Jazz, Blues, Folk Artists Top Cape Cod Jazz Festival Roster

By: Debra Lawless

Topics: Local Music , Entertainment

Suzanne Vega.

Attention music lovers: The Wequassett Resort and Golf Club’s 13th Annual Cape Cod Jazz Festival will kick off on Tuesday, June 28 with the jazz vocalist Suede.

Suzanne Vega, James Montgomery and other popular names in jazz, folk and blues will also perform on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings during the 10-week festival which will wrap up on Aug. 31. All performances begin at 8:30 p.m. in the resort’s Garden Terrace overlooking Pleasant Bay. While seating is open on a first-come/first served basis, reserved tables are going fast through the restaurant Twenty-Eight Atlantic, which serves a prix fixe dinner on jazz evenings, says the resort’s executive assistant Robin Bauer Shaw.

“It’s very popular,” Shaw says. The Garden Terrace opens at 7 p.m. on jazz evenings. A “small bite jazz menu” of sliders, soups, desserts and cocktails is available.

Here’s the schedule for the summer:

June 28: Suede is known as a “singer’s singer.” She will perform with Freddie Boyle on piano, Rich Hill on bass, and Steve Langone on drums.

June 29: The White Heat Swing Orchestra has backed up Tony Bennett and Cab Callaway and recorded for Walt Disney.

July 6: Blues legend James Montgomery has toured with many major artists such as Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt and the Allman Brothers.

July 7: Geoff Gallante has played the trumpet since age four. At age six he was the youngest instrumentalist to perform in the White House.

July 12: Deborah Henson-Conant is a Grammy-nominated electric harp virtuoso and vocalist.

July 13: G. Love performs alternative hip-hop blues.

July 19: Folk singer Aoife O’Donovan was influenced by Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. She has performed on A Prairie Home Companion.

July 20: The Allnighters bill themselves as “New England’s premier dance/party band” with a repertoire ranging from R&B to pop, soul, classic rock and reggae.

July 26: Vocalist Tony DeSare has been described as “two parts Sinatra to one part Billy Joel.”

July 27: The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra was founded in 2001 and has performed around the globe.

Aug. 2: Clarinetist Dr. Michael White’s style was inspired by the creole and blues of his native New Orleans.

Aug. 3: The All Star Band performs timeless R&B classics.

Aug. 9: Vocalist Sherma Andrews from Trinidad has sung duets with Whitney Houston and toured with Britney Spears.

Aug. 10: Grammy Award-winning singer Suzanne Vega is known as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation. She also has a local connection, having once owned a home in Chatham.

Aug 16: Mark Greel performs everything from classic jazz masters to contemporary jazz artists.

Aug. 17: Award winning singer/songwriter/saxophonist Grace Kelly recorded her first album at age 12.

Aug. 23: Progressive jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin delves into the crossroads between jazz and electronica.

Aug. 24: Singer/songwriter Marc Cohn won a Grammy for “Walking in Memphis.”

Aug. 30: Local Cape Cod band Sarah Swain and The Oh Boys features Swain on guitar and vocals.

Aug. 31: Vocalist Mary C. and her band the Stellars perform with a “blues, rock swagger.”

The Wequassett Resort is at 2173 Route 28 in East Harwich. For more information visit www.wequassett.com. For a jazz evening reservation at Twenty-Eight Atlantic phone 508-430-3000.