Saturday, January 30, 2010

Ray Charles' Childhood Home in Greenville, Florida

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The historical marker reads as follows:


"This house is a reconstruction of the home where musician Ray Charles (1930-2004) lived with his mother, Aretha Williams, and adopted grandmother, Margaret "Muh" Robinson, shortly after his birth in 1930 until about the age of five. "RC," as Ray was known by his friends, received his first piano instruction from Wiley Pitman, owner of the nearby Red Wing Cafe. Ray and his mother later moved into a small house behind the cafe. At age seven, Ray's sight failed and he was sent to the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine. The modest wood frame vernacular house he grew up in was probably constructed in the 1920s. It had no electricity or indoor plumbing. Meals were prepared on a wood-burning stove. A hand-primed pump supplied water from a well next to the house. A fireplace in one of the four small rooms provided warmth, and open windows and doors allowed breezes to cool the house. Because of advanced deterioration, the abandoned house was scheduled for demolition. In 2006, the Town of Greenville purchased the structure to preserve the memory of Ray Charles. With a grant from the Florida Bureau of Historic Preservation, the Town completed the reconstruction of the house in 2008."

Here are the navigation coordinates for your GPS if you wish to visit:

N 30° 27.887 W 083° 38.347

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Central Florida Jazz Society Scholarship Applications Available

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The Central Florida Jazz Society was created to provide a forum in which the membership can hear musicians present various forms of the jazz art; promote live jazz music; preserve jazz as an art form; provide scholarships for deserving young musicians; and provide assistance for jazz education in the community.

Scholarship applications can be obtained at:

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Eric Allison, Professional Florida Jazz Artist, Offers Private Instruction

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Saxaphone, clarinet & flute private instruction offered by Eric Allison, University of Miami Masters of Music, Northwestern University Bachelor of Music Education, recording artist, former University of Miami teacher and professional performing artist for over 30 years.
Eric Allison

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


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Legendary Jazz/Fusion guitarist Pat Metheny debuts his new album Orchstrion into full release today. It has been heralded by many as a totally revolutionary new sound for jazz music. According to critics:

“(Orchestrion) can be considered not just an unqualified and unequivocally successful experiment, but one of the most innovative and compositionally profound albums of his career.” - John Kelman, ALL ABOUT JAZZ

“Metheny’s liner essay stresses that the point of music technology is its help in finding ‘the good notes.’ There are plenty of those here, in fresh combinations.” - Bradley Bambarger, North Star Ledger

“(Orchestrion) combines old-fashioned, unamplified live performance with (Metheny’s) restless urge to innovate.” - The Guardian (U.K.)

“Prepare your mind to be blown…” -

Pat Metheny brings his revolutionary "solo ensemble" tour Orchestrion to the intimate Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre on Saturday, April 10 at 8PM.

Throughout his career, Pat Metheny has continued to re-define the genre by utilizing new technology and constantly working to evolve the improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument. Metheny's versatility on any instrument is without peer and he has performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Milton Nascimento and David Bowie. Over the years, Metheny has won countless polls as "Best Jazz Guitarist" and awards, including three gold records for (Still Life) Talking, Letter from Home, and Secret Story. He has also won 17 Grammy Awards spread out over a variety of different categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo and Best Instrumental Composition. The Pat Metheny Group won an unprecedented seven consecutive Grammies for seven consecutive albums. Metheny’s focus remains continually on the breaking down of barriers and the exploration of new musical ideas and this "solo ensemble" tour Orchestrion is no exception as Pat moves from brilliant solo guitar improvisations to the unveiling of a totally new technology for the presentation of acoustically driven compositions.
Reserved Seat tickets are $68.50, $48.50 and $38.50 and are on sale NOW exclusively and only at or charge by phone 877-598-8698 and at the Fillmore Box Office.
All dates, acts and ticket prices are subject to change without notice. All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, parking and service and handling charges.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Chief Sandrell Rivers: 1947-2010 - Florida Cultural Leader

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by Holly Spillane

The South Florida arts world lost a dynamic leader and passionate advocate of jazz and blues on the first morning of the new year. Chief Sandrell Rivers' efforts affected countless area residents over a lifetime of service and tireless promotion of arts, culture and education. Through her associations with the Sunshine Jazz Organization, Diaspora Arts Coalition, The Urban League of Greater Miami, Miami-Dade County, Africa Reconnect, Inc. and others, she remained committed to the assertion that the measure of a society can be found in its culture, and that music is of the utmost importance in the continual growth and advancement of our community.

