Thursday, February 26, 2009


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"A rollicking joyride of infectious blues and sexy, soulful and sassy."
—The Chicago Sun-Times

Saffire—The Uppity Blues Women will celebrate the release of their final CD, Havin’ The Last Word, with a live performance in Tampa as part of their farewell tour. With their music, Ann Rabson, Gaye Adegbalola and Andra Faye reestablish and update the long tradition of uppity women blues singers like Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace and Memphis Minnie. Mixing first-rate musicianship with equal parts of sass, soul and humor, Saffire unleashes unforgettable originals, composed with humor and poignancy, alongside definitive versions of classic blues songs. Concert information is as follows:

Friday, April 10th
Skipper's Smokehouse
901 Skipper Road
Tampa, FL
8:00 p.m.
$13 adv./ $18 day of show

Over the course of six critically acclaimed studio albums, one live album and thousands of shows, Saffire--The Uppity Blues Women have gone from virtual obscurity to become one of the most successful acoustic blues groups today. In conjunction with the final album and tour, a new documentary film on Saffire’s incredible story, Hot Flash, will be shown at select film festivals and will also be available on iTunes.

During the course of their 25-year career, words like ‘fearless,’ ‘inspiring,’ ‘witty,’ ‘joyful’ and ‘powerful’ have been used to describe Saffire's smart, sassy, and deeply emotional blues. Havin’ The Last Word will be their final declaration together as Saffire–The Uppity Blues Women; the group has decided it’s time to move on so they can pursue their own individual interests. But pianist/guitarist/ vocalist Ann Rabson, guitarist/ harmonicist/ vocalist Gaye Adegbalola and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Andra Faye have plenty to say with Havin’ The Last Word.

Saffire–The Uppity Blues Women burst onto the national music scene in 1990 with the release of their self-titled debut album, after six years of playing locally and regionally. With their brazen, no-holds-barred acoustic blues, Saffire took the music world by storm and earned legions of fans of all ages around the globe. The group quickly went from being local favorites to internationally recognized blues stars, sharing stages with Koko Taylor, B.B. King, Ray Charles and Willie Dixon, who said of the band, "They knock me out." National media like People, Entertainment Tonight, CNN's Showbiz Today and National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition sang the band’s praises.

Their debut album, Saffire–The Uppity Blues Women, became one of Alligator's biggest selling releases ever. 1991’s Hot Flash, followed by 1992’s BroadCasting (with Andra Faye guesting on guitar, fiddle and mandolin), took Saffire to even greater heights; Andra’s mastery of all things stringed and her country-tinged vocals added a new dimension to Saffire’s music. Constant touring and increased radio play earned the group new fans everywhere they went. Features in Ms. and other magazines plus an interview on National Public Radio's Fresh Air spread the word all across the country. Their subsequent albums, 1996’s Cleaning House, 1998’s Live & Uppity and 2001’s Ain't Gonna Hush! earned the band hordes of new fans and mountains of critical acclaim. And in 2006 Alligator released their "best of" CD, Deluxe Edition.

The new CD may be called Havin’ The Last Word, but you haven’t heard the last of Ann, Gaye and Andra; these three are far from hanging up their instruments, and each will continue to perform. The success of Saffire has opened up a whole new world of possibilities. With Havin’ The Last Word, Saffire's positive message of strength, joy, love and sisterhood through music will continue to reach all corners of the music-loving world. And that's saying a lot.

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Davis and Dow's new CD Loverly is vibrant, versatile - Bob Weinberg's SunSentinel CD Rvw Repost

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By Bob Weinberg Special Correspondent to SunSentinel
February 25, 2009

"Like Cassandra Wilson, who just won a Grammy for her effort, the team of Davis and Dow has titled its new album for the Cockney flower-peddler's lament Wouldn't It Be Loverly, a showstopper from the musical My Fair Lady. Also like Wilson, the husband-and-wife jazz team from Fort Lauderdale injects Eliza Doolittle's reverie with plenty of bluesy swing and swagger. Credit vocalist Julie Davis' outsize charisma and infectious good humor for transforming the familiar show tune from wistful longing to statement of intent, her self-possessed delivery echoing that of the brassy Dinah Washington."

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009


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Speaking of Shelly is an excellent review of the Arbors Jan. event...

