Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Florida New Years Eve Jazz & Blues Events & WWBTHW Dec 29, 2009

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Where we will be this week (WWWBTW)?: 
Tuesday, Dec 29:
Wednesday, Dec 30:
Thursday, Dec 31:

    • B-Sharp's Jazz Café, Tallahassee:  FSU Jazz Faculity NYE Party (Jazz & Blues Florida's Choice of Where To Be To Celebrate The New Year!)
    • Boston’s on the Beach, Delray Beach: NYE Celebration with The Funkabilly Playboys.
    • Bradfordville Blues Club, Tallahassee: NYE w/ The Johnnie Marshall Blues Band.
    • Old School Square, Delray Beach: First Night Celebration, Son of Man w/ Capt. Reese
    • Chef John's American Bistro & Blues Bar: 287 E Indiantown Rd Ste 10, Jupiter, FL 33477 (561)745-8040 9pm Every Wed: Blues/blues-rock open mic night Hosted by Charlie Eginton; 7pm Every Thur: Harold Seays;  Dec 31: First Annual NYE Blues Jam Dinner Show w/ Charlie Eginton & friends - $50pp all inclusive with Buffet & Open Bar, 9pm-whenever, RSVP to (561)745-8040 ASAP.  If you are player that isn't gigging this is your chance to say you played Chef John's on NYE!
    • Earl’s Hideaway, Sebastian: NYE w/ Stoney & The House Rockers.
    • Heidi’s Jazz Club, Cocoa Beach: 8:30-12:30, $38, NYE w/ music by Heidi's House Trio: pianist Ron Teixeira, drummer Stan Soloko and bassist Rabbit Simmons;
    • Maguire's Hill 16, Fort Lauderdale: NYE with Randi & Blue Fire Band.
    • Pavilion Grille, Boca Raton: NYE Celebration - Call for details. (561) 912-0000.
    • Red Rose Inn - Polo Club Lounge, Plant City: NYE w/ The World Famous Platters, Ralph Allocco and Second Wind, CHARLIE THOMAS' DRIFTERS •PJ LEARY AND THE LAS VEGAS SOUNDS •KEN BRADY •DESTINY
    • South Shores Tavern & Patio Bar, Lake Worth: NYE GALA featuring THE FABULOUS FLEETWOODS, No Cover No Minimum, No Dress Code, Complimentary Hats and Party Favors, Complimentary Champagne Toast at Midnight, Complimentary Late Nite Buffet.
    • Transit Lounge, Miami: NYE Celebration w/ two stages - Suenalo & MAYDAY!, $20 in Advance/$25 at door.
    • Aces Lounge, Bradenton:  NYE Celebration w/ Jason Ricci & New Blood, wtih Tucci opening.
    • Angell & Phelps Cafe, Daytona Beach: NYE w/ Victor Wainwright
    • Back Room Blues Bar & Grill, Boca Raton: NYE Party with JP Soars & The Red Hots.
    • B.B. King's: CityPlace, West Palm Beach: NYE Celebration $40/$100 Doors open at 5p, 6-9p Rock, Jazz and Blues Band - 5 piece ensemble, 9-1am BB King All Star Band - 10 piece rockin' ensemble.
    • Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables: NYE w/ Tony Wilson and the James Brown Tribute Band & Raiko Torres & “Son Tres”
    • Cameo Theatre, Orlando: The Legendary JCs w/ Ike Stubblefield
    • Downtown Blues Bar & Grille, Palatka: 2010 CELEBRATION NYE w/ 'The Blues Gurus'
    • Freebird Live, Jacksonville Beach: NYE w/ JJ Grey & Mofro
    • Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, Coral Gables: NYE w/Albert Castiglia
    • Incognito Lounge, Apollo Beach:  NYE Bash ($75now, $100day-of) w/ Brenda Roads and the Hwymen
    • Luke's Place, Davie: NYE w/ The Mojo Scoundrels
    • Ringside Café: 2742 4th St N. St. Petersburg: NYE w/ Dave Herrero w/ Tom Holland.
    • Royal Crest Room at Royal St. Cloud Golf Links, St. Cloud: NYE Celebration with Tina Stefanos & "Straight Ahead"
    • Van Dyke Café, Miami Beach: NYE Latin Salsa featuring El Grupo Mixtura Latin Jazz. 

Friday, Jan 1:
Saturday, Jan 2:
Sunday, Jan 3:
  • Dick Robinson's American Standards by the Sea: 3-5pm, WXEL.org online and 90.7FM in SE Florida
  • Blues Jean Blues, Ft. Lauderdale: Barbara Van & Mike Orta's Sunday Jazz Jam
* New Listing of the Week (Palm Beach Listings): Margarita Blues: 2401 Beach Ct., Singer Island, FL 33407 margaritablues.com Every Sat: Johnny Lyles & The Playstation Band; 8pm- whenever, Dec 29: Terry Hanck Celebrates his Birthday w/ special musical guests JP Soars, Chris Peet, Gary Rimmington, and Bobby & Joanne Nathan.
* Video Showcase: Scott Wilson with Benny Green and Conrad Herwif
* New Link: University of Florida Jazz
* New Florida Music: Joe Collado's 'Solo Joe' & RG Royal Sound Orchestra's 'Impact'
* Past Week's Club Photos  Photos posted this week include: JP Soars & The Red Hots at Chef John's Dinner Show, Blue Tuesday at Boston's on the Beach w/ Famous Frank & The Blue Tuesday All Stars - sans Otis "No-show" Cadillac, Mr. Clarence Palmer at III Forks in Boca Raton, The Nouveaux Honkies at Rooney's in Abacoa, Johnny Lyles Jr. at Margarita Blues on Singer Island, and Jon Zeeman Trio at Chef John's in Jupiter.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Excellent Tribute Article on Eddie Higgins in Palm Beach ARTSPAPER

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By Bill Meredith
"Drummer Art Blakey (1919-1990) took many a young, future jazz star on the road for seasoning with his group The Jazz Messengers between the 1950s and the 1980s. The list included Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Keith Jarrett, Jackie McLean, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Joanne Brackeen, Benny Golson, Chuck Mangione and Cedar Walton.

It might have also included Haydn "Eddie" Higgins, but the pianist turned down Blakey's offer, deciding he didn't want to travel. Higgins was firmly established in the Chicago scene at the time, leading his own trio at the Windy City's popular London House club between the late 1950s and late 1960s. Guest stars who appeared there, and subsequently hired Higgins to record with them, included Shorter, Morgan, and Coleman Hawkins.

In declining Blakey's invitation, Higgins certainly changed..."
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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Blues Legends B.B. King and Buddy Guy to Play Florida's Seminole Hard Rock

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Blues Legends B.B. King and Buddy Guy Belt It Out at Hard Rock Live on February 2

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Blues legends B.B. King and Buddy Guy are set to belt it out at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Monday, February 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.

For more than half a century, Riley B. King - better known as B.B. King - has defined the blues for a worldwide audience. Since he started recording in the 1940s, he has released over 50 albums, many of them time-honored classics.

Mississippi-born King played on street corners for dimes in his youth, sometimes playing in as many as four towns a night. In 1947, he hitchhiked to Memphis, TN, to pursue his music career and the rest is blues history.

