Friday, April 30, 2010


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(Photo added 4/30/20!)

Top 30....May 2010...Blues Power..WWNT/Dothan..Monday..6-11pm..WVVL/Enterprise..Sunday at

1...Hollywood Blues Flames...Deep in America...Delta Groove
2...Mannish Boys...Shake for Me...Delta Groove
3...Killborn Alley Blues Band..Better off Now..Blue Bella
4...Delta Moon..Hellbound Train...Red Parlor
5...Guitar Shorty..Bare Knuckle..Alligator
6...Cash Box Kings..I-94Blues...Blue Bella
7...Janiva Magness...The Devil is an Angel...Alligator
8...2Blu/Lucky Stiffs...Gone Fishin/
9...Solomon Burke..Nothing's Impossible..Blue Skunk
10.Nick Moss...Privileged...Blue Bella
11.BluesMasters/Mickey Thomas...Same..Direct Music
12.Mark Hummell..Retro-Active..Electro-Fi
13.Johnny Moeller...BlooGaLool..Severn
14.Electrofied...Bad Case of the Blues..Marva Rec
15.Peter Karp/Sue Foley..He Said/She Said...Blind Pig
16.Kirk Fletcher..My Turn..Delta Groove
17.Forrest McDonald..Certified Blues..World Talent Rec
18.Rick Taylor..Lucky Room..Volunteer Rec.
19.Karen Lovely..Still The Rain..Pretty Pear Rec
20.Chicago Bob Nelson..Rock Them Blues..Rock House
21.Awek..It's Rollin'..Mosaic Music...
22.Fathead...Where'sthe Blues Taking Me..Electro-Fi
23.Catherine Russell..Inside This Heart of Mine..World Village
24.Jeff Chaz..Live in New Orleans..JCP Records
25.Anders Osborne..American Patchwork..Alligator
26.Tad Robinson..Back in Style..Severn
27.Woodleg Odd..One Step Ahead..WoodLeg Music
28.Jason Elmore..Upside Your Head..Underworld Rec
29.Phil Gates..Addicted to the Blues..BBY
30.Jimmy Warren..No More Promises..Electro Glide

Blues Power...Sunday 6-11WVVL/Enterprise...Monday 6-11pm WWNT Dothan..
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Mailing address
Gil Anthony
1301 Alexander Drive Apt K-81
Dothan, Al...36301


Wednesday, April 21, 2010


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Produced by Live Nation Florida, the 2010 Wanee Music Festival featuring The Allman Brothers Band has become a huge success story among the Festival Scene. Wanee was held Friday and Saturday, April 16th and 17th at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL. With over 16,000 in attendance, the festival saw it’s biggest and best year to date and is no longer an “under the radar” event. Enthusiastic music fans were delighted to performances by The Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic who both performed jam filled sets on Friday and Saturday night.

Other main stage and second stage performers included Gov't Mule; Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band; Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman, & Jay Lane are Scaring the Children; 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; North Mississippi Allstars; A Family Affair with Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk (performing Sly & The Family Stone); Hill Country Revue; Chuck Leavell with The Randall Bramblett Band; Particle; Oteil and Kofi Burbridge with the Lee Boys; Col. Bruce Hampton; Devon Allman's Honeytribe; Scrapomatic; The Word Featuring John Medeski, Robert Randolph and North Mississippi Allstars; Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio; Bonobos Convergence; The Auctioneers; Little Brown Peach and Crazy Fingers.

The music and lineup at Wanee was incredible to say the least, however the vibe and atmosphere of this festival make it stand out as truly special. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park sits on a massive 800 acres of rustic-like land where beautiful trees filled with Spanish Moss are in constant sight and the world famous Suwannee River is just a short walk away. Wanee fans eager to make the most of their experience began filtering into the park as early as Monday leading into the festival. By Friday night the park was filled with music lovers of all ages dancing, hula-hooping, tossing frisbees or just reclining back in lawn chairs while absorbing the sights and sounds that define Wanee. The weather was also perfect through the entire festival, without even a drop of rain.

