Friday, October 31, 2014

Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet to Perform this Weekend at South Motors Jazz Series at Pinecrest Gardens.



New Orleans Jazz Royalty
Bringing the NOLA Vibe 
to Pinecrest Gardens!!


The Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet in a Tribute to New Orleans Jazz
Saturday, November 1, 8:00 p.m.
“The youngest son of the Marsalis family, makes records that are always worth hearing…” Ben Ratliff, New York Times
“Just as his drumming is steeped in both modern and New Orleans rhythmic styles, his vibes playing draws on the rich tradition of that instrument…with commendably ardent swing” George Kanzler, Jazz Times

The youngest member of the "First Family of Jazz", Jason is joined by Austin Johnson, New Orleans based artist on piano, Atlanta based artist David Potter on drums (having been featured in the piano trios of Ellis Marsalis and Marcus Roberts) and Atlanta based artist Will Goble one of the most in-demand bassists performing across America.

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Ed Calle and his Holiday Divas
Saturday, December 13, 8:00 p.m.

“Calle has virtually flawless technique, outstanding control” Skip Spratt

Join Ed along with South Florida’s favorite jazz songstresses Joy Francis, Wendy Pedersen, Leslie Cartaya and Nicole Yarling accompanied by his Big Band in a festive and fun Holiday Jazz Concert.

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Freddy Cole Quartet
Saturday, January 10, 8:00 p.m.

“Freddy has an impeccable sense of swing…he is overall, the most maturely expressive male jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive.” New York Times
“Gorgeous autumnal baritone, expressive phrasing and pitch-perfect feel for jazz standards, pop tunes and love ballads.” People Magazine

Growing up in Chicago, Freddy, youngest of 5 including his brother Nat King Cole recalls, “Music was all around me with visitors that included Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Lionel Hampton”. Moving to NYC in 1951 to study at Julliard, Freddy successfully laid the groundwork for a career that continues to flourish to this day.


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Batuke Samba Funk in an Evening Celebrating Brazilian Carnival -- February 21, 8:00 p.m.
“Red hot...He (Diogo) is one of the most recognized and accomplished Brazilian musicians.” Manny Meland, MiamiArtZine

Back by popular demand, join us for a Carnival Celebration, Batuke Samba Funk style! BSF is a high energy Brazilian band that mixes the rhythms of 70s Funk, with Afro Samba, Brazilian Big Band, Batucada, Soul and Bossa Nova.


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The Will Calhoun Trio
Saturday, March 14, 8:00 p.m.

“OMG. Shades of Miles Davis with today’s creativity” Mike Matheny-Radio 10
“Will Calhoun’s latest breakthrough jazz album, “Life in This World,” has it all. It deserves more than 5 stars. It deserves a Grammy.” Carol Banks Weber, Examiner.com

Not many artists have the vision and artistic energy to contribute to a range of genres that include jazz, rock, hip-hop, ambient, while concurrently producing, touring, creating new projects, working on film and continually pushing the creative envelope. Winner of two Grammys, Will has recorded and/or toured and performed with Mick Jagger, Mos Def, Oumou Sangare, Marcus Miller, Wayne Shorter and many more.


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Shelly Berg & the Frost Concert Jazz Band – The Great American Songbook
Saturday, April 18, 8:00 p.m.

"Exhilarating! A whirlwind of motion who never sounds a dull note… filled with moments of high emotion and drama.” Los Angeles Times
"Shelly Berg is one of the finest pianists around in the early 21st century playing modern mainstream jazz.” Scott Yanow, All About Jazz

He's a composer, arranger, educator, conductor, and jazz piano virtuoso. He has recorded with Woody Herman, Louis Bellson, Freddie Hubbard and Randy Brecker, among others. The Frost Concert Jazz Band under the direction of John Daversa has been the University of Miami’s premiere large jazz ensemble for over 30 years. Experience a night that runs the gamut from beautiful ballads to exciting and dynamic swing.


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Grammy Winning Bluesman Keb' Mo' at Festival Miami on November 8!

