Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Florida Blues Singer Turns to Fans to Help Fund First CD

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Loretta Lynne James asks fans to help her make a CD of original blues and soul music. Supporters of The Loretta James Band (LJB) can donate at different levels from “LJB Fan” to “LJB VIP” and the tongue-in-cheek level, “LJB VVIP.” In return, donors receive gifts ranging from advance digital downloads to a chance to play on the CD and a personal house concert anywhere in North America. Secure donations are accepted with PayPal on the band's web site: http://www.lorettajamesband.com

Bradenton, Florida - 28, August, 2009 – Loretta Lynne James has been singing for only two years, but she's ready to make a CD of original blues and soul music. Since recording contracts are hard to come by—even for veteran musicians—Ms. James is taking matters into her own hands. She started a fundraising campaign that allows fans of her music to donate at different levels in return for various gifts ranging from advance access to the CD, credit on the liner notes and a personal house concert. Donations are already coming in through the band's web site, but she's a long way from her goal. The singer estimates she'll need to raise at least $7,500 to cover the cost of recording, mixing, mastering, packaging and marketing the CD.

“I'm calling the CD “Undefeated” because the lyrics are about love, loss, betrayal and heartbreak, but the music underneath is pure power, strength and superhuman resilience. And triumph,” James says. While the lyrics come from the pages of the singer's own life, the music itself grew out of a trip to Memphis, which she says was more a pilgrimage than a vacation. “For me, The Memphis Sound is where it's at. That music lives at the crossroads of the heart. It's where Blues meets Deep Soul meets Rock & Roll,” the singer says. “Even Jazz goes to Blues City when it needs to wail for a while,” she adds, smiling.

“I can only describe Memphis as a religious experience. I visited Willie Mitchell's Royal Studio and stood in the very spot where some of my favorite singers have stood. I was awed. I was inspired.” Upon her return to Florida, in a burst of creativity, she wrote eleven songs without stopping even to eat. “I sat on a hard barstool at my kitchen counter and I wrote for hours and hours. My head was literally pounding with pain. I could feel every heartbeat in my skull. It hurt like hell, but I couldn't stop. The music just kept coming.” After the songwriting session, which she describes as “a gift,” James knew she had to find a way to record the CD.

So she looked at what other artists had done—successfully—to fund their efforts and decided to “mix and match” what she had seen.

• Instead of pre-selling the CD, she would ask for donations so people could give less than the cost of producing a physical disc.

• In addition to autographing and giving advance copies of the CDs, she would offer donors a chance to see their names on the liner notes.

• Instead of giving out tickets to shows, she'd give VIP passes to a recording wrap party where the band will play a concert for the donors—in the studio.

• And for people—musicians and non-musicians—who have always wanted to sing or play on a CD, she'd give them the chance to make their dream come true.

To get the word out, she's using her own money to advertise. She's running print ads in blues magazines like the Suncoast Blues Society's 12-Bar Rag, advertising on web sites like Jazz & Blues Florida, Where Will We Go Tonight, Sarasota Music and Bars and doing radio interviews on community radio stations like WSLR 96.5. The singer says she's surprised at the outpouring of support from the media, “Some people aren't even charging me for my ads.” James also plans to stage a fundraising concert in December, a month before going into the studio. The concert will feature her band and other local musicians, who are donating their time and talent to help the new singer make her first CD. “It's going to be a big night,” she says. “I'm still shopping for the right venue.” Early support has already allowed the singer to put a deposit on the studio and schedule recording sessions. “I'm so grateful to those who have donated so far,” she says. “I'm really touched by everyone's generosity.”

Supporters can donate securely with PayPal at the band's web site:



ABOUT THE CD: Loretta Lynne James will record “Undefeated” January 13-24, 2010 at The Spirit Ranch with five-time grammy nominated engineer Bud Snyder and award-winning producer John “Dash” Dixon. Snyder has four gold records to his credit and is best known for his work with The Allman Brothers. Dixon owns D Music Service in Tampa and has produced artists like Lester Freeman and 2009 Jus' Blues “Legendary Blues & Soul” Award winner, Betty Padgett. The CD will be released in early April.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Jazz Society of Pensacola, Florida, Announces Fall Program

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The Jazz Society of Pensacola has a full schedule of programs through December.

First-Monday October and November Jazz Jams occur at Jambalaya's Grill and Oyster Bar in Gulf Breeze on October 5 and November 1. A jazz jam is exciting for the players and the audience as one hears combination of musicians not likely to be heard elsewhere. There are always surprises for the audience, and sometimes even for the musicians. The leader of the session explains to the audience how the musicians work together to shape the tune. Cost is $5 for attendees and free for performing musicians. Jambalaya's has a full menu and bar. Performance time is at 7:00 p.m. Patrons are advised to come early as sometimes all seats are taken by start of the jam session. There will be no jazz jam in December as the annual Jingle Jazz program will be Monday December 7 at Seville Quarter.

Who: Jazz Society of Pensacola presents
What: Special Jazz Gumbo featuring vocalist Giacomo Gates and Bruce Katz jazz/blues group
When: 6: 00 p.m. Monday October 19
Where: Phineas Phogg's Room, Seville Quarter 130 W. Government St., Downtown Pensacola
Cost: $15 JSOP members, $20 for guests; $7 for students and free for military in uniform A cup of seafood gumbo comes with admission. One may order from the menu.

Giacomo Gates is an authentic jazz vocalist, heavily steeped in the traditions of the original vocal improvisers from Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald through their modern counterparts Betty carter and Leon Thomas.
Giacomo's own approach draws most heavily from the bebop-rooted masters, but like his influences, Gates has forged his own unique path, playing major clubs and jazz festivals throughout the U. S. and at countless universities and jazz societies. He's also performed and taught in Europe and Russia and has toured Australia twice. Gates has four heavily acclaimed CDs, with his most recent release, LUMINOSITY on doubledave music, garnering rave reviews and receiving heavy airplay on over 300 stations. Giacomo teaches regularly at Wesleyan University, the Hartford Conservatory of Music and New Haven's Neighborhood Music Shoo. Gates' website is: www.giacomogates.com

Bruce Katz, a renowned pianist and Hammond B3 organist, with his band plays music full of blues spirit drawing heavily from New Orleans R&B, "soul-jazz" and boogie-woogie. The four piece band blends guitar and B-3 organ together into a sound that is original and yet traditional at its core. In addition to performing, Katz teaches piano Hammond Organ and theory at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and teaches a blues history and analysis course there. He also conducts Master Classes in Hammond B3 and Blues History, which he has done at various music festivals world-wide. His website is: www.brucekatzband.com .

Gates has a busy schedule during this visit, performing at New Orleans' Snug Harbor night club and the Gulf Jazz Society's Jazz Festival in Panama City the weekend before his appearance here. Both Katz' Group and Gates have appeared for the Jazz Society previously, but this is their first appearance together. Later in the month Gates will appear at Washington's Kennedy Center.

Who: Jazz Society of Pensacola Presents
What: Jazz Gumbo featuring Banjoist Lee Floyd's New Orleans Jazz Majors
When: Monday November 16, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Phineas Phogg's Room in Seville Quarter
Cost: $7 JSOP members; %10 guests; $5 students and free for military in uniform. A cup of seafood gumbo comes with admission.

The November 16 Jazz Gumbo will be dedicated to the memory of Janet Knowles, JSOP member who died this year. Lee Floyd is one of the outstanding jazz banjo performers in the world today. He will be bringing a group of seven other top New Orleans musicians with him for this special gumbo sponsored by JSOP member Ralph Knowles in memory of his late wife Janet. She loved the New Orleans style jazz. This show will be a treat for all the attendees.

Floyd, a Mobile native, had his first professional experience in a Shakey's Pizza Parlor at age 13. Among Lee's teachers was the famous "King of the Banjo" Eddie Peabody. Floyd's career carried him from the New Christy Minstrels, Rosie O'Grady's in Pensacola and Orlando, Disney World, Las Vegas and other places. Floyd had a late summer tour of Europe this year.

The first-Monday annual Jingle Jazz Event will be December 7 at 6:00 p.m. at Phineas Phogg's Room in Seville Quarter. Admission is by donation at the door. Proceeds will go to the 27th annual free Pensacola JazzFest held in historic Seville Square Saturday and Sunday April 10-11. The musicians donate their time and talents for this show as their annual gift to the Jazz Society and the community. This is always a fun evening because of the many musical guest stars who perform. Thanks go to trumpeter/vocalist Paul Bruketa who serves as master of ceremonies and to Joe Occhipinti, longtime music director for the Jazz Society for supervision and technical assistance for this event. The music will again feature Jazzy Holiday tunes for a delightful evening.

For membership and information visit the Jazz Society's website www.jazzpensacola.com or call 850-433-8382.

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"A Night at the Cotton Cub" by Jazz Juvenocracy in Sarasota, Florida

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More Information Available at:
and they perform at:
Irish Rover: 6518 Gateway Ave., Sarasota, FL 34231 irishroversarasota.com (941)926-1060 6-9pm Every Sun: Jazz Juvenocracy
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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Palm Beach County, Florida, Western Communities Inaugural Concert Series 2009-2010 to Include Jazz & Blues

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Live Arts Florida comes alive!

