Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Ira Sullivan to direct Third Annual Simon Salz Memorial Concert Featuring Nestor Torres

The Third Annual Simon Salz Memorial Concert
Presents Special Guest Artist Nestor Torres
featuring the
University of Miami Frost School of Music Young Musicians’ Camp Honors Jazz Ensemble
Directed by Ira Sullivan

WHAT/WHO:
All proceeds support the camp scholarship fund to enable
talented young instrumentalists and vocalists, ages 7-18, to attend
the Young Musicians’ Camp. The camp, now celebrating its 10th
anniversary, has an enrollment of over 300 students from Florida,
the US, Caribbean, Central and South America, and Europe.

WHEN/WHERE:
Wed. July 15, 2009 • 7:00 pm
University of Miami, Gusman Concert Hall
1314 Miller Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146
Ticket Prices:
Students: $10 Seniors: $15 General Admission: $20
To Purchase Tickets:
www.friendsoftheyoungmusicianscamp.com
or Call: 305-284-2241

Monday, June 29, 2009

AZ Kenny Tsak's CD "Like I Do" Enters TOP 100 BLUES MAGAZINE CHART



Rock'n Bluesman from Florida and Arizona AZ Kenny Tsak's new CD "Like I Do" entered the TOP 100 BLUES MAGAZINE CHART at #39 last week.


He joins Florida artists Jason Ricci (catch Jason and New Blood at Boston's on the Beach this week!), Terry Hanck, and Joey Gilmore on the chart.


Complete chart listings at:


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Florida Jazz & Blues Music Writer, Bob Weinberg, Becomes Music Examiner

Bob Weinberg has been writing about jazz and blues in South Florida for nearly 20 years. He is an editor and writer for Jazziz magazine and contributor to the Sun-Sentinel and now contributes his experience and talent to Examiner.com.

Examiners cover thousands of subjects to entertain, inform and inspire readers. Examiner.com carefully vets each of its Examiners, and provides them with access to publishing tools, Web training, and a live help desk. Examiner.com is currently recruiting Examiners within each of its 90 markets.

Launched in April 2008, Examiner.com serves 90 major markets across the country and is the insider source for everything local. Examiner.com's content is contributed by Examiners; passionate, informed, and knowledgeable local influencers. Examiner.com is a division of the Clarity Media Group, owned by The Anschutz Company, one of the largest media investment companies in the world

YOU CAN READ BOB'S LATEST CONTRIBUTION AT:
http://www.examiner.com/x-6218-Miami-Jazz-and-Blues-Examiner

Friday, June 26, 2009

The Nouveaux Honkies, of Port Solerno, Florida Break into the both Roots Blues and Roots Country Charts w/ LIVE AT SUN release



THE NOUVEAUX HONKIES
LIVE AT SUN


http://www.rootsmusicreport.com/2.0/charts.php?name=tradcountry


http://www.rootsmusicreport.com/2.0/charts.php?name=blues


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Inaugural Disney Jazz Celebration Competition in Florida a Success


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla – The inaugural Disney Jazz Celebration, a competition for high school and middle school jazz vocal and instrumental ensembles, premiered at the Walt Disney World Resort February 19. The three-day festival gave students from across the U.S. a chance to learn from jazz legends, and contemporary jazz celebrities alike. The experience included Master Classes with Conn-Selmer, Inc. clinicians, a Jam Session featuring the professionals and the students, clinics following each performance, and an inspiring closing award ceremony.

Legendary jazz icon Arturo Sandoval performed for more than 700 jazz students at the opening ceremony. Over the course of his career, Sandoval has received four Grammys, six Billboard Awards, an Emmy, and the title of Cuba’s Best Instrumentalist from 1982 – ‘90. This Florida International University tenured professor shared his love of jazz with the student musicians.

"After the Arturo Sandoval concert my lead tenor player came out and said 'That completely changed my life.’ Having the ‘Who's who’ of jazz education in one spot working with these kids was extremely inspiring," said Mike Whipkey, band director of Eden Prairie High School, Minn.

The annual Disney Jazz Celebration is supported by Conn-Selmer, Inc. and their family of fine instruments. Vincent Bach, Selmer, King, Ludwig Musser and Glaesel are the official instruments of the event. The Conn-Selmer, Inc. renowned instrumental jazz clinicians included Steve Fidyk, jazz drummer, author, and member of the jazz faculty at Temple University; Bob Mintzer, saxophonist, bass clarinetist, composer, arranger, Grammy winner, and educator; and Jiggs Whigham, internationally acclaimed trombonist, band leader, conductor of the BBC Big Band in Great Britain, artistic director of the Berlin Jazz Orchestra, visiting professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and a lifetime member and general advisor to the International Trombone Association, British Trombone Society, and German Trombone Society. Joining the event as a vocal clinician was Jennifer Barnes, highly sought-after studio vocalist, live performer, educator, clinician and arranger.

“The 2009 Disney Jazz Celebration had the perfect vibe for sharing, learning and performing. The teaching model Disney has is wonderful. It provides each student a great balance of hands on playing experience mixed with real world instruction,” said Fidyk.
Disney Jazz Celebration Master Classes were one-hour presentations inside the World ShowPlace Pavilion at Epcot. They were conducted by the Conn-Selmer, Inc. jazz clinicians. During the classes, they focused on students’ artistic achievement, successful career skills, and the tools for performance excellence.

“The Master Classes were also very inspiring and educational. I plan on adding many concepts to our daily routine. All in all, we had a great experience and look forward to doing the Festival again,” said Roger Shew, director, Laguna Beach High School, Calif., Jazz Orchestra.

The nightly concerts included performances by some notable jazz rising stars. The performers included Laura “Lolly” Allen, a true triple-threat as a vibraphonist, singer and drummer; Nathan Warner, an in demand classical, orchestral, commercial, big band and jazz trumpet player; and Kenneth Whalum III, expert saxophonist who played with hip-hop stars Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and Sean “P-Diddy” Combs.

