Sunday, January 24, 2021

James Martin, Jazz Drummer, Memorial Held in Naples Florida January 23, 2021

James Richard Martin (1949-2021)

A memorial for James (Richard) Martin (September 19, 1949 - January 12, 2021), jazz drummer, of Ft. Myers FL was held Saturday, January 23, 2021 at United Church of Christ, 5200 Crayton Rd, Naples, FL 34103. There was an outdoor memorial gathering and musical tribute from friends. Attendance required masks. The memorial was arranged by Dan Heck who frequently shared the stage with James in SW Florida. Fellow performers Rebecca Richardson, Stuart Shelton , Michael Ross and James Kerwin contributed to the music.


Sunday, October 16, 2016 The Wine Loft of Naples Stu Shelton Trio Stu Shelton Dan Heck James Martin
 
A FaceBook post by his sister Sandy Norman:

My big brother. The world knew him as James...but to me, he was always Jimmie. The family nut! The class clown who was always getting in trouble at school...not because he was mean or bad, but because of his humor and antics. He was 13 years old when I was born and I always looked up to him. I thought he hung the moon.....literally. When I was learning to spell and read, my "Dimmie" taught me that G-R-A-N-T-S spelled WOOLWORTHS....and no one could convince me otherwise! He played so many pranks on people...as payback, his boss once paid him his weekly salary, all in dimes, in a bottle of syrup! I remember him having a date that night and he was frantic trying to wash and clean all those coins before he left! Speaking of dates, I was his date bait! He took me everywhere with him (usually in a convertible!) to pick up chicks, but I never did quite understand why I didn't get to go on the date, too!

Jimmie was a natural musician. He was never taught how to play. The rhythms just naturally flowed from his body. I was barely old enough to remember his first band in high school, but I do remember that my parents were adamant that he wear his hair cut short. To solve this, my brother went out and bought a wig to wear whenever his band had a gig! Most young musician's careers don't last beyond their twenties, but he was the exception! His talent took him worldwide. He has played with so many great artists, and at so many grand places. My husband and I went to Las Vegas when he was playing at the Bellagio. I was so proud! I think the gig he was most proud of, was in England where the Royal Family was in attendance...Prince William was a small boy! I don't know how many albums my brother has been recorded on, and he probably couldn't tell you either...but "I knew him when"...and I still have his first record!

Lastly, I cannot forget my brother's love of cars! That is something he got from our Dad! Jimmie always drove flashy cars. In 1969, he and our father had matching Corvette's. I think his 'Vette was the only American model he ever owned. Jimmie's passion was old European cars. If I had to guess, 95% of the ones he owned were convertibles and he did 95% of the maintenance and restorations on them himself! I remember when he bought his Alpine Sunbeam. Oh my gosh, that was a piece of junk and he drove it daily! But what a gem it was so many YEARS later when he finished it! He would pour so much love and money into his cars, but I never understood why he never would fill up his gas tank! For whatever reason, it never seemed to bother him when he would have to pull out his gas can and walk to the nearest gas station.

Goodbye to my larger than life big brother...rest in peace.


February 3, 2019 
Stu Shelton Trio at Wine Loft in Naples

A Facebook post by Dan Heck:

It didn't have time this morning to say much about my friend James Martin , I just wanted his friends to know what happened. I feel compelled to share a bit more now if for no other reason than for my own therapy on what has been an incredibly difficult day. But I also think people should know who left us yesterday. James was a ridiculously natural musician. Music poured out of him. He reacted to everything you played, often perfectly, always musically, often with humor, and NEVER without taste. If Dexter Gordon had played drums, he'd have played exactly like James. I spoke with James about Dexter one time and James said he got off the bandstand one night in Europe someplace, I forget where, and Dexter was sitting at the bar, and turned to him and said "my compliments". James was so full of passion, energy, JOY!, so much fucking joy, when he played. He listened so effortlessly, answers to your musical phrases were so obvious to him, and a wink and a "hehehe" when you turned around after a perfectly timed musical response from him. On top of all that musicality, James was a hell of a good guy. I met him in 2005. Man he was a great friend and mentor to me. We weren't just bandmates, but became really great friends. I feel so lucky to have been his friend. He was so supportive of me. He was family to me. He was also funny as hell, had so many great stories, lit up a room when he was playing, and lit up a room when he was telling a story. We had him over the house a few times for dinners and parties. He rode out Irma with us at my mom's house. He was always the perfect picture of class, personality, a gentleman, but with a wild, funny, vibrant personality that you couldn't help but love. My life is better for having known him and my playing is better for having played with him. I will miss him so much I can't put it into words, but I hope my words above are a small glimpse of the amazing guy that left us yesterday. Man I miss him so much already......so much....i know a lot of you guys do to. What a horrible day it's been....




