Saturday, August 21, 2021

New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival Cancels 2021 Event and Closes Doors After 20 Years

*Annual New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival is being RE-INVENTED! Save the dates: MAY 19-22, 2022. Details soon.*

*Notice from Marc Monteson*

August 17, 2021

Today I am announcing that the curtain is coming down on the New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival. It was a very tough decision, one that I put off since May of this year.

Since its inception in 2001, when I was asked by the Merchants of Flagler Avenue Association to create a festival that would help bring in tourists during the off- season, it grew in popularity. Because of this growth, in 2006, I started Marc Monteson Promotions (MMP) to expand the event that would include not only Flagler Avenue, but also other parts of the city such as Canal Street, Third Avenue, South Atlantic Avenue and the North Causeway. For over 19 years the Festival continued to grow and became a major marketing event for New Smyrna Beach.

I want extend my heartfelt thanks to all the sponsors, host venue sponsors, host hotels, kick-off party ticket outlets, kick-off party and merchandise sales volunteers, partners, musicians and especially the many jazz fans for supporting the Festival for almost two decades.

Occasionally I’ll be announcing other Festivals and musical events in and around the state in addition to my other musical projects. In the meantime, pick up your copy or go online ( for local information contained in my new venture, Day and Night Magazine.

Marc Monteson
Founder and Producer, New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival
Marc Monteson Promotions (MMP)
Editor, Day and Night Magazine

*Publisher's Note*

Hats off and thumbs up to Marc for the great run of this great fest. So many great performances by FLORIDA artists in so many great locales. Year after year he accomplished the near impossible feat of getting dozens of local venues to cooperate and SUCCEED in promoting Florida's last great oceanside small town. The event will be missed, and the memories cherished. 

Thank you Marc!

Charlie Boyer
Jazz Blues Florida LLC

More about Marc Monteson:

"...about the music I heard or the musicians I listened to at the New Smyrna Beach JAZZ Festival I am gonna tell you about a guy. He's kind of short --- but he is a giant. Probably weighs about 145 --- but he is a heavyweight. I don't know if he can leap over tall buildings --- but he is Superman. He has no top hat, cape or cane --- but he made magic. His name is Marc Monteson (in picture to right w/me) and he creates, promotes, and oversees the event. He started 14 years ago with 3 clubs participating. This year there were 25 venues. Getting 25 club/restaurant owners to agree on which artists, where or when they perform has to be no easy feat. Who gets the opening act and who gets the closer. I personally would rather do 7 to 10 with no possibility of parole.  It's a year's work and he starts all over again mid-October. This is not a paid gig. Thank you Marc for all the work and a great weekend!"
Allen Kanovksy
Taken from Jazz Blues Florida News Blog post of 9/30/14

Orlando Sanchez
Abe Alum Trio
Airtight feat. Marc Clermont
Alex Bodytko
Annie Sellick
Bill Allred's Classic Jazz Band
Bobby Koelble Jazz Duo
Bobby Pickwood 
Brian Petras Trio
Carl Schultz
Chad Alger
Charlie Bertini
Dan Jordan Pure Joy Quintet
Danielle Eva Jazz Trio
Dave Capp
Dave Sheffield Trio
Davonda Simmons
Dayve Stewart
Doug Spoonamore
Howard Post
Eddie Marshall's Tropical Jazz
Eirinn Abu
Fusion Beat
Greg Parnell Trio
Gus Simms
Harry Rios Trio
Jacqueline Jones
Jaime Hollis
Jaimie Roberts 
Jeff Bush
Jim Bryer
Joe Young Quartet feat. 
John DePaola Quintet
Johnny Mag Sax
Joshua Bowlus
Kayonne Riley
Kenny Mackenzie Trio
Kid Dutch
La Lucha 
Lawrence App Duo
Linda Cole
Marc Clermont
Marty Morell
Michelle Mailhot
Monica da Silva
Music Remembrance Jazz Trio
Navy Band Southeast VIP Combo
Nicole Henry 
Orlando Sanchez
Pat D'Aguanno
Pat Gullotta
Ray Guiser Quartet
Rich Walker Band
Rob Whiting’s Jazz Express
Robert Harris Group
Ron Gilotti Trio
Ron Teixeira Trio
Sanford Jazz Ensemble
Scott Dickinson Trio
Smokin’ Torpedoes
Steve Scholz Trio
Suzy Park
Sybil Gage
Ted Connor & Ron Gilotti
Terry Harr Duo
Terry Myers
The Conglomerate
The House Cats
The Navy Band Southeast Jazz Combo
The Porchdogs
Thin Film Magnetism
Thom Chambers
Thomas Jones
Time Out Duo
Tommy Bridges and the Vines Jazz Band
Tres Bien Quartet
UCF Jazz Workshop w/ DaVonda Simmons
Valerie Gillespie Ensemble
Veronica Swift w/ Jeff Rupert Quartet


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