Saturday, October 31, 2009

Florida Bluesman, Albert Castiglia, 2009 Blues Blast Music "Song of the Year" Award Winner

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Blues Blast Internet Magazine hosted their annual awards show at Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago this past Thursday, October 29, 2009 and Albert Castiglia was there not only to perform, but to collect the award for the Best Blues Song of the Year, his "Bad Year Blues."

Other 2009 Nominees in this category included:

The Insomniacs - "At Least I'm Not With You"
Chris James & Patrick Rynn - "Mr. Coffee"
Curtis Salgado - "20 Years of B.B. King"
Kenny Neal - "Let Life Flow"
B.B. King - "See That My Grave is Kept Clean"

2009 Blues Blast Music Awards Winners

Best Contemporary Blues Recording
The Insomniacs - At Least I’m Not With You

Best Traditional Blues Recording
Various Artists - Chicago Blues: A Living History

Best Blues Song
Albert Castiglia - "Bad Year Blues"

Best Blues Band
Nick Moss and The Flip Tops

Best Male Artist
Elvin Bishop

Best Female Artist
Robin Rogers
(Be sure to catch Robin when she comes to Florida in November  on 11.21.09 for the 10th Annual Southwest Florida Blues Festival

Best New Artist Debut Recording
Chris James & Patrick Rynn - Stop & Think About It

Sean Costello Rising Star Award
Kilborn Alley Blues Band

For the complete list of nominees:

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Maguire's Hill 16 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Announces Expanded Blues & Jazz Music Program

New Home for Live Jazz & Blues Music in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Maguire's Hill 16 is the oldest award winning Traditional Irish Pub and Restaurant conveniently located near downtown Fort Lauderdale. They feature a full bar and authentic menu with a home cooked style. Music is served up four nights a week and there is never a cover. There is a second, separate bar area that serves as the perfect indoor space for conversation and keeping up with the televised games of all sorts - both kinds of football, for instance! There is also outdoor seating available for those that enjoy the Florida evenings or a smoke between sets of music.
"The chocolate cream pie is to die for." Blues4Tania

Every Wednesday, 8pm-midnight
Anthony Corrado's Open Mic Jazz and Blues Jam
Corrado is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, recording artist, recording engineer, voice-over actor, and educator. Jazz and blues instrumentalists, singers, and fans are invited to come out to perform and meet fellow music lovers. You can look forward to improving your technique, musicality, showmanship, originals, improvisation, and creating new business relationships and friends.

Every Thursday, 8pm-midnight
Bobby Nathan Band w/ special guest performers
Bobby is a NYC pro musician with as much talent and experience and as many stories as any player that has come down I-95. The Memphis Soul & Blues sound is core to his music and it brings the best players to his band.

Friday & Saturday, 9pm -1am
Rotation of South Florida's Finest Bands and Musicians
Friday, Oct 30th 9:00 PM Albert Castiglia
Saturday, Oct 31st 9:00 PM Celtic Mayhem w/ Randi & her Fiddle;
Friday, Nov 6th 9:00 PM Hep Cat Boo Daddies
Saturday, Nov 7th 9:00 PM J.P. Soars & The Red Hots
Friday, Nov 13th 9:00 PM Albert Castiglia
Saturday, Nov 14th 9:00 PM Celtic Mayhem
Friday, Nov 20th 9:00 PM AZ Kenny Tsak & 56 Deluxe Band
Saturday, Nov 21st 9:00 PM Randi & Blue Fire Thanksgiving Eve Bash
Wed, Nov 25th 9:00 PM The Methodaires
Friday, Nov 27th 9:00 PM The Jeff Prine Group
Saturday, Nov 28th 9:00 PM Albert Castiglia

Maguire's Hill 16
535 N Andrew Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Open daily at 11:00 AM

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


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Opening concert features South Florida Jazz Orchestra & Lisanne Lyons

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Jazz Legends of Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow …if you’re a fan of swing and big band jazz, you won’t want to miss the South Florida Jazz Orchestra with Lisanne Lyons in concert on November 11, 2009.

Jazz Legends of Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow with the South Florida Orchestra will take place at the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The show begins at 7:45 pm. Single tickets are $35 and $40 and student tickets are $12. Purchase tickets through the Broward Center Box Office at 954-462-0222 or online at or A pre-concert Jazz Riff jazz talk will be given by radio personality Stu Grant at 7:00pm in the theater before the show.

The South Florida Jazz Orchestra is a modern Big Band comprised of some of the best jazz musicians, studio musicians, and jazz educators in the southeastern part of the United States. The members of The SFJO are some of the most experienced

Professionals in the country, having performed and toured with many of the greatest artists in Jazz and Popular music. These musicians’ careers include tenure with the Big Bands of Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, and Maynard Ferguson, and artists from Stan Getz, Dave Grusin, and James Moody to Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, and Joe Williams.

Band members include Chuck Bergeron, Music Director/bass; Mike Brignola, sax/clarinet; Doug Bickel, piano; Brian Murphy, piano; John Yarling, drums; Gary Keller, sax; Gary Lindsay, sax/clarinet; Ken Mattis, sax; Jason Kush, sax; John Kricker, trombone; Dante Luciani, trombone; Steve Sigmund, trombone; Noah Bellamy, trombone; Augie Haas, trumpet; Alex Norris, trumpet; Matt White, trumpet; and Rodrigo Gallardo, trumpet. Jazz vocalist, Lisanne Lyons, will be the featured special guest artist in this concert.

