The 3rd Annual Alexander Zonjic’s Shoreline Jazz Festival featuring headliners Jeffrey Osborne, The Ohio Players, Brian Culbertson, Bob James, Spyro Gyra and Najee, along with four days of music by the top musicians in contemporary jazz, funk and soul returns to Heritage Landing in Muskegon, Michigan, on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, August 25 through 28.

The world class musical event kicked off for the first time two years ago with huge success. It is the dream child of nationally known jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic who has been a major force and beloved performer in the world of contemporary jazz for more than three decades.

This year’s exciting line-up of musicians also includes Eric Darius, Dee Brown, Bryan Lubeck, Javier Colon and 496 West.

For the first time this year, the festival will also include a preview concert on Thursday, August 25. With the support of the West Michigan Symphony, Alexander Zonjic and his Band will play a concert at The Block in Muskegon at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a free Concert in the Park at Hackley Park in Downtown Muskegon on Friday, August 26, featuring Alexander Zonjic with his Band and special guest Eric Darius. And, on Saturday, August 27, when the last act has left the stage at Heritage Park, the fun moves to the After Party Jam at the Holiday Inn Main Ballroom featuring Alexander Zonjic, his band and Eric Darius, jamming with Festival Artists dropping by!

“We are thrilled to see the Shoreline Festival expand to a four day musical happening, taking place throughout downtown Muskegon,” said Zonjic.

“This all started when I came across Heritage Landing in Muskegon,” said Zonjic. “I was struck with the beauty of the setting, the stage and the grounds. I knew this was the ideal location for a celebration of contemporary jazz, soul and funk, offering the opportunity for fans to see their favorite performers, at one time, in one beautiful place, with the Lake Michigan sunsets as a backdrop.”

Zonjic said his hunch payed off with the first and second festival, attracting music enthusiasts from across the entire Midwest to the beautiful location.

“The patrons really loved it. They were dancing in the aisles and many were declaring that they would be back every year and they have returned. We are looking forward to seeing them each year and attracting many more music lovers with our exceptional and diverse line-up this year,” he said.

Heritage Landing is a stunning landscaped park on the picturesque shorelines of Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake right in downtown Muskegon. The popular vacation area is within easy driving distance of Detroit, Toledo, Chicago, Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Saginaw, Bay City, Ann Arbor, Jackson, Battle Creek and Flint as well as other areas.

Complete Shoreline Jazz Festival Line Up For Saturday and Sunday at Heritage Landing:

Saturday, August 27

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Bryan Lubeck

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.­- Dee Brown

4 p.m. – 5:15 P.M. – Alexander Zonjic and Friends with special guest, Bob James

5:45 p.m. – 7 p.m. Brian Culbertson

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. The Ohio Players

Sunday, August 28

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. 496 West

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Javier Colon

4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Spyro Gyra

5:45 p.m. – 7 p.m. Najee

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Jeffrey Osborne

Ticket & Information Details:

Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28, Heritage Landing

General admission to the Alexander Zonjic’s Shoreline Jazz Festival is only $30 per day (Bring your own chair) and $50 for both days. A limited number of preferred seats are available for $60 per day and $100 for both days. (Closest to the stage chairs provided.) Tickets are available throughwww.startickets.com or call 800-585-3737. For more information go to www.shorelinejazzfestival.com .

Additional Events

Thursday, August 25 – Preview Concert featuring Alexander Zonjic and Friends at The Block at 7:30 p.m., 360 W. Western Ave, 2nd Floor, Muskegon, MI. Tickets are $20. Call 231-726-3231 for tickets or go to www. THEBLOCKWESTMICHIGAN.org

Friday, August 26 – Jazz in the Park, featuring Alexander Zonjic and Friends with Eric Darius, 5 – 9 p.m., Hackley Park, Downtown, Muskegon, free to the public

Saturday, August 27- After Jam Party, featuring Alexander Zonjic with Eric Darius, jamming with festival artists, Holiday Inn Main Ballroom. Tickets just $25.

The Performers:

Jeffrey Osborne - Jeffrey Osborne began his professional singing career in 1969 with a popular funk and soul group called Love Men Ltd., later knows as L.T.D. He went on to a stellar solo career producing such top 40 hits as Don’t You Get So Mad, Stay with Me Tonight and a duet with Dione Warwick, Love Power. He also recorded an album of duets with popular singer James Ingram and scored an international hit with On the Wings of Love in 1982. The opportunity to see the inspirational and passionate Osborne singing on the closing night of the Shoreline Jazz Festival will thrill the audience.

