Friday, May 29, 2009

LITTLE KNOW FLORIDA JAZZ FACT: Jazzman Jeff "Tain" Watts obtained name in Florida

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"It was during this stint with Marsalis that Jeff Watts became known as “Tain.” While on the road in Florida, pianist Kenny Kirkland drove past a Chieftain gas station and subsequently gave the name to Watts after substituting Chieftain with Jeff Tain."


Thursday, May 28, 2009

Robert Navarro Releases Debut Album “Caminando” Vol.1

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MAY 2009
Robert Navarro
Release Debut Album “Caminando” Vol.1

Producer and pianist Robert Navarro introduces his new tropical jazz production under his own label RNR PRODUCTIONS, INC. This new release is based on jazz standards and his original composition “Caminando.” This production includes a tropical taste of intense Latin Rhythms and improvisation.

Robert is proud to release “Caminando” in which is features Pedro Alfonso on violin recently performing with Gloria Stefan and renowned percussionist Richard

Robert is committed to recording the best in Tropical Jazz offering the finest musical composition by Jazz giant with refreshing new arrangements.

BlueBird Productions, of Fort Pierce, Florida wrote:
“Their signature sound is a mixture of hot Latin rhythms, sizzling energy and creative improvisation, ideal for listening and dancing pleasure. Much of their repertoire has been chosen from the most popular tunes in Jazz as well as an original composition from their latest CD. Included are those tunes made popular by great Jazz legends such as “Dizzie” Gallespie, Herbeck Hancock and many more.”


Piano –Robert Navarro
Richard Bravo- Drums & Latin Percussion
Jerry Bravo- Bass
Alex Duque- Bass
Pedro Alfonso – Violin
Edwin Torres- Timbales
Rainer Marin- Guitar


2. Night In Tunisia

3. Campanitas De Cristal

4. C.T.5. Watermelon Man

6. You’d Be So Nice To Come Home to

7. Sabroso

8. All the Things You Are

For Distribution, or booking contact Robert Navarro @ 305-510-3755

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New Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, music production facility, STUDIO1, opens with announcement of special rate offer

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Bobby Rodriguez Productions presents Studio 1, a NEW State-of-the-Art rehearsal facility for music bands, dance companies, theater troupes, and more!Located in Fort Lauderdale, Studio 1 is a 30 x 50 sound-reinforced room, equipped with hardwood flooring, full-length wall mirrors, a lounge area and private restroom! Extra features include sound systems, additional backline, and theatrical lighting.

Other services offered are catering, audio recording and non-linear video editing!

Rental rates are now 50% OFF during Summer 2009!

Visit, or call 954-771-7117 for more information.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

MAE Music Announces FREE PRO TOOLS CLINIC & OPEN HOUSE- May 28th- 7pm in Hollywood Florida

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WHEN: Thursday / MAY 28 at 7 pm
WHERE: Sunflower Studio's (Downtown Hollywood) 1914 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, Fl 33020
WHY: M.A.E. has partnered with Real World Training Centers to provide you with the best product training service along with our guaranteed best deals on the equipment you use and want!
Join us for an evening of Pro Tools Q & A @ Real World Audio Training Centers. Preview the most affordable PT's training program around today. Bring your Pro Tool's questions with you...

BONUS: Everyone attending will receive special coupons redeemable at M.A.E. Music for recording and sound equipment!

Meet your Pro Audio Team! Scott, Roger, and Mike are here for all of your sound & musical needs!

Music Arts Enterprises
3301 Davie Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312
954-581-2203 tel954-581-2234 fax

Jazz & Blues Florida


South Florida JAZZ welcomes An all-star band of New York heavyweights, The NUTTREE QUARTET for season finale concert

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June 13, 2009 - 8:00 p.m. - South Florida JAZZ welcomes An all-star band of New York heavyweights, The NUTTREE QUARTET, making its North American debut after two successful European tours and two acclaimed CDs.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – South Florida’s premier modern jazz organization is excited to feature a unique band comprised of modern jazz luminaries, featuring guitar icon John Abercrombie, saxophonist Bill Evans, Hammond B3 organist Gary Versace, and drummer-leader Adam Nussbaum.
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 AutoNation Box Office by calling 954.462.0222 in Broward County; also toll-free at 877-311-SHOW, as well as online at, the presenting organization’s official Website.

Nuttree is a quartet comprised of some of New York’s best veteran players, all of whom are in such demand that it hard to put them on the same date. Under the direction of drummer Adam Nussbaum, the group features master players on every instrument.

Best known of the players is guitarist John Abercrombie, who formed binding associations with the Brecker Brothers, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland and other artists on the ECM label, in addition to his friend, Adam Nussbaum. John’s style is infused with the traditions of Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt, retaining his fondness for jazz standards, while incorporating the evolving technology.

Tenor and soprano saxophonist Bill Evans was introduced worldwide in a three-year stint with Miles Davis in the early 1980s. Bill is a dynamic player, equally comfortable in multiple genres from straightahead jazz to fusion, funk and beyond. His current efforts include the Soulbop band he co-leads with Randy Brecker, and his Soulgrass band that is breaking several additional barriers. He is without question among the best and most creative saxophonists on the jazz scene. Because he has been so well received in Europe, American audiences rarely get to see this supremely talented player.

Gary Versace took his masters degree from Eastman School of Music, moved to NYC in 2002 and rapidly became one of the busiest and most versatile musicians on the scene as a pianist, organist, and also an accordionist (Maria Schneider’s orchestra). He is in demand by a number of bandleaders including Adam Nussbaum, John Abercrombie, John Scofield, Matt Wilson, and many others. His style is distinctly contemporary and pianistic, with clear articulation and a deft touch to his provocative harmonic texturing.

Leader Adam Nussbaum has enjoyed a cutting-edge a drumming career playing with John Scofield, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Eliane Elias, Dave Liebman, and even the Gil Evans Orchestra. He has long been associated with John Abercrombie. South Florida JAZZ audiences likely recall a memorable quartet performance at Hollywood’s Anne Kolb Nature Center. Adam is impish at the microphone and explosive on the drums.

The Nuttree Quartet brings a fresh sound and feel to the historic repertoire that most serious listeners associate with jazz – The Real Book.

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

Jazz & Blues Florida

Monday, May 25, 2009

Jazz Pianist Lenore Raphael to Launch Radio Show

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Jazz pianist/Steinway Artist and composer/educator Lenore Raphael will have her own “Lenore Raphael's Jazz Spot" show on available to internet users around the world starting mid July this year. The show is scheduled to air twice on Sundays at 8AM (EST) and 8PM (EST)Lenore has been in the jazz scene for many years, working with great artists and gaining a reputation as a swinging, lyrical player. Her frequent visits to Florida has created a fan base from Jacksonville to Coral Gables through performances, master classes, and radio appearances.