"Recently, I had the opportunity to photograph backstage at the Arbors Records First Annual Arbors Records Invitational Piano Jazz Party at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort on Clearwater Beach. There’s a lot of jazz in Florida and a lot here in the Tampa Bay Area. One of the biggest supporters of jazz in the area is a niche recording label, Arbors Records."


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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Duke Ellington becomes first African-American on U.S. coin

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Jazz legend Duke Ellington is the first African-American to appear on an American coin, the U.S. Mint says in introducing the latest in its line of state-themed quarters.

The District of Columbia commemorative quarter showing Ellington playing the piano will be introduced by U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy at a news conference Tuesday at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Ellington won the honor by a vote of D.C. residents, beating out abolitionist Frederick Douglass and astronomer Benjamin Banneker.

Also on the coin is the phrase "justice for all." The mint rejected the first inscription choice of D.C. voters, which was "taxation without representation," in protest of the District's lack of voting representation in Congress.

Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington received 13 Grammy Awards and was a pioneer in jazz, according to his official Web site.

Ellington was born in the District and composed more than 3,000 songs, including the notable "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing," a song that helped usher in the swing era of jazz.
Ellington performed with other famous artists, including John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, and he traveled around the world with his orchestras.

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

South Florida JAZZ welcomes Carol Saboya w/ Antonio Adolfo Quartet

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March 7, 2009 - 8:00 p.m. - South Florida JAZZ welcomes, direct from Rio de Janeiro, vocal sensation Carol Saboya performing with the Antonio Adolfo Quartet with special guest artist saxophonist Gary Campbell.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – South Florida’s premier modern jazz organization is excited to feature one of Brazil’s most compelling artists, vocalist Carol Saboya. This performance is notable inasmuch as she will reunite with her father, Antonio Adolfo, a noted pianist/composer/arranger/educator now living in Miami Beach.

This concert takes place at the 500-seat Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center on the Nova Southeastern University campus, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr Blvd in Davie 33314

Tickets are $35 ($25 for South Florida JAZZ members and $10 for students at any level with I.D.) and may be purchased from the AutoNation Box Office by calling 954.462.0222 in Broward County; also toll-free at 877-311-SHOW, as well as online at:, the presenting organization’s official Web site.

Carol Saboya and the Antonio Adolfo Quartet

The beautiful girl from Rio de Janeiro with the angelic voice and impeccable intonation is the daughter of acclaimed Brazilian pianist/composer/educator Antonio Adolfo. They will make a rare U.S appearance together fresh off their recent accolades for Ao Vivo Live, voted Outstanding Brazilian CD of 2007. Carol’s voice is unforgettable so this will be Brazilian music at its best.

Pianist Antonio Adolfo is among the elite of Rio de Janeiro’s jazz scene, where his talent was nurtured with the bossa nova movement of the 1960s. Soon, he was touring with legendary Brazilian singers, including Elis Regina and Milton Nascimento. Today, Adolfo is a master of Brazilian song. A renowned teacher, he established a prominent music conservatory, Centro Musical Antonio Adolfo, several years ago in Rio, now run by his two daughters. He also is the director of the Antonio Adolfo School of Music in Hollywood, FL. Antonio and as a first-class performer and even better known as songwriter. Herb Alpert, Sergio Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Earl Klugh and Dionne Warwick have all have performed or recorded Antonio’s compositions.
Singer Carol Saboya, Adolfo’s daughter, has seven solo CDs and several critically acclaimed performances in New York, Miami, the Hollywood Jazz Festival, and New Orleans – she’s well on her way to making her own mark – as her father has done before her. Her debut CD, Dança Da Voz, won Brazil’s coveted Sharp Premio award for Best New Pop Singer. Recorded in Miami, Antonio Adolfo and Carol Saboya Ao Vivo Live is a timeless jazz recording featuring songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim, George Gershwin, Dori Caymmi and Brazil’s jazz pioneer, Pixinguinha.

On this date, Carol will be accompanied by Antonio’s regular quartet that also features a special guest artist, saxophonist Gary Campbell, Associate Professor of Jazz Performance/Saxophone at Florida International University in Miami. A Fulbright Scholar and recipient of numerous NEA grants, Mr Campbell is a noted educator as well as a renowned jazz improviser.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.

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Leroy Jenkins, Free Jazz Composer & Violinist Honored

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If all goes well, "The Scientific Method" will be presenting a hour of Leroy Jenkin's music on Thursday, February 26, to mark the passing of Mr. Jenkin's on February 24, 2007.

