Monday, October 20, 2014

Florida Harmonica Championship Winners Announced!


Congratulations out to the winners of the 2014 Florida Harmonica Championship, held yesterday, Sunday, October 19 at The Beachside Tavern in New Smyrna Beach FL:


Dale PixE Ensign - Technical Ability

Manew Blew - Creativity and Style
Eric Garcia - Showmanship
Jerry Fierro - 2014 Florida Harmonica Champion!




More info at: http://jazz-bluesflorida.blogspot.com/2014/08/9th-annual-florida-harmonica.html 


And at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Florida-Harmonica-Championships/105549791700


Due to car problems, we didn't arrive until the end of the competition, but the up-side is that was the start of Ben Prestage's set!  Here are some pic and vid clips will be posted soon...when I find a hot spot that won't eat up all my phone data...it goes quickly when loading vids!



On the way! Ocala Sunset from I-75, after making 7 miles in the first half-hour of driving due to an accident. Really, how does one get in a crash on I-75 in the middle of Paynes Prairie?  A 4 mile straight shot of road...

Late sunset over Wildcat Lake in Ocala National Forest - always a nice stop...

Yep, the big boss men are wrapping it up upon my arrival!

The competition may be over, but the crowd is still lovin' it!

Contact this man about sponsorships for 2015 - plans are already in the works!

Ben Prestage - One of Florida's great artists.

You would believe how much he offered me to wear my hat...

Farley, Pam & JW Gilmore

Capt Jack is in the hosue!

Ben really held the crowd, until the hula hoopers drove everyone to the sidelines... Go figure.

Hmmmm....

Ben's been working his engineering degree we see!

JW jumps in!

If you don't know Ben, do yourself a musical favor....

A true beach bar, with the only thing missing - the beach!

Yes, they do support live music, in a big way!


...and don't you forget it!


Didn't see a single one... but I think just maybe some of the patrons felt that way Monday morning!


A "new" cigar box fiddle has been added to the Orchestra's arsenal..
Cracker tunes!



Tune in to Capt Jack!

This, also, is a good sign!

Monday destination... back in the SE for a couple days before heading back north to Live Oak and Bradfordville Saturday. What a day THAT will be!



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Life can really be...(And Allen Kanovsky is riding it for all its worth!)



Submitted by Al Kanovsky 10/20/14

...a thill ride. Especially when you go through it with your arms open to the world. Even more so if your world consists of going out most nights to listen to live music. Last night provided a classic example of that. 

It started out smoothly. Rita Wilburn appearing at the Ginger Bay Cafe on Hollywood Blvd. A benefit event for the Battle Against Breast Cancer. I even wore a pink shirt. The band was Eric & the Jazzers. Eric Trouillot formed the band but doesn't play with it ----?????----- Band members included Ken Burkhart (keyboards), Cornelius Johnson (tenor/flute), Sergio (bass), Jose (drums) and Manny (congas). 

I was meeting my buddy Bill who is a fellow Rita fan. The musicians played great. Unfortunately the sound s---s! It didn't stop Ken, Cornelius and the rest of the band from delivering on their solo portions. Rita took the stage (I really do love tall girls) and opened with "All Of Me". She took chances with both the melody and rhythm displaying her JAZZ chops. Ken and Jose provided ample support. "Summertime" had Rita 'taking it to church' with Cornelius' flute solo a welcome addition. She closed her set with a bouncy "Stormy Monday". Cornelius stretched the tenor scale to way above the scale. 

Sadly, Bill & I could not abide the sound system and agreed to meet at BJBs for Latin night. 

And so the roller coaster gets to the top ready to start the excitement. The band is Ranses Colon (bass) and his Latin Quintet. Ranses is a master musician having been musical director for both Celia Cruz and Cachao. On the stand with him are Luz Giminez (vocals), Manuel Gamel (piano), Paul Rabud (drums) Jose Olivera (Tenor/soprano) and Ismael Chavez (congas/vocals). 

They opened with a classic latin tune titled "Peanut Vendor". The 'clave' rhythm is aimed directly at my alma and it hits its mark. Martine & Jacques have arrived. When I watch them dance it provides me with infinite pleasure. Angelo manages the band and his son and daughter-in-law are in the audience. The band runs through the entire litany of Latin rhythms and melodies and couples are dancing all the way. I can control myself no longer and ask Angelo's daughter-in-law to dance. Her name is Damaris Nightingale. The girl knows what to shake and I really enjoyed dancing with her. An added delight is her smile. She smiles with her entire face. Eyes, cheeks even her forehead all light up. Additionally (talk about thrill rides) when was the last time anyone of you danced with a 'witch'. Well maybe not a witch but her card reads "Master Alchemist".------'bubble,bubble, toil and trouble'-----. She and her husband conjure up fragrances, potions and lotions that will free your soul and heal your body, heart and mind. Damaris gave M&J a sample of a lotion that would enhance the romance of their marriage. 

