Monday, November 30, 2009

Jazz to Highlight The Fourth Annual Overtown Holiday Concert Spectacular in Miami Florida

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The Fourth Annual Overtown Holiday Concert Spectacular


4:00 p.m., Sunday, December 13 within Overtown's Historic St. Agnes' Episcopal Church (1750 NW 3rd Avenue), the holiday season will be ushered in with what has become an annual and spirit-filled holiday concert spectacular. Amidst a mix of Neo-Classical- and Mission-style elements, the home of one of Miami's oldest African-American congregations is location to an event that draws upwards of 2,000.

This annual FREE concert is presented by the award-winning Coral Gables Congregational Church (CGCC) Community Arts Program (CAP) Conservatory for the Arts' and its Young Musicians' Junior Orchestra led by Ross DeBardelaben, Advanced Orchestra conducted by Jamie Nix, Advanced Chamber Players led by Ashley Liberty and the ALL-STAR Jazz Ensemble conducted by Daniel Strange. Other members of the Community Arts Program's teaching and coaching faculty join, with Organist Matthew Steynor, to round out a spirited holiday program of classical and jazz styles that will have toes tapping, spirits soaring, and St. Agnes' pipe organ (and you) singing!

You'll hear music of Mozart, Lochner and more against a rousing version of Tchaikovsky's Trepak from Nutcracker, Schumann's Fairy Tales for piano and strings and stellar arrangements for jazz combo including new arrangements for jazz ensemble and string orchestra of such classics as Angels We Have Heard on High; The Christmas Song; and others. It's a perfect family event that concludes with a grand sing along to usher in the most awesome holiday season of the year, in the heart of one of Miami's most endearing regions: Overtown.

The mission of the Coral Gables Congregational Church Community Arts Program is to serve a diverse community with the transforming power of the arts through educational and culturally enriching experiences. The Coral Gables Congregational Church (CGCC) Community Arts Program Conservatory for the Arts provides affordable one-on-one instrument training, written and aural music theory education, performance forums, juried evaluations, and participation in active-learning ensembles for a diversity of all Miami-Dade County youth (ages 8 thru 18).

This special holiday event is made possible with the support of the following sponsors: The Historic St. Agnes' Episcopal Church; The Links, Incorporated, Greater Miami Chapter; WLRN Public Radio; WDNA 88.9FM; the Children's Trust, NFAA YoungArts, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and Coral Gables Congregational Church. For more information on the 4:00 p.m., Sunday, December 13 concert at The Historic St. Agnes' Episcopal Church, located at 1750 NW 3rd Avenue in Overtown 33136, call (305) 448-7421, ext. 120; email; or visit

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Lake Worth, Florida, Restaurant Presents JP Soars & The Red Hots in Blues Dinner Concert

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Back By Popular Demand

JP Soars and the Red Hots!

JP Soars and the Red Hots!

JP Soars and the Red Hots!

December 4, 2009

Bar Opens at 6pm

Dinner Seatings at 7pm and 9pm
Come and join us upstairs for fabulous food and delicious specials of the evening or a couple of drinks
(minimum an entree per person in the dining room and $20 minimum at the bar).
Full upstairs menu available for dinner reservations.

Call Debra Leonard at 561.588.4488 to make reservations.

Limited dinner seating available

Bizaare Ave Cafe
921 Lake Ave
Lake Worth, Florida 33460
561 588 4488

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Another Great Florida Blues Festival - 2010 Bonita Blues Fest Dates Announced

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The Fourth Annual Bonita Blues Festival will be held at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs. The gates will open for the festival on Friday, March 12th, 2010 at 3:00 P.M., the bands will start at 4:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M., and Saturday March 13th, 2010 - the gates will open at 11:00 A.M. with the bands starting at Noon to 9:00 P.M.

Area businessmen Mike Pfeffer and Kevin Barry founded the event to raise money to help the homeless, abused women and children, and babies in the community.

Phone: 239-947-0715

Friday, November 27, 2009

Gold Coast Jazz Society of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Continues 2009-2010 Season of Jazz

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Gold Coast Jazz Society Announces 2009-2010 Season of Jazz

Fort Lauderdale, FL - We all need a little bit of fun today, so come and get your musical relief from the Gold Coast Jazz Society. From jazz classics to big band swing, to the sultry sounds of hot Latin jazz, Gold Coast Jazz promises some good times for everyone. Subscriptions are now available for all eight jazz concerts presented by the Society. Seven of the concerts will be held at the intimate Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, which is located at 201 SW 5th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale beginning at 7:45 pm. Prior to each jazz show Stu Grant of WXEL’s “Jazz Impressions” radio broadcast will conduct a pre-show Jazz Riff jazz talk prior to all concerts beginning at 7:00 pm. Full subscriptions and Jazz Sampler subscriptions are now available by calling the Gold Coast Jazz Society at 954-524-0805.

December Concert Honors Eddie Higgins and Features Jazz Pianist, Dick Hyman

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Jazz pianist Eddie Higgins was an icon on the local jazz scene as well as an international jazz superstar. To pay tribute to the life of this jazz legend, another jazz legend, pianist Dick Hyman, will perform with Don Coffman, bassist and Danny Burger, drummer in An Evening to Remember - A Tribute to Eddie Higgins. The concert will occur on December 9, 2009 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.

