Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Gold Coast Jazz Presents Johnny Rodgers & David Pruyn w/ The South Florida Jazz Orchestra

Ol' Blue Eyes Meets
the Velvet Fog

May 10, 2017 ~ 7:45pm
Gold Coast Jazz Concert Pays Tribute 
to the Music of Sinatra and Tormé 

On Wednesday, May 10, the Gold Coast Jazz Society closes the 25th anniversary jazz series with a jazz concert paying tribute to two legendary jazz singers, Frank Sinatra and Mel Tormé.  The Music of Frank Sinatra & Mel Tormé - Ol’ Blues Eyes Meets The Velvet Fog will feature the singers Johnny Rodgers and David Pruyn backed by the South Florida Jazz Orchestra.  The concert will occur at the Amaturo Theater of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale at 7:45pm.  Single tickets are $50 per person.  Student and teacher tickets are $10 with valid ID.  To purchase tickets call the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office at 954-462-0222, online at www.browardcenter.org or www.goldcoastjazz.org  

2016 marked the centennial celebration of Frank Sinatra and the Gold Coast Jazz is continuing on with the celebration.  This evening of jazz will include the jazz favorites of Frank Sinatra, nicknamed “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” and Mel Tormé, known as “The Velvet Fog”.  

Vocalist Johnny Rodgers was born and grew up in Miami.  He attended the New World School of the Arts, Florida State University and the University of Miami.  His fortuitous meeting with Liza Minelli resulted in his touring with Ms. Minnelli and becoming a featured singer, dancer, pianist, and songwriter in the Tony Award-winning Liza’s at The Palace...!, which played on Broadway in 2009 and 2010 and aired on PBS television.  Johnny formed his own band, the Johnny Rodgers Band, in 2003, which plays a variety of styles from pop to jazz.   The Johnny Rodgers Band has performed and recorded with artists such as Liza Minnelli, Michael Feinstein, Randy Brecker, and Tom Harrell, among others. Besides their own award winning recordings, this ensemble has been featured on recordings that celebrate Maury Yeston and Jule Styne.

New Orleans native David Pruyn is a multi-talented drummer, trumpeter and vocalist with a Mel Tormé-like sound. Pruyn’s career has included Broadway, TV, film, big bands, clubs, cruises and concert tours. His widely varied background also includes arranging, orchestrating and conducting.  He has toured with the show "Satchmo," a Broadway musical based on the life of Louis Armstrong.  Pruyn has also worked with the who’s who of jazz including Dick Hyman, Chick Corea, Mike Renzi, Vincent Falcone, Bob Florence, Ray Brown, Jaco Pastorius, Pete Christlieb, Eddie Barefield, Al Cohn, John LaPorta, Bob Mintzer, Nick Brignola, Bill Prince, Bobby Shew, Doc Severinsen, Snooky Young, Walt Johnson, Carl Saunders, Byron Stripling, Buddy Morrow, Bill Allred, and the Terry Myers Big Band, as well as singers Mel Tormé, Jack Jones, Steve Lawrence, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Walt Andrus, Al Jarreau, Rosemary Clooney, Edie Gorme, Manhattan Transfer and an old hometown buddy, Harry Connick, Jr.

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.

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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