Monday, August 20, 2018

Line Up Announced for Annual Pat Ramsey Benefit Concert for Big Bend Hospice Nov 3, 2018

 
The Day the Big Bend Music 
Community Unites Under
the Oaks(-1) of Bradfordville
 

3 Stages!
Food Trucks & Festival Vendors Onsite
Silent Auctions and Raffles
Family Friendly / Rain or Shine
All-day Event


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2018
Bradfordville Blues Club
7152 Moses Lane, Tallahassee, FL 32309
(850)906-0766
bradfordvilleblues.com

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TICKETS AT GATE, CASH OR CARD

GATES OPEN 1PM.

Oaks Stage (Outside)
HighTest  ~ 2-3pm
Bridget Kelly Band ~ 3:30-4:30pm
Acme Rhythm & Blues ~ 5-6pm
Frank Jones Band ~ 6:30-7:30pm
Crosscut Saw ~ 8:00-9:30pm
(Julien Kasper, Greg Poulus, Mike Howell,

Jerry Thigpen, Steve Howell & Clyde Ramsey)

Saw Stage (Inside)
Ontological Elephants ~ 2:30-3:30pm
LCP & The Gangbusters ~ 4-5pm
Brown Goose ~ 5:30-6:30pm
Jerry Thigpen Trio ~ 7-8pm
Revival/Avis Berry ~ 8:30-9:30
Major Bacon
 ~ 10pm-midnight

(W/ special guest Choo Choo Charlie)

Fire Stage
Debi Jorden ~ 9pm-?


CLICK HERE to take a look at the fun 
we had in two years back!

"This Was His Wish, To Give Back."
This will be the 10th year of this event benefiting Big Bend Hospice in Pat's
honor. Pat Ramsey was a well-known and loved person, musician and blues
singer around the globe. Pat passed away on Nov. 17, 2008 but his music lives
on and he is remembered in the hearts of his family, friends and fans. This annual
 gathering brings together all of these people for a celebration like no other
in Florida.

Music will be held on the inside stage and outside stage under the Mossy Oaks -
and around the bonfire into the night. Come hear the blues, jazz, funk, bluegrass
and Americana and spend time with the best of the Big Bend area, and beyond,
musicians. This is a day of real music made by real people in a real place in
northern Florida.

RVs welcome - make it a weekend stay. Save the date & we'll see you at the gate!

2018 Updates:

SPONSORSHIP PARTICIPATION INFORMATION:
We would like to cordially invite you to participate in this year’s 10th Annual Big Bend Hospice benefit in memory of Pat Ramsey on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at the Bradfordville Blues Club located at 7152 Moses Lane, Tallahassee, FL.

Proceeds will be used to support patients and families as they face the difficult challenges that come from dealing with a life-limiting illness.  Your support for this event will provide additional funding to support essential programs like music therapy, children’s bereavement, emergency care and patient support.

We look forward to having you join us this year as a sponsor as you enjoy a day of fun for a great cause.  As always, we will have three stages with great bands, inside and outside of the club.  There will be raffle drawings with prizes awarded, 50/50 drawings, a silent auction and food vendors. 

We are in need of items for our silent auction and raffle drawing.  If you would like to become a sponsor, or donate an auction item, please contact Debbi Ramsey, event coordinator.

Come join the fun and support a great cause at the Big Bend Hospice benefit in memory of Pat Ramsey.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Contacts for Sponsorship and Info:

Debbi Ramsey
Event Coordinator
850-597-6131
debbiramsey@gmail.com

Nikki Jones
PatRamseyBenefit@gmail.com
850-570-4475
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Pat Ramsey Biography

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1953, Pat Ramsey began playing the harmonica at the age of 17. After a couple of years honing his chops while hitchhiking around the US, Pat joined the Bunny Brooks Band in Denver (an offshoot of the 60's band, Jam Factory) in 1973.

In 1978, he impressed Rick Derringer, who told Johnny Winter of this "long haired kid in Denver" who played a mean harp! Johnny liked what he heard so much that he hired Pat to play all the harp parts on the album "White Hot and Blue".

In late 1978, Pat met Butch Trucks of Allman Brothers fame. After a couple of sizzling jams in Colorado with Butch and his band, Trucks, Pat signed on, and made the long move to Tallahassee, Florida. When the Allman Brothers Band reunited in 1979, Butch disbanded Trucks and introduced Pat to a local Tallahassee band called Crosscut Saw.