Born in Miami on Aug. 10, 1947, Rivers grew up in a large, loving family in Overtown and Brownsville. Athletic, dramatic and full of passion, she blossomed during the era of extreme civil rights challenges, which coincided with the heyday of R&B, jazz and Miami soul. Those early years helped develop her confidence and tenacious passion for culture, music, people and causes.

After graduating from Miami Northwestern Senior High in 1965, Rivers earned degrees in Speech, Theater and Communications at Tennessee State University, where she then taught speech and drama courses, directed plays and supervised production and administration. She moved on to teaching positions at Alabama State University, Cleo Johnson School of the Arts, and Kennedy King College in Chicago, and eventually returned home to positions at the University of Miami and Miami-Dade Community College.

Rivers' multifaceted career also included singing, modeling, dancing and acting in everything from plays and films to radio and TV commercials. She directed more than 100 plays and produced numerous entertainment events. As manager of Miami's Joseph Caleb Center, she brought in Hugh Masakela, Isaac Hayes and many others.

Rivers joined Miami-Dade County in 1981 and made her way from the Budget office, through the County Manager’s office and finally settled into a position with Parks & Recreation. There she rose to area-wide arts supervisor and strove to bring arts programming into every park countywide.

A world traveler, Rivers was dedicated in the quest to reconnect African-Americans and the African Diaspora with the Motherland, volunteering for many organizations, coalitions, task forces, business and trade organizations. In 2004, she was bestowed the title of traditional African Chief by King Akran of Badagry, in Lagos State, Nigeria, in recognition of her outstanding community leadership and service. Rivers received many awards and accolades, including Year 2000 African-American Achiever in the arts profession, and she was invited to Maya Angelou’s 80th birthday celebration.

Her association with the Sunshine Jazz Organization resulted in 20 years of friendship and collaboration in the promotion of jazz education and concerts, including outreach programs such as Jazz on Wheels and Arts in the Parks; many concert series, including 2009’s Magic City Jazz at The Caleb; and music celebrations featuring Alice Day, Stanley Turrentine and many others.

Memorial celebrations of Rivers' life took place at The Caleb Center and at her own Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Brownsville on Jan. 8-9, and featured tributes and gospel and jazz performances. With her dear friend, Dr. Bobby Jones, acting as Master of Ceremonies, a long line of dignitaries, musicians, dancers, friends, colleagues and family came from as far away as Africa and Bangkok to pay homage to the woman who gave so much love and support to so many individuals and causes.

Chief Rivers will be missed beyond measure, but those who knew her will embrace her memory by continuing on the path of service she so eloquently paved.

The Sunshine Jazz Organization honors the life, legacy and friendship of Chief Sandrell Rivers. With eternal gratitude from SJO members, directors and board — President Keith Valles, Vice President Holly Spillane, Treasurer J.D. Mack, Secretary Jeanette Tullis, Editor Ginny Crawford; directors Ralph Clark, Arthur Simms, Gera Wright, Sam Gunning and Keith Clarke; Executive Director Thelma Valles and President Emeritus China Valles. May the flames of her inspiration continue to live within us all.

Holly Spillane can be contact at:
Sunshine Jazz Organization website:

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

26th International Blues Challenge Winners Crowned

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The Blues Foundation's 26th International Blues Challenge concluded Saturday with two packed shows at the Orpheum Theatre.
The solo/duo winner was Matt Andersen, sponsored by Harvest Jazz and Blues from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada and second place honors went to Alphonso Sanders and Bill "Howl-n-Madd" Perry from Mississippi's Crossroads Blues Society.