On Friday night selected students from the ensembles had an opportunity to perform with the Disney Jazz Celebration Clinicians, Adjudicators, and featured performers during the Jam Session.

“It was an honor to be a part of an event that will undoubtedly inspire some young folks to carry the jazz tradition on, very much in the way I was inspired by jazz events and veterans when I was in school,” said Allen.

“It was a blessing to be involved in such a positive event. I am certain that the goals were accomplished and that the students left with a positive outlook on their next steps,” said Whalum.

The instrumental adjudicators included Dr. Willie L. Hill Jr., director of the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst; Joel Leach, professor of music at California State University – Northridge; and Dr. Ramon Ricker, senior associate dean for Professional Studies, professor of saxophone and director, Institute for Music Leadership at the Eastman School of Music. The vocal adjudicators include Larry Lapin, professor of jazz studies and director of studio music and jazz vocal program at the University of Miami; Michele Weir, a leading figure in vocal jazz education who is currently serving on the faculty of UCLA; and Dr. Steve Zegree, professor of jazz at Western Michigan University.

“The environment for learning, creating and exploring the many possibilities that this music has to offer was extraordinary. All of our adjudicators, clinicians and performers gave their all to those well deserving students and their teachers,” said Dr. Hill.

MENC: The National Association for Music Education officially endorses the Disney Jazz Celebration. For more information on the Disney Jazz Celebration visit http://www.disneyjazzcelebration.com/ or call toll-free 1-800-603-0552.

Jazz trumpeter Eddie Preston dies in Florida

June 26, 2009

By KARI COBHAM Staff Writer

PALM COAST -- For more than 50 years, jazz trumpeter Eddie Preston graced stages from Russia to Europe with the likes of Ray Charles, Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus.
Preston died Monday at Florida Hospital Flagler in Palm Coast. He was 84.

SEE FULL ARTICLE AT:
http://www.news-journalonline.com/NewsJournalOnline/News/Flagler/flaFLAG09062609.htm

Wikipedia Entry:
Eddie Preston (born September 5, 1928) is an American jazz trumpeter.
Preston began playing in big bands after World War II, and did stints with Lionel Hampton (1955-56), Ray Charles (1959), Louis Jordan (1960-61), Duke Ellington (1962), and Count Basie (1963). He played with Charles Mingus between 1963 and 1965 and again in 1970-72, with the time in between spent freelancing with musicians such as Sonny Stitt and Frank Foster. He played again with Ellington in 1971 and then did some work as a leader, as well as working with Roland Kirk in 1977 and Archie Shepp in 1979.

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Jazz Associations in Florida Looking for 2009-2010 Season Corporate Sponsors

If you are assoicated with a business that wants to reach a valued market through judicious and accountable use of advertising/sponsorship/social-civic service dollars, please contact Jazz & Blues Florida to discuss opportunities. Whether your interest is a specific market or state-wide coverage, we can assist you in making the best decisions for highest return on your sponsorship investment.

Please contact us at: Charlie@JazzBluesFlorida.com

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Eddie Higgins, Florida Jazz Pianist, Continues Jazz Cruise Participation

Eddie Higgins has the distinction of being the only performer to participate in EVERY Jazz Cruise since the inception.

In researching Mr. Higgins, we came across his discography and found a treasure trove of his personal insights into not only the jazz world at-large, which he is very much a part of, but also into many Florida recordings that partner him with the best players and most interesting places in Florida!

Take a look here, and enjoy!

http://www.jazzdiscography.com/Artists/Higgins/HEHSessions.html

The entire Jazz Cruise line up can be found at:
http://www.thejazzcruise.com/Artists/TheJazzCruise2009Lineup/tabid/1276/Default.aspx

2009 Florida Film Festival Jazz Documentary - Sam Rivers: Jazz Master of the Moment


Here is the info about and the link to the video:

Sam Rivers: Jazz Master of the Moment
Documentary short
Screening Saturday, April 4th, 1:30pm, Regal Winter Park Village
Director: Stephanie Rice
Producer: Dr. Lisa Mills
(both are faculty at UCF)

Synopsis:
This documentary contains never-before-seen footage of Rivers performing new music at Columbia University’s Aaron Davis Hall and at the Plaza Theatre near his home in Orlando. It features interviews with jazz musicians who played with Rivers during the 'loft days' and went on to be recording artists in their own right. Rivers reflects on a time of great creativity but in listening to recent performances here of his Trio and Jazz Orchestra we are reminded Rivers never stopped inspiring young artists and pleasing new audiences.

On November 10, 2007 Sam Rivers returned to New York City for a revival concert in Harlem. Among hundreds of dedicated fans in the audience sat a unique group of jazz artists who remembered the “loft days” when Rivers opened his home on Bond Street to any musicians who wanted to jam or learn how to improvise. The three-story factory on the Lower East Side became an incubator for experimental jazz long before any venues for such music ever existed. Rivers performed with the Miles Davis Quintet in 1964 and later recorded for Blue Note Records. Now in his eighties, Rivers is still composing.

LINK TO VIDEO:

http://www.floridafilmfestival.com/2009/04/sam-rivers-jazz-master-of-the-moment.html

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Sound Touch Blues Benefit held in May in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a SUCCESS!


Jerry Crepeau, member of King muDDfish and one of the main organizers of this event provided this statement:


The Sound Touch Blues Benefit held in May was a success! We raised over $4,000 for Kids In Distress. We had an enthusiastic and appreciative crowd. Special thanks to my tireless team Pam Trowbridge, Tracy Calon and Jake Luger. I'd also like to thank Ed Bell of WLRN-FM, Charlie Boyer of JazzBluesFlorida.com, Tania Derby, Judy Blem, Mark Fodera, our own DJ Dar of WKPX-FM, and BluesBobby for helping spread the word.

