Friday, July 25, 2014

James Carter Organ Trio at Coral Gables Summer Concert Series July 31

World-Renowned Jazz & Classical Musicians
Gather in Coral Gables, Florida for the
29th Summer Concert Series!


The Community Arts Program (CAP) Summer Concert Series continues 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 31, with the James Carter Organ Trio at Coral Gables United Church of Christ (directly across from the Biltmore Hotel). One of the brightest stars in jazz, James Carter—on many saxes—is joined by Gerard Gibbs on Hammond B3 and Leonard King on drums. Detroit News calls it “a toe-tapping, heart-stopping, smile-making romp.” The CAP Summer Concert Series concludes on August 14 with Livingston Taylor. Tickets and info at 305-448-7421, ext. 153 and www.CommunityArtsProgram.org.

Coral Gables United Church of Christ
Community Arts Program (CAP)
Summer Concert Series marks its 29th Season
with a Spectacular Summer Concert Series Line-up.


Community Arts Program 2014 Summer Concert Series Line Up



AUGUST 14 - LIVINGSTON TAYLOR
The Community Arts Program 2014 Summer Concert Series closes with an unforgettable arrow to heart. Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of thirteen, beginning a forty-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting and teaching. His creative output has continued unabated, from top-forty hits I Will Be in Love and I’ll Come Running to I Can Dream of You and Boatman, both recorded by his brother James. Livingston’s musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire of upbeat storytelling and touching ballads within his versatile range of folk, pop, gospel, and jazz. Concertgoers will revel in an intimate evening with a versatile performer who will embrace them…from start to finish!


Summer Concert Series Ticket Prices & Order Information

Early Ordering Recommended; Concerts Sell Out Quickly!

GENERAL TICKET: $30 advance, $35 at the door (based on availability).

PATRON TICKET: $50 advance; $55 at the door (based on availability). Patron ticket includes opening night gala, reserved general seating within rows 1 through 9 and catered pre-concert DINNER reception: complimentary wine and beverage service with fine Coral Gables’ restaurant dinner stations.


Order Information
Order tickets by calling (305) 448-7421, ext. 153. VISA and MasterCard are accepted. For instant processing and confirmation anytime; order tickets quickly, safely, and conveniently on line at www.CommunityArtsProgram.org. All concerts are Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. Free and convenient parking is available.

One can also inquire about Young Musicians’ Summer Master Classes, to be given by the following artists on the Friday morning (10 a.m.-12 p.m.) following their concert: Celino Romero, James Carter, and Livingston Taylor.


Directions
Coral Gables United Church of Christ is located at 3010 De Soto Boulevard (directly across from the Biltmore Hotel and five miles from Miami International Airport) in Coral Gables. MAP




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Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Tribute To Johnny Winter - Edgar Winter Bands, Vanilla Fudge, Kim Simmonds & More at Rock 'n' Blues Fest in Melbourne Aug 13, 2014

ROCK & BLUES FEST 2014
Announces
A Tribute To Johnny Winter

The music world lost a legend last week with the passing of Johnny Winter, one of the best Blues guitarists the world has ever known.

What was originally slated as Rock'n'Blues Fest to be headlined by Johnny Winter will now be a tribute in his honor featuring brother Edgar, Vanilla Fudge, Peter Rivera (formerly of Rare Earth) and Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds.

Edgar Winter and his wife, Monique, express their sentiments as follows:

"My wife, Monique, and I are shocked at the suddenness of Johnny's passing, especially since I was so looking forward with such joy and anticipation to seeing him again and playing together. I know his body is departing this physical realm, but his presence, his music, and his spirit are undiminished, and alive as ever in my heart. Johnny has always been, is now, and will forever remain my greatest musical hero of all time. But more than all that, he's my brother - in family, in music, in life and beyond. I will do my best to carry on in honor of his memory and the Winter name."

Blessings, Peace & Love,                                                                                                                     Edgar and Monique

"Rock'n'Blues Fest - A Tribute to Johnny Winter" will mark the third annual version of the tour with a show that will feature separate performances by all of the artists who will be performing their greatest hits interspersed by a selection of Johnny Winter songs.

