Thursday, May 31, 2012

Jazz & Blues Florida's News Blog Tops 100,000 Page Views

A monumental day was observed May 30, 2012 as the number of page views of the news blog of Jazz & Blues Florida exceed the 100,000 mark for all-time views. The first entry was posted in 2009 and the blog has since become the major news source for Florida's live jazz & blues scene.

The blog is so popular, it is even being read by you right now.

Although not strictly for placement of paid content, income from the $25 per item posting has added substantially to ability of the business to grow in all areas of its coverage and increase the amount of promotion done to bring more attention to scene through bringing more eyes to Jazz & Blues Florida and more addresses to the email list.

Thank yous are sent to all who have stopped by, submitted entries, and/or have been written about. Lets keep it going and growing!
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Boston’s on the Beach’s Blue Tuesdays – What’s not to love?

Blue Tuesday at
Boston’s on the Beach
in Delray Beach Florida w/ Famous Frank
Summer’s here, and the time is right…
…for dancing in Delray!

Boston’s on the Beach

40 South Ocean Blvd
Delray Beach FL 33483

Blue Tuesday w/ Famous Frank
8:30(or so) -11:30pm(or so)

June 5: John Nemeth

June 12: Nucklebusters Featuring
Muggie Doo on B3

June 19: Soulfonic

Never a cover – always a great time.
Every Sun: Grateful Dead Night (7pm)
Every Mon Reggae Night (10pm)
Every Thur  Classic Rock Night (9pm)
And other great music throughout the week.

Come early for a fantastic ocean-view
dinning experience upstairs at Ocean 50.
Luxurious setting and a spectacular view with
the finest food & service.


Submitted by Al Kanovsky, 5/30/12
Thursday, the last day of May, 2012 brought Flo and I to a new room (for us) featuring JAZZ. Bistro Mezzaluna in Fort Lauderdale started a program of weekly JAZZ that will continue on Friday nights. The barroom of the restaurant is really conducive to comfortable listening. The programs band is made up of Clarence Palmer (B3 organ), Rick Harris (piano, trumpet, sax, vocals and anything else he can get his hands or lips on) and Tito Cruz (drums). They plan on featuring a different vocalist every week. Thursday night they had DeeDee Wilde. Ms. Wilde and the trio had us, you know what, with our hands and toes. Best wishes for future performances both to the group and Bistro Mezzaluna.

Wednesday was a Blue Jeans Blues must. Why, you ask? Danny Burgers Showcase would star the indefatigable bopper Ira Sullivan. Ira, (as opposed to Wendy Pedersons guy who won't) always delivers. Of course he was ably backed by Danny (drums) Dr. Jaime Ousley (bass) and Mr. Brian Murphy (piano).

An interesting note: Over the past weekend Flo and I went up to Jacksonville Jazz Fest and on Friday night were fortunate to hear the renowned saxophonist, Sonny Rollins. Ira, Sonny and I are all around the same age and still hanging out. Like China and Thelma said "It's the music." 
Tuesday was "blues" night at FishTales. Muggy Doo (B3) Mr. B (bass guitar) Andy G. (drums) and an astonishing Patrick Farinas on guitar. This young man "can play".

Sunday the Jazz Festival events were cancelled due to tropical storm Beryl. We packed up and headed south. Flo asked about our ETA in Boca Raton. After taking into consideration the number of bad drivers we might encounter I gave her the appropriate info. "Great" she exclaimed, "Just in time to catch the guitar shoot-out that the South Florida Blues Society was putting on at the Funky Biscuit." We had heard about this club, but had never been there. We did make the stop and were glad we did. The Pit Bull of Blues Band backed a line-up of both established and rising blues stars. It was a great afternoon of music. The room is comfortable and nicely decorated. In spite of how busy they were the service was attentive. We didn't get the opportunity to speak with the owner, Al Poliak, but would like to encourage him to offer JAZZ on some nights in the future, we will be back.

Saturday morning after a substantial buffet breakfast we strolled over to the Jacksonville Landing. This one of the venues in the Jazz Festival program. Scheduled for the morning was the Generation Next Competition. This brings youngsters to the stage competing for scholarships and funds to further their musical education. The competitors included an 11 year old guitarist. There were two rounds and the 11 year old made it into the Final 3. Up next was the Noel Freidline Quartet with vocalist Renee Dickerson. I wouldn't miss these guys (and gal) for the world. Well, heavens to Betsy, neither would Chuck Bergeron or John Yarling. We spotted them while the band was setting up and they joined us to enjoy the performance.