Saturday, January 23, 2021

Cathy Grier & The Troublemakers Newly Released I'M ALL BURN


I'M ALL BURN
2020 Release by Cathy Grier & The Troublemakers
https://cathygrier.com/
https://www.facebook.com/cathy.grier.musician

Hello All,

It's been awhile since I've acknowledged the new music I've received over the past year. Just couldn't focus enough between being sick at the beginning of the year, the work I've been doing to keep things going with JBF and what's been happening in our nation and community. Apologies offered for the delay, and now I'm ready to start feeling the music enough to share what I'm hearing in these recordings... Forward...

I was introduced to Cathy's music at the Paramount BluesFestival in Wisconsin one fine lakeside day a couple years back, with several referrals that her show was one NOT to miss. So, I didn't miss it, but I'm sure you remember back to the good ol' days when we didn't realize how good things were, and maybe we were enjoying the festival experience too much and not really paying enough attention to the music... So, I headed back to Florida and she didn't tour down our way.

Jump forward to this past year when I have been a COVID "Gilligan" (I came up for a two-week R&R and family visit and am still here since February) and even though I haven't been getting out for what little live music has been available, I've been seeing her name popping up online in the company of many of the fine musicians I have known for years. And not just once in a while either. So, I started going back to her previous recordings and took on a deeper appreciation of her and her music. Now it is 2020 and I have been listening to her current-year release I'm All Burn and it is like sitting down with good beverages with a good old friend. Articulate and articulated vocals, kept within her compelling range. No silly lyrics. Harmony in the music and between the words and music, with the support of a cast of musicians that I know are there not only because of Cathy's music, but also because of the person she is as reflected in her music. And, a must-mention of the production work by Steve Hamilton at Makin' Sausage Music. When you get the CD, which is now getting world-wide play, please pay attention to the notes. There is lots of important info (like that on steelbridgecreativefoundation.com, the Holiday Music Motel and who all contributed to the album) available there, and much more on Cathy's website. I look forward to being the room when she eventually tours Florida! 

NEXT: Tommy Bentz.



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Thursday, January 21, 2021

North Central Florida Blues Society Begins the Transition Back to In-Person LIVE Music w/ January 24, 2021 Concert

Mixing the LIVE w/
the Streaming LIVE,
NCFBS Brings Back the Blues!
VERY LIMITED IN-PERSON TIX!

2021 Blues Kickoff: 
Rick Randlett Band 
Middleground 
Dr. Jules & the JuJu Man 

Sunday, January 24, 2021 ~ 6pm-9pm
210 SW 2nd Avenue
Gainesville FL 32601
MAP
highdivegville.com (352)872-5949
Only 30 Tickets to be Sold - Very Few Left as of 1/21/21!
$15 general admission
$8 NCFBS members
"PAY WHAT YOU WANT"


Rick Randlett Band: Rick Randlett has been playing the blues since the early ’70s. He has toured the East Coast extensively from Quebec, Canada to Florida, sharing the stage with many well-known musicians, including Joe Perry of Aerosmith. He reached the International Blues Challenge semifinals as a duo with Cassie Keenum, representing the North Central Florida Blues Society. His last two solo CDs charted in the top five in the Roots Music Review Blues charts. The Rick Randlett Band features Rick Randlett on lap steel, guitar, and vocals, Greg Elger on keyboards, Mitch Rogers on bass and vocals and Lance Spano on drums. Their latest CD Night Songs has received significant critical praise, and rightfully so.

The duo Middleground consists of Barbara and Mark Armbrecht and is the product of over 40 years of collaboration between these two professional musicians. The music has evolved over the years to now include an eclectic mix of folk, pop, blues, ragtime and classic favorites, all of which have been flavored by Barbara's finger picking style, use of open tunings and occasional use of slide and supported by Mark's solid and expressive bass technique. Prior to moving to Florida and forming Middleground, both Barbara and Mark appeared on Jamboree USA, a weekly live radio broadcast of country music featuring the top country artists of the day and second only to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville in status. They also appeared several times on Jamboree in The Hills, the largest country music festival in the country and played to an audience in excess of 100,000 people. Middleground was an International Blues Challenge participant in 2013. Barbara also competed at the International Blues Challenge in 2015 as a solo performer.

Dr. Jules and the JuJu Man: Dr. Jules Gliesche has been on a crusade to preserve the Blues and spread the sound, with three CDs of original material and a fourth on the way, often with skeptical and humorous lyrics. Lothar Weimann is a renowned guitar maker and guitar player that fronts JuJu Junction and was a 2017 International Blues Challenge participant.