KEB’ MO’—BLUESAMERICANA
Keeping it Real Vocalist/Guitarist
November 08, 2014 @ 8:00 PM 
KEB’ MO’, vocals, guitar
MICHAEL HICKS, keys
CASEY WASNER, drums
STAN SARGEANT, bass


A superb musician with a soothing voice and impressive guitar chops, Keb’ Mo’ draws heavily on the old-fashioned country blues style of Robert Johnson, balanced with touches of soul, R&B and rock. Drawing on his considerable acoustic, electric and slide guitar skills, his latest album BLUESAmericana contains some of his most melodic work to date, including the expressive and bluesy “I’m Gonna Be Your Man” and the upbeat “Old Me Better.” Born Kevin Moore in Los Angeles, this humble musical giant is a three-time Grammy winner. While on tour he is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut album Keb’ Mo’. He considers BLUESAmericana a signpost of his artistic and personal growth. Discover his signature gorgeous melodies and understated excellence at this rare Miami appearance!

INFORMATION 
All events take place at UM Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive, on the University of Miami Coral Gables campus. For tickets and information visit http://www.festivalmiami.com or call 305-284-4940.



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Thursday, October 30, 2014

So, this guy walks into a bar (Would "this guy" be Allen Kanovsky, perchance? And the bar where Danny Burger and Ira Sullivan are playing, maybe?)



Submitted by Al Kanovsky 10/30/14

…where a gal is singing on stage. The vocalist recognizes the guy and remembers that he is a JAZZophile. She says "Hi" to the guy and in deference to his preference sings "That Old Black Magic".

I generally refer to Ms. Glenda Grainger as a 'cabaret singer.' Last night Glenda showed all the influence that June Christy, Sarah Vaughan, Lady Day and others had on her earlier days at song. She continued her program with "Lover Man, Where Can You Be", "Love Me Or Leave Me", "Lullaby of Birdland" including scat lines, "Good Morning Heartache", an a cappella "How High the Moon" and Oscar Levant’s great "Blame It On My Youth". Gary Lawrence is her pianist and ably enhances her performance. Kudos to Glenda for starting my night, right.

I am at BJB's on Toity-toid in Ft. Lauderdale. In the house are Babette, Isabel and brother Jim, Stan, my buddy Jimmy Belize with gal pal Nancy, Dave, a disc jockey down from Melbourne and several musicians including Mari Bell (piano), Anthony Corrado (everything) and Orlando Machado (percussion). It is Danny Burger's Showcase night and the iconic Ira Sullivan is the featured artist. Ira has his road buddy and fellow musician Marc Berner along. The rhythm section and soloists are Danny(drums) Brian Murphy(piano) and Dr. Jaimie Ousley(bass). Ira opens with a be-bop styled "I Get A Kick Out Of You" playing trumpet. It will set the mood for the rest of the evening. Brian gets infected with the B-B disease and goes to the mountain with his solo. Danny gets caught up in it as well. This old hipster is having the time of his life.The mood shifts to soft and dreamy when both Ira and Marc play flute to do "How Insensitive". Marc takes the first solo. I close my eyes and imagine I have Cyd Charisse in my arms. We're dancing in a penthouse gallery overlooking Central Park. Ira's solo intensifies the image and Brian adds just enough romanticism. Music is the magic carpet.

Ira picks up his flugelhorn and Marc the tenor sx to do "Alone Together". Marc has the first solo and my dream continues. Ira follows and even though the tune is a soft ballad, the be-bopper in Ira is always present. Brian’s portion has quotes galore and then it is Jaimie's turn to deliver. And he does. Ira and Marc now choose their soprano saxes. Marc's is the modern bent soprano. Ira's is straight and straight out of the history books. It is older than Ira and I. 1927. I didn't get the title of the tune but it had something to do with 'avant garde'. It was far beyond 'avant'. It was as I often say "music for the day after tomorrow". Discordant & dissonant but definitely JAZZ. Danny blows the kit up and uses soft mallets for this one. It's followed by a swinging "You Can't Take That Away From Me". Ira is playing trumpet triplets with triple tonguing. The land of Be-Bop. Jaimie has an impressive solo section and then Ira and Marc are playing tenor.

