True Blue Jazz events scheduled for April 29-30

The 9th year True Blue Jazz Year will host the Jazz Appreciation Month events April 29-30.

Celebrating April as Jazz Appreciation Month, Live Jazz will return to Nassau Valley Vineyards & Winery from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, featuring the young trumpeter, singer and musician from third generation jazz Benny Benack III. His latest album is titled “A Lot of Livin ‘To Do”. The Cape Henlopen High School Jazz Combo, under the direction of Chris Burkhart, will open the show.

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“To have Benny Benack III in town for a Jazz Appreciation Month show at Nassau Valley Vineyards is a dream come true after the year of lockdown we just went through,” said Peggy Raley.

Nassau Valley Winery has invested in state-of-the-art air purification and disinfection systems installed in every interior space. Social distancing and masking protocols will be respected.

In a virtual True Blue Jazz concert, Benny Benack III and his friends will perform from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 30. This live celebration of International Jazz Day will be available free of charge to jazz fans around the world, with donations gratefully accepted. For this live show, visit

Appearing with and as the opening act for Benack, a group of prominent jazz artists have formed a quartet to perform in the spirit of Stan Getz and the Oscar Peterson trio. The Sholbertshire Swingtet revisits the compositions the Getz / Peterson group recorded and performed in their own style in 1958 on the jazz label Verve Records with famous jazz producer Norman Granz.

The Sholbertshire Swingtet features Amy Shook on bass, Joe Holt on piano, Steve Abshire on guitar and Scott Silbert on tenor saxophone.

International Jazz Day, founded by UNESCO in 2011, features events organized around the world under the leadership of the Herbie Hancock Jazz Institute.

Pines Restaurant at 56 Baltimore Ave. at Rehoboth Beach is keeping live jazz at the forefront of its 2021 entertainment plan by creating dedicated monthly events called True Blue Jazz Wednesdays. These will take place on the first Wednesday of each month, from May to December.

True Blue Jazz will manage the talent reservation. And of course, The Pines’ plans still include their annual festival sponsorship from October 13-17. For more information on this place, visit

Willie J. Johnson

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