Very special thanks to Alphonso D'Niscio Brooks, proprietor of Pulp Live, a great new addition to the SFBS family. Pullp donated the venue and did such a fantastic job running the sound and lights for the entire 10 hour event. Over 40 musicians volunteered their time and talent to greatly contribute to the success:

▪ The Shakes

▪ Cyn and the Heartaches
▪ Sista Mary Beth

▪ Blues Dragon
▪ Mary Washington-Brooks

▪ Frank Ward & The Nucklebusters

▪ King muDDfish

▪ Blue House
▪ The Bobby Nathan Band

▪ Clay Goldstein and ToST Music,
▪ Stuey Blue

▪ Bluesman Dave Morgan
▪ JP Soars

▪ Dr. Lee
· Constellation
(Whew! What a line-up!)

Thanks to all the volunteers, especially our hard working massage therapists Dennis Cohen, Sean Warden and Paul Morrison; Gary Kousek (stage manager); Donna Paul (photography); and the sound crew Tom, Miles, John and Tony. Our generous donors include Postal Center International for the printing, Christopher L Salon, The Bicycle Spot, Intentions Hair Design, Dr. Nudelberg, T.G.I.Fridays, Ballys Spa, Paul French Bakery & Restaurant, Jim Threlkel Florists, Maloney Veitch and many more.

A heartfelt thanks to anyone I may have inadvertently forgotten here....you know who you are.

Sincerely, Jerry C


Editors Note: It is not TOO EARLY to contact Jerry to be a sponsor of next year's event!


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Tony DeSare - July 2 Concert - Today's Frank Sinatra! Jazz in Coral Gables Florida



Coral Gables Congregational Church
Community Arts Program
2009 Summer Concert Series

TONY DESARE, vocalist / pianist


Time and Date:
8 p.m., Thursday, July 2

Venue:

Coral Gables Congregational Church
3010 De Soto Boulevard
Coral Gables, FL 33134 (directly across from the Biltmore Hotel)


Tickets:
$25-$40 in advance
(305) 448-7421, x 33

Lauded by The New York Times as "one of the most promising young male performers," singer, pianist and songwriter Tony DeSare has earned critical acclaim for his recent performances at the legendary jazz club Birdland, the elegant Café Carlyle, Jazz at Lincoln Center and his new big band show which debuted at the fabled Sands Hotel in Atlantic City. In early 2009, he launched an international tour including three weeks at the Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room in New York, two weeks in London, continuing on to cities such as Los Angeles, Boston, Washington DC, Seattle, and St. Louis. According to USA Today, "DeSare belongs to a group of neo-traditional upstarts stretching from Harry Connick Jr, to Michael Bublé and Jamie Cullum."

Tony began singing and playing professionally at 17. The Tony DeSare Trio was one of the most popular bands in central New York State while Tony attended Ithaca College. He took first place in the "IC Showcase," a college-sponsored national battle of the bands. He was a semi-finalist in the MasterCardActs, a national talent search for college performers.

Shortly after moving to NYC in 1999, Tony was cast as the star of the long running Off-Broadway musical, Our Sinatra, in which he was praised by Variety for his "dapper charm." In 2002, Tony performed at the legendary Apollo Theater where he first met jazz guitar icon Bucky Pizzarelli.

Tony's debut album, Want You, was a smash hit debuting at #16 on the Billboard chart. Climbing the charts to #8 on the Billboard charts, his second album, Last First Kiss, spotlights a refreshingly contemporary combination of originals and standards, featuring the legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, a horn section, and Tony's longtime sidemen Mike Lee on bass and Brian Czach on drums. Tony's third CD, Radio Show, was released by Telarc Records in January 2009 to stunning reviews.

Tony composed and performed the title theme to My Date with Drew, an independent documentary feature film about a guy who has 30 days and $1100 to get a date with Drew Barrymore. It has been featured on "The Tonight Show," Today Show," Playboy Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and Premiere. Released in 2005, the film was awarded top honors at the New York Gen Arts Festival, the HBO Comedy Arts Festival and the Vail Film Festival. The movie's theme song, "If I had Drew," is featured on his debut CD.

Later this year, Tony will be headlining major symphonies around the country. For now, the 2009 Summer Concert Series brings him to you, with the Tony DeSare Trio (piano, drums, and jazz bass), in a special holiday concert engagement.

LOOKING AHEAD:
Remaining 8 p.m. Thursday 2009 Summer Concert Series
events include the following:

JULY 16 SHARON ISBIN, classical guitarist
JULY 30 ELDAR DJANGIROV, jazz pianist
AUGUST 13 DELFEAYO MARSALIS, jazz trombone




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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Jesse Jones Jr. Jazz CD Release Fundraising Event Tonight in North Miami Beach Florida

Recording Artist and Entertainer Extraordinaire
Jesse Jones Jr.
Will be performing excerpts from his latest CD

“THE SO THEN COLLECTION”

Featuring
Melton Mustafa on Trumpet, Silvano Monasterios on Piano,
Paul Chewchuck on Bass, James Cotman on Drums

Join us for Wine and Cheese under the stars at the elegant Villa Amici in Golden Beach.

Save the date June 25th, 2009 at 7:30pm
525 Ocean Blvd, Golden Beach Fl 33160

Space is limited.
Suggested Donations are $45 or $55 at the night of the event
Valet parking included

Proceeds will be partially donated to AJWS, a Charity helping children in Africa and around the world

RSVP by June 22, 2009
Jesse at 305 624 5940 or richard@villaamici.com
Or purchase online at www.VillaAmici.com using Paypal

U of North Florida Jazz Program Source of Up and Coming Group...Great AllAboutJazz.com Article



The Jazz Conceptions Orchestra: The Best is Yet to Come

ALL ABOUT JAZZ


Published: June 24, 2009
By Barbara Salter Nelson

"For many people, the bonds forged at college serve as the foundation for lifelong friendships; bonds that often keep like-minded friends committing to get together once in awhile to share passions.


The Jazz Conceptions Orchestra (JCO) was created along these lines, but instead of getting together for the occasional game of golf or fishing, whenever these guys get together they put down some great music. And now, the JCO is beginning to make an important mark on today's jazz scene.


Since its inception in '07, the JCO has performed for appreciative audiences in Florida, Georgia and New York. Earlier this year, the group debuted its first CD, The Jazz Conceptions Orchestra (151 Records, 2009), at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City. The disc is getting a lot of airplay and has generated rave reviews from jazz lovers, performers and critics.