There are a many memorable moments from this year’s Wanee Festival, including several members of Widespread Panic joining The Allman Brothers Band on stage during their Friday and Saturday night sets. During The Allman Brothers Band Friday night set Bassist Dave Schools appeared on “You Don’t Love Me,” guitarist/vocalist John Bell and percussionist Sunny Ortiz both played in on “I Walk On Gilded Splinters” and guitarist Jimmy Herring and keyboardist JoJo Hermann joined the band on “That’s What Love Will Make You Do.” On Saturday night John Bell returned during The Allman Brothers Band’s “And It Stoned Me,” JoJo Hermann and Jimmy Herring also appeared on “Good Morning Little School Girl” and Dave Schools played bass on “Dreams.”

Fan’s anxious for announcements regarding Wanee Festival 2011 can visit for all updates. Photos from the 2010 Wanee Festival can be viewed / downloaded at the links below:


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Bradfordville Blues Club: 7152 Moses Ln. Tallahassee FL 32309 (850)906-0766 Tickets Real-deal live blues music at Florida's most authentic juke joint every Friday & Saturday night w/ occasional special events. Weekend shows start at 9:30, doors open at 8:30. April 30: Janiva Magness


Award-winning vocalist Janiva Magness' new CD, The Devil Is An Angel Too, debuted at #3 on the Billboard Blues Chart for the week ending April 18, 2010. The CD also debuted as the #1 blues CD at iTunes. Magness, the reigning B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year Blues Music Award holder, is embarking on an international tour in support of her new release. Magness is among the premier blues and R&B singers in the world today. Her voice possesses an earthy, raw honesty and beauty born from her life experience. A charismatic performer known for her electrifying live shows, Magness is a gutsy and dynamic musical powerhouse. USA Today calls Magness, " A blues star."

Although Magness is now a bona fide blues star, her rise to the top was far from easy. Born in Detroit, Magness was inspired by the blues and country she heard listening to her father's record collection, and by the vibrant music of the city's classic Motown sound. By her teenage years, though, her life was in chaos. She lost both parents to suicide by the age of 16 and lived on the streets, bouncing from one foster home to another. At 17, she became a teenage mother who gave up her baby daughter for adoption. One night in Minneapolis, an underage Magness sneaked into a club to see blues great Otis Rush, and it was there that she found her salvation and decided that the blues were her calling. Magness recalls, "Otis played as if his life depended on it. There was a completely desperate, absolute intensity. I knew, whatever it was, I needed more of it." Her rise to the top of the blues world is nothing short of amazing.

In addition to her musical accomplishments, Magness is reaching out to help others. She is a National Spokesperson for Casey Family Programs (her fourth consecutive year), promoting National Foster Care Month (May). "It is a huge honor and a daunting responsibility. But I am very excited to be a part of it, and I look forward to carrying the message of hope for youth in the foster care system," says Magness. "Casey Family Programs does groundbreaking work, and I am deeply honored to work with them again." Magness has also reconnected with her daughter, and is now the proud grandmother of an eight-year-old boy. "Our fate doesn't have to be our destiny," she says. "I'm living proof of that. And I'm so very grateful."

Apr 30, 2010 Bradfordville Blues Club Tallahassee, FL
May 01, 2010 Blind Willie's Atlanta, GA
May 02, 2010 Beale Street Music Festival Memphis, TN
May 07, 2010 3rd & Lindsley Nashville, TN, with Gary Nicholson
May 08, 2010 Mackiavelli's Bristol, TN
May 09, 2010 Papa Mojo's Roadhouse Durham, NC
May 10, 2010 Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour Lexington, KY
May 12, 2010 The Birchmere Alexandria, VA, with Roomful of Blues
May 13, 2010 Mexicali Live Teaneck, NJ
May 14, 2010 The Venue Freeport, ME
May 15, 2010 Narrows Center for the Arts Fall River, MA
May 16, 2010 Bobbique Patchogue, NY
May 18, 2010 BB King Blues Club New York, NY
May 19, 2010 Regattabar Cambridge, MA
May 20, 2010 Gerald Veasley's Jazz Base Reading, PA
May 21, 2010 Warmdaddy's Philadelphia, PA, 05/21/2010 - 05/22/2010
May 22, 2010 Warmdaddy's Philadelphia, PA
May 23, 2010 Moondogs Blawnox, PA
Jun 14, 2010 Brackins Blues Club Maryville, TN
Jun 16, 2010 Riverbend Festival Chattanooga, TN
Jun 18, 2010 Somers Point Concert Series Somers Point, NJ
Jun 19, 2010 Cannery Casino Music Festival Las Vegas, NV
Jun 26, 2010 Carnegie Hall Lewisburgh, WV
Jul 04, 2010 Waterfront Blues Festival Portland, OR
Jul 09, 2010 Oskar Blues Longmont, CO
Jul 10, 2010 Blues & Brews Festival Denver, CO
Jul 15, 2010 Mont-Tremblant Blues Festival Mont-Tremblant, Ontario, CANADA
Jul 17, 2010 Blues Festival Int'l London London, Ontario, CANADA
Jul 18, 2010 Blues Festival Int'l Windsor Windsor, Ontario, CANADA
Jul 25, 2010 Commons Beach Concert Series Tahoe City, CA
Jul 31, 2010 Mt. Baker Blues Festival Bellingham, WA
Aug 01, 2010 Bite of Salem Festival Salem, OR
Aug 06, 2010 Notodden Blues Fest Notodden, NORWAY
08/06/2010 - 08/08/10 with special guests Robin Rogers & Thornetta Davis
Aug 07, 2010 Notodden Blues Fest Notodden, NORWAY
Aug 08, 2010 Notodden Blues Fest Notodden, NORWAY
Aug 14, 2010 Heritage Blues Festival Wheeling, WV
Oct 17, 2010 Southern Arizona Blues & Heritage Festival Tucson, AZ