The SFJO’s eclectic repertoire includes many original compositions by band members, as well as classic charts from such greats as Thad Jones, Charles Mingus, John Clayton, Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, John Fedchock, and many more. To learn more about the artists, go to their websites at and

The Gold Coast Jazz Society is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of jazz music through a mainstage concert series, free community concerts, jazz education programs and other events. Go online for more information about the Gold Coast Jazz Society or call 954-524-0805.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Monterey Jazz Fest’s Next Gen Fest - Florida Jazz Students Invited to Apply

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Now Accepting Applications From Student Big Bands, Combos, Vocal Ensembles, Composers, Individual Musicians

Next Generation Festival Jazz Competition Open To Middle School, High School, Conglomerate School, And College Level Musicians And Vocalists

Country's Top Young Players Compete For Performance Opportunities
At 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 17 - 19, 2010

Next Generation Festival Includes Free Concerts, Clinics, Workshops,
And Jazz Competition, April 9 - 11, 2010 In Historic Downtown Monterey

October 27, 2009; Monterey, California; The Monterey Jazz Festival, a leader in jazz education since its inception in 1958, is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Next Generation Festival, featuring the nation’s most talented middle school, high school, conglomerate school, and college jazz musicians and vocalists. The Next Generation Festival will take place in historic downtown Monterey from April 9 - 11, 2010.

Now in its 6th successful year in downtown Monterey, the Next Generation Festival evolved from MJF's "California High School Jazz Competition" which started in 1971 and was presented at the Monterey County Fairgrounds for 35 of its 40-year run. Now named the Next Generation Festival, the weekend salute to the future of jazz has expanded to include middle school, conglomerate school, and college level musicians and vocalists.

The Next Generation Festival Jazz Competition is now accepting applications from middle school, high school, and college big bands; from high school and college level conglomerate bands; and from high school combos and vocal jazz ensembles through January 22, 2010. Application forms may be downloaded at the Monterey Jazz Festival’s website, The application process is free of charge, as is participation in the prestigious event.

A three-year grant from the Surdna Foundation supports the Next Generation Festival and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra's international tours. The Surdna Foundation’s Arts Program is national in scope and supports the artistic advancement of teens, ages 12 - 18.

Next Generation Festival finalists are selected through recorded auditions reviewed and ranked by faculty from the Berklee College of Music, and will include twelve big bands, six combos, and eight vocal ensembles in the High School Division. Six college-level big bands and six college vocal ensembles will also be selected, in addition to six conglomerate and six middle school big bands.

New for 2010 is the Open Combo Division for college and conglomerate high school ensembles. Six finalist combos will be selected to participate in this newest division. In addition, specially-invited groups will also perform. In 2009, over fifty groups from across the United States as well as international groups from the U.K. and Japan attended the Next Generation Festival.

The high school, conglomerate school, and college divisions of the Next Generation Festival Jazz Competition are open to superior rated big bands, combos, and vocal ensembles. The top big bands, combo, and vocal ensemble will win cash awards and be invited to perform at the 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 17 - 19, 2010.

Auditions will also be held for chairs in the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, which is slated to tour at jazz venues and festivals throughout North America, as well as being featured on the Monterey Jazz Festival's Sunday afternoon Arena/Lyons Stage.

The event also includes a big band composition competition, open to high school composers, with the winning piece to be debuted at the 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival by the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. Judged by college faculty from leading music schools across the country, the winning composer will receive the Gerald Wilson Award and a cash prize, with the winning composition to be performed by the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra at the 53rd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 19, 2010, on the Jimmy Lyons Stage in the Arena before a crowd of thousands.

“Plans are well underway for making our 6th annual Next Generation Festival another exciting MJF event,” said Dr. Rob Klevan, Education Director for the Monterey Jazz Festival. “April 9 - 11, 2010, is a special weekend as it marks the 40th anniversary for the Monterey Jazz Festival’s High School Competition, but for anyone who has ever attended the Next Generation Festival, it’s clear that our emphasis is on presenting a ‘festival’ as the very best of the next generation of jazz musicians, from middle school to college, gather in Monterey to perform, listen, learn, and enjoy this great American music, jazz. For students, teachers, and jazz fans alike, the celebratory atmosphere and festive vibe at the Next Generation Festival is what makes this event so fun and special.”

All Next Generation Festival events and activities -- from Friday night's Kick-Off Concert through Saturday and Sunday's Next Generation Festival Jazz Competition -- are open to the public, free of charge. The Festival will also conduct clinics, workshops, jam sessions, and auditions in the heart of historic Monterey, with music to be performed at the Monterey Conference Center, the host Portola Plaza Hotel, Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row, and a downtown jazz club.

Interested schools and students should visit for instructions on how to apply to the Next Generation Festival. Applications with an audition tape/CD should be mailed to: Next Generation Festival, c/o Dr. Rob Klevan, Jazz Education Director, 9699 Blue Larkspur Lane, Suite 204, Monterey, CA, 93940.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Inspirational Jazz Documentary "Chops" Drums up Excitement for Florida Jazz Programs

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Virgil Films & Entertainment announces the innovative release of the acclaimed documentary, CHOPS, directed by Bruce Broder, which follows T.J., Owen and other high school jazz students from around the country as they prepare for and perform in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. In partnership with B-Side Entertainment and Jazz at Lincoln Center, the film is being offered nationwide as a resource to bring awareness to the importance of arts education, as a fundraising tool for school arts and music programs and as an educational platform for teachers. CHOPS is currently screening at schools and theaters and available on DVD. A special educational edition complete with lesson plans will be made available later in the year.

CHOPS made its debut at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and garnered huge accolades for its entertaining storytelling and inspirational message. At film festivals around the country it won numerous awards, including the International Documentary Association's Alan Ett Music Documentary Award, several Audience Favorite Awards and two Grand Prizes.

Featuring the music of Duke Ellington, arguably America's greatest composer, the documentary profiles the relentless dedication and teamwork of young aspiring jazz musicians and their unwavering love of music. As they travel to New York City to compete in what has been called the “Superbowl of high school jazz band competitions," this group--made up of kids from all walks of life--makes the most of their differences and comes to embrace the commitment it takes to be the best. They work together, set goals together and push each other to realize a dream.