Julien Kasper, a seventeen year old guitar prodigy and Pat became partners and the band quickly thinned from seven to four when they decided to take the band on the road. In the next five years, Pat and Crosscut Saw played every Juke Joint and Roadhouse from Key West to Connecticut. They opened for B.B. King (twice), Johnny Winter, Johnny Van Zandt, .38 Special, Bobby Bland, The Nighthawks, and others. Before disbanding, Crosscut Saw released their album "Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know". Crosscut Saw's annual reunions are still one of Tallahassee's top draws!

In 1985, the Pat Ramsey Band was formed when Julien opted to study Jazz at the graduate level. They opened for many notables as well, including a seven-city tour of Florida (in 1987) with his old friend Johnny Winter.

Pat moved to Sarasota, Florida, in 1991, to play with his friend from the Freddie King band, guitarist Greg Poulos. The Poulos-Ramsey Band was born. Within months they were opening for acts like Charlie Musselwhite, Solomon Burke, Albert Collins, Ronnie Earl, James Cotton, and Pinetop Perkins. Jerry Wexler hailed them as "Sarasota's ONLY Blues Band"! Two years later, they were ready to make the jump to Memphis, TN. Alas, while Pat was busy scouting gigs in Memphis, tragedy struck Greg's family in Florida, bringing a premature end to this endeavor.

A new face in a new city, Pat began dealing craps in a casino on the muddy Mississippi River, an hour south of Memphis. Jamming on Beale Street on his days off, Pat was quickly accepted by local musicians and was hired to play at "Blues City Cafe" as part of the house band. Living out of a trailer in a nearby fish camp, Pat scrimped and saved for the next two years.

With the help of his old friend Julien Kasper (now PROFESSOR Julien Kasper at Berklee College of Music, Boston) and some of the best local Memphis musicians, Pat produced the aptly titled CD "Its About Time". The CD received very strong reviews and Pat began touring once again. Pat's stellar live performances with The Blues Disciples produced the live CD's, "Live at the Grand", and "Live at the Big Bend Blues Bash" and the posthumously released "Live in Key West".

Pat passed away on Nov. 17, 2008 but his music lives on and he is remembered in the hearts of his family, friends and fans.

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

2018 International Blues Challenge (IBC) FLA Regional Competition News - Southwest Florida Blues Society Announces Competitors - Updated 8/19/18

*Note* For definition and clarification, International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competitions are held in 2018 to determine who will compete in the 35rd International Blues Challenge (IBC 2019) that will be held Jan 25-26, 2018 in downtown Memphis, TN. 



Florida 2018 
International Blues Challenge (IBC) 
Regional Competition Schedule

International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
TBA

Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
TBA

Blues Society of Northwest Florida
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
Regional Blues Challenge Weekend
Friday, August 17, 2018: Blues Jam w/ Host Band
Saturday, August 18, 2018 ~ 2-9pm: Blues Challenge w/ Host Band
Seville Quarter
130 East Government St.
Pensacola, FL 32501
Johnny No
Bad JU JU
Soul Bells
Ryan Matthew
Jamel MellyMell Richardson
Blue Levi
Ed Adams
Cat Daddy Blues Band
Fingas Fa Ya
Betsy Badwater
Lucky Strike Band
SOLO/DUO WINNER: Spearman Brewers
The Defrosters
BAND WINNER: Max McCain Band
Rocky Denny Band

First Coast Blues Society
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
"2018 FCBS Regional Blues Challenge"
Competition:
Sunday, August 19, 2018,  Noon-7PM, $5
MOJO Kitchen, BBQ Pit & Blues Bar
1500 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
FACEBOOK EVENT
Youth Showcase:
Madison Carr
Solo/Duo:
Noisy Neighbors duo (Big John Austill & Zackery Attackery)
Greg Cuje Project duo (with Gregory Cuje & Mitchell Prevento)
Jazzy Blue solo
WINNER: Henry Jones solo
Band:
Milltown Road Band
Danny Delves and The Deadly Nightshades
Bluesdog66
Kapowski
Them Vagabonds
The Raiford Brothers Band
WINNER: The Snacks Blues Band
Honey Hounds

