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:

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: .

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 or call 850-433-8382.

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