Friday, November 27, 2009

Gold Coast Jazz Society of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Continues 2009-2010 Season of Jazz

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Gold Coast Jazz Society Announces 2009-2010 Season of Jazz

Fort Lauderdale, FL - We all need a little bit of fun today, so come and get your musical relief from the Gold Coast Jazz Society. From jazz classics to big band swing, to the sultry sounds of hot Latin jazz, Gold Coast Jazz promises some good times for everyone. Subscriptions are now available for all eight jazz concerts presented by the Society. Seven of the concerts will be held at the intimate Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, which is located at 201 SW 5th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale beginning at 7:45 pm. Prior to each jazz show Stu Grant of WXEL’s “Jazz Impressions” radio broadcast will conduct a pre-show Jazz Riff jazz talk prior to all concerts beginning at 7:00 pm. Full subscriptions and Jazz Sampler subscriptions are now available by calling the Gold Coast Jazz Society at 954-524-0805.

December Concert Honors Eddie Higgins and Features Jazz Pianist, Dick Hyman

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Jazz pianist Eddie Higgins was an icon on the local jazz scene as well as an international jazz superstar. To pay tribute to the life of this jazz legend, another jazz legend, pianist Dick Hyman, will perform with Don Coffman, bassist and Danny Burger, drummer in An Evening to Remember - A Tribute to Eddie Higgins. The concert will occur on December 9, 2009 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 or A pre-concert Jazz Riff jazz talk will be given by radio personality Stu Grant at 7:00pm in the theater before the show.

On January 9 you won’t want to miss the return engagement of the renowned Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Larry O’Brien. This concert, presented in partnership with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts will take place at Parker Playhouse. An unforgettable night of swing, the GMO is considered to be “one of the best bands of all time.” “At Last” this will be your chance to hear this legendary jazz band in concert.

On January 13, the Cyrus Chestnut Trio will be the featured artists. Named “… best jazz pianist of his generation… ” in Time Magazine, Cyrus Chestnut is known for his imaginative, inventive style and his profound sense of the history and language of Jazz. He has performed and/or recorded with everyone from Jon Hendricks, Wynton Marsalis and Betty Carter to Bette Midler and Freddie Hubbard.” This dynamic performer, inspired by the likes of Fats Waller to Thelonius Monk, has “an exuberant feeling of musical joy,” says the LA Times. Join Chestnut and band mates, Michael Hawkins on bass and Neil Smith on drums for a jubilant and fresh outlook on jazz standards and the music of Elvis.

Benny Goodman had lots of titles including the “Patriarch of the Clarinet,” and “Swing’s Senior Statesman” but mostly he was known as the “King of Swing.” 2009 marked the centennial of Goodman’s birth, but we’re continuing the celebration with a “Tribute to Benny Goodman” by the Terry Myers Orchestra on February 10, 2010.

The March winds may be blowin’ but we’re blowing in jazz vocalist/pianist/composer, Tony DeSare for the March 10 jazz concert. This concert, “Moon River, Mercer and Me,” will feature the music of the Great American Songbook and much more. DeSare is a young jazz lion with a style “stretching from Harry Connick, Jr. to Michael BublĂ© and Jamie Cullum,” according to USA Today and is one of today’s hottest young singer/pianists.

On April 14, Eric Allison and members of the Gold Coast Jazz Society Band will join forces with some of the best jazz vocalist from South Florida. Brenda Alford, Wendy Pedersen, Maria Marshall and Nicole Yarling will be struttin’ their stuff in this evening of sizzling jazz standards. Each singer, well established jazz divas in their own right, will perform a medley of jazz tunes with Eric and the band. South Florida Jazz Divas will be an evening of some of the best singing in town.

Closing the jazz season this year and back by popular demand is Negroni’s Trio in an evening of Jazz on the Latin Side on May 12. This accomplished jazz ensemble features the dynamic piano of father JosĂ© Negroni and son Nomar on drums. With a “compelling fusion of classical chops and Afro-Caribbean sensibility,” says Jazz Times magazine, Negroni’s “flair for theatrical color and musical storytelling is evident.” Negroni’s Trio has captivated audiences with their intimate conversational style and tasty frills. Their lastest album, Father & Son, a mix of straight-ahead jazz infused by dramatic and explosive Latin rhythmic playing, was nominated as the 2008 Album of the Year by the Latin Jazz Quarter.

For Full Season and Jazz Sampler subscriptions, call the Gold Coast Jazz Society at
954-524-0805. Single tickets to all concerts will be available after August 15 through the Broward Center’s AutoNation Box office at 954-462-0222 or online at For additional information go to

The Gold Coast Jazz Society is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of jazz music through a mainstage concert series, free community concerts, educational programs, a jazz scholarship program and the Gold Coast Jazz Society Band, under the direction of Eric Allison, Music Director.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and Funding Arts Broward. Season sponsors include DeMeo Young McGrath; HI Foundation; Miller Wiggin; Morgan Stanley; Broward Center; the PaperMill, WLRN FM, and South Florida Consulting.
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1 comment :

  1. hi..I might be done there Jan and Feb. It would be great to catch Cyrus.

    geoff lapp