On January 9 you won’t want to miss the return engagement of the renowned Glenn Miller Orchestra directed by Larry O’Brien. This concert, presented in partnership with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts will take place at Parker Playhouse. An unforgettable night of swing, the GMO is considered to be “one of the best bands of all time.” “At Last” this will be your chance to hear this legendary jazz band in concert.

On January 13, the Cyrus Chestnut Trio will be the featured artists. Named “… best jazz pianist of his generation… ” in Time Magazine, Cyrus Chestnut is known for his imaginative, inventive style and his profound sense of the history and language of Jazz. He has performed and/or recorded with everyone from Jon Hendricks, Wynton Marsalis and Betty Carter to Bette Midler and Freddie Hubbard.” This dynamic performer, inspired by the likes of Fats Waller to Thelonius Monk, has “an exuberant feeling of musical joy,” says the LA Times. Join Chestnut and band mates, Michael Hawkins on bass and Neil Smith on drums for a jubilant and fresh outlook on jazz standards and the music of Elvis.

Benny Goodman had lots of titles including the “Patriarch of the Clarinet,” and “Swing’s Senior Statesman” but mostly he was known as the “King of Swing.” 2009 marked the centennial of Goodman’s birth, but we’re continuing the celebration with a “Tribute to Benny Goodman” by the Terry Myers Orchestra on February 10, 2010.

The March winds may be blowin’ but we’re blowing in jazz vocalist/pianist/composer, Tony DeSare for the March 10 jazz concert. This concert, “Moon River, Mercer and Me,” will feature the music of the Great American Songbook and much more. DeSare is a young jazz lion with a style “stretching from Harry Connick, Jr. to Michael Bublé and Jamie Cullum,” according to USA Today and is one of today’s hottest young singer/pianists.

On April 14, Eric Allison and members of the Gold Coast Jazz Society Band will join forces with some of the best jazz vocalist from South Florida. Brenda Alford, Wendy Pedersen, Maria Marshall and Nicole Yarling will be struttin’ their stuff in this evening of sizzling jazz standards. Each singer, well established jazz divas in their own right, will perform a medley of jazz tunes with Eric and the band. South Florida Jazz Divas will be an evening of some of the best singing in town.

Closing the jazz season this year and back by popular demand is Negroni’s Trio in an evening of Jazz on the Latin Side on May 12. This accomplished jazz ensemble features the dynamic piano of father José Negroni and son Nomar on drums. With a “compelling fusion of classical chops and Afro-Caribbean sensibility,” says Jazz Times magazine, Negroni’s “flair for theatrical color and musical storytelling is evident.” Negroni’s Trio has captivated audiences with their intimate conversational style and tasty frills. Their lastest album, Father & Son, a mix of straight-ahead jazz infused by dramatic and explosive Latin rhythmic playing, was nominated as the 2008 Album of the Year by the Latin Jazz Quarter.

For Full Season and Jazz Sampler subscriptions, call the Gold Coast Jazz Society at
954-524-0805. Single tickets to all concerts will be available after August 15 through the Broward Center’s AutoNation Box office at 954-462-0222 or online at For additional information go to

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, educational programs, a jazz scholarship program and the Gold Coast Jazz Society Band, under the direction of Eric Allison, Music Director.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and Funding Arts Broward. Season sponsors include DeMeo Young McGrath; HI Foundation; Miller Wiggin; Morgan Stanley; Broward Center; the PaperMill, WLRN FM, and South Florida Consulting.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

South Florida JAZZ Releases 2009-10 Season Schedule

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

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

January 9, 2010 – 8:00 p.m.
KATHY KOSINS - “The Ladies of Cool – A Tribute to Julie London, June Christy, Anita O'Day and Chris Connor”
A Detroit, Michigan native, Kathy Kosins has explored the vocal jazz idiom of the West Coast “cool school,” with particular emphasis on those extraordinary singers of the 1940s and 1950s that were household names to jazz and pop fans alike in that era. Kathy is an accomplished interpreter of jazz, who has a voice and style that shares that intimate and alluring quality found in “The Ladies of Cool.”

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

March 13, 2010 – 8:00 p.m.

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

April 10, 2010 – 8:00 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Southern Pines Blues & BBQ, Perry, Florida, Announces Dec Festival Performers

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Forest Capital State Park: 204 Forest Park Drive Perry, Florida 32348 Southern Pines Blues & BBQ Dec 11: 4:00pm Blues Audition Winner to Perform; 5:15pm Julie Black & Band; 6:30pm Gabe Butterfield & Rockin’ Jake; 8pm Johnnie Marshall; 9:30pm All Star Jam Session; 12: 10am Guitar Workshop; 11am Harmonica Workshop (Gabe Butterfield), 12pm Deidra & the Ruff Pro Band, 1pm Julie Black & Band, 2:15pm Gabe Butterfield & Rockin’ Jake, 3:45 p.m. - Damon Fowler, 5pm Dinner Break & BBQ Award Announcements, 6pm 6th Street R & B, Johnnie Marshall, 8:30pm Damon Fowler, 10pm All Star Jam Session

Monday, November 23, 2009

Jazz Jam Session Tribute to Eddie Higgins Announced in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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There will be a Jam Session tribute to Eddie Higgins on Sunday, December 6, 2009 from 4pm to 6pm at the library in Ft. Lauderdale on NE Sunrise at NE 14th Avenue. (1350 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304)

Haydn (Eddie) Higgins 1932-2009

Contributions to the Haydn (Eddie) Higgins Memorial Music Scholarship Fund will be gratefully appreciated. Contact Pam Dearden for information about the jam session and scholarship at the Gold Coast Jazz Society: 954-524-0805.