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sunday rain washes away the blues in Ft. Myers Florida

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COUNTY: Steady rain kept thousands of music fans away from the River and Blues Festival in downtown Fort Myers.

An annual charity fundraiser which attracted more than 3,000 fans in 2009 brought only dozens of die-hards Sunday.

The concert profits go to Community Cooperative Ministries' soup kitchen in Fort Myers.
Concert organizers say they pretty much broke even which means it will have to be rescheduled.
"You can have all the meetings you want and control all the things you want to control, but the man upstairs deals with weather," said band organizer Dennis 'Doc' Booth.

"You can hear the music. There's cover in case it pours. It's just part of living in Florida," said vendor Jason Kohn before the decision to suspend the show. "You take that risk any time you participate in an outdoor event."


Blues rockers David Shelley and Bluestone win SunFest gig

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See article at PBPulse:

Monday, April 19, 2010

Blind Boys of Alabama April 24 South Florida Concert - Very Special Ticket Offer

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Live Arts Florida is extending a very special offer to Jazz Blues Florida readers for tickets to see the 5 time Grammy award winning Gospel group,

Buy 1 ticket, get 2nd ticket
FREE (venue charges additional)
by calling 954-602-4500 NOW and asking for the JazzBluesFlorida Special!

Since 1939, Gospel legends The Blind Boys of Alabama have sung a fervent blend of traditional and contemporary Gospel music. Much has changed during these seven prolific decades. Stylistic phases have waxed and waned; personnel has come and gone. 78 R.P.M. records have given way to LPs, followed by eight-track tapes, cassettes, and CDs. The Blind Boy's audience--once rigidly segregated and confined to traditional Gospel venues-- now reflects the group's eclectic, global following, while their repertoire has expanded to embrace secular songs with a strongly spiritual message. Such wide acceptance is also evidenced by five(5) Grammy Awards, an honor that didn't exist when the Blind Boys started out. Even so, the Blind Boys' lengthy saga remains a steadfast testament to constancy. Singer Jimmy Carter, who was there when the group was first formed, leads the band today with the firm conviction, joyous commitment, and gravitas the befit an elder statesman. The band will appear Saturday, April 24th at the Miramar Cultural Center. Please call 954-602-4500 for information

Winners of 5 GRAMMY Awards (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009)

Honored with the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award (2009)

Gospel Music Hall of Fame Inductees (2003)

Winners of 4 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards (2003, 2006, 2 Awards in 2009)

3 U.S. Presidential Administrations have invited The Blind Boys to the White House:
President Clinton in 1994, President Bush in 2002 and President Obama in 2010.

Featured performance on the 2005 GRAMMY telecast with Mavis Staples, Kanye West and John Legend. Other on stage and recording collaborations include work with Prince, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Allen Toussaint, Ben Harper and many more.

Featured appearances on 60 Minutes, Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Today Show, CBS Saturday Morning and Austin City Limits.
The Blind Boys of Alabama
8:00pm, Saturday, April 24th, 2010
Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025

Thursday, April 15, 2010

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Jason Ricci & Guanabanas

A taste of something different in Jupiter Florida.

