on Highway 98 across from Regatta Bay Ft. Walton Beach: Playground Music Center at Uptown Station Pensacola: Deluna Coffee Company across from Pensacola State College

Tickets With Military Discount Available at:

Eglin Air Force Base: MWR Office (Cash and Credit Cards) Naval Coastal Systems Center – MWR Office (Cash and Credit Cards) Tyndall Air Force Base --- MWR Office (Cash and Credit Cards) Pensacola Naval Air Station – MWR Office (Cash and Credit Cards) (additional service charges added for tickets purchased at the event gate weekend of the show)

Additional events include a Smooth Jazz Dinner Cruise and Jazzy Lunch Cruise aboard The Solaris Dinner Yacht departing from the Lighthouse Marina in Panama City Beach, along with All-Star After Party Jam Events set for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at Pompano Joe's at Pier Pier starting at 10:30pm. For a complete listing of all festival events, go online to www.seabreezejazzfestival.com.

In addition, smooth jazz fans can receive FREE TICKETS to the event by donating a good used band instrument to L.I.N.K.S. of Northwest Florida.  "Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids" is a not-for-profit organization that accepts used band instruments, repairs them, and then makes them available to students in Northwest Florida who would not be able to participate due the financial burden of either buying or renting an band instrument.  Playground Music Center in Panama City and Ft. Walton Beach is collecting the instruments for the event.  For each instrument accepted, a FREE Four-Day Pass will be awarded to the Seabreeze Jazz Festival (a $200 value).  For full details, call Tony Leonard at 850-243-2514 or go online to www.seabreezejazzfestival.com.

With all this back-to-back smooth jazz, why not make a weekend of it?  Special accommodation packages are available through the festival's supportive accommodation sponsors. Presenting Sponsor and Featured Festival Accommodations Partner Wyndham Vacation Rentals is offering 10% off Panama City Beach lodging and free shuttle service from select properties for the best jazz festival experience ever. Call 855-728-2410 and mention promo code JAZZ to book this exclusive discount, or view the entire listing of hotels and special offers at www.seabreezejazzfestival.com.

Other hotel sponsors include Sterling Resorts, Counts-Oakes Resort Properties, Laketown Wharf, Sugar Sands Inns and Suites, and Royal American Beach Getaways. Each are offering various incentives and discounts for jazz festival attendees only.  Mention “Seabreeze Jazz Festival” for the lowest festival rate. The “Accommodations” button on the festival's main page links fans to all the best hotel and condo offerings for the Ultimate Weekend of Smooth Jazz.

A toll-free information hotline is available for festival details at 800-653-7519. Complete lineup, tickets, and schedule information is online at www.seabreezejazzfestival.com with weekly updates on Facebook keywords “seabreeze jazz festival”.

General Admission seating is lawn seating so attendees need to bring a lawn chair or a blanket as event is festival seating. No alcohol allowing inside or glass containers.  A cash bar will be available inside the venue.  Only small personal insulated totes no taller than 12 inches high allowed inside.   See website for additional restrictions.

The 2014 Seabreeze Jazz Festival® presented by Wyndham Vacation Rentals is also sponsored by The Panama City Beach Visitor's and Convention Bureau, Pier Park, WOW!, Viamedia, Smooth Jazz.com, Smooth Lounge.com, Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, Sterling Resorts, Lake Town Wharf, Count-Oakes Resort Properties, The Panama City News Herald, The Northwest Florida Daily News, Creative Gems of Panama City, Epiphone Guitars, and WSBZ Radio The Seabreeze 106.3 FM.

Another Seabreeze Radio Smooth Jazz Concert Event. For complete event details, call 800-653-7519 or go online to www.seabreezejazzfestival.com.

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