All but one of the band members met while they were students in the Jazz Studies Program at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida, under the tutelage of the legendary jazz saxophonist Bunky Green."


SEE FULL ARTICLE AT:

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Review of Kenny Tsak's New Release "Like I Do"



By Jim White (BlueNotes Columnist)


"Florida & Arizona based Kenny Tsak is some kind of roadhouse-flavored bluesy rock and country guy, with a tough little band around him that swings behind sharp guitar work, driving bass, keyboards that roll like the river, and sax that's lusty to the point of embarassment."


"Tsak plays tough guitar, writes tough songs, sings with an even tougher voice, and the band plays fine and tough music that gives you rock, blues and some country all with passion and abandon."


"This is a fine little album from a group of fine musicians (Avery T. Horton Jr., bass; James Holt, piano and keyboards; Frank Perez, sax and Andy "G", drums) , great dance music, lots of fun. Remember the name Kenny Tsak in case he turns up in your neighborhood."


Monday, June 22, 2009

2010 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise - Win Your Tix to this SOLD OUT Cruise Through the South Florida Blues Society Raffle

For the fourth time the SFBS (South Florida Blues Society) is holding this terrific raffle, as a way of raising funds necessary to maintain the SFBS, while presenting participants a chance to win a cabin on this incredible cruise.

The only opportunity left if you want to go, is by signing up on the wait list, hoping for cabins to open up, or by winning a cabin!


Once again, this year, the South Florida Blues Society will be raffling off a cabin for 2 on the 2010 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Caribbean Cruise, on Holland America's fabulous Eurodam setting sail from Port Evergades in Fort Lauderdale on January 23, 2010 to Aruba, Curacao & Half Moon Cay.

Raffle tickets are only $20 each, and a maximum of only 500 will be sold.

The drawing will take place at the SFBS 7th Year Anniversary Picnic in September (tentative date of drawing September 20th, 2009). These tickets are worth nearly $5,000! Please don't delay, purchase your chances now!!! It may be your last opportunity. You don't want to be left standing on the dock! All the proceeds go to the SFBS. This cruise is always terrific, and always a sell out!!! So if you can't afford to spend the full purchase price to go Bluesin', here's the perfect opportunity to try your luck in winning this awesome prize for only $20 a chance! CAN YOU IMAGINE.........WITH ONLY A FINAL RAFFLE TICKET TALLY OF NO MORE THAN 500 BEING SOLD, YOUR ODDS OF WINNING ARE HUGE (ESPECIALLY IF YOU BUY SEVERAL)!!!

You can purchase tickets, online with a credit card or E-Check securely through PayPal on our web site http://www.soflablues.org/ or by send us a check for $20 per ticket ordered to:
SOUTH FLORIDA BLUES SOCIETY
P.O. BOX 772548
CORAL SPRINGS, FL 33077-2548

Here's the correct lineup so far, for next year's (2010) cruise:

JOHNNY WINTER

DUKE ROBILLARD
MAGIC SLIM
THE MANNISH BOYS
JOE LOUIS WALKER

CURTIS SALGADO BIG BAND
JASON RICCI & NEW BLOOD

SUPER CHIKAN & THE FIGHTING COCKS

TAJ MAHAL & THE PHANTOM BLUES BAND

KEB' MO' BAND

LEGENDARY RHYTHM & BLUES REVUE - TOMMY CASTRO, DEANNA BOGART, MAGIC DICK, RONNIE BAKER BROOKS & KENNY NEAL

TOMMY CASTRO BAND

DEANNA BOGART BAND

TAB BENOIT & THE SWAMP BAND JAM w/ CYRIL NEVILLE, JUMPIN' JOHNNY SANSONE & BIG CHIEF MONK BOUDREAUX

KENNY NEAL & THE NEAL FAMILY BAND

RUTHIE FOSTER

THEODIS EALEY

GUY DAVIS

TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT

PAUL RISHELL & ANNIE RAINES

HANS THEESSINK & TERRY EVANS
and of course J.P. SOARS & THE RED HOTS (2009 IBC BAND WINNER!!!)
also MITCH WOODS' CLUB 88

Piano Bar Hosts: MITCH WOODS, EDEN BRENT &
SCOTTIE "BONES" MILLER
..............PLUS LEGENDARY SURPRISE GUESTS!!!!

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Floridian Dr. Lonnie Smith Awarded Jazz Journalist "Organist of the Year" Recognition

Winners, 2009 Jazz Awards


Lifetime Achievement in Jazz
Lee Konitz

Musician of the Year
Sonny Rollins

Composer of the Year
Maria Schneider

Up & Coming Artist of the Year
Esperanza Spalding

Events Producer of the Year
George Wein
New Festival Productions

Record of the Year
Appearing Nightly
Carla Bley Big Band
(Watt/ECM)

Latin Jazz Album of the Year
Song for Chico
Arturo O'Farrill
(Zoho)

Historical Recording/Reissue of the Year
Road Shows, Vol. 1
Sonny Rollins
(Doxy)

Historical Recording Boxed Set
The Lester Young/Count Basie Sessions 1936-40
(Mosaic)

Record Label of the Year
Mosaic

Female Singer of the Year
Cassandra Wilson

Male Singer of the Year
Kurt Elling

Instruments Rare in Jazz
Richard Galliano, accordion

Large Ensemble of the Year
Maria Schneider Orchestra

Arranger of the Year
Maria Schneider

Small Ensemble Group of the Year
SF Jazz Collective

Trumpeter of the Year
Terence Blanchard

Trombonist of the Year
Roswell Rudd

Tenor Saxophonist of the Year
Sonny Rollins

Alto Saxophonist of the Year
Rudresh Mahanthappa

Flutist of the Year
Frank Wess

Baritone Saxophonist of the Year
Gary Smulyan

Soprano Saxophonist of the Year
Branford Marsalis

Clarinetist of the Year
Anat Cohen

Guitarist of the Year
Bill Frisell

Pianist of the Year
Hank Jones

Organist of the Year
Dr. Lonnie Smith

Strings Player of the Year
Billy Bang

Bassist of the Year
William Parker

Electric Bassist of the Year
Steve Swallow

Mallet Instrumentalist of the Year
Joe Locke

Percussionist of the Year
Hamid Drake

Drummer of the Year
Brian Blade

Periodical of the year
Jazz Times

Website of the Year
AllAboutJazz.com

Blog of the Year
Jazz Beyond Jazz
By Howard Mandel
www.artsjournal.com/jazzbeyondjazz

