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Hampton Jazz Festival 2013


June 28, 2013 Back to HOME PAGE

img_5870.jpg       Day 1 Gladys Kinight -  Photos

The Empress of SOUL, eight time Grammy  Award-winner Diva Gladys Knight ignited the sold out crowd as she escalated up the stairs to a following that gave her a standing ovation. She was caught up with emotion as the applause and people calling her name crescendoed. She sang all her classics engaging the audience in joining her in chorus.

  img_5509.jpgDay 1 Leela James - Photos

Leela James set the stage by displaying the core values of the soul tradition-passion, perseverance creating a smooth atmosphere for the acts to follow.


DAY 2 Line-Up


img_0051.jpgDay 2 George Benson - Photos

George Benson, the Ten Grammy Award winner brought his guitar excellence and classic vocals to a crowd that waved their hands to the notable songs of This Masquerade. His guitar and lush tenor vocalists make him one of the greatest jazz and pop musicians of this era.

bobbybrownjohnnygilralphtrasvant.jpg  Johnny Gil, Ralph Tresvant & Bobby Brown Photos

Heads of State featuring the “Bad Boy” Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gil brought songs from the past that ignited the crowed as they shuffled across the stage in their traditional swag.


DAY 3 Line-Up

img_7264.jpg     Day 3 Jill Scott - Photos

Jill Scott….the artist, poet and opera singer. Jill Scott electrified the crowd singing alot of her hit singles. What took the audience by surprise when Ms Scott broke into an opera rendition that showed why she is in a class all by her self.


img_6819.jpgKarla Crump - Photos

The closing day bought local artist Karla Crump…”the voice” singing songs form greats as Phyllis Hyman and she closed with a tribute to Natalie Cole that was enchanting.

IPhotos by: James Vincent Henderson

DAY 1 Line-Up

The opening night of the 46th Annual Hampton Jazz Festival brought together Legends Sultry Gladys Knight, the Mighty Mighty Hard working O’Jays, the silky tenor who displayed his four octave range Kem and the up and coming local Leela James.   img_5565.jpg

Day 1 Kem - Photos

Kem, the self taught keyboardist, singer, songwriter and producer serenaded the gathering moving between his four octave range through his hits.



The O'Jays   Photos

The Nine Time Platinum album producing Mighty Mighty  O’Jay’s brought the passion and displayed their musical work ethic that captivated the crowd with their classic side steps and constant energy.

DAY 2 Line-Up



Fantasia - Photos

FANTASIA Barrino, high energy entertainer ….she was like Tina Turner, provocative, sultry engaged the crowd with her hit songs and sang from her soul.


Forte Jazz Band featuring Brian Pinner  Photos

The second night of the 46th Annual Hampton Jazz Festival opened with the smooth local talent Forte Jazz Band featuring one of the premier saxophonists on the East Coast, Brian Pinner. Formed in 1995, the talented musicians created an electric atmosphere, that set the stage for George Benson.


 DAY 3 Line-Up



David Sanborn & Bob James - Photos

David Sanborn & Bob James, is what Smooth Jazz is all about. David Sanborn’s sax has been around for four decades, his blend of R&B, instrumental pop and traditional jazz thrilled the audience. Bob James has been around for five decades and his classic piano pieces are breathtaking. They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery as James has often been sampled (reusing a portion for another piece) in hip-hop and other musical genres’.



Tank, Ginuwine & Tyrese - Photos








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