Saturday, May 23, 2015

On the road again...(Allen Kanovsky makes the trek to Jacksonville Jazz Fest)


Submitted by Al Kanovsky 05/23/15

...this time, the Jacksonville JAZZ Festival weekend. 

Checked in, washed my face and hands and headed for a beverage and music. In the lobby of the Hyatt a quartet of young men were playing. "KoolJazz by Unique Sound". At the keyboard we had Eric Wright. On drums was Devin Way. Playing guitar, Mike Ferguson and on alto sax Jarel Harris. A nice tight group playing some 'Bird", Grover and Monk. Out the door and up the street was the UNF JAZZ Ensemble. Big Band at its best. Excellent soloists on both tunes I listened to. Ellington's "Moten Swing" and Xavier Cugats "Tico Tico". 

Hitched a ride on a 'bike taxi' to Jacksonville Landing for Mama Blue a local star. I arrived in time to catch her doing "Stormy Weather" and was duly impressed. I didn't get band member names except for Eric Green on tenor sax. I must say everyone in the group could "Blow". Outstanding solos by each in turn. Mama Blue's program had some standards including "St. Louis BLUES", What A Difference A Day Makes", "At Last" and "Paper Moon". I had heard Debbie Orta's "paper" Wednesday night. Different gals, different song.  Mama is also a talented composer and did some of her originals. "Sweetness Is Gone", "None the Wiser", "At the Time", "For A While" and what should be on every soul singers playlist, "Leave the Light On". 

Enjoyed every single note of the performance. 

Next up was the Ryan Monteno band. Ryan himself is a star of screen and TV. Additionally he plays trumpet and fronts an absolutely great band. I did some research but could not find members names. Let it suffice to say that the tenor man was great. The keyboardist was great. The drummer was great and the bass was great. Even Ryan was great. "Put It All Together You Get" GREAT JAZZ. 

Worn out from the drive and all the afternoon fresh air----off to bed and looking forward towards Saturday's programs.



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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Want some JAM w/ that BISCUIT? Here is your recipe for Monday nights!

Proving once again that FLORIDA NEVER HAS A "DOWN" NIGHT FOR MUSIC, this past Monday at The Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton did it up right and righteously for the players and listeners.

AND, the google editing functions related to the iPhone 6 that screws up the photo orientation IS NOT APPRECIATED!

Many stories in this picture! 

Don't worry, the talent here outways the egos!

You?

Sometimes you just gotta wonder about people putting there best sides forward!

Talent... to frick'n'n die for... on a MONDAY night?
First person to email me at Charlie@JazzBluesFlorida.com with the CORRECT names of these three wins a really cool newly released CD!  

Look!

...except players... pile them on!

Ok...here they start... I don't have the time, or inclination, to correct the errors of Google and Apple! Just nod, turn your head, and write down the dates on your calendar... CYA!

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Damn, this place has CLASS!




REPEATED.. Because it is true....
THE GOOD MUSIC DRAWS THE BEST PEOPLE!

Please ignore the guy on the right. Doesn't like his photo taken. BUT...
any friend of Bob's is a friend of....

Charlie! Looking sharp there man! All cleaned up and everything!Ha!



Yep. We do 'art' shots too!







We will NEVER forget The Orange Door. Thank you Ja

Tommy will tell ya... it don't mean a thing without Ray!

Say Bye! Happy trails my friends... Send photos!





Last word?
The Funky Biscuit KICKS ASS!
G'nite now!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Art and Culture Center seeks artists for Biennial competition

$4,000 in Cash Prizes will be awarded to the top four entries
What:     
The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Florida, is seeking entries to the 7th All-Media Juried Biennial. All artists residing in the state of Florida are invited to submit original paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, video, computer-generated images, performance, or site-specific installations.

Who:      
All artists residing in the state of Florida are eligible.

When:    
Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2015. All submissions will be judged by world-renowned curators Tami Katz Freiman and Ombretta Agrò Andruff. Entries must be original works of art completed after Jan. 2013.

Where:  
The exhibition will take place on September 19 through November 1 with an opening reception and award presentation on September 18 from 6 pm to 9 pm. The reception will be open to the public and is free for members and $10 for non-members. Each exhibiting artist may bring one non-member guest free of charge.

How:
There is a non-refundable entry fee of $45 per person to submit up to three artworks (images). For entry, additional guidelines and more information, please visit www.artandculturecenter.org or call 954-921-3274


About the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood
The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood presents contemporary gallery exhibitions, artist lectures, live stage performances, and high-quality education programs for adults and children. It is the third oldest arts non-profit in Broward County and serves more than 60,000 people annually at three venues. The Center fosters a creative environment where new and challenging work can flourish through programs that reflect the highest standards of artistry and diversity. For more, visit www.ArtAndCultureCenter.org.