“Blues, Rock, Funk, Jazz Fusion, Eastern, Punk, Carnival, Psychedelic, Performance Art and more are all regularly attached descriptions of the band Jason Ricci and New Blood.”

Jason Ricci & New Blood
9 – 11 pm - No Cover
Saturday, April 17, 2010

997 N Highway A1A
Jupiter, FL 33477
(561) 747-8878

DirectionsExit Indiantown Road which is Exit #87 off of I-95 or the only Jupiter exit off Florida’s Turnpike. Take Indiantown Road East over the Intracoastal Bridge and USI all the way to AIA. Turn left on AIA and proceed North 8/10 of a mile.
Turn left into Guanabanas for valet parking or proceed one more block North and turn right to park in the Guanabanas public parking lot.

Dinner Hours5:00pm-10:00pm, Friday & Saturday until 11pm

13th Annual Lakeside Jazz Festival in Port Orange Florida to be held this weekend

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The 13th Annual Lakeside Jazz Festival will take place from 8:30am – 10:00pm on Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17 at the Kenneth Parker Performing Arts Amphitheatre at 1000 City Center Parkway in Port Orange.

Over 54 University, College, High School and Middle School Jazz Bands will be performing through-out the two day event. Each jazz band is adjudicated by a panel of university jazz educators and awards are presented.

The headliner jazz bands performing on Friday from 5:00pm – 9:00pm will be Stetson University Jazz Band, Daytona State Jazz Band, University of North Florida Jazz Band and the University of Central Florida Jazz Band. The Headliner performances on Saturday, April 17 will the Spruce Creek Twelve O’Clock Jazz Band, the Florida State University Combo, University of North Florida Jazz 2, The Florida State University Jazz Band and the United States Marine All-Star Jazz Band. Admission is free and open to the public.



Port Orange City Center
Kenneth Parker Performing Arts Amphitheater
1000 City Center Circle
Port Orange, Florida, USA 32127

sponsored by the City of Port Orange, Atlantic and Spruce Creek HS Music Departments


9:00 Hinson MS "Hurricane" Jazz Band
9:20 Astronaut HS Jazz Band
9:20 Southwest MS Jazz I (stage two)
9:40 Viera HS 4th Hour Jazz Band
10:00 Satellite HS Jazz III
10:20 Tavares HS Jazz Orchestra
10:20 Osceola MS “Jazz on Demand” (stage two)
10:40 Lake Wier HS Jazz Band
11:00 Warner Christian "Velvet Blues”
11:00 Cypress Creek Elem Exhibition (stage two)
11:20 Seminole HS Jazz Band
11:40 Viera HS 3rd Hour Jazz Band
12:00 Tavares HS Big Band
12:00 East Ridge MS “Spartans” (stage two)
12:20 Spruce Creek HS Guitar Ensemble
12:40 Spruce Creek HS Combo
1:00 Osceola Co. School of the Arts
1:00 Osceola MS Jazz Ensemble (stage two)
1:20 East Ridge HS "Jazz Ambassadors”
1:40 Boca Raton HS Jazz Band
2:00 Satellite HS Jazz II
2:00 Seminole HS Jazz Combo (stage two)
2:20 Viera HS 7th Hour Jazz Band
2:40 St. Augustine HS "Jazz Ambassadors"
2:40 Osceola HS Combo (stage two)
3:00 James Madison MS "Mohawk" Jazz Band
3:20 Fernandina Beach HS Jazz Ensemble
3:20 St. Augustine Combo (stage two)
3:40 Satellite HS Jazz I
4:00 University of N FL III
4:45 Stetson University
5:30 Daytona State College
6:15 Kelly/Scott Quintet
7:00 University of Central FL Jazz Band
8:00 University of N FL Jazz Ensemble I