In an effort to bolster enthusiasm for arts and music programs in schools, Virgil and B-Side, in association with Jazz at Lincoln Center, have launched a nationwide screening program. Educators are encouraged to book their own screenings of CHOPS in their school as a way to fundraise for arts education programs. As a part of this unique program, screening hosts may charge whatever admission they like and keep 100% of the proceeds.

“I am convinced that by watching this film [CHOPS] students will gain a new level of excitement and motivation to improve individually and as an ensemble," said Dr. Bill Pace, Band Director, Xavier High School, New York City.

CHOPS has already screened at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. as a part of the celebrations of Jazz Appreciation Month and Duke Ellington's 110th birthday. Virgil and B-Side will continue sharing the film at jazz festivals, community theaters, and musical instrument and sheet music retailers across the country

Wynton Marsalis, Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, said of CHOPS, “This film is so well made, a labor of love..." while Andre Cole of BET wrote, “I really think younger audiences need to see this movie to appreciate jazz." Andrea Mineo of CNN raved about the film, saying it “...made me laugh, made me tear up, made me feel great. It was fantastic."

“CHOPS fits into that category of film that gets me excited," added Joe Amodei, President of Virgil Films & Entertainment. “When we can release a product that entertains and inspires at the same time, we have reached our goal. This film achieves both in a very big way."

CHOPS is a Bruce Broder film, in association with Winnercomm, Inc. with thanks to Jazz at Lincoln Center. The executive producer is Tim Cremin and the producers are Chip Rives, Joe Carmody, and Warren Skeels. The editor is Jake Pushinsky.

About Virgil Films & Entertainment

Virgil Films & Entertainment, formerly Arts Alliance America, was founded in 2003 as Hart Sharp Video by Joe Amodei to develop, acquire, market and distribute DVD product in the theatrical feature film, documentaries, special interest and sports categories. The company has built partnerships with Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, ESPN, MLB Productions, Bombo Sports and Entertainment, TV Guide and NESN and other high-profile entertainment brands since their inception. Upcoming releases from Virgil Films and Entertainment include “The Caller" starring Academy Award nominee Frank Langella, the second season of the legendary “The Donna Reed Show," and the cult-classic children's series “The Mysterious Cities of Gold."

About Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz at Lincoln Center is dedicated to inspiring and growing audiences for jazz. With the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and a comprehensive array of guest artists, Jazz at Lincoln Center advances a unique vision for the continued development of the art of jazz by producing a year-round schedule of performance, education and broadcast events for audiences of all ages. These productions include concerts, national and international tours, residencies, a jazz hall of fame and concert series, weekly national radio programs, television broadcasts, recordings, publications, an annual high school jazz band competition and festival, a band director academy, jazz appreciation curriculum for students, music publishing, children's concerts and classes, lectures, adult education courses, student and educator workshops and interactive websites. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, Chairman Lisa Schiff and Executive Director, Adrian Ellis, Jazz at Lincoln Center will produce thousands of events each season in its home in New York City, Frederick P. Rose Hall, and around the world.

About B-Side Entertainment

B-Side Entertainment is a specialty film distributor that uses digital marketing and exhibition to connect films directly with audiences. The key to B-Side's unique distribution model is its technology platform which powers the web sites for more than 250 international film festivals, capturing feedback from 4 million audience members each year. B-Side distributes films globally using theatrical and non-theatrical venues, and through partnerships with DVD, digital, and television distributors. B-Side has offices in Austin and New York.

Friday, October 23, 2009

John Clayton & Jeff Hamilton interviewed by Bill Meredith of Jazz & Blues Florida

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Rhythm is their business
John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton keep the heart of the big band beating.

October 23, 2009
by Bill Meredith
Jazz & Blues Florida

For 25 years, bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton have formed the back line of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Founded in 1985 and co-led by Clayton's saxophone-playing brother Jeff Clayton, the big band has recorded a handful of stellar CDs and served as the in-residence ensemble for the Hollywood Bowl Jazz Series from 1999 to 2001.

Hamilton, 56, also leads his own self-titled trio. His session drum savvy has earned him Grammy Awards for his work with Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Benny Carter, Diana Krall and Queen Latifah (for 2007's Trav'lin' Light). Hamilton's trio also released a new CD titled Symbiosis for the Capri label.

Clayton, 57, is an esteemed bass man and educator; co-leads The Clayton Brothers with Jeff Clayton; and is often the arranger of choice for producers like Quincy Jones and Tommy LiPuma. He and Hamilton both appear on guitarist Graham Dechter's new CD, Right on Time, also released on Capri.

The ace rhythm section plays at the University of Miami on Oct. 29 with UM's Frost School of Music dean, pianist Shelly Berg, plus other faculty members. On Oct. 30, Clayton and Hamilton play with the Frost Concert Jazz Band and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra to celebrate the institute's relocation to UM. Both men recently talked about the forthcoming experience, as well as looked back on their remarkable careers.

After you guys played together with pianist Monty Alexander (1975-1977), you both ended up with big bands (Hamilton with Woody Herman; Clayton with Count Basie). Was that foreshadowing?

JC: If so, it was an unconscious move. But Jeff and I had talked about how fun it would be to put together a big band since we studied together at Indiana University, when we also played together in a version of the Tommy Dorsey Big Band.

JH: John and I have had a common love for big bands, like the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra and Duke Ellington's bands, ever since college. After playing with Monty and Basie, John moved to Holland for a few years, and I ended up in Los Angeles. But John was writing more while he was in Holland, so we got more serious about forming a big band once he moved to L.A.

What qualities did you find in one another that made you want to undergo the financial perils of a big band together?

JC: Jeff is one of my favorite drummers, and definitely my favorite big-band drummer. And with us, it all comes back to those two words — the music.

JH: Having listened to Oscar Peterson records with Ray Brown on bass, I always heard similar great qualities in John's playing, and even more so after he and Ray became associated with each other. And John's writing has always been creative and swinging, and very much in sync with my style of playing.