I am dancing with a late arriving Denise. She had been at Cafe Vico listening to Clarence Palmer and his band. The rhythm section gives Ira a break and they do "Falling In Love With Love". I don't have the superlative chops to describe the solos each took. Definitely a night to remember. Martine & Jacques have arrived and the dance contest will soon be on. They are an absolute delight to watch when they dance.

The 1st set is concluded with Ira and Marc on tenor doing "Bernie’s Tune". Just before the 2d set started I look up to see the beautiful Maria Rivas standing before me. She is wearing a short-haired bob. I would swear she was 19. Great to see her back.

They open with "Moanin'" and then right into "Summerland". "You Came To Me From Out of Nowhere" and I'm dancing with Denise. Ira and Marc playing flutes do "Corcovado". Martine & Jacques are on the floor, impressing everyone. They do a tune the Duke wrote for a disc-jockey back in the day, "Bensonality". It swings and so Denise & I do it again. This time Ira & Marc are playing tenors. The last set opens with "Just One Of Those Things". Ira on tenor trades 8's with Danny. It is why I am out most nights listening to music. Danny does some interesting work with sticks and the hi-hat. A ballad "Who Do I Turn To" and then from "Godspell", "Day By Day".

With Ira and Marc playing flute. Ira, traditionally ends with "Amazing Grace" Marc playing bass flute. It is a reminder, to me, that except for His Grace where would I be? Had a great night.

Tonight "The Fish House" in Kendall and Georgine’s Birthday Bash.
 



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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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"It's just the gypsy...(Allen Kanovsky takes in another side of JP Soars at The Funky Biscuit)



Submitted by Al Kanovsky 10/29/14

…in my soul.” It lives there with my love of BLUES, JAZZ, LATIN, Opera, Ballet, Symphonic and BOOKS.

That same gypsy lives in the soul of JP Soars. It was planted there by Django Rheinhardt a famed guitarist dating back to the 1930's. J.P. has 2 bands. The Gypsy Blue Revue and The Red Hots. Some members cross bands and play in both.

Last night at The Funky Biscuit there was Steve Laudicino (guitar), Scott Ankrom (reeds), Chaim Rubinoff (trumpet), Chris Peet (drums) and Noah Hall on bass. They all wore jackets ala bands of the 30's. They played mostly Django hits with wonderful solos by all the band members. The BLUES are never far away from J.P.s guitar including his composition "The Viper". Scott's clarinet and tenor sax solos reflected both the Gypsy mode and the JAZZ Era Swing. Chaim brings along every trumpet mute known to mankind and uses them to perfection. His range takes you both high above and below the scale. J.P.s affection for Django has infected Steve as well. His gypsy technique grows with every performance. Included with Rheinhart’s compositions were American tunes done in Gypsy style. "Sweet Georgia Brown", "See You In My Dreams" and "It Don't Mean A Thing" were a few of the JAZZ numbers with Gypsy intonation. J.P. has a unique voice. He ain't Frank or Perry. He ain't Dean or even Bing. He's J.P. and when he does Muddy Waters "Deep Down In Florida" and Rev. Gary Davis' "Cocaine" there is something special about it.

They played Willy Bobo's "Fried Neck Bones and Home Fries" to a bolero beat. Scott really digs in with his sax solo and it inspires Chaim to play trills and quotes from Latin hits and reminiscent of some Paquito Rivera. Now to a rhumba rhythm they do "Call My Baby, Tell Her I'm Not Coming Home".

Piano Bob is sitting at the bar with my Cuban fellow traveler Tania Haftel, her friend Tina(pronounced TYNA) and Jeff who is new in town. The beat catches me and I ask Tina to dance. She is agreeable and does know how to dance. Again, really nice solos all around and it morphs to the BLUES  and "Got To Let You Go". Part of the lyric is "Got nothin' in your head, 'cept stage, screen and radio. Do any of you remember Louis Jordan and the Tympani Five? How about a tune titled "Caldonia"? I'm sure every iving 'jitterbug' remembers it. J.P. sings it. Scott and Chaim just plain blow their natural tops. Man oh Man oh Man!!!!!!! The audience demands one more and they conclude with "You Used To Be My Girl".