The Gold Coast Jazz Society's next concert on Dec 9, 2009 will be a performance by Dick Hyman titled "A Tribute to Eddie Higgins."

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Jon Secada To Perform at WINTER WONDERFUL

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Frost School Graduate, Jon Secada, To Perform and Receive the Inaugural Frost Achievement Award

Marta S. Weeks To Receive Frost Legacy Award

CORAL GABLES, FL  – The University of Miami Frost School of Music holiday dinner, Winter Wonderful, will take place on Sunday, December 6, 2009 at the newly renovated Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach. The goal of Winter Wonderful is to raise $100,000 for the Frost School of Music undergraduate scholarship fund. Highlights of the evening will include a sumptuous three-course dinner and joyous holiday performances featuring Grammy-award winning vocalist and Frost alumnus Jon Secada as well as the nearly 200-member Frost Choral Union and a special Holiday Orchestra. Repertoire will include carols from traditions from around the globe. The Frost School will present Jon Secada with the inaugural Frost Achievement Award, an award that honors a performer who has made a lasting imprint on music and culture. The Frost School will present UM trustee Marta S. Weeks with the Frost Legacy Award, an award given to one who has elevated the arts through personal devotion and philanthropy.

The evening will begin with a VIP cocktail reception inside the "LIV" Nightclub at 6:30 pm. The dinner and performance portion of the evening will begin at 7:30 pm in the spectacular Fontaine Ballroom. The "After-Dance" will begin at 10:00 pm in the Lounge.

Dean Shelton G. “Shelly” Berg said, "Winter Wonderful is undoubtedly the most beautiful and enchanting holiday event in South Florida. I hear all the time from attendees who tell me they never want to miss this evening. It is truly a night of goose bumps and beauty, as the warmth of the season fills the room, expressed as only music can express it. This year, we are thrilled to honor Jon Secada and Marta Weeks for their indelible contributions to our world."

The Frost Choral Union, approximately 200 members strong, will perform as a unified choir and also as members of smaller ensembles including the Frost University Chorale (the premiere ensemble), Chamber Singers, Collegium Musicum, Women's Chamber Ensemble, Women's Chamber Chorale, and Malestrom. Joshua Habermann and Donald Oglesby will lead the choirs with additional assistance from choral conducting graduate teaching assistants. Director of Choral Studies Joshua Habermann said, "We are pleased to showcase the Frost Choral Union at Winter Wonderful and support the cause of raising funds for undergraduate scholarships for students at the Frost School of Music."

Jon Secada is a multi-Grammy winning vocalist, inspiring performer, songwriter, producer, and the engaging host of Latin American Idol. He graduated from the Frost School in 1983, and recently released a new CD titled "Expressions" that explores his jazz roots.

Reverend Marta S. Weeks is near and dear to the Frost School of Music. She is a multi-faceted philanthropist and inspiring community leader. Reverend Weeks and her late husband, L. Austin Weeks, have provided significant philanthropic support for the University of Miami in many areas, including naming gifts for the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library and Technology Center, the L. Austin Weeks Center for Recording and Performance, and many scholarships for music majors. Reverend Weeks served as Chairman of the University of Miami Board of Trustees, the first woman to hold this post, from 2007-2009.

Patti and Allan Herbert are the Winter Wonderful dinner chairs. They have received numerous honors for their philanthropic work as UM Alumni. Mrs. Herbert said, "Allan and I are honored to serve as dinner chairs for Winter Wonderful. We are excited to partner with the Frost School to help raise money for undergraduate scholarships through Winter Wonderful. We are enthusiastic about Dean Berg's vision for the Frost School of Music, knowing that an exciting future lies ahead."

The Fontainebleau Hotel is located at 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Winter Wonderful is a Black Tie event. To order tickets, please call 305 284-6486.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

FIRST FRIDAY JAZZ JAM - Fort Lauderdale's Student Jam

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December 4, 2009



Bring your instrument, your friends & family and jam with our professional musicians.
Presented by the Gold Coast Jazz Society

Friday, November 20, 2009


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Columbus, OH – The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) has awarded a $200,000 grant to the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) to create a national model for building jazz and music audiences, entitled the Jazz Audiences Initiative.

The 21-month project, which spans November 1, 2009 through July 31, 2011, will enable the Jazz Arts Group to research and test new strategies for overcoming barriers to jazz participation and for building jazz audiences through more targeted marketing and programming efforts. The initiative will tackle fundamental questions about how and why people engage with jazz. Jazz artists and presenters nationwide will learn new ideas for building audiences and infusing the art form with new energy. In addition, research of this kind has not been conducted by another organization in the United States.

“The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is delighted to support this project,” commented Ben Cameron, Program Director for the Arts at DDCF. “The quality and expertise of the participants are exceptional, and the potential for impact on the entire jazz field is enormous. We look forward to following this project as it moves forward.”