Have either of you worked with pianist and Frost School dean Shelly Berg?

JH: I did, when he was working in California [as a professor and Chair of Jazz Studies at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, 1991-2007], and I enjoyed his energy very much. He's become a dear friend.

JC: I've played with Shelly many times. He's one of my favorite pianists to play with.

What kind of material will you be playing?

JH: At this point, I honestly don't know! The first night will be with Shelly and the faculty, and the second is likely to be some of John's charts. We only have a two-hour rehearsal before the orchestra show the second night, so we'll be looking at some charts on stage. I'll wear my reading glasses.

JC: I've talked to Shelly about this. We'll certainly do some things from my book, including some of Jeff's favorites, like my arrangement of "Back Home in Indiana" [composed by James F. Hanley and Ballard MacDonald, and recorded by the likes of Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole]. Other material will be designed to showcase the students, and make sure they have fun.

What does it take to keep a big band together during a 21st-century recession?

JC: At this point, it really is all about familial commitment. We had a rehearsal last week, and while we took care of business, it also involved a lot of smiles, laughs and camaraderie.

JH: For the orchestra at Lincoln Center, it's great financial support, something we also had at the Hollywood Bowl. But for us now, it's a feeling of family. That, and the Duke Ellington ideal of the band members composing the material — so that only that band sounds like it knows how to play the stuff correctly!

John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton perform with Shelly Berg and Frost School of Music faculty 8 pm Thursday, Oct. 29, at Gusman Concert Hall at the University of Miami, 1314 Miller Drive. Clayton and Hamilton will perform with the Henry Mancini Orchestra and Frost Concert Jazz Band 8 pm Friday, Oct. 30, also at Gusman. Tickets cost $25-$75. Call 305-284-4940 or visit

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Lenore Raphael to Play Atlantic Music Center - The best of jazz in Florida



75 S. Wickham Road
Melbourne, Florida 32904
Tel. for information 321- 768-2221
Tickets: $22. in advance $25. at the door

A note from Lenore:

"The venue is a wonderful theater, intimate enough to hear the music with great acoustics and one of the world's best pianos.

I will be performing again with wonderful bassist Ron Pirtle and we will be swinging "Cole Porter".

I hope you will all come out and bring your jazz friends too."



"A REALLY EXCITING PIANIST...ONE OF THE BEST"...Jacques Emond, exec producer Ottawa International Jazz Festival

"LENORE IS ONE OF THE 'baddest' PIANISTS OUT THERE TODAY...SHE ALWAYS SWINGS"...famed vocalist Jon Hendricks

e mail:
BOOKING: Swingin' Fox Music 1-866-796-4369

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Florida's Suncoast Blues Challenge Winners Announced

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Lee Pons - Left; Walker Smith - Below
On Sunday, Oct. 18th the Suncoast Blues Challenge was held at the Springs Theater in Tampa, Florida. Winning the solo category was Lee Pons, "Best of the Bay" 2009 Winner, and representing the Suncoast Blues Society in the band category will be The Walker Smith Group who made the trip to Memphis in 2007.

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Matt Guitar Murphy Live at Boston's on the Beach 10/20/09 -Live Florida Blues!

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Matt Guitar Murphy TONIGHT at Boston's on the Beach in Delray Beach - FREE 30th Anniversary Party!

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Smokestack Lightnin' Blues Radio current show -

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Listen Now! Smokestack Lightnin' Blues Radio is currently web-casting for your listening pleasure its Top 10 Blues CDs for this week + a huge set of Blues By Request – Lots More
PLAYLIST: Smokestack Lightnin’ on WUCF, 89.9FM, , 10/17/09, 8-11pm

Opening: Smokestack Lightnin’ by The Howlin’ Wolf
DJ: Tommy

Smokestack Lightnin’s Top Ten Blues CDs For The Week
#10 Joe Louis Walker & Duke Robillard/Tell Me Why/Between A Rock & The Blues/Stony Plain
#9 Darrell Nulisch/It’s A Shame/Just For You/
#8 Robert Cray/Truce/This Time/Nozzle
#7 Cash Box Kings/Preachin’ Blues/Cuttin’ Heads Live At The Cuda CafĂ©/Blue Midnight
#6 John Mayall/Tough Times Ahead/Tough/Eagle
#5 Tinsley Ellis/It Takes What It Takes/Speak No Evil/Alligator
#4 Sean Costello/Mojo Boogie/Sean’s Blues/Landslide

Hour One Bonus (for stations not running news in hour 1)
Dave Munkhoff/Headin’ Home & Howlin’ Munk/Dave Munkhoff/self

Top Ten Countdown Conclusion

#3 Jeff Healey/Angel Eyes/Songs From The Road/Ruf
#2 Mike Zito/Big Mouth/Pearl River/Eclecto Groove
#1 John Primer/I Called My Baby/All Original/Blues House

Blues By Request

Shawn Kellerman & Lucky Peterson/Big Mama’s Door/Blues Without A Home/Flaming Cheese
Mick Fleetwood Band/Bitter End/Something Big/Sanctuary
Livin’ Blues/One Night Boy/The Early Blues Sessions/Generic Import 1967
Ry Cooder/Crossroads/Crossroads Soundtrack/Warner 1986

All New Acoustic Blues
John Hammond/Stop & Listen/Things About Comin’ My Way: Tribute To The Shieks/Black Hen
Joe Filisko & Eric Noden/I.C. Special/I.C. Special/self
Maria Muldaur & Her Garden Of Joy/Let It Simmer/Maria Muldaur & Her Garden Of Joy/Stony Plain
Marty Christian/Last Bus To Memphis/Underground Blues/Street Man

