Saturday, February 28, 2015

They call it the...(And they call Albert Castiglia and Josh Smith GUITAR MASTERS at The Funky Biscuit, too!)



Submitted by Al Kanovsky 02/28/15


...Funky Biscuit. The guy who owns it is Albert Poliak. He put a real Hammond B3 on the stage which he occasionally plays. This is an authentic BLUES joint. Ray is in charge of the sound and it can't be beat.

But this is not about the joint or Al or Ray. This is about the music.M U S I C. All caps 'cause last night was one that BLUESiacs will talk about in the years to come. Let's start with Josh Smith returning to his roots here in South FL. Continue with John Yarling pushing the beat just a bit. Add Steven Raimundez on bass keeping the rhythm straight. The trio is dynamic and solid. Josh does the vocals and you know that some gal, somewhere broke his heart. He is an incredible guitarist. Creating BLUES riffs like you've never heard before. The play list included tunes like the theme from Peter Gunn, "Letting You Go", "No One But Me", "That Ain't Love" a little JAZZ with "C Jam BLUES" and an original instrumental "Penance" that had me thinking about how I live my life. There is not a seat to be had and there are about 20 folks standing here and there. Albert Castiglia follows with Bob Amsel on drums and Matt Schuler playing bass. He plays one he says he wishes he had written "Have You No Shame" and follows with "Searching the Desert". He rocks the joint with "Put Your ??? Down Baby" and folllows with a slow drag. Nancy and Jimmy Belize are in the house. Nancy says that Jimmy "gives the best oogy-woogie". I was to embarrassed to ask but if any one out there knows what "oogy-woogie" is let me in on it. I'm sure I would be better at it than Jimmy.

Albert does "Bad Avenue" one of my favorites and then Josh returns and man o'man the Jam is on. They get funky with "Going Down, Down, Down" Here are two of the very best guitarist BLUES men on one stage at one time. John Yarling returns on drums and Josh does "I Ain't Got No Woman & I Don't Give A Damn".

BLUES is in town and on stage here and now. Albert and Josh do an exchange of solos and then 4's and then in joint chorus and I ain't never heard nuthin' like it. Now Drew Preston comes to the stage. If I had a million bucks I couldn't buy better than these 3 on stage together. Holy ----! "I Got My Mojo Workin" and we are in a musically separate place. Guitars, guitars, guitars. Now it's Drew's turn with Josh and they deliver, do they ever deliver. The audience won't let them go without 'one more'. The 'one more' is "Shake Your Money Maker". My toes are tappin'. My hands are clappin'. I'm leaning forward to catch every note and nuance. Some might say I was having a damn good time. I was. I look up and spot Mr. Charlie Boyer, passing through like the breeze. He's having a good time, too. The show is over and we get a chance to thank and 'hang' with the stars for a moment or two. I remind Albert about the pronunciation of his name. He reminds me that a fat Jewish kid wouldn't know how to pronounce an Italian name. I will refer him to my adoptive mother Mrs. Josephine Tedesco who had me drinking Medaglia D'Oro coffee   when I was 5 years old.

I am meeting up with Charlie over at the Bonita Blues Festival this coming weekend where we will get to see Albert again, twice! Anyone want to join us for a day?

JAZZ & BLUES FLORIDA has four (as a set ONLY) tickets for one of the two days ($100 at Friday gate-purchase price or $120 for Saturday gate-purchase price). To 'win' the tickets enter the drawing by doing these two things: 1) Leave comment below about what you think of my writing (Yes, Charlie came up with this!) and 2) Sign up for the Jazz & Blues Florida mailing list on this form: http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1648727-uSFqVQ7Swr  or use the link over on the left side of this page. (No problem if you are already a list member, just update your info on the form and Charlie will figure it out.)


Drawing for ONE winner for FOUR TICKETS to be held Monday, March 2, 2015 at 4pm, eastern. Winner to be notified via email provided in email list sign-up submission. Good luck w/ this good deal! See someone(s) of you in Bonita!!

More info on Bonita Blues Fest at: http://jazz-bluesflorida.blogspot.com/2015/02/bonita-blues-festival-announces-after.html 



Al's Disclaimer:
A short note: The reason I write this is because I love music and words. I do not book acts. I do not promote acts. I do not accept invitations to review artists. I go to venues of my own choice. When and where is not influenced by anything other than who I would like to hear that night or day. If I don't like what I hear, I won't write about it. When I like it I let you all know. I never mention a name without asking permission. "Pardon me, Miss. Would you like to dance?" 
      


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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Blue Front in Lake Worth Presents Ella Herrera and More this Weekend!

