Friday, February 26, 2010

Florida Blues Band Gets Good Press For Doing Good

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Traveling Florida Blues band makes a stop at North End Soup Kitchen for a free performance and Cajun lunch
By Jessica Strachan The Flint Journal
February 18, 2010, 4:47PM

"What could be better than a steaming bowl of chicken gumbo on a cold February day?
A sizzling performance to go with it.

This morning, Catholic Charities' North End Soup Kitchen (NESK) hosted Bill Wharton, “The Sauce Boss,” and his gumbo-making band members Justin Headley (drummer) and Michael Wheeler (bass), to treat more than 150 locals to a Cajun-style lunch and Florida slide guitar blues performance.

This rocking blues-meets-gospel trio is based out of Pensacola, Fla., and travels around the nation performing their music, but between their gigs make stops at the local soup kitchens and homeless shelters for a different kind of show."


Catch the Suace Boss LIVE at:
March 2010
6 - Tallahassee, FL - Bradfordville Blues Club 850-906-0766
7 - Gainesville - Cabana Cove - 352-377-3278
13 - Jacksonville, FL - Parrot Head Gumbo Cookoff @ Jacksonville Landing 904-353-1188
19 - Pensacola Bch - Paradise - 850-916-5087
26 - Coral Gables, FL - Coral Gables Blues Fest 8:00 pm - 305-774-1883
27 - Melbourne, FL - King Center - 321-242-2219
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Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Jazz Vocal Competition Application Now Open

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The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz is pleased to announce that the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition will be held on October 3-4 in Washington, DC. Jazz vocals will be featured this year.

Competition guidelines and application forms for the Vocals Competition and Composers Competition can be found at

More information will be posted on the Monk Institute website and announced via email as it becomes available.Support the next generation of jazz stars and put October 3-4 on your calendar today!
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Miami Florida Jazz Radio Programming - Update from Robert “Bebob” Grabowski

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A Second Open Letter to the Jazz Community:
February 23, 2010

Dear Friends,

It is, without a doubt, the most amazing turn out of public opinion I have ever witnessed – emails – tweets - facebook blogs - media blogs – and old fashioned phone calls – but regardless of the mediums, your message was heard loud and clear and I congratulate each of you for your clarity, passion, and commitment. It worked – WLRN will now have a real local oriented jazz DJ on five nights a week!!!!! Tracy Fields was chosen and I know she will play some really good things.

More importantly, the phenomena of the social media blitz that you created (thanks to everyone who kindly shared their email list for the cause!) allows me to prove what I have been saying for some time – that there really is a very large and diverse and dedicated jazz audience in South Florida. As an educator and a jazz musician, this is a very good thing for all of us to know – that this many people care. We need to remember this!

As to myself, I was honored to facilitate the start of it, but we have to give special kudos to Bob Weinberg (Sun Sentinel) and Erik Maza (Riptide 2.0 New Times) for keeping the story going and keeping everyone informed as to progress. Special thanks to Nicole Henry, who’s i-petition came a few days later and just may have been the icing on the cake that caused WLRN to shift their paradigm! I-petition – who would have thought? My personal thanks to everyone who blistered off an email, called, shared their concern with others, and made it real – thank you all!

On a personal note, I regret to inform you that I have had to resign my position at WLRN. Their idea of punishing me for speaking out was to indefinitely keep me off the air. I felt I had no option but to resign, and so I did last night. I thank all of our listeners for two incredible years of Monday Night Jazz there!

Now, some good news! I have joined the revolution of the 21st century and taken my Jazz Show ONLINE! I have become an educational podcaster and will put up a new one hour show every week – expect a lot of great music, local interviews and albums, and all at an easy website to listen to or download to your ipod to listen to later. It will be up on itunes itself by the end of the week. It will always be a free podcast with no advertising as well.

So welcome to my brand new podosphere:

Enjoy it and again, thank you for all you each have done for jazz and the South Florida Jazz Community! Keep Jazz live always!!!!!

Robert “Bebob” Grabowski

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Americana Woman Music Fest in Tallahassee FL March 19 & 20, 2010

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The first annual Tallahassee Americana Woman Music Fest will be held March 19th and 20th. Nine acts from around the Southeast will be performing on three stages during this celebration of women artists in Americana music. All acts are either headlined by women, or the majority of the players in the band are women.

Americana music comes from the traditions of roots music in the United States. Its breadth and reach includes artists like Gram Parsons and Bob Dylan, Wilco and The Avett Brothers, Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett and The Band. The Americana sound is decidedly different than the more pop oriented radio formats of rock and contemporary country. A Grammy Award was presented in the Americana category for the first time this year, with Levon Helm winning the award.

The festival is comprised of three staged events over two days.

  • Friday Night, March 19, 7:00pm, at the American Legion Hall on Lake Ella. Five acts performing.

  • Saturday Day, March 20, 1:30 pm, at Bird’s Oyster on Bronough St. Girl’s and Guitars. Individual artists playing original music with their guitars in an in-the-round format.

  • Saturday Night, March 20, 7:00pm, at the American Legion. Five Acts performing.

A wristband for entry into all three events may be purchased for $15 at the venues, or
in advance at Gordon’s String Music or The Music Center.

Day-of-show, tickets for that day may be purchased at the venues for $10

Radio Free Carmela, Bradenton, FL
The Mayhaws, Tallahassee, FL
Audrey Auld, Tasmania, Australia
Mimi and the Hearndogs, Tallahassee, FL
Rebecca Zapen, St. Petersburg, FL
Mare Wakefield, Nashville, TN
Rebekah Pulley, Tampa, FL
Sarah Mac Band, Tallahassee FL
Rebecca Rippy, Charlotte NC

For more information, scheduling and links to the artists’ web pages and videos,
Visit our web page:
Or contact Grant Peeples: (850) 322-6917

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Live Arts Florida Sets New Jazz Concert Date for 'An Evening with Copeland Davis & Friends'

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Wellington, FL - February 22, 2010 - On Saturday, March 13th, 2010, Live Arts Florida will host pianist Copeland Davis and friends at the new, 800 seat WCHS Theatre in Wellington, FL. The concert, which was originally planned to take place at 7:30pm on Sunday, February 28th has been reset to the new date at 8:00pm with doors opening at 7:15pm. This performance promises to be outstanding as Copeland Davis performs as a quintet format playing jazz standards and original compositions.