All New Blues This Week
Corey Harris/Blues/
Diesel/It Hurts Me Too/Project Blues:Saturday Suffering Fools/Hep Fidelity
Sean Carney Band/Too Many Cooks/Live Blues on Whyte/Nite Owlz
Doug Demming & The Jewel Tones & Kim Wilson/Only Time Will Tell/Falling Through The Cracks/Mighty Tiger
Jeff Jensen/Cocaine Spiked Whiskey/I’m Coming Home/Swing Suit
Victor Wainwright & The Wildroots/Long Way To  Go/Beale Street To The Bayou/Wild Roots
Felix Cabrera Band & Jimmy Vivino/Goin’ Down Slow/Live At The Turning Point/Suitcase Sound
Retro Deluxe/Baby, It’s Hot/Baby, It’s Hot/Rinkled Rooster
Ronny Sessum/Here’s Your Walkin’ Papers/Funk ‘n’ Blues Man/Blues Destiny
Roy Powers/St. Lucie Blues/Firing Line/Blues Destiny
Kimon & The Prophets/You Beautiful Thing You/Roadhouse Party/Ultrascene
Kenny Burrell & Turrentine/Mule/Midnight Blue/Verve Vinyl Disc

Monday, October 19, 2009

Where we will be this week (WWWBTW)?:

This is the week our MySpace will be visited for the 10,000th time in ten months. Will YOU be the one to put us over the top?

Danger & Romance
It is Boston's on the Beach 30th Anniversary Week. Call the Delray Beach Marriott if you need a room. Win a guitar. Eat. Drink. Laugh at the silly musicians. Dance. Enjoy.

Make this the week you come out for some fun. You don't have to spend big to live big…

If you would like to see this page with all of the active links, head on over to our website:


Monday, Oct 19:
*Internet Radio Day - Sunday Blues with Dar, Salty Dog & Smokestack LIghtnin' archived shows; 6-11pm (central time) Blues Power w/ Gil Anthony

Tuesday, Oct 20:
*Boston’s on the Beach, Delray Beach: Blue Tuesday w/ Famous Frank Ward w/ his ever-changing All Star Band, w/ Special Guest Matt 'Guitar' Murphy and the Nouveaux Honkies to Celebrate their 30th Anniversary!

Wednesday, Oct 21:
Tiki Bar Touring - You find us, we will buy you a beverage!

Thursday, Oct 22:
Maguire's Hill 16, Ft. Lauderdale: Bobby Nathan Band

Friday, Oct 23:
*Mrs. Murphy’s Pub & Grubb, Ft. Lauderdale: 8pm-midnight Ken Burkhart's "B3 Jazz & Blues Jam" w/ Deborah Pavia & Mike Griffith, Pros welcome to sit in.
*Transit Lounge, Miami: Ever So Klever

Saturday, Oct 24:
*Earl's Hideaway, Sebastian: Rev. Billy C. Wirtz (3pm)
*Heidi’s Jazz Club, Cocoa Beach: The Ron Teixiera Trio with Rabbit Simmons and Stan Soloko (Dinner Show)

Sunday, Oct 25:
*Grand Bohemian Hotel, Orlando: Sunday Jazz Brunch
*McWell's Restaurant, Orlando: 1pm, 3rd Annual Central Florida Blues Challenge - Roadblock, Signal 65, Nightly Blues, Selwyn Birchwood & Deuces Wild, The Bird Dog Bobby Band, Doc Williamson, The Bluesbusters, The Stumblers, Shaun Rounds, RJ Harman & Company

* Photo-Art Showcase: Ben Robinson by The PhotoGuy of Amelia Island
* Video Showcase: Shaun Rounds at BB Kings Orlando
* New Link: Blues Power Radio w/ Anthony Gil
* New Florida Music: Nico Wayne Toussaint's "Blues entre les dents"; Bobby Stinger's "I'm Not to Blame"
* Past Week's Club Photos: Photos posted to our MySpace Profile this week include: Blue Tuesday at Boston's on the Beach w/ The Mario LaCasse Band.

Latin Jazz Big Band to Perform in Miami Florida

Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College: Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, Room 3210) 300 N.E. 2nd Ave Miami FL 33132 (305)237-3721 7:30pm FREE Oct 27: MDC Wolfson Latin Jazz Big Band under direction of Peter Francis.

The band is 20 pieces strong and will be performing a contemporary mix of latin jazz, funk, and soul.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Miami Herald Article Previews TigerTail's Season Opener Jazz Drummer

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Dutch drummer can't help but play

Special to The Miami Herald

Han Bennink was feeling frisky. Onstage with pianist Misha Mengelberg and saxophonist Kenny Millions at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center in 2007, the legendary Dutch jazz drummer displayed the mischievous wit and childlike exuberance for which he's long been revered. Variously, he bounced a drumstick and caught it in mid-air, swung his foot atop his snare, percussively beat his ruddy cheeks and even created shadow puppets on the wall behind him.

Of course, in the same show he sensitively and creatively engaged in the three-way musical conversation taking place onstage, punctuating and commenting on his colleagues' statements with dazzling acuity while continually ratcheting up the excitement.

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Copeland Davis & Matt Savage to Perform at The Florida Everglades Champion Awards Event

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Arthur R. Marshall Foundation to Host
For the Everglades!
At the Original Wellington Mall – November 8

2nd Annual Everglades Champion Awards Will Be Announced;
Plus Performances by Legendary Pianist Copeland Davis
& 17-Year-Old Autistic Savant Musician Matt Savage

(West Palm Beach, FL – June 25, 2009) Nancy Marshall, president of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation, which works for the restoration and preservation of the greater Everglades ecosystem, today announced that the nonprofit organization will be hosting JAZZ IT UP!: For the Everglades, a combination cocktail party, dinner and jazz concert on Sunday, November 8, starting at 5 p.m. The fun and festive event will be held at the original Wellington Mall, located on the corner of Forest Hill Blvd. and Wellington Trace.