She has always enjoyed opportunities to do radio interviews and comes across as a warm, generous promoter of the jazz art form. Always willing to help other artists, she puts those skills to work on an hour-long show which will feature great artists, some already international names and some just on the cusp of becoming major stars.

The show's format will include views of the artists both personal and professional and performance which will be recorded most of the time at Steinway Hall in New York City.
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Sunday, May 24, 2009

South Florida JAZZ to Present Nuttree Quartet June 13, 2009 as Season Finale

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NUTTREE QUARTET with John Abercrombie, Bill Evans, Gary Versace, and Adam Nussbaum
Saturday, June 13, 2009 - 8:00 PM

Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

Tickets: 877.311.SHOW (Toll-free) or purchase HERE

Nuttree is a quartet comprised of some of New York’s best veteran players, all of whom are in such demand that it hard to put them on the same date. Under the direction of drummer Adam Nussbaum, the group features master players on every instrument.

Best known of the players is guitarist John Abercrombie, who formed binding associations with the Brecker Brothers, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland and other artists on the ECM label, in addition to his friend, Adam Nussbaum. John’s style is infused with the traditions of Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt, retaining his fondness for jazz standards, while incorporating the evolving technology.

Tenor and soprano saxophonist Bill Evans was introduced worldwide in a three-year stint with Miles Davis in the early 1980s. Bill is a dynamic player, equally comfortable in multiple genres from straightahead jazz to fusion, funk and beyond. His current efforts include the Soulbop band he co-leads with Randy Brecker, and his Soulgrass band that is breaking several additional barriers. He is without question among the best and most creative saxophonists on the jazz scene. Because he has been so well-received in Europe, American audiences rarely get to see this supremely talented player.

Gary Versace took his masters degree from Eastman School of Music, moved to NYC in 2002 and rapidly became one of the busiest and most versatile musicians on the scene as a pianist, organist, and also an accordionist (Maria Schneider’s orchestra). He is in demand by a number of bandleaders including Adam Nussbaum, John Abercrombie, John Scofield, Matt Wilson, and many others. His style is distinctly contemporary and pianistic, with clear articulation and a deft touch to his provocative harmonic texturing.

Leader Adam Nussbaum has enjoyed a cutting-edge a drumming career playing with John Scofield, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Eliane Elias, Dave Liebman, and even the Gil Evans Orchestra. He has long been associated with John Abercrombie. South Florida JAZZ audiences likely recall a memorable quartet performance at Hollywood’s Anne Kolb Nature Center. Adam is impish at the microphone and explosive on the drums.

The Nuttree Quartet brings a fresh sound and feel to the historic repertoire that most serious listeners associate with jazz – The Real Book.
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Friday, May 22, 2009

National Endowment for the Arts Announces the 2010 NEA Jazz Masters

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Washington, DC - The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced the recipients of the 2010 NEA Jazz Masters Award -- the nation's highest honor in this distinctly American music. The eight recipients will each receive a $25,000 grant award and be publicly honored in an awards ceremony and concert on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

The eight 2010 NEA Jazz Masters are:

Muhal Richard Abrams, Pianist, Composer, Educator
Kenny Barron, Pianist, Composer, Educator

Bill Holman, Composer, Arranger, Saxophonist

Bobby Hutcherson, Vibraphonist, Marimba Player, Composer

Yusef Lateef, Saxophonist, Flutist, Oboist, Composer, Educator
Annie Ross, Vocalist

Cedar Walton, Pianist, Composer

Each year since 1982, the Arts Endowment has conferred the NEA Jazz Masters Award to living legends who have made major contributions to jazz. With this new class, the award has been given to 114 great figures of jazz in America, including Count Basie, George Benson, Art Blakey, Dave Brubeck, Betty Carter, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, Roy Eldridge, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Herbie Hancock, Elvin Jones, John Levy, Abbey Lincoln, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Cecil Taylor, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, and Teddy Wilson.

About NEA Jazz Masters: NEA Jazz Masters are selected from nominations submitted by the public and receive a one-time grant award of $25,000, are honored at a public awards ceremony, and may be offered opportunities for participation in NEA-sponsored promotional, performance, and educational activities under the NEA Jazz Masters National Initiative program. Only living musicians or jazz advocates may receive the NEA Jazz Masters honor.
The National Endowment for the Arts has supported jazz artists and organizations since 1969, providing millions of dollars in grants and awards. In 2004, the NEA significantly expanded its NEA Jazz Masters program and in 2005 created the NEA Jazz Masters Initiative, a comprehensive program of jazz support that includes the NEA Jazz Masters award; NEA Jazz Masters Live, a series of multiple performance and educational engagements in selected communities, featuring NEA Jazz Masters; radio programming featuring NEA Jazz Masters; educational resources through the NEA Jazz in the Schools program produced by the Arts Endowment in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center; and publications and reports. For more information on NEA Jazz Masters, the public is invited to visit the Web site, at

National Endowment for the Arts · an independent federal agency

1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20506

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Barbara Van and Mike Orta start Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, newest Sunday Jazz Jam May 31, 2009

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Barbara Van and Mike Orta
New Sunday Jazz Jam Session
May 31st
and every sunday thereafter 3-7pm
Blue Jean Blues
Fort Lauderdales Newest Jazz Club
Bloody mary/w shrimp & Mimosas @ 2 for 1 drinks
Great Food
Real Piano
Pro musicians and talented non pros invited to sit in
Oakland Park Blvd and A1A
3320 NE 33rd St, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
call 954-563-9308 for directions
Barbara Van and Mike Orta Duo
8pm-midnight, May 13th and June 10
Musicians invited to sit in
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Great Photos From the Blues Music Awards!

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Follow this link to see some great 'hanging out' photos taken by Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro in Memphis! Thanks for the great representation of Florida everyone!

MAE Music in Ft. Lauderdale Announces Memorial Day Sale - Get all your jazz & blues gear here!

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South Florida International Blues Festival Outdoor Stage Line-up Announced for Nov. 6-8, 2009

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Tickets go on sale June 30!


Friday, Nov 6, 2009
IBC Showcase!
Each of Friday's acts are International Blues Challenge winners.

Eden Brent (solo) 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sean Carney 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Zac Harmon 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Trampled Under Foot 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Joey Gilmore 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

J.P. Soars 10:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.


Saturday, Nov 7, 2009
Rastus Kain 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Roach Thompson 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Sally Townes 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Nouveaux Honkies 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Betty Padgett 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Robin Rogers 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Billy Gibson 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Kenny Neal 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Joe Bonamassa 9:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Sunday, Nov 8, 2009

Nucklebusters 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Iko Iko 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Deb Callahan 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Albert Castiglia 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Bernard Allison 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.






Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Florida's Premier Summer Music Series Announced - Coral Gables Congregational Church's Community Arts Program

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Twenty-Fourth Season!
Coral Gables Congregational Church
Community Arts Program
2009 Summer Concert Series

MIAMI, FL - The Coral Gables Congregational Church (CGCC) Community Arts Program presents its 2009 Summer Concert Series, June 4 through August 13. Entering its 24th season, this Series offers extraordinary concert opportunities-from classical to the American art form of jazz-during the down time of many South Florida arts organizations.

The CGCC Community Arts Program Summer Concert Series is not your run-of-the-mill series. It provides South Florida with the world’s greatest artists from the world’s greatest venues, which typically seat 3,000+. The advantage to South Floridians attending the CGCC Community Arts Program Summer Concert Series is this: the opportunity to hear and to see top-ranked artists within an intimate setting. All concerts are held within the 450-seat Spanish-revival-style architecture of the Coral Gables Congregational Church, listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The result is engaging visual and aural experiences that uplift individuals’ concert enjoyment, at a reasonable ticket price ($25-$40 when purchased in advance).

The CGCC Community Arts Program 2009 Summer Concert Series roster includes the following artists:

June 4
Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Sextet

The 2009 Summer Concert Series opens with an outstanding sextet of players from the Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. A prominent figure of the Afro-Cuban jazz movement, Arturo preserves much of the music made famous by his father, Chico O’Farrill. As a pianist/composer, Arturo is an acclaimed winner of the Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award and comes by way of an impressive résumé of collaborations with a wide spectrum of artists: Dizzy Gillespie; Steve Turre; Wynton Marsalis and Harry Belafonte, to name a few. In 2002, Arturo created the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra for Jazz at Lincoln Center. He continues to champion the demanding body of substantial music in the genre of Latin and Afro-Cuban Jazz. This concert will present a combination of piano, trumpet, sax, bass, drums and percussion that will move concert goers, literally, into an exhilarating and unforgettable evening!

June 18
Anne Akiko Meyers
Impassioned performances, compelling music making and mastery of a broad and varied selection of music have made Anne Akiko Meyers one of today's most sought-after violinists. She burst into national prominence at age 11 when she twice performed on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. By the time her debut disc of the Barber and Bruch violin concertos was released at age 18, she was recognized as one of the stars of her generation. Anne’s extensive discography can be found on the Avie, BMG/Sony, Camerata, Hyperion, Naxos, RCA Victor Red Seal and RPO labels. In January of 2009, she released her highly-anticipated new album, Smile, for Koch Records. Hear Anne Akiko Meyers with pianist Reiko Uchida in an enchanting evening. Listeners will surely smile with music of Beethoven, Debussy, Arvo Pärt, Alfred Schnittke, Vernon Duke, George Gershwin and other surprises!

July 2
Tony DeSare
Shortly after moving to New York City in 1999, singer, pianist and songwriter Tony DeSare was cast as the star of the long running Off-Broadway musical, Our Sinatra, in which he was praised by Variety for his “dapper charm.” Since that time, Tony has earned critical acclaim for his recent performances at the legendary jazz club Birdland, the elegant Café Carlyle, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. On a 2009 Summer Concert Series special holiday concert engagement, Tony DeSare is joined with drums and jazz bass for an exceptional evening of American jazz standards.

July 16
Sharon Isbin
Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as "the pre-eminent guitarist of our time." Winner of the Madrid, Toronto, and Munich Competitions, and Guitar Player’s "Best Classical Guitarist" award, Ms. Isbin made history as the first classical guitarist to receive a GRAMMY in 28 years, for her Dreams of a World album. She received a 2005 Latin GRAMMY nomination for “Best Classical Album” and a 2006 GLAAD Award nomination as “Outstanding Music Artist” for her Billboard Top 10 Classical disc with the New York Philharmonic. Most recently, she is featured on Howard Shore’s 2008 GRAMMY-nominated soundtrack CD for The Departed. This 2009 Summer Concert event with Sharon Isbin is an intimate evening of music by Leo Brouwer, Granados, Tárrega, and Albéniz, among others. A special highlight will be John Duarte’s hauntingly beautiful Joan Baez Suite, Op. 144.

July 30
Eldar Djangirov Trio
Pianist Eldar Djangirov has accomplished something that the vast majority of jazz artists, pianists or otherwise, will never accomplish: He landed a contract with a major label and received a GRAMMY nomination before he could have a drink. In 2001, Eldar took top prize in the jazz piano competition of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. The following year, he won first place in the Peter Nero Piano Competition. At 22, Eldar has recorded five albums. Three are with Sony Classical, including the 2008 GRAMMY-nominated album for Best Contemporary Jazz Album, Re-Imagination. The jazz phenomenon, known as Eldar, appears on the 2009 Summer Concert Series with the Eldar Djangirov Trio. It’ll be amazing, guaranteed!

August 13
Delfeayo Marsalis
Master trombonist and member of the famed Marsalis family, Delfeayo Marsalis began playing at age 13 and produced his first recording at 17. He has since produced over 75 major-label recordings that include Harry Connick, Jr.; Marcus Roberts; Spike Lee; father, Ellis Marsalis; and brothers, Branford and Wynton Marsalis. In 2009 Delfeayo releases his new album entitled Sweet Thunder, an Ellington suite based upon the literary brilliance of William Shakespeare. In an over-the-top Evening with Delfeayo Marsalis, Delfeayo appears with his quintet of trombone, piano, saxophone, bass and drums. This is the final dynamic and compelling 2009 Summer Concert Series event, not to be missed!

CGCC Community Arts Program
2009 Summer Concert Series
Tickets, Prices, & Order Information

Individual General tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
Individual Patron tickets (based on availability) are $40 in advance; $45 at the door (includes reserved general seating within the first 5-8 rows).

Due to the sellout nature of the Summer Concert Series, advance tickets are advised. First priority is given to Series ticket holders. Series purchases offer the following benefits:

· Patron Series - $200
Save $ 40 and receive prime seating to all concerts!
(Includes opening night gala reception, reserved general seating within the first 5-8 rows, and catered pre-concert gatherings).

· Mini-Patron Series - $150
Save $ 10 and receive prime seating to four concerts!
(Choose four concerts. Includes opening night gala reception, reserved general seating within the first 5-8 rows, and catered pre-concert gatherings).

· Mini-General Series - $120(Choose four concerts. Includes early general seating).