I must mention that the Funky Biscuit's famous $5 Hamburger Special is available on both Monday & Tuesday nights at the Funky Biscuit. There is no better deal anywhere in the entire world. A bun-sized burger, lettuce, tomato, slice of onion and French fries. I have yet to finish the whole plate. Al Poliak (proprietor) is brought to tears every time one is ordered. It definitely takes a bite out of the corporate earnings.   


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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Arts Garage Weekend Starts TONIGHT w/ Hot Havana Latin Jazz, Then Elegant New Orleans Jazz, Then Sophisticated Philly Jazz


Los Habaneros | LATIN JAZZ | Wed, Oct 29 7:30pm 

"Los Habaneros... features an elite lineup of some of New York’s most highly regarded musicians in Latin music and beyond." - Timba.com

2014-2015 Theatre Season

This season we are proud to showcase the extraordinary voices of American women playwrights. All of the productions this year are penned by some of the most remarkable female voices of our time. Join us as we explore the compelling stories coming from the minds and imaginations of these celebrated women artists.

The How and The Why by Sarah Treem

I and You by Lauren Gunderson

Uncertain Terms by Allison Gregory

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Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet 
JAZZ | Thur, 10/30 7:30pm

“Jason Marsalis, a New Orleanian, plays tidy backbeats, with brilliantly arranged little solos.” —New York Times.

The youngest of the famed Marsalis jazz family, Jason released a recording entitled In a World of Mallets in 2013, which went to number one and also won an award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album!



Lew Tabackin 
JAZZ | Sat, 11/1 8pm 

Lew’s distinctive tenor sax style includes the use of wide intervals, abrupt changes of mood and tempo, and purposeful fervor, all in the service of showing the full range of possibilities of his instrument. His music “is a masterpiece of melodic invention, one motive neatly unfolding into the next, telling a story filled with wisdom” —Saxophone Journal


Grunge and Glamour 
RETRO ARTS FUSION

Sat 12/6 7pm

Join us for a spectacular evening where fun meets the arts.
Music. Food. Art. Friends

Check-in 7pm, Reception 7:30pm, Event begins at 8pm
Donations: $100 – Per person | $550 – Table of 6

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Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniola 
JAZZ | Sat, 11/8 8pm & Sun, 11/9 7pm

Frank is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing before the public today. Vinny has already accomplished that which takes most players a lifetime to achieve. Together they make a duo that cannot be BEAT!



Allan Harris Quartet 
JAZZ | Sat 11/15 8PM 

Allen is a world-class singer/songwriter and guitarist. Allen’s smooth vocals and guitar styling easily crosses genres, from jazz to rock to blues. The New York Times has called Harris a protean talent.



Tracy Grammer 
FOLK | Sun 11/16 7pm

Renowned for her clear alto, perfectly intoned violin, and guitar playing that is by turns percussive and delicate, Grammer is a masterful storyteller with an ease and charisma on stage – not to mention a riotous sense of humor.



IGNACIO BERROA QUARTET  
LATIN JAZZ | Sat 11/22 8pm


DREW TUCKER 
JAZZ | Sat 11/29 8pm


RAY BLUE
JAZZ | Dec 12/13 8pm

 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Miami Nice Jazz Festival - a mixture of world-class artists and emerging stars!

THE THIRD MIAMI NICE JAZZ FESTIVAL 
ANNOUNCES A STELLAR
LINEUP FOR THE UPCOMING EDITION 
THAT CELEBRATES THE
EVENT’S MIAMI ROOTS.

November 1 - 23, 2015
Miami & Miami Beach, Florida



MIAMI NICE JAZZ FESTIVAL has released the lineup of the international artists set to celebrate the event’s Miami jazz roots beginning on November 1 through 23. This themed, month long festival will bring jazz to some of Miami’s finest and most celebrated landmarks in a perfect fusion of music and history.