Live Arts Florida, a new non-profit performing arts organization is presenting a concert series offers a local, high quality, and affordable alternative and appeals to families and for corporate entertaining as well. The Concert Series begins in October 2009 and there are a number of membership opportunities available.

The first performances will be held at the new $12M, 800 Seat WCHS Theatre at Wellington Community High School (WCHS) in Wellington, Florida. This ample yet smaller venue offers a comfortable seat and every seat affords a good vantage point of the performance. The lighting, sound system, and concert experience will exceed your expectations! The theatre offers an intimate setting to experience great music, and we are pleased to present a wide range of high caliber music to Western Palm Beach County.

Live Arts Florida has numerous advertising and sponsorship opportunities. Please contact us regarding these opportunities and support Live Arts in our communities!

The Brass Evolution
Saturday, October 17th, 2009 8:00pm
Tickets $16-20, Members $5 Off

Local PBC Fireman and Wellington resident Jody Marlow has taken his musical gifts to yet another level. This former band leader and original founding member of the South Florida Based band "Hot Brass Monkey" has redirected his attention to his new breed...no monkey business band... "The Brass Evolution"... a true reflection of what the old group represented musically, with a few changes in the right direction. So get ready for an evening to remember...a reconnection with some of the best quality timeless music from "in the day"...as they pay tribute the music of Chicago, Blood, Sweat, & Tears, and Steely Dan

The Wailers
Saturday, November 7th, 2009 8:00pm
Tickets $24-28, Members $5 Off

Together with Bob Marley, the Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. In England alone, they’ve notched up over twenty chart hits, including seven Top 10 entries. Outside of their groundbreaking work with Marley, the Wailers have also played or performed with international acts like Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, and Alpha Blondy, as well as reggae legends such as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Burning Spear. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, the Wailers have completed innumerable other tours, playing to an estimated 24 million people across the globe. They have also been the first reggae band to tour new territories on many occasions, including Africa and the Far East. Prepare to be amazed!

Bio Ritmo
Saturday, December 12th, 2009 8:00pm
Tickets $20-24, Members $5 Off

Bio Ritmo, founded in 1991, is internationally recognized as one of the leading bands preserving the roots of "Salsa Classica" while simultaneously taking this music to its next level. Compositions are original, inspired by 70’s Latin music plus incorporate many less common sonic influences such as Electronica, Afro-Beat, Brazilian and Middle Eastern grooves. Bio Ritmo’s music has gained the highest respect of Latin-music connoisseurs and dancer plus attracts a wide variety of fans from across the listening spectrum. Their latest release “Bionico”, ranked in the “Top-Ten iTunes Latin Tropical Albums for 2008 & hailed by the San Franciso Bay Guardian as “one of the best Latin releases of the year!”

A Special Evening of Solo Violin- Mark O’Connor
Sunday, January 31, 2010 7:30pm
Tickets $25-30, Members $5 Off

Acclaimed violinist Mark O'Connor returns to the concert stage performing his acclaimed solo recital. From foot stomping fiddle tunes, his electrifying caprices and warm homage to his violin and fiddle heroes" to ragtime, free improvisation, jazz and blues." A memorable evening of breathtaking Mark O'Connor performances, unheard and unseen in more than a decade. "When I walk on stage with the solo violin, an instrument that has been around for so many hundreds of years, it is so exciting to be able to bring new dimensions to the instrument while at the same time honoring the past traditions and great legacies of the players who came before me. To add to the repertoire with new literature as well as add to the technical and stylistic language of the violin, the instrument that is so close to the human soul, has been my great passion." Mark O'Connor 8/16/08

The Tannahill Weavers
Sunday, February 14th, 2010 7:30pm
Tickets $25-30, Members $5 Off

This dynamic quintet play Scottish traditional music at its best. The band’s potent mixture of traditional ballads and fiery instrumentals leaves their audiences spellbound. As tight and versatile as any band in the Celtic music scene, the Tannahills can summon rock-n-roll intensity or haunting introspection.

"Scotland’s Tannahill Weavers play acoustic instruments, but the atmosphere at their shows is electric. The quintet is as tight and as versatile as any band in the Celtic music revival. They can summon rock ‘n’ roll intensity or haunting introspection." - The Boston Globe, Boston MA

"Among the half-dozen most popular groups leading the current revival of Celtic traditional music, the Tannahill Weavers…probably make the most explicit connections between tradition and the electric folk reels of bands like Big Country and U-2." - Stephen Holden, New York Times

An Evening with Copeland Davis & Friends
Sunday, February 28th, 2010 7:30pm
Tickets $24-28, Members $5 Off

This performance promises to be extra special as Copeland Davis performs as a quintet playing jazz standards and original compositions. As one music critic said: "He is a special person. He captivates the audience when he plays. He makes it fun. He has phenomenal technique on the piano. He combines mechanical proficiency with spontaneous artistic creativity. Davis can explore the possibilities of any number of tunes, while still remaining in the boundaries of tight musicianship." A standing ovation was the response to Copeland’s TV debut on the "Tonight Show." With appearances following on "Good Morning, America," and his own PBS special. In addition to three appearances on ABC’s "B.L. Stryker," was his subsequent induction into The International Who’s Who in Music. After one of his performances as Artist-In-Residence with the Florida Symphonic Pops Orchestra, the Maestro said: "Copeland is one of America’s foremost symphonic jazz piano innovators. He not only has extensive training in classical performance, but his jazz improvisation capability is in a class by itself."

Wellington BluesFest featuring Tinsley Ellis w/ The Tom Principato Band
Saturday, March 27th, 2010 6:30pm
Tickets $22-26, Members $5 Off

This evening will feature with three bands (1st band yet to be announced).

The Tom Principato Band will appear the 2nd set. Tom Principato has spent the last 40+ years as a guitarist and singer based in his hometown of Washington, DC. In the 1970s, Tom was leader of the legendary band Powerhouse, an East Coast phenomenon which released an album, Night Life, to critical acclaim. Tom also did a one year stint with Geoff Muldaur and recorded an album, I Ain't Drunk (Hannibal/Island Records1980), with the band Geoff Muldaur and His Bad Feet, members of which included Andy Stein (Asleep At The Wheel), and Mark Kazanoff (Earl King) Tom has also done brief stints with various acts including Billy Price and The Keystone Rhythm Band, Big Mama Thornton, Johnny Adams, Sunnyland Slim, James Montgomery, and a group called the Assassins with Jimmy Thackery, former guitarist with the Nighthawks. Tom appears on two albums with the Assassins, No Previous Record (1986) and Partners in Crime (1987). In 1984, Tom began a solo career, notably recording a live album with the late DC guitar legend Danny Gatton, titled BlazingTelecasters, which was released 1990, as well as a follow-up live album, Oh No! More Blazing Telecasters, in 2005. Since he went solo, in addition to the two collaborations with Gatton, Tom has recorded 11 solo albums.

Headlining is guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Tinsley Ellis who ranks among the top blues/rock guitarists working today. Ellis sings and plays with the energy and soul of all the great Southern musicians who have come before him. He attacks his music with rock power and blues feeling, in the same tradition as Deep South musical heroes Duane Allman, Freddie King and Warren Haynes. Atlanta Magazine declared Ellis “the most significant blues artist to emerge from Atlanta since Blind Willie McTell.” Since first hitting the national scene with his Alligator Records debut GEORGIA BLUE in 1988, Ellis has toured non-stop and continued to release one critically acclaimed album after another. Tinsley’s hometown paper, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, calls his music, “a potent, amazing trip through electric blues-rock.” Rolling Stone said, “feral blues guitar…non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge…his eloquence dazzles…he achieves pyrotechnics that rival Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton."

Blind Boys of Alabama
Saturday, April 24th, 2010 8:00pm
Tickets $50-55, Members $5 Off

Since 1939, The Blind Boys of Alabama have sung a fervent blend of traditional and contemporary Gospel music. Much has changed during these seven prolific decades. Stylistic phases have waxed and waned; personnel has come and gone. 78 r.p.m. records have given way to LPs, followed by eight-track tapes, cassettes, and CDs. The Blind Boys’ audience – once rigidly segregated and confined to traditional Gospel venues – now reflects the group’s eclectic, global following, while their repertoire has expanded to embrace secular songs with a strongly spiritual message. Such wide acceptance is also evidenced by four Grammy Awards, an honor that didn’t exist when the Blind Boys started out. Even so, the Blind Boys’ lengthy saga remains a steadfast testament to constancy. Singer Jimmy Carter, who was there when the group was first formed, leads the band today with the firm conviction, joyous commitment, and gravitas that befit an elder statesman.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Florida Blues Excellence Shown at Competition at NCFBS 2009 Regional IBC Competition

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On Sunday, September 20th the North Central Florida Blues Society - NCFBS held its local competition to select representatives for the 26th International Blues Challenge (IBC) January 20-23, 2010 in Memphis, TN. Hosted by the Blues Foundation, the IBC is the world's largest gathering of Blues acts and represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its Affiliated Organizations for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to take their act to the international stage. In 2009, 100 bands and 60 solo/duo acts entered, filling the clubs up and down Beale Street for the semi-finals on Thursday and Friday and the finals at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday.