Order tickets by calling (305) 448-7421, ext. 33. VISA and MasterCard are accepted. For instant processing and confirmation anytime; order tickets quickly, safely, and conveniently on line at All concerts are Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. Free and convenient parking is available.

One can also inquire about master classes, to be given the day after the concerts of Anne Akiko Meyers, Eldar Djangirov, Sharon Isbin, and Delfeayo Marsalis. Coral Gables Congregational Church is located at 3010 De Soto Boulevard (directly across from the Biltmore Hotel and five miles from Miami International Airport) in Coral Gables.

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Memorial Day Weekend to start with Memorial Motorcycle Ride In Sebastian Florida to kick off Blues Fest

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EARL'S HIDEAWAY proudly presents the:

Sat, Sun & Mon. - May 23, 24, & 25 1 PM start

Organized by the American Legion Riders with assistance from the Indian River County Firefighters, the KICK OFF Memorial Ceremony will be held on Sat, May 23 at 1:00PM at EARL'S HIDEAWAY Memorial Corner. City and County officials have been invited to participate.

This ceremony will begin with a ride in by Legion Riders from all over the district, forming up at CR 512 and Fleming, in the Appliance Direct parking lot. The procession will proceed east on CR 512, then north on US #1 to Jackson St., then south again on Indian River Drive to Earl's Hideaway.
Starting at 1 PM the ceremony includes an Honor Guard, 21 gun salute, Benediction, Speech by Chief James Watson, (original Navy Seal),wreath laying and a vocalist Linda Lugone singing GOD BLESS AMERICA. This ceremony in honor of our Fallen Brothers & Sisters and POW/MIA was organized by Art W. Sheridan of Post 39 in Vero Beach and friends, along with the Staff at Earl's Hideaway and Laura Vasquez from the IRC Firefighters Assoc., to pay tribute to those who have served our Country so that we may keep our freedom.

The 3 day RIVERFRONT MUSIC FESTIVAL kicks off at 1:30, directly after that with the playing of the Star Spangled Banner by our first musical guest, the Raiford Starke Band... There will be 15 nationally recognized music acts, and FREE LIMOSINE transportation for all attendees to and from all public parking in the vicinity, all day long. Watch for the shuttle signs. Lawn chairs welcome, NO COOLERS, please. Put on your dancin' shoes and get ready for 3 days of fun, food,music and comraderie'. Enjoy fantastic views, river breezes and help support these wonderful community causes. The event is FREE.
Please see the following websites for info:

We have requested a Police Escort for our motorcycle procession and 2 trucks to drape our 20x 40 and 16 x 18 foot flags over to be parked on Indian River Drive near Earl's for the procession, which should last about an hour. The trucks are needed for about an hour. ( at which time, the flags can be folded by the Legion members and trucks removed) Please consider this an official request for help from your organization. We anticipate various major news networks to cover this event..

You may contact me at :
772 801 6099 franni southern or
772 897 6311 Art Sheridan, American Legion Riders

Please feel free to check last Friday and 5/22 PJ and Fla Today papers for ads and stories.

There will be a meeting for all those concerned at EARL'S outside TIKI BAR, 1405 Indian River Drive, Sebastian on Tues., May 19 at 11:30, if you wish to attend. Thank you for your time and co operation.

Sponsored by Metro PCS, NW Dental, Coastal Cruizin, JJ's Hot Rays, and Fla. Discount Music, the Festival also benefits the Sebastian Lions Club, in support of their programs for the visually impaired., including the PAWS for PATRIOTS program. They will be on hand along with the Special Forces WOUNDED WARRIORS program, to conduct raffles. There will be FOOD, Arts & CRAFTS, prizes and giveaways all day long for 3 days and MUSIC, MUSIC, and more MUSIC. The event is FREE for all.

Jazz & Blues Florida

New Orleans Style Jazz Funeral in Florida - Want One? Call Kid Dutch...

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If you plan to go out "standing pat" check this out...this is not a paid ad, it something we came across while looking into his "Kid Dutch and his Blusicians" band that is playing this Saturday for Orlando Swing Dance USO show.


"The New Orleans Style Jazz Funeral

Frequently after playing a spiritual or an upbeat gospel tune at a dance or concert setting, a fan comes up and says "When I die, I want to have a band like you guys at my funeral". As I am sure you are aware, funerals with music are a tradition around the world, especially in New Orleans where they are well known for their "jazz funerals".

I have been providing music for funerals for several years now, and WITHOUT EXCEPTION, members of the clergy say things like, "so uplifting", "Very powerful - everyone should have this at their memorial service...". Done correctly, the jazz funeral is a wonderful part of a celebration of life.

I offer this type of music in two packages:

The Perseverance Brass Band for those who want the full honors of an AUTHENTIC jazz funeral.This is a 9-10 piece New Orleans Styled brass band which can slow march into the chapel to and provide a TRUE TO TRADITION, tasteful New Orleans-styled "funeral with music".

Typically a service with this band would include Dirges, Spirituals, and Hymns at the start of the service.

Although dirges have fallen out of favor in recent years, they serve a true purpose - facilitating the grieving process. It is not uncommon to see a band member in tears, even though they don't know the deceased, because of the emotional power of these wonderful pieces.
After the service and eulogies, the band plays upbeat spirituals and jazz tunes, per the wishes of the family.

If nearby, it is possible for the band to accompany the funeral party to and from the final resting place.

Kid Dutch and his New Orleans Music suitable for smaller events.This is an authentic 4-6 piece New Orleans Jazz Band. The band plays Spirituals and Hymns in a tasteful, New Orleans jazz style, seated in the chapel.

If we may be of service to you, please contact us at 407-699-0233 or e-mail us at "

Here is all of the contact info, just in case:

Jazztime Productions
Home of "Kid Dutch"(TM)"
America's Original Music - for ALL Occasions"
P.O. Box 848 Goldenrod, FL 32733-0848
Phone (407) 699-0233

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Nouveaux Honkies Release “TNH Live at Sun”

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The Nouveaux Honkies Release “TNH Live at Sun”
By: Leo Gale

The Nouveaux Honkies have announced the release of their latest CD on Bluzpik Rekerdz, “TNH Live at Sun”, which was recorded at world famous Sun Studios in Memphis, TN on February 6, 2009. Executive Producer Jim Nestor remarked “This CD is another step in the band’s progression of their forward marching attitude towards being ready to perform anywhere, anytime. These tunes were created in one of the most hallowed halls of musical creativity in the history of recorded music”.

I had an opportunity to sit down with guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Tim O’Donnell recently to speak to him about the new release.

LG-Tim, thanks for taking the time to sit down with me, I know you're a busy guy these days.
TO-Thanks for taking the time to listen to what’s going on in Honkyville.