As one of Miami’s most applauded musical celebrations, MIAMI NICE
JAZZ FESTIVAL continues to deliver a mixture of world-class artists and
emerging stars, while energizing audiences both new and old. This
year’s roster of performers includes : Cuban jazz pianist Roberto
Fonseca, Brasilian star Bebel Gilberto, Creole trumpeter Etienne
Charles, Spanish flamenco singer Diego El Cigala, French-American
band Dinner At The Thompsons, french DJ Oil ( BBE /Blue Note), Miami
leading ladies of Jazz Nicole Yarling, Kate Reid, Wendy Pedersen, The
Hot Sardines,The French Horn and more ...

Roberto Fonseca will perform during the opening night concert at the
Olympia Theater. The festival’s performances will take place at such
venues as The Olympia Theater, The South Miami Dade Cultural Arts
Center, The Fillmore, The National Hotel.

This year for the first time the festival will be hosted in the heart of
South Beach at The Catalina Hotel for “Jazz at The Catalina” 2 free
shows on November 14th and 15th ...

Also this year the MIAMI NICE JAZZ FESTIVAL will coincide with
French Weeks Miami”, an initiative launched by the French-American
Chamber of Commerce and organized in partnership with the
Consulate General of France, that aims to highlight various events to
engage audience with France’s cultural identity.

Every Sunday, its french roots will be celebrated during a Jazz brunch at
The National hotel in Miami Beach, with special performances by The
French Horn.

The MIAMI NICE JAZZ FESTIVAL is a partnership between Sister Cities
Nice, France and Miami, Florida.

Joining forces under the leadership of the Festival’s Founder and CEO
Philippe Pautesta-Herder, who now lives in Miami.

“The Miami Nice Jazz Festival is the first and only jazz festival of such
international significance to come to South Florida,” said the Festival
founder, “and we are extremely grateful to be a part of such an iconic
occurrence. “

Miami-Dade provides the perfect backdrop for the Festival as Miami is
a city rich in historic heritage and culture parallel to that embodied by
the Festival, its musicians and its patrons,” Pautesta-Herder added.

For additional information: (877)392-3463 ext 3 or www.miaminicejazzfestival.com.


Schedule:
November 1st - November 23rd 


November 1st
Pianist Roberto Fonseca, opening set by The French Horn - Olympia
Theater - Downtown Miami
AND
Etienne Charles at South Miami Dade Cultural Art Center - South Miami
Dade

November 2nd
The French Horn’s Jazz brunch at National Hotel - SOBE

November 8th:
The Miami leading ladies of Jazz with Nicole Yarling, Kate Reid and
Wendy Peterson conducted by the South Florida Jazz Orchestra
Olympia - Downtown Miami

November 9th:
The French Horn’s Jazz brunch at National Hotel - SOBE

November 11th :
“In the lobby lounge... Jazz” at the Olympia Theater - Downtown
Miami

November 14th :
Allan Harris Band - Cabaret series at South Miami Dade Cultural Art
Center - South Miami Dade
AND
An evening with Jorge Moreno, grammy award winner - Jazz at the
Catalina Hotel - Free concert - Jazz at the Catalina Hotel - Outdoor
concert on Collins - SOBE

November 15th :
French Touch with Dinner at he Thompson/ DJ Oil (troublemakers) /
Jaggae (vocalist) - Free concert - Jazz at the Catalina Hotel - Outdoor
concert on Collins - SOBE
AND
Bebel Gilberto/Dinner at the Thompsons/ DJ Oil (troublemakers) / MC Akin Yai - Free concert - Jazz at the Catalina Hotel - Outdoor concert on Collins - SOBE

November 16th:
French Horn’s Jazz brunch at National Hotel - SOBE

November 22nd:
Hot Sardines at South Miami Dade Cultural Art Center - South Miami
Dade

November 22nd:
Diego El Cigala at Fillmore - SOBE

November 23rd:

The French Horn’s Jazz brunch at National Hotel - SOBE


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