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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.

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