SATURDAY, APRIL 17th9:00 Creekside MS Jazz Band
9:20 Silver Sands MS Jazz Band
9:40 New Smyrna MS “Stingrays”
10:00 South Creek MS “11 O’Clock”
10:20 Orange Park JH Jazz Band
10:40 Lakeside JH Jazz Band
11:00 Pine Ridge HS Jazz Band
11:00 Ruth Eckerd Hall Combo (stage two)
11:20 Hagerty HS Jazz Ensemble II
11:40 Spruce Creek 11 O’Clock Jazz
12:00 Rhythm Workshop (stage one)
12:00 Trumpet Workshop (pavillion)
12:00 Saxophone Workshop (warm-up area)
12:00 Trombone Workshop (stage two)
1:00 Jacksonville University Jazz Combo
1:00 Santa Fe College Combo (stage two)
1:40 Santa Fe College Big Band (stage two)
1:40 Christopher Columbus HS Jazz Band
2:00 Ruth Eckerd Hall Lab Band
2:20 South Lake HS “Screaming Eagles”
2:40 Brookwood HS Combo (stage two)
2:40 Seabreeze HS Combo
3:00 Eustis HS Big Band
3:20 Christopher Columbus Sax Ensemble (stage two)
3:20 Ruth Eckerd Hall Big Band
3:40 Ridgeview HS Jazz Ensemble
4:00 Atlantic HS Combo (stage two)
4:20 Clearwater HS Jazz Ensemble
4:45 Spruce Creek HS 12 O’Clock
5:30 Florida State University Jazz Combo I
6:15 University of North Florida Jazz II
7:00 Florida State University Jazz II
8:00 Marine “ALL STAR” Jazz Band

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

funky METERS to play Ft. Lauderdale's REVOLUTION LIVE

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If you can’t make it to Wanee, this is your only chance to catch this LEGENDARY (and you might note we don’t say that often) Group – The heart & soul of New Orleans funk.

funky METERS

(George Porter, Russell Batiste, Art Neville & Ian Neville!)

Miami’s KING BEE opening

8PM, April 16, 2010

100 SW 3rd Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale FL 33312

SHUCK N DIVE CAJUN CAFE will be preparing their

Lousianna Crawfish Boil and Jambalya

*available from 8PM until they run out*

“Considered by many to be the founding fathers of funk, The Meters created a unique sound that lasted through the sixties and seventies and was reborn in the late eighties. Their trademark sound blends funk, blues, and dance grooves with a New Orleans vibe.”

Ray Ray Memorial Concert/Jam

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Date: Saturday, April 17, 2010
Time: 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: American Legion Hall
Street: 6445 NE 7th Avenue
City/Town: Miami, FL
A memorial service/concert/jam session for Ray Ray will be held Saturday, April 17, at the American Legion hall, 6445 NE 7th Avenue, Miami, from 1-7 PM. Ray Ray was a wonderful man and musician, and how better to celebrate his life than to make music in his honor. There will be the finest home cooking Miami can offer. Donations to the Alzeheimer's foundation are welcome.
RSVP at Facebook:

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

R.I.P. Ray Ray, Miami Jazz Percussionist

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-----Original Message-----
From: Jazz Musicians Fellowship Foundation
Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 10:10 AM
To: Undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Ray Ray

We regret to announce the passing last Sunday of Raymond ("Ray Ray") Ray, one of the more popular percussionists in the Miami area. He will be greatly missed.

No further information known at this time as to services.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Jazz & Blues Florida: Where we will be this week (WWWBTW)?

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Where we will be this week (WWWBTW)?:

Sunday, April 11:
  • Earl's Hideaway, Sebastian: Dan Toler

  • Blue Jean Blues, Fort Lauderdale: 4-8pm, Barb Van & Mike Orta Jazz Jam (Mike is away, so Barbara is hosting Paul Bonman on keys, with Dave Wilkinson on bass and Michael McCain on drums)
Monday, April 12:
  • Hogan Hall at Faith Assembly Church, Orlando: Faith And Jazz Band featuring vocalists Grace McDade and Michael Banner and trumpeter Freddie Green
Tuesday, April 13:
Wednesday, April 14:
  • Amaturo Theater: at Broward Center For Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale: Gold Coast Jazz Season Series Presents "South Florida Divas" - Gold Coast Jazz Society Band, directed by Eric Allison, Featuring Brenda Alford, Wendy Pedersen, Maria Marshall and Nicole Yarling
  • Buckingham Blues Bar, Fort Myers: Every Wednesday Night Blues Jam
Thursday, April 15:
  • Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park, Live Oak: 2010 Wanee Music Festival Kick-off party
  • Satchel's Lightning Salvage, Gainesville: John Rogers
  • Poor House, Fort Lauderdale: Piano Bob
  • Lake Wales Arts Center, Lake Wales: Victoria de Lissovoy Concert, featuring Victoria de Lissovoy, piano/vocals, Rebecca Renfroe, vocalist, Phill Fest, guitar, Paul Butcher, Flugelhorn, Dave McKenzie, reeds, Doug Mathews, bass, Brian Lutz, drums.
Friday, April 16:
Saturday, April 17:
Sunday, April 18:
  • Mrs. Murphy’s Pub & Grubb, Fort Lauderdale: Danny Burger Jazz Band w/ Turk Mauro, Eric Allison & Oliver Von Essen (6-10pm)
  • Earl's Hideaway, Sebastian: Guitar Shorty, with The Queen Bees opening
  • ArtsPark: at Young Circle, Hollywood: 4pm, Tommy Nehls Trio w/ Phill Fest
  • South Shores Tavern & Patio Bar, Lake Worth: Sound Proof
  • Aces Lounge, Bradenton: Dave Herrero
* New Listing of the Week: Taurus - Another Round!: 3540 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, FL 33133 (305)444-1723 7:30-11pm, April 13: Joe Donato
* Promotions: Tix giveaways: Jonny Lang Concert & The Funky Meters!