The top prize in the Band competition was awarded to Grady Champion of the Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola. Second place honors were earned by Karen Lovely Band, Cascade Blues Association, and the third spot went to Cheryl Renee with Them Bones, hailing from the Cincy Blues Society.

A beautiful blue custom Gibson guitar featuring The Blues Foundation's logo was awarded to Matt Kelly of the Big Boy Little Band (DC Blues Society), as the finals top guitarist.

In the Best Self-Produced CD contest, the judges determined that two CDs were the best: Fire It Up! by the Laurie Morvan Band and Crime Scene Queen by The Informants.

The other solo duo finalists were: Becky Boyd & Tim Matson (Cleveland Blues Society); Jimi Lee with PB Shane (Austin Blues Society); Sherman Lee Dillon (Central Mississippi Blues Society); Tom Walbank & Arthur Migliazza (Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation); Ken "The Rocket" Korb (Long Island Blues Society); and Steve Cohen (Grafton Blues Association).

The other Band finalists were: Mojo Theory (Pomeroy Blues & Jazz Society); R&K Brew Co (West Virginia Blues Society); Big Boy Little Band (DC Blues Society); Sonny Moorman Group (Columbus Blues Alliance); Jesse Greene Band (Ottawa Blues Society); Jackie Scott & the Housewreckers (Baltimore Blues Society); Labron Lazenby and LA 3 (Smoky Mountain Blues Society); and The Avey Brothers (Iowa Blues Societies).

Blues societies all over the world will soon be starting all over again as they begin their own competitions to determine who they will send to the 27th International Blues Challenge, the finals of which will be staged February 5, 2011.

If you are Floridian blues musician and wish to get involved with next year's competition, contact your closest blues society. Contact infomation can be found on Jazz & Blues Florida's LINKS page.

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

26th International Blues Challenge Finalists Announced

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26th International Blues Challenge Finalists

The Blues Foundation announces the finalists of the 26th International Blues Challenge after Friday's second round of semifinals. The finals will be Saturday at the Orpheum Theatre with solo/duo beginning at 2:00pm and the band finals beginning at 7:30pm.

The solo/duo finalists are:
Matt Anderson (Harvest Jazz & Blues)
Alphonso Sanders & Bill "Howl-n-Madd" Perry (Crossroads Blues Society)
Becky Boyd & Tim Matson (Cleveland Blues Society)
Jimi Lee with PB Shane (Austin Blues Society)
Sherman Lee Dillon (Central Mississippi Blues Society)
Tom Walbank & Arthur Migliazza (Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation)
Ken "The Rocket" Korb (Long Island Blues Society)
Steve Cohen (Grafton Blues Association)

The Band finalists are:Mojo Theory (Pomeroy Blues & Jazz Society)
R&K Brew Co (West Virginia Blues Society)
Big Boy Little Band (DC Blues Society)
Cheryl Renee and Them Bones (Cincy Blues Society)
Grady Champion (Mississippi Delta Blues Society of Indianola)
Sonny Moorman Group (Columbus Blues Alliance)
Jesse Greene Band (Ottawa Blues Society)
Karen Lovely Band (Cascade Blues Association)
Jackie Scott & the Housewreckers (Baltimore Blues Society)
Labron Lazenby and LA 3 (Smoky Mountain Blues Society)
The Avey Brothers (Iowa Blues Societies)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Gold Coast Jazz Society Presents Terry Myers Orchestra Tribute to Benny Goodman

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Tribute to Benny Goodman
Gold Coast Jazz Society Presents Terry Myers Orchestra in Tribute Concert

Fort Lauderdale, FL – 2009 marked the centennial of the legendary big band leader and clarinetist, Benny Goodman. To keep the celebration going, the Gold Coast Jazz Society will present the Terry Myers Orchestra in a “Tribute to Benny Goodman” on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The jazz 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. If you love the music of the swing and big band era, this is a show not to miss.

