Jazz in June, Camden's new festival, is set to premier on multiple stages throughout town June 14 to 16.

The festival features two dance parties, a concert at the Camden Opera House, an outdoor show at the Snow Bowl, and music at downtown Camden inns, restaurants, bars and on the streets.

Headliners announced this month on the festival's website are The Kenny Barron Trio, Greg Abate Quartet, Peter Dembski Group, Katie Matzell and the Wayne Delano Quartet.

Barron is an award-winning jazz pianist and composer. Over his long career, he has played with jazz icon Dizzy Gillespie, worked with and drawn inspiration from Yusef Lateef, and recorded and toured with saxophonist Stan Getz. Barron has recorded 47 albums, garnering many awards and honors and nine Grammy nominations along the way. This month and in March, he will perform at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Abate is a jazz saxophonist and flutist who grew up in Rhode Island, then moved to Los Angeles, where he launched his career, playing lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra. Abate averages more than 200 performances around the globe each year. Members of his quartet are Paul Del Nero on acoustic and electric bass, guitarist Jon Wheatley and drummer Gary Johnson.

Peter Dembski is a pianist and composer who calls Camden and New York City home. He performs regularly with his band, The Pandea Group, at 55Bar in New York's Greenwich Village, backs other jazz musicians, and teaches improvisational technique. Matzell, a singer and songwriter from Portland, was a 2018 New England Music Awards nominee for female performer of the year. Delano's quartet recently performed before a standing-room-only audience at the intimately scaled Blue Cafe at the Camden Opera House.

The festival is volunteer-driven and will benefit the Camden Opera House, Youth Arts and the Snow Bowl. A platinum sponsor to be named and other donors are being sought.

Matt Brown, the driving force behind Jazz in June, has been incubating plans for the festival on and off for a couple of years, along with local business owners.

This year, Brown's plans for a multi-day festival came together when town officials added their support to the mix. Camden Town Manager Audra Caler-Bell welcomes the festival and promotion of the town-owned Opera House to draw visitors and support the local economy. Along with Caler-Bell, Planning and Development Director Jeremy Martin, Opera House Manager Dave Morrison and Select Board member Marc Ratner have all contributed to planning. In addition to serving as a local elected official, Ratner is a former music company executive who now owns Mishara Music. While Brown and Ratner met in Camden, both worked for Sony and Dreamworks, and joke about how they were probably in the same meetings and conference rooms.

In 1979, Brown opened Wild Rufus, a record store that thrived in Camden for decades after Brown sold it. He left the area to work for Disney, Dreamworks and most recently headed worldwide sales for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. After an early retirement from Sony, he and his family moved back to the area.

One of Brown's early teenage memories is seeing Miles Davis at the Newport Jazz Festival. He credits this experience to his older brother, who refused to leave until he saw Davis perform, though their parents were sitting in the family car ready to head home. Brown has been a jazz fan ever since.

Brown, business owners and town officials hope Jazz in June will be an addition to Camden's select list of successful festivals, which offer visitors and locals a unique experience in a beautiful, small-town New England setting.

For more information, go to the Jazz in June Camden ME Facebook page or the festival's website, jazzinjunecamdenme.com.