SAFETY GUIDELINES
Temperature checks at the door. 99.4 is our limit. Those who exceed the max temp will be given a credit to a future show.
Capacity will be limited to 30 people, which is only 10% of capacity, fully seated and distanced in a checkerboard pattern with groups of 2, 3, and 4 seats. Single attendees sit on the bleachers.
• Masks will be required inside at ALL TIMES.
• Drinking and eating will only be allowed OUTSIDE in the Beer Garden so there is absolutely no reason to remove your mask inside! All outdoor bar service will be at tables only. The show will be viewable from outside via TV and stereo relay.
• Standing / dancing will be permitted inside but only if standing directly in front of your seat or going to the bathroom.
• Online only advance ticket sales are highly preferred to minimize contact.
• An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By entering High Dive, patrons voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to be safe and creative in order to bring your the best entertainment Gainesville has to offer.

SHOW DETAILS
• 18 or over, unless accompanied by parent or legal guardian.
• NO SMOKING inside the venue.
• Smoking allowed outside in the Beer Garden!
• $3 under 21 fee charged at the door.
• All ticket sales are Non-Refundable unless the show is cancelled.
• All shows are general Admission Standing unless seating is specifically
mentioned. Typical bar seating is available on first come, first serve basis.

The North Central Florida Blues Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, cultivation, nurturing and promotion of Blues Music. The Society also hosts monthly electric and acoustic jams. See website for more information.   

This program/event is funded in part by a


Funded in part by

The BLUES has HISTORY in
GAINESVILLE!
FOURTEEN YEARS OF BRINGING THE BEST BLUES 
IN THE WORLD TO GAINESVILLE FLORIDA!

2020
Pam Taylor & The Flyin' V's
Ruth Wyand & The Tribe of One
Doug MacLeod
Rev Shawn Amos

2019
Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues
Vanessa Collier
Little Mike & The Tornadoes
Bridget Kelly Band
George Worthmore
Jason Ricci
Shane Dwight
Damon Fowler
Tennessee Redemption
Patti Parks
Toronzo Cannon
Albert Castiglia
Roy Book Binder

2018
Birthday Blues Bash-O-Rama w/ Anthony Gomes, Danielle Nicole & Bridget Kelly Band
BLUEZAPALOOZA: Ghost Town Blues Band & Betty Fox Band & Bridget Kelly Band
Lauren Mitchell
Rev Shawn Amos
21 Blue featuring Longineu Parsons and Ted Shumate
Bill "Sauce Boss" Wharton
Doug MacLeod

2017
Zora Young
Norman Jackson Band
Selwyn Birchwood
Jason Ricci
Gracie Curran & The High Falutin’ Band
Albert Castiglia
 Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials

2016
Annika Chambers
Cash Box Kings
Doug MacCleod
Matt Schofield

2015
Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues
Long Tall Deb Feat. Colin John
Jeff Jensen
Samantha Fish
Terry Hanck
Zora Young
Tinsley Ellis

2014
Tas Cru
Selwyn Birchwood
Janiva Magness
Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’Blues
Joe Moss Band 

2013
Brandon Santini
Matt Schofield
Nikki Hill
Albert Castiglia

2012
Jimmy Thackery
John Nemeth
Roomful of Blues

2011
Kenny Neal
JP Soars
Victor Wainwright

2010
Tommy Castro
Mike Zito
Watermelon Slim
Nick Moss
John Nemeth
Ana Popovic

2009
Janiva Magness
Duke Robillard
Michael Burks

2008
Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials
Magic Slim
Jimmy Thackery
Lurrie Bell
Mighty Lester
Tab Benoit
Nighthawks

2007
Chris Cain
Sean Costello
Sauce Boss
Bryan Lee
Mark Hummel and the Blues Survivors

2006
Eddie Kirkland
Gary Primich
Smokin’ Joe Kubek & B’Nois King
Debbie Davies

2005
Delta Moon
Little Charlie & the Nightcats
Pat Ramsey & the Blues Disciples
Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets
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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Glenn Miller Orchestra at JazzAid Live from Pinecrest Gardens w/ Pay-Per-View Worldwide Viewing TONIGHT


World-Renowned 
Glenn Miller Orchestra
at
JazzAid LIVE FROM THE BANYAN BOWL

Saturday, January 16, 2021 ~ 8pm
The Legend Lives On 
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Back by popular demand, The Glenn Miller Orchestra “Swings”
into Pinecrest for an encore performance this coming January.  
The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful of 
all  dance bandleaders back in the Swing Era of the 1930’s and 
40’s. A matchless string of hit records, the constant impact of 
radio broadcasts and the drawing power at theatres, hotels and 
dance pavilion, built and sustained the momentum of popularity.  
Over 18 musicians and singers bring the unforgettable 
Glenn Miller sound and perform those songs that everyone
 remembers. This is a show not to miss for jazz and swing fans
alike or the incurable romantics who want to step back in time.