Whether it is solo piano, combo or teamed with a full orchestra, Copeland Davis resounds with a stage presence that makes every performance a magical musical experience. Combining his vast musical skills with a special brand of showmanship taught to him by the great Cholly Atkins, Davis electrifies audiences everywhere. A standing ovation was the audience response when Davis made his national TV debut on the Tonight Show; he's appeared twice on Good Morning America, and a variety of local shows. Davis has also appeared on numerous radio talk and personal TV interview shows in New York, Florida and various other states and has received notable reviews in Variety, The Miami Herald, The Boston Globe, The Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, New York Times and many other newspapers and magazines. He has had multiple television specials; one which was nominated for an Emmy Award.

As one music critic said, "He is a special person. He captivates the audience when he plays and he makes it fun. He has phenomenal technique on the piano. He combines mechanical proficiency with spontaneous artistic creativity. Davis can explore the possibilities of any number of tunes, while still remaining in the boundaries of tight musicianship."

For the last ten years, Copeland has performed with the Florida Sunshine Pops Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Joe Ferrer of Sunset Productions, Inc. To quote the world famous Richard Hayman, Orchestral Conductor and Arranger of the Sunshine Pops, "Copeland Davis is a resident of Florida and is an incredible pianist. He plays everything from classical to jazz. I always look forward to conducting his arrangements which are exciting and unique."

Copeland was appointed to the Boca Pops Orchestra as "Pianist-In-Residence for five years. To quote the Late Maestro Mark Azzolina, Orchestral Conductor of the Pops, "We've engaged Copeland Davis as pianist in residence because we feel he is one of America's foremost Symphonic Jazz Piano innovators. He not only has extensive training in Classical performance but his Jazz improvisational capability is in a class by itself." Copeland, also, received a one-term appointment as Instructor of Jazz Music History at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, his alma mater, where he received a BFA degree in music composition and arranging.

Concert tickets may be purchased at the door, over the phone or online. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting or over the phone by calling 888.841.ARTS from 11am to 11pm Tickets to the concerts for adults are $24 for Orchestra and $28 for Mezzanine; Members $5 off. Tickets for students with ID may be purchased for $5 off (select normal ticket and click on discount code).

Sponsors of Live Arts Florida include Wellington the Magazine, the Town Crier, and Phelps Media Group, Inc. International; additional sponsorships are welcome. Following Copeland Davis, upcoming Live Arts performances include blues great, Tinsley Ellis on March 27th at Club Cinema in Pompano Beach, and contemporary gospel's Blind Boys of Alabama on April 24 at the Miramar Cultural Center. To Learn more about Live Arts Florida or become a sponsor, please visit


Where we will be this week (WWWBTW)?:

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Tuesday, Feb 23:
Boston’s on the Beach, Delray Beach: Blue Tuesday w/ Famous Frank Ward hosts Pat Pepin.
Bella Cucina Restaurant, Palm Beach Gardens: Lionel Harrison Jazz Jam feat. Ike Woods & Kirk Green
Harriet Himmel Theater, West Palm Beach: JAMS (Jazz Arts Music Society of Palm Beach) Marvin Stamm & Bill Mays w/ Richard Drexler & Marty Morrell
Wednesday, Feb 24:
Thursday, Feb 25:
Thirsty Turtle Sea Grill, Juno Beach: Davee Bryan
Chef John's New American Bistro & Blues Bar, Jupiter: David Shelley Band
Poor House, Fort Lauderdale: Piano Bob
Boca Grove Plaza, Boca Raton: Brazilian Jazz by Phill Fest w/ Terezinha Valios
Friday, Feb 26:Maguire's Hill 16, Fort Lauderdale: AZ Kenny & 56 Deluxe
Chef John's New American Bistro & Blues Bar, Jupiter: Low Down 13
Manuel Artime Theater, Miami: Presents Bobby Carcassés In Concert
Miami Shores Country Club, Miami Shores: MO & MADAFO
33rd Street Wine Bar, Ft. Lauderdale: Martin Hand Jazz Trio
Margarita Blues, Singer Island: Terry Hanck Band w/ Bobby Nathan
Buckingham Blues Bar, Ft. Myers: Michael Pickett
Saturday, Feb, Palm Beach & Broward Counties at 90.7FM and online: 6-10pm, Stu Grant's Jazz Impressions
The Orange Door, Lake Park: Steve Thorpe Blues Orchestra
Bradfordville Blues Club, Tallahassee: The Deb Callahan Band
B-Sharp's Jazz Café:, Tallahassee: The Jerimiah Hunt Quintet Featuring the Student Dream Team of Jamison, Brendon, Alphonso & Ricardo,
Sunday, Feb 28:Blues Jean Blues, Ft. Lauderdale: Barbara Van & Mike Orta's Sunday Jazz Jam
Dick Robinson's American Standards by the Sea: 3-5pm, online and 90.7FM in SE Florida
WCHS Theatre, Wellington: Live Arts Florida Concert Series Presents Copeland Davis & Friends.
Earl's Hideaway, Sebastian: Pat Pepin
Someplace Restaurant, Lake Park: Susan Merritt Trio Jazz Jam
* New Listing of the Week: JD's: 125 Gulf Blvd, Indian Rocks Beach, Florida 33785 (727)595-1320 1pm, Feb 28: Tiki Kings w/ Steve Arvey.
* Photo-Art Showcase: Willie Green
* Video Showcase: Steve Thorpe Blues Orchestra
* New Link: Hey, we know ALL the good music isn't in clubs. We know it happens at parties, too. Soooo, this is where you find out where the parties are happening... STEPPING OUT FLORIDA is our new link of the week!
* Promotions: Jazz & Blues Florida will be giving away tickets to WANEE, BONITA SPRINGS BLUES FEST & THE TAMPA BAY BLUES FEST during the month of March. Details coming soon!
* Past Week's Club Photos: Riverwalk Blues & Music Festival, Davee Bryan at The Living Room, Josh Smith at Blue Tuesday at Boston's on the Beach, Big Poppa E & The E Band at Chef John's.

