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Jacksonville Jazz Fest

Jacksonville Jazz Fest 2022

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Don Zentz

2022 Inductee Don Zentz is the Director of Jazz Studies and serves on the band faculty at the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville. Previously he was the Director of Fine & Performing Arts at The Bolles School (Jacksonville), a post he served for twelve years. Now in his thirty-fifth year of teaching, Don has held music professorships at the University of North Florida, Valdosta State University, and Florida Community College at Jacksonville....

MASTER SERGEANT LUCAS A. BRANDON

Master Sgt. Lucas Brandon is the music director and trumpeter for the Airmen ofNote, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington,D.C. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his Air Force career began in 2013. Brandon completed his Bachelor of Music degree in jazz trumpet performance fromTemple University in 2010. While there, he studied privately with jazz trumpeter andbandleader Terell Stafford -- a mentorship to which he attributes much of hisinterest in big band...

TECH SERGEANT LOGAN KEESE

Technical Sgt. Logan Keese is the fourth trumpet player with the Airmen of Note, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. A native of Houston, Texas, his United States Air Force career began in 2012 when he joined United States Air Force Band of the West, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Before joining The United States Air Force, Keese toured with the rock ensemble "The Polyphonic Spree" internationally from 2003-2005....

CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT KEVIN R. BURNS

Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Burns is the Chief of Marketing and Outreach, The UnitedStates Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. Chief Burns was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up in Cleveland, Tennessee. He enlisted in the Air Force in November 1993. His first assignment was with the U.S.Air Force Band of the West, Lackland AFB, Texas. As a Senior Airman, he was appointed music director of the newly formed jazz ensemble...

CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT BRIAN F. MACDONALD

Chief Master Sgt. Brian MacDonald is the lead trumpeter and Flight Chief of TheAirmen of Note, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling,Washington, D.C. A native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, his career in the Air Forcebegan in 1999. After graduating from Nova High School in 1991, MacDonald began his studies atBroward Community College where he was a member of the InternationalAssociation of Jazz Educators National Community College Jazz Band in 1993 and1995. In...

Jazzmeia Horn

Award-winning vocalist Jazzmeia Horn announces her ever-expanding talents with the release of her first big-band effort, Dear Love, a recording that brims with the combination of her assured delivery and spoken world segments, deft arrangements and fiery musical ideas. Garnering praise from critics and fans alike, Dear Love is nominated for the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album Grammy Award. While the album functions as a platform for Horn to showcase both her perception of...

Rick Sawyer

2021 Inductee Harold Rick Sawyer III was a widely respected superintendent at the City of Jacksonville. Rick was born and raised in Massachusetts where he met his high school sweetheart, Karen. They married in 1974, had their only child in 1976, and relocated to Florida in 1984. At the City of Jacksonville, Rick was a supervisor in the Parks and Recreation Department and made great contributions to the Jacksonville Jazz Festival for over 20 years....

Jacksonville Jazz Fest 2021

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GIANCARLO ANDERSON

Multi-faceted percussionist, Giancarlo Anderson, was born in Colón Panama.  He has over twenty-five years of experience as a performer in different genres of music with emphasis in Latin and other world music genres.  As a child, he was inspired by the music of Afro-Cuban/Latin Jazz/Salsa pioneers such as Tito Puente, Machito, and Tito Rodriguez among many others; building this into his DNA as a musician.  His passion for the drums then led him to...