* Past Week's Club Video Clips: Cheryl Fisher Quintet, Tommy Nehl's Trio w/ Phill Fest (a great MERCY! MERCY!), Mark Hummel, Joe & Vickie Price

* Past Week's Club Photos: Riverwalk Jazz Brunch with Cheryl FIsher's Quint, Tommy Nehls' Trio with Phill Fest, Davis & Dow Hot House Swing, Mark Hummel & Rusty Zinn, with RW Grigsby & Willie Panker and Terry Hanck, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Joe & Vicki Price at Bodega Blue in Vero Beach, JP Soars & The Red Hots at Chef John's.


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Saturday, April 10, 2010

JP Soars & The Red Hots Double Bill w/ RJ Harman & Co. - A Blues Evening in Winter Garden Florida

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Jeff Willey Presents:

April 17, 2010
Garden Theatre
160 West Plant Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Tickets: (407) 877-4736

Moon Cricket Grille
14 W Plant St
Winter Garden, FL 34787-3140


Can you believe this is the 8th A Blues Evening concert event? What great blues FUN it has been and I’m hoping to keep this going as long as local theatres are willing to host such events.

A unique idea based on the concept of making the live music performance the focal point in an intimate theatre setting where there the audience and band members can interact and not be distracted by the typical “goings on” of dimly lit and often smoke filled bar room atmosphere.

Let the musician entertain and the audience enjoy an evening of high quality live blues music!

For folks wanting the bar room atmosphere, we’ve even got that covered as the Moon Cricket Grille will be hosting an after show party and jam session that will allow each of you to meet and mingle with JP Soars & RJ Harman and hear some more live jamming into the early hours. Rumor has it that there might even be a few special surprise appearances!

Two great and extremely talented bands will be presenting their diversified talents at the Garden Theatre in historic downtown Winter Garden, FL; JP Soars & RJ Harman.

JP Soars & The Red Hots

Most blues guitarists haven’t played in a handful of metal bands and aren't influenced by jazz icons like Django Reinhardt and Wes Montgomery. Which, as much as anything, explains why South Florida based JP Soars doesn’t sound like any other area guitar slinger. The guitarist and vocalist fronts a self titled blues band and plays with both former Elvin Bishop saxophonist/vocalist Terry Hanck as well as “the Gypsy Blue Acoustic Revue”, which updates the classic 1930s and 1940s material of Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli.

JP was born in California and raised in Arkansas. He moved to South Florida in 1985. "I love Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan… but I don't try to play like them. I listen to the guys they listened to, like Albert King, Johnny Guitar Watson, T-bone Walker, Muddy Waters and Guitar Slim. I'm also very into Django Reinhardt and Wes Montgomery as well as horn players like Louie Jordan".

A trip to Memphis Tennessee to meet Blues legend Jessie Mae Hemphill was a life altering moment. The simple beauty of the hypnotic country blues, and a chance meeting with Cigar box guitar pioneer John Lowe opened another door of musical majesty to a very receptive JP.

Another trip to Memphis as a side man with The David Shelley and Bluestone for the International Blues Challenge in 2007, gave JP a glimpse of the finals of the Competition, as the Dave Shelley Band made it to the top ten. It wasn’t long after that JP formed the Red Hots and would be on that very stage again in 2009.

