Joe Sizemore formed his first R&B band
at age 14 and performed for the next six years in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, and South Carolina.
He also performed with the Roanoke Symphony and the All US Orchestra's European Tour before graduating high school.
North Texas State University, Old Dominion University, and the US Army provided further musical training for Joe offering
many opportunities for performance and recording.
Joe's trumpet has carried him to nine
European countries, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, three cruise lines in the
Caribbean, Jamaica, and both coasts of the United States. He has
performed with the US Army Band, the All US Orchestra, Sonny Bradshaw,
Barbara Walker, Clifford Murphy, Byard Lancaster, Otis Redding,
Aretha Franklin, Clifford Curry, Archie Bell, and Percy Sledge. “Capt. Joe” has
appeared as a guest blues artist with Craig Woolard and his bands on many Makin’
Waves cruises and in various clubs. Joe is married to the beautiful and
talented Julie Sizemore who will be featured vocally during the festival. 2014
will be Mr. Sizemore’s 7th appearance as a headliner for Jamaica Jazz Festival.
Julie Sizemore. A graduate the University of North
Carolina , Julie Sizemore says, "There is only one real Carolina, and it's in Chapel Hill", Julie majored in percussion and
was the first percussion winner of the UNC Concerto Competition. Classical piano training during her formative years and the
broad musical exposure provided by her parents allows her to span many musical genres. "Meeting Myrna Hague and performing
in Jamaica may well be the biggest thrill of my vocal career," says Julie. "She (Myrna) would be a wonderful role model for
any singer." Since joining and headlining for Overboard, Julie has performed in North Carolina, Ocho Rios, Motego Bay, and
Kingstown, Jamaica. She has made cameo appearances in Deltaville, Virginia and aboard Royal Caribbean's Monarch of the Sea.
in Hillsborough North Carolina, Garth and Erick Haas’ father Bob Haas played with jazz legends
Cannonball Adderley, Count Basie and many others. This early exposure to great
musicians has led both sons in
successful music careers of their own. Erick received his music degree from Western
Carolina University while Garth studied music at Elon College. Both work now as
music representatives for the national music company Music & Arts. The
brothers are founding members and perform with Carolina Jazz and Blues Collaborative and Frankie Faucet
and the Drips. They are much sought after session musicians and have played
with some of the top artist in many genres such as Samuel Moore, Johnny
Tillotson, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Bill Haley and the Comets, Stanley
Beard, Little Eva, Bobby V and the Vs, Billy Joe Royal, Blood Sweat and Tears
and many more. Erick still lives near Hillsboro with his beautiful wife Christy
and their daughter while Garth currently resides in Bath, North Carolina and is
a proud father of four wonderful musical children.
Joe Van Norman started
playing drums in the mid-60's while
living in California playing with groups such as, Pegasus, Stardancer, Nicky
Harris Band, and High Roller Band. In 2001, he was drummer for Cammy Awards
winner, Delta Riders. Mr. Van Norman has
credits with Glass Moon, Classics IV, Clarence Carter, and the Showmen. He is owner
and leader of Fat Back and the Cadillacs www.fatbackandthecadillacsband.com and a founding member of the Carolina
Jazz and Blues
Collaborative. Joe Van Norman is married to Darlene and lives in Wilson, North
A founding member of the Carolina Jazz and Blues Collaborative, Alan Stoumen began his jazz education at age 13 with master
jazz teacher Alan Swain and continued his jazz studies at the University of
Denver and the University of Colorado in Boulder. In 1989, Alan released his
first CD of original music, “Necessary Changes” and a year later he received
Certificate of Achievement Awards from Billboard Magazine for his original
compositions “Broadway Shuffle” and “Ocean Child.” In 1991, Alan recorded his
second album of original music, “Nature Street,” and appeared live with his
band at such festival venues as Hyatt DTC Jazzfest, The Top of the Week Concert
Series at the Denver Art Museum, The Breckenridge Jazz Festival and the Beaver
Creek Arts Festival. Today Alan resides in Chapel Hill, NC, with his wife Chris
and their two children. He continues to perform locally and is making plans to
open his own jazz club.
Ben Taylor, alto/soprano sax is leader and founder
of J-13, an urban jazz combo and a returning Jazz Festival performer with Overboard. A graduate of Elizabeth City State University
and Lincoln University Graduate School, Ben is a North Carolina Music Educator
is a native of Charlotte, NC and started playing guitar at the age of 7. He has played with various bands and has had the
opportunity to share the stage with several pioneers in the jazz industry such as Kenny Burrell, Dizzy Gillespie, Jimmy Heath,
and Keith Copeland. Mr. Caldwell’s passion for the “ultimate musical experience” during each music session
has earned him a reputation for maintaining control of his individual musical expression and for staying in the pocket has
resulted in his demand as a much sought after session man.