“We are incredibly honored to be a recipient of DDCF funding and see this as a significant opportunity to provide insight into how contemporary audiences are attracted to the arts, and specifically to the creative forms such as jazz,” expressed Robert Breithaupt, Executive Director of the Jazz Arts Group. “Our intent is to share the outcomes of this research with presenters and artists so they may shape their products with a goal to expand audiences.”

The project will investigate and create deeper understanding of the musical tastes, and perceptions of jazz and music preferences, with particular attention on the language used to describe the music; develop new segmentation models for current jazz audiences and potential jazz audiences; and nurture and sustain a “community of practice” to create opportunities for meaningful discussion between project partners and jazz stakeholders.

The Jazz Arts Group will lead this project and has attracted notable research partners from across the country including: Jazz at Lincoln Center; San Francisco Jazz (SFJAZZ); the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra; the University of Florida Performing Arts; the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium; the Ohio State University Wexner Center for the Arts; and Dave Powers, a Columbus jazz musician. A team of highly skilled national researchers including Alan S. Brown, Principal, and Jennifer Novak-Leonard, Senior Research Consultant, WolfBrown; Joe Heimlich, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Learning Innovation; and Jerry Yoshitomi, Chief Knowledge Officer, Meaning Matters, LLC will assist JAG staff to understand and use audience participation trends and data gathered from the Jazz Audiences Initiative.

“This project is extremely timely. It will serve as a catalyst for better informed conversations about jazz; its audiences; and how best we grow them,” shared Adrian Ellis, Executive Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Felice Swapp, Executive Operating Director of SFJAZZ stated “we are readily willing to engage in the research exploration of what motivates audiences to participate, what various audience segments perceive jazz to sound like and mean, and how a national learning community could strengthen the sector.”


About the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation:

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and the prevention of child maltreatment, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties.

The foundation’s Arts Program supports performing artists in contemporary dance, jazz and theatre, and the nonprofit arts organizations that nurture these artists and produce and present these art forms.

About the Jazz Arts Group:

The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (JAG) is America's oldest not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to producing, performing and promoting jazz. JAG is the third largest performing arts organization in Columbus and consists of four focus areas: the Columbus Jazz Orchestra (CJO), one of the world's finest professional jazz orchestras; the Jazz Academy, JAG's extensive instructional programs educating both students and adults about jazz and American music; Inside Track, a new jazz and blues performance series to be produced at the historic Lincoln Theatre; and Affiliate Musicians, a program providing employment opportunities for professional musicians.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Florida's Bradfordville Blues Club Wins the KEEPING THE BLUES ALIVE Award from Blues Foundation

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Blues Club: Bradfordville Blues Club, Tallahassee, Florida
It may be the coolest juke joint experience outside Mississippi. Drive down a secluded dirt road through fields of cornstalks and massive Spanish-moss-covered live oaks until you see the glowing, cinder block juke in the distance and you've found it. Featuring live blues every Friday and Saturday night since 1964, the BBC has hosted blues royalty like Bobby "Blue" Bland, Bobby Rush, Jimmy Rogers, Pinetop Perkins, Little Milton, James Cotton, Nappy Brown, Ms. Lavelle White, Kenny Neal, Big Jack Johnson, E.C. Scott, Maria Muldaur, Son Seals, and a host of others. When the music gets too hot, you can always go outside to join the crowd surrounding the roaring bonfire (a rarity in today's world) or listen to the blues from the bonfire stage. New owners Gary and Kim Anton took over the club eight years ago and have worked hard to change little.

Statement from Gary and Kim Anton, owners of the Bradfordville Blues Club:

"Hey folks-
The Blues Foundation announced that the Bradfordville Blues Club has received the 2010 Keeping the Blues Alive Award in the blues clubs category! Wow! What an honor. It is a tribute to the club's "irregulars", customers, volunteers, benefactors, blues lovers, bands, agents and writers who have supported the BBC over the years. We've always known that the BBC is special and it is humbling to know that others feel that way, too. Thank you for helping keep the BBC alive so we can keep the Blues Alive and Live!


This is the second time in less than ten years that a Florida club has brought home the award. Skipper's Smokehouse (aka Skipperdome) was recognized in 2001 for their contribution to the blues.

Here is the Blues Foundation's description of the KBA Award:

Each year, The Blues Foundation presents the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Blues world.

The Blues Foundation will present the 2010 KBA Awards during a recognition brunch Saturday, January 23, 2010, at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The KBA ceremony will be part of the International Blues Challenge (IBC) weekend of events. For complete information about the 2010 International Blues Challenge weekend click here.

Unlike the Blues Music Awards, the award recognizing the past year's best in recordings and performance voted on by thousands of The Blues Foundation's members, the KBAs are awarded to non-performers strictly on the basis of merit by a select panel of Blues professionals. Noted educator, author, journalist, and KBA Chairman Art Tipaldi notes "The KBA may be awarded for the recipient's work in the past year but most often reflects a lifetime of work; we don't view the recipient as the winner of a 'best of the year' category. Consistent with this philosophy, the committee generally refrains from awarding the KBA to an individual or organization more than once. Rather, we select a new deserving winner each year, except in rare cases when a significant period of time has elapsed since the first award."