Best Book about Jazz
A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music
By George Lewis
(University of Chicago Press),

Best Photo of the Year
Hank Jones, Montreal Jazz Festival 2008
By Kris King

The Lona Foote–Bob Parent Award
for Photography
John Abbott

The Willis Conover–Marian McPartland Award
for Broadcasting
Ben Young, Director, WKCR
(Columbia University)

The Helen Dance–Robert Palmer Award
for Review and Feature Writing
Nate Chinen

Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism
Mike Zwerin

The Jazz Foundation of America
and the
Jazz Journalists Association
Special Career Honors
for Words with Music

Mark Murphy

A Team Awards for:

Herb Alpert
Musician, Producer, Jazz Supporter

Dr. Agnes Varis
Jazz Angel

Bruce Lundvall
Record Man

David N. Baker
Jazz Educator

Timuel Black
Cultural Historian

Steven Saltzman
Chicago Jazz Advocate

Ruth Price
The Jazz Bakery

Clarence Acox
Garfield High School
Jazz Band Leader

Scott Brown
Roosevelt High School
Jazz Band Leader

Peter Levinson
Author and Publicist

Richard Sudhalter
Author, Journalist, Musician

SEE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AT:
http://www.jazzjournalists.org/

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

TONY DESARE to Perform at Coral Gables Congregational Church in their Community Arts Program 2009 Summer Concert Series


Coral Gables Congregational Church
Community Arts Program
2009 Summer Concert Series


TONY DESARE, vocalist / pianist

Time and Date:
8 p.m., Thursday, July 2

Venue:
Coral Gables Congregational Church
3010 De Soto Boulevard, Coral Gables, FL 33134
(directly across from the Biltmore Hotel)

Tickets:
$25-$40 in advance
(305) 448-7421, x 33
Lauded by The New York Times as "one of the most promising young male performers," singer, pianist and songwriter Tony DeSare has earned critical acclaim for his recent performances at the legendary jazz club Birdland, the elegant Café Carlyle, Jazz at Lincoln Center and his new big band show which debuted at the fabled Sands Hotel in Atlantic City. In early 2009, he launched an international tour including three weeks at the Algonquin Hotel's Oak Room in New York, two weeks in London, continuing on to cities such as Los Angeles, Boston, Washington DC, Seattle, and St. Louis. According to USA Today, "DeSare belongs to a group of neo-traditional upstarts stretching from Harry Connick Jr, to Michael Bublé and Jamie Cullum."

Tony began singing and playing professionally at 17. The Tony DeSare Trio was one of the most popular bands in central New York State while Tony attended Ithaca College. He took first place in the "IC Showcase," a college-sponsored national battle of the bands. He was a semi-finalist in the MasterCardActs, a national talent search for college performers.

Shortly after moving to NYC in 1999, Tony was cast as the star of the long running Off-Broadway musical, Our Sinatra, in which he was praised by Variety for his "dapper charm." In 2002, Tony performed at the legendary Apollo Theater where he first met jazz guitar icon Bucky Pizzarelli.

Tony's debut album, Want You, was a smash hit debuting at #16 on the Billboard chart. Climbing the charts to #8 on the Billboard charts, his second album, Last First Kiss, spotlights a refreshingly contemporary combination of originals and standards, featuring the legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, a horn section, and Tony's longtime sidemen Mike Lee on bass and Brian Czach on drums. Tony's third CD, Radio Show, was released by Telarc Records in January 2009 to stunning reviews.

Tony composed and performed the title theme to My Date with Drew, an independent documentary feature film about a guy who has 30 days and $1100 to get a date with Drew Barrymore. It has been featured on "The Tonight Show," Today Show," Playboy Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and Premiere. Released in 2005, the film was awarded top honors at the New York Gen Arts Festival, the HBO Comedy Arts Festival and the Vail Film Festival. The movie's theme song, "If I had Drew," is featured on his debut CD.

Later this year, Tony will be headlining major symphonies around the country. For now, the 2009 Summer Concert Series brings him to you, with the Tony DeSare Trio (piano, drums, and jazz bass), in a special holiday concert engagement.

LOOKING AHEAD: Remaining 8 p.m. Thursday 2009 Summer Concert Series
events include the following:

JULY 16 SHARON ISBIN, classical guitarist
JULY 30 ELDAR DJANGIROV, jazz pianist
AUGUST 13 DELFEAYO MARSALIS, jazz trombone


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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Middle School Music Teaching Opportunities in Palm Beach County, Florida

Announcing job openings starting immediately at a wonderful small and very dynamic private elementary and middle school in central palm beach county. Kind, relaxed, supportive staff. Truly fantastic people to work and grow with. Great opportunities in this struggling economy. Please call or write for more information and I will put you in contact with the people conducting interviews!

