Monday, August 3, 2009

South Florida JAZZ Releases 2009-10 Season Schedule

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Fort Lauderdale, FL – South Florida JAZZ, coming off its most successful season, and the principal purveyors of modern jazz in the region since 1991, formally announces its new season schedule. All performances will be held at the Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr Blvd on the Nova Southeastern University campus in Davie. The focus of the organization remains steadfastly on presenting artists of national and international repute under the aegis of Artistic Director Dr Ronald Weber and gently guided by the noted vibraphonist/educator Gary Burton. The artists who have performed for South Florida JAZZ over the years represent a who’s-who of the jazz world.

Tickets to all concerts can be purchased from the AutoNation box office at 954-462-0222; toll-free at 877-311-SHOW, online at or

November 21, 2009 – 8:00 p.m.South Florida JAZZ 18th Anniversary Concert

Brazil is a continent-sized nation blessed with abundant natural resources, including a seemingly endless supply of wonderful female singers, but none more and accomplished and ravishing than Eliane Elias, who is, at the very least, equally as renowned for her prowess as a jazz pianist. Eliane will traverse the rich musical terrain of her country with her quartet in this fundraising gala evening.

Tickets for this concert are $40 or $125 for VIP packages. All seats are reserved.

VIP packages include:
· Best seats first
· Pre-concert cocktail party
· 2010 South Florida JAZZ membership
· Discounts to all concert series performances
· Members only promotions

South Florida JAZZ Concert Series Tickets: $35 and $10 for students with I.D. All seating is reserved.

January 9, 2010 – 8:00 p.m.
KATHY KOSINS - “The Ladies of Cool – A Tribute to Julie London, June Christy, Anita O'Day and Chris Connor”
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.”

February 13, 2010 – “Back By Popular Demand!”LARRY CORYELL – JOEY DEFRANCESCO TRIO
In the history of this jazz series, these two gentlemen are the most highly requested artists for repeat performance. Having them together, something they have begun only recently to do, is a particular treat. Guitarist Larry Coryell is a complex and brilliant player, who has been at the vanguard of jazz innovation for four decades. Joey DeFrancesco is the blues-drenched hard bop king of the Hammond B3 organ in the Jimmy Smith tradition.

March 13, 2010 – 8:00 p.m.

A multiple poll-winner, six-time Grammy-awarded artist, Gary Burton, is the premier vibraphonist and educator of this era. This will be the first Florida performance of his Next Generation Band that features Julian Lage, a fast-rising star on guitar, Ukrainian-born pianist and composer, Vadim Neselovskyi, bassist Luques Curtis, and drummer James Williams. This is an extraordinary quintet.

April 10, 2010 – 8:00 p.m.

Electric and eclectic accurately describe the music of Omar Sosa, the three-time Grammy-nominated Cuban composer and pianist, as he continues to explore the African roots of music throughout the Diaspora, while employing modern jazz harmonies and traditional and modern-day instrumentation. Historically, his ensembles and recordings tend to fuse the folkloric with the contemporary, the ancestral with the urban - all with a purely Latin jazz heart and mentality.

May 8, 2010 – 8:00 p.m.KENNY WERNER QUARTET featuring JOE LOVANO - “Effortless Mastery”

Few jazz artists have the ability to let their musical creativity transcend and bridge multiple musical categories–gospel, classical, blues, even country. Pianist, composer, writer and philosopher Kenny Werner displays effortless mastery of his instrument every single day, as does Joe Lovano, one of the foremost saxophonists and innovators of our time. It is rare to have artists of their lofty standing appear together, and it has never happened in Florida. This will be a memorable jazz event.

June 12, 2010 – 8:00 p.m.
NICHOLAS PAYTON QUINTET – “From Young Lion to Standard Bearer”
Since 1994, when Nicholas Payton made his recording debut as a leader with From This Moment, the trumpeter has been lauded as a significant, top-tier voice in jazz. Even though he started out as a “young lion,” heralded as one of the new-generation guardians of the hard bop flame, Payton consistently committed himself to discovering his voice outside of the strict confines of that rearview mirror approach to the music. It was early on that curve that he performed for South Florida JAZZ in 1998 and again in 2001, dazzling the audiences with his pure tone and soul.

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