North Central Florida Blues Society (NCFBS)
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
"NCFBS Regional Blues Challenge"
Registration Deadline:  Sunday, August 10, 2018
Click here for REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Competition:
Sunday, August 26, 2018
High Dive
210 SW 2nd Avenue, Gainesville FL 32601
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FACEBOOK EVENT
Solo/Duo:
Ed Coogan
Cosmo Easterly
Rick Guerry
Sweet William
Band:
Brett Wellman and the Stone Cold Blues Band
The DevilJays
Sheba the Mississippi Queen
The Bluesmen
The Shovelhead Blues Band
 Orange Blossom Blues Society
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
"2018 Central Florida Blues Challenge"
"Central Florida Blues Challenge - CFBC"
Sunday, August 5, 2018 ~ 1pm
Competition:
The Alley
114 S Park Ave, Sanford, FL 32771
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Competitors
Solo/Duo:
Bear & Robert
Sunnyland Steve
WINNER: Trey Wanvig & Michael Peck
Bands:
Dale Bandy & The Blue Cans
WINNER: Joel DaSilva Band
Doc Fu & The Brothers of Blues
Sole Travelers
The Brohamms
Matt Burke Band
Three Link Society

South Florida Blues Society 
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
"The South Florida Blues Challenge"
8/13/18
   "Regrettably, our board of directors has cancelled our upcoming South Florida Blues Challenge that was to be held this coming Sunday, August 19th at Galuppi's in Pompano Beach.  Unfortunately we did not have enough bands or solo/duo acts committed to enter this year to make it a viable competition.   This is the first time since our inception in 2002, that we will not be sending a band or solo/duo act to Memphis, for inclusion in the International Blues Challenge.  It wasn't too long ago, that we had too many acts requesting to enter, that we had to turn people down.
   Over the coming months we will examine what steps we have to take make our Blues Challenge more appealing to our local musicians, encouraging them to enter the competition next year.   We hope after possibly revamping our approach and making some changes, we can attract and encourage more acts next year to resume the Blues Challenge, and once again be able to send an act or acts to the IBC."
Bob "Bluesbobby" Weinberg
President, SFBS

Southwest Florida Blues Society (SWFBS)
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
Registration Deadline:  Sunday, August 5th. 12:00 Noon
Click here for REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Competition:
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Rhythm House Dinner Club
16440 S Tamiami Trail #11, Fort Myers, FL 33908
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Competition categories: Band, Solo/ Duo, Youth Group and self-produced CD.
Youth:
Johnny Jensen – Youth Showcase Solo
Solo/Duo:
Midnight Moses - Solo
Larry McDonald - Solo
Josh “Pitbull of Blues” Rowand – Solo
Bands:
The Blues Crusaders
Southern SophistiCats
Blue Gators Band
Jason Haram Group
Marty Stokes Band

Suncoast Blues Society
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
"Suncoast Blues Challenge"
Competition:
Sunday, July 29, 2018
Skipper's Smokehouse
910 Skipper Rd, Tampa, FL 33613
MAP
Competition categories: Solo/Duo and Band Competition
Competitors:
Solo/Duo:
Phil Coale (Solo)
Bear & Robert (Duo)
WINNER: Jamie N Royce (Duo)
Band:
WINNER: Victoria Ginty & Ladyhawke
Jason Haram Group
Dukes of Juke
Memphis Rub Band

Daytona Beach Blues Society
International Blues Challenge 2018 Regional Competition
"Boogie to Memphis"
TBA

To submit updated or additional information to update this blog please email Charlie@JazzBluesFlorida.com.

Information on the 2017 Regional competitions in Florida and the resulting 2018 IBC can be seen in the blog entry at: http://jazz-bluesflorida.blogspot.com/2017/02/florida-2017-international-blues.html

Information on the 2016 Regional competitions in Florida and the resulting 2017 IBC can be seen in the blog entry at: http://jazz-bluesflorida.blogspot.com/2016/04/floridas-2016-international-blues.html

Information on the 2015 Regional competitions in Florida and the resulting 2016 IBC can be seen in the blog entry at: http://jazz-bluesflorida.blogspot.com/2015/05/2015-international-blues-challenge.html

More information on the IBC can be found on the Blues Foundation's website at: http://blues.org/international-blues-challenge

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2019 Date Announced for Cuba's International Jazz Festival - JAZZ CUBA Now Booking Tours

 
Is a Jazz Vacation to Havana on
your to-do list?
JAZZ CUBA is the way to go!
 