A fundraiser for the Marshall Foundation’s Everglades educational programs, JAZZ IT UP! highlights will include:

Champion of the Everglades Awards
The second annual Everglades Champion Awards will be presented in three categories: Elected Official, Individual and Organization. The 2008 recipients were Florida Governor Charlie Crist, environmental philanthropist Mary Barley and the South Florida Water Management District. This year’s three Champion of the Everglades award winners will be announced in a couple of months.

Musical Performances by Copeland Davis & Matt Savage
Pianist Copeland Davis earned a standing ovation following his first performance on NBC's Tonight Show, and later made memorable appearances on Good Morning America and his own PBS special. With his gospel roots and classical training, Davis has earned worldwide acclaim as a jazz innovator who has been strongly influenced by Beethoven. As one music critic declared, Copeland Davis “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."

Born in 1992, Matthew “Matt” Savage was diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder, a form of autism, at age three. By age six, he had taught himself to read piano music. After studying classical piano for less than a year, he discovered jazz, which became his main focus. An accomplished musician and composer, Matt has released several albums, both as a solo performer and as part of the Matt Savage Trio. He has performed with Chaka Khan and other popular singers, and has received numerous awards, including being signed in 2003 to Bösendorfer pianos, the only child to be so recognized in the company's 175-year history. Matt has toured the world, performing for heads of state and even headlining at Carnegie Hall. His numerous broadcast appearances include The Today Show, The Late Show with Dave Letterman, The View and NPR’s All Things Considered.

"Holding a successful annual fundraiser is vital to the support of the Marshall Foundation’s grassroots environmental education programs that serve thousands of families every year,” said Marshall. “Architect Frank Lloyd Wright once declared, 'Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.’ At the Marshall Foundation, we want to help every student in our community to connect with nature. They will make the difference because they are our future!”

Jess & Victoria Santamaria are serving as Grand Benefactors of JAZZ IT UP!, with longtime cultural philanthropists Sydelle Meyer and Joyce McLendon as Honorary Chairs, and Roberta Drey as event Chair.

“JAZZ IT UP! is actually replacing the Marshall Foundation’s annual River of Grass Gala,” said Marshall. “During these tough economic times, we wanted our major fundraiser to be a bit less glitzy and a lot more fun. We are deeply grateful to County Commissioner Jess Santamaria for generously underwriting this vital event.”

“It is also most appropriate that the Marshall Foundation will be hosting our biggest annual fundraiser in Wellington, just a short distance from the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, which is expected to unveil its new state-of-the-art exhibits and interactive displays just a few weeks prior to JAZZ IT UP!,” added Marshall. Certainly those who live closest to the Everglades have proven to be some of the biggest supporters of preserving and restoring our historic River of Grass.”

Tickets for the Marshall Foundation’s JAZZ IT UP! For the Everglades are $125 per person or $1,250 for a table of 10. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 561.805.TREE (8733) or visit

About the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation:
Founded in 1998, the Marshall Foundation strives to educate young people and the public about Everglades ecology through science-based outreach programs, and restore original plant life and water flow patterns to the greater Everglades ecosystem.

In recent years, the Marshall Foundation has planted more than 100,000 native Florida trees in wetland areas, awarded over $400,000 in scholarships and internships, and involved more than 5,000 volunteers in hands-on restoration projects.

For more information about the Marshall Foundation, please call 561.805.8733 or visit

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Boston's on the Beach Black & White Party - YOU ARE INVITED

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Cool Nights @ Terrace - Florida Latin Jazz Featured

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Calder Casino & Race Course Announces Music Series
October - November, Friday & Saturday Nights, 6-11pm

Oct 22: Kick-off Party W/ Oriente Latin Jazz Band
Oct 23: Marijah & The Reggae Allstars
Oct 24: Miranda's Latin Nights
Nov 6: Cesar Santana Band
Nov 7: Oriente Latin Jazz Band
Nov 13: Oriente Latin Jazz Band
Nov 14: IKO IKO
Nov 20: Marijah & The Reggae Allstars
Nov 21: Miranda's Latin Nights

4th Floor Terrace Lounge
Happy Hour 6-8pm
Late Night Dancing
$5 Cover until 8pm, after 8pm $10

RSVP for VIP: 305-625-7227

Calder Casino & Race Course
21002 NW 27th Ave
Miami Gardens FL 33055

Florida CruiseFest to the Bahamas with The Nouveaux Honkies & Ben Prestage (Blues/Roots/Americana)

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Bluzpik Rekerdz USA & Cruise Holidays present a cruise to the Bahamas on Royal Caribbean’s “Monarch of the Seas” departing Port Canaveral, FL on May 21, 2010 and returning on May 24, 2010 featuring The Nouveaux Honkies & Ben Prestage. Passengers will be entertained by two of Florida’s most popular acts including private onboard performances, a beach party, private cocktail party, and up close and personal meet & greets with the bands. In addition to the private performances, cruisers will enjoy a weekend full of Royal Caribbean style fun including all onboard dining, cruise entertainment, and access to ship’s facilities and daily activities.

Pricing for the cruise, based on double occupancy, are $449 per person for indoor cabins, $499 for outside and $849 for Junior Suites with balconies. Fully refundable deposits of $150 per person to confirm reservations are now being accepted. Cruise Holidays is offering an onboard credit of $50 per cabin for all reservations received by October 26, 2009. Reservations can be made by contacting Bob Rossi at Cruise Holidays at 772-408-2210 or via e-mail at or at any Nouveaux Honkies or Ben Prestage live show.

Who are The Nouveaux Honkies? Head south to the East coast of Florida and you might run into them in the town of Port Salerno. This small commercial fishing village is the stomping ground of singer/guitarist Tim O’Donnell and violinist Rebecca Dawkins, who moved there in 2005 from South Carolina. Stir in the mix of Mike Burney on bass and you have the unmistakable sound of this Blues/Roots Country band. The group started touring after their second album “Where Do I Go” was released in early 2008. After a run to Montana and Idaho that summer, the album made its debut on the Roots Country (Americana) Chart at # 14. After 33 weeks on the national chart, “Where Do I Go” peaked at #3 in early 2009.