Later that evening they would be on stage, along with Shelly Berg and the Jacksonville Symphony to accompany Patti Austin in a concert. Wonderful day so far and it wasn't over. We strolled back to the hotel for a cocktail or two and a snack. I "bunked"--(that's New Yorkese for bumped) into Emmet Cohen, who had competed as a finalist in the Piano Competition on Thursday. Emmet finished in 2d place but the winner was a young man Emmet had given some pointers to at a previous meeting. My conclusion is that not only is Emmet destined for future fame but he is a great educator as well. Emmet and his fellow musician Arman joined us for a drink. They both had to show proof of age. We then returned to the Patti Austin performance.
Beautiful evening and an even more wonderful show.

Onto the hotels midnight jam session and another beverage or two. We stayed late enough to hear Shelly do a couple of great solos but left just as Chuck and John were coming in. Of course they are both younger than I (not including Flo) and are allowed to stay up later.

Friday morning we are up and out early for trip to the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. A couple of breakfast sandwiches and coffees from Panera and we are "on the road' looking forward to a weekend of JAZZ. We make it in ample time for a light lunch and some freshening up. Then we "shlep" the folding chairs we had recently purchased, and will soon return, (too heavy to tote) over to the "Swinging Stage" for the evening. The concerts are all free and attract throngs of local and visiting JAZZophiles. We sat down next to a couple of local guys. When the conversation started it turned into a "do you know or remember" contest. The old bird next to me really put me to the test, but I, being the better man (read a little older) finally came out a little ahead with Tiny Kahn, a very early day be-bop drummer. The music started with the local Karrin Allison Quartet. They were followed by the Bela Fleck-Marcus Roberts trio. They got Flo and I tappin' and clappin'. Sonny Rollins and his band followed. OH YEAH!!!! Listen to this. Sammy Figueroa on congas, Peter Bernstein (guitar) Toby Watkins (drums) Sonny with that amazing head of white hair and great looking snow-white beard drew accolades from the audience. His great rhythmic sense augmented the sparsity of notes and created a stirring JAZZ experience. He concluded with a blues number where he both played and sang. He put everything he had into the song. Unfortunately it took too much out of him and he could not continue. HUZZAHS to Sonny--a really stand-up JAZZ musician. Back to the hotel for the midnight jam and looking forward to Saturday. 

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Not to be Missed South Florida JAZZ Show - The Bad Plus - June 9th - Season Finale!

South Florida JAZZ concludes its
2011-12 concert series with THE BAD PLUS,
the most ground-breaking and inspiring acoustic
jazz trios on the music scene.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – South Florida’s premier modern jazz organization has been privileged to present some of the most creative musicians in modern jazz this year and fittingly concludes the season with The Bad Plus, a genre-busting piano bass and drums trio of highly accomplished and revolutionary players who have rocked the jazz world.
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 $40 ($30 for South Florida JAZZ members and $15 for students under age 25 with I.D.) and may be purchased from the Broward Center Box Office by calling 954.462.0222, option #4 in Broward County; also toll-free at 877-311-SHOW, as well as online at:, the presenting organization’s official Web site.
 “Audacious, rule-breaking jazz trio crunches and at times pulverizes swing to let improvisational freedom shine...Dynamics play a huge roll in the act's music, as does humor, an element sorely lacking in most of contemporary jazz. But beauty is also key... jazz purists tremble while the vanguard flocks.” Billboard
For the past 10 years The Bad Plus have created an uncompromising body of work by shattering musical convention. The New York Times said the band is "better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post-'60s jazz and indie rock." Few jazz groups in recent memory have amassed such acclaim, and few have generated as much controversy while audaciously bucking musical trends. While the bulk of their output has been originals, they have famously deconstructed covers in the pop, rock, electronic and classical idioms. Their belief in a band ethos and "avant-garde populism" has placed them at the forefront of a new instrumental music movement resulting in ever-larger audiences.
The threesome, pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson, and drummer David King, has been exchanging musical ideas since their teenage years. In the late '80s, Anderson and King were two Minnesota high school kids playing in fledgling rock bands while simultaneously digging records by Coltrane and The Police. Anderson met Iverson in 1989 and then all three played together on a single occasion a year later before going their separate ways for ten years.