Sanborn, Wilson, Sample to Perform at Miami Gardens Florida "JAZZ IN THE GARDENS"

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Highly Anticipated Music Festival – March 20th & 21st, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL – Jazz legends, David Sanborn, Cassandra Wilson and Joe Sample are set to take the stage during the 5th Annual “Jazz in the Gardens” hosted by #1 rated, nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner, Saturday, March 20th and Sunday, March 21st at Sun Life Stadium (formerly Dolphin Stadium), 2269 Dan Marino Blvd, Miami Gardens, Florida 33056. Internationally-known and well-respected, these jazz musicians are at the top of the genre, oftentimes pulling in audiences of over 6,000 on their own bill.

Sanborn, Wilson and Sample are just three of the artists on the star-studded line-up for the nearly sold-out festival. Other confirmed artists include the queen of R&B, Mary J. Blige; R&B crooner, Robin Thicke; Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter, John Legend; 90s R&B/pop super group, Boyz II Men; funk/R&B diva, Teena Marie; Grammy nominated R&B vocalist, Melanie Fiona; and R&B newcomer, K’Jon.

“Jazz is definitely alive and well at ‘Jazz in the Gardens’ in the form of Joe Sample, David Sanborn and Cassandra Wilson,” stated event producer, Leon Saunders of Saunders Entertainment Group. “We are absolutely thrilled to have these major acts headlining ‘Jazz in the Gardens’ and bringing their revolutionary jazz sound to our festival.”

Although some may find it strange to fuse together the musical styles of the aforementioned jazz legends with the funk of Teena Marie and the soul and R&B of John Legend, it’s one of the main draws of “Jazz in the Gardens.” It invites a plethora of musical styles to come together and form the kind of “super-concert” that can only be found in one of the most diverse and culturally-rich cities in the nation, Miami Gardens.

Jazz in the Gardens, a two-day weekend festival is now in its fifth year, has grown to be one of the top cultural events in South Florida. The jazz festival delivers a diverse mix of music genres that range from jazz, R&B, Caribbean and African sounds. Having something to offer all music aficionados at an affordable price, the 4th Annual Jazz in the Gardens shattered expected ticket sales, enjoying an attendance of almost 40,000, which was more than double the sales of the 2008 festival. In 2009, the Jazz in the Gardens crowd enjoyed the hip-hop flavor of Common, the beautiful neo-soul melodies of Erykah Badu, the smooth R&B of Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds and the crowd-stopping soul of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, among other a-list artists.


The iconic David Sanborn truly merits his position as a saxophonist, unrivaled as a player who straddles the pop and jazz worlds while commanding respect in both. In pop, he is justly famed for his standout solo on David Bowie’s 1975 hit “Young Americans” – one of many celebrated recording projects that evolved out of Sanborn’s live supporting roles. Indeed, his matchless tone has additionally been sought to bolster performances by the esteemed liked of Eric Clapton, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Miles Davis, Bruce Springsteen and Steve Wonder – many of whom have likewise gone on to enlist Sanborn’s inimitable sax presence in the studio. Sanborn’s high visibility live and on record is only part of his story. His music has been heard in films, most notably on the Michael Kamen penned scores for the “Lethal Weapon” movies. His television work includes the theme for “Saturday Night Live,” sitting in regularly with the Late Night with David Letterman band, and hosting the dearly-remembered “Night Music.” The six-time Grammy winner has consistently recorded his own albums, and since his first album Taking Off from 1975, through his acclaimed Closer from 2005, he has rarely gone over two years between releases. Sanborn’s new album, Here and Gone, is the 23rd solo album of Sanborn’s extraordinary career and features guests such as Eric Clapton, Sam Moore and Joss Stone.

One of the many jazzmen who started out playing hard bop but went electric during the fusion era, Joe Sample was, in the late ‘50s, a founding member of the Jazz Crusaders along with trombonist, Wayne Henderson; tenor saxophonist, Wilton Felder; and drummer, Stix Hooper. Sample, a hard-swinging player who could handle chordal and modal/scalar improvisation equally well, stuck to the acoustic piano during the Crusaders’ early years – but would place greater emphasis on electric keyboards when the band turned to jazz-funk in the early ‘70s. Although Sample had recorded as a trio pianist on 1969’s obscure Fancy Dance, 1978’s Rainbow Seeker was often described as his first album as a leader. Since the early 1980’s, he has enjoyed a successful solo career and has guested on many recordings by other performers and groups, including Miles Davis, George Benson, Jimmy Witherspoon, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan and The Supremes.

Defying categorization and convention, Cassandra Wilson never fails to surprise and inspire. Sexy, honey-velvet vocals wrapped around her own jazzy blue compositions or inventive interpretations of others’ material led TIME magazine to name her “America’s Best Singer” in recent years. Wilson’s journey can be traced back to Mississippi where she was raised by musician and educator parents. In the eighties, Wilson moved to New Orleans and performed with Earl Turbinton and Ellis Marsalis. Quite by accident, she was relocated to East Orange, New Jersey where she made the decision to take her chances on the New York jazz scene. Her development can be tracked through her discography. From the standards on Blue Skies to the Grammy-winning New Moon Daughter, to the combination of originals and interpretations played by a collection of Mississippi and New York musicians on both the 2001 release, Belly of the Sun, and 2003’s Glamoured, to the 2006 T-Bone Burnett produced Thunderbird, Cassandra continues to evolve. On her acclaimed 2009 release, Loverly, Wilson returns to a more stripped down jazz setting, and gives a tantalizing, rhythmically driven collection of jazz standards new luster.

Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased at the Sun Life Stadium Box Office, or Ticket prices range anywhere from $55 for a one-day ticket to $125 for the two-day ticket; an amazing value given the fact that the concert is completely loaded with a star-studded line-up. Furthermore, the experience of the event goes beyond music, offering food, shopping and sophisticated pleasures.

For more information on the highly-anticipated 5th Annual “Jazz in the Gardens” Hosted by Tom Joyner, go to or contact the City of Miami Gardens at 1-877-640-5299. All media inquiries should be directed to Circle of One Marketing at 305.576.3790.

The City of Miami Gardens was incorporated on May 13, 2003, as the 33rd city in Miami-Dade County. At a population of approximately 10,000, it is the third largest city in Miami-Dade County. Miami Gardens is a solid, working and middle class community of unique diversity. It is the largest predominantly African-American municipality in the State of Florida and boasts many Caribbean residents. In 2007, the City hosted the 41st annual Super Bowl. The City recently hosted the 2009 college BCS championship game and in 2010, will host the 44th Super Bowl.

For general information visit or call the event hotline at: 305-622-8043. For vendor and sponsor opportunities, contact Vendor Express at 954-275-3092. All media inquiries should be directed to Circle of One Marketing at 305.576.3790.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Gold Coast Jazz Society Presents Tony DeSare Jazz Trio in Ft. Lauderdale Florida

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Jazz Singer Tony DeSare Celebrates the Music of Mercer
Fort Lauderdale, FL – 2009 marked the centennial of the renowned lyricist, Johnny Mercer. Mercer collaborated with some of the century’s greatest songwriters and wrote the lyrics to some of the most popular songs of the Great American Songbook. Some of Mercer’s best songs come alive as the jazz/singer/songwriter/pianist, Tony DeSare, performs with his jazz trio for the Gold Coast Jazz Society. The performance will occur on Wednesday, March 10 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 with student ID. 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 WXEL FM 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.

Singer, pianist and songwriter Tony DeSare -- whose third CD Radio Show was recently released by Telarc Records -- has won critical and popular acclaim from his concert performances throughout the United States as well as Australia, Japan and Hong Kong. In early 2009, launched an international tour with three weeks at the Algonquin Hotel’s Oak Room in New York, two weeks in London, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington DC, Seattle, St. Louis and Palm Beach. "With his dark hair, bright brown eyes and toothpaste smile that rarely fades," raved The New York Times, "DeSare is one of the most promising young male performers. He is a Sinatra acolyte in his early 30s who sings Prince as well as Johnny Mercer." According to USA Today, "DeSare belongs to a group of neo-traditional upstarts stretching from Harry Connick Jr, to Michael Bublé and Jamie Cullum. DeSare covers old and newer pop and jazz standards without smothering or over-thinking the material." His takes on classic standards and sophisticated original compositions have earned him a reputation as one of country’s hottest young singer/pianists. His sound is romantic, swinging and sensual, but what sets Tony apart is his ability to write original material that sounds fresh and at the same time blends seamlessly with the Great American Songbook. Tony has the capability to glide from a standard by George Gershwin to a contemporary classic by Bob Dylan or Phil Collins to one of his inventive original songs with ease. Go to for more about this artist.

Tickets are still available for the March 10 performance. 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, February 17, 2010

WLRN in Miami Florida Decides to NOT Replace Jazz Host with Auto-programming - Tracy Fields to Return

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Resolution has been reached in the controversy at WLRN in Miami. The following is from a posting today at the SunSentinel.

WLRN names new host for weeknight jazz broadcast
By Bob Weinberg, Special Correspon dent
1:16 p.m. EST, February 17, 2010

"Popular former WLRN jazz DJ Tracy Fields has been named host of the public radio station's weeknight jazz broadcast, replacing longtime jazz jock Len Pace, according to Peter J. Maerz, the station's programming and operations manager.

A few weeks ago, the prospects for local jazz programming on WLRN (91.3-FM) seemed grim. In a mass e-mail, part-time jazz host Bob "Bebob" Grabowski said he expected the station to significantly cut its decades-long commitment to locally generated jazz broadcasts. The move was expected to coincide with the retirement of Pace, whose last show airs Feb. 26."
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Direct from the Mardi Gras at the Howlin' Wolf in NOLA, Ivan Neville's Dumpstafunk to Play in Palm Beach Gardens Florida

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Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
at the Borland Center (map)
February 19, 2010, 8pm
4885 PGA Boulevard
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

Monday, February 15, 2010

Mindi Abair and Peter White Presented at Florida's Punta Gorda Wine & Jazz Festival

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5th Punta Gorda Wine & Jazz Festival
Saturday, February 20th, 2009, 1:00PM - 6:00PM
Laishley Park, Downtown on the Waterfront in Punta Gorda, Florida

Headliners: Mindi Abair AND Peter White

Additional Performances by: The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra &
Max McCann & The Displacements

Tickets: $75/Food, Wine & Concert ($65 if purchased prior to 1/31/10)

Tickets & Additional Information: (941)639-3720 -

Hotel Sponsor: Wyvern Hotel, Punta Gorda (941)639-7700 -
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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Florida's Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk Blues & Music Festival Receives Coverage from SunSentinel

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The SunSentinel posted this really great article by Bob Weinberg (The Real One) that covers the history of the festival and really does a great job of putting the event into a 'community' prespective. Be a part of that communty...come on out for some great music. That is all you have to do to show your support. Charlie

Music will flow when fest returns to the banks of New River.

By Bob Weinberg, Special Correspondent
11:36 a.m. EST, February 11, 2010

"Soon after the Riverwalk Blues & Music Festival began operating out of Bubier Park, event founder Don Cohen and business partner Sheldon Voss surveyed the bustling landscape from the Andrews Avenue Bridge. What had begun as an all-day party in the parking lot of Cohen's Musicians Exchange nightclub and music store had blossomed into a three-day, multi-stage affair, drawing ever-increasing audiences with legendary performers such as John Mayall, Buddy Guy and Albert Collins.