The New York Times obituary by Ben Ratliff:

Leroy Jenkins, 74, Violinist Who Pushed Limits of Jazz, Dies

The violinist and composer Leroy Jenkins, one of the pre-eminent musicians of 1970s free jazz, who worked on and around the lines between jazz and classical music, died on Fridday in Manhattan. He was 74 and lived in Brooklyn.

The cause was complications of lung cancer, said his wife, Linda Harris.

Mr. Jenkins grew up on the South Side of Chicago. He started playing violin around age 7 and performed in recitals at St. Luke Church, one of the city’s biggest Baptist churches, accompanied by a young pianist named Ruth Jones, later known as the singer Dinah Washington. Mr. Jenkins subsequently joined the orchestra and choir at Ebenezer Baptist Church, directed by Dr. O. W. Frederick, who tutored him in the music of black composers like William Grant Still and Will Marion Cook.

At DuSable High School, Mr. Jenkins played alto saxophone under the band director Walter Dyett, a legendary figure in jazz education. He then attended Florida A & M University on a bassoon scholarship, though ultimately he played saxophone and clarinet in the concert band and studied the violin again.

After college, Mr. Jenkins spent four years as a violin teacher in Mobile, Ala. On returning to Chicago in 1964, he joined the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (A.A.C.M.) a cooperative for jazz musicians determined to follow through on the structural advances of Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor and others who were widening the jazz tradition. In time, he became one of the most visible members of the organization, which persists today.


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Saturday, February 21, 2009

105 Year Old Music Store Closes in Thomasville (in GA just north of FL border)

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Cocroft Music Store (circa 1904), 105 South Broad Street Thomasville, Ga 31799 ( is (sadly) going out of business and will be having a huge going out of business sale beginning Saturday, February 21, at 9am and Sunday, February 22, at noon and February 23 - March 1, at 10am. You can own a piece of Thomasville'..s history. They have over 10,000 sq. feet of stuff to sale: Music - new and vintage, player piano rolls, cds and records, instruments, pianos - new and vintage, phonographs, parts and pieces, instrument supplies, tools and accessories, antiques, office furniture, equipment and supplies...and much more - too numerous to list. Terms: cash, approved local checks, cashier checks and money orders.

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Seth Walker Releases LEAP OF FAITH and Announces Florida Tour

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Leap Of Faith

"The first time I heard Seth Walker at a small club in Nashville I was impressed like I haven't been impressed in 30 years, with performance, presence, and great songs." - Delbert McClinton

Music audiences around the world were first introduced to Seth Walker with the release of his eponymous long-player on Hyena Records in 2007. It would hit the top twenty of the Americana and Living Blues charts, while receiving praise from publications like No Depression, Blues Revue and Maverick UK Magazine. Creative Loafing wrote, "Seth Walker is a splendid mix of roots styles: blues, soul and Americana, featuring deep-fried guitar licks, churchy organ and crisp horns, mostly delivered over spot-on shuffles." Westword declared, "Seth Walker serves Southern roots guit-pickin' and blues songcraft with ease and grace. Echoing a variety of artists, from Jimmy Reed to Ray Charles, he slips expertly from loose-jointed shuffles to organ-inflected feel-good fare and a whole lot more. An old soul with new fingers, Walker cooks from start to finish." The Austin-based artist hit the road extensively throughout ‘08, performing at world-renowned festivals like Flat Rock in North Carolina, Springfest in Florida, Rawa Blues Festival in Poland and Moulin Blues in Holland. He headlined shows across the U.S., often playing to sold-out rooms, while joining the likes of Johnny Winter, Marcia Ball and Robert Cray for opening appearances.

It would seem to those previously unfamiliar with Seth Walker that he emerged practically overnight as one of the fastest rising stars in blues and roots’ music. Yet, the 35-year old songwriter, singer and guitarist has been plying his craft in Austin, Texas for upwards of a decade. Growing up on a commune in rural North Carolina, the son of classically trained musicians, Seth played cello before discovering the guitar in his late teens. His introduction to the blues came via his Uncle Landon Walker who was both a musician and disc jockey. Before long Seth was looking to artists like T-Bone Walker, Snooks Eaglin and B.B. King as a wellspring of endless inspiration. During a brief stint in Jacksonville, Florida trying to figure out his life’s calling, Seth made a definitive decision “to sing for his supper,” reasoning there was no better place on earth to cut his teeth in such a trade than “the greatest music city on earth” Austin.