The local competition held at Gainesville’s Kickin Devil Café , kept the jam-packed crowd of 150 enthralled with blues music for the aching heart, dancing feet, and winsome memories. Judges were Charlie Boyer of Jazz & Blues Florida magazine, Frank Bracco of WUFT-FM, Qquincy host of 100.9 WXJZ-FM’s Smooth Blues radio show, Gary Anton of the Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee, and Dante Lima columnist for The Gainesville Sun Music Alive Scene Magazine.
The Tuff Times Blues Band opened the afternoon as the host band.
The lineup for the Solo/Duo category included:

• Blues Lightning – an acoustic duo that loves the blues
Willie Green on harmonica with guitar and bass – an authentic Delta blues musician keeping a long tradition of working bluesman alive today
John Rogers – a guitarist whose music springs from the American oral tradition such as music from the Piedmont, rural Mississippi, rags and songs from New Orleans, even Tin Pan Alley

John Rogers was the winner in the Solo/Duo category.

The lineup for the Band category included:

Used Blues Band – with a wide repertoire of cover songs as well as originals, the band members with their diverse background produced a distinct sound of blues with a twist
6th Street Rhythm and Blues Review – reminiscent of the R&B and jump bands of the late 1940’s and 50’s, this group has the flavor of the hard driving, body-rockin’, dueling saxophones, Big Easy blues bands
Florida Tazers – growing out of the Sunday afternoon jam sessions, this trio’s style most resembles Texas blues playing down and dirty or soft and sweet

6th Street Rhythm and Blues Review was the winner in the Band category

• Used Blues – CD Submission for Original Music entitled Deep Down in Florida; this band at every turn makes a song their very own

Used Blues was the winner in the CD Category

These three groups will represent the NCFBS at the IBC.

Photos and video of the competition are posted at: www.myspace.com/jazzbluesflorida

For booking, contact bands directly.


Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. Annouces 2009-2010 Series

The Lauderhill Jazz Series begins Saturday, October 17, 2009, at The Warehouse, Screen Post Productions, 3500 NW 15th Street, Lauderhill, Florida. This is an ongoing series with multiple dates and artists.

October 17
8 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Vocalists/songwriters Jus' Cynthia, Joan Cartwright and Debra Hampton perform a tribute - Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington for 3 sets of music from 8 p.m. - 12 Midnight. See flyer

November 21
8 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Tenor Saxophonist Rochelle Frederick and Flautist Renee Fiallos headline a jazz combo.

December 19
8 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Vocalist Sandra Kaye visits from Dallas, TX, with her swinging jazz, blues and R&B

January 16
8 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Violinist Randi Fishenfeld and Songwriter Teri Wilson

February 20
12 p.m. - 12 a.m.
All-day Music Festival featuring members of Women In Jazz South Florida, Inc., Screen Post Production Steel Band and other great talent.

Additional Information:
RSVP on Facebook at "Florida Jazz
$15Adv(PayPal)/$20 Door
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Friday, September 25, 2009

Hernando Jazz Society of Florida Announces 2009-10 Season

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2009/2010 Season Sessions:
All sessions 1:30-4:30pm
Wellington at Seven Hills Club House
400 Wexford Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34609

Oct 11 – Mostly Broadway
Nov 8 - The USA In Song
Dec 13 – Holiday Celebration
Jan 10 – Hernando Jazz All Stars
Feb 14 – Valentine’s Day – Ladies of Song
Mar 14 – Hudson Middle School Jazz Band
Apr 11 – To Be Announced
May 16 – Scholarship - See You In September

The Jazz Society was established by a group of retired professional musicians who wanted to keep the music of the Big Band Era alive. They first met in Spring Hill and began playing at the drummer’s house. The group grew and decided to go public. The second time they played at the small hall with a capacity of less than 100, a crowd of 150 showed up. They saw there was a demand for their kind of music and looked for a larger hall.

Society was first established as a Florida Not for Profit and a 501(c)(3) Non Profit corporation organized to preserve, perform, and perpetuate all form of Jazz; to support educational programs for our youth, provide performance opportunities for musicians, produce musical concerts and festivals; establish and maintain musical and scholarship funds; and report to members news of jazz developments and activities. The Society is affiliated with the Hernando County Fine Arts Council and is recognized by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and listed in their roster of National Jazz Societies.

We perform on the 2nd Sunday of each month September thru April, and the 3rd Sunday in May, so we don't interfere with Mother's Day. The location is Wellington Club House, 400 Wexford Blvd Spring Hill off Mariner Blvd 2 traffic lights north of County Line Road. All seating, except for that held for Patron members, is first come, first served. Performances are from 1:30 to 4:30 PM. Admission is free for members and $9 for non-members. A $3 surcharge is applied occasionally when a big name band is performing. Season tickets are prorated for anyone joining after September.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Lou's Blues in Indialantic Sells Out Johnny Winter Show - 2nd Show Added

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The Brevard Jazz & Blues Series Presents
A BJS Production Of
Legendary Blues Hall Of Fame & Grammy Winning Blues Guitarist

Sunday, October 11th '09 - SOLD OUT!
.............................. ..............
SECOND DATE ON-SALE NOW!Monday, October 12, 2009
Same place - Same time - Same price
Opening act: Sean Chambers
See details & ticket deals for October 11 ticket holders below.

Lou's Blues Night Club
3191 N Highway A1A, Indialantic, FL
Monday, October 12, '09 - 7 pm
Tickets Available At:
LOU'S BLUES - $30 cash only - No service charge
GUITAR HAVEN, Melbourne - $30 cash only - No service charge
GUITAR HAVEN, Indialantic - $30 cash only - No service charge

To purchase tickets on-line click here!
Or by phone at 321/783-9004
$30 plus $4 s.c.
Day Of Show $40

198 Tickets Left!

To purchase VIP seats call Roland at 783-9004. Only 20 VIP seats available.
October 11 ticket holders can buy October 12 tickets at a discounted $20 price with proof of purchase at Lou's Blues
Or call Roland at 783-9004.
Offer ends Friday, September 25th, '09
*VIP seating guarantees one chair per ticket at the south side of the club's upper level and a photo of the Johnny Winter Group

Help us bring more concerts by national recording artists to Lou's Blues - Tell your friends and associates about the Johnny Winter concert
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Tampa Jazz Club Announces 2009 Season - Florida Jazz is Swinging!

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Tampa Jazz Club
4740 Everhart Dr.
Land O'Lakes, FL 34639

We are back and swinging! The Tampa Jazz Club is proud to announce the 2009 season of concerts, at a great new venue. We will be presenting concerts in cooperation with Hillsborough Community College, as part of the HCC Visual and Performing Arts Series, in the beautifully renovated Performing Arts Building Theater. It’s on the NE corner of Palm and 14th St., in Ybor City, with plenty of free parking nearby. Our sincere thanks go out to HCC President Gwen Stephenson, Ybor City campus President Dr. Shawn Robinson, and HCC Ybor Performing Arts Center Manager, Keith Arsenault. You will love this 240-seat remodeled theater, and look at our lineup below!


Our first concert at our new venue will be on Sunday, October 11, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. Once again we will feature the remarkable musicians who played to an overflow crowd at the Gorilla last year. Violinist FEDERICO BRITOS from Uruguay has shared the stage with Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Antonia Carlos Jobim; he has received Grammy Awards for recordings with Charlie Haden and others, and was concertmaster of the Miami Symphony Orchestra. Guitarist JORGE GARCIA brings his melodious solos and supportive, rhythmic guitar work to this ensemble. He has performed with such greats as Tony Bennett, Richie Cole and Joel Gray. And they will have just the right accompaniment with two of the Bay Areas best: bassist Richard Drexler and drummer John Jenkins.


Sunday, November 1st at 3:00 p.m. we will welcome one of the great guitarists in jazz in his first Bay Area appearance in many years. Larry Coryell’s career spans four decades and more than 75 recordings. (He is an important part of the history of jazz guitar and in fact when Les Paul was unable to make his Iridium gig during his final illness, it was Larry who filled in). For this one-time event, the virtuoso guitarist is joined by pianist KENNY DREW, JR. Both artists are looking forward to this terrific get-together, and so are we!

And….coming February 28th, 2010, our annual concert with IRA SULLIVAN!

Corner of Palm Ave and 14th Street in Historic Ybor City.
MapQuest: “corner of Palm Ave and 14th St” Ybor City FL 33605

Ticketing - At Door Only:
Members: $16
Non-members: $21
Ybor HCC Students & Faculty: Free
Other Students: $5

Additional Information: bseymour@wusf.org

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Boston's on the Beach Musically Celebrates 30th Anniversary Week

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Boston’s on the Beach will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year and would like to offer a sincere thank you to all its patrons by inviting them to this once-in-a-lifetime celebration. Starting Monday October 19th through the 25th, there is going to be an incredible entertainment line-up, surprises, give-a-ways and specials like never before!