VIP access jazz passes included in the 34th Havana Jazz tours!
 
  If Cuba was the only country in the world, earth would
 be known as the music planet! That’s why global celebs
 and jazz aficionados flock to legendary Cuba like pilgrims
to Mecca for the Havana International Jazz Festival.

Sensuous Cuba is a nation of intense rhythms, colors,
 emotions, aromas and flavors. What travelers remember
 most is its ubiquitous pulsating music – and the
passionate friendly islanders who make and revel in it.

Cuba’s a music machine pumping out wall-to-wall sound
that fuels the global music scene. Come visit Cuba with
us. Jump into its audio inferno of Afrocuban beats, Latin
jazz and swirling salsa, and dizzying son and rumba.

We’ve been helping music lovers experience the richness
of Cuban life and culture since 1997. Our Jazz tours
follow the official Jazz Plaza programs of the Cuban
Institute of Music and the Cuban Ministry of Culture.

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Call 1-888-965-5647 toll free 24/7  US and Canada
and +1-604-874-9048 beyond North America
or email:
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Havana Jazz Festival is organized by Paradiso,
an agency of the Cuban Ministry of Culture.
 
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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Sunshine Jazz Concert Series Presents Jazz Vocalist Wendy Pedersen and Her Ensemble August 26, 2018

 
The Sunshine Jazz Concert Series Presents
Wendy Pedersen
Ensemble Assembles
for Sunshine Jazz Concert
 
Saturday, June 23, 2018 ~ 7-11PM

Miami Shores Country Club 
10000 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami Shores, FL 33138 
 
SJO’s monthly Sunshine Jazz Concert Series welcomes
back sensational vocalist Wendy Pedersen, accompanied
by fantastic musicians Jim Gasior on Piano, Jamie Ousley
on Bass and Mike Harvey on Drums! Wendy has won
awards and toured the globe as a featured soloist, and
has headlined festivals in the USA, Madrid, Spain and
Russia. Leonard Pitts of The Miami Herald said, “when
she sings, her voice an elegant melismatic instrument,
evokes the standard emotions, yes, but deeper longings
and muted desires.”

Don’t miss The Wendy Pedersen Ensemble on Sunday,
August 26, 2018 from 6pm-9pm in the Music Lounge at
Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd.,
Miami Shores, FL 33138.

General Adm $25 | SJO Members $20. Become an SJO
member or renew at the door and admission is FREE!
Reserve your seats soon at SunJazzOrg@aol.com 
or (954)554-1800.

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SJO programming is presented with support of the 
Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
and Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor
and Board of County Commissioners.
SJO EVENTS ARE ADA COMPLIANT

Sunshine Jazz Organization
Celebrating Our 32nd Season!
Thelma Valles (305)693-2594
Holly Spillane (954)554-1800
www.sunshinejazz.org
  
Promoting America's Precious Art Form 

in South Florida Since 1986




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Friday, August 17, 2018

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JAZZ Concert Artists Now Booking Christmas Season Appearances in Florida


Jazz Musicians
with Well Earned
Reputations and Following
Throughout Florida and Beyond 

 
   Night is Alive manages some of the most intriguing and
inventive musicians of our time. They are internationally
known, respected and honored by critics, peers and
ardent jazz fans.
 
Contact:
Kathy Salem, Managing Director
330.328.7337
 
 
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Attention Jazz Musicians - Here is the contact info for booking at the Havana Jazz Festival. Good Luck!

Havana Jazz Festival is organized by Paradiso,
an agency of the Cuban Ministry of Culture.
 
Contact info for artists and musicians wishing to
perform at the Havana International Jazz Festival
held January 16 - 20, 2019: 
 
Paradiso Cuba
5ta avenida No. 8202, entre 82 y 84
Miramar, Playa, Havana, Cuba
Telephone: (53) 7-214-0701

https://www.facebook.com/paradiso.cuba/
 
Not a player, but want to go hear the players?
JAZZ CUBA is the way to go!
 
 
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