"I’m pushing 14 years now having resided in the Austin city limits,” says Walker. “Through it's multi-cultural, competitive, and free spirited vibe, I have grown a much deeper understanding of my music and myself. Not to mention, Austin has definitely kept the grease in my musical recipes."

Skip forward to 2009 when Seth Walker returns with his sixth and unquestionably finest record to date, Leap Of Faith. There couldn’t, in fact, be a more apropos title. Intent on stepping up his game and exploring new musical territory, Seth took his hard earned Austin cred to Nashville; challenging himself to keep the grit of his Texas home, but spit-shine his songs just enough to reach wider audiences. He hooked up with Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter Gary Nicholson, a veteran at achieving exactly Seth’s goals with artists like Chris Knight, Jimmy Thackery and Delbert McClinton. The resulting 12-track collection hits the nail squarely on the head, presenting the stunning range for which Seth has built his reputation, but refining it to a diamond shimmer.

“Previously, I had always recorded albums my way, on my turf. This was different from the get go due to the fact that we recorded in Nashville with a new team of musicians, a new engineer and a new feeling,” explains Seth. “I was out of my comfort zone, and it made me reach for something unknown to me.”

From the opening barnburner “Can’t Come With You,” Seth Walker is off to the races. A swaggering downtown groove is juxtaposed against the sophistication of uptown horns. “Rewind” calls to mind many a Brill Building classic. It would have been hit single in days when the requisite for topping the charts was a great song. “I Got A Song” is unlike anything Seth has recorded in his career--a pure ballad with a soaring string section and staccato guitar wrapped around an exquisite vocal: “How I love and lost and I paid the cost, always knowing it was all my fault, ‘cause I knew all along, it was gonna go wrong, but at least I got a song.”

Although Seth had a hand in writing nine of the 12 songs on Leap Of Faith, he proves himself equally as capable interpreting the material of other songwriters. A snarling rendition of the Percy Mayfield chestnut “Memory Pain” highlights how deep his rhythm and blues’ roots run. Conversely, his take on Nick Lowe’s “Lately I’ve Let Things Slide,” illustrates the wide realm of musical influences from which he draws. One of his finest moments yet captured on “wax,” Seth, wistful and confessionary, sings like a man who knows the feeling all too well: “There’s a cut upon my brow, must have banged myself somehow, but I don’t remember now, and the front door’s open wide, lately I’ve let things slide.”

“Lay Down (River of Faith)” continues to build on the record’s underlying theme of faith. A gorgeous gospel lullaby, the vocal is entwined around a sanctified slide guitar capable of offering conviction to even the most skeptical. A trio of back to back scorchers found on the record’s second half: “I Don’t Dance,” “Something Fast” and “In The Dark,” are surefire roof-raisers in Seth’s live performances, but here they also serve to contrast the beauty of the closing number “Falling Out Of Love.” More than empathy for regret, the remorse in both lyric and performance is nothing short of Seth mining the saddest corners of his own first hand experiences.

"This album was made during a time in my life when I was caught up in some shadows,” Walker concludes. “The idea of a leap of faith actually does reflect where I was at personally and making this record was the light for me.”

Mar 20 2009 10:00P Bradfordville Blues Club Tallahassee, Florida Mar 21 2009 10:00P
The Back Room Boca Raton, Florida Mar 22 2009 1:00P
Tampa Bay Blues Festival St. Petersburg, Florida Mar 27 2009 2:00P
Suwannee Springfest Live Oak, Florida Mar 28 2009 2:00P
Suwannee Springfest Live Oak, Florida

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Dr. Lonnie Smith - CD Release This Week

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Tue 17-Feb-2009
Dr. Lonnie Smith - Rise Up! (Palmetto )

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BLUZAPALOOZA, the celebrity Blues concert tours created by Blues producers Steve Simon and John Hahn to entertain our troops, is taking the Blues to Egypt on March 24th for an historic command performance at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and an already sold-out concert at the Cairo Opera House.

Headlining the tour will be “The Prince of Beale Street” Mr. Billy Gibson, the incredible Memphis based Blues band Delta Highway and four time Blues Music Award nominee, Ms. Eden Brent.
“First we took the Blues to Iraq and now we are going to present the Blues just steps from the Pyramids…….how cool is that?”, stated BLUZAPALOOZA’s creator and producer Steve Simon.