Hailed as the "Patriarch of the Clarinet", Goodman’s bands changed the course of American popular music. His legendary Carnegie Hall concert was described by critic Bruce Eder as "the single most important jazz or popular music concert in history: jazz's 'coming out' party to the world of 'respectable' music."
Clarinetist, Terry Myers will make the music of the Goodman years come alive again in this special tribute to this legendary musician. Terry’s, dynamic career has enabled him to appear with such talented players as Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (Buddy Morrow), Bob Haggert, Milt Hinton, Butch Miles, Warren Vache', Kenny Davern, Marty Grosz, Major Holly, Mousey Alexander, Flip Phillips, Walt Lavinsky, Bill Allred, John Allred, Wild Bill Davison, Chubby Jackson, Duffy Jackson, Rosemary Clooney, Eddie Higgins, Bobby Rosengarten, Larry Elgart, Vince Giordano, and a host of others. He now leads the Terry Myers Orchestra, a big band located in central Florida.

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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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Arts at St. John Haiti Benefit Concert Announced

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Saturday, January 30, 7 pm

St. Johns United Methodist Church on the Lake

4760 Pine Tree Drive

Miami Beach, FL 33140

Suggested donation $10

Supplies wanted:

Rice, Black Beans, WATER, sugar, cooking oil, clothes, toiletries

Contact: David D. KingeryArtistic Director/Singer/Vocal Coach/Music Producer


Benefit Concert for Haiti Announced - February 14, Orlando, Florida

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ZSHOWZ humbly announces An Act of Love for Haiti – A Valentine’s Day to Remember, to be held Sunday, February 14 at Shriner’s Auditorium located at 2300 Pembrook Drive in Orlando, with eight bands, including Florida Jazz & Blues groups, performing throughout the day. Doors open at noon, first act begins at 1 p.m. A complete schedule and line-up will be announced within the week. Performing acts, individuals working the event, and the Shriner’s Auditorium are volunteering their time and talents to make this a success benefit. All proceeds to be presented to a charity to be determined that is actively involved in Haitian relief and represented at the event.

This Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity for Central Florida to come together and show real love to our Haitian neighbors. A nominal $20 donation will be asked at the door in exchange for an afternoon full of top-notch entertainment. Shriner’s Auditorium offers a full bar, lots of great seating and an excellent venue to spend a Sunday afternoon to remember the victims of the Haitian earthquake. Incredibly delicious BBQ will be available from Backwoods Boy’s BBQ.

Many volunteers are needed for this huge undertaking, including folks to immediately begin distributing posters around town as well as people on site the day of the event. A silent auction is also being considered in order to raise additional funds. If you are experienced with silent auctions and would like to assume this project or if you would like to volunteer in any fashion, please send an email to

CONTACT: Zaida Zoller - 407.340.2318 -

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Ft. Myers, Florida, Jazz for Peace Concert to Benefit Haitian Relief Efforts

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Rick DellaRatta and the Jazz for Peace Big Band help raise raise understanding of Jazz while they spreading worldwide peace through this benefit "The Jazz for Peace World Tour".

Jazz for Peace is a family friendly outdoor jazz concert to be held at the Lee County Alliance for the Arts, 10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, Fl on Jan. 24, 2010 at 3pm.

Global Community Engagement, The Nations Association Charities, and FGCU Students Helping Haiti have partnered to accept, coordinate, and deliver donations of clothing, non-perishable food, and medical supplies to victims of the tragedy in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Please bring your donations to the Lee County Alliance for the Arts (10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33919) on Sunday, January 24th at the Jazz for Peace concert.

Jazz for Peace returns to help our country's finest organizations! You can purchase VIP Tickets, which include a champagne reception with the Jazz for Peace Band, by following the link below. Also available are regular admission tickets for $10. Regular admission tickets are available at the entrance on the day of the concert for $15.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

South Florida’s Ultimate 60’s Rock And Roll Band Reunion Scheduled for March

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South Florida’s Ultimate 60’s Rock And Roll Band Reunion

This concert is an encore to the highly successful show we organized in August 2008. It is a reunion of four of the most popular South Florida rock and roll bands of the 1960’s and will be hosted by legendary DJ, Rick Shaw.

South Florida was a mecca for rock and roll bands in the 60’s and for this concert we will feature four of the best of the day.

