jazz-on-the-vine.jpgRiverhead, N.Y. - LI Winterfest Jazz On The Vine invites you to get out of the cold and warm up with a hot lineup of premium Jazz performances at the 3rd Annual Long Island Winterfest, which runs from February 13th to March 21th across the East End. The program features renowned jazz musicians, local and otherwise, performing free-admission concerts at winery tasting rooms and other venues every weekend afternoon over the six-week period. According to the Long Island Convention and Visitor's Bureau, "Winterfest is a great time to come out east, enjoy a free concert at an area winery, and stay for a while." In addition to concerts, area hotels, B&Bs, transportation companies, restaurants, retailers and other attractions are offering some great deals tied in with the promotion. The organizers already have some 80 different jazz artists signed on and more than 100 offers, special travel promotions and getaways will tempt visitors to make a weekend out of LI Winterfest events. For a full concert schedule and access to all festival promotions, visit http://www.liwinterfest.com/ and don't forget to register to receive weekly information about the upcoming concerts. A major highlight of this year's Winterfest Jazz on the Vine is the Steinway Series. Steinway & Sons, maker of the world's finest pianos, is moving at least seven of its extraordinary grand pianos (supplied directly from its Melville, Long Island showroom location) into select vineyards for headliner performances, including two Festival kickoff concerts. On February 6th, the three world-renowned, Grammy-award winning female vocalists of JaLaLa will perform at Raphael Vineyard. Lauren Kinhan of JaLaLa also sings with Grammy Award-winner New York Voices; Janis Siegel and Laurel Masse are known for their performances with Grammy Award winning Manhattan Transfer.  Reminiscent of a contemporary Andrews Sisters, The JaLaLa group is, as you would expect, backed by top-notch piano, bass, drums and horn players - and is sure to delight audiences. The second Steinway Series kickoff concert is on Friday February 12th at 7 p.m., at Wolffer Estate Vineyards.  Grammy Award nominee, Steinway Artist, and the East End's own Judy Carmichael, a world-renowned stride pianist and her band will transport listeners back to the golden age of Jazz. The Steinway Series will continue every weekend, offering visitors a rare chance to enjoy not only featured musicians but also the beauty and sound of magnificent Steinway Grand pianos. 2010 Winterfest Jazz on the Vine events are being organized by the East End Arts Council and the Long Island Wine Council, with support from the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development under the auspices of the Office of Film & Cultural Affairs, the Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Steinway, as well as assistance from Teatro Experimental Yerbabruga and Peconic Public Broadcasting. Conceived in 2006 as a festival to generate increased business on the East End during the slowest part of the year, the program is well on the way to becoming a regional and even national attraction. Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy states "this is the type of program that reflects why Suffolk is a great place to explore and enjoy all year long." According to Steve Bate, Executive Director of the LI Wine Council, "The Long Island Winterfest Jazz on the Vine Program just keeps getting bigger and better. This year we will have even more winery venues to host a truly outstanding lineup of performers. The past two years have clearly demonstrated that the combination of great music and fine wine makes the East End a wonderful winter weekend destination. We're really looking forward to a terrific program this year." Pat Snyder, Executive Director of the East End Arts Council, concurs. It is the Arts Council who handles all musician bookings, and this time she knew the festival had reached a milestone when, after posting the call for musicians, she received "over 90 applications in a single day." A partnership is continuing with Teatro Experimental Yerbabruja - a LI based not-for-profit which incorporates the arts, music and theatre in efforts to promote constructive social change and understanding among LI's increasingly diverse residents. "We particularly appreciate the fact that Jazz has long been a prime example of how the arts can help build bridges among culturally diverse artists and audiences," states a Teatro representative. In addition to helping with the identification and selection of prospective Jazz artists, Teatro will translate into Spanish and distribute all Winterfest Jazz on the Vine promotional materials. About the LICVB The Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission (LICVB&SC) was established in 1979 as the official tourism promotion agency for the destination's travel and tourism industry. Based on Long Island in Hauppauge, NY, the LICVB&SC contributes to the economic development and quality of life on Long Island by promoting the region as a world-class destination for tourism, meetings and conventions, trade shows, sporting events, and related activities. For more information about Long Island, please contact the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission by calling 1-877-386-6654 or visit http://www.discoverlongisland.com/


Contacts: Pat Snyder, EEAC (631) 727-0900 Steve Bate, LI Wine Council (631) 722-2220 Kristen Matejka, LICVB (631) 951-3900 Michelle Stark, SCED (631) 853-4000