Adriana 561.503.5969 or at: singdoula @ aol.com

*General music and band either one full time or two part time positions, all ages
*Part time music strings/orchestra teacher (paid hourly), 3rd grade and up *Full time language arts teacher for middle school aged children
*Full time math instructor for middle school aged children


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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Geoff Achison "One Ticket, One Ride" CD Release Concert at Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee Florida June 20, 2009

Geoff Achison
One Ticket, One Ride




Geoff Achison "One Ticket, One Ride" CD Release Concert
Geoff Achison & The Yonrico Scott Band - Acho/Rico Funk Soul Experiment
June 20, 2009; Doors 8:30, Show 9:30
Bradfordville Blues Club
7152 Moses Ln. Tallahassee, FL 32309
bradfordvilleblues.com
850-906-0766
Map This Location

Equal parts New Orleans Funk, driving Blues, jazzy Soul and outback Mojo, this is southern fried music from the very deepest South – Australia! Geoff, who is Melbourne based, relocated to the US for two years. He gathered the most sought after musicians in the southeast and crafted a wonderful album. Showcasing an exciting new batch of original songs, Geoff’s latest effort features more funky grooves, sizzling guitar lines and thought provoking lyrics. His singular sound has been forged and perfected from scores of touring miles on planes, trains, ships and asphalt. Geoff is known worldwide as a jaw- dropping guitar virtuoso who employs no pedals or gadgets in his playing. He wrenches a dizzying array of tones from the guitar himself. Voted one of the “Top Ten Hottest New Guitarists” by Guitar Player Magazine 2008! Geoff calls One Ticket, One Ride “Thrilling. Like an audio postcard of the US.”


Players on this CD include:

Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers)
Tyler Greenwell, Ted Pecchio (Susan Tedeschi)
Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks Band, Earl Klugh)
Marcus James Henderson (Marshall Tucker Band)
Deji Coker (OutKast)
Martin Kearns (Shawn Mullins)
Adrian Keating (Sydney Opera Orchestra) and others!

Release Date: May 19, 2009
Catalog # BMM-340.2
UPC: 9 321481 037028

“One of the most gifted artists to arrive on the scene. His playing verges on the miraculous.” - The Times, London UK

“Geoff is one of the finest blues guitarists that I know with a completely individual style. I have never seen anyone play quite like him” ~Jorma Kaukonen, Hot Tuna/Jefferson Airplane

“Catchy, intelligent songwriting.” ~ Downbeat Magazine


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Monday, June 15, 2009

JazzTimes Magazine Suspends Publication

Taken from:
http://jazztimes.com/articles/24917-an-important-message-from-jazztimes-management

06/08/09
An Important Message From JazzTimes Management
By JazzTimes

To our readers and members of the jazz community: JazzTimes has temporarily suspended publication of the magazine and has furloughed the bulk of its staff while it finalizes a sale of its assets. The brand and operation will undergo reorganization and restructuring in order to remain competitive in the current media climate. Print publishing is expected to resume as soon as a sale is closed. New information and statements will be posted at www.jazztimes.com as they become available. Thank you for your patience during this challenging period.


More from a posting at AllAboutJazz.com:
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php?id=37037

What do you think about this? Leave a comment, or simply let us know you don't want us to disappear by placing an ad or purchasing our other promotional services.

Best!
Charlie


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2009 Dream Fest Music Conference & Showcase in JAX, Florida Sept 26 & 27, 2009

2009 Dream Fest Music Conference & Showcase

Jacksonville, Florida -- September 26 and 27th, 2009 -- Make Your Dreams Come True at The 2009 Dream Fest Music Conference & Showcase!

Did you know that one of the music industries most talked about and fastest growing music conference, showcase and concert series is located right here in Florida? That's right, it's The 2009 Dream Fest Music Conference Showcase and it is coming up fast! This year, Dream Fest will be held on September 26 and September 27th at three locations, Riverside Park at 753 Park Street Jacksonville, Florida, The Land Shark Cafe and the Jackson Beach Community Center and will offer heart-pounding entertainment, action packed seminars and workshops, with star studded showcases along with delicious food & beverages.

The 2nd annual multi-genre event now in its 2nd year running has helped showcase artists, including Keane, Razorlight, Amy Winehouse, Newton Faulkner, Natty, Hot Chip, Scouting for Girls, Sway, Seth Lakeman, N-Dubz, Lady Sovereign and Ray LaMontagne, garnering them all a huge amount of both industry and media attention is launching its biggest ever search for this year's stars.

This is a two-day, all ages music festival that will feature international, national and local bands and DJs performing on outdoor stages. Now in its 2nd year, the Dream Fest Music Conference Showcase festival is drawing over 5,000 music fans. Guest Speakers include Kim Giles - Beyond One Entertainment, Mr. Wily Tyler - New Broadcasting and more to be announced. If you are an inspiring Artist, Model, Band or Poet, come out and join us!

Live performances by:

  • Nu- Jazz Keyboardist, composer & Recording Artist, Brian O'Neal
  • Neo-Soul/Jazz Vocalist and Recording Artist, Derryck Lawrence
  • Neo-Soul Vocalist and Recording Artist, Sara's Girl
  • Reggae Artist, Bishop Wayne
  • Blues/Funk/Reggae Band, Southern Fried Funk
  • Pop/Blues, Heather Brooks /w SoulFunkUnity and more to be announced!
Artist Submissions are $25.00 for solo artist, $50.00 per-band and will be taken through the Dream Fest website.

Tickets for the public to attend are:
Saturday Music Conference & Showcase at Riverside Park 753 Park Street Jacksonville, Florida (FREE)
Saturday Night Concert Series ($15.00) Pop/Rock/Hip Hop
Sunday Afternoon Picnic/ Networking/Wrap Up Party (FREE)
Sunday Night Concert Series ($25.00)

Visit our website for more info: dreamfestmusicconference.art.officelive.com

****Sponsorship opportunities are available****

Sponsorship, Marketing & Vendors: Jacquie (904) 379-1447 dreamoutloud@live.com
Press: Andre' (904) 379-1447 conceptentertainment@hotmail.com
General Information: dreamoutloud@live.com
Entertainment: jazztreemusic@hotmail.com

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Sarasota Blues Fest Announces 2009 Line-up


Sarasota Blues Fest Schedule
October 24, 2009

2009 Performers
Little Feat
Duke Robillard
Larry McCray
Bruce Katz with Special Guest Floyd Miles Allstars
"Mojo" Myles Band


LOCATION:
Ed Smith Stadium - Field 1
2700 12th Street
Sarasota, Florida 34237

Gates Open & Music Starts 11AM
Food, drinks, refreshments and crafts available.
To Benefit the PAL Sailor Circus Capital Campaign
The Bluesfest will be held on Field 1 adjacent to the main Stadium at the Ed Smith Complex. Seating will be on the field just as it has been for years. Bring blankets and lawn chairs.