They reconvened for a gig in Minneapolis in 2000. Sparks flew, studio sessions for an indie release ensued, and suddenly The New York Times called their maiden voyage one of the best releases of 2001. The band signed with Columbia Records where they released These Are the Vistas in 2003, followed quickly by Give and then Suspicious Activity? In 2007 they released Prog, an album which balanced originals with spellbinding covers of Bowie, Bacharach, Tears for Fears and Rush. For All I Care, with Wendy Lewis, with its intriguing juxtaposition of rock and classical sensibilities, followed in 2009. Their latest recording is Never Stop.

Ten years ago, not one of these musicians could have predicted where The Bad Plus was going, how long it would last, or what it might become along the way. What they were sure of, though, was a fierce sense of commitment that has blossomed into artistic success.

Ethan Iverson - piano
Reid Anderson - bass
David King - drums

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

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra June Concert Features Music of Basie

The Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra
Plays the Music of Count Basie

Philharmonic Center for the Arts
5833 Pelican Bay Boulevard
Naples, FL 34108-2740
(239) 597-1900 or
(800) 597-1900

June 7, 2012
Two Shows: 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

The Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra
Plays the Music of Count Basie

Featuring saxophonist Lew Del Gatto

Glenn Basham (violin and harmonica)
Lew Del Gatto (tenor saxophone)
 Dan Miller (trumpet)
Jerry Stawski (piano)
Mike Harvey (drums)
and Paul Shewchuk (bass)

The Count Basie Orchestra was the most swinging band in the history of jazz. The band exemplified the 'Kansas City Sound': raw, energetic and blues-based. It was a unique combination of Basie's elegant piano style, exciting arrangements (One O'Clock Jump, Moten Swing, April In Paris) and a swinging rhythm section driving world class soloists. The tenor saxophone soloists who defined the Count Basie sound read like a history of the instrument: Lester Young, Herschel Evans, Chu Berry, Don Byas, Wardell Grey, Illinois Jacquet, Lucky Thompson, Paul Quinichette, Billy Mitchell, Lockjaw Davis, Frank Foster, Frank Wess and Jimmy Forrest.

Saxophonist Lew Del Gatto has a big, beautiful, warm sound and swinging style that places him firmly in the tradition of the great Basie tenor men. Lew has been a dynamic figure in the music scene for over 40 years. His versatility and knowledgeable comprehension of musical art-form was the basis for a stellar career. He has been involved with jingles, films, jazz and television. He was a saxophonist with the Saturday Night Live band from 1975-2005. He has recorded for such artists as Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Harry Connick Jr and the Brecker Brothers. Lew has appeared with many giants in the music world, including Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Liza Minelli, Buddy Rich, Herbie Hancock, Phil Woods and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Larry Coryell Trio to perform at Djon’s in Melbourne Beach June 16, 2012

Larry Coryell Trio
A Night to Remember -
This is your opportunity to be
one of ONLY 60 people
attending this exclusive
dinner concert event.

for an extraordinary evening with jazz great,
Larry Coryell.  Enjoy a three course meal and
two glasses of complimentary wine while listening
to the master play.  Make your reservation today!

Saturday, June 16, 2012, 8 PM
Larry Coryell
As one of the pioneers of jazz-rock -- perhaps the pioneer in the ears of some -- Larry Coryell deserves a special place in the history books. He brought what amounted to a nearly alien sensibility to jazz electric guitar playing in the 1960s, a hard-edged, cutting tone, phrasing and note-bending that owed as much to blues, rock and even country as it did to earlier, smoother bop influences. 

“In 1965, Coryell moved to New York City where he became part of Chico Hamilton's quintet, replacing Gabor Szabo. In 1967 and 1968, he recorded with Gary Burton. Also during the mid-1960s he played with The Free Spirits.[2] His music during the late-1960s and early-1970s combined the influences of rock, jazz and eastern music. He formed his own group, The Eleventh House, in 1973. The album sold well in college towns and the ensemble toured widely to support that. Following the break-up of this band, Coryell played mainly acoustic guitar, but returned to electric guitar later in the 1980s. In 1979, Coryell formed "The Guitar Trio" with jazz fusion guitarist John McLaughlin and flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia. The group toured Europe briefly, eventually releasing a video recorded at Royal Albert Hall in London entitled "Meeting of Spirits".”