All of the artists appearing on this newly announced tribute are looking forward to sharing some of Johnny Winter's memorable music with fans.


From Roland:

I had the pleasure to meet and promote Mr. Winter in Brevard county several times in the last 8 years. We spend a few minutes together with Paul Nelson, his person manager and guitarist, last November at the Rock & Blues Festival at the Valkaria Airport. Johnny was a kind and gentle icon who will surely be missed. Please join me and Brevard's rock & blues fan as we celebrate the life and music of Johnny Winter, Wednesday, August 13 at the King Center.

THE Rockin' Blues Show of the Year!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 ~ 8pm
Main Stage at
3865 N. Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32935

Rock and Blues fans are certainly in for a tasty musical treat this summer as the popular Rock'n'Blues Fest tour makes a stop at the King Center.  This year's line-up features the Edgar Winter Band, Vanilla Fudge and Peter Rivera, formerly of Rare Earth, and Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds. Come out and experience the very best combination of rock and blues that you might ever have a chance to see!

As Edgar Winter says, "See you this summer and get ready to Rock 'n' Roll!"

To Buy Rock & Blues Fest Tickets
From BMG
Or call 321-783-9004

Tickets Also Available At
321-242-2219

Additional Information:
Group inquiries call (321) 433-5824
Reserved Parking Available
Doors open one hour before the show!

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"Two Loves Have I"...(Would those be the first, and last, dance, Allen Kanovsky?)


Submitted by Al Kanovsky 07/24/14

...is the title and the opening lyric of a song written by Nat King Cole a long time ago. Wednesday night I was in a situation with "Two Loves". Both are JAZZ vocalists, namely Nicole Henry and Maria Rivas. 

Nicole at JAZZIZ in Boca Raton, Maria in Ft. Lauderdale. If these were the only JAZZ singers I have loved it would be a minor hitch in the road. Two? I can easily name twenty. Not in any particular order these are gals I love or have loved: Cleo Laine, Diana Krall, Janis Joplin, Celia Cruz, Jo Stafford, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Wendy Pedersen, Big Mama Thornton, Lisanne Lyons, Rita Wilburn, Luz Salazar, Bessie Smith, Keely Smith, Betty Carter, Anita O'Day, Debbie Orta, June Christie, Billie Holiday and Della Reese... I could probably name another twenty but some people might think I was fickle. 

Loving someone is not like being 'in love". I have truly only been 'in love' twice in my life and I married both of those ladies. But, Wednesday had me making a choice of whom I would go listen to. I am a cold and calculating person. I considered all the aspects of my choice. Of course the only fair way to choose was eenie-meeni-miney-mo. It being late in the month finance$ and the co$t of ga$ and the fact that BJB has no cover on Wednesday did play some part in my decision. And so it was Maria I was off to listen to for Wednesday's Danny Burger's Showcase night.

Danny (drums) had Brian Murphy on piano and Jamie Ousley (freshly returned from Japan) on bass. It was Maria's night to shine and she did. Showing no sign of her health battles she opened with Paolo Gomez's "Dance the Samba" (my interpretation of the Portugese title). From the very first few bars you got the impression it was going to be a great night. An instant groove was in progress with solid solos by Brian, Jamie and Danny using the brushes. Maria follows with Billy Strayhorns "Lush Life" which she dedicated to me. As usual my reputation preceded me. Maria has added dramatic and emotional endings to her rendition of songs and it is impressive. The trio does an instrumental and Brian is wailing. Have you ever heard "Bei Meir Bist Du Schoen" sung with a Spanish accent? Never mind. They did swing and a couple of young 'jitterbugs' added to the delight of the sounds. Maria does the most beautiful "Besame Mucho" and I dance with Denise. At my table are Bill, Dr. Jules with Connie and Denise. In the house are the other 'lush life' denizens, Babette, Stan, Isabel, Mark and later on Buzz and old friend Robin. The be-bop national anthem "How High the Moon" opens the 2d set and the jitterbugs are at it once more. Maria's scatting is drawing my close attention. There's an added dimension and it's great. 