Back to the music. Although I didn't know the tune titles it didn't lessen the thrill of listening to very talented musicians. The music traveled from South America to the Carribean and even to New Yorico. The last tune was to a 'guaguancoa' beat. The loose translation of guaguancoa is "Freedom". Viva  ooh  ess ay. 

Tonight I will be at the restart of the MJC's Rent Party series at the Open Stage in Coral Gables.  


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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A disclaimer to...(Allen Kanovsky makes the pitch for Monday night jazz in Miami!)



Submitted by Al Kanovsky 10/19/14

...Al's disclaimer:
I claim not to promote and I don't. I review music and venues that I visit. I will take a brief recess from my non-promoter role to tell one and all, Don't, I repeat DON'T miss the Miami JAZZ Co-op's Rent Party Jam Monday night at the Open Stage in Coral Gables. This program has been on hiatus for over a year and has been sorely missed by JAZZophiles. If you have other plans----cancel them. I promise you a night filled with JAZZ played by the absolutely best JAZZ musicians in South Florida. You'll hear great live music and meet some really nice folks. Be there or be [].

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, October 17, 2014

The Music Party is in Live Oak Next Weekend! Jazz, Arts & Blues Festival!

1st Annual Live Oak 
'Jazz, Arts & Blues Festival'
October 24-25, 2014

Live Oak’s historic downtown is the setting for the 2014 Jazz, Arts & Blues Festival!  This event -  which is FREE to the public - is expected to draw a large number of music lovers from north Florida, south Georgia, and beyond. The festival's location is conveniently within fifteen minutes of the world-famous Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park & Campground and camping will be available for attendees!

SEE | TASTE | HEAR  – This October, the 1st Annual
Live Oak Jazz, Arts, & Blues Festival
will celebrate jazz, fine arts, and blues!
 
Events will begin on Friday, October 24th with a 5K Fun Run/Walk to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The Fun Run/Walk begins at 8am and will start and end at Veteran's Park. The Fun Run/Walk is being coordinated by the North Florida Community College Csstride Organization and Coach Becky Skipper/Go Figure. The link for registration is on our website at www.LOjabfest.com.


Following the Fun/Run, will be the Grand Opening of the Live Oak Farmers Market with Dixie Jazz Express performing from 12pm-3pm and 5pm-6:30pm. The Suwannee High School Homecoming Parade will entertain patrons from 3-5pm.

During the day Friday, the Fine Arts portion of the festival begins with a "Paint-Out" during the day in historic downtown Live Oak. The Paint-Out will be followed by an Artist Wine & Cheese Reception and a "Wet Canvas Sale" at 6pm at the Live Oak Frame Shop & Gallery. Light Refreshments will be provided.

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, THE FESTIVAL MUSIC WILL BEGIN! Great bands and high energy entertainers from multiple regions of Florida and south Georgia will gather to put on a stellar show for this inaugural festival!! Jazz and Blues music fans will be pleased to know the music line-up is stacked with one great band after another, including:

21 BLUE!
featuring Longineu Parsons & Ted Shumate
Little Jake & The Soul Searchers
Wailin’ Wolves Band
Beth McKee
Longineu Parsons Quintet ~ “A Tribute to Louie Armstrong”
Joe “Survival” Caruso Band
Chris Camp & Universal Praise
Gateway City Big Band

The Festival events will include daytime and evening concerts, free outdoor performances, street events, family events, food vendors, and gallery viewings.



The word on the street:

"From swinging jazz to boogieing blues, the Live Oak Jazz, Arts & Blues Festival promises to be a day of great entertainment for everyone!"  - Charlie Boyer, Owner/Publisher, JazzBluesFlorida.com

“I’ve traveled all over the southeast listening to dozens of bands. Our festival headliners are the best of the best - the REAL DEAL!” - Keith Mixon, City Councilman - Live Oak, FL

“I’m so glad we are having another multi-faceted, family-oriented event in historic downtown Live Oak! I can't wait!" - Anda Chance – Live Oak, FL

Sign up for our email newsletter at: ( http://liveoakfestivals.com/jab-fest/ )
On Twitter @LOFestivals 
On Instagram: @jabfest (Festival attendees can "tag" by using this in their posts at the event.)
For additional program details, please see www.liveoakfestivals.com

For Spirit of the Suwannee Campground information, please call 1-800/224-5656

For press inquiries or to request images:
Steven Schneitman | steven@dogoodmedia.us

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2014 Live Oak Jazz, Arts & Blues Festival Official Venue Partners:
Millenium Park
Live Oak Frame Shop

2014 Live Oak Jazz, Arts & Blues Festival Sponsors, Corporate Sponsors, and additional Partners:
Do Good Media
City of Live Oak
Live Oak Community Redevelopment Agency
Suwannee Tourist Development Council
Columbia Tourist Development Council
First Federal Bank of Florida
Poole Realty
Daniel Crapps
Dairy Queen of Live Oak
Suwannee Gas
Eutaw Engineer
Johnson & Johnson
Helvenston Insurance
Jazz & Blues Florida
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

New Year's Eve Events for Jazz & Blues People

Jazz & Blues Florida will be compiling a list of NYE events we find out about. Here is the first and most likely the one we will be at if we can work it out:

Bradfordville Blues Club: Johnny Marshall Band.

