11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chris Godber @ Jackson’s Restaurant
2 p.m. Infusion
3:20 p.m. Jones and Company
4:40 p.m. The Justice League
6:00 p.m. Clinton Hall Band
7:20 p.m. Nobius
8:40 p.m. Big Daddy and Red Hot Java
10:00 p.m. Leon Anderson
Chris Godber: 11am to 2pm @ Jackson’s Restaurant
Chris Godber isn’t just another sax player. When Godber performs his goal is not just to entertain, but to inspire. Despite being told by doctors he wouldn’t be able to play the saxophone due to of the severity of his asthma, Godber took to it anyway. Picking up the sax in middle school band at age 12, Godber has been leaving others breathless ever since. He was first drawn to the sound of the saxophone while living in Germany. His family was military and while being stationed overseas the majority of their entertainment came from music as they only received one channel on their television. As Godber recalls, “I was a product of the 80’s and Kenny G was getting pretty popular around that time. My parents were Big Kenny G fans!” No doubt it may have sparked his appreciation for the saxophone, but he definitely has a sound all his own with a healthy dose of R&B and Gospel roots showing through.
Godber’s last album [STARTING OVER] an Amazon Best Seller in the NeoSoul genre for 2016, launched his career into the Smooth Jazz realm. The first two singles, “Rain” and “Chill” landed him on the Top 50 charts of smoothjazz.com. Rain hit #6 on Groove Jazz Music Charts and both were heard daily on Sirius XM’s Watercolors. Now, Godber is heating things up with the release of an all new single for summer 2017, “Sizzle”. Produced by Adam Hawley, it provides a glimpse of Godber’s upcoming 2018 album, Momentum!
Infusion: 2pm Main Stage
Infusion is a contemporary jazz fusion band ‘fusing’ the sounds of jazz, pop, funk, R&B, and the blues. We infuse familiar tunes with our particular groove. They like to say they’re smooth but they jam! The Infusion Jazz Band will be on the mainstage for 2017 Jazz for Justice starting at 2:00 p.m.
Jones and Company: 3:20pm Main Stage
Jones and Company is a Northwest Florida Band/ Destin/ South Walton–Voted Best Band in Various Entertainment Magazines. Jones and Company recently headlined the 17th annual Jazz By the Bay festival Oct. 6-7 at Oaks by the Bay Park in Panama City.
The group, which has recorded six albums in the past 25 years, regularly performs in Destin with sets at AJ’s on Sundays, the Ruth’s Chris courtyard on Wednesdays and Bric A Brac on Thursdays.
The Justice League: 4:40pm Main Stage
Clinton Hall Band: 6:00pm Main Stage
Nobius: 7:20pm Main Stage
Nobius describes their band and sounds as a network of brothers united in sound. A group dedicated to give you a modern flair of the funky, jazzy and popular music. They will hit the 2017 Jazz for Justice mainstage at 7:20 p.m.!
Big Daddy and Red Hot Java: 8:40pm Main Stage
Big Daddy & Red Hot Java (USA) testifies through its ministry of Blues peppered with Soul and Jazz. The group has performed overseas many times in several countries through the years – and they always delivering sizzling shows.
Leon Anderson: 10:00pm Main Stage
Having performed with Ellis Marsalis at the Jazz Festival in Rio de Janeiro and Marcus Roberts at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center, Anderson is recognized as a ‘Jazz Hero’ by the Jazz Journalists Association.
Anderson was a featured soloist with The Marcus Roberts Trio, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl, and at the “Great Saxophone Legends” concert at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. As a soloist he has also performed with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. His most recent engagements include performances with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and the National Orchestra de France, conducted by Seiji Ozawa.