King’s first big break came in 1948 when he performed on Sonny Boy Williamson's radio program on KWEM out of West Memphis. His first #1 R&B hit was "Three O’clock Blues" in 1951. Since then, he’s produced such classics as "Payin' the Cost to Be the Boss," "The Thrill Is Gone," How Blue Can You Get," "Everyday I Have the Blues," and "Why I Sing the Blues.” Over the years, the Grammy Award-winner scored another #1 hit with 1952’s "You Don't Know Me," and four #2 R&B hits, 1953's "Please Love Me," 1954's "You Upset Me Baby," 1960's "Sweet Sixteen, Part I," and 1966's "Don't Answer The Door, Part I." B.B.'s most popular crossover hit, 1970's "The Thrill Is Gone," went to #15 on the pop charts.

B.B. was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He received NARAS' Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 1987, and has received honorary doctorates from Tougaloo (MS) College in 1973; Yale University in 1977; Berklee College of Music in 1982; Rhodes College of Memphis in 1990 and Mississippi Valley State University in 2002. In 1992, he received the National Award of Distinction from the University of Mississippi.

In 1991, B.B. King's Blues Club opened on Beale Street in Memphis, and in 1994, a second club was launched at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles. A third club in New York City's Times Square opened in June 2000 and most recently two clubs opened at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut in January 2002. In 1996, B.B.'s autobiography, "Blues All Around Me" (written with David Ritz for Avon Books) was published.

Contemporary and fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Buddy Guy was a chief guitar influence to rock titans like Hendrix, Clapton, Beck, and Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago's fabled West Side sound and a living link to that city's halcyon days of electric blues.

Guy has received five Grammy Awards, 23 W.C. Handy Blues Awards (the most any artist has received), Billboard’s Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement and the Presidential National Medal of Arts.

Born in 1936 to a sharecropper's family and raised on a plantation near the small town of Lettsworth, Louisiana, George "Buddy" Guy was one of five children born to Sam and Isabel Guy. By late 1955, Guy’s heart and mind were already firmly attached to the guitar and the blues sounds he heard emanating from the radio.

Around 1957, Guy had taken up residency in Chicago's fabled 708 Club. By the early 1960s, Guy was a first-call session man at Chess Records backing up the likes of Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, and Sonny Boy Williamson. One landmark recording with Waters, Folk Singer, was cut in September of 1963 and released in the spring of 1964. In addition, Guy began to cut a considerable catalog of sides under his own name. By the end of the 1960s, he was staking out new creative territory, cutting albums like 1967's I Left My Blues in San Francisco and 1968's A Man and the Blues. Guy’s stinging, attacking electric guitar style and wild, impassioned vocals, was capturing the minds of a growing number of rock musicians.

The were no fewer than 20 releases under Guy's name during the 1970s and '80s, the best of them collaborations with the late harp master Junior Wells. In 1991, his comeback smash Damn Right, I've Got the Blues (reissued in 2005), 1993's Feels Like Rain, and 1994's Slippin' In all earned Grammy Awards.

Subsequent releases include Live: The Real Deal (1996), Heavy Love (1998) and Sweet Tea (2001). Bring 'Em In (2005), found Guy trading licks with the likes of Carlos Santana and John Mayer on a set featuring covers of classic soul songs.

Guy’s latest release is Skin Deep (2008) that features such younger players as pedal steel virtuoso Robert Randolph and husband-and-wife guitar slingers Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks.

Tickets cost $90, $75, $60 & $45*; all seats are reserved and available at the Hard Rock Live Box Office, open Monday – Saturday from noon to 7pm and on Sunday – only open on event days at noon. Tickets also are available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/ or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open one-hour prior to show start time. *Additional fees may apply.

About Hard Rock Live

Hard Rock Live, a spectacular state-of-the-art facility has quickly emerged as the entertainment capital of South Florida. Attracting music, comedy and sports fans, this 5,500-seat indoor arena further expands the ultimate entertainment experience at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. For more information please visit www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino provides quality guest experiences where South Floridians can play, stay, dine, and shop. Eighty-nine tables offer Blackjack, Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker and Let it Ride on a nearly three-acre casino floor. Play one of the more than 2,500 Vegas-style slots including the Native-American casino linked Multi-Area Progressive Jackpots and Mega Jackpots. Separate high-limit rooms for table games and slots, in addition to a non-smoking room are available for guests to enjoy. Loyal Player’s Club members experience an exclusive VIP Plum Lounge and celebrity show kitchen. Convene in The Poker Room at Seminole Paradise for Texas Hold ‘em, limit Texas Hold ’em, Seven Card Stud and two dollar and four dollar limit Omaha Hi Lo games. Located inside the casino is Hard Rock Café-Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 127 globally recognized rock ‘n roll themed restaurants. The Green Lodging Certified by the State of Florida, AAA, Four Diamond rated resort showcases 500 luxurious guest rooms, 16 restaurants and lounges, 40,000-square-feet of meeting room space, a European-style spa, auto salon, 22 retail shops, 14 nightclubs, Paradise Live, and Hard Rock Live. Located on State Road 7 (U.S. 441) in Hollywood, Florida. Take I-95, exit Stirling Rd. and travel west to 1 Seminole Way. For more information, call (954) 327-ROCK, 1 800-937-0010 or visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com.

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Pat Metheny coming to Miami's South Beach - Great Jazz in Florida!

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Legendary Jazz/Fusion guitarist Pat Metheny brings his revolutionary "solo ensemble" tour Orchestrionics to the intimate Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre on Saturday, April 10 at 8PM.

Throughout his career, Pat Metheny has continued to re-define the genre by utilizing new technology and constantly working to evolve the improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument. Metheny's versatility on any instrument is without peer and he has performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Milton Nascimento and David Bowie. Over the years, Metheny has won countless polls as "Best Jazz Guitarist" and awards, including three gold records for (Still Life) Talking, Letter from Home, and Secret Story. He has also won 17 Grammy Awards spread out over a variety of different categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo and Best Instrumental Composition. The Pat Metheny Group won an unprecedented seven consecutive Grammies for seven consecutive albums. Metheny’s focus remains continually on the breaking down of barriers and the exploration of new musical ideas and this "solo ensemble" tour Orchestrionics is no exception as Pat moves from brilliant solo guitar improvisations to the unveiling of a totally new technology for the presentation of acoustically driven compositions.

Reserved Seat tickets are $68.50, $48.50 and $38.50 and are on sale Saturday, December 5/12Noon exclusively and only at LiveNation.com or charge by phone 877-598-8698 and at the Fillmore Box Office.

All dates, acts and ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, parking and service and handling charges.

For more information go to http://www.livenation.com/.

Also On Sale at Fillmore Miami Beach:
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Thursday, December 24, 2009

South Florida JAZZ welcomes jazz vocalist KATHY KOSINS

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January 9, 2010 - 8:00 p.m. - South Florida JAZZ welcomes jazz vocalist KATHY KOSINS who is making her first Broward County appearance with her “Ladies of Cool” show, an homage to the great West Coast jazz vocalists of the early years of modern jazz, Anita O’Day, June Christy, Chris Connor and Julie London.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – South Florida’s premier modern jazz organization is thrilled to feature a unique jazz artist who has a very special talent for revisiting and reworking the music of earlier eras of the vocal jazz tradition.