Located at 40 South Ocean Boulevard in Delray Beach, Florida, Boston’s offers one of the most breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and is the ideal place to enjoy casual dining, great live music, and sports on over thirty large-screen LCD TVs.

Monday “Reggae” Night:

Kulcha Shok’s Lance-O and William Freeman (aka White Abbott) will open the night at 9PM by spinning some of the latest and classic Roots Reggae vibes. The ever-so-popular Reggae band, Rythmation will start at 10PM and has invited special guest and highly recognized Jamaican Reggae artist, Glen Washington to join in on the celebration. There will be killer drinks specials all night long and to show appreciation to all who have supported the local Reggae scene over the last three decades, Boston’s is waiving the standard door charge and including some great give-a-ways sponsored by local retailer and friend, Nomad Surf Shop.

Blue Tuesday:
This night just continues to grow in popularity each and every week, most likely due to the massive blues line up over the past year. "Famous Frank" Ward will host this special night and has invited The Nouveaux Honkies to perform along with the legendary Matt "Guitar" Murphy. Matt is mostly remembered by the general public as the lead guitar player for the ever so popular and entertaining group, The Blues Brothers,but he was already a legend among serious guitarists by the 1960s, famed for the incredibly fast and intricate blues riffs that would soon change rock and roll. While white rock and rollers were still playing the slow melodic riffs of "Love One Another" or the slow fuzzy riffs of "Wild Thing," a few (like Eric Clapton, Rick Derringer and Jeff Beck) were listening to the flying fingers of B. B. King and Matt Murphy and trying to emulate them


Over the past six months, Boston’s has been diligently recording live performances of the acts that have helped shape its musical identity. This night they will be celebrating their “One More and I’m Outta Here” 30th Anniversary CD Release Party. The complementary double live CD will be available with the purchase of their commemorative 30th anniversary T-shirt and all proceeds will benefit Delray Citizens for Delray Police.

“Cleveland’s Piano Man” John Salamon, is scheduled to perform Wednesday thru Sunday at the Boston’s Back Bay Tiki bar starting at 5PM. With all of his musical training and experience (advice from the likes of Liberace, Corey Wells of Three Dog Night and many others), John has used his talents to become the consummate entertainer that he is today. From celebrities to Mayors to Governors, all have mentioned during their shows and speeches how unique and thoroughly enjoyable John’s shows are.

John has performed for the very first and many subsequent shows for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame including the opening ceremonies and a special show for I.M. Pei, the architect of the museum. Because of this and other achievements, John was honored on a plaque in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cadence will be open the main stage at 8PM with their reunion tour and the legendary Swamp-Funk group, Groove Thangs will headline the night starting at 10:30PM. Cadence, a four piece acoustic harmony act performs your favorite Rock, Folk/Rock hits of the 60’s and 70’s including singer/songwriter hits of today.

Founded in 1984 by Bonefish Johnny and his brother Down Pat with the help of other brother Michael and a slew of badass musicians, Groove Thangs have forged not only their own sound but a special attitude about life and love that has endeared them to music fans around the world. After getting signed and dropped by a major label in 1989, they went on to successfully record and release their music independently, winning awards and gaining sponsorship while proving it on stage every night. In a quote from someone recognized for his controversial stage persona and image, “Groove Thangs are known around town as the baddest, the most get-down soulful white cats around." - Brian Warner (Marilyn Manson)


Breeze will open the night starting at 8PM and will hand the stage over to the Funkabilly Playboys at 10:30PM. Just close your eyes and you will hear what we mean when Breeze, one the finest “tribute” bands you will ever hear, presents the frontrunners and pioneers of rock and folk rock in a concert-style performance. Longtime fans of this group all say the same thing-“it’s amazing-you’re hearing all your favorite artists in concert-all in one night.”

The Funkabilly Playboys will headline the night at 10:30PM. Their brand of high-energy party music is enjoyed by fans of all ages. Their musical style ranges from Rockabilly to Blues to Louisiana Swamp Funk and Classic Soul. These fun-loving party animals are fast becoming South Florida's favorite good time band. The band’s originals blend seamlessly with their souped-up oldies and revamped classics. Each incarnation of their carefully selected covers comes with its own funky edge. This is not your average band.


The Magnetics have been invited to kick this night off at 8PM in front of the killer sounds of the infamous Wreckly J’s who will start at 10PM. RUDY will headline the night at 11:30PM with their sexy funk style performance.

The Magnetics are part of the original line-up of bands that were performing at Boston’s back in the early eighties. Their rich vocal harmonies and ability to toss anything from 50’s Doo-Wop to Rock and R&B has gained them much notoriety and a huge Boston’s fan base.

The Wreckly J’s possess a huge Delray Beach following as well and are close friends of Boston’s and their patrons.. Spunk Rock (That’s Southern Punk), where Thorogood gets run over by social distortion with a short bus-type Rock is how they describe their unique style. Their influences consist of legendary bands such as the Dictators, Johnny Thunders and all NY Dolls projects, Manitoba, Ramones, Fleshtones, Clash, D.A.D , Social Distortion and Brian Setzer to name a few.

RUDY is. There is no succinct definition, just a motto: don't stop... The core members of RUDY always gave more than expected, always played longer than thought possible, and ALWAYS gave a warm, loving hand to the fabulous people who fanatically followed them. Gaining steam at various festivals throughout Florida, RUDY gained a slot on the HORDE tour, as well as the 1998 HORDE Compilation CD. MTV has licensed the entire RUDY catalog to use on the soundtracks of "The Real World" and "Road Rules", reaching millions of people every time they air! Plus, RUDY has become a staple on a nationally syndicated Disney show called "Z Games", reaching kids of all ages!
RUDY also won BEST FUNK/SOUL BAND at the statewide Jammy Awards! And now that they have released their long-awaited second record "SEXY," they're multiplying the booty shaking big time. "Cancun: The Reality Movie" and National Lampoon's "Van Wilder" DVD release both feature Rudy's sexy music, thrilling audiences worldwide.


The Amber Leigh Band will fill the main stage on Saturday afternoon at 2PM. Amber Leigh is Florida's leading entertainer today! She is a 23 year old vivacious red-head specializing in crossover country music with a Celtic twist. Her lead vocals are gripping while her fiddle and mandolin playing leaves audiences always wanting more. Amber Leigh's music is full of enticing pop hooks, yet embraces true country soul due to her roots in southern rock fiddle music.

Diversity is scheduled at the Back Bay Tiki bar at 3PM. Diversity offers a combination of Reggae, Pop, R&B and Calypso style music.. Their strong harmonies and “fun-in-the-sun” song selection will keep you entertained for hours.

Saturday night is reserved for Boston’s traditional “Black or White” Party so make sure to come dressed to impress! The Spoonbenders will warm up the stage at 8:30PM and then hand it off to the “hard-to-catch” act of Ghosts of Gloria at 10:30PM.

The Spoonbenders consider themselves stylistically, a hodge-podge of classic rock and American roots music—try to imagine Albert Collins, the Funky Meters, Paul Simon, Jeff Buckley, Jimi Hendrix, the Police, U2 and the Black Crowes all wrapped into one.

They've shared the stage with Steve Miller, Sum 41, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, Chris Isaak, Dr. John, Michael McDonald, Lucky Peterson, Sean Costello, John Lee Hooker, Jr., Brett Dennen, Calton Coffie (Inner Circle), Robert Johnson (Ox), and Edie Brickell & the Bohemians and have held their own with all of these first-rate performers.

Ghost of Gloria is a four piece modern rock band out of South Florida with a distinct and Singular purpose: to create, record and perform the music that exists in their brains with an unyielding will to succeed at any cost. Since its inception, the band has hit the South Florida music scene like a tidal wave, amassing a following in just a few short months by attaining song rotation on WPBZ 103.1 The Buzz and virtually non stop performances in venues ranging from South Miami, FL to Atlanta, GA..

Drawing from influences such as Foo Fighters, Incubus, Sevendust, Tool and more, Ghost of Gloria mixes the sounds and ideas that have shaped each member's talent, and the life experiences that have developed their perspectives.. The band also recently placed second in the nationwide, Hard Rock Cafe Ambassadors of Rock Battle of the Bands. Ghost of Gloria is ever expanding its reach across the U.S. With a soon to be completed music video, more extensive touring dates and even more new music to come--you'd better start getting used to hearing the name "Ghost of Gloria." Don’t miss this show!

Grateful Sunday:

Grateful Sundays merges into a new era the classic sounds of the 60s and 70s. Jerry “Screemin” Leeman and “Electric” Carl Scmid will open Sunday at the Back Bay Tiki bar at 3PM and Crazy Fingers will headline the night at Boston’s main stage starting at 7PM.

