Thursday, May 3, 2018

Gold Coast Jazz Season Finale Concert Set for May 9, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale

Gold Coast Jazz Society - 
Celebrating the Great Ladies of Jazz!
Local Jazz Divas Pay Tribute to the Great Ladies  of Jazz 
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 ~ 7:45pm
Gold Coast Jazz Society Band
& Friends  
As spotlight featured in the current issue of Jazz & Blues Florida!

On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, the Gold Coast Jazz Society will present three of south Florida’s premier jazz vocalists with members of the Gold Coast Jazz Society Band as the closing concert  of this year’s jazz concert series.  The performance 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 available for $55 per person.  Students and teacher tickets are $10 with valid ID.  To purchase single tickets, call the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office at 954-462-0222, or go online to or

Debbie Orta, Wendy Pedersen and Nicole Yarling will perform “Honoring the Great Ladies of Jazz.”   Each of these three jazz divas have a long history in the local jazz scene.  They will be backed by members of the Gold Coast Jazz Society Band, under the direction of Martin Hand.

Vocalist, composer and actor, Debbie Orta paid her dues in the business performing in nightclubs around the country.  She toured as a backup singer for Latin American superstar, Jose Luis Rodriguez, (aka "El Puma"), enjoying the world travel and musical influences from Latin America.  Debbie is a founding member of the Miami Jazz Co-op where performs with an illustrious group of renowned jazz musicians. She has appeared in self-produced multi-media tribute concerts of the Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Peggy Lee songbooks.

Wendy Pedersen is one of South Florida’s favorite performers. Her high energy delivery, with deep, convincing emotion, has been impacting audiences for years. A highly sought after studio singer, Wendy can be heard on hundreds of recordings including those of Christina Aguilera, Alejandro Sanz, Julio Iglesias, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Chayanne, James Brown, and Raul Diblasio- just to name a few.  Her discography includes Boy Meets Girl, Me + Three, Ho Ho Ho, and Under the Influence.

Vocalist, jazz violinist and educator Nicole Yarling has been part of the local jazz scene since the 1980’s, working in jazz, rock, R&B, experimental music, and a few other styles that defy description. Both a professional performer and a music educator, Nicole serves on the faculty of Florida Memorial University and the University of Miami. She also uses her various musical skills to lead the JCC Jazz Bootcamp, various master classes and vocal lessons and leads the GCJS First Friday Jazz Jams. 

For more information about the 2017-18 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. 

All Concerts at:
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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