TICKET INFO:
Tickets $20 advance and $25 day of show
Direct Ticket Sales Available at:
Rossiter's Harley Davidson (Sarasota & Bradenton)
Five O'Clock Club on Hillview St.

Order Online at: https://t4.clicknprint.com/tix/SilverStream/Pages/pgIndex.html?siteID=2271

or Toll-Free at:
877-772-5425

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT:
http://www.sarasotabluesfest.com/


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Anne Akiko Meyers Continues Coral Gables Congregational Church Community Arts Program Concert Series



Coral Gables Congregational Church
Community Arts Program
2009 Summer Concert Series

ANNE AKIKO MEYERS, violinist

Time and Date:
8 p.m., Thursday, June 18

Venue:
Coral Gables Congregational Church
3010 De Soto Boulevard
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(directly across from the Biltmore Hotel)

Tickets:
$25-$40 in advance
(305) 448-7421, x 33

Impassioned performances, compelling music making and mastery of a broad and varied selection of music have made Anne Akiko Meyers one of today's most sought-after violinists. She burst into national prominence at age 11 when she twice performed on 'The Tonight Show' with Johnny Carson and appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. By the time her debut disc of the Barber and Bruch violin concertos was released at age 18, she was recognized as one of the stars of her generation.

Ms. Meyers' extensive discography can be found on the Avie, BMG/Sony, Camerata, Hyperion, Naxos, RCA Victor Red Seal and RPO labels. In January of 2009, she released her highly anticipated new album, Smile, for Koch Records with pianist, Akira Eguchi. The disc features works by Charlie Chaplin, Michio Miyagi, Arvo Pärt, Astor Piazzolla, Schubert and Messiaen.

Ms. Meyers has been a regular guest at some of the most prestigious orchestras and venues including Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Tanglewood, BBC Scottish Symphony, Boston Symphony, London's Philharmonia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, l'Orchestre de Paris, Moscow Philharmonic, National Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony and the Vienna Symphony. Recently, Ms. Meyers toured Japan, performing Akira Miyoshi's 'En Passant' and the Mendelssohn Concerto with the Japan Philharmonic at Suntory Hall and Bernstein's 'Serenade' at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo as part of his 90th birthday celebrations.

Ms. Meyers' numerous television credits include an A&E Network telecast from the Casals Festival with the Montreal Symphony, a PBS broadcast with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and an appearance on the "Emmy Awards Show". She was featured in a live global Internet broadcast with Keith Lockhart and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, performed in front of some 750,000 people during Sydney's 250th Bicentennial celebrations, and has performed for dignitaries including the Emperor and Empress of Japan. She has also been featured in numerous print and television ads, including the Anne Klein "Women of Substance" fashion campaign, photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

Anne is joined by pianist Reiko Uchida, first-prize winner of the Joanna Hodges Piano Competition and Zinetti International Competition. Ms. Uchida made her New York solo debut in 2001 at Carnegie's Weill Hall under the auspices of the Abby Whiteside Foundation. She holds an artist diploma from the Juilliard School, a bachelor degree from Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Claude Frank and Leon Fleisher, and a master degree from the Mannes College of Music, where her principal teacher was Edward Aldwell.

Anne Akiko Meyers studied with Alice and Eleanore Schoenfeld at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, Josef Gingold at Indiana University, and Felix Galimir, Masao Kawasaki and the late Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School. The recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, Ms. Meyers performs on the "Royal Spanish" Antonius Stradivarius violin, dated 1730, that once belonged to the King of Spain.

For the 2009 Summer Concert Series, it's an enchanting evening that includes music of Beethoven, Debussy, Arvo Pärt, Alfred Schnittke, Vernon Duke, George Gershwin and other pleasant surprises!

LOOKING AHEAD: Remaining 8 p.m. Thursday 2009 Summer Concert Series
events include the following:

JULY 2 TONY DESARE, jazz pianist and vocalist
JULY 16 SHARON ISBIN, classical guitarist
JULY 30 ELDAR DJANGIROV, jazz pianist
AUGUST 13 DELFEAYO MARSALIS, jazz trombone

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Adriana Samargia, Florida Jazz Vocalist, Featured in Palm Beach Post Article






Singing, saddling a perfect combo for busy mom

By Amy Bower Doucette
Special to Neighborhood Post (Palm Beach Post)
Thursday, June 11, 2009



If you're ever out at Supple Chase Equestrian in Loxahatchee and you hear a voice floating over the pastures, it's probably not your imagination. You're probably just hearing Adriana Samargia riding and training. The West Palm Beach jazz singer and musician not only practices her scales and exercises her voice while out at the barn - she uses music to calm herself and her horse while training.


See full entry at:


You can hear Adriana live, sans horses at:
Bizaare: 921 Lake Ave. Lake Worth, FL (561)588-4488. June 29: The angelic jazz vocal s of Adriana w/ Mark Doyle, JP Soars, Gary Rimmington and Chris Peet, 7:30pm.
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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Palm Beach, Florida, Art, Jazz, & Wine Event 6/12/09


Four Arts King Library Holds Summer Wine Tasting Friday, June 12 at 5:30


You are invited to an evening of sipping wine and strolling with friends in the beautiful Four Arts’ Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden

$20 per person includes:

*Embossed Four Arts wine glass
*Light refreshments
*Wine from Republic National Distributing Company
*Entertainment from “JAMS”


The Susan Merritt Trio and guest Jim Hayward on sax and flute will be performing and JAMS (Jazz Arts Music Society of Palm Beach) plans to announce their 2009-2010 schedule at this event. Be the first to get the scoop!


Bottles of champagne and wine will be raffled off.


Proceeds from the event will go towards the King Library’s renovation project, which will update the library’s second floor with more attractive and environmentally friendly lighting and sound systems.