This concert takes place at the 500-seat Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center on the Nova Southeastern University campus, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr Blvd in Davie 33314. Tickets are $35 ($25 for South Florida JAZZ members and $10 for students at any level with I.D.) and may be purchased from the Broward Center Box Office by calling 954.462.0222 in Broward County; also toll-free at 877-311-SHOW, as well as online at: southfloridajazz.org, the presenting organization’s official Web site.


A Detroit, Michigan native, Kathy Kosins has explored the vocal jazz idiom of the West Coast “cool school,” with particular emphasis on those extraordinary singers of the 1940s and 1950s that were household names to jazz and pop fans alike in that era. Kathy is an accomplished interpreter of jazz, who has a voice and style that shares that intimate and alluring quality found in “The Ladies of Cool.”
In addition to her extremely busy touring performance schedule, Kathy is equally in demand as a clinician in collegiate vocal jazz programs throughout the country. Education is a passion with her, but so is bringing fresh interpretations to some remarkable music that resonates with all audiences, especially those who are familiar with these ladies:

Anita O’Day – The most prominent female jazz singer not named Billy Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald or Sarah Vaughan, Anita was a pistol. Her career got jump-started in the early 1940s with Gene Krupa’s band, followed by stints with Woody Herman and Stan Kenton before embarking on a solo career. She had a soft, raspy voice and sang with the tonal qualities of an alto saxophone. Her rhythmic feel was propulsive, and thus unique. She could improvise at any tempo. She might have been the dean of the cool school of vocalists, but she still found herself frequently on suspension.

June Christy – this warm and smooth-voiced blond, who began singing with big bands at age 13, followed Anita O’Day into the Stan Kenton Orchestra in 1945 where she remained for the better part of seven years. Her style was ultra-cool and sexy. Her inflections made her instantly recognizable. June had a successful solo career, mentored by husband and master saxophonist-arranger, Bob Cooper, and also band leader/arranger Pete Rugolo who was a close collaborator. She is best remembered for her interpretations of “Something Cool” and “Midnight Sun.”

Chris Connor – Another attractive blond, Chris was singing with bandleader Claude Thornhill and was discovered by June Christy, who was planning on leaving the Kenton band for a solo career. June recommended her to her boss and Chris spent a year on the band before going off on her own. She enjoyed moderate popularity for years and played the major jazz rooms around the country in addition to recording more than 40 records. Her signature song was “All About Ronnie.”

Julie London – A statuesque beauty and pin-up girl, Julie parlayed some acting talent and an intimate, sultry voice into a successful career. She studied acting and music in her teens. After her marriage to actor and producer Jack Webb dissolved, she took up with pianist Bobby Troup who groomed her singing career that paralleled and surpassed her acting efforts. Billboard named her Most Popular Female Singer from 1955 through 1957. She is likely best remembered for her interpretation of the plaintive ballad, “Cry Me A River.”

Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Woody Allen & His New Orleans Jazz Band to Play Kravis Center in West Palm Beach Florida

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Wednesday, December 30 at 8:00 PM

This is old-school jazz, the kind most often played on ancient, crackly records. Trombone, horn, banjo, piano and clarinet all combine to produce a rich, rolling Mississippi gumbo of sound, above a driving bass and drums. A rare opportunity to see a Hollywood legend and an all-time great jazz band at the same time.

Sponsored by Mr. Martin Axman

Premium: $150.00
Orchestra: $80.00
Grand Tier: $80.00
Loge: $70.00
Mezzanine: $60.00
Front Balcony: $45.00
Rear Balcony: $25.00
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
701 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach FL 33401

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Jazz & Blues Florida: WWWBTW and a peek at the holidays Dec 22, 2009

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Where we will be this week (WWWBTW)?:
To see this as a webpage with links, CLICK HERE

Tuesday, Dec 22:

Boston’s on the Beach, Delray Beach: Blue Tuesday w/ Famous Frank Ward w/ Blue Tuesday All Stars including Ron Taylor, Tim Kuchta, Pat Ward, Sheldon Voss, Terry Hanck, JP Soars and visiting special guest, blues legend, OTIS CADILLAC. Jazz & Blues Florida will be there with our annual Sac' o' Woe Holiday Promotion. Don't miss it. YOU TOO, may win a used guitar stand, among other fine, fine prizes including a pair of tix to see Bob Weir and Phil Leash at the FURTHUR concert!

Bella Cucina Restaurant, Palm Beach Gardens: Lionel Harrison Jazz Jam feat. Ike Woods & Kirk Green.

Wednesday, Dec 23:

Los Antojitos Restaurant, Panama City: Suzanne Stewart-McDowell

Thursday, Dec 24:

Four Season Resort, Palm Beach: Jazz in the restaurant lounge with Susan Merritt, Marty Campfield and James McCreavy

Van Dyke Café, Miami Beach: Davis and Dow

B.B. King's: CityPlace, West Palm Beach: JP Soars & The Red Hots

Friday, Dec 25:

French Quarter Restaurant (3rd Floor, The Balcony): Mardi Gras Gaming & Casino, Hallandale Beach: Piano Bob's 88s

Four Season Resort, Palm Beach: Jazz in the restaurant lounge with Susan Merritt, Marty Campfield and Mark Doyle

Transit Lounge, Miami: Conjunto Progreso

Hotel Biba, West Palm Beach: SAMM & Jamie Ousley - vocals & bass jazz duo

Kitchen 305 at the Newport Beachside Hotel, Sunny Isles Beach: Joey Gilmore & Friends

Van Dyke Café, Miami Beach: The Mike Levine Quintet

Saturday, Dec 26:

www.purejazzradio.com; 3pm, Lenore Raphel concert recording of her new CD "Swingin' Down South" w/ Florida's own Ron Pirtle and interview

WXEL.org, Palm Beach & Broward Counties at 90.7FM and online: 6-10pm, Stu Grant's Jazz Impressions

The Orange Door, Lake Park: Jon Shain

Sunday, Dec 27:

Earl's Hideaway, Sebastian: Joanna Connor

Dick Robinson's American Standards by the Sea: 3-5pm, WXEL.org online and 90.7FM in SE Florida

Squid Lips, Sebastian: Top Hats w/ Billy Mure (Great dinner spot on the water after Earl's!)

Blues Jean Blues, Ft. Lauderdale: Barbara Van & Mike Orta's Sunday Jazz Jam

Monday, Dec 28:

Internet Radio Night: Salty Dog, Smokestack Lightnin' & Sunday Blues with Dar

Little Bar Restaurant, Goodland: Raiford Starke Band

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31: New Years Eve Live Music Options

B-Sharp's Jazz Café, Tallahassee: FSU Jazz Faculity NYE Party (Jazz & Blues Florida's Choice of Where To Be To Celebrate The New Year!)

Boston’s on the Beach, Delray Beach: NYE Celebration with The Funkabilly Playboys.

Earl’s Hideaway, Sebastian: NYE w/ Stoney & The House Rockers.

Maguire's Hill 16, Fort Lauderdale: NYE with Randi & Blue Fire Band.

Pavilion Grille, Boca Raton: NYE Celebration - Call for details. (561) 912-0000.