Nov. 20 : The Blues Power Band, benefit for Bryan Lee.
Nov. 21 : Tin Feet
Nov. 27 : Joey Gilmore
Nov. 28 : Delta Moon
Dec. 4 : Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
Dec. 5 : The Rockin' Jake Band with Gabe Butterfield
Dec. 11 : Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones
Dec. 12 : Delta Highway
Dec. 18 : J.B.'s Zydeco Zoo
Dec. 19 : EG Kight
Dec. 26 : The Legendary JC's
New Year's Eve : New Year's Eve With The Johnnie Marshall Blues Band
Jan. 1 : The Swinging Harpoon Blues Band
Jan. 2 : Jason Ricci and New Blood
Jan. 16 : Mikey Jr. & Stone Cold Blues
Jan. 23 : Harper
Jan. 30 : The Randall Bramblett Band
Feb. 5 : The Damon Fowler Group
Feb. 6 : The Debbie Davies Band
Feb. 12 : Ana Popovic
Feb. 13 : Robin Rogers & Her Hot Band
Feb. 19 : Chris Duarte & Bluestone
Feb. 20 : TBA
March 12 : Gina Sicilia
March 14 : The Johnnie Marshall Blues Band
March 20 : Johnny Rawls
March 26 : John Nemeth
March 27 : Smokin' Joe Kubek Band Featuring Bnois King
April 9 : Magic Slim & The Teardrops
April 10 : Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials
May 14 : Jason Ricci and New Blood

Bradfordville Blues Club

7152 Moses Lane
Tallahassee, FL 32309
(850) 906-0766-- Club
Pictures from Jazz & Blues Florida's last visit to BBC

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

South Florida JAZZ presents Pianist-vocalist Elaine Elias for 18th Anniversary gala concert

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November 21, 2009 - South Florida JAZZ welcomes the renowned piano and vocal sensation ELIANE ELIAS performing with her quartet to celebrate the South Florida JAZZ 18th anniversary.

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

This concert takes place at the 500-seat Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center on the Nova Southeastern University campus, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd. in Davie, FL 33314. Tickets are $40 or $125 for VIP packages. All seats are reserved and may be purchased from the Broward Center box office by calling 954.462.0222 in Broward County; also toll-free at 877-311-SHOW, and online at:, the presenting organization’s official Web site.

VIP packages include:
• Best seats first
• Pre-concert Gourmet Fare & Wine reception with live music by the
   award-winning New World School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble
• 2010 South Florida JAZZ membership
• Discounts to all concert series performances
• Members-only promotions

Eliane Elias

Pianist-singer-composer Eliane Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style that blends her impressive instrumental and compositional skills with a sensuous, alluring voice, delicately flavored by her Brazilian heritage. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Eliane demonstrated musical talent at a very early age. She began piano studies at age seven, and at age 12 she was transcribing solos from some of the great jazz masters. Remarkably, at 15 years of age, she was teaching piano and improvisation at one of Brazil’s most prestigious music conservatories. Her professional career began shortly thereafter, working with Brazilian singer-songwriter Toquinho and the great poet Vinicius de Moraes, who was also the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim’s co-writer and lyricist. At 21, Eliane left home for New York and quickly claimed the piano chair in the acclaimed, forward-looking jazz band, Steps Ahead.

Considered one of the great interpreters of Jobim’s music, Ms. Elias has been featured in many concert tributes to the master, and recorded two albums on Blue Note Records dedicated to his works, Eliane Elias Plays Jobim and Eliane Elias Sings Jobim. The latter won Best Vocal Album in Japan and was recognized as the Best Brazilian Album in the 1999 Jazziz magazine Critics Poll.

Eliane Elias was featured in the Thelonious Monk Institute’s Second Annual Celebration of America’s Music. She has appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; with the BBC Jazz Orchestra in London, and at Carnegie Hall with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, and at Carnegie Hall to name just a few notable performances.

In 2007, Ms. Elias released Something for You - Eliane Elias Sings and Plays Bill Evans, which received Best Vocal Album of the Year and the Gold Disc Award from the Recording Industry Association of Japan, the third consecutive recording that Eliane received these awards, and her fourth all-time. It is a disservice to her pianistic skills that the accolades are directed to singing because her piano playing is so impressive, and she sings on only six of the 16 tracks. In early 2009, Blue Note Records released the remarkable Bossa Nova Stories that features the cream of Brazil’s rhythm players in Eliane’s band. The CD immediately went to the top of the charts on iTunes and everywhere else. This performance for South Florida JAZZ on November 21, 2009 supports that most recent recording effort by one of Brazil and America’s most gifted musical artists.

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

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South Florida Blues & Americana Showcase Announced

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Bluzpik Rekerdz USA and Pulp Live present:

South Florida 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
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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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Florida's Jazz Arts Music Society of Palm Beach (JAMS) Starts Season Nov 16, 2009 w/ Tom Scott

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The Jazz Arts Music Society of Palm Beach (JAMS) Presents TOM SCOTT
Sponsored by THE JAZZ CRUISE

Monday, November 16, 2009


With over 27 solo recordings and three Grammy Awards to his credit, Tom Scott is a talented saxophonist, a noted composer, arranger, producer and musical director; having penned theme songs for Starsky and Hutch, The Streets of San Francisco, Family Ties, the Carol Burnett Show, Ba¬retta, Barnaby Jones, the Academy Awards and the Emmy Awards. His film scores include Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Stir Crazy, and Uptown Saturday Night. He’s received much acclaim as a player and ar¬ranger on the movie soundtracks Taxi Driver, Bladerunner, Heaven Can Wait, and Who Framed Roger Rab¬bit? and has directed, played and/or arranged for diverse artists including Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Olivia Newton-John, the GRP All-Star Big Band, Steely Dan, Carole King, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart, the Captain & Tenille and Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, Thelonious Monk, Pink Floyd, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Elton John, Scott currently heads The L.A. Express, a popular West Coast jazz fusion ensemble.

