Friday, November 14, 2008

TAMPA BAY BLUES FESTIVAL announces spring line-up

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Vinoy Waterfront Park
St. Petersburg, Florida

2009 LINE UP

Gates open approximately one-half hour before first act

Friday, March 20, 2009

12:30 p.m. Seth Walker

2:30 p.m. Lurrie Bell

4:30 p.m. COCO MONTOYA (tentative)



Saturday, March 21, 2009

11:30 a.m. Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps

1:30 p.m. Eric Lindell




Sunday, March 22, 2009

1:00 p.m. Robin Rogers

2:30 p.m. Tinsley Ellis



8:30 p.m. IRMA THOMAS

Charles W. Ross
Tampa Bay Blues Festival
1535 Dr. M.L. King Jr. Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
727/502-5000; 727/502-5001 - fax

Learn your Timables! MDC Latin Jazz Institute Class Offering

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Timbales in Latin Jazz

As another excellent class in an excellent series, Miami-Dade College's Kendall campus offers up this exciting morning of instruction.

Timbales in Latin Jazz- “Timbales Latines” were invented in the early 20th century as a more portable replacement for the standard large Timpani drum. Edwin Bonilla, a master “timbalero” will discuss the history of the timbales in Latin Jazz and demonstrate using a variety of stick and hand strokes, rim shots and rolls on the skins to produce a wide range of percussive expressions.

†Fee: $49.00
Reference No.: 516041
Hours: 3
Location: Kendall Campus
Dates: 1/31/2009
Days Met: Saturday
Times: 9:00 am - Noon
Room: 6120
Instructor: Edwin Bonilla
Department: CWE - Business Services/Non-Profit — (305) 237-2163

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..." Diana Krall, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and MORE!

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The Sundance Channel will launch the debut season of the new talk/performance series "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..." on Wednesday, December 3, 2008. Be sure to tune in for in-depth conversations between host Costello and his guests, as well as rare musical performances by Costello, his guests and a wide variety of musicians. Comprised of 13 one-hour episodes, "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..." airs on Wednesday nights at 9:00pm ET/PT.

The featured guests of the series' debut season are Sir Elton John, Tony Bennett, Lou Reed, Julian Schnabel, Smokey Robinson, The Police (Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers), James Taylor, Herbie Hancock, Rufus Wainwright, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Diana Krall, John Mellencamp, Jakob Dylan, She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward), Norah Jones, Jenny Lewis, Renée Fleming and President Bill Clinton.

These guest artists will not only talk, but perform -- demonstrating the development and creation of their music and playing new, stripped-down, or solo versions of some of their best and most loved songs. Costello also performs, starting each episode with an original, never before seen (or heard) interpretation of a song by the featured guest, or a song connected to them. And on top of all that are extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime collaborations and pairings.

Additional musical special guests include Davey Faragher, Pete Thomas and Steve Nieve of The Imposters; guitarist James Burton, who played with Elvis Presley; legendary producer, pianist, writer, arranger and singer Allen Toussaint; three-time Grammy Award winning jazz bassist Charlie Haden; jazz guitarist and composer Pat Metheny, who has collected 17 Grammy Awards; jazz pianist Bill Charlap; Larry Campbell and Tony Garnier of Bob Dylan's touring band, and violinist/vocalist Jenny Scheinman.

The schedule for Season 1 of "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..." is as follows:Wednesday, December 3rd at 9:00pm"Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Sir Elton John" - Elvis welcomes the British pop-rock superstar John.Wednesday, December 10th at 9:00pm"Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Lou Reed & Julian Schnabel" - Elvis welcomes rock icon and Velvet Underground founder Reed and artist-filmmaker Schnabel.

Wednesday, December 17th at 9:00pm"Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Bill Clinton" - Elvis welcomes former President Clinton.Wednesday, December 24th at 9:00pm"Spectacle: Elvis Costello with James Taylor" - Elvis welcomes the iconic American singer-songwriter.