Blues Review Magazine linked the sounds to “The Stones, with hints of Dire Straights, Curtis Mayfield, Hendrix, and Wolf”. O’Donnell’s vocal style was said to be “an amalgam of Van Morrison and Willy DeVille”. Violinist Rebecca Dawkins crafts her lead lines over popping rhythms and their unique blend of blues, swing and country becomes the sound that fans describe as a reinvention of the musical wheel.

Ben Prestage spent some time as a street performer on historic Beale Street, while living in Memphis, TN. He used to share a spot in front of the New Daisy Theatre with modern blues legends Robert Belfour (Fat Possum Records) and Richard Johnston (2001 International Blues Competition winner). Being a street musician in the “Blues capital of the South” threw Prestage’s music in a new direction. To his show, he added a cigarbox guitar (made by Memphian one-man-band John Lowe) which has stereo guitar and bass strings that can be played independently, at the same time. Then Ben added a series of four foot pedals that can be manipulated by the heels and toes of both feet to play a drum kit. The final result is Ben playing guitar, bass, and drums while singing his own brand of Blues which leaves bottles empty and dance floors full wherever his music takes him.
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Floyd House Restoration Fundraiser to Feature Florida Jazz

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The Carlisle Floyd House at Millstone Institute

Carlisle Floyd, one of the most celebrated of American opera composers, wrote his world famous opera, Susannah, in a small house in Tallahassee in the mid-1950’s, during his time on the faculty of the School of Music at FSU. With the recent expansion of the FSU campus, the house was in danger of being demolished. Through a generous donation, the house was moved from its original location near FSU to the peaceful setting of the Millstone Institute. Upon restoration, the Floyd House will be used as a creative retreat by composers, musicians, scholars and artists. Millstone is holding a benefit jazz concert and reception to help raise the $25,000 that it will take to fix up the Floyd House.

Join us at a Benefit for the Carlisle Floyd House at Millstone Institute

Saturday, October 17, 4 - 6 pm
Wine and Light Refreshments
Music by the Bill Peterson Jazz Trio
$25. per person
Limited Tickets Available

*If you cannot attend the benefit, but would like to support renovation of the Floyd House, please send your donation to:
Millstone Institute
6500 Old Millstone Plantation Road
Tallahassee, Fl 32312

Questions? or to Reserve Your Tickets Via email, contact:
Cynthia Hollis, Director

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South Florida Blues & Americana Showcase Announced

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Bluzpik Rekerdz USA and Pulp Live present:

S FL Blues & Americana Showcase of Bands
@ Pulp Live-Nov 21 & 22, 2009
2674 East Oakland Park Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306

Saturday-November 21, 2009
3:00PM-Darrell Raines w/Clay Goldstein
4:00PM-Hurricane Hawk
5:00PM-King Muddfish
6:00PM-Jeff Prine
7:00PM-Grant Piper & Pix-E Acoustic Duo
8:00PM-Jack Knife Beat
9:30PM-Blue House
11:00PM-Kenny AZ & Deluxe 56

Sunday-November 22
3:00PM-Reina G Collins
5:00PM-The Nouveaux Honkies
6:00PM-Matt "Guitar" Murphy
**Tickets are $15 per day, $25 for both days
on sale 10/12/09 @
or @ Pulp Live on day of show

Sunday- 11/22-3pm-8pm

A Portion of the Proceeds will Benefit:
The Anne Murray/Broward County PTA Clothing Bank

Sponsor info: Please contact Leo Gale @

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Boston's on the Beach, Delray Beach, Florida, Celebrates 30th Year

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

blues4tania Likes the Chocolate Cream Pie

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Ramblings & Updates

posted Oct 13 '09 - FORT LAUDERDALE - Maguire's Hill 16 Irish Pub is a downtown blues club with no cover and blues five nights per week. All the beautiful wood in this place makes for a great sound. Kitchen's open until 10pm. Music starts 8pm during the week, 9pm Fri & Sat, 4pm Sunday. It's electrified acoustic blues with Albert & Graham each Tuesday with Josh subbing when Albert is at Fat Cats. (Nico Wayne Toussaint sat in for the whole third set last night.) On Thursdays, it's The Bobby Nathan Band with their usual cast of unusual friends (and patrons barhopping along Andrews Avenue to and from the Downtowner Saloon). Juanita Dixon joins The Jeff Prine Trio each Sunday afternoon. A variety of bands perform on Fridays and Saturdays. The chocolate cream pie is to die for.



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Opening concert features South Florida Jazz Orchestra & Lisanne Lyons

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Jazz Legends of Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow …if you’re a fan of swing and big band jazz, you won’t want to miss the South Florida Jazz Orchestra with Lisanne Lyons in concert on November 11, 2009.

Jazz Legends of Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow with the South Florida Orchestra will take place at the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The show begins at 7:45 pm. Single tickets are $35 and $40, and student tickets are $12. Purchase tickets through the Broward Center Box Office at 954-462-0222 or online at or A pre-concert Jazz Riff jazz talk will be given by radio personality Stu Grant at 7:00pm in the theater before the show.

“The band swings with pulsating energy propelled by exemplary charts and arrangements that showcase brassy instrumentals, divine solos and elegant vocals,” - Edward Blanco, All About Jazz/ WDNA FM.

The South Florida Jazz Orchestra is a modern Big Band comprised of some of the best jazz musicians, studio musicians, and jazz educators in the southeastern part of the United States. The members of The SFJO are some of the most experienced professionals in the country, having performed and toured with many of the greatest artists in Jazz and Popular music. These musicians’ careers include tenure with the Big Bands of Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, and Maynard Ferguson, and artists from Stan Getz, Dave Grusin, and James Moody to Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, and Joe Williams.