Ella Herrera
Solo Acoustic Blues, Rock, 
Pop, Soul Guitar & Vocals
Music to Stir Your Soul

Friday, February 27, 2015 ~ 7:30pm
(and every Friday, same time, 
same place, until further notice)

AND
Don't miss Caribbean Sunday!
Featuring
Dymin & Supa Peter
Lady Dymin
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 6pm
Steel pan, accompanied by vocals and keys
Bringing Trinidad and Belize to Lake Worth's
Octopus' Garden by the Tiki Gods.
(If you've been there, you know what I mean. If not, go, and you will!)

Blue Front BBQ Bar & Grill
1132 north Dixie Hwy
Lake Worth, FL 33460 

Happy Hour: Mon- Fri, Noon-7pm.
Kitchen: Noon-10pm
Bar & Garden: Noon-10pm weekdays, later on weekends.



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It was a bright & sunny afternoon,(...that led to the brighter neon of 33rd & Danny Burger's Showcase for Allen Kanovsky)



Submitted by Al Kanovsky 02/26/15


...puffy white clouds drifted lazily across the blue sky. And there was music to be heard on the Plaza of the Coral Gables Museum of Art. 


The Miami JAZZ Co-op presents a weekly concert on Wednesday from 12:15 to 2Pm. This day it was the UM's Frost School of Music Choral group. 6 singers and a 4 piece rhythm section. The chorale had an equal balance of guys & gals( I am old enough to get away with terms like that). East, west, north & south were represented. Sherrine Master, Danielle Wetz, & Alianna Eikrug  were the distaff members. Elliot Weeks, Dan Montgomery and Lowell Ringel were the men. All under the direction of Karen Kennedy. The program was designed to show-off this talented groups harmonic capability. It did. 

An audience of a little over 100, sat, listened and applauded the music presented. The rhythm section of Tal Cohen, Harlan Pocquette, Bob Bruyer and Kyle Swan did some work on its own as well.  If these young people are representative of the future of music, I look forward to being there to listen. Among the tune titles were "You Are There", Weightless", and "Shade of the Cedar Tree". The harmonies were complex but were accomplished with ease. It is the result of many hard hours at practice. Thank you all for a delightful couple of hours.

The sun sets. Happy hour pricing is in effect. There are not many things aside from live music and live sex that interest me as much as 2for1 or 1/2 price adult beverages. I head for BJB's not only to quaff but to Danny Burger's Showcase which, this week, features Maria Rivas. To say she is a favorite of mine would be understating the case. Maria is the essence of life. The vivacity of her performance belies the terrible disease she has overcome. She is living testament that faith in the Lord and 21st century medicine can provide miracles. I will now step down from the pulpit and get to the nitty-gritty.


Her rhythm section has Danny (the brushmeister) Burger at the kit. The masterful Nicky Orta on electric bass and the one and only two brained pianist, Brian Murphy, working the 88s.  The house is packed. Not a seat to be found except the very end booth. You know, the ones closest to the 'terlets'. Buddy Bill is expected and so I dump the avoirdupois into the vacant booth. Babette, recovering from a fall, is out for the first time in a long time and she is greeted warmly. Will my blessing ever cease? Denise Shuster (dance partner extraorinaire) is in the house. Oh yeah!!!!. From a funky "Funny Valentine" to a salsified "Night In Tunisia". "Route 66" to "Girl From Ipanema". "My Romance", "It Don't Mean A Thing", "Jinjee", "Stardust", "Our Love Is Here To Stay", "All the Things You Are" and even an impassioned "Come Together". Wait a sec. How about this Venezuelan JAZZ star doing a little accented Yiddish with "Bei Mir Bis Do Shain". I danced with Denise as long as my legs held out. Maria joined us a couple of times. 


The last note faded into the the half-moon night and off I went with thoughts of a day and night well spent.


Al's Disclaimer:
A short note: The reason I write this is because I love music and words. I do not book acts. I do not promote acts. I do not accept invitations to review artists. I go to venues of my own choice. When and where is not influenced by anything other than who I would like to hear that night or day. If I don't like what I hear, I won't write about it. When I like it I let you all know. I never mention a name without asking permission. "Pardon me, Miss. Would you like to dance?" 
      


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Jeffrey Gaines - Ghaleb - JL Fulks - Mary Jennings Band Together for Survival April 25, 2015

• Jeffrey Gaines • Ghaleb
• JL Fulks • Mary Jennings

Saturday, April 25
3385 NE 188th St,
Aventura, FL 33180


















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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Get Ready to Get Retro w/ the Swingin' Sounds of Toots Lorraine & The Traffic at Arts Garage's GRUNGE & GLAMOUR


Sat. Feb. 28, 7pm 

Grunge and Glamour | Retro Fusion  
Featuring Toots Lorraine & The Traffic

Arts Garage doesn’t just break down cultural barriers …
we break down walls – literally!