Wednesday, December 31st at 9:00pm"Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Tony Bennett" - Elvis welcomes the premier living interpreter of the Great American Songbook.

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009 at 9:00pm"Spectacle: Elvis Costello with The Police" - Elvis welcomes the recently reunited rock trio of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland.

Wednesday, January 14th at 9:00pm"Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Rufus Wainwright" - Elvis welcomes singer-songwriter Wainwright, one of the most acclaimed new artists of the past decade.

Wednesday, January 21st at 9:00pm"Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash, Norah Jones, John Mellencamp" - Elvis welcomes actor/singer-songwriter Kristofferson; singer-songwriter Cash; international sensation Jones; and recent Rock & Roll Hall of fame inductee Mellencamp.

Wednesday, January 28th at 9:00pm"Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Renée Fleming" - Elvis welcomes the great American soprano.

Wednesday, February 4th at 9:00pm"Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Herbie Hancock" - Elvis welcomes the jazz legend, winner of this year's Grammy® Award for Album of the Year

Wednesday, February 11th at 9:00pm"Spectacle: Elvis Costello with She & Him, Jenny Lewis, Jakob Dylan" - Elvis welcomes indie duo She & Him, comprised of actress Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, singer-songwriter Lewis; and singer-songwriter Dylan.

Wednesday, February 18th at 9:00pm"Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Diana Krall" - Elvis welcomes his wife, international jazz sensation Krall; she is interviewed by the program's executive producer, Elton John

Wednesday, February 25th at 9:00pm"Spectacle: Elvis Costello with Smokey Robinson" - Elvis welcomes the legendary Motown singer and songwriter.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Something of importance I missed among the campaign excess...

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Studs Terkel
(b: 16.May 1912, New York; d: 31.Oct.2008, Chicago/IL)

The author, historian and broadcaster Studs Terkel died October 31st in Chicago at the age of 96. In his books, Terkel portrayed postwar America, and jazz played an important role in his life and his view on music. In 1956 he published the book "Giants of Jazz".

Obituaries: New York Times, Chicago Tribune

Another person of great talent, insight and integrity gone...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

"Where does the blues come from?" you may ask yourself...

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Blues Links:

Did you ever sit back and wonder where the blues comes from? Well, RECORD COMPANIES, of course! Here is a sampling... if you are interested, let us know and Hot House Florida will provide a more complete listing....(text "borrowed" from our friends over at Blues Guitar News)

Alligator Records
One of the leading Chicago blues labels. Alligator is Koko Taylor's label and also home for Lonnie Brooks, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, and many more. Recent releases include albums from Eddy Clearwater, Michael Burks, and Janiva Magness.

Delmark Records
A venerable Chicago blues & jazz label now celebrating 50 years in the business. Many of the blues greats of the past, like Junior Wells and Big Joe Williams, have recorded for Delmark. One of their finest recent releases is Byther Smith's "Blues On The Moon." Another is "Hattiesburg Blues" from Mississippi Heat. * See list below for almost-recent complete artist representation.

Blind Pig Records
This label is home to Kenny Neal, Magic Slim, Hamilton Loomis, and others and has put out albums by E. C. Scott, Elvin Bishop, Nappy Brown, Big Bill Morganfield, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, and plenty more... plus classics from Buddy Guy, Johnny Shines, Snooky Pryor, Jimmy Rogers, Luther Allison... many others!

You can check out many more record labels that our friends at as well.

*Delmark Artists:

BLUESLuther Allison, Albert Ammons, Robert Anderson & the Caravans, Blu Lu Barker, Barkin' Bill, Carey Bell, Lurrie Bell, Big DooWopper, Big Time Sarah, Jimmy Blythe, Lonnie Brooks, Cowboy Roy Brown, Piney Brown, J.T. Brown, Willie Bryant, Eddie Burns, Jimmy Burns, Aron Burton, Brun Campbell, Karen Carroll, Dave Clark's Blues Swingers featuring Floyd McDaniel, Eddy Clearwater, Michael Coleman, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Mad Dog Lester Davenport, Little Sammy Davis, Jimmy Dawkins, Detroit Jr, Little Arthur Duncan and the Back Scratchers, Sleepy John Estes, Sister Elizabeth Eustis, Five C's and other Great Groups on United, Jesse Fortune, The Four Blazes, Steve Freund, Harry "The Hipster" Gibson, Lacy Gibson, Wynonie Harris, Duke Henderson, Big Walter Horton, J.B. Hutto and the Hawks, Dink Johnson, Jimmy Johnson, Pete Johnson, Shirley Johnson, Syl Johnson and Hi Rhythm, Curtis Jones, Willie Kent and the Gents, Bonnie Lee, Little Milton, Little Walter, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Magic Sam, Magic Slim/Joe Carter, Robert McCoy, Floyd McDaniel & the Blues Swingers, Barrelhouse Buck McFarland, Jack McVea, Memphis Slim and Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Al Miller, Mississippi Heat, Little Brother Montgomery, Aaron Moore, Johnny B. Moore, Frank Morey, The Moroccos & other Great Groups on United, Robert Nighthawk, Morris Pejoe/Arthur Spires, Brewer Phillips, Piano Red, Professor Eddie Lusk, Yank Rachell, A.C. Reed, Jimmie Lee Robinson, Reginald R. Robinson, Tad Robinson, The Rockin' Johnny Band, Otis Rush, Ken Saydak, Alec "Guitar Slim" Seward/Louis "Jelly Belly" Hayes, Eddie Shaw & the Wolf Gang, Sunnyland Slim, Byther Smith, Speckled Red, Dave Specter, Roosevelt Sykes, Tail Dragger, Jesse Thomas, Charles Thompson, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, T-Bone Walker, Robert Ward, William Warfield, Junior Wells, Big Wheeler and the Ice Cream Men, James Wheeler, Big Joe Williams, Charles Wilson, Edith Wilson, Mighty Joe Young, Zora Young.

Josh Abrams, Muhal Richard Abrams, Active Ingredients, Eric Alexander, Fred Anderson, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Jim Baker, Billy Bang, Paul Bascomb, Jim Beebe, Barney Bigard, Bay City Jazz Band, Anthony Braxton, Bright Moments, Bobby Broom, Ari Brown, Billy Butterfield, Donald Byrd, Roy Campbell, Frank Catalano, Chicago Luzern Exchanges, Chicago Underground Orchestra, Chicago Underground Trio, Jodie Christian, Arnett Cobb, Jimmy Coe, Common Ground, Jim Cooper, Rich Corpolongo, Norrie Cox, Ernest Dawkins, Barrett Deems, Deep Blue Organ Trio, The Dixie Stompers, Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio, Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Scott Fields, Jimmy Forrest, Yves Francois, George Freeman, Von Freeman, Curtis Fuller, Brad Goode, Andy Goodrich, Bob Graf, Al Green/Othello Anderson, Francine Griffin, Lin Halliday, Coleman Hawkins, Clancy Hayes & the Salty Dogs, Chuck Hedges, Earl Hines, Art Hodes, Percy Humphrey, Illinois Jacquet, Dewey Jackson, Franz Jackson, Keefe Jackson's Fast Citizens and Project Project, Willis Jackson, Joseph Jarman, The Jazz O'Maniacs, Jazz Ltd., Bunk Johnson, Eddie Johnson, Wynton Kelly, Andrew Lamb, Carl Leukaufe, George Lewis' New Orleans Jazz Band, Paul Lingie, Zane Massey, Gene Mayl's Dixieland Rhythm Kings, Kalaparusha Mauice McIntyre, Rob Mazurek, Kansas City Frank Melrose, Eddie Miller, Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble, Roscoe Mitchell, David Murray, New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, Albert Nicholas, NRG Ensemble, Kevin O'Donnell's Quality Six featuring Andrew Bird, Harold Ousley, Jeff Parker, Cecil Payne, Ed Petersen, Bud Powell, Clem Raymond, Roy Rubinstein's Chicago Hot Six, Sabertooth, Salty Dogs, Leon Sash, Savoir Faire, Archie Shepp, Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls, Bobby Smith, Mike Smith, Tab Smith, Sonny Stitt, Ira Sullivan, Sun Ra And The Arkestra, Duane Thamm, Malachi Thompson, Sir Charles Thompson, Ken Vandermark's Sound In Action Trio, Mike Walbridge's Chicago Footwarmers featuring Kim Cusack, Terry Waldo's Gutbucket Syncopators, Dinah Washington, Chris Woods, John Young.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Happy Birthday from Hot House Florida, Houston Person!