Band members include Chuck Bergeron, Music Director/bass; Mike Brignola, sax/clarinet; Doug Bickel, piano; Brian Murphy, piano; John Yarling, drums; Gary Keller, sax; Gary Lindsay, sax/clarinet; Ken Mattis, sax; Jason Kush, sax; John Kricker, trombone; Dante Luciani, trombone; Steve Sigmund, trombone; Noah Bellamy, trombone; Augie Haas, trumpet; Alex Norris, trumpet; Matt White, trumpet; and Rodrigo Gallardo, trumpet. Jazz vocalist, Lisanne Lyons, will be the featured special guest artist in this concert.

Lisanne Lyons, Jazz Vocalist

The SFJO’s eclectic repertoire includes many original compositions by band members, as well as classic charts from such greats as Thad Jones, Charles Mingus, John Clayton, Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, John Fedchock, and many more. To learn more about the South Florida Jazz Orchestra and Lisanne Lyons, go to their websites at and

The Gold Coast Jazz Society is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of jazz music through a mainstage concert series, free community concerts, jazz education programs and other events. Go online for more information about the Gold Coast Jazz Society or call 954-524-0805.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Joe Bonamassa Ticket Give-away Tonight At Boston's on the Beach in Delray Beach Florida!

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Come to Boston's on the Beach, in Delray Beach, FL, Blue Tuesday on Oct 13, 2009 to enter to win two tickets to the Joe Bonamassa concert to be held in Miami at the Gusman Center on Nov 7. No cost to enter; entries accepted from the time the music starts until the drawing time at 10pm.


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Joe Bonamassa info at:

Hollywood Beach to Host 8th Annual Clambake - Latin Jazz & Blues Florida Style!

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Hollywood Beach to Host 8th Annual Clambake on the Broadwalk
Latin jazz legend Poncho Sanchez, blues-rocker Jason Ricci headline seafood festival

(Hollywood, Florida) Hollywood Beach will host the 8th Annual Clambake on the Broadwalk, the popular music & seafood festival that features good eats and fresh beats at the water’s edge.

The Hollywood Beach Broadwalk will host a bounty of fresh seafood, live music and free family entertainment on October 16-18, 2009 at the 8th Annual Hollywood Beach Clambake, where that tasty New England tradition returns with a tropical twist. The eagerly awaited festival of food and funk will feature free musical performances by world-renowned Latin jazz legend Poncho Sanchez, rockin’ blues harmonica virtuoso Jason Ricci, Beatles tribute band Anthology, and soulful island diva Marijah and the Reggae All-Stars.

Throughout the weekend, a South Florida feast of fresh clams, oysters, shrimp, fish, lobster, conch and crab cakes will be served up along the Broadwalk, as local restaurants offer their hottest seafood recipes and coolest drink concoctions for hungry revelers.

Nonstop live music on multiple stages will include Grammy-winning Latin jazz maestro Poncho Sanchez (Saturday, October 17, 7 p.m.), Marijah & the Reggae All-Stars (Friday, October 16, 7 p.m.), and high-energy blues-rocker Jason Ricci & New Blood (Sunday, October 18, 7 p.m.) headlining the Hollywood Beach Bandshell (dubbed the Clamshell during the event). Beatles tribute band Anthology will headline the Classic Car Show Stage near the Ramada Hollywood Beach Resort (Saturday, October 17, 5 p.m.) The exciting musical line-up will also include The Hep Cat Boodaddies, Oriente, Ike & Val Woods, Teri Catlin, Crazy Fingers and more.

Among the other festival highlights will be a Classic Car show on Saturday night (5-9 p.m.), the annual Best Chowder Contest and a Clam Chowder Crawl along Hollywood Beach’s “Restaurant Row.” Children’s activities will take place at Charnow Park.

Festival hours are 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 16; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 17; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, October 18, 2009. The Hollywood Beach Bandshell is located on the Broadwalk, just east of State Road A1A at Johnson Street.

Arrive by car, boat or bicycle. Paid festival parking is available at the Johnson Street municipal garage and surface lots, at the Oceanwalk Mall next to the Ramada Inn Hollywood Beach Resort at Hollywood Boulevard and A1A, and at the Garfield Street Parking Garage at Connecticut Street and A1A.

For more information on lodgings, please visit

For more information on the Clambake festival, including a complete schedule of performances and activities, visit or call (954) 926-3377.
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Bernard "Pretty" Purdie to headline the Miami Florida Jazz Workshop

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Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, the world's most recorded drummer, will headline the Miami Jazz Workshop to be held at Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre on Sunday, October 25th.

Purdie, who has performed for the likes of Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Miles Davis, Steely Dan, Joe Cocker and countless others, has laid the beat for over 3,000 albums to date. Best known for his signature "funky soul beat," Purdie has expanded the boundaries of almost every genre from jazz to rock to country and everything in between. Purdie's latest personal album, "Soul to Jazz" is considered years ahead of its time.

The Miami Jazz Workshop will take place on Sunday, October 25th at Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre with a Master class at 11:00 a.m. and the Concert featuring Purdie at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for the Master class are $20.00 and Concert tickets are $25 per person. Tickets for the class and concert can be purchased online at

Miami Jazz Party, a local group that strives to promote Jazz appreciation and awareness in South Florida since 2006, sponsors the event and Musicians Discount Center is a first time sponsor of The Miami Jazz Workshop.

For more information, please contact Allene Matthews at 786.470.9042 or email

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Monday, October 12, 2009

South Florida Blues Society to Send Nico Wayne Toussaint Band as Representative to Blues Challange

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On Sunday, October 11, the South Florida Blues Society 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 competition was won by The Nico Wayne Toussaint Band.  Band members are:
Josh Rowand (g), Deny Rowand (b) and Richie Corricelli (d).

More info and booking contacts can be found at:

Additional informatio about the Blues Foundation can be found at:

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