Screemin Leeman and Electric Carl will capture an audience like no other duo around. With Jerry’s soulful rock voice and Carl’s magic fingers on the fiddle, they offer an outstanding performance and wide song selection that will do nothing more than entice you for more.

Crazy Fingers has surely become one of the best Grateful Dead tribute bands ever! They have the honor of sharing the stage with such acts as the Band, Ziggy Marley, the Neville Brothers, Warren Haynes and Gov't Mule, Little Feat, the Radiators, Country Joe McDonald, Jefferson Starship, to name a few and has also appeared at many prestigious festivals including Langerado, SunFest, MagnoliaFest, Harvest Fest, Ashe Fest, and others.

Seven nights of diverse live entertainment, specials and give-a-ways is what to expect for this anniversary celebration. What does it take to last 30 years in the service industry? It’s the magic Boston’s brings with the ability to attract, service and entertain a diverse following of singles, couples, families and friends.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tigertail's 30th Anniversary Season of Art and Soul - And Jazz & Blues, Too, In Florida!

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(MIAMI, FL – August 10, 2009) Bringing the best of global performance and literary arts to Miami for three decades, today Tigertail Productions announced a 30th season that speaks to the region's multicultural identity in playful, inspiring and challenging ways. The arts organization revealed a 2009/2010 agenda of art and soul – careening from Dutch jazz to incred-Able dance, spoken word, Delta blues, venerated virtuoso guitar and acclaimed Catalonian culture.

And while bringing the world to South Florida, Tigertail is also fostering area artists, building youth projects, producing community residencies and commissioning new work.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 7:00-9:00pm: Known for memorable celebrations, Tigertail's 30th Season Kick-Off Party will overtake the chic new urban River Lounge in the Epic Hotel, at the mouth of the Miami River (former Dupont Plaza location). Preview our upcoming events, enjoy music, video, special surprises and complimentary drinks while taking in the dashing view of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay. RSVP not necessary, but capacity is limited.

October 15, 2009, 7:30pm: Books & Books, Coral Gables, will host a free book launch and reading of Tigertail, A South Florida Poetry Annual. This 7th edition, subtitled "Three by Three", is edited by Denise Duhamel, Michael Hettich and Campbell McGrath - each of whom selected one poet. The poets are Jill M. Allen, Yahya Frederickson and Hugo Rodriguez.

October 24, 2009, 8:30pm: The Byron Carlyle Theater in Miami Beach will come alive with an incredible free jazz trio, The Third Man, from Amsterdam. Tigertail brings this new group – with Han Bennink on drums, Michael Moore on reeds and Will Holshouser on accordion – to Miami as part of a 10-city tour of the U.S.

December 28, 2009 - January 3, 2010. The 10th annual danceAble, a Tigertail/Florida Dance Association (FDA) event for able and non-able dancers, takes place within the FDA WinterFest. The two organizations are part of a multi-site commissioning project whereby New York City-based choreographer David Dorfman is setting a new work on the leading U.S. mixed-ability group: AXIS Dance Company. In addition to this new work, AXIS will be in residence and will perform an excerpt from Vessel by Alex Ketley.

January 24-30, 2010: Tigertail presents our fourth annual SpeakOut project for GLBT teens. This year we are bringing Regie Cabico, a writer/playwright and spoken word artist who will be in residence working with GLBT teens at Miami Dade Public Schools and Pridelines.

February 20, 2010, 8:30pm: Enjoy Tigertail's evening of Mississippi Delta blues at the Colony Theatre, Miami Beach, with David "Honeyboy" Edwards, a 94-year-old Grammy-award-winning blues guitarist – one night only.

March 20, 2010, 8:30pm: The brilliant virtuoso guitarist Leo Kottke performs solo – one night only at the Colony Theatre, Miami Beach.

April 4-10, 2010: Tigertail presents Catalonia Days, a series of events that focus on Catalán food and culture. Wait for coming detail on Catalonia Days, featuring new Spanish cuisine from Barcelona, new architecture in Spain, fashion, a look at the influence of Antonio Gaudí and Salvador Dalí, and more. As part of the series, on April 9 & 10, 2010, 8:30pm, at the Colony Theatre, Miami Beach, Tigertail presents a stunning, young, dance group from Barcelona. Alta Realitat, performing Ölelés, a dance piece at once gripping, physically intense and genuinely lyrical by acclaimed Catalán choreographers and performers Jordi Cortés and Damián Muñoz – two of Spain's most innovative young artists.

April 11-16, 2010: In the sixth annual nationally recognized WordSpeak project for inner city teens, Tigertail will bring Iyeoka Okoawo, a Boston-based Nigerian-American singer and award winning spoken word poet as artist in residence. Spoken word – what performers call "spitting" – includes workshops, slams, open mic sessions and rehearsals from January July 2010.

May 15, 2010: Set aside the date of the next legendary annual Tigertail party for fun and fundraising. Go "green" with Tigertail at our annual fundraiser at the spectacular new "green" center, "Coverings Creative Complex" C3, in the heart of Miami.

For information and a full schedule of activities see the attached schedule, visit www.tigertail.org or call Tigertail Productions at 305 324 4337.
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Monday, September 21, 2009

Florida Blues Guitarist, Darrell Raines, to Headline Taiwan's Blues Bash Festival

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This just in from our Asian blues news source...

Douglas C Rapier

Hey, Blues fans,
Lots of folks have been asking about the Blues Society on Taiwan's plans for Blues Bash v6.0. Here's the skinny so far:

This year the Bash is going on a road trip! The sixth installment of the festival series will take place on November 12, 13, 14.

On Thursday the 12th, 89K in Taichung will be the site for taste of BBv6.0, a mini-Bash which will feature Blues guitar aces Darrell Raines and Shun Kikuta with BoPoMoFo and Black Sheep. Special guest, Jack Conqueroo, with his deep down Delta sound and Adam Posnak, all the way from Arkansas, will round things off with some seriously down-home Delta Blues.

On Friday the 13th, Roxy Roots, Taipei’s first honest-to-god Blues venue, will be the place to be. (Come as Jason but leave the chain-saws at the cabin, si vous plais.)
Darrell Raines, Shun Kikuta, BoPoMoFo, Black Sheep, Adam Posnak and Jack Conqueroo will be joined by David Chen & the Muddy Basin Ramblers for a kick-ass night of Blues.

Saturday, the 14th, the annual main event of the Blues Society on Taiwan returns to the Dream Community in Xizi (Shijih) for a day-long blend of Blues festival and Mardi Gras that will start at 3pm with a FREE Concert given from a stage floating on Jin Long Lake. (That’s right – the stage will be floating on the lake.)

Then, the Dream Community will go all ‘samba’ with a Mardi Gras Parade leading revelers to the Dream Community Theater for lots more music that will go full-tilt until midnight. (Or until the cops come to shut us down.)

Darrell Raines, Shun Kikuta, BoPoMoFo, Black Sheep, Jack Conqueroo, and David Chen & the Muddy Basin Ramblers will maintain the high level of intensity they set at the mini-Bashes.
Soulfully effervescent Japanese guitarist and songstress, Nacomi & her band along with the irrepressible, Mr. Oh Yeah! & his Blues Project, featuring Blues harp virtuoso, T-Slim will join the musical fray from Tokyo.

There’s a whole lot more to tell you about; Lottery prizes like the limited edition Blue drum set Cadeson is making to commemorate the 2009 Blues Bash, for example.

Visit the Blues Society on Taiwan website http://www.bsot.org/ for more information.

Booking information for Darrell Raines at: http://www.bluzpik.com/

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Friday, September 18, 2009


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Fri., Sept. 25 Jazz at Two
2 p.m. Bayfront Community Ctr., 803 N. Tamiami Tr.

Fri. & Sat. Venice Jazz Festival
Sept. 25 & 26 Several Venice venues

Sun., Dec. 6 Big Band Bash
Phillippi Estate Park

Sat., Jan. 30, 2010 High School Jazz Festival
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sarasota High School auditorium

Sun., Feb. 28 – Sarasota Jazz Festival
Sat., Mar. 6, 2010 various locations

Additional Information Available at:

Jazz Club of Sarasota

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Stetson University’s DeLand, Florida campus Jazz Concert Series Announced

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Sept. 30, 2009
Stetson University Jazz Ensemble concert; director George West, head of Jazz Studies at Stetson, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, Carlton Union Building, Stetson Room, 131 E. Minnesota Ave., Stetson University campus, DeLand. Donations: $8 general public; $5 senior citizens and area students. Information: Stetson School of Music, 386-822-8950.

Nov. 10, 2009
Stetson University Jazz Combos concert; director George West, head of Jazz Studies at Stetson, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, Elizabeth Hall, Lee Chapel, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., Stetson University campus, DeLand. Donations: $8 general public; $5 senior citizens and area students. Information: Stetson School of Music, 386-822-8950.

Nov. 18 2009
Stetson University Jazz Ensembles concert; director George West, head of Jazz Studies at Stetson, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, Carlton Union Building, Stetson Room, 131 E. Minnesota Ave, Stetson University campus, DeLand. Donations: $8 general public; $5 senior citizens and area students. Information: Stetson School of Music, 386-822-8950.

