Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Gold Coast Jazz Society Announces 25th Anniversary 2016-17 Jazz Concert Series

Gold Coast Jazz Society - 
A Quarter Century of JAZZ!

Celebrating 25 years of presenting jazz in the community, the Gold Coast Jazz Society is providing yet another season of nationally renowned jazz talent in the annual classic jazz concert series presented at the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and a special concert at Parker Playhouse. 

The series will include seven jazz concerts featuring international jazz stars as well as outstanding regional and local jazz talent.  All concerts begin at 7:45pm and many concerts offer pre-show entertainment or jazz and wine lecture. Six concerts will occur at the intimate Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale and the February 21 concert will take place at Parker Playhouse.  Full season subscriptions are available at a substantial discount from single ticket purchases at $280 per person and Jazz Trio subscriptions (3 concerts of your choice) are available for $134 per person by calling the Gold Coast Jazz Society at (954)524-0805. ADDITIONAL SEASON SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION

Single tickets for each concert are available after August 15 at the Broward Center’s AutoNation Box Office at 954-462-0222 or online at Student and teacher tickets are $10 with valid ID for most concerts. 

Opening the season on November 9, Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers will provide a buoyant mix of boogie-woogie, jump blues, and sophisticated swing.  Internationally recognized as The Queen of Classic Jazz & Blues in the authentic style of the 1940's and 1950's, Lavay and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers promise a vivacious opening for the 25th anniversary season.  TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION

The remarkable jazz trumpeter and protégé of Dizzy Gillespie, Jon Faddis, will return to the Amaturo stage on December 14.   Since 2017 will commemorate the 100th birthday of the legendary Gillespie, Faddis will pay homage to his mentor and friend in this tribute performance. Time Out New York praises Faddis as “the world's greatest trumpeter.” His distinctive trumpet appears on hundreds of records and numerous soundtracks for film and television.  Joining Faddis for this concert will be Martín Bejerano on piano, Jamie Ousley on bass and special guest Ignacio Berroa on drums. TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION

On January 11, 2017, Houston Person joins forces with the Shelly Berg Trio in an evening of jazz standards. A legendary tenor sax artist, Person, is “one of the best! He’s got bull chops,” claimed Dizzy Gillespie.  Best known for his long time affiliation with Etta Jones, Person has recorded everything from disco and gospel to pop and R&B, in addition to his trademark – velvet-toned straight-ahead jazz and soulful hard bop. The Shelly Berg Trio will accompany Mr. Person.  Berg, an internationally acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, arranger, Dean of the UM Frost School of Music and Grammy nominee, has performed with just about everyone in the jazz business. TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION

The February 21 “The Summit: Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6” will be coming to town!  This concert at Parker Playhouse, a co-promotion with the Broward Center, features these two world-renowned award-winning vocal groups.  The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 boast a remarkable 20 Grammy Awards, and a range of styles that covers nearly every genre of popular music; from jazz to swing, from gospel to R&B. The tour of this show marks the 40th Anniversary of The Manhattan Transfer for their debut recording on Atlantic Records.  Original members Janis Siegel, Alan Paul, and Cheryl Bentyne and their newest member will honor founding member Tim Hauser.   Take 6 shares their crystal clear harmony, innovative arrangements and funky grooves, demonstrating why this sextet is recognized as the preeminent a Capella group in the world.  TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION
As part of a new agreement with Motéma Music, jazz pianist/vocalist Karrin Allyson headed back into the recording studio for a very intimate look at the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein with “Many a New Day (Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein).”  Her concert for the Gold Coast Jazz Society on March 8 will feature many of the favorites from this album and the Rogers and Hammerstein songbook, tunes with “gorgeous melodies, near perfect lyrics, music that begs to be sung,” - Karrin Allyson.  TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION

On April 12, The Bossa Nova Wave rolls into town.  The Bossa Nova Wave is richly recreated and reminiscent of the performances of Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd with legendary jazz clarinetist, Ken Peplowski and one of today’s greatest guitarist, Diego Figueiredo.   Peplowski is the leading clarinetist in jazz today and has performed with a litany of who’s who of the jazz world.  Figueiredo hails from Brazil and is considered one of the most talented guitarists in the world today.  TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION 
To round out the season, on May 10, 2017 we will feature the South Florida Jazz Orchestra and two special vocalists.  Continuing the celebration of Frank Sinatra’s 100th year, jazz vocalist Johnny Rogers joins forces with vocalist David Pruyn and the South Florida Jazz Orchestra for an evening that will include the jazz favorites of Frank Sinatra, nicknamed “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” and Mel Tormé, known as “The Velvet Fog”.  Led by Chuck Bergeron, the South Florida Jazz Orchestra is a modern Big Band comprised of some of the best Jazz musicians, studio musicians, and Jazz educators in the southeast who have performed and toured with many of the greatest artists in Jazz and Popular music.  TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION

For more information about the 25th Anniversary Jazz Concert Series, go to The Gold Coast Jazz Society is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of jazz music through a mainstage concert series, free community concerts, educational programs, a jazz scholarship program and musical services provided by the Gold Coast Jazz Society Band. 

Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Amaturo Theater
201 SW 5th Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale FL 33312

Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and is supported by Funding Arts Broward, supporting innovative local visual and performing arts in Broward County.  Concert Series sponsors include American National Bank, Morgan Stanley, and the Mary Porter Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward.  Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
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