Thursday, January 29, 2015

How do you get a...(Around like Allen Kanovsky? Drive, drive, drive!)



Submitted by Al Kanovsky 01/26/15



..nice Jewish boy into a church on Sunday? Easy. Present a live JAZZ program. If you want him to be on time have musicians like Joe and Kathleen Donato, Brian Murphy, Jamie Ousley, John Yarling and Randall Dollahon. It happens once a month at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami from January thru April. Joe informed the audience that they would be playing "pop". That is the popular music of the 30's and 40's composed by the most creative of the writers of the time. He started the program with Jerome Kern's "Dearly Beloved". Brian played the intro and then they all took a turn at soloing. They ended the tune by each trading 8s with John. I don't know how but Brian seems to nudge certain tunes toward Latin rhythms. He did it on this one. Continuing with Kern, Joe invites his wife, Kathleen, to the mic to sing "Long Ago and Far Away". One of the lyric lines goes "and now that dream is here beside me". What a lovely thought. Joe mentions that Danny Thomas once remarked that Kathleen was better than Joe. No doubt about it. Especially in the vocal Department. Enjoying the performance with me are buddy Bill and our pal Louise. Also Joe's best friend Joel Kruger and Rick Katz(Miami JAZZ Co-op). Joel was the 'shidach' maker. Introducing Joe to Rick resulting in the birth of the Miami JAZZ Co-op. Next, in chronological order is Irving Berlin. The song was originally written for one of Irving's publishers girl friends and was titled "I'll Be Loving You, Mona". Mona eventually became "Always" and an all time classic. Joe is playing his bent soprano and delivers as tender a solo as I've ever heard. Brian and Jamie reflect his mood. Kathleen returns to do "I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket". Berlin wrote it in 1932 in the early years of the 'swing era' and Brian knows how to 'swing it'. Now we come to George Gershwin and Kathleen does a great job on "Someone To Watch Over Me" making you believe every word. Daniell McCloud is in the audience and Joe invites him up to do "Somebody Loves Me". JAZZ,JAZZ,JAZZ. You can't leave out Richard Rodgers and they do "Blue Moon". Brian introduces the tune in a slow ballad time. John utilizes mallets for dramatic rolls and cymbal work.

If you do Rodgers can Col Porter be far behind. Joe returns to alto. John is playing with a stick in his left hand and a brush in his right. Brian and Jamie's solos on "I Love You" are as romantic as the tune itself. Porter, among the sophisticated 'pop' composers also wrote "Don't Fence Me In". We almost got through a whole set without Joe(Yussel to me) singing. Not quite lucky enough. He can sell a song and I visualize him in chaps and a ten-gallon hat, riding fence in Oklahoma, singing "Don't Fence Me In". Fortunately it was only a momentary illusion. Kathleen returns to close the set with Harold Arlen's
"Bye,Bye,Baby". The 2nd set will showcase the JAZZ composers. Duke Ellington wrote "Azalea" for Louis Armstrong. It should be played more often. Joe sits at the piano for this one. I didn't know he played. Somehow or other, maybe it's the song, but he sounds better on this one. He steps away fom the keys and puts both the saxes to his lips for "Satin Doll". The lyric was written by Johnny Mercer but Joe doesn't sing it. 'Is there a saying about 'small favors'? They follow with George Shearing's "Lullaby Of Broadway". Joe plays piccolo. John takes a 5* solo. Now Joe quotes Dizzy's statement of "No BLUES, No JAZZ!" and Kathleen returns to do a duet with Joe on "You're My Centerpiece". During Brian's solo he quotes Monk's "Straight No Chaser". Joe does a credible scat and Jamie bops his solo. Cannonball Adderley wrote and the band plays "Things Are Getting Better All the Time". They all take 2 bar breaks and it jumps. Randall not only plays but is a brilliant composer. They do one of his tunes, which for now is titled "4.99". It is a soft ballad and Joe utilizes the soprano and both he and Brian do really nice pieces. Joe wrote one based on the chord changes of Benny Golson's "Along Came Betty". Joe calls his "Cookin' at the JAZZ Coop". It is dedicated to the Miami JAZZ Co-op and it 'cooks'. 