Red Rose Inn - Polo Club Lounge, Plant City: NYE w/ The World Famous Platters, Ralph Allocco and Second Wind, CHARLIE THOMAS' DRIFTERS •PJ LEARY AND THE LAS VEGAS SOUNDS •KEN BRADY •DESTINY

South Shores Tavern & Patio Bar, Lake Worth: NYE GALA featuring THE FABULOUS FLEETWOODS, No Cover No Minimum, No Dress Code, Complimentary Hats and Party Favors, Complimentary Champagne Toast at Midnight, Complimentary Late Nite Buffet.

Transit Lounge, Miami: NYE Celebration w/ two stages - Suenalo & MAYDAY!, $20 in Advance/$25 at door.

Aces Lounge, Bradenton: NYE Celebration w/ Jason Ricci & New Blood, wtih Tucci opening.

Angell & Phelps Cafe, Daytona Beach: NYE w/ Victor Wainwright

Back Room Blues Bar & Grill, Boca Raton: NYE Party with JP Soars & The Red Hots.

B.B. King's: CityPlace, West Palm Beach: NYE Celebration $40/$100 Doors open at 5p, 6-9p Rock, Jazz and Blues Band - 5 piece ensemble, 9-1am BB King All Star Band - 10 piece rockin' ensemble.

Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables: NYE w/ Tony Wilson and the James Brown Tribute Band & Raiko Torres & “Son Tres” - $250 per guest, $200 for Biltmore Cellar Club members (plus gratuity and sales tax).

Bradfordville Blues Club, Tallahassee: NYE w/ The Johnnie Marshall Blues Band.

Freebird Live, Jacksonville Beach: NYE w/ JJ Grey & Mofro

Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, Coral Gables: NYE w/Albert Castiglia.

Incognito Lounge, Apollo Beach: NYE Bash ($75now, $100day-of) w/ Brenda Roads and the Hwymen.

Van Dyke Café, Miami Beach: NYE Latin Salsa featuring El Grupo Mixtura Latin Jazz.


* New Listing of the Week: Donk's Tavern: 7630 34th Ave. N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33713 8pm-midnight Jan 15, 29: Liz Pennock & Dr. Blues

* Video Showcase: The Kiki Sanchez Jazz Combo performing at FAU.

* New Florida Music: “Grab It” by Dave Munkhoff

* New Link: University of Florida Jazz - in our NEW Florida Jazz & Blues Educational Resources section.

* Promotions: Ticket give-away for FURTHUR w/ Bob Weir & Phil Lesh at Boston's on the Beach's Blue Tuesday

* Past Week's Club Video Clips: Billy Vasquez Soloing Stevie at at Blue Tuesday

* Past Week's Club Photos: Photos posted this week include: The Susan Merritt Trio w/ Joe Mal & Joe Scott; JAMS Concert w/ Ted Howe Trio w/ Mark Neuenschwander & Tracey ALexander, David Shelley and Bluestone at Boston's on the Beach's Blue Tuesday, BB King's Club in West Palm Beach Grand Opening.


* News items covered in this past week's JAZZ BLUES FLORIDA BLOG:

FURTHUR - Lesh, Weir, Chimenit, Lane, Kadlecik & Russo in Miami Feb 5th!

South Florida JAZZ welcomes jazz vocalist KATHY KOSINS

Blues Boys Talent Not Accepting New Artists

Pat Metheny coming to Miami's South Beach - Great Jazz in Florida!

Woody Allen & His New Orleans Jazz Band to Play Kravis Center


Gold Coast Jazz Presents JazzSLAM Education Program

Blues Legends B.B. King and Buddy Guy to Play Florida's Seminole Hard Rock Live

United States House of Representatives Honors Miles Davis'"Kind of Blue"

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

(12-15) 11:28 PST WASHINGTON, (AP) --

Fifty years after jazz legend Miles Davis recorded "Kind of Blue," the House voted Tuesday to honor the landmark album's contribution to the genre.

Davis collaborated on the record with saxophonists John Coltrane and Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, pianists Bill Evans and Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb.

Rep. John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat who sponsored the measure, said the group "made musical history and changed the artistic landscape of this country and in some ways the world." The resolution recognizing the album's 50th anniversary passed on a 409-0 vote.

Columbia Records released the album in August 1959. The original album — only 37 minutes — had a huge impact that extended beyond jazz to other types of music — from rock musicians such as the Allman Brothers and Carlos Santana to minimalist composers like Steve Reich and Philip Glass.

Davis, one of the greatest trumpeters in jazz history, died of a stroke in 1991 at age 65. He was renowned for morphing his cool jazz into fusion and experimental sounds that later gave way to jazz funk and hip-hop grooves. Cobb is the only musician from the "Kind of Blue" album who is still alive.

The resolution is H.Res.894.

On the Net:
Congress: thomas.loc.gov

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Monday, December 21, 2009

14th Annual Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival/Workshop Set for February in Florida Now Open for Registration

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The Melton Mustafa Jazz Festival/Workshop is in its 14th year of providing the Miami-Dade and Broward County communities with music entertainment, music education, and music as a recreation. Jazz fans ranging from ages 13 to 75 have generally supported this festival. It represents a diversity of ethnic groups and it draws international attention from places as far away as Russia. The Jazz Festival/Workshop is an educational tool especially designed for students as well as participating band directors. Each year middle school bands, high school bands and colleges students in the Southeastern United States are encouraged to participate in the Jazz Workshop Master Classes. With the assistance of the Florida Memorial University School of Graduate Programs & Continuing Education we will be offering CEU Credits for middle school and high school band directors in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

Florida Memorial University Division of performing and Visual Arts will present its 14th ANNUAL MELTON MUSTAFA JAZZ FESTIVAL/WORKSHOP on Friday, February 12, 2010. The workshops will be held in the Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Florida memorial University and a culminating Jazz Concert will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at the Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts.

Please call (305) 623-8219 or (305) 626-3128 to confirm your participation or to receive additional information. You may also contact via e-mail mmustafa@fmuniv.edu

Tix info at:

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

FURTHUR - Lesh, Weir, Chimenit, Lane, Kadlecik & Russo in Miami Feb 5th!

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At Miami’s Totally Renovated
Bayfront Park Amphitheater
Friday February 5

FURTHER is a new band featuring the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, along with RatDog’s Jeff Chimenti (keyboards) and Jay Lane (drums), Dark Star Orchestra’s John Kadlecik (guitar) and Duo’s Joe Russo (drums), trucks into Bayfront Park Amphitheatre on Friday, February 5.

Bayfront Park Amphitheater has been totally renovated with new sightlines to Biscayne Bay and many new facilities including permanent reserved seats, VIP boxes, expanded concessions and much more.

Reserved Seat tickets are $49.50 and Festival Lawn tickets are $35.00. They go on sale Friday December 11 at 10am exclusively and only at LiveNation.com or charge by phone 877-598-8698 and at the Amphitheater Box Office day of show only.

For VIP ticketing information, e-mail: Miami.mailto:Miami.VIP@Livenation.com.

You can also win tickets to this concert by attending the December 22, 2009 Boston's on the Beach's Blue Tuesday were Jazz & Blues Florida will be giving a pair of tickets, along with a lot of other fun stuff.  See our PROMOTIONS page for details.

Hope to see you there!
All dates, acts and ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, parking and service and handling charges.

For more information go to http://www.livenation.com/.