LG-How did this project come about?
TO-We had a tour in Feb 09 that took us through the Southeast. The previous two years we competed in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis and in 09 we wanted to be there but didn't want to be in the competition. So with the help of Dennis Brooks and others that we met in Memphis the previous years, we got some gigs on Beale Street so we could stay in touch with the folks we met the year before and show them we are still out doing what we do. While we were in Memphis we realized we were playing at night so I said, “Hey man lets record at Sun, lets go in like men and record a live album”, and the band was hip to it so we went in and set up and played some rockin’ roll for an hour and got some songs I thought were cool out of it. I also knew it was the right thing to do because I got horribly sick the day we left on tour and I believe that good things don't come easy. We even mention that dirty devil getting a hold of me in a song we sung on the spot called “Memphis Bound”.

LG-What did it feel like recording at Sun Studios surrounded by all that history and the pictures of Elvis looking down on you?
TO-At first as with any session I got nervous. We got all our sounds and levels and I realized we aren't fixing mistakes so I better play good. We played a Junior Parker song called "Feelin Good" to warm up. The engineer was setting levels and didn't record but got excited and came out of the control room. That made us excited and then I took a final look at all the pics on the wall and thought about all the cats that had been through there. I ran out to the truck and jotted down some lyrics for the song "Memphis Bound" that came to mind and rushed back in and started rollin'.

LG-What is your favorite cut on the CD and why?
TO-I have to say "Mystery Train" is the cut I like. It is probably because up into that point when we played that song live I always felt it was so busy and frantic when we did it. I decided to do the intro like the original Junior Parker version from back in 53'. I think it maybe threw the band for a loop and everyone really listened and didn't overplay. I like music that is simple. We did one take of that song and I knew it was a good one. I could feel it syncopate right. I was playing some half Floyd Murphy/Danny Gatton riff and Beck ran down this trippy Scotty Moore thing with tinges of Junior Parker harp lines. Mike just played straight solid 2 and Phil laid down a clicky train beat and when it came together it just felt nice and everything sat in its own place with nobody stepping on anyone else.

LG-What does the near future look like for the band? What tours are coming up this summer and what is the next project for TNH in the studio?
TO-The future looks really swell. The band gets tighter and more focused every show. We just did Sunfest in South Florida and Stringbreak in Brooksville. We run all the way up to Maine this summer and are doing Rhythm and Roots in R.I., Rodeo Bar in NYC,NY (my birth place and home to lots of rowdy friends), Greenwood Blues Cruise and South Florida International Blues Festival. We also look forward to all the other stops along the way and seeing all the folks we have previously met when we are out on the road. I can't wait to see some of the bands we are playing with like Jerry Douglas, Asleep at the Wheel, the Duhks, Hot Tuna, Joe Bonamassa, and tons of others on these shows. I also feel the band is carving out a more focused niche and crossing over into some other listening audiences. I love to be on the road. The band is officially 3 years old this summer and we are just getting started. I don't like to look ahead too far on tours because the tour in July when we hit the road again is to go put on the best and most entertaining show we are capable of for that tour. I like to take it on a day by day basis. We get up and get ready and do our best that day. We want to make music that makes people feel something, not put music out there that makes people feel nothing at all. We have been recording loads of songs in our home studio and arranging for our next full length album and I have been collaborating with some guys that have some great stuff as well. There isn't any shortage of music for us to play. I ultimately think the future holds what we put into it. We sit on our butts and we get butt or we go out and honk till it is the honk heard round the world. The only thing that can stop us is ourselves.

The Nouveaux Honkies will be performing the new CD, “TNH Live at Sun” live in its entirety at the following CD Release Shows:
5/26-Bostons on the Beach-Delray Beach
5/29-The Wave Lounge-Stuart
6/1-The Lucky Pig Lounge @ Bubbalous-Orlando
6/5-Van Dyke Café-Miami Beach
6/7-Earls Hideaway-Sebastian
6/12-Rosey Baby-Lauderhill

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Blues needed to go with these ribs in Homestead, Florida!

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We're looking for blues bands to bring down south to the Homestead, Florida area starting this summer.

If you're interested please contact Umphrey at LJ's Backstage Cafe.

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Bebob spreads his jazz vibe around

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Special to The Miami Herald

""''If you can't be everything to everybody, you, too, can be beautiful. Go forth and be beautiful.''
If you're hearing these affirming words, chances are you're up too late on a Monday night and tuned to WLRN-FM's Evenin' Jazz. The show's host, Bob ''Bebob'' Grabowski, has been signing off with this mellifluous mantra throughout his broadcast career, which has included a drive-time show on WDNA-FM and a six-year, red-eye shift on WTMI-FM.

For a little more than a year now, Grabowski has been haunting the near-empty corridors of WLRN's downtown Miami studios on Monday nights from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., but his influence on the local jazz scene extends far beyond the glow of the radio dial.

As an A-list bass player, he has shared stages with South Florida's jazz elite. Ira Sullivan, Jesse Jones Jr., Melton Mustafa and Dr. Lonnie Smith are but a few of the area's top practitioners who have called upon Grabowski's rich tone and fluency on the upright acoustic...."

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Mount Dora, Florida, Blues & Wine Festival May 29-31

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Mount Dora Blues & Wine Festival
May 29th, 30th, and 31st 2009

The Historic Lakeside Inn in downtown Mount Dora is hosting the new Blues and Wine
Festival on Friday May 29th, Saturday May 30th and Sunday May 31st, 2009! This will be a fun weekend filled with earthy blues tunes and delicious wine! Music featuring Central Florida’s Top Blues Artists such as The Smokin’ Torpedos, T Scott TropRockers with blues harmonica player Greg “Fingers” Taylor, Apple Mary’s Blues, Miss Jacqueline Jones,Beautiful Bobby Blackmon, Ruth King Blues, and the The Rent Money Blues band Jam out of St. Petersburg Florida! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, sit back and relax!

On Saturday, sample premiere wines from vineyards all over the USA! This tasting will be from 4-7pm and is included in your ticket price! The major vineyards will showcase their best for you to sample from booths throughout Lakeside Inn grounds.

Three-Day Event Tickets $48 in advance! Saturday tickets at the door $38, Sunday tickets at the door $18. Three-Day ticket holders are invited to a special VIP Blues and Wine Tasting event in the Lakeside Inn Lobby from 5pm-7pm. Saturday festivities from 3pm-9pm and Sunday from 1pm-5pm.

Sponsored by Lake County Tourism, Lakeside Inn & Mount Dora Chamber Of Commerce with tickets available at the chamber (866).942.8138. For the Lakeside Inn 2-Night Blues & Wine Package which includes two 3-Day Tickets, Dinner for Two and Gourmet Breakfast each morning

Call 800.972.7175 or visit

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Jazz Series @ The Caleb in Miami Florida to feature Alice Day

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Jazz Series @ The Caleb in Miami Florida to feature Alice Day!!!