I escape the church and head for Martin Hand/ James McCoy Sunday Jam at the Q Bar in Ft. Lauderdale. If you are a JAZZophile don't miss these sessions. If you are a musician, bring your ax and sit-in. I'm in time for some of the first set which included "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off", Wes Montgomery's "Road Song", "Moonlight In Vermont" and "I've Got You Under My Skin". Martin(guitar) and James(bass) share vocals and George Mateo is at the skins. I try not to single out musical performance. It would be an injustice if I didn't say if you're not listening to Martin Hand you are not listening to JAZZ guitar. He lifts James and James lifts him to higher heights of performance. The 2nd set opens with "Invitation" They do it to a Brazilian Carnaval beat and George gets a chance to show off. Denise Shuster (one of my dance partners) joins me at the bar. She is delighted with the appearance and ambience of this new music venue. They do a Clifford Brown composition with solos by Martin and James that keep you listening to every note and chord. Probably one of the best melodies ever written is "Harlem Nocturne". Last night was the night to hear it done and done to perfection. The last set is opened with Jocko Pastorius' "Three Views of a Secret". Jocko's compositions are a constant reminder of his brilliance.R.I.P.

No night of JAZZ is complete without a little Cole Porter and so we get to hear "I Get A Kick Out Of You". They close the evening with a little "Sting". "Fragile" is the tune. It puts Denise in a romantic mood. She kisses me-----on the cheek and says 'Good Night'. So much for romance. 

Next week no JAZZ at the Q Bar------Super Bowl!!!!!!!-----Following week, new times. 5PM 'til 9PM. Bring your body and your ax.       












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, January 28, 2015

Cool Cabaret, Blistering Blues at Arts Garage


Billy Stritch | Cabaret
Sat. 1/31, 8pm

“Billy Stritch’s skilled piano playing fits well with his silky, rich voice: both instruments play as one.”
–Stageclick.com

Grammy-winning composer, vocalist, and jazz pianist, Billy Stritch blends his quick wit with harmonic piano arrangements and melodic vocals, breathing new life into the Great American Songbook.

Bob Margolin | Blues 
Sat. 2/7, 8pm
A former member of the Muddy Waters band, “Steady Rollin” Bob Margolin is a Chicago-style blues guitarist and singer who delivers exciting blues with an entertaining stage presence.

"His knife-edge slide guitar and husky voice summon the depths of classic Chicago blues."
-Chicago Sun Times

I And You by Lauren Gunderson continues... 
Wed. 1/28 – Sun. 2/8
Wed-Fri, 7:30pm 
| Sat-Sun, 2pm
Our current theatre production continues to get rave reviews.  Don’t miss this witty and evocative play.

Boca Raton Magazine says, “I And You is buoyantly funny…It’s poetry in motion.”
READ REVIEW

 4th Annual Grunge & Glamour 
Toots Lorraine and The Traffic
 
Sat. 2/28, 8pm
Arts Garage Guild presents the vivacious and charming Toots Lorraine. Our annual gala supports artistic and educational programming at Arts Garage. This year’s theme is Retro Fusion!


Rebecca
RADIO THEATRE
Wed, 2/11 & Thu, 2/12
7:30pm


Johnny Rawls 
BLUES | Fri. 2/13, 8pm

Vanessa Collier 
BLUES | Sat. 2/14, 8pm

Alix Paige
CABARET  
Sun. 2/15, 7pm 

Danny Brooks: Texassippi Soul Man
BLUES | Sat. 2/21, 8pm

Uncertain Terms
by Allison Gregory

THEATER 
World Premiere 
  
Fri. 3/6 - Sun. 2/29 







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A Birthday Celebration...(And more, as Allen Kanovsky relates...)