Lady Day at Emerson's & Grill presented by Palm Beach Dramaworks

The Story of Billie Holiday



Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill  
by Lanie Robertson

Just four months before her death, the great Billie Holiday takes the stage at a watering hole in Philadelphia, where she relates the story of her hard-knock life and triumphantly shares more than a dozen songs.

Final production of the 2015 - 2016 season
through June 7th at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre

SHOWS WEDNESDAYS THRU SUNDAYS

CLICK HERE FOR SCHEDULE & TICKETS
or call (561) 514-4042 ext. 2.
Approximate show length is 1 hr 25 mins. 
There is no intermission.

201 Clematis Street
West Palm Beach FL 33401
 palmbeachdramaworks.org (561)514-4042

Produced by Louise & Barry Snyder
Directed by J. Barry Lewis
Featuring Tracey Conyer Lee and Brian Whitted
Music Direction by Brian Whitted


Palm Beach Dramaworks concludes its fifteenth anniversary season with Lanie Robertson's Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, a moving and surprisingly joyous look back at the too-short, turbulent life of the legendary Billie Holiday. Lady Day is presented at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre on Clematis Street in Downtown West Palm Beach Florida.


April 7 marked the centennial of Holiday's birth; she died at the age of 44 in 1959. The play is inspired by a performance she gave before a very small audience in a Philadelphia club (not named Emerson's Bar & Grill) just four months before her death. Robertson heard about the performance through a friend and used it as the impetus for a piece in which Lady Day, a nickname given to Holiday by the great saxophonist Lester Young, intertwines more than a dozen songs with her harrowing life story. She was, by then, a shell of her former self, her vocal skills diminished due to too many years of heroin and alcohol abuse. But despite her vocal shortcomings, her connection to her music and to her audience never wavered. Among the songs heard in the show are "God Bless the Child" (which she co-wrote), "Crazy He Calls Me," "T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do," and "Strange Fruit," a powerful protest song about lynching.  

PBD's production is directed by J. Barry Lewis and features Tracey Conyer Lee as Billie and Brian Whitted,who is also the show's music director, as her pianist, Jimmy Powers. Phil McArthur is the bassist. Scenic design is by Jeff Cowie, costume design is by Leslye Menshouse, lighting design is by Kirk Bookman, and sound design is by Richard Szczublewski.

Lady Day premiered at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta in April,1986, with Reenie Upchurch as Billie. The show opened off-Broadway two months later at the Vineyard Theatre, and moved to the Westside Arts Theatre in September. Lonette McKee played Billie for most of the run; she was succeeded by S. Epatha Merkerson, who would return to the role in October, 1987 in Los Angeles.Lady Day had its Broadway premiere in April, 2014, when Audra McDonald took on the role at Circle in the Square. The scheduled 10-week run was extended three times.    
  
Lanie Robertson's plays include the bio-dramas Nasty Little Secrets, about the playwright Joe Orton, who was murdered; Alfred Stieglitz Loves O'Keeffe; Woman Before a Glass, about socialite and art collector Peggy Guggenheim; and The Gardener, about the friendship between Claude Monet and Georges Clemenceau. His work has been produced nationally and internationally at such venues as the Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, Delaware Theatre, the Edinburgh Festival, Festival d'Avignon, George Street Playhouse, the Kennedy Center, the Old Globe Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, Theatre de la Huchette, Theatre Petit Montparnasse, Theatre Silvia Montfort, Vineyard Theatre, Virginia Stage, Walnut Street Theatre, the Westside Arts Theatre, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Robertson is a member of the Dramatists Guild; Writers Guild, East; and the Société Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques.

Palm  Beach Dramaworks is a non-profit, professional theatre and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, Florida Professional Theatres Association, and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

The performance schedule is as follows: Evening performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8PM, and select Sundays at 7PM. Matinee performances are on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2PM. Wednesday matinees and Sunday evenings include a post-performance discussion. Individual tickets are $62, with specially priced preview tickets at $55 and Opening Night tickets at $77. Student tickets are available for $10; tickets for educators are half price with proper ID (other restrictions apply). Group rates for 20 or more and discounted season subscriptions are also available.