The Harriet Himmel Theater

700 S. Rosemary Ave., CityPlace
West Palm Beach

Tickets: $35

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
call 1- 877- 722- 2820


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Thursday, November 12, 2009


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December Concert Honors Eddie Higgins and Features Jazz Pianist, Dick Hyman

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Jazz pianist Eddie Higgins was an icon on the local jazz scene as well as an international jazz superstar. To pay tribute to the life of this jazz legend, another jazz legend, pianist Dick Hyman, will perform with Don Coffman, bassist and Danny Burger, drummer in An Evening to Remember - A Tribute to Eddie Higgins. The concert will occur on December 9, 2009 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.

Dick Hyman, jazz pianist
Dick Hyman is a veritable renaissance man of the music world. A performer, composer, orchestrator, arranger and conductor, Hyman was music director for Arthur Godfrey and orchestrated the hit musical Sugar Babies. He has served as composer/arranger conductor/pianist for the Woody Allen films Zelig, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Broadway Danny Rose, Stardust Memories, Hannah and Her Sisters, Radio Days, Bullets Over Broadway, Mighty Aphrodite, Everyone Says 'I Love You', Sweet and Lowdown, The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion and Melinda and Melinda. Other movie scores have included Moonstruck, Scott Joplin, King of Ragtime, The Lemon Sisters, and Alan and Naomi. His music has also been heard in The Mask, Billy Bathgate, Two Weeks Notice, and other films. Hyman has been music director of the production The Movie Music of Woody Allen, which premiered at the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to his activities in the jazz and concert worlds, Mr. Hyman has had a prolific career in New York as a studio musician and won seven Most Valuable Player Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He acted as music director for such television programs as Benny Goodman's final appearance (on PBS) and for In Performance at the White House. He received an Emmy for his original score for Sunshine's on the Way, a daytime drama, and another for musical direction of a PBS Special on Eubie Blake. He is a member of the Jazz Hall of Fame of the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies and the New Jersey Jazz Society. In 2004, after serving as artistic director for the acclaimed Jazz in July series at New York's 92nd Street Y for twenty years, he stepped down, as he has from a similar role in the annual Oregon Festival of American Music. He continues his Jazz Piano at the Y series in New York.

Eddie Higgins was a fixture on the local jazz scene for decades. He lived and worked in both south Florida and in the Cape Cod area. Born and raised in New England, Eddie (Haydn) Higgins started his professional career in Chicago, while studying at the Northwestern University Music School. For twenty years Eddie worked at some of Chicago's best known jazz clubs, including the Brass Rail, Preview Lounge, Blue Note, Cloister Inn and Jazz Ltd. His longest and most memorable job was at the London House, where he led the house trio for twelve years, playing opposite the biggest jazz stars of the 50's and 60's, including Stan Getz, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Errol Garner, George Shearing, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans and many others. In 1970, Eddie moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and began spending winters in Florida and summers on Cape Cod, where he played local clubs. Since the early 1980's, Eddie traveled widely on the jazz festival circuit and performed frequently in Europe and Japan. His releases on the Japanese "Venus" label earned him the label of the jazz superstar in Japan with number one in jazz CD sales on more than one album. In 1988, Eddie and jazz singer/pianist/artist Meredith d'Ambrosio married and became a popular team at clubs and festivals, as well as recording for Sunnyside Records.

Tickets are available for the Dec. 9 concert. 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.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tampa Bay (Florida) Blues Festival Announces 2010 Line Up

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April 9, 10, & 11, 2010
Vinoy Waterfront Park
St. Petersburg, Florida

2010 Artist Line Up

Friday, April 9, 2010


Saturday, April 10, 2010
4:30 pm RYAN SHAW

Sunday, April 11, 2010
8:30 pm JJ GREY & MOFRO

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009


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There is a place in Jupiter that has been a very successful restaurant for the past four years that is changing its format to live music served with their excellent food and it will be blues focused. They are looking for local bands. Follow the link to their temporary page on our website for more info.

Chef John's American Bistro & Blues Bar

Sunday, November 8, 2009

10th Annual Southwest Florida Blues Festival Line-up for Nov 21, 2009

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Important Notice !


Last year we had a fantastic turnout for the 2008 Festival but unfortunately we maximized our capacity at the Pine Island Resort (KOA) in St. James City.

This year we will be moving to a larger venue with better parking and a more convenient access to the rest of Lee County in general. This year the 10th. Annual Southwest Florida Blues Festival will be held outdoors at the German American Social Club located at, 2101 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral Florida 33991. (Also known as State Route 78 which can be accessed from I-75 and US-41, heading west)

The Matlacha Mariners future plans are to eventually take the Blues Festival back to Pine Island once a suitable location is available to host the event.

For those of you who enjoy staying in Matlacha or on Pine Island for its many unique galleries and Old Florida atmosphere, don't worry go ahead and make your reservations this venue is only about 3 miles east of Matlacha, (Mat-la-shay).