JazzAid Live at the Banyan Bowl is an eight concert jazz series streamed live from the Pinecrest Gardens' Banyan Bowl Amphitheater. In an effort to both save the famed series this year and help feed families across the nation, the Village of Pinecrest will make this iconic jazz series available to anyone with internet access. 

A generous portion of the proceeds from JazzAid Live will go directly to World Central Kitchen founded by acclaimed international Chef José Andrés to help to feed families affected by the pandemic.

Tickets are $15 per show, or you can purchase the full subscription series for a reduced package rate of $100 for all eight shows. Concerts will air only once at 8:00 p.m. ET the day of the concert on any internet based device including some smart TVs, computer monitors, tablets and smartphones.


A FULL SEASON OF 
PAY-PER-VIEW CONCERTS
NOW ON SALE!
SEASON SCHEDULE
All shows start at 8pm eastern


Saturday, February 13, 2021
Eight Time “Trombonist of the Year” and 
Top Trombonist of his Generation
Wycliffe Gordon
Featuring Grammy Award Winner Dafnis Prieto 
conducting the 
Frost Concert Jazz Band

Saturday, February 27, 2021
2018 &2019 John Lennon Songwriting Contest 
grand prize winner, 13 acclaimed albums 
and featured artist with Jon Batiste’s House 
Band for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”
Grace Kelly

March 13, 2021
Award-Winning Pianist/Composer
Joey Alexander Trio

Saturday, April 10, 2021
8 Time Grammy Award Winners
The Manhattan Transfer

The Banyan Bowl Theater - Iconic South Florida Concert Venue

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from the Florida Communities Trust Preservation 2000 Program.

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Friday, January 15, 2021

The Fish House - Miami's Jazz & Blues & Dinner Destination Celebrates 25 Years


The Fish House
Jazz & Blues is IN THE HOUSE!

Every Wednesday, 7pm (2 drink minimum)
Melinda Rose's
Pro-Jazz Jam Sessions
Every Wednesday


Upcoming Highlights

January 15: Federico Britos & Ahmed Barroso
January 16: Rachelle Coba
January 16: John Yarling
January 22: Aaron Lebos
January 23: Katiahshe
January 27: Emma Hedrick
January 30: Nano Morris



Every Thursday, 8pm (2 drink minimum)
Best Blues Jam  
&
Every Friday, 7pm (2 drink minimum)
&
Every Saturday, 7pm (2 drink minimum)
Featured Musicians &
Mostly Motel Mel on Saturdays

CLICK HERE FOR FULL 
MUSIC CALENDAR

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The Fish House
10000 SW 56th Street
Miami FL 33165
thefishhouse.com (305)595-8453
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Serving the BEST Seafood and more!
Sunday - Wednesday Noon to 10pm and 
Thursday - Saturday Noon to 11pm

Enjoy the finest seafood AND the best music from around Miami in the BackRoom Live! Come inside and be seated in our nautical setting while we open your fresh oysters. If you like Sushi, check out our Peruvian style Ceviche; talk about magnificent! It's impossible to ignore the sizzle and aroma as hot plates of fresh catch and rib delicacies are rushed to a table near you! That's why we display Two Diamonds from AAA.


NOT ABLE TO ATTEND, 
BUT ABLE TO HELP?

BackroomLive Miami Cats

Backroom Live at The Fish House Miami is a venue where Live Music lives since 1996.  As a coincidence we opened the business on Elvis Presley’s birthday,  an omen for the amount of music we would present in the future. 

Since the March 17, 2020 #stayhome mandate, there are about 100 canceled gigs and musicians out of work from our line up.   As you might know by now,  we present Jazz Wednesday,  Blues Thursday and rotational musicians during the weekends. 

The donations will be distributed on your behalf to the artists that were scheduled to perform during this time.  If there is a surplus we will continue disbursements to any former artist who has performed in the past in BackroomLive like David Leon, Melinda Rose Rodriguez, Aurora Natrix, Joey Gilmore to mention a few.

Some of our regular Jazz Cats who will benefit are Marc Berner, Peter Betan, Federico Britos, Ahmed Barroso, Brev Sullivan and Blues musicians like Darrell Raines, George Caldwell,  Janey Wish, Motel Mel also who kept weekly gigs doing the Blues Jam on Thursday’s at BackroomLive.

Thank you for your donation and supporting our local artists. 

Angela Rivero, BackroomLive Manager

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