After a four-year hiatus, the event returns to the banks of the New River for its 21st edition, which takes place tonight through Sunday."

See the full article at:


Friday, February 12, 2010

Florida's Ft Lauderdale Rivewalk Blues & Music Festival Starts Tonight!

Saturday and Sunday's mainstage shows will be in the parking lot, OUTSIDE, and NOT TENTED.
We apologize for the earlier error.
PLEASE NOTE: No cans, coolers, or bottles are allowed at the festival.
Small children are not allowed at the venue after dark.

Downtowner Saloon
10 South New River Drive East, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Feb 11-14:

Riverwalk Blues & Music Festival:

Saturday Feb 13
Main Stage Backlot
12:30pm IKO IKO
2:30pm Albert Castiglia
4:30pm Spam Allstars
6:30pm Otis Taylor
8:30pm Sugar Blue Band
10:00pm Boston's On The Beach Invitational Projam Hosted By Famous Frank Ward

Sunday Feb 14
Main Stage Backlot
12:00pm Magda Hiller
2:00pm The Hep Cat Boo Daddies
4:00pm Dave Shelley And Bluestone
6:00pm J.P. Soars And The Red Hots
8:00pm Debbie Davies & Robin Rogers
10:00pm Boston's On The Beach Invitational Projam Hosted By Famous Frank Ward

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Jazz Survivors to Present Valentines Day Concert in Lauderhill, Florida

Jazz Survivors
Valentines Day Jazz Concert in the Gardens
February 14, 2010, 11am-3pm
Lieberman Botanical Gardens
3801 Inverrary Blvd., Lauderhill FL 33319 (954)730-3000
City of Lauderhill / Florida Medical Center Sunday Jazz Picnic
"Come spend Valentine's Day with us on the lawn at Lieberman park in Lauderhill. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. The mayor has asked us to play a lot of love-oriented jazz in honor of the day, so we'll be reaching deep into the jazz songbook for the pretty bossa novas and classic love songs."
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Jazz Survivors are all about real American music, from swinging Ellington to hard bop Miles to heart-rending Jobim (OK, so he's Brazilian). They like to play music with substance, with genuine fun, and with depth to explore. The band members are: Les Blachut - Vibes/keys, Bob LaMendola - Bass, Zoltan Grof - Trumpet, Jeff Babick - Drums.
For additional information, contact: Bob LaMendola, 954-484-7382,

Pat Metheny Launches Tour in France - Concert Review of the Jazz that is coming to Florida

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US jazz supremo Metheny re-invents one-man band in France
By Simon Coss (AFP) – Feb 1, 2010

"COUTANCES, France — US jazz guitar legend Pat Metheny chose a small town in northwestern France to launch his new world tour with his latest project, a one-man automated orchestra.

The 55-year-old jazz supremo and winner of 17 Grammy Awards is returning to stages with his "Orchestrion" machine, complete with piano, a full-rythm section, robot guitars and pipe organs made from water bottles."


RIP - Clinton "Deacon" Fuller, Florida Bluesman

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Blues musician 'Deacon' Fuller let audience set the mood
By Andrew Meacham, Times Staff Writer In Print: Friday, February 12, 2010

ST. PETERSBURG — "Another area blues legend has left the stage. Clinton "Deacon" Fuller, who rocked the Tampa Bay area playing an up-tempo style reminiscent of his Louisiana roots, died Feb. 3. He was 56 and had congestive heart failure.

His Deacon Fuller Band twice won recognition in the early 1990s from Creative Loafing as the area's best blues band. Mr. Fuller also played at music festivals all over the southeastern United States and in Europe, and opened for performers like the late Diamond Teeth Mary."

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bobby Carcasses Concert to be Presented by FUNDarte in Miami Florida

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Homage to an outstanding career that spans more than a half a century!
In Support of His Most Recent Independent Production: De La Habana a Nueva York -
-FUNDarte Begins Its new 2010 Caribbean Roots Series-

Miami, FL January 4th, 2010 – FUNDarte presents one of the most prodigious musicians, entertainers, and showmen of his generation, Cuban Legend and Jazz Master Bobby Carcassés, in an exclusive one night performance on Friday February 26th, at 8pm at the Manuel Artime Theater (900 SW 1st St, Little Havana, Miami).

The evening features some of the best Cuban musicians in today's Latin Jazz scene, including Dafnis Prieto, Yosvany Terry, Osmany Paredes, Yunior Terry, Magilee Alvarez and Marvin Diz. Bobby Carcasses has made an indelible contribution to Latin Jazz through his uniquely accented music and outstanding career. He is a renowned multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer and one of the leading exponents of contemporary Latin Jazz and the new sound of Cuban music coming from the island itself.

Whereas in the past he has been popularly known as the perfect Showman and Entertainer, Bobby is now considered the ultimate Guru of Afrocuban Jazz, offering inspiration to the up and coming generation of new Cuban Jazz musicians as many of the Best new talents have started their careers playing with Bobby’s band.

He was born on August 29th 1938 in Kingston Jamaica, where his Cuban grandfather worked as a Diplomat. Upon moving to Las Villas in Cuba at the age of four, Bobby grew up surrounded by Cuban rhytms, listening to Beny Moré, Conjunto Casino & Roberto Faz. He also acquired a Love for an eclectic spectrum of music from the Opera Star Enrico Carusso and Mexicos enigmatic Jorge Negrete to the Jazz Supremos Sarah Vaugahn, Buddy Rich and Stan Getz.

By the 1950s he was envolved with some of the best vocals quartets in Cuba and whilst playing for many years at The Tropicana the very center of Cuban Jazz at the time, he began to experiment with Bebop and Scat vocals. In the 60s he traveled to Europe, spending a year in Paris where he played with the Legendary Kenny Clarke and Bud Powell.