In waltz time and en Espanol she sings "Poco Poco". Maria has added 'funk' to her repertoire and now does "Summertime" to a 'down home' beat. Doctor Jules likes the traditional version but I tell him that Maria's interpretation is the way a person who had lived it would have written it. The next bossa nova won't let me sit still and the lovely, lively Denise and I are at it again. --- Why are you guys smiling like that? --- "I'm Beginning To See the Light" and Denise and I are still up on the floor. Now a strong salsa rhythm has half the joint up and dancing.

The trio calms it down a bit with a smooth instrumental and then returning to 'funk' Maria does an exceptional "Funny Valentine". The last set starts with "Patito" and a salsified scat vocal. "Quanta La Mira" has Denise and I dancing again. Renee Frankton has finally made it down from Boca. "Dindi" (pronounced in Portuguese "jinjee") has Maria showing her deepest feeling for romantic ballads. It seems 'funk' has taken a place in Maria's heart as she does "You Don't Know What Love Is" and ends the evening with "Days Of Wine and Roses". All I can say it was a heck of a night. 

Earlier, during 'happy hour' Glenda Grainger, accompanied by Gary Lawrence entertained a full house. Glenda probably knows every popular song ever written and Gary can play 'em in any key. She graciously does some JAZZ singing whenever I am in there. The gal does have 'chops'. I am sure Nicole Henry was great at JazzIz but even I can't be in two places at once------minds excluded of course. 

Off to another gal I love. "Hi Tracy!" 

Al's Disclaimer:
A short note: The reason I write this is because I love music and words. I do not book acts. I do not promote acts. I do not accept invitations to review artists. I go to venues of my own choice. When and where is not influenced by anything other than who I would like to hear that night or day. If I don't like what I hear, I won't write about it. When I like it I let you all know. I never mention a name without asking permission. "Pardon me, Miss. Would you like to dance?"       


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Legends in the Making - At Arts Garage in the NOW


Friday, 7/25, 8pm | Aaron Lebos | JAZZ



Aaron Lebos Reality, back at Arts Garage for the second time, is a powerful and unique original music group from Miami, whose music encompasses styles of jazz, funk, rock, R&B, Latin and world music. Since forming in 2012, the group has exploded in South Florida, attracting the interest of both established musicians and mainstream audiences.




Thursday, 7/31, 7:30pm | Gianni Bianchini Trio, Feat. ZoĆ« Fromer | JAZZ



Gianni Bianchini is making his mark on the American jazz scene. He has played with such greats as Arturo Sandoval, John Scofield, Joshua Redman, and Stefon Harris in South Florida, Boston, and New York. Gianni is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Jazz Piano at the University of Texas at Austin.  He commands an extensive knowledge of the American Songbook, breathing new life into its beloved standards.  




 COMING UP

ROSE MAX & RAMATIS
Brazilian Jazz
Sat, 7/26, 8pm


Rose Max and Ramatis take the audience on a trip to the beaches, mountains, streets and bars of Rio de Janeiro without leaving the room.


L.A. HARDY
Comedy
Fri, 8/1, 8pm


Described by some as the ”Black Dr. Phil” with real observations and a no-holds-barred style, he has old school sensibilities and an uncanny ability to relate to the new school of comedy.


LAUREN MITCHELL
Blues
Sat, 8/2, 8pm


Lauren’s galvanizing vocals backed by the talents of veteran rock and blues artists deliver with undeniable ferocity everything from rockin' blues to slow, soulful ballads.


   COMING UP

SULTANS OF STRING
Jazz
Sat, 8/9, 8pm



TIEMPO LIBRE
Cuban Son
Sat, 8/16, 8pm &
Sun, 8/17, 7pm



THE PHILADELPHIA STORY 
Radio Theatre
Wed, 8/20, 7:30pm &

Thu, 8/21, 7:30pm


WILLIE GREENWITH LITTLE MIKE AND THE TORNADOES
Blues
Sat, 8/23, 8pm



JEAN CHARDAVOINE
Jazz
Sat, 8/30, 8pm



MARKUS GOTTSCHLICH
Jazz
Sat, 9/6, 8pm


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