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(from Wikipedia)
Houston Person (born November 10, 1934) is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and record producer. Although he has performed in the hard bop and swing genres, he is most experienced in and best known for his work in soul jazz. Person is also known for his distinctive sassy sound and his expressive style of playing. He received the Eubie Blake Jazz Award in 1982.

Contrary to popular belief, he was never married to the late singer Etta Jones, but did spend many years as her musical partner, recording, performing and touring. They first met playing in organist Johnny Hammond's band.

He grew up in Florence, S.C., studied at the state college there, was later named to the school's Hall of Fame in 1999, and continued his studies at Hartt College of Music in Hartford, CT. Earlier, in the U.S. Air Force, he played with Don Ellis, Eddie Harris, Cedar Walton, and Leo Wright.

He has more than 75 albums under his own name on Prestige, Westbound, Mercury, Savoy, Muse, and is currently with High Note Records. He has recorded with Charles Brown, Bill Charlap,Charles Earland, Lena Horne, Etta Jones, Lou Rawls, Horace Silver, Dakota Staton, Billy Butler, and more.

(from HHF)
He is also one heck of a fine gentleman with a great sense of humor!

Be sure to check out Houston’s new CD compilation:

And also, Happy Birthday to:
Paul Bley, Born 1932. Andrew Cyrille, Born 1939. John La Barbera, Born 1945. Hubert Laws, Born 1939.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The South Florida Music State-of-the-Scene Update

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Hot House Florida has been busy keeping up with the jazz & blues for you!

The opening performance of the JAZZ ROOTS series in Miami with Dave Brubeck, Piquito D'Rivera and Fourplay was SOLD OUT. (More on this coming tomorrow.)

The Fellsmere Blues Birthday Bash (next weekend) presales of VIP tix is already over twice their expectations.

The South Florida Blues Festival was PACKED last night (see photos on profile page)
The FALL IN LOVE concert at the Deering Estate last night starring Gerald Albright & Patti Austin was at a very 'comfortable' capacity.

Yes, things are still looking like they are holding together for the season. Now that bloody engine of political success has stalled for a year, direct the money and time it is not sucking out of your live to supporting all of our good local music.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

CD Review - Kenny Wayne Shepherd's 10 Days Out (Blues From The Backroads)

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CD Review - Kenny Wayne Shepherd's 10 Days Out (Blues From The Backroads)
By Brian Williams: 2007-01-24 08:55

There’s a classic rock station where I live that tends to play the same songs over and over, and one of those is Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s 1998 single “Blue On Black.” As it just so happens, ole KWS has a brand spankin’ new album called Ten Days Out: Blues From the Backroads, so now I guess I have at least one more new song to eventually get tired of. On second thought, maybe not, as right from the get-go Ten Days, a 15-track disc with accompanying DVD, sets itself apart from Shepherd’s other three releases--it has the same signature blues-rock riffing, but with a more vintage styling compared with his previous works.

The album is supposedly a culmination of songs Kenny has wanted to cover for some time, including tracks by some prominent artists who may be lesser known outside of the blues community. Most notable is the rhythm section of former Double Trouble bandmates Tommy Shannon (bass) and Chris Layton (drums) who, of course, made their money backing Kenny’s main influence, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan.


Hot House Florida will be listening to the blues by Kenny at the South Florida International Blues Festival!