▪ The Pawns
▪ The Queens Kids
▪ Peach
▪ The Kollektion featuring Richie and Angel
With a special appearance by Joe Lala from Blues Image, Manassas, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and many others

These bands, like so many others, played at all the popular teen venues back in the day like The Place, the World, PAL, the North Miami Armory, the War Memorial Auditorium and so many more. They could also be heard poolside at the hotels on the beach, fraternity parties, popular dance clubs and just about any place where young people gathered to dance and listen to music.

When: Saturday, March 20, 2010, 7:00 P.M. – doors open at 6:00 P.M.

Where: Mahi Shriners Auditorium At The Civic Center
1480 N.W. North River Drive
Miami, Florida 33125

Like all of our concerts, all profits after expenses will be donated to The Majic Children’s Fund, a non-profit, charitable organization formed in 1988 for the purpose of raising funds and services for distribution to South Florida charities that benefit children in need. Radio personality Rick Shaw is the Director and has dedicated his personal time, leadership and guidance reaching out into the community on it’s behalf.

For this upcoming event we have formed an alliance with the Mahi Shriners of Miami. They are providing their auditorium for the event and for their generosity The Majic Children’s Fund will provide a share of the funds received to The Shriners Childrens Hospitals.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is an international health care system dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing high quality pediatric specialty care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. Children up to the age of 18 receive all care in a family-centered environment with no financial obligation to patients or families, made possible solely through the generosity of donors.
Concert web site:
Tickets $20.00 available at
Concert at 7:00 P.M., doors open at 6:00 P.M.

We also have a great car show lined up which will take place in the parking lot prior to the concert. Come early to enjoy all the cool classic cars and expand your evening of nostalgia.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Mo Morgen to Host Jazz Evening For Haitian Relief in Miami, Florida

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Free Jazz Buffett 7-10pm Every Friday Hosted by MO & MADAFO, w/ Special Guests

Haitian-American guitarist-vocalist-composerJEAN-MICHEL DAUDIER this Friday Night
Jan 15 7-10pm w/MO & MADAFOin the lounge at Miami Shores CC.
No Cover.
Biscayne Blvd (us1) just north of 96 st. on w.side.
JM's Cd's will be on sale--each $20 voluntary.proceeds of your purchase will go to Haitian Relief.thank Friday Jan 29 vocalist NOREEN DOWNEYwill be featured guest of MO& MADAFO
Miami Shores Country Club
10000 Biscayne Blvd, Miami Shores FL 33138


Haiti Mizik Relief Benefit 2 Day Concert in Miami Florida Announced

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This weekend: Haiti Mizik Relief Benefit 2 Day Concert in BayfrontPark

ALL proceeds benefit the American Red Cross

THIS WEEKEND: Saturday January 23rd 4 PM - 10 PM and Sunday January 24th 2 PM - 8 PM

Tina Hills Pavilion at Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd, Downtown Miami


Admission is by your donation to the American Red Cross

The South Florida music community has come together quickly to present a two-day benefit concert: a chance for us to be together, enjoy great music and raise much needed relief funds for Haiti.

The concert line up includes legendary Haitian big band The Dixie Band featuring all star guests like Tuco Bouzi, members of Tabou Combo and Top Vice, Strings, Nu-look and more; Kazak International; Locos Por Juana, The Spam All Stars, Suenalo, Conjunto Progreso, Afrobeta, Lanzallamas Monofonica, TapTap Band, Rara Rock and Empress Addi; Jean P Jam, Jah Fe, Mr. Pauer and more.

This concert is presented by a large group of volunteers and sponsors including The Rhythm Foundation, La Juana Productions, Bayfront Park Trust, Gigs Up Productions, Spuntino Catering, Gibson USA, 88.9FM WDNA, Miami New Times and the musicians and artists performing this weekend. ALL proceeds will benefit The American Red Cross.

Help people affected by disasters like the earthquake in Haiti, by donating to the American Red Cross International Disaster Response Fund. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Line-up for the 2010 Wanee Music Festival Announced - Great Jam, Funk, and Other Various Forms of Jazz & Blues Music in Florida!

