The West Michigan Tourist Association announced the inaugural two-day Alexander Zonjic’s Shoreline Jazz Festival featuring musicians in contemporary jazz, will be at Heritage Landing in Muskegon Aug. 23 and 24.

Headliners include Alexander Zonjic, playing with his special guest Kenny G, Boney James, Ruben Studdard and Lalah Hathaway along with Maysa with Nick Colionne and Brian Simpson, Jeff Lorber Fusion, Tim Bowman and more.

The new jazz fest is the dream child of jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic.

“Everything about this new opportunity spoke to me,” says Zonjic. “When I came across Heritage Landing in Muskegon, I was struck with the beauty of the setting, the stage and the grounds. I knew this was the ideal location for a celebration of contemporary jazz that offers the opportunity for fans to see their favorite performers, at one time, in one beautiful place, with the Lake Michigan sunsets as a backdrop.”

Zonjic explained that he played at the Lakeshore Jazz Festival in Muskegon two years ago, invited by Djuna and Hawkins Lang who founded that original event. With their blessings, Zonjic created a new and bigger event, Alexander Zonjic’s Shoreline Jazz Festival.

The University of Toledo is presenting sponsor of the festival.

The full two day musical line-up includes five headline performers each day.

Saturday, August 23

1 p.m. – Lin Rountree
2:30 p.m. Urban Jazz Coalition
4 p.m. – Tim Bowman
5:45 p.m. – Maysa, Nick Colionne & Brian Simpson
7:30 p.m. – Boney James

Sunday, August 24

1 p.m. – Phil Denny & Oli Silk
2:30 p.m. – Michael Manson
4 p.m. – Jeff Lorber Fusion with Eric Marienthal & Jimmy Hasllip
5:45 p.m. – Lalah Hathaway & Ruben Suddard
7:30 p.m. – Alexander Zonjic with very special guest KENNY G

One day passes to the Alexander Zonjic’s Shoreline Jazz Festival are available for only $25 general admission (Bring your own chair). Preferred seating is available for $50 (Closest to the stage chairs provided.) Tickets are available through www.startickets.com or call 800-585-3737. For more information go to www.shorelinejazzfestival.com