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Bill Charlap and Kat Edmonson set for 7th annual True Blue Jazz festival / Cape Gazette

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Straight-ahead American jazz is alive and thriving in downtown Rehoboth Beach with the recent announcement of the Oct. 16-20 schedule for 2019's 7th Annual True Blue Jazz Festival. Founders and producers Eddie Sherman and Peggy Raley have created a calendar of events in keeping with the True Blue Jazz mission of Preservation Through Performance, and the True Blue Youth Jazz Initiative.  

The festival will kick off from 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Bethany Blues Lewes to celebrate budding musicians of the future with Youth Jazz Appreciation Night. Local elementary, middle and high school kids will take the stage and steal listeners' hearts.  Kat Edmonson comes to True Blue Jazz at the Boardwalk Plaza at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, as she criss-crosses the country unveiling songs for audiences from her most recent album, "Old Fashioned Gal."  Featured artist for Saturday, Oct. 19, will be Grammy winner Bill Charlap, recognized on the jazz landscape today as the single most authoritative interpreter of The Great American Jazz Songbook. He is an artist with impeccable taste, an exquisite touch at the keyboard, and great respect for those who crafted these incredible songs…the standards. The Bill Charlap Trio will take the stage to perform the greatest music ever written, at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Oct. 19, at the Boardwalk Plaza.

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