In the mean time we hope you'll come out and enjoy some of the Best Blues Musicians in the business. Please remember this is a Nonprofit event. Your attendance helps support music education, youth groups, senior citizen support networks and other local charities.

Adult Tickets are a $10.00 donation in Advance (OR) $15.00 at the Gate - Kids 11 and Under are Free with a Paid Adult.  Purchase info at:

This is an outdoor venue, lawn/beach chairs, blankets and sunscreen are encouraged but no coolers, no carry in beverages, no canopy's and no pets allowed. Food Vendors and Plenty of Ice Cold Beverages will be on hand.









Gates Open at 11:00 AM

Stage Times for Scheduled Acts
Elementary School Choir ............ 11:30 am - 11:40 am
Deb & The Dynamics .................. 11:45 am - 12:55 pm
Terry Hanck with - JP Soars & The RedHots ..1:10 pm - 2:20 pm
The Beat Daddys ....................... 2:35 pm - 3:45 pm
Shane Dwight .............................. 4:00 pm - 5:10 pm
Motor City Josh & The Big 3 ............................... 5:25 pm – 6:35 pm
Robin Rogers .............................. 6:50 pm - 8:00 pm
Moreland & Arbuckle ................. 8:15 pm – 9:30 pm
NOTE: Artists or stage times are subject to change without further notice.

2 Blues Music Workshops Scheduled

After the Southwest Florida Blues Festival.
Sunday November 21, 2009 beginning at 12:00 noon.
Motor City Josh and The Big 3

Begins at 12:00 noon.
This is a limited seating venue (no reservations).
Bert's Bar & Grill (The Gator Room)
4332 Pine island Rd. NW. Matlacha, FL. 33993

Moreland and Arbuckle

Begins at 12:00 noon
Location To Be Announced Soon

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WGBH to Discontinue Airing Brendan Hogan's Blues on WGBH

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From the WGBH press release:

In December, WGBH is bringing WCRB 99.5 into our family of noncommercial, listener-supported public broadcasting stations, a move that preserves full-time classical radio in Boston. Florida's blues fans listened to the show via internet at

With the acquisition of 99.5, we are revising 89.7's schedule to develop a new service for our listeners that focuses on news, information, and analysis. And our classical music will move exclusively to 99.5, where we will continue the tradition of an all-classical format.

We are proud of the folk and blues programs we have offered and of the many contributions that WGBH and our hosts have made to these genres, so it was a difficult decision to discontinue Blues on WGBH and Folk on WGBH. As we refocus the 89.7 schedule on news and information, it became apparent that it would not be possible to retain all of the nonnews elements of our schedule. We have chosen to keep a select group of programs, like A Celtic Sojourn and A Prairie Home Companion, that serve our audiences well and attract support for WGBH’s work.

We are grateful to folk hosts Naomi Arenberg and Brad Paul, and blues host Brendan Hogan for sharing their passion, knowledge, and experience with listeners over the years.

Folk music fans can continue to find options on WUMB 91.9FM Boston, WNEF 91.7 FM Newburyport, WFPB 1170AM Orleans, WICN 90.5FM Worcester, WOMR 92.1FM Provincetown, or New Hampshire Public Radio. Blues fans can tune in to WUMB 91.9FM, WHRB 95.3FM, WZLX 100.7 FM, and WUML 91.5 FM.

We appreciate your support of our work and hope that you will enjoy the new offerings on 89.7 WGBH and 99.5 All Classical. For the latest information about what’s on our air, please visit


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Florida Based Johnny Rodgers Band Selected by Jazz At Lincoln Center

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Fri, Nov. 6 2009

Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs have announced that Johnny Rodgers Band will tour with The Rhythm Road American Music Abroad program in 2010.

Selected for their great sound, artistic integrity, musical ability and educational skills, the Johnny Rodgers Band will tour internationally with The Rhythm Road program to share their music with the world to promote cross-cultural understanding with special emphasis on countries not regularly visited by American musicians. Tour activities will include public concerts, master classes, lecture demonstrations, workshops, jam sessions, media outreach and collaborations with local musicians. Johnny Rodgers Band members include Johnny Rodgers on piano and vocals, Brian Glassman on bass, Danny Mallon on drums and Joe Ravo on guitar. “It is a great honor to be selected by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department as a music ambassador” said Rodgers after receiving the news. “We look forward to sharing our music and connecting with music lovers around the world.”

American music ensembles were selected to participate in the 2010 Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program. Selected ensembles specialize in the musical genres of jazz, urban/hip hop and other American roots music including bluegrass, blues and gospel. While Johnny Rodgers Band crosses many American genres, the band’s selection in the roots category reflects the many voices of America that are found in their music.

Soon to be announced are Johnny Rodgers Band performances as part of The Rhythm Road in New York at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center and in Washington, D.C. presented by National Geographic Live! at the Grosvenor Auditorium The ensemble’s four week long international tour is also soon to be announced. The

Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program is made possible with underwriting support from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.

Johnny Rodgers Band has several upcoming performances planned in the New York area including a holiday return engagement at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency on November 30 and Iridium Jazz Club on January 19. In between on December 10-12 Johnny performs at the inaugural Miami Music Festival, and then February takes the band back to Florida for Performing Arts Centers, outdoor festivals, Super Bowl and Palm Beach’s The Colony Hotel performances. Check out what Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department will be sharing with the world!