Brian Culbertson is one of the most exciting and popular performers on the contemporary jazz scene. A keyboardist, multiple instrumentalist and composer, Culbertson began his musical journey in his hometown of Chicago. He has since released more than fifteen albums, toured around the word, seen his name at the top of Billboard and radio charts and worked with musical all-stars such as Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire, Chris Botti, Natalie Cole, Bootsy Collins and many more. He has received numerous awards including begin nominated for a 2012 NAACP Image Award and a 2013 Soul Train Award. Most recently Culbertson has released a new breakthrough album with a distinctive sound and captivating vibe, entitled “Funk.”

The Ohio Players - The Ohio Players came into musical prominence in the 1970’s as pioneers of street funk and underground R & B. After signing with Mercury Records in 1974 through 1977, The Ohio Players landed three consecutive platinum albums: Skin Tight, Fire and Honey; two number one singles on the billboard pop charts: Fire and Love Rollercoaster and five number one R& B singles: Funky Worm, Fire, Sweet Sticky Thing, Love Rollercoaster and Who’d She Coo. The 10 member band, including four of the original members, bring down the house when they play the big Funk for adoring crowds.

Alexander Zonjic and Friends with Special Guest Bob James

Bob James is a true musical legend. A two-time Grammy Award-winning jazz keyboardist, arranger and record producer, he is recognized as one of the founders of contemporary jazz. He is renowned for the complexity of his arrangements and instrumentals. In addition his work actually had a profound impact on the history of hip-hop. He is believed to be by some counts the most sampled artist in the world of hip-hop. Meanwhile, James who is a graduate of the University of Michigan and now lives in Traverse City, continues a prolific career touring the world and recording albums, often playing with his renowned jazz group Fourplay. In fact 2015 brought the release of James first live album Live at the Milliken Auditorium, captured on a magical night in Traverse City, Michigan. James cut his teeth in the mid 60s backing up legendary jazz voacalist Sarah Vaughan. Since then he has released hundreds of albums and one of his most well-known songs is the beloved theme from “Taxi”, the song Angela.

Flutist Alexander Zonjic is a jazz favorite across North America for his cool jazz grooves and exciting shows. He has shared the stage with such greats as Kenny G, Jeff Lorber and Keiko Matsui. He currently hosts a syndicated radio show called Alexander Zonjic from A to Z that airs on Canadian radio and WVMV’s HD2 Channel. He won the 2010 Album of the Year and Broadcaster of the Year at the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards. In addition to performing in one hundred concerts a year, he is the artistic director of numerous music festivals including the Shoreline Jazz Festival.

Spyro Gyra – For more than three decades the jazz group, Spyro Gyra has maintained a position at the forefront of modern jazz. Under the leadership of Brooklyn born Saxophonist Jay Beckenstein, the group took root at the University of Buffalo. They released Morning Dance more than 30 years ago with its title track becoming their breakout song as a Top 40 single. To this day, the Calypso inspired track is in heavy rotation. Meanwhile Spyro Gyra has gone on to tour the world, releasing numerous award winning and Grammy nominated albums and thrilling audiences.

Najee – The award winning and Grammy nominated Jazz saxophonist, Najee began his career in the 1980s performing with Chaka Khan . His debut album, Najee’s Theme earned him a Grammy nomination. He went on to release numerous award winning albums and touring the world. Tokyo Blue is one of Najee’s most successful recording to date. He earned two Soul Train Awards for best jazz artist. He also won an NAACP Image Award Nomination. He performed at Nelson Mandela’s birthday celebration in South Africa and as a guest of Bill Clinton at the White House, honoring President Jerry Rawlings of the Republic of Ghana.

Eric Darius- Jazz saxophonist Eric Darius has been described as a “contemporary jazz artist with a twist, who plays his horns with an unrestrained passion, beauty and sorcery.” He combines jazz, R &B, hip hop and pop. He has performed with artists including Prince and Mary J. Blige. Darius’ six albums have all charted on Billboards top Contemporary Jazz chart.

Javier Colon – The popular winner of the inaugural season of NBC’s, The Voice, Javier Colon is a singer and guitarist with his unique sound of “acoustic soul.” He worked with many musicians before going solo

Dee Brown – Emerging guitarist and songwriter, Dee Brown comes for a solid musical background performing with artists such as Aretha Franklin, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Paul Taylor, Michael Winans and Randy Scott to name a few.

Bryan Lubeck – The breakout guitarist, Bryan Lubeck, from Chicago, was called one of “the top unkown artists in contemporary jazz.” His most recent CD Tuscan Sky rode the top 40 charts for 16 weeks and 2 songs rank in the top 100 of the year.

496 West- Based in Lansing, Michigan, the energetic band 496 West performs their own brand of contemporary jazz, R&B, soul, gospel and blues. They have opened for jazz stalwarts Nick Colionne, Grammy nominated Gerald Albright and the legendary Kirk Whalum as well as saxman Euge Groove and jazz guitarist Tim Bowman.

Courtesy: Linda Ashley & Associates