Monday, December 22, 2014

Florida New Year's Eve Events for Jazz & Blues People - Updated 12/21/14




Jazz & Blues Florida is compiling a list of New Year's Eve events around Florida of interest. (Yes, it is our CLIENTS that are linked!) 

Great Outdoors Restaurant:  New Year's Eve w/ Little Mike & The Tornadoes
Great Outdoors Restaurant: 65 North Main Street High Springs, FL 32643 (386)454-1288 greatoutdoorsdining.com Dec 31: New Year's Eve w/ Little Mike & The Tornadoes  MAP

Beach Shack: New Year's Eve Party With Usual Suspects
Beach Shack: 1 Minutemen Causeway, Cocoa Beach FL 32931 beachshackblues.com 321-783-2250. Dec 31: New Year's Eve Party With Usual Suspects MAP

Maguire's Hill 16: Albert Castiglia
Maguire's Hill 16: 535 North Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 maguireshill16.com (954)764-4453. Dec 31: New Year's Eve w/ Albert Castiglia.

Bradfordville Blues Club: Johnny Marshall Band.
Bradfordville Blues Club: 7152 Moses Ln. Tallahassee FL 32309  bradfordvilleblues.com (850)906-0766 Tickets  Dec ; 31: NYE w/ Johnny Marshall Band

Paradise Bar & Grill: All Star Jam
Paradise Bar & Grill: 21 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach 32561 paradisebar-grill.com (850)916-5087. Dec 31: All Star NYE JAM W/ SPECIAL GUEST BRYAN LEE.  MAP

Kreepy Tiki: Piano Bob's 88s All Stars
Kreepy Tiki (AKA MONTEREY CLUB: 2608 South Federal Highway Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316  ((305)803-9014 $20, 10pm-1:30am, Dec 31: Piano Bob's 88s Allstars w/ Rockin' Jake, Bonefish Johnny & Lou Abbott. MAP

Heidi's Jazz Club: Kenny Co​hen will join the Ron Teixeira Trio for your entertainment and the dance party while we celebrate on New Years Eve to bring in the new year, 2015.
Heidi’s Jazz ClubDownBeat Magazine February 2014 - voted as of the world's top jazz venues for 2013! : 7 N Orlando Ave. Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 heidisjazzclub.com 321-783-4559. Dec 31:  NEW YEAR'S EVE- Ron Teixeira Trio w/ Kenny CohenTickets for New Year's Eve must be pre-purchased.

Funky Biscuit: Natural Wonder - The Ultimate Stevie Wonder Tribute Experience - Gabriel Bello with a full band and brass section! 
Funky Biscuit303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432 funkybiscuit.com(561)395-2929.  Full Dinner Menu Nightly starting at 5pm.  Dec 31: New Years Eve Celebration Featuring Natural Wonder - The Ultimate Stevie Wonder Tribute Experience, 9pm MAP 

The Betsy Hotel: Dinner & celebration w/ five-course feast w/ Adrenaline Jazz providing the entertainment.
Betsy South Beach - Lobby Bar: 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139 thebetsyhotel.com (305)531-6100. Dec 31: New Year's Eve Dinner & celebration w/ five-course feast w/ Adrenaline Jazz providing the entertainment.  MAP 


Pisces Rising: Tina Stefanos fronting an 18-pc big band.

Daytona Beach Resort and Conference Center: Robert "Top" Thomas solo, acoustic, opening at 8pm for The Victor Wainwright Band, 9:30pm - 12:30am.

Harry's Bar and Discount Liquors: 306 Marine St, Carrabelle, Florida 32322 harrysbarandpackage.com (850)697-9982 Dec 31: New Year's Eve Blast w/ The Wailin' Wolves Band.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Florida's Slate for International Blues Challenge is Finalized. Look out world!



Announcements for Florida's 2014 Local IBC Challenges 

to determine competitors at the 2015 IBC In Memphis TN.


 RESULTS!

Suncoast Blues Society
*Charlie is on-site for this event a full blog will be posted soon!

Competition was held Oct 12 at Ace's Lounge,
4343 Palma Sola Blvd. 
Bradenton FL 34210
AcesLiveMusic.com (941)795-3886
Time: 4pm
Solo/Duo Competitors
Sandy Atkinson
Franc Robert
Bodie Valdez (Winner Solo/Duo Category)
Lee Pons
Band Competitors:
Theodore Strange Band
Betty Fox Band (Winner Band Category)
Marty Stokes Band
Theodore Stange Band
Ellie Lee & Blues Fury
TC Carr's All-Star Bolts of Blue
Jason Haram Band

The Jeff Jensen Band will appearing at immediately following the competition. The show is also sponsored by the Suncoast Blues Society. Jeff should start about 9 pm. 