Space is limited. To attend, call (561) 655-2766 for reservations and information

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT. WE WILL MOVE INSIDE IF THE WEATHER DOES NOT CO-OPERATE!

SUMMARY:Society of the Four Arts’ Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden: 2 Four Arts Plaza Palm Beach, FL 33480 fourarts.org (561)655-2766 Summer Wine Tasting w/ jazz $20(by RSVP) 5:30pm June 12: The Susan Merritt Trio and guest Jim Hayward on sax and flute

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

BUY YOUR BONNIE RAITT TICKETS TODAY W/ NO SVC FEES FOR POMPANO BEACH FLORIDA BLUES SHOW

“NO SERVICE FEE WEDNESDAY” PROMOTION EXPANDED TO ALL SHOWS, ALL TICKETS AT ALL LIVE NATION AMPHITHEATERS INCLUDES CRUZAN, MIZNER, POMPANO BEACH AND BAYFRONT PARK AMPHITHEATRES IN SOUTH FLONE DAY ONLY, JUNE 10THEXCLUSIVELY AT LIVENATION.COM


LOS ANGELES, CA June 8, 2009 – Live Nation announced today that it is expanding its “No Service Fee” program to every single available ticket (reserved, lawn, 4-Packs, etc.) in each of its amphitheaters this Wednesday, June 10th, for 24 hours only, exclusively at LiveNation.com. In South Florida that includes all concerts at West Palm’s Cruzan Amphitheatre, Boca Raton’s Mizner Park Amphitheatre, Pompano Beach Amphitheater and the newly renovated Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Downtown Miami.


Last week’s debut of “No Service Fee Wednesday” generated a sales spike 500% higher than the average number of tickets sold on a typical Wednesday, as music fans everywhere took advantage of Live Nation’s no service fee offer, which helped more concertgoers get to more shows for less money.



“Music fans, we heard you loud and clear,” said Michael Rapino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation. “So we have made ‘No Service Fee Wednesday’ even bigger and better by making even more tickets more affordable. Our job is to get as many fans as possible to the show to see their favorite artists. We’re helping to do that by dropping the service fee on all tickets in our amphitheaters this Wednesday only on LiveNation.com.”


Tickets for this week’s installment of “No Service Fee Wednesday” go on sale at 12:01 a.m. local time on June 10, 2009 at http://www.livenation.com/. While the service fee has been dropped, parking and certain venue fees and taxes still apply.



Tickets without service fees are available in South Florida at all Live Nation amphitheaters including West Palm’s Cruzan Amphitheatre, Boca Raton’s Mizner Park Amphitheatre, Pompano Beach Amphitheater and the newly renovated Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Downtown Miami for concerts including:


Bonnie Raitt
Steely Dan
blink-182
Brad Paisley with Dierks Bentley
Counting Crows with Michael Franti and Spearhead and Augustana
Creed
Crue Fest 2
Def Leppard with Poison and Cheap Trick
Incubus
Kid Rock & Lynyrd Skynyrd
O.A.R.
Offspring
Rascal Flatts with Darius Rucker
Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival featuring Marilyn Manson & Slayer
Toby Keith with Trace Adkins
Warped Tour



Offer not valid at DTE Energy Music Theatre and Meadow Brook Music Festival which are not owned by Live Nation.


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Monday, June 8, 2009

Touch History at Red Rose Inn & Suites in Plant City Florida - Buddy Holly's Cadillac is coming to the show!

The Original Buddy Holly Cadillac is coming to Red Rose Inn & Suites at 4:00 PMSaturday, June 13th. It's a 1957 Fleetwood that has been used by American Bandstand, Alan Freed Productions and even took the Beatles to their Shea Stadium concert in 1963. Over 1,000 rock stars have been in the car at some point.

Stop by and have your picture taken with a car that has made history for just $10.00. A portion of the proceeds will help The Plant City Food Bank. The donation of $10.00 will also make it possible for each person to receive a picture on the spot, of themselves with the car!

Tony Belmont of the Belmonts, will be driving the car to the Red Rose, in honor of, and in conjunction with, George Galfo's Mystics 50th Anniversary Show helping to commemorate their national hit, "Hushabye" which charted 50 years ago on June 13th. Hushabye went # 1 in the Nation 50 years ago...on June 13th 1959! Don't miss the show in the Red Rose Dining Room at 8:00 PM Saturday June 13th at the Red Rose Inn & Suites.
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May 30th Marked 100 Years Since Birth of Benny Goodman



"Benjamin David Goodman, (May 30, 1909 – June 13, 1986) was an American jazz musician, clarinetist and bandleader, known as "King of Swing", "Patriarch of the Clarinet", "The Professor", and "Swing's Senior Statesman".

In the mid-1930s, Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in America. His January 16, 1938 concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City is described by critic Bruce Elder as "the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history: jazz's 'coming out' party to the world of 'respectable' music."

Goodman's bands launched the careers of many major names in jazz, and during an era of segregation, he also led one of the first racially-integrated musical groups. Goodman continued to perform to nearly the end of his life, including exploring his interest in classical music."

Our friend, DJ Carlton, runs a great clarinet focused MySpace site that has more links, picture, videos and other info. Check it out at:


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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Cuillo Centre for the Arts, in West Palm Beach Florida closes for summer - hold that jazz, hold that blues

PBPulse.com
By Kevin D. Thompson Arts and Culture, Theater News June 03, 2009

"On Jan. 20, the Cuillo Centre for the Arts opened its doors for those who wanted to watch President Obama's inauguration in comfort. (Lannis Waters / The Post)The curtain is closing on the Cuillo Centre for the Arts this summer.

The 10-year-old West Palm Beach theater had planned to keep its doors open, but a tight economy made that difficult.

“It’s been a rough time for us,” said Zac Phillips, the theater’s executive director. “We will close for the next few months and continue to plan for next season.”

The closing marks the first time the theater has gone dark during the summer months."

SEE FULL ENTRY AT:
http://www.pbpulse.com/arts-and-culture/2009/06/03/cuillo-theater-closes-its-doors-for-summer/