$100 per person;  limited seating.
Reserve your place TODAY at 321-722-2737

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

JP Soars & The Red Hots to bring the blues to Flagler Center in Stuart June 1, 2012

International Touring & Award Winning
JP Soars & The Red Hots

Experience the best of blues,
 right here in Florida,
by one of the best blues artists in the world,
from right here in Florida!

Friday, June 1, 2012 at 8pm
Lyric’s Flagler Center
201 Southwest Flagler Avenue
Stuart, FL 34994
(772)288-5335  MAP

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Florida Bluesman, Albert Castiglia, to Tour State for CD Release Parties


The Big Easy Hollywood, FL

Green Parrot Key West, FL

The Bamboo Room Lake Worth, FL

Bradfordville Blues Club Tallahassee, FL

Earl's Hideaway Sebastian, FL

Maxwell Room at the
Downtowner Saloon Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Earl’s Memorial Weekend Music Fest is ON! No better place to be!

You can't beat the feeling at
Earl's Hideaway Lounge & Tiki bar
in Sebastian, Florida!

MAY 26, 27, 28, 2012

Saturday, May 26, music starts at 2pm
·       BOBBY & the RENEGADES special guest JP Soars
·       Queen Bees
·       Ghost Town Blues Band
·       OTIS CADILLAC & the El Dorados w/ Seville Sisters
·       RAMBLER w/special guest MICHAEL ALLMAN

Sunday, May 27, music starts at 2pm
·       Ernie Lancaster Band
·     ·       Cassie Taylor
·       John Nemeth

Monday , May 28, music starts at 2pm
·       David Shelley & Bluestone

1405 Indian River Drive
Sebastian FL 32958  (772)589-5700
SAT MAY 26, 2012
We would be honored if you and /or your group would take part in our 5th
ANNUAL Memorial Da y Salute. 
As usual, our Ride in for Bikers begins at the empty Eckard Drugs on the corner of U S # 1 an d
Roseland Road
 Form up begins at 1200 hours and the Riders are scheduled to leave to ride down Indian River Drive to Earl's a t 1220 hours, arriving at Earl's at approx. 1230 hours.
BAREFOOT BAY FLAG LINE and HONOR GUARD will form there, outside
the gate with a MARCH IN at 1300 hours.
Anyone wishing to participate may just show up that day.
We will be laying a new fresh wreath of flowers at our
MEMORIAL corner. Speakers for the day are:
Invocation & Benediction: Legion Riders Chaplain - FATHER DAVE NEWHART
CSM Ret. 82nd Airborne Div. EDWARD BRITT, Fmr Chair 82n d Airborne Assoc.
NAVY storekeeper 1stt class, WW II Vet WILLIAM STEVENSON …
The Meaning of Old Glory
Father Dave New hart sings ……GOD BLESS the USA
Our Emcee Fmr. SSGT 11th Special Forces Airborne Group, ARNOLD RING, will lead us in the PLEDGE.
We will also feature our acapella voices Little Debby for the National Anthem and Regina Cripps Hulce for God Bless America
TAPS and 21 GUN SALUTE & Piper, Michael Hyde
P LEASE JOIN we remember –
For more info: please call:
SSG Arnie Ring at (321)288-6235   or  SGT Mike Clark a (772) 299-7394
or Franni at (772) 913-3172
This Ceremony WILL NOT conflict with all the other MONDAY
Ceremonies. This is on Saturday, May 26th

More Great Upcoming Shows
May, 2012
20: Nouveaux Honkies
22: Ernie Southern; 8pm

June, 2012
19: Ernie Southern 8pm
17: Albert Castiglia's "LIVE THE DREAM
30: Ernie Southern 2pm
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Annual Summer Concert Series Line Up Announced for Coral Gables

Coral Gables Congregational
United Church of Christ
Community Arts Program
2012 Summer Concert Series
June 7 - August 16, 2012

Twenty-seven years ago, an evening summer concert series was born to present classical and jazz musicians within the Spanish-revival architecture and intimate setting of Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ. Magic happened! 150-plus concerts and upwards of 62,000 attendees later, the Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ Summer Concert Series has become a longstanding tradition.  The Summer Concert Series is now part of a year-round Community Arts Program (CAP).

The Community Arts Program (CAP), in addition to its acclaimed Summer Concert Series, affords every child, despite circumstances, an after-school Conservatory for the Arts and Young Musicians’ Summer Master Classes (for the young-at-heart too!) with renowned artists who perform on the Summer Concert Series.