The Don & Ann Brown Theatre is located in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, at 201 Clematis Street. For ticket information contact the box office at (561) 514-4042, or visit www.palmbeachdramaworks.org. Box office hours are  10AM to 5PM Monday through Saturday, and 11AM to 5PM on Sunday. On performance dates, the box office stays open through intermission.  
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Little Jake & The Soul Searchers LIVE IN GAINESVILLE!

& The Soul Searchers
Last Gainesville area show before Little Jake Mitchell goes to London!


Saturday, May 23, 2015, 8:30pm-1:30am
Market Street Pub 
& Cabaret
121 SW 1st Ave
Gainesville, FL 32606
marketstreetgainesville.com (352)317-1516
The mission of the Market Street Pub & Cabaret is to provide
a unique, memorable and comfortable experience for guests 
as well as a versatile performance venue for a variety 
of music and creative arts.

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Booking Info:
Charles Steadham
Blade Agency
(352) 372-8158 x101
charles@bladeagency.com

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Jazz Vocalist Lorri Hafer Highlights Holiday Weekend at Heidi's in Cocoa Beach

Voted by DownBeat Magazine 
 as one of the world's top 
2015 jazz venues!


7 N Orlando Ave.
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
heidisjazzclub.com   (321)783-4559

Heidi's Jazz Club has been the number one hangout for jazz lovers and jazz musicians on Florida's Space Coast since Heidi and Eddie opened the club in 1992. They feature live music every Wednesday through Sunday (See CALENDAR for weekly schedule) with featured performers on selected Friday and Saturday evenings and Heidi's Open Jam Session every Sunday evening starting at 7 PM. Located in downtown Cocoa Beach, Heidi’s makes the perfect ‘highlight’ to a weekend getaway to the beach this season. 

 Club Hours: Wed-Sun 5pm-1am
Closed Mon & Tues

Upcoming Special Shows
Cover charges apply. Call to RSVP.
(321)783-4559

May 22 (8:30pm-midnight)
May 23, (8:00pm-midnight)
Lorri Hafer

CALL NOW TO RSVP!
(321)783-4559

NEED A HOTEL?


Good times at Heidi's Jazz Club!
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Albare Returns to Florida on "ONLY HUMAN" CD Release Tour

Australian Guitarist Albare
Releases New CD "Only Human"
On The ALFI Records Label


PURCHASE CD AT LIVE SHOWS
OR ONLINE AT:
iTunes 
and

CD RELEASE TOUR Performance at
JAZZIZ Nightlife
Saturday, May 30, 2015
201 Plaza Real
Boca Raton, FL 33432
www.jazziz.com/nightlife (561)300-0730
TICKETS  

Albare-Guitar
Axel Tosca Laugart-Piano
Yunior Terry-Bass
Pablo Bencid-Drums
Luisito Quintero-Percussion

"Traveling and meeting people from different horizons is something I have done all my life. I was born in Morocco, and grew up in Israel and France before moving to Australia at the age of 27. Spending my youthful years in such challengingly diverse places meant that from a young age I was able to adapt to any human condition. Naturally, I am always attracted to what humans have in common – the shared experience.


When I was growing up the trend was for the world to unite; we were looking forward to a planet without borders. Eventually, but perhaps not as we imagined at the time, that happened, becoming a reality with globalization. Today we realize that there is a place to celebrate our differences and traditions, and this is easily observed in Australia, a multicultural cornucopia in which many people of considerably different origins prosper together in peace. Living in Melbourne means you can be in Turkey, or Italy, or Greece, or anywhere in Africa in minutes; it’s delicious and the warmth of the place nourishes our souls.

This album is a vibrant musical celebration of the common ground that makes us human. And the music within – like the land in which it was made – was born of an equally multicultural ensemble: my fellow musicians, although most live in New York, come from Venezuela, Cuba and Italy. I would like to acknowledge their talent and thank them for their extraordinary dedication to this project: Pablo Bencid plays the drums, Yunior Terry is on acoustic bass, Axel Tosca Laugart is on piano for all titles except Hotel Royal on which you will hear the talented Phil Turcio, my musical companion of these last 20 years and co-composer of many of the tracks.

This album represents our first project on ALFI RECORDS, and is ALFI’s first release. I hope you enjoy this music as much as we did making it." 
— Albare

Read the Albare Interview in the May Issue of Jazz Inside Magazine

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OTHER US TOUR APPEARANCES:

Trumpets: Montclair NJ, May 22, 2015
The Blue Note New: York, May 26, 2015
Regattabar: Cambridge MA, June 3, 2015
Blues Alley: Georgetown D.C., June 8, 2015
Jazz Record Mart: Chicago IL, June 9, 2015; 5-6p
Jazz Showcase: Chicago IL, June 10
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