Submitted by Al Kanovsky 01/27/15



...and a celebration of Life. Last night was the Miami JAZZCo-op Rent Party at the Open Stage in Coral Gables. The featured artist was Maria Rivas. It also was her Birthday. About a year ago, the Angel of Death stood at the door of her hospital room. G-d and the prayers of many were at her bedside. A brilliant physician, whose name, I unfortunately do not know, had developed a chemo formula specific to Maria's type of cancer. Science and Faith in the Lord brought a miracle to Miami Baptist Hospital that day.  Last night the club was full of fans and friends including Iliana and her family, Angela and Juan (The Fish House), Bill Rutan, his pal Tom, Dr. Jules Oaklander, Larry Lapin, Donna Blue, Dr. Joan Gluck and husband, Nanami Morakawa (Ousley) and I. Maria was dressed in what I would describe as Flapper/Mod. Pictured below. The look was devastating. If I could, I would have packed her in a box and taken her home----never to be released! With her was the hottest rhythm team in town. Danny Burger (the brushmeister), Brian Murphy and Jamie Ousley---drums, piano, bass in that order. I don't know why but when singers see me in the audience they opt to do Nat 'King' Cole's "Lush Life". Maria opens with it. She not only looks great, she is singing great! Brian and Jamie do their best in playing up to her level. Maria's in Latin mode tonight and she does "Girl From Ipanema" in Spanish. "See What Happens" a little scat and a little Danny. Dizzy's "Night In Tunisia" is what Maria likes to have fun with. En Espanol, even the scat lines were done in Spanish. Maria takes a break and the trio does "Invitation". Maria returns to do a romantic "Poco, Poco". Maria not only sings en Espanol , she can do Yiddish just as well. She proves it with "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen". The opening lyric line goes--'Of all the gals(guys) that I've know, and I've known some' is one of my all-time favorites. It joins "but will you love me tomorrow?" Jaimie swings it and Danny shows off his brushwork. She softly sings a Spanish congratulatory song to herself. Dr. Jules had ordered a birthday cake. Maria blows out the candles while we all sing Happy Birthday. Fran, Rick Katz's wife cuts it into perfect slices and there is more than enough for all. The 2nd set opened with Maria dedicating the song to me and the late mother of my(our) children, Flo. The tune is "My Romance". It touches me. If Flo was still here, we would have danced. Close and "cheek to cheek". Brian and Jamie's solos reflect how they felt about her as well. The mood is lightened with a swing number from the past, "I'm Beginning To See the Light". They all have fun with it. I have said it before but there is no one and nobody who does "Besame Mucho" like Maria. It is creative, imaginative, innovative and outright spectacular. She pleads for love and makes fun of the thought. Kiss me a lot, but so what if you don't! Brian prods Danny and Jamie into Clave rhythms. Maria takes a break and the trio does another one from the history books "Tangerine". Memories of Helen O'Connol and Ray Eberle. Maria returns and invites Keanu, a young saxophonist, up to do "Funny Valentine" with her. You can't have asked for a better combo than her voice and his tones. You can see and hear the joy in both of them. They trade 4's. Voice and sax. One following the other and then reverse. It was what JAZZ is all about. Definitely one for the memory bank. I notice Joan doing pencil sketches. (one of Maria pictured). She is doing----sketching, my friend Bill. She says he has an interesting face. I say it's a disrupted distortion---but what do I know? Hannah(alto) comes up and the collectively do "Autumn Leaves". Hannah's solo keeps your attention and Keanu follows suit. Maria is singing in spanish ad the rhythm is 'bolero'. Nice, real nice. Some audience members call for "Manduco". It is a funky Latin thing. Maria does a dozen or so bars and then sings "Summertime". She makes it her very own and you know it. Doctor Jules and I say our "Good nights" and both agree that we are still hungry. We stop at IHOP for an early morning (late nite) breakfast. Dr. Jules is a VEGAN(all caps). He orders an egg white omelet with spinach, mushrooms and broccoli. Sliced tomatoes and English muffin on the side, Decaf coffee with warm milk. I am a carnivore/glutton. I order pancakes, eggs, double BACON and regular coffee, black! He does't look at me while I eat. We talk about this and that. From a far away table I hear somebody mention Joey Bishop. Ranses Colon is talking with Mark Fernicola. they finish their food. We finish hours. They join us and we talk 'til the wee hours. What do we talk about? Club owners and how they pay (read DON'T pay). I offer a history lesson on the subject.  




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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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

JIMMY WILLIAMSON AND HIS ALL-STAR BAND at JAZZIZ in Boca Raton Friday, January 30!

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January 30, 2015 ~ 7-10pm

JAZZIZ


201 Plaza Real
Boca Raton, FL 33432
jazziznightlife.com (561)300-0730


As a lead vocalist front man entertainer, Jimmy Williamson has a very high energy show which features classic hits of jazz, pop R&B and fusion.  He creates magic with his soulful vocal style and ability to connect with top of the line vocals, stage presence, and showmanship. Jimmy’s charismatic shows will take you on a beautiful journey of his inner soul and creativity. 

His All-Star band of musicians is one of the top performing bands in the country. The rhythm section consists of both internationally recognized touring and recording musicians who have been educated by ways of Berkley School of Music and the University Of Miami. This bands rhythm section is to die for.

All-Star band members: Jimmy Williamson- vocals, Leo Quintero- guitar, Ivan Velasquez- drums, Jose Velasquez- bass, and Carlos Puig- keyboard/trumpet.