The Sunshine Jazz Organization of South Florida and Miami Dade Parks presents the fourth concert as part of “Magic City Jazz at the Caleb”. This series takes place on various Sundays at the Joseph Caleb Auditorium, 5400 N.W. 54th Street in Miami and features the contemporary and classic sounds of Jazz.

On Sunday, May 24th, Magic City Jazz will host the legendary, extraordinary lady of jazz, Ms. Alice Day. Direct from the Orient, Ms. Day and her exquisite band will electrify the Caleb Stage from 4 – 7 p.m.

“The Magic City Jazz Series at the Caleb is going strong and each show seems to raise the proverbial jazz bar. As we prepare for the 4th concert in this series and for the incomparable Ms. Alice Day, I’m overcome with anticipation and excitement,” said Mr. Keith Valles, President of the Sunshine Jazz Organization of South Florida. Alice Day is a world renowned, world class singer with a resume that ravels that of top artists. The Sunshine Jazz Organization is fortunate to have the opportunity to present her as part of this series. Attendees are in for a real treat, as Ms. Day and her band will certainly deliver a rousing performance,” Valles added.

No stranger to the jazz scene here in South Florida or throughout the world for that matter, Alice day is known for her vocal maturity, control, technique, flexibility, and outstanding range, which is rarely if ever, encountered in the new generation of singers. She has the heart and the power for inspired improvisations. For nearly two decades, between November and April, Ms. Day is a main stay at the Oriental Hotel, Bangkok. Between trips to Bangkok and other Southeast Asian Countries, Alice has carved a nitch on the European circuit where she performs to sell out crowds. Lady Day is a world-class performer, and finally, the world has taken notice. With countless international recordings, awards and accolades, she continues to be a highly sought after and beloved jazz singer. She consistently surpasses her audience’s expectations.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Sunshine Jazz Organization at 305-693-2594 or Diaspora Arts Coalition at 305-303-6649.

Magic City Jazz at the Caleb:
June 21…July 19
Featured artists will include some of SJO All-star greats: Bobby Stringer, the Dave Nuby Band and more.

This series is produced by the Sunshine Jazz Organization of South Florida Inc., in partnership with Miami Dade Parks, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the Diaspora Arts Coalition.

Sunshine Jazz Organization of South Florida
P.O. Box 381038 * Miami, Florida 33238 * (305) 696-0805

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Celebrate FREEDOMFEST - A Celebration of Community, Family, Freedom and Spirit in Pinellas Park, FL

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A Celebration of Community, Family, Freedom and Spirit
Friday, July 3, 2009 2pm - 10pm
Saturday, July 4, 2009 12pm - 10pm
Pinellas Park, Florida

FREEDOMFEST is an annual free community event featuring performances by popular, contemporary mu­sical artists and spectacular fireworks to celebrate community, family, spirit and freedom. Founded in 2006, the event has grown each year, almost doubling in size. An impressive crowd of 20,000 wit­nessed the FREEDOMFEST celebration in Brooksville, FL in 2008. The event is funded by sponsorships, tent/booth participants, local churches and community groups in an effort to keep it free to the public.

The objective of FREEDOMFEST is to create an annual patriotic celebration of community, family and spirit for all to enjoy free of charge. FREEDOMFEST reaches out to the community with a positive message and unites neigh­borhoods as well as gives back to the community by promoting and donating to numerous non-profit organizations.

The event is presented by Bay Area Entertainment in association with Faith Tampa Bay, cbgroup Marketing and Event Management and the Tampa Bay Parent Guide.

FREEDOMFEST is honored to welcome the Post 9/11 Foundation to the event. The Post 911 Foundation is a Non-Profit Organization dedicated to honoring and assisting first responders and veterans who have served our nation in the aftermath of 9/11. They endeavor to create grass roots awareness, community support, and tan­gible assistance for members of the Military, Government, Police, and Firefighter communities, as well as other great Americans who have answered the call to duty since the attacks of September 11, 2001. Led by Richard J. Miller, an NYPD Emergency Service Unit (ESU) Police officer who was on scene conducting rescue and recovery operations at the World Trade Center. On that fateful morning, Officer Miller raised the first American flag over Ground Zero to rally the first responders and honor his fallen comrades. He hoped that some would be rescued and live to see the American flag. Through their activities, the foundation believes the nation will re-capture the spirit of national unity found in the moments after 9/11 and come together once again to promote peace, pride, and prosperity. In doing so, the foundation hopes to assist those who have served our nation and may be in need, so they will be restored, renewed, and empowered to succeed: “Rebuilding America – One Great American at a Time”

Due to its success and growth, FREEDOMFEST will expand itself from a one-day celebration to a two-day cel­ebration in Pinellas Park. Expected attendance for FREEDOMFEST 2009 is 20,000. The event will reach across both Bay bridges and will receive extensive media coverage and will be supported and promoted by ClearChan­nel radio stations, Joy 88.1/91.5fm radio, the St. Petersburg Times, The Tampa Tribune and numerous addition­al media outlets. On Friday, the festival will be alcohol-free. The Pinellas Park stage will host national talent consisting of some of the most popular names in Christian music. An impressive fireworks display is planned at dusk. On Saturday, alcohol will be allowed and festival-goers can witness exciting acts from the secular music genre. In an effort to offer something different and exciting, the day will culminate with an outstanding la­ser light show. Both days will include nearly 100 booth and tent participants as well as a special family zone.

FREEDOMFEST offers numerous opportunities to organizations for promotion and exposure via the distribution of literature, electronic presentations, media conversion, and unlimited press. For more information, log onto Join FREEDOMFEST 2009 and celebrate community, family, freedom and spirit.

FREEDOMFEST 2009 will take place in the Tampa Bay area of Pinellas Park, in Pinellas County. The area is just 15 miles outside of Tampa and 30 miles from Sarasota. Pinellas Park was established as a town back in June of 1914. Forty-five years later it was established as a city on June 19, 1959. Town Square Plaza Park will be the site of the two-day family friendly event, and is located at 5121 80th North Ave in Pinellas Park, FL.

There’s a sunny side to this West Coast community that makes this a true hot spot among the world’s destina­tions. Naturally there’s lots of water and sunshine. But you’ll also discover an area that’s full of rich arts, profes­sional sports, sights to see and things to do you won’t find anywhere else. Whatever your pleasure, you’ll find it in the Tampa Bay area.

