Singer Dee Daniels is the artistic director for the festival for a second year, hosting the festival's three evening concerts and bringing her gospel and blues-infused jazz style to the stage as the featured artist Thursday night.
In addition to the public performances, the festival offers three days of workshops during which jazz professionals, guest artists and clinicians will work with more than 75 middle- and high-school groups.
The vocal artists for the festival include Carmen Bradford, Deborah Brown, Charenee Wade and Greta Matassa.
The featured festival instrumental musicians will be Josh Nelson on piano, Jay Leonhart on bass, Alvester Garnett on drums and Jay Thomas on saxophone and trumpet.
Workshops are free and open to the public, according to a press release.
The two other evening concerts are March 1, featuring Brown, Nelson, Wade and the Seattle Jazz Singers, and March 2 featuring Bradford, Thomas and Soundsation Jazz Choir from Edmonds Community College.
Daniels called each of the performers gifted artists who can create a supportive environment for up-and-coming musicians.
"They will provide our young musicians with the tools they need to raise the bar of their performances to the next level," said Daniels in a prepared statement.
All three concerts begin at 7 p.m. at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds.
Reserved admission is $45, general admission is $35 and students pay $25. Subscription packages for all three concerts with reserved seating are available.
For tickets, go to www.edmondscenterforthearts.org or call 425-275-9595. For more information on the festival go to www.demierojazzfest.org.
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