Booking Contact
bighitjw@comcast.net
Phone (954)257-3061
www.bighitentertainment@comcast.net

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Tuning up for The 5th Annual Eustis Jazz Revue

The Annual Eustis Jazz Revue helps to raise funds and as the event grows with each year the community comes together to benefit our local youth music programs. The evening is known to fill all of the senses, an evening that is full of great Jazz played by our 6th to 8th grade Award Winning Eustis Jazz Band Students, directed by Mr Gerald Ricke and our 9th to 12th grade Award Winning Eustis Jazz Band Students, directed by Mr Mathew Flenner. Just before doors open on March 27, 2015 at The First Baptist Church Of Eustis located at 3551 East Orange Avenue, Eustis, FL 32736 the community view original pieces of art all done by the music students themselves at no cost to the students. Plan to experience oils on canvas, drawings, paintings of all styles, colors, and themes and this is open to community and family viewing at 5:00 p.m. These original artwork is to be silently auctioned off as the three course meal is being served at 6:00 p.m.. Served by the music students themselves.This event really has become all about giving back and having a groovy time while doing so.

Tickets are on sale starting February 1, 2015. You may reserve tickets by emailing JazzRevue@EustisBand.com. Tickets cost $30.00 and every dollar goes directly to these important programs. The Jazz students serve you a three course meal at your table. Vegetarian meals are available during ticket purchase by typing in Vegi Meal.  This time allows the audience to ask questions and get to witness how well these students already interact in time restricted, stressful and new working environments.  The meal is prepared by The Eustis High School Culinary Team headed by Chef Nicole Austin. The meal is Salad, Main Course and Dessert all while listening to award winning students play wonderful music. Just prior to the event The Eustis High School JRROTC present the flag. This event includes more than one underfunded school program making it a truly unique fundraiser.

The Eustis Band Programs are honored to have Jeff Rupert for this years clinician. Each year the event invites a different clinician who not only helps to raise funds at the event but also gives each student music group a workshop. This personal time allows the students to expand from normal classroom techniques. Learning of the scholarship possibilities, how to entertain a crowd with confidence, the endless possibilities of being a musician are just a few great things that come from this honor.

Rupert has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings with artists including Maynard Ferguson, Sam Rivers, Mel Tormé, Diane Schuur and Benny Carter. He played on Carter's Harlem Renaissance which won a Grammy. He played and arranged  for the New Jersey-based Blues band The Fins. He has also performed with Kevin Mahogany, Ernestine Anderson, Joe Farnsworth, Ray Drummond, Harry Allen, pianist Benny Green, Kenny Drew jr, trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman, and pianist and singer Judy Carmichael.

Sponsors are all local and include Henn-House Printing, Sol De Mexico and The Car Doctor. With local product donations made by Porter's Photography, Freddy Hernandez at Unicorn Fine Arts and Prints also Mount Dora Pizza and Subs. For more information on attending or becoming a sponsor please go to www.eutisband.com

Florida Smooth Jazz Weekend Is Just 3 Days Away!

INDIVIDUAL NIGHT & TWO NIGHTS TICKETS
AND DINNER PACKAGES
ARE STILL AVAILABLE!
 Just A Few Days Until Showtime!

Friday, Saturday & Sunday
January 30, 31 & February 1, 2015



Florida Smooth Jazz Weekend at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront  features Mindi Abair, Rick Braun, Nick Colionne, Jackiem Joyner and Peter White.   These world-famous artists will be performing individually and together throughout the weekend, backed by the finest musicians in the business. Presented by the Florida Smooth Jazz Foundation and produced by the Brevard Music Group, you will be entertained by several of the most exciting artists in contemporary jazz today.


JAZZ WEEKEND PACKAGE OPTIONS

These four jazz weekend package options are still available:

Option 1 - Friday night ticket or dinner & ticket package.
Option 2 - Saturday night ticket or dinner & ticket package.
Option 3 - One ticket to both Friday and Saturday night concerts or dinner/concert package.
Option 4 - Full weekend package including hotel accommodations, Friday & Saturday dinners, concerts, late night snacks and brunches.


Enjoy SIX smooth jazz concerts in the intimate setting of the Crowne Plaza's Grand Ballroom. Only 50 seats left!

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE
 WEEKEND PACKAGE!


Enjoy a weekend of concerts, dinners, brunches, after parties, beach, sun and lots of fun, all included as part of our “cruise on land” packages.  Click HERE for information on weekend packages including the concert and after party schedules, dining details and room options.

At the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront hotel, they take pride in providing first-class service and deluxe accommodations.  Come join us at the beautiful oceanfront location and relax on the white sand and swim in the sparkling Atlantic Ocean.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday
January 30, 31 & February 1, 2015
2605 North Highway A1A, 
Indialantic, FL 32903 



FOR MORE  INFORMATION: 
(321)795-0390 or 

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