110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Tickets, $10, on sale at free gospel concert at noon
posted Oct 21, 2013 - 9:25:38am
Three of Central Florida's dynamic female jazz singers will share the stage today, Oct. 26, to headline the 2013 "Thin Man" Watts Jazz Fest in DeLand.
The event gets underway at noon on Artisan Alley, with a free gospel concert by the Franklin Williams group. A New Orleans-style musical street parade is planned following that concert, from Artisan Alley to the African American Museum of Art on South Clara Avenue, where the first show begins at 1 p.m.
Billed as The Three Divas, the headliners are among six acts on two main stages in this year's festival, which honors DeLand native son Dr. Noble Watts, and the community's rich musical heritage.
The ticketed part of the festival, presented Bright House Networks, begins at 1 p.m. at the Dr. Noble "Thin Man" Watts Amphitheater with the Waits-Jordan Quartet, an instrumental group led by Orlando-based sax and flute player Daniel Jordan and featuring trombonist Greg Waits from Fort Worth, Texas, along with bassist Dan Walters and Mike Welch on drums.
Cafe da Vinci is at 112 W. Georgia Ave. in Downtown DeLand, and the amphitheater is walking distance away at 322 S. Clara Ave. Free pedal-cab rides will be available between the two stages.
Admission to all the acts alternating on the two stages 1-7:30 p.m. costs $10. Tickets will be available at the stages.
The festival will actually start at noon on Artisan Alley, just north of Cafe da Vinci, with a free concert by the Franklin Williams gospel group.
The lineup at the Watts Amphitheater continues with the da Vinci Jazz Experiment, led by trombonist Russ White and featuring Mailhot, at 3 p.m., followed by Sybil Gage and pianist Leon Olguin at 5 p.m.
At the Cafe da Vinci stage, Faye Henderson and her gospel choir will get things rolling at 2 p.m., followed by the Mark Hodgson Cosmic Blues Trio at 4 p.m., and the Rich Walker Quintet along with the Divas at 6 p.m.
During the day, tickets will be available for raffle items at both stages, including Noble Watts recordings. The featured festival artwork by DeLand artist Anthony Armstrong, a portrait of Watts, will be auctioned on the Cafe da Vinci stage at 7:15 p.m., and fine-art prints of the painting, as well as festival T-shirts, will be available at both stages.
Following the afternoon of jazz, five venues in Downtown DeLand will feature jazz, blues and pop acts for the festival after-party.
The festival's hosts and beneficiaries are the MainStreet DeLand Association and the African American Museum of Art, along with the Watts-Greenlee Music Scholarship at Daytona State College.
In addition to Bright House Networks, other sponsors include the Museum of Art in DeLand, The West Volusia Beacon, Beth and Morgan Gilreath, Calkins Electric and Billy Calkins, Ken Goldberg Construction, DeLand Implant Dentistry, Mainstreet Community Bank of Florida, Ted Beiler's DeLand Cyclery, CMC Property Management, Tinker Graphics and Promotions, Barb and Jeff Shepherd and Joyce Cusack.
More information is available at www.wattsjazzfest.com. Tickets may be purchased at the gates and at the gospel concert at noon. Artisan Alley is directly across New York Avenue from the Volusia County Historic Courthouse at 125 W. New York Ave.
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