While we aspire to take over the world, we start by taking over the space next door.
Be the first to experience the bigger and better Arts Garage this weekend!

Get in the groove early and start bidding on some snazzy auction items!
Silent auction will continue at Grunge & Glamour.

Feast on mouth-watering spreads from Delray’s best. We dig our restaurant sponsors, and you will too!
  

SNEAK PEEK

Jeff Harnar | Cabaret
Sat. 4/4, 8pm

"The most important male cabaret performer since Michael Feinstein"
 The New York Times 

Award-winning New York-based cabaret singer and recording artist, Jeff has an unusually smooth, baritone voice and a fondness for the Broadway musical repertoire. He is known for his critically acclaimed performances throughout top venues in Manhattan.

  

Uncertain Terms
by Allison Gregory
THEATER 


March 6 - 29
Wed-Fri 7:30pm,
Sat & Sun 2pm

Fri, March 6 - Opening night reception with cast



Bria Skonberg
JAZZ | 
Sat. 3/7, 8pm 



Dave Keller
BLUES | 
Sat. 3/14, 8pm


 
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Jewel of the Ridge Jazz Festival - Lake Wales Florida comes alive with world-class jazz April 8-11, 2015

Jazz gems shine during expanded 
Second Annual 
Jewel of the Ridge Jazz Festival




Wednesday, April 8th through Saturday, April 11, 2015

Apr 8: New Orleans Nighthawks; 12:30 p.m.; Polk State JD Alexander Center; 152 E Central Ave, Lake Wales; FREE.
Apr 9: Randy Corinthian; 12:30 p.m.; Polk State JD Alexander Center; FREE.
Apr 9: Omar Sosa Quarterto Afro Cuban Latin Jazz Band; 7 p.m.; Bok Tower Gardens; $50.
Apr 10: Larry Coryell Concert; 12:30 p.m.; Polk State JD Alexander Center; 152 E Central Ave, Lake Wales; FREE.
Apr 10: Randy Corinthian and Omar Sosa Quarterto Afro Cuban Latin Jazz Band; 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Polk State Lake Wales Arts Center; FREE
Apr 11: Polk State Jazz Ensemble; Lake Wailes Park; 3 p.m.
Apr 11: Harrison School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble; Lake Wailes Park; 4 p.m.; FREE.
Apr 11: Victoria de Lissovoy and Charlie “Topp” Hines; Lake Wailes Park; 5:15 p.m.; FREE.
Apr 11: Larry Coryell Trio; Lake Wailes Park; 7 p.m.; FREE.

The Second Annual Jewel of the Ridge Jazz Festival will begin on Wednesday, April 8 with expanded concert venues through Saturday, April 11. Presented by Polk State College and the Lake Wales Arts Council, the caliber of internationally acclaimed jazz artists will provide an experience unlike any other in Polk County culminating in a grand finale “blow out” from 3 to 9 p.m. on the shores of Lake Wailes Park. 

From jazz rock pioneer and guitarist Larry Coryell, to Omar Sosa’s Quarteto Afrocubano Latin Jazz Band, saxophonist Randy Corinthian and other artists, the star-studded Festival is expected to attract fans from throughout Florida. Local jazz fans will recognize trumpeter Charlie “Topp” Hines, featured on the poster for the second year, who will perform along with pianist and vocalist Victoria de Lissovoy, the New Orleans Nighthawks, the Polk State Jazz Ensemble and the Harrison Jazz Ensemble

“It’s going to feel like you’re visiting a jazz club on the west coast or in New York,” says Osubi Craig, M.A., Polk State Lake Wales Arts Center director, who created and organized the event timed to coincide with Jazz Appreciation Month in April. 

New this year, an exhibition curated by the Polk Museum of Art, “Body & Soul,” pays homage to the spirit of jazz with photographs and paintings from Herman Leonard and others in the Michael Crews Gallery April 7 through May 10.

Also new, the Jazz Festival has expanded to include twoPolk State campuses in Lake Wales, the shores of Lake Wales Park and Bok Tower Gardens for a concert with Sosa’s band at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 9. The seven-time Grammy-nominated pianist, composer and bandleader emigrated from Cuba in 1993. In 2003, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Smithsonian Associates for his contribution to the development of Latin jazz in the United States. Sosa’s fresh and original urban sound fuses a wide range of jazz, world music, hip-hop and electronic elements with his native Afro-Cuban roots. Sosa is joined by fellow Camag├╝eyanos, Ernesto Simpson on drums, and Leandro Saint-Hill on alto saxophone, flute and clarinet, and Mozambican electric bassist Childo Tomas. Visit www.omarsosa.com for more information.