Southwest Florida Blues Society
Competition results updated 10/5/14 based on notice from Society.
Competition was held Sunday, September 28, 2014 at: 
Ter-Tini's
7050 Crystal Drive
Ft. Myers, FL 33907
(239)277-5475
Time: 1pm
2:10 - William Frey
2:45 - Gator Nate 
3:20 - Little Eddie and the Fat Fingers (Winner Solo/Duo Category)
3:55 - RJ Howson (Winner Band Category)
4:30 - Big Buck and the Biscuit Boys
5:05 - The Marty Stokes Band (Winner People's Choice Award)

South Florida Blues Society
"ON THE ROAD TO MEMPHIS" 
Competition was held Sunday, Sept 14, 2014 at:
The Funky Biscuit
303 SE Mizner Blvd
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Time: Doors 5pm, competition 6pm
Ticket: $5
Competitors
Bands:
Marty Stokes Band
IKO IKO (Winner Band Category)
Otis Cadillac & The Eldorados w/ The Seville Sisters

See Allen Kanovsky's blog review of the event athttp://jazz-bluesflorida.blogspot.com/2014/09/there-are-nightsand-this-night-was.html

Orange Blossom Blues Society
Competition was held Sunday, August 10, 2014 at:
Blue 42
14195 W. Colonial Drive, 
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Time: 1-5pm
Competitors:
Andrew Williams Band
Andrew Sadlon - Guitar & Vocals, Michael Scitney - Drums, Rich Donofrio - Bass
Bing Futch (Winner Solo/Duo Category)
Don't Scare the Dog
Lonnie G. - Bass & Vocals, Luke Elliot - Guitars & Vocals, Frank Filipo - Drums & Vocals
Paul Stott Group (Winner People's Choice Award)
Paul Stott – Guitar & Vocals, Richard Plate - Harmonica, Gary Martin - Bass, Joseph Adcock - Drums
Pitbull of Blues (Winner Band Category)
Josh “The Pitbull of Blues” Rowand - Guitar & Vocals & Banjo & Harmonica, Deny Rowand - Bass Guitar & Vocals, Richie Corricelli - Drums & Back-Up Vocals

News blog entry (photo's, video's & commentary) posted at: http://jazz-bluesflorida.blogspot.com/2014/08/orange-blossom-blues-societys-central.html 

Blues Society of Northwest Florida
True Blue (Winner Solo/Duo Category)
Cat Roades & The Truth (Winner Band Category)

Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast

Competition held Wednesday, Sept 3, 2014 at:
Pirate’s Cove Restaurant and Marina
Mark Telesca Band (Winner Band Category)
Solo/Duo - No Info Provided

North Central Florida Blues Society

Competition held Sunday, September 7, 2014 at:
Dirty Bar
2441 NW 43rd Street 
Gainesville, FL 32606
Time: 5pm
Competitors
Bands:
Bootleg Creek
The Bridget Kelly Band (Winner Band Category)
Bubba Can’t Dance
The Stumble
Undeserved
Solo/Duo:
Bridget Kelly & Tim Fik
Rick Randlett  (Winner Solo/Duo Category)


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Depressed, Suppressed, Oppressed...(Allen Kanovsky, you have a lot of musicians sweating right now - that you might be writing about them and not yourself!)



Submitted by Al Kanovsky 12/20/14

...and Unpressed. That was me last night. I was depressed by the news of China Valles' passing. The news all day was filled with stories of North Korea and Cuba so I thought of the suppressed and oppressed millions of people. When I shave I am forced to look in the mirror and realize my neck, arms and most of the rest of me is unpressed. There is only one way to fight all this negativity. JAZZ or BLUES LIVE.

El Gato Fresco aka Eddy Balzola is at Soyka's with Yoel DelSol on congas, Rafael Valencia (bass) and Ray Monroig playing drums. I found a table close up to the band and ordered a Jack with a splash and a dash i:e a splash of water and a dash of bitters. Try it. Perfect for winter evenings. The music started with a Latin beat. (I didn't catch a single title). Rafael played a brilliant bass solo. 


