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Jazz & Blues Festival Ends Long Branch Summer on a Good Note

The following is a press release concerning the Long Branch Jazz and Blues Festival:

The Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation's (JSJBF) Summer Series of Festivals ends the summer on a good note with live jazz and blues music in Long Branch, NJ. The festival will be held Saturday, August 27 from 1 - 9:15 p.m. at The Great Lawn on the Boardwalk, located on Cooper Ave.

Thousands are anticipated to turn out for a day of live performances by talented jazz and blues musicians, food, crafters and sponsor exhibits, and activities for the entire family. The festival is rain or shine, free to the public, dog friendly and all ages are welcome to attend.

The festival will showcase the best jazz and blues artists around, including Jan Findlay, Dana Gaynor Band, Audrey Silver Quartet, Geoff Achison & The Soul Diggers, Joe Benjamin & A Mighty Handful. Trudy Lynn Blues Review featuring Steve Krase will headline the festival with their mix of blues and soul.

Sometimes called Houston's "First Lady of the Blues" or "First Lady of Soul," the dynamic Trudy Lynn was still in her teens when she sang onstage with "Iceman" Albert Collins's band and opened for Ike and Tina Turner. Even so, her recent success has arguably put the sixty something singer in the prime of her career.

Each year, sponsor donations from the Summer Series of Festivals raise essential funds for the nonprofit Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation's operational expenses. Sponsors this year include Comcast, News 12 New Jersey, and New Jersey 101.5.

"Our award-winning summer festival has been entertaining jazz and blues fans on the Jersey Shore for more than 25 years," said festival organizer Dennis Eschbach. "We attract thousands of visitors of all ages, and in recent years the festival series has introduced new generations to the genre. Thanks to the support of our musicians, volunteers, sponsors and host towns, we're able to keep jazz and blues music alive on the Jersey Shore."

About the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation

Founded in 1987, the nonprofit Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation remains dedicated to its efforts to preserve, promote and perpetuate jazz and blues on the Jersey Shore through performance and education. Visit www.jsjbf.org for more information. Connect with the JSJBF on Facebook at Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Festival and Twitter @JSJazzBluesFest. For information on becoming a festival sponsor or crafter, contact Doris Lazur at 732-933-1984 or sponsors@jsjbf.org.

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