The Z (Zeiders American Dream Theater) is excited to announce the 2024 lineup of the internationally renowned Vocal Jazz Summit.  

This year’s festival features headline  performances and workshops from GRAMMY-winning headliners Samara Joy (New Artist, Jazz Vocal Album, New Artist) and säje (Best Arrangement), alongside jazz legend Stephanie Nakasian. 

The Vocal Jazz Summit brings together emerging and established artists, industry leaders, and vocal jazz fans for a unique, intensive weekend dedicated to performance, connection, and education. This year’s events are no exception to the expanding weekend packed full of events.  

Highlights from the weekend:  

Thursday, June 6 

5:00pm – 9:00pm Vocal Jam Session at Town Center 


Friday, June 7  

7:00pm- säje Performance 

 8:30pm- Jam Session Hosted by Alison Crockett 


Saturday, June 8 

10:00am-5:00pm- Erin Bentlage, Johnaye Kendrick, Amanda Taylor,  & Sara Gazarek Workshops 

7:30pm- Samara Joy Performance in partnership with the Virginia Arts Festival (Sandler Center) 

9:15pm- Jam Session Hosted by Lynn Veronneau + Ken Avis 


Sunday, June 9 

10:00am- Meet The Artist: Samara Joy 

1:30pm-3pm Mark Winkler & Stephanie Nakasian Workshops  

4:00pm- Industry Panel: Mary Foster Conklin & Mark Winkler 

6:00pm- Stephanie Nakasian Performance 


For a limited time, attendees can take advantage of early ticket prices while they last. Passes include access to all festival events, workshops, performances, and networking. Limited quantities at each price tier.  

This year, The Z is proud to partner with the Virginia Beach Town Center Westin Hotel and the Crowne Plaza for specially discounted travel specials. Learn more at  

Vocal Jazz Summit runs Thursday, June 6 – Sunday, June 10, 2024. For tickets, lodging, and a full list of events, workshops and sessions, visit 


A dozen albums into her career, vocalist Alexis Cole is hitting her stride. As a sought after international performer, she’s appeared with her trio, with whom she both plays piano and sings, and is a frequent guest with big bands and pops orchestras. She’s the director of the Jazz Vocal program at the SUNY Purchase College conservatory and William Paterson University, the founder and director of the online educational community, and the cofounder and artistic director of the Virginia Beach Vocal Jazz Summit. 



Liz Terrell has been a part of The Zeiders American Dream Theater team since 2015 and currently serves as the Music and Community Series Producer after having worn many hats as the Company Manager, Artistic Associate, and Bookkeeper. When not working behind the scenes at The Z you can find her on stage performing as one of Virginia’s most sought after jazz vocalists. Over the past decade, Terrell’s musical career has navigated through the performance spectrum, ranging from musical theater and cabaret to touring Europe in a gospel ensemble until she found herself firmly planted in jazz. Her latest album “It’s All Right With Me” was met with critical acclaim and a warm welcome into the jazz world.