Feb. 24, 2010
Stetson University Jazz Ensemble concert; director George West, head of Jazz Studies at Stetson, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, Carlton Union Building, Stetson Room, 131 E. Minnesota Ave., Stetson University campus, DeLand. Donations: $8 general public; $5 senior citizens and area students. Information: Stetson School of Music, 386-822-8950.

April 13, 2010
Stetson University Jazz Combos concert; director George West, head of Jazz Studies at Stetson, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, 2010, Elizabeth Hall, Lee Chapel, 421 N. Woodland Blvd., Stetson University campus, DeLand. Donations: $8 general public; $5 senior citizens and area students. Information: Stetson School of Music, 386-822-8950.

April 21, 2010
Stetson University Jazz Ensemble concert; director George West, head of Jazz Studies at Stetson, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, 2010, Carlton Union Building, Stetson Room, 131 E. Minnesota Ave., Stetson University campus, DeLand. Donations: $8 general public; $5 senior citizens and area students. Information: Stetson School of Music, 386-822-8950.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


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Four full weeks of Artistic Excellence, over 20 Concerts!

Coral Gables, FL (August 27, 2009) – The 26th year of one of Miami’s most exciting traditions – Festival Miami - is back to kick off the fall season with great and inspiring music. From October 2-30, the Festival will present a diverse roster of recognized musical artists from around the world. Festival Miami audiences will enjoy world-class music and dance programming in four themed weeks including Great Performances, Creative American Music, Music of the Americas, and Jazz and Beyond.

Frost School of Music Dean Shelton Berg explains, “We highlight music from various historical periods and genres drawn from around the globe. In addition to providing extraordinarily diverse music to the public, this format exposes our students to these multiple traditions.”
Concerts under the heading Jazz and Beyond include six-time Grammy winner, jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton bringing his performance mastery to Gusman Hall on Saturday October 10. In the forefront of jazz for more than 40 years, Burton will lead a master class and perform with student ensembles – the Stamps Jazz Quintet and the Frost Jazz Sextet. Carmen Bradford, former vocalist with the Count Basie Orchestra, will appear with the award-winning Frost Jazz Vocal-1 Ensemble along with pianist and Frost School of Music Dean Shelton Berg. Festival Miami will close with two outstanding nights of jazz with seven-time Grammy nominated bassist/composer John Clayton. Clayton has arranged for Queen Latifah, Diana Krall and Natalie Cole – and he teams with the versatile and dynamic drummer Jeff Hamilton. The first concert will feature Clayton and Hamilton with Dean Shelton Berg and other Frost jazz faculty artists. The concluding evening on October 30 brings the duo together with the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and the Frost Concert Jazz Band for an unforgettable evening of symphonic and big band music.

Classical music lovers have five Great Performances in Festival Miami, beginning on the Festival’s opening night, October 2, with the Frost Symphony Orchestra (FSO) Celebrating the German Romantic Tradition. The FSO will perform Robert Schuman’s overture to Faust, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, conducted by Thomas Sleeper. Also in that concert, faculty pianist Tian Ying will perform Beethoven’s great Emperor Concerto. The Frost Chamber Players and Frost Wind Ensemble bring more outstanding UM faculty and student artists to the stage, while The Frost Opera Theater will present Six Operas in Sixty Minutes! Pianist Kevin Kenner, winner of the International Chopin Competition plays music of that beloved composer and the Miami Symphony Orchestra adds to this series’ exciting classical range.

The not-to-be-missed kick off to the Creative American Music theme is the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Tribute to Henry Mancini with Monica and Ginny Mancini on October 3. Mancini is best known for composing film scores such as The Pink Panther and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, among many others. Daughter Monica Mancini, a multi-Grammy nominated vocalist, will perform classics including Moon River and Days of Wine and Roses. Ginny Mancini, the wife of the late composer, will offer anecdotes, remembrances and insights. Other series artists include three-time Grammy winner Shawn Colvin together with UM alumnus and multi-Grammy winner Bruce Hornsby in a performance of some the most beautiful songs in popular music. Colvin and Hornsby will also judge and select the best student work during the Songwriter’s Showcase. Children’s favorite Red Grammer, known for his glorious voice and award-winning songs, performs for the young at heart in a Halloween concert.

The Music of the Americas series features Latin Grammy winner, jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, presenting a Softer Side on October 17 with music from his new CD for Concord Records. Also on this series, the exciting and visually stimulating IFÉ-ILÉ Afro-Cuban Dance Company will have the audience dancing in the aisles. The acclaimed Chilean singer/songwriter Claudia Acuña, brings her vocal “instrument of wonder,” to the Gusman stage, and Carlos Reyes, a virtuoso of violin and the Paraguayan harp brings an infectious blend of Latin, jazz and rock. Also this year, Festival Miami is proud to present the master of salsa, Willy Chirino performing his distinctive “Miami Sound.”

The Festival Miami Advance Ticket Sales Office phone number is (305) 284-4940. Hours are Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For a complete listing of concerts and to order tickets online visit http://www.festivalmiami.com/ or email festivalmiami.music@miami.edu for additional information. Tickets go on sale September 1. All performances are held at the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, located at the Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music, 1314 Miller Drive, on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables Campus (unless otherwise noted in the attached schedule). For more information on the Frost School of Music, visit http://www.music.miami.edu/.
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Florida Blues Music - Blue Tuesday #54 at Boston's on the Beach Photos Posted

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This past Tuesday night was another great Blue Tuesday at Boston’s on the Beach ( www.bostonsonthebeach.com ) with Art Harris & The Z-Tones ( www.theztones.com ) joining Famous Frank with their swingin’ blues tones and tunes. The place was packed and everyone was having so much fun the dancing went on until way-late. JP Soars stopped by to play a couple and Daniel Lombardi helped close the show with some of his great guitar playing! We were in the house and took some photos that we have posted on our MySpace ( www.myspace.com/JazzBluesFlorida ) . Stop over and check them out! We look forward to seeing you at Boston’s next Blue Tuesday (Sept 22) when Albert Castiglia joins Famous Frank. Here is the short-list of future Blue Tuesday Special Guests:

Sept 26: Blues Dragon
Sept 29: The Nouveuax Honkies
Oct 6: Terry Hank & JP Soars & The Red Hots

See ya on the Dixie!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mr. Riley B. King!

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"Riley B. King (born September 16, 1925), known by the stage name B.B. King, is an American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter acclaimed for his expressive singing and guitar playing.

Critical acclaim and widespread popularity have cemented his reputation as possibly the most respected, successful, and most recognized bluesman, not just in the United States, but in the world. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at #3 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time". According to Edward M. Komara, King "introduced a sophisticated style of soloing based on fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato that would influence virtually every electric blues guitarist that followed.""

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Artist Applications for New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2010

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The deadline is October 1, 2009 for musical groups to apply for slots at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The application process is simple: Just get your photo, bio, and music samples together and fill out the online form.

In keeping with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation's mission to promote, preserve, perpetuate and encourage the music, culture and heritage of communities in Louisiana, the vast majority of bands selected to perform at Jazz Fest are based in Louisiana based.

All bands that are chosen for the 2010 Jazz Fest will be contacted after October 1. Once all bands are selected and booked, the Festival will email all groups that were not selected for 2010.


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Monday, September 14, 2009

BLUZAPALOOZA V - The Pizza & Pyramid Tour

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The Pizza & Pyramid Tour
October 21 through November 1, 2010
Starring Zac Harmon with Special Guests Deanna Bogart, Terry "Harmonica" Bean and Steve Simon, this 10 day tour includes a show at the U.S. Naval Base in Sicily, Italy and then on to Cairo, Egypt for command performances at the Pyramids, The Cairo Opera House and the Cairo - American University.
This BLUZAPALOOZA tour is presented by Armed Forces Entertainment and has been made possible with the help of The Blues Foundation, Blues Revue, Blues Wax, Northern Blues Records, Alligator Records, VizzTone Label Group, Telarc Records, Sony Corporation, Yellow Dog Records, Delta Groove Records, Ruf Records, Blind Pig Records, Hohner Harmonicas, Bill Wax, the Proprietor of Bluesville on XM Satellite Radio and the Steve & Helen Simon Foundation.
For further information contact Steve Simon at 340-643-6475 or at stevesimonlive@yahoo.com
Check out www.myspace.com/bluzapalooza

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Legendary saxophonist Londeix to perform at Stetson University

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DeLand -- The public is invited to hear legendary French saxophonist Jean-Marie Londeix and American saxophonist William H. Street, accompanied by Canadian pianist Roger Admiral, at a Stetson University guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, in Lee Chapel of Elizabeth Hall, 421 N. Woodland Blvd. Admission is $8 general public; $5 senior citizens and area students.

Londeix, of the Bordeaux Conservatory of Music, is one of a handful of saxophonists who qualify as the greatest artist/teachers of classical saxophone in the 20th century, said Stetson Adjunct Professor Jim Bishop, who arranged Londeix and Street’s return visit to campus. “This is the last time he’ll (Londeix) be here,” Bishop said. “This is his last North American visit, so it’s rather special.”