A single day’s itinerary might include breakfast at a waterside cafe, a visit to Busch Gardens Africa, The Florida Aquarium, a streetcar ride to Channelside for shopping, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays, or Lightning game, topped off with a stay in one of our luxury hotels or resorts. Then on to historic Ybor City where the Cu­ban sandwiches are hot and crisp, the cigars are hand-rolled, and the colorful streets are lined with fun.

Tampa Bay also offers white, sugar sand beaches, sport fishing, jet skiing, and parasailing, not to mention the Gasparilla Festival, Dragon Boat Races, the SEC Basketball Tournament and of course, the Super Bowl! Tampa Bay... there’s no better way to experience Florida.


Wayman Tisdale dies at 44

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Associate Press by Murray Evans - Wayman Tisdale, a three-time All-American at Oklahoma who played 12 seasons in the NBA, died after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 44. Tisdale died Friday morning at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, hospital spokeswoman Joy McGill said.

After three years at Oklahoma, Tisdale played in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns. The 6-foot-9 forward, with a soft left-handed touch on the court and a wide smile off it, averaged 15.3 points for his career. He was on the U.S. team that won the gold medal in the 1984 Olympics.

After basketball, he became an award-winning jazz musician, with several albums making the top 10 on the Billboard charts.

The famously upbeat Tisdale learned he had cancerous cyst below his right knee after breaking his leg in a fall at his home in Los Angeles on Feb. 8, 2007. He said then he was fortunate to have discovered the cancer early. "Nothing can change me," Tisdale told The Associated Press last June. "You go through things. You don't change because things come in your life. You get better because things come in your life."

His leg was amputated last August and a prosthetic leg that he wore was crimson, one of the colors of his beloved Oklahoma Sooners. He made a handful of public appearances in recent weeks, including one April 7 at an Oklahoma City Thunder game, where he received the team's Community Hero Award.

Also within the past month, Tisdale was honored at the Greenwood Cultural Center in his hometown of Tulsa and presented with the Legacy Award. During the ceremony, he spoke about his cancer, saying "In my mind, I've beaten it."

Tisdale is survived by his wife, Regina, and four children.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Paulette Dozier Helps NYC Celebrate the 4th at Met Room

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"Jazzin’ Up The 4th" With Paulette Dozier At The Metropolitan Room

New York, NY (1888PressRelease) May 14, 2009 - Start the Independence Day fireworks early with friends and a great show. See Jazzin’ Up the 4th featuring sultry jazz diva Paulette Dozier at New York’s intimate Metropolitan Room, One Night Only, July 4, 2009 at 7:30pm.

Those fortunate enough to have enjoyed Paulette’s pulse-pounding performance at the Manhattan Center for the 2007 Jazz Improv Conference and Festival can enjoy her triumphant return to the Big Apple! Internationally renowned for her sensuous alto voice and dynamic stage presence, this elegant lady has thrilled audiences performing in major jazz festivals, nightclubs and theaters. To her credit, she has opened for the likes of music greats Roy Ayers and Erykah Badu; as well as the legendary comedian Shelley Berman.

While Paulette’s performance schedule tends to keep her busy, she still manages to also work as a commercial model, voiceover artist and actress. She has appeared in a number of nationally aired commercials for television and radio, and the South Florida musical theatre circuit keeps her in the spotlight as well. A career milestone for this jazzy chanteuse, however, was the release of her last CD, “Over & Over Again.”

Like her debut album “With You,” “Over & Over Again” received national airplay and acclaim from noted jazz critics. On both projects her producer, pianist Mike Levine, skillfully blends vintage songs with contemporary arrangements. This combination, according to John Gilbert of E-Jazz News, “…works as smoothly as cashmere feels.”

Paulette breaths new life into these nostalgic tunes with a unique interpretative style that is hers and hers alone. This lady’s “…voice puts people under a natural spell,” raves Susan Frances of Jazz Review. And her music is definitely “…worth hearing,” says jazz critic Scott Yanow.

Paulette Dozier is a Renaissance woman who doesn’t just excite a room - she ignites it! And in this 4th of July presentation you can expect her to light up the stage. “Jazzin’ Up the 4th“ features music from both her CDs, a repertoire reminiscent of the golden era of jazz. Her performance evokes the vocal styling of Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Billie Holiday; and the flamboyance of none other than Josephine Baker.

The showmanship that these grande dames brought to the stage both inspires and permeates Paulette’s show to leave her audience thirsting for more. “Paulette Dozier turns out to be the authentic item, singer, stage performer, provocateur,” says Michael Bailey of All About Jazz, [and she] “…must really be something live.”

Make plans to come out and enjoy an unforgettable show with Paulette Dozier in “Jazzin’ Up the 4th“ on Saturday, July 4, 2009, at the Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010), 7:30pm, $15 (With a 2 drink minimum per person).

Logon to to join Paulette’s Fan Connection and stay current with her News & Events. You're invited to become Paulette’s friend on her Facebook and Myspace pages.

Monday, May 11, 2009


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The 30th annual Blues Music Awards were held Thursday night, May 7, at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis and the biggest and brightest in the blues firmament were on hand. The seven-hour blowout featured historic pairings, poignant moments, and plenty of unforgettable music. Here are some highlights.

* Mara Muldaur inducted Taj Mahal into the Blues Hall of Fame Wednesday, telling personal stories about him. She performed with Mahal at the BMAs on Thursday.
* Recent Obama inaugural performer Bettye LaVette wowed the audience with a fierce version of Lucinda Williams' "Joy."

* B.B. King made an unscheduled appearance performing with Curtis Salgado before presenting his namesake award.

* Accepting the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award, Janiva Magness told the moving story of her personal journey from foster care to the blues.

* Two of New Orleans' finest, Irma Thomas and Marcia Ball, shared the stage for an elegant set. Ball inducted Thomas into the Blues Hall of Fame the night before.

* The Mannish Boys - who led this year's pack of BMA nominees with six - were joined onstage by surprise guest Koko Taylor.

* Memphis' own Billy Gibson won in the Instrumentalist-Harmonica category, and delivered the highest energy performance of the night.

* Watermelon Slim closed the Awards with a performance of "Black Water," a song he wrote after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans.

The Blues Music Awards are produced by The Blues Foundation, a non-profit organization established to preserve Blues history, celebrate Blues excellence, support Blues education and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form. In addition to the Blues Music Awards, the Foundation also produces the Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the International Blues Challenge and the Keeping the Blues Alive Awards. It fosters education through its Blues in the Schools programming and supports the medical needs of Blues musicians with its HART Fund. Throughout the year, the Foundation staff serves the worldwide Blues community with answers, contact information and news.