About Live Nation:

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Blues Boys Talent Not Accepting New Artists

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New Artist Submissions
By Blues Boys
December 21, 2007

We are currently not in a position to accept new Artists. If you wish you can mail us a physical press kit to

Blues Boys Talent
P.O. Box 38519
Tallahassee, FL 32315

When we have an opportunity to consider a new Artist we draw from the physical info in our files and then evaluate the strength of the Artists internet presence in order to make a decision.
Thanks! Harty Wiedemann

Roy Rogers to Play the Dolphin Florida Blues in West Palm Beach

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The Taras Oceanographic Foundation proudly announces its inaugural Blues Special! concert featuring two-time Grammy Award winning, virtuoso slide guitar player Roy Rogers and his band, the Delta Rhythm Kings. The event is scheduled for December 18, 2009 at 8pm at the Rinker Playhouse at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida, and benefits the Palm Beach Dolphin Project.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased directly at the Kravis Center.

If you love music or are wondering what to do for your Christmas/Holidays party this year, then join us. There is a cash bar, you can meet some real life scientists and dolphin whisperers and everyone will receive a small gift after the concert. It will be a great time all around, relaxing from office and gift shopping stress.

Roy Rogers and The Delta Rhythm Kings – will be playing to support Dolphin Research and Conservation. Now its up to you to make sure the dolphins don’t get the blues.

Follow this link to listen to his music: http://www.taras.org/00_chev.php

Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Rinker Playhouse
701 Okkeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33401

561-832-7469; 1-800-833-3901

Date & Time:
December 18, 2009
8-10pm, open at 7pm

Additional Information on Taras Oceanographic Foundation:
Dr. Stefan E Harzen, Chairman and CEO
The Taras Oceanographic Foundation
5905 Stonewood Court
Jupiter, FL 33458
(561) 762-6473


Born in California in 1950, he began playing guitar at the age of twelve and discovered the great blues players early on. Through the years he developed a distinctive style of playing slide guitar that is instantly recognizable and has turned him into one of the premier slide guitarists performing today.
Rogers formed his own band, the Delta Rhythm Kings, in 1980, hit the club circuit, and then toured Europe with the 1982 San Francisco Blues Festival Revue (recording an album with that Revue in Paris).

Shortly after returning from Europe, Rogers joined John Lee Hooker and his Coast to Coast Blues Band. Roy eventually began to open shows as a solo act, performing some of the classic country blues and original compositions he’d been perfecting for years.

Said Hooker, “I just can’t say enough good things about Roy. Some of the best slide I’ve heard, best blues I’ve heard.”
Years later Roy would produce a total of four recordings for John Lee Hooker for which he received two Grammys. He received additional Grammy nominations for his songwriting and his work on television and movie soundtracks, including “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “The Hot Spot” which he recorded with Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker and Taj Mahal.

He self- released his first live recording – Live at the Sierra Nevada Brewery Big Room - in 2005. The concert received wide national television exposure on PBS stations as part of the “Sierra Center Stage” series.  His latest release - Split Decision - which came out this summer, is his first studio recording with his band, The Delta Rhythm Kings, in seven years.

Jazz & Blues Florida will be hosting promotion nights for this event at Boston's on the Beach, The Orange Door, and Chef John's where you can win FREE tickets to this concert. Watch for updates at www.JazzBluesFlorida.com/Promotions

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009


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APRIL 23 - 25 (1st WEEKEND)

Lionel Richie, Allman Brothers Band, My Morning Jacket, Anita Baker, Dr. John, Darius Rucker, The Black Crowes, Steel Pulse, Jonny Lang, Band of Horses, The Levon Helm Band, Drake, Keely Smith, Baaba Maal, George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic, Imagination Movers, Ledisi, King Sunny Ade & His African Beats, Better Than Ezra, Blind Boys of Alabama, Elvin Bishop, funky Meters, Sax for Stax featuring Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, and Jeff Lorber, Marcia Ball, Shawn Colvin, Pastor Smokie Norful, Terence Blanchard, Cowboy Mouth, The Campbell Brothers, Chocolate Milk, Sam Bush, The Voice of the Wetlands Allstars, Joe Lovano Us Five, Donald Harrison, Lena Prima, Tab Benoit, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Bonerama, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Deacon John, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters, Davell Crawford and One Foot in the Blues with special guests Dr. John and Jon Cleary, The Bounce Extravaganza feat. Big Freedia, Sissy Nobby, Katie Redd, Magnolia Shorty, and DJ Poppa, Bob French & the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band 100 Year Anniversary Celebration, Jon Cleary: Piano, Bass & Drums, Irma Thomas’ Tribute to Mahalia Jackson, The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong feat. Wycliffe Gordon, James Andrews, and Victor Goines, Papa Grows Funk, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Theresa Andersson, Jewel Brown with the Heritage Hall Jazz Band, Joe Krown Trio feat. Walter Washington & Russell Batiste, New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, The Radiators--Pre-War Blues, Wayne Toups & Zydecajun, Grayson Capps, Kenny Neal, Treme Brass Band, Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band feat. Thais Clark, Jeremy Davenport, Maurice Brown Effect, James Andrews & the Crescent City Allstars, Storyville Stompers Brass Band, Glen David Andrews, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Roddie Romero & the Hub City Allstars, Honey Island Swamp Band, OTRA, Leah Chase, Bill Summers & Jazalsa, Savoy Center of Eunice Saturday Cajun Jam, Mia X, Cheeky Blakk, and Ms. Tee, Wayne Toups & Zydecajun, Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, Rotary Downs, The New Orleans Bingo! Show, Little Freddie King Blues Band, Andrew Duhon & the Lonesome Crows, Rumba Buena, Spencer Bohren, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, Louisiana LeRoux with Tab Benoit, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, Red Stick Ramblers, Guitar Slim, Jr., Kipori Woods, Kim Carson Band, Ivoire Spectacle feat. Seguenon Kone, The Revealers, Shades of Praise, Lionel Ferbos & the Palm Court Jazz Band, Sammy Rimington, The Electrifying Crownseekers, Tribute to Juanita Brooks feat. Betty Shirley, Germaine Bazzle, and Leah Chase, The James Rivers Movement, Leo Jackson & the Melody Clouds, Susan Cowsill, David Egan, Panorama Jazz Band, George French & the Storyville Jazz Band, New Orleans Night Crawlers, Midnite Disturbers, Ninth Ward Navajo Mardi Gras Indians, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers’ Tribute to Rockin’ Dopsie, Sr., Frankie Ford, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Reggie Hall & the Twilighters, Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue, Mas Mamones, Lil’ Buck Sinegal Blues Band, Jesse McBride presents the Next Generation, Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Septet, Michael Ward, Bleu Orleans, Mahogany Brass Band, Untouchables, Furious Five, and Big Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Creole Wild West and Golden Star Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Mark Braud’s New Orleans Jazz Giants, Gospel Soul Children, Blessed, Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries, Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble, Clive Wilson’s New Orleans Serenaders feat. Butch Thompson, N.O.C.C.A. Jazz Ensemble, Judy Spellman, Leroy Jones, Olympia Aid, New Look, and The First Division Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Golden Comanche, Golden Blade, and Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians, Free Agents Brass Band, The Wiseguys, Jambalaya Cajun Band, Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, D.L. Menard & the Louisiana Aces, The Revivalists, Rockie Charles, Robert “1 String” Gibson, Beth Patterson, Patrice Fisher & the Honduran Connection, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Tommy Sancton Quintet, UNO Jazz Allstars, Smitty Dee’s Brass Band, Comanche Hunters, Semolian Warriors, and Black Feathers Mardi Gras Indians, Willis Prudhomme & Zydeco Express, Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys, Marc Stone Band, Betsy McGovern & the Poor Clares, Alexis Marceaux, Julio y Cesar, Sonny Bourg & the Bayou Blues Band, Chris Clifton, Miss Sophie Lee, June Gardner, The Guitar Woodshed feat. Steve Masakowski, Todd Duke, and Jake Eckert, Mount Hermon BC Mass Choir, Tonia Scott & Anointed Voices, Resurrection Baptist Church Mass Choir of Schertz, TX, Brass Bass Ensemble, Jai Reed, Loyola University Jazz Ensemble, Real Untouchables Brass Band, Divine Ladies, Dumaine Gang, and Ladies of Unity Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Young Pinstripe Brass Band, Johnette Downing, Kat Walker Jazz Combo, Guardians of the Flame, Single Ladies, Keep N it Real, and Nine Times Men Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Voices of Distinction, Nineveh BC Mass Choir, Kevin Thompson & the Sensational Six, Red Hot Brass Band, Lindsay Mendez, God’s House Westbank Cathedral Choir, The Gospel Stars, Da Souljas Brass Band, Single Men, Family Ties, and Big Nine Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Delgado Community College Jazz Ensemble, Natasha Richard of Canada, Culu Children’s Traditional African Dance Ensemble, Jacquelyn Mayfield, Golden Voices Community Choir, John Lee & the Heralds of Christ, Greater Antioch Full Gospel Mass Choir, Black Mohawks, Seminoles, and Red, White & Blue Mardi Gras Indians, Archdiocese of New Orleans Mass Gospel Choir, The Bester Singers and the Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers, New Orleans Young Traditional Brass Band with the Heel to Toe Steppers, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church Mass Choir, Carrollton Hunters Mardi Gras Indians…