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The Allman Brothers Band will lead a cavalcade of outstanding performers in the All-Star Line-up for the 2010 Wanee Music Festival. The festival is Friday April 16th through Saturday April 17th at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL. There will be an expanded Wanee Kick Off Party on Thursday April 15th starting at 3pm. Tickets for the Festival go on sale Friday, January 22nd at 10AM.

The Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic will perform Friday and Saturday night of the Festival. Other performers include:
  • Gov't Mule

  • Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band

  • Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman, & Jay Lane are Scaring the Childern

  • Stephen Stills

  • The Black Keys

  • Dr. John

  • Hot Tuna Electric

  • 7 Walkers featuring Bill Kreutzmann & Papa Mali

  • JJ Grey and Mofro

  • Johnny Winter

  • George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

  • The Funky Meters

  • The Wailers

  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

  • North Mississippi Allstars

  • A Family Affair with Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk (performing Sly & The Family Stone)

  • Jaimoe's Jasssz Band

  • Chuck Leavell with The Randall Bramblett Band

  • Particle

  • Oteil and Kofi Burbridge with the Lee Boys

  • Col. Bruce Hampton

  • Devon Allman's Honeytribe

  • Scrapomatic

  • Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio and Bonobos Convergence
-$158.00 from January 22nd – February 22th
-$178.00 from February 23rd – April 14th
-$188.00 Gate Price (April 15th – 17th). All prices include the Expanded Wanee Kick Off Party on Thursday April 15 starting at 3pm. Tickets are available at Music Today and

VIP TICKETS: VIP tickets are $353 and will be available on a limited basis. All VIP credentials will be available at the park and can be picked up on April 15th or 16th.VIP Tickets Include: (1) Two day pass to the festival, VIP Parking, VIP Hospitality Tent with catering, Discounted Beverages, Private Restrooms, Special concert viewing for the Peach Stage, Wanee Festival t-shirt and poster, VIP Welcome Party Thursday Night. VIP Tickets are available at Music Today and

The 2010 Wanee Music Festival will be held Friday April 16th through Saturday April 17th at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL with the "Wanee Kick-Off Party” held on Thursday, April 15th starting at 3pm. Last year’s Festival nearly doubled the attendance of the previous year and 2010 is looking to be even bigger!

Look for more upcoming announcements at:

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Student's Jazz Jam Continues in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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Jazz students are invited to bring their instruments and participate in this open jam session. Audience members of all ages invited to attend. For further information call the Gold Coast Jazz Society at 954-524-0805 or .

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is the presenting sponsor of First Friday Jazz Jams, an outreach and educational project providing an opportunity for jazz students to participate in monthly live jazz jam sessions in a family-friendly environment. The Jazz Jams provide students of all ages a chance to perform with a live professional backline, provided by the Gold Coast Jazz Society for each jam session. First Friday Jazz Jams are open to any jazz students from area middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities as well as to the general public.

Other sponsors for the First Friday Jazz Jams project include the HI Foundation, Barbara Cooper, DeMeo Young McGrath – Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, Marlins Community Foundation WLRN and ArtServe.

WHO: Gold Coast Jazz Society

WHAT: First Friday Jazz Jams

WHEN: Friday, February 5, 2009 7:00pm – 10:00pm

WHERE: ArtServe 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304

TICKETS: FREE admission with open seating


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Florida's Terry Hanck to join Elvin Bishop's Hell Raisin' Revue on 2010 Pacific Blues Cruise

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It has just been announced that Florida's great R&B saxophonist, Terry Hanck, will join friend and former bandmate Elvin Bishop in the Hell Raisin' Revue on the 2010 Pacific Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise!

The cruise is scheduled for  October 17-24, 2010.

 The Revue includes Terry's former guitarist Chris "Kid" Andersen along with John Nemeth and Finis Tasby.

Ouch, papa!
Terry Hanck is currently providing Florida with some heat by touring this coming weekend (Jan 15, 16, & 17, 2010) with Matthew Stubbs and Sax Gordon, back by JP Soars.  The tour of the group last year has been widely hailed as one of the best shows of 2009. 