When he returned to Cuba he worked in the Teatro Musical where he met three of the Futures founders of the Legendary Irakere: Chucho Valdes, Carlos Emilio Morales and Paquito D’ Rivera.

Over the next ten years He played in the best night clubs in Havana as well as acting in Cuban cinema, Tv and essentially starting to form his own Jazz group.

In 1980 he organized the first Jazz Plaza Festival in Havana, envolving the Great Stars of Jazz such as Dizzy Gillespie, Ronnie Scott, Charlie Haden, Airto Moreira, Tania Maria, Steve Coleman and many others. Year after his own group was the focal point in these Festivals. he traveled to Canada, England, France and the USA where he performed with Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Patato Valdés and many other Greats from the Latin Jazz scene.

If Jazz Timbero (1998 Tumi Music UK) was both a projection of Bobby’s musical personality and a complex historical record of the different elements of Cuban music combined along the way with Jazz, Blues and World music. The power of Bobbys dynamic personality shows in his versatility.

Beginning as a Rumbero he had to master the three elements of Guaguancó: Song, Dance & Percussion, whilst his involvement in Jazz taught him to play countless instruments Piano, Bass, percussion Flugelhorn, as well as writing his own pieces.

The result of a lifetimes involvement in sport and Yoga are shown in the bizarre combination of raw Energy and Spiritual Equilibrium; his Greatest Sporting achievement is that of National high jump Champion in 1960. Hes also a Lover of Painting, Drawing and Literature and has exhibited his own work on many occasions around the world.

The word Timba has numerous meanings in Cuba; from a fiesta to a way of saying if something is right or not: la timba esta Buena or esta mala. It was originally used to refer to a meeting dedicated to al juego ilicito ( an illegal game). Cuban salsa has been christened as Timba by both the musicians themselves and the listening public. This new music renews Cuban rhythms and when mixed with Jazz produces something quite unique.

The degree of respect Bobby has attained by his contemporaries is shown by the list of Great musicians that took part in his recordings.

But without a doubt, the connecting thread is Bobbys voice with his electrifying use of Guaguancó, Rumbero Improvisations and Scat Vocals. Bobby is part of a tradition of singers who, within a Son, Guaracha or Bolero format integrate other influences such as Mambo or Guanguancó. The most famous example is Beny Moré, but Bobby also remembers Francisco Fellové who towards the end of the forties created a style of singing known as Scat which Bobby has developed to an outstanding degree.

Jazz Timbero is a declaration of principles: a tribute to Cuban rhythms and music and above all to the people of New York who have kept these elements alive and thriving throughout the world.

Jazz Timbero offers us music to renew our vitality, our smile and brings us a deeply emotive and sweet Caribbean flavor under the direction of the Great Bobby Carcassés, it maintains an equilibrium of diverse tensions thanks to the concentration and relaxation offered by the artists practice of Yoga, and exciting fusion of music through his extensive knowledge of music and a distinct sound formed by many years of performing, touring and producing live and recorded works. Bobby is an ancestral musician whose roots could be Nigeria, Dahomey or Andalusia, but who in fact comes from a long line starting from Havana to New York, possibly passing through Tibet along the way. (Leonardo Acosta, Musician & Journalist)

For More Information:
Wynton Marsalis introduces Bobby singing Blues para Beny More

What? Bobby Carcassés In Concert
When? Friday, February 26 at 8:00 p.m.
Where? Manuel Artime Theater (900 SW 1st Street, Little Havana).
Tickets: $30 - $25 (Students and Seniors)
By phone: 1.800.595 4849 or On-Line
Also at: Cubaocho Art and Reasearch Center
1465 SW Calle 8 Suite 106/107, Miami
Tuesday -Sunday 12PM - 8PM

After Concert Party at Cubaocho Art and Reasearch Center
1465 SW Calle 8 Suite 106/107, Miami
Free entrance and a Free wine with the Concert Ticket Stub

For More Information: (305) 316 - 6165 or at: the support of Ventana Marketing, Miami Dade County, Cultural Affairs department, Cubaocho Art and Research Center, WDNA and Global Cuba Fest

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Want to experience the music of Brazil's Carnaval?

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Antonio Adolfo School of Musicpresents Workshop and conversation with the legends Armandinho, Dodô & Osmar
Thursday, February 18th at 7:30PM

at the Antonio Adolfo School Of Music
2040, Sherman St
Hollywood, FL 33020
admission: $25
limited seating
make your reservation on line today
and/or call: (786) 566-1527

Armandinho is considered one of the greatest and most original guitar players in the world.
Dodô & Osmar revolutionized modern Brazilian carnaval with their invention 60 years ago, the “Trio Elétrico” which are large sound trucks made famous in the streets of Bahia. Come and listen to their amazing stories and learn their one-of-a-kind techniques.

Armandinho, Dodo & Osmar

Armandinho and Stanley Jordan

About Armandinho, Dodô & Osmar
These three musicians have definitely made a huge impact on the “carnaval” of Brazil, considered to be the biggest street party in the world. Sixty years ago, Dodô and Osmar Macêdo developed what is known today as the “Trio Elétrico”, which consists of a stage and full sound and production set up on top of a truck, which then travels slowly through the streets of Salvador with thousands of revelers dancing in its wake. Today all the major stars of Brazilian music like Ivete Sangalo, Daniela Mercury, Chiclete com Banana and many others use the “Trio Elétrico” format for their parades. Armandinho, son of Osmar, is considered to be one of the greatest guitar players in the world and appears regularly in festivals all over Europe and the United States. He recently toured Brazil with jazz legend Stanley Jordan. Together with Dodô and Osmar, Armandinho developed the special electric guitar style of Bahia and even crafted unique instruments only played by them. The energy and talent that this group brings to Brazilian culture is undeniable. In 2007 President Lula gave them the National Medal of Cultural Merit. This year during the carnival celebrations in Bahia, Armandinho, Dodô and Osmar will be honored for their achievements and will receive special guests on their “Trio” like the legendary Gilberto Gil and many others. Following carnival, the group will come to South Florida for this special workshop and then will embark on their North American tour to cities like Los Angeles, San Jose, Houston and Calgary.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Legendary Delta Blues Great David "Honeyboy" Edwards in Concert in Miami Florida