APRIL 29 – May 2 (2nd WEEKEND)

Pearl Jam, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Widespread Panic, The Neville Brothers, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Irma Thomas, Gipsy Kings, The Dead Weather, Elvis Costello & the Sugarcanes, Teena Marie, Allen Toussaint, Gov’t Mule, Average White Band, Jose Feliciano, Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, Kirk Franklin, Wayne Shorter Quartet, Gil Scott Heron, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Clarence Carter, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Tye Tribbett, Juvenile & DJ Mannie Fresh, Take Six, Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players, Galactic, Stanley Clarke Band feat. Hiromi, Old Crow Medicine Show, Richie Havens, Marcus Miller, Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, Pete Fountain, The Radiators, Blues Traveler, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Anders Osborne, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Rebirth Brass Band, Sonny Landreth, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Martin Sexton, Bernard Allison, Ruthie Foster, Jimmy Johnson Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Cyril Neville & Tribe 13, Dee Dee Bridgewater – A Celebration of Lady Day, Ellis Marsalis, Buckwheat Zydeco, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Louis Prima, Jr., Henry Butler, The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders, Selvy Singers of Arkansas, Aaron Neville, Chris Thomas King, Dala, Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band, The Davell Crawford Singers, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Inspirational Souls of Chicago, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, John Mooney & Bluesiana, subdudes, Iguanas, DJ Captain Charles, The Dixie Cups, Sherman Washington & the Zion Harmonizers, The Jon Batiste Band, Nicholas Payton, The Four Freshman, Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys, Russell Batiste & Friends feat. Jason Neville, Pine Leaf Boys, Eric Lindell, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, Banu Gibson with Swing Out & Tap!, Tribute to Juanita Brooks feat. Wanda Rouzan, Barbara Shorts, and Topsy Chapman, John Boutté, Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Luther Kent, Astral Project, Germaine Bazzle, Soul Rebels, New Birth Brass Band, Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, PJ Morton, New Orleans Spiritualettes, The Johnson Extension, Orange Kellin’s New Orleans Deluxe Orchestra, Bobby Lonero’s Tribute to Louis Prima, Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders, The Allen Toussaint Jazzity Project, Charmaine Neville, MyNamesIsJohnMichael, Kirk Joseph’s Backyard Groove, Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show, Bobby Lounge, Big Al Carson, Lynn Drury, Vivaz!, Nova NOLA feat. Sasha Masakowski, Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony, Coco Robicheaux & the Swamp Monsters, Fredy Omar con su Banda, Loose Marbles, Heavenly Melodies, Betty Winn & One A-Chord, Kent Jordan, Shannon Powell’s Organ Combo feat. David Torkanowsky and Charlie Gabriel, Forgotten Souls, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, TBC Brass Band, Westbank Steppers, Valley of Silent Men, and Pigeon Town Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Apache Hunters, Wild Red Flame, and Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Jockimo’s Groove feat. War Chief Juan and Billy Iuso, Elysian Fieldz, Feufollet, Creole Zydeco Farmers, The Hadley J. Castille Family & the Sharecroppers Band, GROUPA – Nordic Folk Fusion, Tin Men, R. Scully Rough 7, Creole String Beans, Ernie Vincent & the Top Notes, Margie Perez, Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone & the XL Band, Kristin Diable, Jimmy Robinson, Kenny Bill Stinson & the ARK-LA-Mystics, Mem Shannon & the Membership, Bamboula 2000, Kora Konnection feat. Morikeba Kouyate of Senegal and Thierno Dioubate of Guinea, Papa Blue Viking Jazz Band of Sweden, Onward Brass Band, Dukes of Dixieland, Tim Laughlin, Val & the Love Alive Fellowship Choir, Jo “Cool” Davis, Zulu Male Ensemble, Phillip Manuel, Roderick Paulin, SUBR Jazzy Jags, Pinstripe Brass Band, Original Prince of Wales and Original Lady Buckjumpers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, New Orleans Indian Rhythm Section, Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors, 101 Runners, Evan Christopher & Tom McDermott, New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra, Pfister Sisters, Walter Payton with Snapbeans and Filé Gumbo, Brother Tyrone, Driskill Mountain Boys, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, Thomas “Big Hat” Fields, Mark Adam Miller, Benny Grunch & the Bunch, J. Monque’D Blues Band, Mia Borders, Lars Edegran & the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, Classie Ballou & the Family Band, John Rankin, Jonny Frishberg & Bayou DeVille, DJ Soul Sister, Zion Trinity, AsheSon, Los Po-Boy-Citos, Kumbuka African Drum & Dance Collective, Donnie Bolden, Jr. & the Spirit of Elijah, Ebenezer Mass Choir, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Voices of Peter Claver, Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band, Mario Abney Quintet, Lady Rollers, Original C.T.C. Steppers, and Nine Times Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Baby Boyz Brass Band, Geronimo Hunters, 7th Ward Creole Hunters, and Young Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians, Lafayette Rhythm Devils, Joe Hall & the Cane Cutters, Eddie “ChopChops” Paris, Hot Club of New Orleans, Connie Jones & the Crescent City Jazz Band, Young Tuxedo Brass Band, Lady Jetsetters Social Aid & Pleasure Club, Ladies Sing the Blues feat. Gina Brown, Angela H. Bell, and Tereasa B., Julliard Jazz Ensemble, Craig Adams & Higher Dimensions of Praise, McDonogh #35 High School Gospel Choir, O. Perry Walker Charter High School Gospel Choir, Warren Storm, Willie Tee & Cypress, McMain High School Gospel Choir, Blodie’s Jazz Jam, Xavier University Jazz Band, Tulane University Jazz Ensemble, Pinettes Brass Band, Scene Boosters, Ole & Nu Style Fellas, and Secondline Jammers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, New Wave Brass Band, Red Hawk, Black Seminoles, and Black Eagles Mardi Gras Indians, Dwight & Connie Fitch with the St. Raymond/St. Leo the Great Choir, N’Fungola Sibo West African Dance Company, Marisa y Mariachi Agave, Grupo Sensacion, Dee-1, Lucky 7, Franklin IV, Mardi Gras Indian Orchestra, Ray Abshire, Bonsoir, Catin, Dillard University Jazz Ensemble, Jamil Sharif & the Jazz Professors, Rocks of Harmony, Some Like it Hot, Kid Simmons’ Local International Allstars, The Wright Brothers, Tyronne Foster & the Arc Singers, St. Joseph the Worker Music Ministry, Heritage School of Music Band, New Generation, Undefeated Divas, and VIP Ladies Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Highsteppers Brass Band, Trouble Nation and Wild Apaches Mardi Gras Indians, David & Roselyn, Paulin Brothers Brass Band, Morning Star BC Mass Choir, Arthur Clayton & Purposely Anointed, Gloria Bell & the Revelation Gospel Singers, First Emmanuel Baptist Church Choir, White Cloud Hunters and Wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras Indians, Tornado Brass Band, Lyle Henderson & Emmanuel, Pastor Terry Gullage & the Greater Mount Calvary Voices of Redemption Choir, Gospel Inspirations of Boutte, Ayla Miller, Original Four, Original Big 7, and Bon Temps Roulez Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Golden Sioux and Cherokee Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Nashville Children’s Choir, Claudia Baumgartner, Saltimbanqui Puppet Theater of Mexico, Stephen Foster’s Foster Family Program, Hazel & the Delta Ramblers, N’Kafu African Dance presented by Young Audiences, O. Perry Walker Kuumba Players, Jazz Fest Residency Showcase feat. Seva Venet and KIDSmART…