A gal with a red dress on was standing nearby, waiting for her parties table to come available. The rhythm caught her and the appropriate parts were in motion. Taking a closer look I determined that there was no evidence of any undergarments --- whatsoever!!!. (Submitted photo omitted at editor's discretion.)
Now having been completely distracted all I can recollect of the music is that it was JAZZ at its best. The group did ballads, traditional Cuban, some straight-ahead and a little salsa. Every solo was thoughtful and made for very good listening. The dining room was crowded and diners are not generally listeners. They are talkers. The noise was distracting to say the least. The good music, good food and even the gal in the red dress could not buoy my spirits. Anyone who knows me, knows that it is not often that I leave before the last note is played. Last night was one of them. I could not shake my mood. My apologies to Eddy, Yoel, Rafael and Ray. You tried your best. 

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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Friday, December 19, 2014

Old Dogs Florida Blues TV - Not every BIG DOG gets to be an old one!

Rule the Blues!
"Music history at its best! 
Fun and Educational! 
Check out the Old Dogs TV Show!"


Watch the shows 
NOW 
online on YouTube at

The Old Dogs series and performances 
will be aired on the following cable
 and digital broadcast channels to 
over 3 MILLION homes in 
Central Florida:

Vision TV - Brighthouse Channel 198
Vision TV - Comcast Channel 98
Vision TV - AT&T U-verse Channel 99
Vision TV - Digital Broadcast Channel 29 - 2

and are or will be available on demand at:

Orange TV & Vision TV 
9860 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819

and



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WD555? - Miami Beach code for fine wine and great JAZZ!

Ending the year w/
fine jazz & wine.

What could be better?




555 Jefferson Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
wd555usa.com (305)672-6161
  
Small Jazz ensembles accompany weekly 
Tuesday Wine Tasting events.
Performance is indoors in 
Wine Tasting room, 7-10pm.
Limited to 50 seats
RSVP necessary to assure seating.

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December 23: The French Horn
December 30: Ramatis Moraes Trio

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Jazz and Love: A Fresh and Innovative Valentine's Day Live Jazz Experience in Boca Raton, FL

1 Night, 
4 Award-Winning Artists, 
A World Class Stage... 
Jazz and Love 



Saturday, February 14, 2015
Mizner Park Amphitheater
590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432 
 MAP

Featuring...
Four time Grammy nominee Boney James 
Eleven time Grammy nominee Kirk Whalum 
Chart topping contemporary jazz band Pieces of a Dream
Powerhouse vocalist, songwriter, pianist, 
arranger and producer Sheléa Frazier


Welcome to Jazz and Love, a fresh and innovative live jazz experience like none other. Presented at the renowned Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton, Florida, the Jazz and Love concert series was created for and by true jazz enthusiasts. Each event is carefully designed to deliver a dynamic mix of contemporary jazz musicians in one of the most magnificent concert settings in the country.

Merging the sweet and soulful sounds of some of the world’s best known jazz artists with the incomparable acoustics of an outdoor setting makes for a unique concert experience. We call it Music Immersion™ and we know first-hand just how it will transform the way you experience jazz. We invite you to join us on this Jazz and Love journey.

Don’t miss out on one of the most amazing live music experiences you will ever have. Buy tickets now for our next Jazz and Love event to experience Music Immersion™ for yourself.






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R.I.P. China "Maharajah, Purveyor of Swirls" Valles - Services Announced

 “Music is my love; it's my life.”


Charles (China) Lomba Valles died Dec. 17, 2014 at age 89. Dubbed "Maharajah, Purveyor of Swirls" by Duke Ellington, China was a main-stay of the South Florida jazz scene for decades.

Read The Miami Herald article here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/obituaries/article4647297.html

A viewing will be at 4 p.m. Dec. 26 at Church of the Open Door, 6001 NW 8th St., Miami. Services at 1 p.m. Dec. 27 at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 740 NW 58th St., Miami. Reception will follow at a Sunshine Jazz Organization tribute concert in Valles’ honor at 6 p.m. Dec. 28 at Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd. Call 305-795-2360. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Sunshine Jazz Organization, P.O. Box 381038, Miami, FL., 33238.



Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/obituaries/article4647297.html#storylink=cpy

Memorial postings at: https://www.facebook.com/SunshineJazzOrg

Assorted links:

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/bestof/2001/award/best-jazz-radio-program-15553/

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1995-01-22/entertainment/9501190345_1_duke-ellington-jazz-greats-swirls

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/profile.php?id=101852

http://www.sunshinejazz.org/About-Us.html