For more information or to join The Blues Foundation, log onto

Friday, May 8, 2009

30th Blues Music Award Winners Announced

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Last night in a simply unbelievably wonderful night of Blues Music and camaraderie, the following Blues music performers were honored with 2008 Blues Music Awards:

Acoustic Album of the Year: Mississippi Number One - Eden Brent
Acoustic Artist of the Year: Eden Brent
Album of the Year: Skin Deep - Buddy Guy
Band of the Year: Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials
B.B. King Entertainer of the Year: Janiva Magness
Best New Artist Debut: 2 Man Wrecking Crew - Cedric Burnside & Lightnin' Malcolm
Contemporary Blues Album of the Year: Skin Deep - Buddy Guy
Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year: Buddy Guy
Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year Janiva Magness
DVD: M For Mississippi: A Road Trip Through the Birthplace of the Blues - Broke & Hungry Records, Cathead Blues & Mudpuppy Recordings
Historical Album of the Year: Albert Collins Live at Montreux 1992 - Eagle Records
Instrumentalist-Bass: Mookie Brill
Instrumentalist-Drums: Willie “Big Eyes” Smith
Instrumentalist-Guitar: Sonny Landreth
Instrumentalist-Harmonica: Billy Gibson
Instrumentalist-Horn: Deanna Bogart
Instrumentalist-Banjo: Otis Taylor
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player: Marcia Ball
Rock Blues Album of the Year: Mess of Blues - Jeff Healey
Song of the Year: “Let Life Flow” - Kenny Neal
Soul Blues Album of the Year: Simply Grand - Irma Thomas
Soul Blues Female Artist of the Year: Etta James
Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year: Bobby Rush
Traditional Blues Album of the Year: One Kind Favor - B.B. King
Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year: B.B. King
Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year Koko Taylor


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Soul and Blues Singer Janiva Magness Wins Top Award Koko Taylor, Lil’ Ed And The Blues Imperials and Marcia Ball Receive Awards

Soul and blues vocalist Janiva Magness received the coveted Entertainer Of The Year award at the Blues Foundation’s 2009 Blues Music Awards held on Thursday, May 7, 2009 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN. Mag n ess also took the statue for Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year. Houserocking blues band Lil’ Ed And The Blues Imperials won Band Of The Year. Queen Of The Blues Koko Taylor received the award for Traditional Blues Female Artist Of The Year (her 29th career award, more than any other blues artist), and pianist/vocalist/songwriter Marcia Ball won the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Of The Year award.

The Blues Music Awards are recognized as the highest honor given to blues artists. This year, Sirius XM Satellite Radio's B.B. King's Bluesville channel broadcast the event live. In addition, The Blues Music Awards were shot in HD for a DVD to be released in 2010.

Alligator Blues Music Award winners are as follows:

JANIVA MA G NESSB.B. King Entertainer of the YearContemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year

Traditional Blues Female Artist Of The Year

Band Of The Year

MARCIA BALLPinetop Perkins Piano Player Of The Year

Thursday, May 7, 2009

2009 MUSICWOMAN LIVE! Radio Schedule for May. June and July 2009

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2009 MUSICWOMAN LIVE! Radio Schedule for May. June and July 2009

Wednesday 6-8 p.m

MUSICWOMAN LIVE! is an Internet radio show that airs on Wednesday @ 6-8 p.m. Eastern, on with host Diva Joan Cartwright (Diva JC), featuring women who compose and perform their own music and men who support them. Call in on 347-677-0782 then #1 to talk. To join the chatroom, you must register with This Internet radio show that began in July 2008, is sponsored by WOMEN IN JAZZ SOUTH FLORIDA, INC. a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes women musicians, globally, through contacts, networks, articles, interviews, newsletters, events, courses, clinics, workshops, lectures, research, history, archives, websites, film, audio and video recording, concerts, performances and recognition. We welcome your ideas for guests and subject matter. Email Diva JC at Our website is

May 13 - Cathy Segal-Garcia

May 20 - Saskia Laroo,

May 27 - Amrita Cottrell

June 3 - Lynne Ariale

June 10 - Kathy Yolanda Rice

June 17 - George V. Johnson, Jr.

June 24 - Teeny Tucker and Linda Rodney

July 1 - Marion Hayden

July 8 - Vinx

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Jazz Cruises LLC Announces 2011 Smooth Jazz Cruise ARTIST LINEUP

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Jazz Cruises LLC Announces 2011 Smooth Jazz Cruise ARTIST LINEUP AND Two 2011 Smooth Jazz Cruises;
January 9-16, and January 16-23, 2011

2010 Smooth Jazz Cruise has SOLD OUT

Want to make sure you have your cabin in 2011? Book now at:

Back to Bach - Miami's Tiempo Libre Release New CD at Princeton NJ Concert

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Back to Bach
McCarter Theatre celebrates Latin rhythms and sounds with Tiempo Libre and the Conga Kings
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 2:54 PM EDT
By Megan Sullivan

"BACH by day, Afro-Cuban music by night. The members of the Miami-based Cuban band Tiempo Libre led double lives while growing up in Havana. They studied classical music at the city’s premiere conservatory, La Escuela Nacional de Arte, but risked expulsion if caught playing styles like timba.

”Every night, we played popular music in our homes,” says Jorge Gomez, pianist and musical director of Tiempo Libre. They would converge to perform Latin jazz, rumba and in tambores — religious ceremonies of the Afro-Cuban religion santería, which centered on playing the sacred batá drums. The next day: back to business with Bach.

That’s not to say the group disliked Bach — they revered the composer for his musical genius. “The fact that he was composing works for his contemporaries as a ‘popular’ artist while also creating deeply religious compositions, and that he was fascinated with dance rhythms, makes him an even more powerful inspiration for me,” Mr. Gomez says in press materials."


Bach I Havana
Audio CD (May 5, 2009)
Number of Discs: 1
ASIN: B001V732WY

1. Tu Conga Bach (Conga) (Inspired by the C Minor Fugue, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
2. Fuga (Cha-cha-chá) (Based on Sonata in D Minor, BWV 964, II. Fuga-Allegro)
3. Air on a G String (Bolero) (Based on Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: II. Air on a G String)
4. Clave in C Minor (Guaguancó) (Based on Prelude No. 2 in C minor, BWV 847)
5. Gavotte (Son) (Based on French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816: IV. Gavotte)
6. Mi Orisha (6/8 Batá) (Based on French Suite No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 813: Minuet)
7. Minuet in G (Guaguancó)
8. Olas de Yemayá (Batá) (Based on the C Major Prelude, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
9. Baqueteo con Bajo (Danzón) (Based on Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007)
10. Timbach (Timba) (Inspired by the D Major Prelude, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
11. Kyrie (Batá) (Inspired by Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: I. Kyrie)

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