Gold Coast Jazz Presents JazzSLAM Education Program in Local Elementary Schools

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Fort Lauderdale, FL – How can a jazz quartet teach math and reading concepts through music? Through a program called JazzSLAM. This fun and interactive program reinforces basic language arts and math concerts through the music of jazz. Students experience how improvisation is similar to writing essays. They learn how "read, think and explain" questions are similar to the "12 bar blues" how narrative essay form is similar to "A-A-B-A" song form; and how persuasive and expository essay forms are similar to the "verse-chorus" song form.

JazzSLAM, the acronym for Jazz Supports Language Arts & Math, is a program that uses students' interest in music to help them understand the inherent underlying structures found also in language arts and math. JazzSLAM was designed by local jazz musician and educator, Mari Mennell-Bell. The program is being presented by the Gold Coast Jazz Society in several local elementary schools from December through May.

Program creator, Mari Mennel-Bell, holds a dual Masters degree in Elementary Education (K-6) and Music Education (K-12) from New York University and a Masters degree in Social Work from Adelphi University. While living in New York City she worked for The Children's Television Workshop as a researcher and as an independent consultant on "Using Music to Teach Reading". When her children were in school in Broward County, she observed their challenges to stay focused on academics and was inspired to create an experiential, hands-on approach to academic skills so she developed a program that makes learning fun through the use of jazz.

Presentations of the JazzSLAM program will occur in the following schools in Broward County:

Sheridan Hills Elementary - Dec 17; Coconut Palm Elementary - Jan. 21; Pembroke Pines Charter East Elementary - Jan. 26 ; Mirror Lake Elementary - Feb 2; Tradewinds Elementary - April 20; Deerfield Beach Elementary - April 27; Westchester Elementary and Norcrest Elementary in May (exact dates TBA).

The Gold Coast Jazz Society, the presenter of this program, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of jazz music through a mainstage concert series, free community concerts, jazz education programs and other events. Go online www.goldcoastjazz.org for more information about the Gold Coast Jazz Society or call 954-524-0805.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Spyro Gyra & Jane Monheit to Lift Holiday Spirits w/ Florida Jazz Concert

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Spyro Gyra w/ Special Guest Jane Monheit

December 16, 2009 at 8pm

Parker Playhouse
707 NE 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

TICKETS: (954) 462-0222 or http://www.ParkerPlayhouse.com


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Jazz Concert Tribute to Benny Goodman in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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Fort Lauderdale, FL – 2009 marked the centennial of Benny Goodman, the “King of Swing”. To continue the celebration, the Gold Coast Jazz Society will present a special tribute concert of Goodman’s music by the Terry Myers Orchestra. The concert will occur on February 10, 2010 at the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The show begins at 7:45 pm. Single tickets are $35 and $40 and student tickets are $12. Purchase tickets through the Broward Center Box Office at 954-462-0222 or online at www.goldcoastjazz.org or www.browardcenter.org. A pre-concert Jazz Riff jazz talk will be given by WXEL radio personality, Stu Grant, at 7:00pm in the theater.

Goodman was an American jazz musician, band leader, clarinetist and fondly known as the “Patriarch of the Clarinet.” His popular bands included some of the biggest names in jazz and he launched the careers many famous musicians. Born in Chicago and one of nine children from poor immigrant parents, Goodman’s story is truly a “rags to riches” tale. As a youngster, Goodman’s father enrolled Benny and two brothers in music lessons. Benny learned quickly and was soon engaged as a professional musician in various local bands. The rest is history, as they say, as his career flourished as a catalyst for the swing movement. Goodman was also known for promoting racial integration in the bands in American popular music. "As far as I'm concerned, what he did in those days—and they were hard days, in 1937—made it possible for Negroes to have their chance in baseball and other fields," said Lionel Hampton.

The Terry Myers Orchestra got its start as a Benny Goodman tribute band, so it’s fitting that they perform Goodman’s music in celebration of his centennial. The band is a favorite touring orchestra in Florida. Myers, a clarinetist and band leader, has played in numerous jazz festivals, including North Sea (Holland), Cork (Ireland), Birmingham (England), Copenhagen (Denmark), Sacramento, Sun Valley, Clearwater, Jacksonville, Maui, Redding (California), High Mountain (Oregon), Helena (Montana), Medford (Oregon), Sun Fest (West Palm Beach), Gainesville, Indianapolis, Elkhart (Indiana), Milwaukee, Bern (Switzerland), Central Illinois, Bix Festival (Iowa) and the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Terry's dynamic career has enabled him to appear with a variety of talented players including Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (Buddy Morrow), Bob Haggert, Milt Hinton, Butch Miles, Warren Vaché, Monte Alexander, Flip Phillips, Bill Allred, John Allred, Chubby Jackson, Duffy Jackson, Rosemary Clooney, Eddie Higgins, Bobby Rosengarten, Phil Flanigan, Larry Elgart, Vince Giordano, Ira Sullivan, Nathan Page and many others.

Tickets are available for the Feb. 10 concert. 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, jazz education programs and other events. Go online www.goldcoastjazz.org for more information about the Gold Coast Jazz Society or call 954-524-0805.