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Miami Jazz & Blues Guitar - South Florida's Best Resource for Lessons

Miami Jazz & Blues Guitar specializes in catering to South Floridians who desire top notch guitar instruction within the comfort of their own home. Our private lessons offered by experienced and certified guitar teachers, cover all the fundamentals of music that you would receive at any major music school. Our vast curriculum consists of various essential subjects including jazz guitar technique, theory, harmony, jazz / blues improvisation, Brazilian jazz, chord melody, sight-reading, and ear-training. All lessons are specially tailored around each individual’s musical needs and goals.

Miami Jazz & Blues Guitar was started by Richie Zellon, a Berklee College of Music graduate who has spent several years teaching in various jazz faculties including FIU and USF.

Zellon, who has recorded and performed with numerous world class artists such as Paquito D’ Rivera, David Liebman, Jerry Bergonzi, Alex Acuna, Danilo Perez and others, has been a columnist for “Jazz Improv” magazine since 1999. Along with his 2 colleagues, Enrique Gardano and Luigi Salvatore, Zellon is committed to helping South Florida guitarists and aspiring guitarists reach their highest potential on the instrument.

Miami Jazz & Blues Guitar lessons are available for all levels of proficiency (beginner, intermediate or advanced) and are usually scheduled on a weekly basis at the student’s home. We offer lessons throughout all of South Miami, North Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Plantation, Weston, Coral Springs, and more! For more information and to view and hear some of our talented students in action, please visit

Richie Zellon
Miami Jazz & Blues Guitar
(786) 553-3351

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January 2010 - One year beyond belief...

Our featured artists this month include:



Jazz Meets Elvis in South Florida

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Gold Coast Jazz Society Presents Jazz Pianist Cyrus Chestnut in “Jazzin’ Elvis”

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Elvis and jazz seem to be an unlikely combination, but the dynamic jazz pianist, Cyrus Chestnut, filters the rock star’s music “through the ears of a jazz musician.” His innate pianistic ability allows his to play a wide range of styles. On January 13, jazz fans will have the opportunity to hear this dynamic performer with his trio at the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The jazz 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. Hailed by Time Magazine as “the best jazz pianist of his generation,” Chestnut started his musical career at the age of three, By age six he was playing piano at the Mount Calvary Star Baptist Church in his hometown of Baltimore, MD. By age nine, he was studying classical music at the Peabody Preparatory Institute in Baltimore. In the fall of 1981, Cyrus began jazz education in Boston, MA at the Berklee College of Music. In 1985, he earned a degree in jazz composition and arranging. While at Berklee, Chestnut was awarded the Eubie Blake Fellowship, the Oscar Peterson, Quincy Jones, and Count Basie awards for exceptional performance standards at the college. After Berklee, Cyrus began further honing his craft as a sideman with some of the legendary and leading musicians in the business including Jon Hendricks, Michael Carvin, Donald Harrison, Terence Blanchard, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Chick Corea, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Joe Williams, Isaac Hayes, Kathleen Battle, Betty Carter and, Dizzy Gillespie just to name a few. His association with Betty Carter, which began in 1991, significantly affected his outlook and approach to music, confirming his already iconoclastic instincts. Carter advised him to "take chances" and play things I've never heard," Chestnut says.

He has released a number of CD’s over the years and has been featured on film playing a Count Basie inspired character in the Robert Altman film, Kansas City. His leadership and prowess as a soloist has also led him to be a first call for the piano chair in many big bands including the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All Star Big Band, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra. He has recorded with the people previously mentioned and others including Bette Midler and Freddy Cole. Chestnut continually tours with his trio, playing live at jazz festivals around the world as well as clubs and concert halls. With his hectic schedule, Cyrus has also found the time to get into jazz education, doing seminars worldwide and, on occasion, educating students in jazz at Middlebury College in Vermont during the winter months. Joined by bassist Dezron Douglass and drummer Neal Smith, he continually uses the trio format to extend, elaborate, and refine the basic conception of the jazz rhythm section. In his own words, "this country and this art form are founded on the basic principles of freedom, whereby a person is able to think, say, or play what he or she chooses.”