Called the “godfather of jazz-fusion,” legendary guitarist Larry Coryell will headline the Jazz Festival with his trio. With more than 100 albums and CD’s, the maestro is a master guitarist of all styles and composer of jazz and classical compositions who still records and tours worldwide. He has graced the front page of The Rolling Stone magazine and the inside pages of many others. From Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix, to name-drop just a few, the list of artists with whom Coryell has performed is a who’s who of jazz superstars. Visit www.larrycoryell.net for more information.

Back by popular demand, saxophonist Randy Corinthian will share the Festival stage. Trained at Florida A & M University and Florida State University, Corinthian has shared the stage with jazz greats including Ellis Marsalis. The CEO of RC Music Group, Corinthian also has performed with Victor Goines, Ron Isley, Debbie Reynolds, Mike Phillips, Rick Watford and Alex Bugnon. He graduated from Florida A&M University with a B.S. and master’s degree in music education. An adjunct professor of music at Broward College, Corinthian teaches music in the public school system and was honored by Legacy Magazine as one of South Florida’s 40 under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow in 2012. 

In addition to performing on trumpet, Hines was instrumental helping Craig and others envision the Jazz Festival. “Timing was everything,” says Hines, who discussed the idea with fellow Lake Wales jazz artist de Lissovoy for years. “When Osubi Craig was hired as the director of the Polk State Lake Wales Arts Center, he shared our vision and said ‘Let’s do it!’” 

Although too humble to toot his own horn, Hines’ life story has impressed friends like Barbara Connor, Arts Council vice president. “Charlie overcame tremendous obstacles during segregation to become a great musician who attended Boston’s Berklee School of Music and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1978. He’s one of the jewels of our community who makes our lives richer with all he contributes through his many volunteer activities.”

Hines’ interest in music began at age 7 beating on wash tubs on his back porch in Newnan, Ga. Picking up the trumpet at age 12, Hines has played professionally for 55 years. His career started at age 17 in the Air Force Band, allowing him to play for two U.S. Presidents. Jazz influences include Paul Mitchell, John LaPorta and Duke Pearson. Performing in the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and the Duke Person Big Band, he toured with R&B groups Jackie Wilson, Al Green and Johnnie Taylor. An all time favorite was Mary Wells, the 1960s Queen of Motown, who recorded “My Guy” and other hits. 

Nearing age 73, Hines credits his wife Melissa for keeping him from becoming bitter because he never received royalties for his recordings. “Music is supposed to lift your spirit. I try to paint a picture with each note I play so you can hear the full story of everything I have lived and the joy within the pain I experienced. I have a great life.”

Performing on piano and vocals with Jazz Victoria Ensembles, de Lissovoy, was trained in the classical music tradition since age 2. Her career has spanned the Chicago, San Francisco and New York City areas, and includes local performances with the Child of The Sun Jazz Festivals, Lake Wales Arts Center, Polk Theater, Polk Museum of Art and Bok Tower Gardens. Also a Kindermusik instructor and licensed clinical social worker working in the hospital and private practice settings, she served as vice president of Arts In Healthcare, Polk, Inc., incorporating arts in health care as influential in the healing process. 

Concerts will be performed at Polk State JD Alexander Center, 152 E Central Ave.; Polk State Lake Wales Arts Center, 1099 State Rd. 60; Bok Tower Gardens and on the shores of Lake Wailes Park in Lake Wales. 

Call (863)298-6883 or email lwac@polk.edu to reserve a free seat. Visit www.polk.edu/ArtsCenter, www.lakewalesartscouncil or www.facebook.com/lakewalesartscouncil for more information.


About the Lake Wales Arts Council:
The mission of the Lake Wales Arts Council is to build a community where art and culture thrive, enriching the lives of people. Its vision is to create a vibrant cultural arts destination. Most of the Council’s permanent collection is now on display at the Lake Wales Municipal Administration Building, 201 W Central Ave, 8 a.m. to p.m. Monday through Friday. The Arts Council is headquartered in the Polk State Lake Wales Arts Center, 1099 State Rd. 60, Lake Wales, FL 33853. Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 863-676-8426, info@lw-arts.org or visit www.lakewalesartscouncil.org and www.facebook.com/lakewalesartscouncil for more information.

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