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Jazz Arts Music Society of Palm Beach (JAMS) Announces 10th Anniversary Series of Florida Jazz

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JAMS offers 6 fabulous concerts November - April annually.

TED HOWE  presents “An Evening of Duke Ellington”
DEC 14
Ted Howe brings a highly innovative freshness to the Ellington repertoire. The tunes – such classics as In a Sentimental Mood, Cara¬van, In My Solitude, Mood Indigo – are Ellington’s, but the styles in which Howe presents them are strictly Howe’s. A reviewer wrote of Howe’s 2005 release Ellington, on Summit, that he exhibits “imaginative ap¬proaches” in mixing various styles on each track. On It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing), he displays “effective stride piano chops”; shows his “playful side in a whimsical take on Sophisticated Lady”; and does bop variations on Take the A Train. Howe has made several recordings for Summit. His latest, Love Song, pays homage to Harold Arlen, Cole Porter and James Van Heusen.

JAN 26
The New York Times said it best: “He is the essence of a swinging pianist … a sudden flurry of complex runs can be finished before the listener is fully aware of what is happening.” The Toronto Star said he had “a limitless cauldron full of ideas” and played with “eye-opening intensity” and “effortless swing – Tatumesque.” During his career Colianni has performed with Lionel Hamp¬ton, Woody Allen and from 1991-1995 for Mel Tormé. In addition he was a winner in the first annual Thelo¬nious Monk Piano Competition. Colianni began working Monday nights with renowned guitarist Les Paul in August 2003 at The Iridium in New York. In Paul’s recent autobiography, he lauds the pianist, who appeared in the PBS documentary, Les Paul: Chasing Sound. Colianni’s playing is heard on the sound track of the 2009 film Revolutionary Road, which won a Golden Globe Award.

FEB 23
Trumpeter Marvin Stamm and pianist Bill Mays have collaborated since the 1990s. The two focus on the “great American songbook,” jazz standards, and even a smattering of classical pieces. Stamm was trumpet soloist with the Stan Kenton and Woody Herman bands. In 1966, he settled in New York City and played with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, among oth¬ers. He spent several years touring with Frank Sinatra and the Benny Goodman Sextet. Bill Mays is well-known for his talents at composing and arranging, has played with such notables as Shelly Manne, Bud Shank, Art Pepper, Ernie Watts and Tom Scott. He was a first-call studio pianist and accompanist for vocal¬ists, including Sarah Vaughan, Dionne Warwick and Anita O’Day. Moving to New York in 1984, he worked with many of the most important musicians of the era, such as Ron Carter, Gerry Mulligan, Clark Terry and Benny Golson.

MAR 23
Hailing from St. Louis, jazz vocalist Denise Thimes has made appear¬ances all over the world with luminaries including Clark Terry, James Moody, Kevin Mahogany, Dr. Billy Tay¬lor, Benny Powell and Jimmy Heath. Terry has praised her lavishly, saying, “Denise ranks with the all-time greats such as Ella, Sassy, Lady Day, Nancy (Wilson), Dianne (Reeves), Monica (Zetterlund) and Carmen, to name a few.” Denise lists them as her greatest influences, along with Marlena Shaw and Carmen McRae. Thimes has appeared in jazz festivals around the nation and headlined at the Blue Note in New York. She has shared the stage with Tony Bennett, performed at the White House and for Queen Elizabeth II. The praise for Thimes is unstinting. Famed vocalist/composer Jon Hendricks said last year, “The only thing that Dianne Reeves, Diana Krall and even Nancy have on you is a name.”

APR 27
The music of Brazilian singer Rose Max and her guitarist husband Ramatis Moraes are bossa nova, samba and Brazilian jazz; the same fare that wowed American audiences in the Astrid and Joao Gilbertos’ collaborations with Stan Getz in the 1960s and as a duo in their own right in the ’70s. The sensuous appeal of this highly rhythmic music is timeless, and, plied by consummate artists such as Max and Moraes, never fails to delight. Max won the Brazilian Press Award for Best Female Brazilian Singer Residing and Performing in the USA three times – in 1997, 1998 and 2001. Max moved from Brazil to Miami in late 1993, where she has maintained a full performance schedule. The Miami New Times newspa¬per has been enthusiastic in its praise for Max and Moraes, declaring that they deliver “Brazilian jazz, samba and bossa so rich, you’ll think you just stumbled in off the streets of Rio de Janeiro.”

Membership Information at:

Our November and December 2009 concerts will be on MONDAYS
January-April 2010 concerts will be on TUESDAYS
The Harriet Himmel Theater
700 S. Rosemary Ave., CityPlace
West Palm Beach

Tickets: $35
call 1- 877- 722- 2820
to order tickets for these events online

Admission is free to JAMS members
NOTE: All concerts are held on Tuesdays EXCEPT when noted otherwise

All concerts begin at 8 pm
Theater lobby opens at 7 pm
Open seating
Tickets on sale now in advance and at the door
We accept checks, cash or major credit cards
Programs subject to change without refunds

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Blue Tuesday at Boston's on the Beach Continues into Florida's Holiday Season

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Famous Frank, Blue Tuesday Host and all-around famous guy, has announced the December line up for this happening place in Delray Beach, Florida, and continues to bring his favorite performers from around the corner and across the world to the avid patrons. Always free, always great. Starts at 8:30pm and just might end on time at 11:30. Kitchen & full bar open until closing time.

December 1: The Walker Smith Group - Florida's Sun Coast Blues Society Representative to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis next month! Jazz & Blues Florida will be in the house with a promotion for the Roy Rogers concert to benefit the Taras Foundation's Palm Beach Dolphin Research Project. Come meet Jessica, from the Foundation, and she will tell you all about the good work they do. We will be giving away two tickets to Roy's December 18th show at the Kravis Center. No cost to enter, just come, put your name in the hat, and be there for the drawing at 11pm. These are $35 tickets for one of the absolute best slide blues players out there. Come try your luck while having fun and supporting the local blues scene!

December 8: Steve Avery - EVERYBODY in Chicago and Tampa is invited down and over for this show, because they all know and love him!

December 15: David Shelley Band - 'nuf said. Be here!

December 22: Blue Tuesday Holiday Party (what makes this party different from every other Tuesday night? It is always a party!) with the Famous Frank's Blue Tuesday All Stars including Ron Taylor, Tim Kuchta, Pat Ward, Sheldon Voss, Terry Hanck, JP Soars and visiting special guest, blues legend, OTIS CADILLAC. Jazz & Blues Florida will be there with our annual Sac' o' Woe Holiday Promotion. Don't miss it. YOU, TOO, may win a used guitar stand, among other fine, fine prizes!

December 29: Biscuit Miller & The Mix will be mixing it up for the grown-ups and leaving the younglings with curious looks on their faces to close out the year on a high note for Blue Tuesday.

Who is online for 2010? How do these sound? Jason Ricci & New Blood, Damon Fowler, Pat Pepin, Josh Smith & The Frost, Motor City Josh, Delta Highway and Art Harris & The Z-Tones.

Famous Frank, always the gentleman, wishes to acknowledge the following for their continued support of this evening of high culture and low bass lines.


And don't forget our Blue Tuesday charity http://www.seancostellofund.org/ when planning your holiday giving.

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