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.

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

One of the nicest things about... ( the South Florida scene are the places and players and people and Allen Kanovsky telling us about them!)



Submitted by Al Kanovsky 10/16/14

 ...JAZZ, is that you can expect the unexpected. Last night at Cafe Vico the Clarence Palmer Quartet was on the bill. 

Clarence plays B3/piano and does some of the vocals. With him are James Cotman on drums, George Candy(piano/B3) and Jim Adle on tenor and soprano saxophones. The unexpected surprises were Kevin Wilde sitting in on flugelhorn/trumpet and Gerri Tesoro taking the mic to do a song. Their program starts early at 7PM and continues to 10 or a little after. I arrived about 7:15 in time to hear Clarence play and sing "The Very Thought Of You". Jim added an emotional solo and James used soft mallets to accent the mood. The next tune was 'straiht-ahead JAZZ' and I didn't know the tune title. It didn't matter 'cause George played on of those solos that make an evening memorable. Clarence must have been in a romantic mood because next was "Be My Love" Don't be fooled by all the ballads, this band plays JAZZ. They follow with "Greensleeves" and each of them shows off a little. Clarence and George switch places and the close the set with a rousing "How High The Moon".

Denise with pal Randy have arrived as well as Ms. Jackie Deering. I am starving and she promised 'dinner' was on her --- I mean her treat. Kevin unpacks his horns for the start of the 2d set and a bop tune titled Sonnymoon for Two". Kevin is playing the flugelhorn and is not afraid to show his be-bop chops with lots of triplets and upper register play. James' drumming keeps the show going. Denise and a gal named Nancy are shaking that 'thang'. I think I am the only one old enough to remember the tune "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" which is next which was a big band hit 'way' back in the day. When they play "Girl From Ipanema" I take to the floor wirh Denise. Randy, not to be outdone, asks Jackie to dance. The 4 of us crowd the small area available for dancing.  George is at the B3 when the band does an up tempo "I Got Rhythm". Kevin continues his display of "chops"  and James is in drum heaven. Denise and Jackie are on the floor doing a modified "Charleston" that seems to have more 'bootie' shaking than I remeber my older sisters doing. "Me & Mrs. Jones" has every one who can stand up and dancing. Richie 'Race' is in the room to get a feel for the new JAZZ room in town.


Jim takes the mic to do the BLUES, "Pride and Joy". It sets the mood for Kevin's solid flugelhorn solo. Jim's tenor solo let's you know that JAZZ musicians always start with the BLUES. Soulful. The last set has Clarence back at the B3. Ms. Gerri Tesoro takes the stage and the mic to intone "Funny Valentine". The tempo is super-slow ballad. That makes the tune doubly hard to sing. Gerri handles it nicely, even taking chances with the first chorus. Admirable to say the least. The tones of the B3 are predominant in "Kiss the Good Life Goodbye" with a Clarence vocal. The evening at Cafe Vico ends with Duke Ellington's "Satin Doll". We are all off to Blue Jean Blues and Jesse Jones Jr. It's Danny Burger's (the brushmeister) Wednesday Night Showcase. With Danny and Jesse are Brian(2 brain) Murphy on piano and Dave Wilkerson on upright bass. Jesse is playing flute when I come in. Denise is on the dance floor with Isabel doing some well remembered 'lindy' steps. Jesse loves having fun and does so with a be-bop version of "Yippee Aye O ky Yea". Jesse closes the set with "Black n???". The last set starts with an incredible solo by Brian and then the band does "Hard Times" during which Brian quotes "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town". Hey it ain't even Thanksgiving!!!!. Piano Bob is in the house just in time to catch Jesse doing Hoagy Carmichaels unforgettable "Stardust". Jesse does stuff with this tune that 'nobody else can do'. They all have some fun with "Dis Here" and then bop "I Remember April". Brian's solo inspires Dave to play a fingering wonder on bass. Jesse picks up the flute to do "I'm Coming Home". 

The Real Tracy Fields plays it as her closer on Monday nights. Jesse scats it home with some of those incredible falsetto riffs and says goodnight with "Love, Peace & JAZZ.   


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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