This BLUZAPALOOZA tour is presented by Armed Forces Entertainment and has been made possible with the help of The Blues Foundation, Blind Raccoon, Blues Revue, Blues Wax, Alligator Records, NorthernBlues Music, Yellow Dog Records, Delta Groove Records, Blind Pig Records, Hohner Harmonicas, Telarc Records, Sony Corporation, Ruf Records and Bill Wax, the Proprietor of B.B. King’s Bluesville on XM Satellite Radio.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009


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Due to a dire family health emergency, Bonnie Raitt has unfortunately had to reschedule her tour date in South Florida at Pompano Beach Amphitheatre. The tour date will be rescheduled for Friday, October 23rd. Tickets already purchased for the postponed Saturday March 14th date will be honored at the new show. Bonnie is very sorry and regrets any inconvenience to her fans.

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Nouveaux Honkies' CD Receives Great Review in BluesWax Ezine

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This week's edition of BluesWax Ezine has a great review of TNH's CD "Where Do I Go" (Bluzpik/Whirled Around Records - 2008). If you are not familiar with this great weekly blues-news-info-monster, you have TWO reasons to follow the link! Charlie
Genre Busters, (02/18/09)

"The Nouveaux Honkies feature the guitar of Tim O'Donnell and the violin of Rebecca Dawkins. Add the superb rhythm section of Ben Laing (bass) and Phil Ori (drums) and what you have is the genre-busting Nouveaux Honkies from Port Salerno, Florida."


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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Looking for a jazz-job in Florida? Assistant Professor in Jazz History - UF

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Assistant Professor in Jazz History
University of Florida - Florida
Teach large lecture courses in jazz history to nonmajors; direct jazz band program; teach improvisation, and other related courses. Maintain creative/scholarly and service contributions appropriate for a faculty member at a major university; and serve on university committees as assigned. Minimum Requirements: Master's degree required. Preferred Qualifications: Doctorate preferred. Equivalent professional experience considered. Previous teaching experience in higher education preferred, and demonstrated success in creative/scholarly activity desirable. Experience in teaching the history of jazz and other similar topics to both majors and nonmajors, as well as in directing jazz bands; ability to teach and perform jazz improvisation.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

For Nels And Alex Cline, An Avant-Jazz Fraternity

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A good article from our friends at NPR:

Weekend Edition Sunday, February 15, 2009

You may not have heard of Nels Cline. But if you're a fan of the band Wilco, you've probably heard his guitar.Nels Cline joined the massively popular band in 2004 and appears on its latest recording Sky Blue Sky. But for his new album, Coward, Cline is a one-man band: He's overdubbed himself on guitars and several other instruments.


Monday, February 16, 2009

Arbors Records Second Annual Invitational International Piano Party Announced

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Arbors Records Second Annual Invitational International Piano Party has been announced for January 15th, 16th and 17th, 2010.

It will be held at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL and will feature nine great pianists from around the World: Dick Hyman. Bernd Lhotzky, Louis Mazetier, Rossano Sportiello, Jeff Barnhart, Chris Hopkins, Norm Kubrin, Ehud Asherie and Tom McDermott. Also BED (Dan Barrett, Eddie Erickson and Becky Kilgore). The Last three pianists will perform in the Mainstay Tavern in the Resort.

In Addition there will be Colin Dawson, Oliver Mews, Warren Vache, Duke Heitger, John Allred, Bucky Pizzarelli, Nicki Parrott, Jerry Bruno, Ed Metz, Jr., Antii Sarpila and Bob Wilber. Also Don Wolff will do a film presentation.

The all event price is $250.00 per person. (No individual event tickets will be sold) Seating is limited to 200 people at 20 tables of ten. A 10% discount will be given for 10 reserving together. Seating will be arranged in order of reservations.

The Sheraton Sand Key Resort is located at 1160 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767. Telephone: 1-727-595-1611, FAX; 1-727-563-6004: TOLL FREE: 1-800-456-7263. A limited number of hotel rooms are available at the special rate of $199.00 per night, single or double occupancy, plus tax. Please make your hotel reservations directly with the hotel and mention Arbors Records Invitational.

Arbors Records is located at 2189 Cleveland Street, Suite 225, Clearwater, FL 33765. Phone: 1-727-466-0432; FAX: 1-272-466-0432; TOLL FREE: 1-800-299-1930. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and personal checks accepted.