Don’t miss this extraordinary jazz musician. Good seats are still available for the January 13 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.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Bougainvillea's Old Florida Tavern in South Miami to Close at End of February, 2010

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"A Newsletter to our regulars/irregulars,

This newsletter is to officially inform everyone of Bougainvillea’s Final Hour. The rumors are true; we are officially closing our doors forever on February 28th 2010. This is due to a non-renewal of our lease, not for bad economy or lack of business. For many, this may create their own personal “Great Depression,” which ironically is the exact year this institution was built, 1929. A quick history of this local landmark is in order..."

Read details at: BOUGIES

Monday, January 4, 2010

AMAZING MUSICWOMEN at Old Dillard Museum in Fort Lauderdale

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[Fort Lauderdale, FL] On Thursday, January 14, 2010, from 7 to 9 p.m. Joan Cartwright, Jus' Cynthia and Melody Cole will present AMAZING MUSICWOMEN at Old Dillard Museum (Auditorium), 1009 Northwest 4th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311-8935, phone (754) 322-8828.

This ensemble traces the origins of Jazz from the West Coast of Africa to the clubs of Harlem, highlighting the life, times and tunes of America’s premiere Blues and Jazz Women from Bessie Smith to Betty Carter and beyond. Selections include compositions of Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Cole Porter, Norman Mapp and Joan Cartwright.

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Friday, January 1, 2010

Leo Kottke in Concert March 20 at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach, Florida

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Solo Virtuoso Acoustic Guitarist
Leo Kottke in Concert March 20 at the Colony Theatre

(MIAMI, FL – February 15, 2010) Tigertail continues its 30th Anniversary Season with Leo Kottke, March 20, 2010 at the Colony Theatre. Leo Kottke is considered by many to be one of the greatest and most influential acoustic guitar players of the past forty years. Widely known for his innovative fingerpicking style, Kottke has the ability to embrace folk and pop melodies as readily as he assimilates jazz, blues, and classical influences into his music.. For all his technical brilliance and harmonic sophistication, Kottke's music is eminently accessible. In concert, Kottke intersperses humorous monologues with vocal and instrumental selections from throughout his career.

"Mr. Kottke is like the definition of an artist of the 18th-century Enlightenment, a paragon of formal excellence... a musician whose remarkable facility remains as strong, if not more so, as in his first recordings 40 years ago." — The New York Times

This one-night only concert is presented by the non-profit Tigertail Productions, a South Florida leader in innovative cultural work. "I have listened to the music of Leo Kottke for years. It is a special pleasure to be able to present him this season," said Tigertail Executive Director Mary Luft.

Tickets are $35 for general admission and $50 for VIP tickets with priority entrance and best seating. There are no reduced student or senior tickets for this event. Tickets may be purchased online at and by phoning 305 545 8546, through Ticketmaster, or in person at the Colony Theatre box office, at 1040 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. Parking information and directions are available at

Tigertail Productions, founded in Miami in 1979, produces a full season of contemporary performance, along with projects in the literary and visual arts. The 2009-2010 season has already included a book launch and reading of Tigertail, A South Florida Poetry Annual; a concert by the Dutch group, Third Man Trio; AXIS Dance Company, physically-integrated dance company from San Francisco, as part of danceAble and the FDA WinterFest; and Delta blues great David "Honeyboy" Edwards at the Colony Theatre. Coming up is Alta Realitat, a dance/theater duo from Barcelona, Spain, April 9 & 10, again at the Colony; and spoken word and literary arts events throughout the year, including Iyeoka Okowa with WordSpeak mid-April and a Tigertail fundraiser, May 15. For more information about Tigertail and full season details visit them on the web at or call 305 324 4337.

WHAT: Leo Kottke in Concert
WHEN: Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 8:30 pm, one night only
WHERE: Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
TICKETS: $35 general admission
$50 VIP ticket, priority entrance and best seating
Tickets online at or by phone 305 545 8546

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