The program includes the world premier of composer Andriy Talpash’s Zut! for saxophone and piano , Marilyn Shrude’s Lacrimosa for alto saxophone and piano, and Charles Stolte’s True Confessions for alto saxophone.

Londeix is respected as much for his teaching as for his musical genius, and has had a double career as concert artist and teacher. “He’s one of the seminal thinkers as to the nature of contemporary music and the saxophone’s place in that repertoire,” Bishop said. One of Londeix’s gifts is the ability to convey to students how to use the saxophone as a vessel for communications of musical ideas; a vehicle for moving music through the mind of the performer to the mind of the listener, he said.

The Washington Post has described Londeix as “the most revered of French saxophonists, (who) made the Bordeaux Conservatory the world’s leading center of saxophone studies.” In addition to teaching and performing around the world, Londeix has recorded numerous albums and CDs, lectured widely, organized a number of international saxophone festivals, and written books and other scholarly works.

Street studied saxophone with Londeix and is respected as one of North America’s finest instrumentalists. He has degrees from Northwestern University, the Bordeaux Conservatory and the Catholic University of America. A frequent recitalist, conductor and soloist with orchestras and bands around the world, Street directs the Symphonic Wind Ensemble at the University of Alberta in Canada, where he also teaches saxophone and chamber music and serves as associate dean of the Faculty of Arts.

Admiral performs and coaches contemporary music in the Edmonton, Canada, area and elsewhere. He is co-artistic director of Edmonton’s Plexoos Ensemble and is part of the Duo Kovalis with Montreal percussionist Philip Hornsey.

For additional information, contact the Stetson University School of Music, 386-822-8950.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bob Weinberg, Florida's Jazz Writer, "Examines" Chicago Free-jazz Concert at Velvet Lounge

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Chicago free-jazz icon Fred Anderson keeps on blowing
September 10, 11:52 AM
Miami Jazz and Blues Examiner Bob Weinberg

" the tenor saxophonists squared off on-stage at the Velvet Lounge. Attired in a black shirt and gray slacks, his back bent in a permanent question mark, the 80-year-old Fred Anderson gave no quarter to his longtime friend, the all-black clad Kidd Jordan, during this post-Chicago Jazz Fest all-star free-jazz freakout. After all, this was Anderson's house,..."

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Phrasing In Brazilian Music - You will want to attend this!

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The Antonio Adolfo School of Music was inaugurated two years ago in downtown Hollywood. In that time, Antonio has created a curriculum consisting not only of music classwork, but also master classes, clinics, workshops, and panel discussions. Participants have included musicians and educators from the community and beyond, such as Prof. Shelton Berg, Dean of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and also an acclaimed jazz pianist; master saxophonist Prof. Gary Campbell of Florida International University; guitarist Paulo Jobim and pianist Daniel Jobim, the son and grandson respectively of Antonio Carlos Jobim; bassist Arthur Maia, vocalist Rose Max, guitarist Ramatis Moraes, pianist-educator Zezo Olimpio, percussionist Sammy Figueroa, the legendary jazz multi-instrumentalist, Ira Sullivan, Uruguayan violinist and Grammy-Awardee Federico Britos, the Brazilian instrumental group, Clube do Choro, and many others.

Now, the South Florida community has the opportunity to see Antonio Adolfo, the noted pianist-composer-arranger-educator, present a clinic at his school focusing on one of his passions:

Phrasing In Brazilian Music (and what makes that difference!)

Antonio Adolfo, the maestro, will demonstrate how authentic musical elements can influence phrasing; particularly how specific rhythmic accents, harmony, melodic lines, and ornaments influence Brazilian phrasing. All attendees are welcome to bring their instruments to play (or sing) along with the examples presented. The school provides basic backline, including piano, drumset, electric bass and guitar amps, percussion instruments, and microphones.

While the two-hour clinic is structured for music students and professionals, anyone with even a casual interest in the topic is welcome to attend and participate.

Date: September 21st (Monday)
Time: 7:30 PM
Admission: $15 (please call or email to RSVP)

Antonio Adolfo School Of Music
2040, Sherman St
Hollywood, FL 33020
(786) 566-1527

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Blues Foundation Elects First-Ever Female President

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The Blues Foundation Elects First-Ever Female President and
Adds Seven New Board Members from the Business Community
Memphis, TN - September 8, 2009

The Blues Foundation, the non-profit organization dedicated to the past, present and future of blues music, has completed the annual election of its Board of Directors and its officers, electing nine individuals to lead and assist The Blues Foundation in establishing a permanent home in downtown Memphis. The plan for a permanent home proposes to centralize the Foundation's educational, audio-visual and retail opportunities, in addition to housing its staff and operations. The new board members elected will contribute their respective expertise in finance, marketing, consulting and development to the Foundation's efforts through 2012, and as Foundation members will continue to provide the worldwide Blues community with support, information and news.

The membership of the current Board voted to fill the nine available seats in this year's election, including seven new members: Phil Barkett, a Chicago area financial analyst, Steve Bryson, Chairman and CEO, Global Electronic Technology, Cypress, CA; Smart City Consulting, Memphis; Tom Jones, Stefan Levy, Big Cat Search, Barrington, IL; Craig Ray, Mississippi Development Authority, Jackson, MS; Eric Simonsen, AlixPartners LLC, Providence, RI; and Laurie Tucker, Senior Vice-President of Corporate Marketing, FedEx, Germantown, TN. The Board members re-elected two current members: Dorothy Moore, a Grammy-nominated performer, Florence, MS; and Kevin Kane, President and CEO, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau. All recently-elected members will begin three-year terms October 23 at the next Board meeting in Nashville, TN.

Following the Board election, the new Board selected the following Board members to leadership positions, who will serve for one year each: the Board's first female President Pat Morgan, artist manager for Pinetop Perkins and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, and Vice President Bill Wax, programmer and on-air host of Sirius XM Satellite Radio's B.B. King's Bluesville channel. Additional members of the Executive Committee are: Gary Anton, a Tallahassee, FL attorney and owner of Bradfordville Blues Club, Kevin Kane, and Gaynell Rogers, a Nevada City, CA marketing & publicity consultant. In addition, Clay Purdom, an attorney with the Memphis law firm of Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston, is the Treasurer.

The newly-elected members and officers join fellow Board members Barbara Blue, Betsie Brown, Thomas Cain, Jostein Forsberg, Zac Harmon, Jerry Mason, Karen McFarland, Thomas Ruf, Joey Sichting, Ricky Stevens, Cassie Taylor and C. Sade Turnipseed.

Newly-elected Board President Pat Morgan stated, "I am very excited to take on this new leadership role. I believe the Blues Foundation is now poised to take on new challenges, to continue to provide for our membership, and to further our mission of keeping the blues alive for generations to come."

Executive Director Jay Sieleman added "Adding people of this caliber from outside of the blues music community is critical to taking The Blues Foundation to the next level. But they were not just recruited; each is a Blues fan and was a Blues Foundation member before coming on the Board. I fully expect the next three years to be the best ever for The Blues Foundation and therefore, for blues music."

The Foundation is celebrating its 30th anniversary, having already seen this year their 25th anniversary of the International Blues Challenge and the largest, star-studded 30th anniversary of the Blues Music Awards. As the Foundation moves into its 31st year, several new programs will soon be announced to further assist blues musicians and those making their careers within the blues music community.

The following Board members will be concluding their Board service in September: Paul Benjamin, Dom Forcella, Bruce Iglauer, Fred Litwin, Patrick Reilly and Chris Sabie.

Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, The Blues Foundation is the hub of the Blues world. With 175 affiliated Blues societies and a membership that spans the globe, the Foundation's signature events - the Blues Music Awards, Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, International Blues Challenge and Keeping the Blues Awards - place it at the center of the Blues universe. The Blues Foundation is a non-profit organization, with a mission to preserve Blues history, celebrate Blues excellence, support Blues education and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form. Throughout the year, the Foundation staff serves the worldwide Blues community with answers, contact information and news.

For more information about The Blues Foundation
Please contact
Jay Sieleman
Executive Director
The Blues Foundation
901-527-2583 ext. 12
or visit our website at http://www.blues.org/
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Monday, September 7, 2009

2009 - 2010 Season of the Charlotte County (Florida) Jazz Society

Great Live Jazz Lives in Florida!