Johnny Rodgers Band is brilliant jumping from one style to another with the ease of an expert trapezist: pop, rock, jazz. Their music literally takes you on a guided tour of American pop exhibiting the driving energy of rock and roll, blended with jazz sophistication. The band's chemistry and Johnny's personable stage presence completes the formula that creates the band's dynamic performances. Johnny recently released two EP’s to add to his 2005 debut CD titled Box Of Photographs. The new releases are the indie-pop Bound Together, featuring the Father’s Day/graduation tribute The Best Of You In Me picked by Hal Leonard publishing for a Pop chorale arrangement, and Let’s Make a Date, the title song being a big-band swing duet with Johnny and Liza Minnelli. Music and more at , iTunes, Amazon and select New York and Miami F.Y.E stores.

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.

U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs promotes mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through international educational and exchange programs. Through its Cultural Programs Division, the Bureau supports a variety of cultural exchanges programs that support U.S. foreign policy, foster America's artistic excellence, and demonstrate America’s respect and appreciation for other cultures and traditions. The

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Florida Blues/Sacred Steel Guitar Player to Compete in Finals for King of the Blues Crown

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Guitar Center today announced the names of the Top 5 Blues guitarists in the country, who will compete in front of a live audience and a panel of judges at the upcoming King of the Blues Grand Finals on November 12, 2009 at the House of Blues Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA.

Roosevelt Collier, of Kissimmee, Florida, who plays with Florida based, internationally acclaimed group, The Lee Boys, has won in the semi-finals and will be a Grand Finalist at the November 12 competition in Los Angeles.
The four other Grand Finalists headed to Los Angeles on November 12 are Joshua Gooch (San Diego, CA), Kirby Kelley (N. Dallas, TX), Dan Peters (Morton Grove, IL) and Graham Whitford (NYC).

In addition to showcasing these aspiring guitarists as they compete for the King of the Blues crown and $25,000 cash, the Grand Finals will also feature performances by renowned blues guitarist and Gibson artist Joe Bonamassa, who was featured last week on "World Café," distributed by NPR. Check out the "World Café" interview and performance with Joe Bonamassa here.

Also performing at the event is Grammy Award winning producer and guitarist Pete Anderson, who's band will also back the 5 finalists. Anderson has worked with artists ranging from Roy Orbison to Dwight Yoakam to the Meat Puppets, and has released several solo records. Additionally the event will be hosted by guitar virtuoso Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Some of today's most iconic and groundbreaking artists, including BB King, John Mayer, The Black Crowes, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Hubert Sumlin have participated at past King of the Blues events. With "the Blues" being the foundation for nearly all of today's popular music, the search for the nation's greatest undiscovered blues guitarist is expected to unearth a goldmine of unsigned talent, some of whom are destined to become tomorrow's legends.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Florida Bluesman, Willie Green, to be featured at Lincolnville Festival in St. Augustine this weekend

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Celebrate St. Augustine’s rich African-American heritage at this festive event! Live musical entertainment (Gospel, Jazz and Blues), food, arts & crafts and narrated tours of the historic Lincolnville district are featured. Not only was Lincolnville the setting for momentous Civil Rights events in the 1960’s, more than half of its buildings date from a black community established in the late 19th century. Funds raised from the festival will be used for exhibits at the Fort Mose Museum. Lincolnville Festival is free to the public and takes place Friday 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. at Francis Field on Castillo Drive in St. Augustine, Florida. For more information, call 904.501.8299.

Monday, November 2, 2009

BossaCucaNova Clinics Annouced by Antonio Adolfo School of Music

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CRIS DELANNO (singer) - Brazilian vocal phrasing and techniques
ALEX MOREIRA (PRODUCER, KEYBOARDIST) - The creative process of BossaCucaNova

Both are integrants of the sensation and world famous BossaCucaNova

Cris Delanno
Singer, composer, musician, song writer and vocal coach, started singing professionally at the age of five, at the Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro children’s choir. At the age of 17 was invited to sing with the Bossa Nova pianist Luiz Carlos VInhas.

With eight albuns released, she’s been on stage around the world with some important artists like Roberto Menescal, Carlos Lyra, Simoninha, Ed Motta, Andy Summers (The Police) and she’s the singer of the group BossaCucaNova.

Composed songs with Joyce, George Israel, Gustavo Black Alien and Alex Moreira

Just released a book on Popular Singing Techniques: “Mais que Nunca é Preciso Cantar”.

Alex Moreira
Alex Moreira is a music producer, sound engineer, composer, one of BossaCucaNova’ founder, 2 times Latin Grammy nominee.

Produced artists like: BossaCucaNova, Carlos Lyra, Cris Delanno, Paula Morelembaum, Leo Gandelman, Nico Rezende, Clara Moreno, Vitor Ramil, among others.

Wrote songs with Marcos Valle, Carlos Lyra, Celso Fonseca, Roberto Menescal, Cris Delanno

Produced and recorded movie scores with Leo Gandelman and Jaques Morelembaum.

As a sound engineer has recorded over 150 albums of various Brazilian artists.

BossaCucaNova: The fusion of great dance/pop styles and Bossa Nova

Wednesday, Nov 11th at 6:30PM (Cris Delanno) and 8PM (Alex Moreira)

Price: $15 per clinic. Discount price for attendants of both clinics: $25


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