Below is the exciting line-up for the Community Arts Program 2012 Summer Concert Series and Summer Master Classes.  Purchase your concert tickets early; concerts sell out quickly!

 Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Thursday, June 7, 8pm - Concert
Friday, June 8, 10am to noon - Master class
By popular demand, Preservation Hall Jazz Band returns to the Summer Concert Series for another incredible opening, as the Band celebrates its golden anniversary! The Band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans' French Quarter. Preservation Hall Jazz Band has traveled worldwide spreading their mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. Once again, there's no better way to begin the Summer Concert Series than with toes a tappin' and spirits a soarin'!  

Andrew York
Thursday, June 21, 8pm - Concert
Friday, June 22, 10am to noon – Master Class
In any generation there are many musicians, but very few artists who communicate on a profound cultural level. Andrew York is one of these rare artistic voices. He is one of the most visible and innovative classical guitarists and composers on today's concert scene. Mr. York's discography includes recordings for Sony Japan, three solo CD's for the GSP label, ten CD's with the Los Angeles Guitar Quintet (LAGQ)--with whom he shares a Grammy--on Delos, Sony and Telarc labels, as well as inclusion on Rhino Records Legends of Guitar and numerous other compilations. His compositions have been recorded by guitar luminaries John Williams and Christopher Parkening, and Japanese pianist Mitsouko Kado. In an enchanting evening of his music and that of J.S. Bach, Andrew York will capture the audience.  

The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Thursday, July 5, 8pm - Concert
Nobody put more Americans "In the Mood" for great swing music than the legendary Glenn Miller, who fronted the most famous big band of all time. The hit-maker's legacy continues with the Glenn Miller Orchestra's incomparable performances of such beloved tunes as Moonlight Serenade, American Patrol, Pennsylvania 6-5000, Chattanooga Choo-Choo and A String of Pearls. This Independence holiday, concert goers can treat themselves to wonderful music from America's Swing Era! It'll ignite a smile and bounce like nothing else!
Ahn Trio
Thursday, July 19, 8pm. - Concert
Friday, July 20, 10am to noon – Master Class
Born in Seoul, Korea, and educated at Juilliard, the members of the Ahn Trio--sisters Maria (cello), Lucia (piano) and Angella (violin)--are redefining the art and architecture of chamber music and breathing new life into the standard piano trio literature with commissioned works from visionary composers. The trio's latest CD, Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac, made No. 8 on the Billboard charts in the U.S. and is now available on the RCA Red Seal label. Join in an exceptional evening that includes compositions by Pat Metheny, Brazilian composer Nelson Ayres and the New York Times "Composer to Watch," Kenji Bunch!  

Roseanna Vitro
Thursday, August 2, 8pm - Concert
Friday, Aug. 3, 10am to noon – Master Class
Roseanna Vitro is a reigning member of the jazz community where she is hailed for her range of music and stylistic directions, as a soulful communicator with a thirst for swinging hard and for possessing an ear for melodic invention. Ms. Vitro's rhythmic acuity and free-spirited spontaneity can be heard in her improvisations, where she uses both scat syllables and lyrics. Her signature energy and grace is found within a host of recordings, notable among them, her breakout recording on Telarc, Passion Dance. ­In 2011,Roseanna joined the Motéma Music labeland released The Music of Randy Newman, which earned a Grammy nomination in the vocal jazz category.  Joined by Mark Soskin (piano), Sara Caswell (violin), Dean Johnson (bass) and Tim Horner (drums), Roseanna brings an evening full of artful jazz singing, brimming with heart and soul!

Christian McBride Trio
Thursday, August 16, 8pm – Concert
Bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, educator, curator and administrator, Christian McBride has been one of the most important and most omnipresent figures in the jazz world for 20 years. Beginning in 1989, this Philadelphia-born bassist moved to New York City to further his classical studies at the Juilliard School, only to be snatched up by alto saxophonist, Bobby Watson. Since then, McBride's list of accomplishments has been nothing short of staggering, including the 2012 Grammy Award for his latest album, The Good Feeling. Save the date now, for when Christian McBride presents his trio--McBride (bass), Christian Sands (piano) and Ulysses Owens (drums)--for an historic close to the Community Arts Program 2012 Summer Concert Series!  

Coral Gables Congregational
United Church of Christ

3010 De Soto Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL  33134

Concert Tickets and
Master Class Registration at:
(305) 448-7421, ext. 153

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