Sunday, December 6, 2009

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

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JAMS offers 6 fabulous concerts November - April annually.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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