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An Evening with a Legendary Delta Blues Great David "Honeyboy" Edwards in Concert February 20 at the Colony Theatre

Tigertail continues its 30th Anniversary Season with David "Honeyboy" Edwards, February 20, 2010 at the Colony Theatre. Born in 1915, Honeyboy is one of the last links to Robert Johnson, and one of the last original acoustic Delta blues players still performing. He is a living legend, and his story is truly part of history. He is the real deal. Edwards will receive a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award on January 30, 2010. Honeyboy's life is intertwined with almost every major blues legend, including, Charlie Patton, Big Joe Williams, Rice "Sonny Boy Williamson" Miller, Howlin' Wolf, Peetie Wheatstraw, Sunnyland Slim, Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Walter, Little Walter, Magic Sam, Muddy Waters, and... well, let's just say the list goes on. Among his many honors, David "Honeyboy" Edwards has been inducted in the Blues Hall of Fame, received a Grammy and a prestigious NEA National Heritage Fellowship award.

"... [one of ] the last authentic performers in blues idiom that developed in central Mississippi during the second and third decades of the century." — 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. "David 'Honeyboy' Edwards is astounding. He still performs 100 concerts a year. Tigertail is proud to present this American musical legend," 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. Following this David "Honeyboy" Edwards concert on February 20, Tigertail brings the virtuoso guitarist Leo Kottke, March 20, also at the Colony; 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 Regie Cabico with SpeakOut at the end of January and Iyeoka Okowa with WordSpeak mid-April. A Tigertail "green" fundraiser will take place o n May 15. For more information about Tigertail and full season details visit them on the web at or call 305 324 4337.
The David "Honeyboy" Edwards concert is funded in part through Meet The Composer's MetLife Creative Connections program.

WHAT: David "Honeyboy" Edwards in concert

WHEN: Saturday, February 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


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Orlando's Blues B-Q Brings John Mayall & Shemekia Copeland to Florida for Free Blues Festival

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Free Blues Music, Barbeque and Fun!

The City of Orlando’s Blues B-Q has quickly become one of Orlando’s most original events. Injecting the blues genre into the Downtown culture, this FREE blues festival has attracted music fans from across the state.

Mayor Buddy Dyer is proud to announce that John Mayall, with special guest Shemekia Copeland, will headline this year’s Blues B-Q. John Mayall, known as “The Godfather of British Blues”, is a pioneering English blues singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has been influential in the careers of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Peter Green, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor and Don "Sugarcane" Harris. Shemekia Copeland is a GRAMMY nominated blues singer and released her latest album, Never Going Back, in February 2009.

Also playing at this year’s event will be The Legendary JC’s and The Kevin Maines Band.

Blues B-Q is one of the City of Orlando’s four signature events and features national and local blues acts as well as Orlando’s finest mouth-watering barbeque available for purchase. Now in its fourth year, Blues B-Q boasts previous headline acts such as GRAMMY Award winning artists Buddy Guy, The Robert Cray Band, Jonny Lang and Queen of the Blues Koko Taylor.


John Mayall
Shemekia Copeland
The Legendary JC’s
The Kevin Maines Band


Saturday, February 20, 2010
2:00 to 10:00 p.m.


City Hall Plaza
400 S. Orange Avenue (Corner of Orange Avenue and South Street)

PARKING: For parking information, please visit

The free LYMMO Circulator is recommended for Downtown residents and attendees parking at the Orange County Library Garage (located at 112 E. Pine St.)

For information on LYMMO stops, please visit
Press Contacts:
Heather Allebaugh (407) 246-3423
On-site April Reynolds (407) 956-0431

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Pat Metheny Tour Bring New Jazz Sound to Florida

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Legendary Jazz/Fusion guitarist Pat Metheny is on tour to promote his new album, Orchstrion. 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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Larry Coryell & Dr. Lonnie Smith Concert to be Presented by South Florida JAZZ

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South Florida JAZZ welcomes jazz masters LARRY CORYELL and DR LONNIE SMITH as they launch their guitar-organ-drums trio in familiar territory. Both artists are favorites of jazz lovers in the area and have special relationships to SFJ, but have not appeared together in South Florida. It should be thrilling.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – South Florida’s premier modern jazz organization is thrilled to feature two artists who have thrilled jazz audiences for years and now appear together in a new trio with drummer Marty Morell. 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 33314. Tickets are $35 ($25 for South Florida JAZZ members and $10 for students of any age with I.D.) 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, as well as online at:, the presenting organization’s official Web site.

LARRY CORYELL-DR LONNIE SMITH TRIOIn the 14-year history of this jazz series, these two gentlemen are the most highly requested artists for repeat performance. Having them perform together, something they have only recently begun to do is a particular treat. Organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, of course, has a long history of collaboration with guitarist George Benson and uses guitar in his band’s typical configuration and has a great following among South Florida jazz fans. Legendary guitarist Larry Coryell can play anything with anyone, especially where swing is concerned. South Florida JAZZ audiences saw that in his four previous appearances for the organization.

Larry Coryell deserves a special place in the jazz history books. He brought a revolutionary sensibility to electric guitar playing in the 1960s; a hard-edged, cutting tone and phrasing that owed as much to blues, rock, and even country as it did to modern post-bop. A true eclectic blessed with impeccable technique, Larry Coryell always has sought to be himself. It is true that this has taken him all over the musical map, from Ravel to Rimsky-Korsakov to rock; not reflecting an identity crisis but an uninhibited musical appetite appropriate to his era. He has been comfortable in almost every style from decibel-heavy electric work to the most delicate, soothing, intricate lines on acoustic guitar. In between there is finger-spraining, fret board-busting, pyrotechnic virtuosity. This description only serves to introduce a complex and brilliant player, who has been at the vanguard of jazz innovation for four decades.