CONCERTS: Performances at Cultural Center Theatre, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte, FL 33952

Monday, October 12, 2009 - DOUBLE CONCERT

Monday, November 9, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Monday, January 11, 2010
The Jazz Legacy BIG Band under direction of DAVID PRUYN

Monday, February 8, 2010

Monday, March 8, 2010
BILL ALRED & his Classic Jazz Band.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Ticket Information at:
CCJAZZ hotline: 941-766-9422

JAZZ JAMS: JAMS are scheduled for 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. the 4th Sunday of October & November 2009, and January, February, March & April 2010 at PORT CHARLOTTE GOLF CLUB, 22400 Gleneagles Terrace

Charlotte County Jazz Society 2009 - 2010 Schedule

Monday, October 12, 2009
South Florida Talent Showcase (Double Concert)
Part One: Bob Switzer Quartet
Opening this first-of-the-season concert will be a quartet of Central and South Florida musicians headed by trumpeter Bob Switzer of Clearwater. Switzer is well known around Florida and in the San Francisco jazz scene where he appears as well. His technical mastery of trumpet and flugelhorn have made him first on the speed-dial of other band-leaders around Florida. But especially interesting is the ease with which he navigates the idioms of jazz....from New Orleans to bebop or the coolest and most elegant of standards.

Backing Switzer on guitar is relative newcomer to CCJS, Larry Camp. Camp made his first CCJS appearance this past year with Mike and Kitt Moran's quintet. Camp is from the Tampa Bay area as is bassist Mark Neuenschwander who is quickly becoming a favorite sideman with touring jazz artists who stop over in Florida to perform and record. On drums is Tracy Alexander from Orlando. In case that name sounds familiar, he is the son of jazz great Mousey Alexander, who performed with Benny Goodman, Eddie Condon, and Red Norvo among others.

Part Two: Mike Markaverich Quartet
The second half of the October concert will be a more familiar face. Long time members have seen exhuberant pianist Mike Markaverich and his sidekicks frequently over the years. Known for his amazing chops, inventive solo lines and impish musical humor, Mike has been a fixture on the Sarasota music scene for over two decades. And his story is always worth the retelling.
Sightless since birth, Markaverich attended the Perkins School for the Blind in Nashua, N.H., and for eight years studied nothing but classical piano. In high school he dabbled with rock and roll before enrolling at Dartmouth where he fell in love with jazz after hearing his first Oscar Peterson album. As a result Markaverich switched majors from French to music. He went on to obtain a bachelor in music at Dartmouth and later a Masters degree from the University of New Hampshire. For 10 years Mike did his apprenticeship as a music professional on Cape Cod before heading to the Sunshine State.

Sax man Tony Benade will be with Markaverich in the all-Sarasota quartet along with drummer Johnny Moore. And to add his own unique touch to the proceedings bassist-singer Ernie Williford will bring some of those soulful vocal chops he honed in his five years of playing and singing in clubs on Bourbon Street. Like Markaverich, Ernie is what they call in the club scene....a "house-rocker".

November 9, 2009
Catch A Rising Star: Mimi Fox Trio
California jazz guitarist Mimi Fox will be here on November 9th, 2009 for a debut performance for CCJS. Just a couple years ago she was introduced to Charlotte County at a fund raiser concert for the Arts and Humanities Council. Those of us fortunate enough to hear her knew we had to bring her back for an appearance in our CCJS Artists Series.

Mimi maintains a hectic touring schedule, playing major festivals from New York to Tokyo. Stateside, she has headlined at elite venues such as The Blue Note, Merkin Concert Hall, and the Village Gate in New York City, The Regattabar and Scullers in Boston, The Kennedy Center and Blues Alley in Washington D.C., the Triple Door and Jazz Alley in Seattle, and Yoshi's and the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

Mimi has released eight highly acclaimed albums as a leader, including her two most recent on the Favored Nations label. In 2003 and 2004 she was voted the International Critics Poll winner in Downbeat magazine under the Rising Star category. She has put in plenty of time in the studio on other artists' recordings as well, including Charlie Byrd, Branford Marsalis, Diana Krall, Abbey Lincoln, Kevin Mahogany and Joey DeFrancesco.
Mimi will be appearing with a trio in her concert.

December 14, 2009
The Bob Leary Quartet
For the past 4 years, guitarist Bob Leary of Naples has been a featured All-Star for the JazzFest at Sea cruises. On Monday December 14 he'll bring a quartet fresh from his fifth appearance there featuring three masters of traditional jazz in Alan Vache (clarinet), Davy Jones (cornet) and Phil Flannigan (bass). He has played jazz festivals in Tahiti, Germany, France, Britain, Canada, and the Caesarea Jazz Festival in Israel. In 2010, he'll be working at festivals around the United States, with the Midiri Brothers, Jeff Barnhard's band, and many others, including his own.

He's had the honor of recording several CD's with Woody Allen's musical director, Dick Hyman, in New York; performing with Carol Channing in Hello Dolly; and playing on more than 100 recordings with many of the most famous names in traditional jazz.

January 11, 2010
Big Band Jazz Night: The Jazz Legacy Big Band
Jazz fans can likely remember the great Monday Night "rehearsal bands" of Thad Jones/Mel Lewis which were often recorded and performed weekly at the Village Vanguard in New York City for many years. Well musical director and multi-instrumentalist David Pruyn has made Monday nights a rehearsal-band night for several years in the Tampa Bay area. Many of the top players in central Florida traveled from Orlando, Tampa and St Pete to keep the flame alive and read through the great arrangements in the libraries of musicians gathered over decades.

This is a band focused on just good old fashioned swinging. They are connected and committed to maintaining the tradition and the roots of the jazz big band and as Ella used to sing: "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing". On a side note musical director David Pruyn, in addition to being a gifted multi-instrumentalist, is an accomplished vocalist who has appeared before at CCJS with his Mel Torme tribute vocal show in October of 2007.

February 8, 2010
Jazz Legends Night: Ira Sullivan Quintet
World-renowned multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan comes with a trunk-full of wind instruments and gifted long-time sidekick Dante Luciani (trombone). Count on hearing brilliant and inspired forrays on trumpet, flugelhorn, alto and soprano flute, and tenor and soprano sax. The rhythm section will be familiar as well with Vince Evans (bass), James Martin (drums) and Jerry Stawski (piano).

As a youngster in the 1950's Sullivan cut his teeth playing with jazz legends like Charlie Parker, Roy Eldridge, and Lester Young. He would go on to perform with such luminaries as Art Blakey and Red Rodney with whom he co-led one of the most celebrated and innovative bands in jazz. Eventually Ira took up permanent residence in Miami Florida, where he became a jazz landmark, as well as educator and mentor to rising young talents like Jaco Pastorius and Pat Matheny.

CCJS takes great pride in presenting Sullivan in his eleventh appearance here in twenty years. No other organization in Florida has been more consistently supportive of this artist who is a national treasure of the jazz world. Don't miss this performance. The world is full of bright young talent, but there's only one Ira Sullivan.

March 8, 2010
Bill Allred's Classic Jazz Band
You may ask: what are we going to hear at a concert of Bill Allred and his eight-piece Classic Jazz Band? As Bill puts it, you are apt to hear anything from Jelly Roll Morton to Count Basie and all the stops in between.
In it's 20th year of existence, the band started essentially as a "kicks" band, collecting and playing the arrangements of Matty Matlock and Billy Maxted. After performing at a few jazz festivals, they realized that there was a real market for their "little big band" type of sound. That was more than 19 years and 13 recordings ago. The band uses the five-horn front line typical of such bands as those of Matty Matlock, Billy Maxted and Red Nichols, and of course the self-styled World’s Greatest Jazz Band of Yank Lawson and Bob Haggart.

Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band has appeared at jazz festivals and concerts in Sacramento, Palm Springs and Mammoth Lakes, California; Davenport, Iowa; Madison, LaCrosse and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Sun Valley, Idaho; the Jazz Café at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.; Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore; and in theaters and jazz clubs all over the country.
Overseas trips have taken them to Hong Kong, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, England, Scotland, Italy and South America. In Rome, they performed a benefit for the World Food Program at the Jazz Club Alpheus. They have also been the featured band on several Jazzdagen cruises and on the Mississippi Queen riverboat.

April 12, 2010
Jim Roberts and The Saxtet
In 1991 Jim Roberts made the decision to move from the "Big Apple" to Orlando, Florida where he has established himself as one of the most in-demand pianists around. One of the projects he initiated since arriving was the group that will be here on April 12. "The Jim Roberts Saxtet" has been at crowd favorite for many years at CCJS and has recorded two CDs: Reflection and Live in Central Florida.

An Illinois native, Roberts first broke into the business of playing jazz piano in the musical pressure cooker of New York City in the late 1970s, where he worked steadily and recorded with bebop trumpet star Howard McGee. In his spare time he arranged to study with another jazz legend, pianist Roland Hanna.

In the 1980s after the death of McGee, Roberts continued gigging regularly in New York, working with such heavyweights as saxmen Buddy Tate, Pepper Adams, Lee Konitz, Harold Ashby, Paul Gonsalves, Jimmy McPartland; trumpeters Thad Jones, Dizzy Gillespie; bassists Milt Hinton, Ron Carter; drummers, Philly Joe Jones, Joe Morello, Tootie Heath; and singers Joe Williams, Helen Humes, Maxine Sullivan, and Joe Carroll.

These days in addition to his jazz and freelance work around Florida, Jim can be heard playing piano behind the improv comedy troup at the Comedy Warehouse at Disney World's Pleasure Island.


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