Dr Lonnie Smith, for many critics and fans, is the reigning king of the Hammond B3 organ. Some might say that this self-schooled innovator actually has been that for 40 years, ever since saxophonist Lou Donaldson and guitarist George Benson discovered him in his Buffalo, New York home clubs. Deeply immersed in gospel music as a child, Lonnie sang and played trumpet first before falling in love with the organ, using the records of Bill Doggett and Jimmy Smith as guideposts. His playing is absolutely blues-drenched and soulful with extraordinary time feel. Lonnie mainly digs deep into the pocket, but also can float over the time when appropriate. “The Turbanator” (JazzTimes magazine described him as a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a turban!) is one of the few mature jazz artists whose career has improved in recent years. A fixture in Fort Lauderdale for many years, he now lives in New York much of the time while keeping a busy national and international touring

The trio is rounded out by drummer Marty Morell, well known for his historically important role in the Bill Evans Trio with bassist Eddie Gomez in the 1970s.

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

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Florida's Kissimmee Festival of Rhythm & Blues Announced for February 27, 2010

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Kissimmee Festival of Rhythm & Blues
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Kissimmee Lakefront Park
250 Lakeshore Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34741
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(407) 847-3174

Miles Jaye
Singer, songwriter, Miles Jaye, is a native New Yorker; it is there that he studied music theory and classical violin for more than ten years at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Saratoga School for Orchestral Studies and Brooklyn College. An accomplished musician and producer, Jaye is best known for his chart-topping hits, "Let’s Start Love Over", "Heaven" and "Objective" featuring Grover Washington, Jr. His heart wrenching "I’ve Been A Fool For You" has become one of radio’s favorite R&B classics. Now a Floridian, Jaye enjoys a long-standing reputation as an R&B and Contemporary Jazz writer/producer, having partnered with some of the giants of jazz on his recordings such as George Duke, Roy Ayers, Nat Adderley, Jr., Rachelle Ferrell, Grover Washington, Jr. and Branford Marsalis.

The Legendary JCs
The Legendary JC’s (commonly The Joint Chiefs) started flooring Central Florida crowds with their brand of soulful rocking blues in 2000. With a lineup consisting of top central Florida musicians, part of the magic of the shows is never knowing who is going to show up. Such over-the-top shows hBoldave garnered the band headlining slots at three consecutive years worth of NOLA Jazz Fest late-nights, Florida Music Festival and Macon’s Bragg Jam. They have also headlined: a month at Monte Carlo Casino – Las Vegas, Tropical Heatwave in Tampa, Milledgeville BBQ Festival, Crawfish Fest in Tallahassee, Wingfest in Hilton Head,N.C., Palatka Blue Crab Festival and community events throughout the southeast.

Selwyn Birchwood
Selwyn is the current 2010 Central Florida Blues Challenge Winner and represented the Central Florida in the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis TN in January. He has touring history with Texas Bluesman Sonny Rhodes that has brought him to many premiere venues including: “Terra Blues” in New York City, “Big Muddy Blues Festival” in St. Louis, “Beltline Blues Fest” in Calgary, Alberta, and “Buddy Guy’s Legends” in Chicago.

Sista MichelleShe has been singing since she was a child to anyone that would listen. She has ministered all over the United States and internationally. She released her first album “Journey in Divine Favor” in 2004 which captured the hearts of many with her God given inspirational songs. Recently she has released her second album entitled “Another Level.”

Jazz in the Sanctuary Brings Phill Fest's Brazilian Jazz Rhythms to Port St. Lucie Florida

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Episcopal Church of the Nativity
1151 SW Del Rio Blvd PSL FL 34953 (772)343-0401
Jazz in the Sanctuary Series 2009-10

All concerts include Jim van Voorheis and Friends, Jim on keyboards,
Frank Bartley on Bass and Dennis Walton on Drums.

February 9, 2010Phill Fest w/ Terezinha Valois
L-R: Terezinha Valios, Jim van Voorheis, Phill Fest

Phill Fest's background and training give his musicality a unique twist uncommon for his generation. Phill was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and currently resides in Florida. Phill grew up in a musical family. His father is a recording artist and his mother a composer and music instructor. Phill was exposed to Brazilian and American Jazz right from the start. "I remember hangin' with Sergio Mendez backstage many times as a kid." His father, Manfredo Fest, was the Keyboardist and Music Director for Bossa Rio, the opening act for Brasil '66 for three years.

Phill started guitar at age 16. Having already studied clarinet and violin, the 'six string' came easy. Phill studied at Music Tech of Minneapolis in '89. "My training is a combination of school and self-taught techniques." At the 1996 Bay Area Music Awards (B.A.M.A.) Phill won "Best Jazz Artist". Summer of '96 brought Phill to Germany and Denmark as a member of the Hendrick Muerkens Samba Jazz Quintet. In February of '97 Phill toured England and Spain with Maria Creuza (famous Brazilian Singer).

Phill performed for five years with Deeforce, an all original eclectic rock-n-roll band that won best original band of Florida '93-'94 at the Florida Jammy Awards. During this period, the band also moonlighted as The Starliters as in 'Joey Dee and The Starliters', known for the hit singles Peppermint Twist and Shout. "I've played with the who's-who of oldies; Bo Didley, Spencer Davis, Coasters, Drifters, to name a few. I will never forget my years with Joey Dee." Phill has recorded four compact discs with his father Manfredo Fest for Concord Jazz. Each of these recordings feature a composition by Phill. During this time, Phill worked with Brazilain vocalist/percusionast, Terezinha Valois, and continues to do so today. Since '01, Phill has resided in South Florida performing everywhere including: the Hard Rock Casino, Van Dykes(S.Beach), O'harra's, Brazilian Ct., and countless other venues and private affairs.

Next in the series:
April 13, 2010
Davis & Dow

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