JP and the Red Hots made their second trip the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee after winning the local South Florida Blues Society competition 2 years in a row. In 2009 at the IBC Challenge, the band proved that their popularity was not just in Florida when they took home top honors. JP was also awarded the Albert King Blues Guitar award, confirming the fact that this young kid from Arkansas, who may not have started out as a blues player, has surely found his place in the blues world.

RJ Harman & Company

On August 16th 2009 RJ Harman became the Florida Harmonica Champion. He competed at the 4th annual fully sanctioned Florida Harmonica Championships and took home the championship trophy!

Richard "RJ" Harman has been playing the harmonica for six years and has already won numerous music awards and been featured in a full two page article in the Orlando Sentinel.

RJ has studied and played with some of the finest professional harmonica players and blues artists in the world, including: Canadian harmonica virtuoso Carlos del Junco, Jason Ricci, Larry "Ice Man" Eisenberg, Dennis Gruenling, Joe Filisko, Gaye Adegbalola, Ann Rabson, Ian Walters, GrantDermody, Rick Franklin, Roddy Barnes, and more.

His style is fresh and vibrant; he brings a youthful passion and a love of the Blues, Funk, Jazz, and Shakeabilly to the stage.

RJ is currently playing professionally around the United States and based in FL; he plays and sings with the blues band, RJ Harman In Company. He has attended the Augusta Heritage Blues Festival in Elkins, West Virginia for three years, studying, performing and teaching with some of the best blues music performers.

Help all of us to keep this great art form alive that we call the blues and make every effort to clear your calendar to attend this unique and enjoyable event.

Someday it would be great to celebrate A Blues Evening XX but we can’t do it without your local support.

Hope to see you there and who knows….I might even come out of retirement to play a few! J

Blues Regards,


Friday, April 9, 2010

Davis & Dow Returns to Jazz in the Sanctuary in 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.

April 13, 2010
Davis & Dow

It's now is less than a week that Davis and Dow will be returning by popular demand to the Church of the Nativity in Port St. Lucie. Please put Tuesday night, April 13th at 7:30 PM on your calendar. Julie Davis is a most creative jazz vocalist and Kelly Dow is a super guitarist. Kelly will even be bringing his Django Reinhart guitar for a couple special numbers to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Django's birth.

Multi award winning jazz duo Davis and Dow have chemistry. Soul mates that are two strong halves of one BIG sound. Davis and Dow tackle jazz and pop standards with a daring sense of abandon. Their style is deeply rooted in the classic jazz tradition but with a playfulness that keeps the music fresh and fun. Their arrangements are unique and inventive, always seeking a new approach to everything they do.

Recognized as one of the finest and most versatile jazz singers of her generation, Julie Davis is everything from scat-singer to balladeer. She grew up listening to the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald and others on her parents extensive vinyl collection. Singing jazz came natural to Julie from a young age. “A confident singer with a compelling stage presence who possesses a wry kittenish voice with claws”. “She is a stylist that seeks an original twist on everything she performs; a risk-taker who’s scatting suggests she learned in her bassinet”. Now she feels it is her turn to expose newer generations to a young American art form called jazz.

Kelly Dow is a world-class guitarist who’s primary influences are Joe Pass, Jimmy Bruno, Django Reinhardt and the modern day European gypsy jazz virtuosos. He blends Be-Bop, Blues, Flamenco and Classical styles to create a strong individual sound delivered with sensitivity, power, and creativity. “Simply orchestral in support”, “Swinging”, “Fat” “Multi-hued” and “Unexpected” are a few words that critics have used to describe his performance.

They’ve toured Japan, London, and New York, composed and performed original music for the TV show FoodNation with Bobby Flay, and produced Great Jazz Divas: a multimedia show that celebrates women, music, and history. D&D were voted Best Jazz Artists-New Times Magazine and Julie Davis was voted Best Jazz Vocalist-City Link Magazine. Recent performances include the 2007 Palm Beach Jazz Festival, a Penn State University tour, and they were awarded a juried showcase at the prestigious Performing Arts Exchange 2007 in Louisville, KY. Recently Davis and Dow won a two year grant by the Florida Cultural Arts Division to perform in underserved communities. “Davis and Dow are the real thing; exciting to hear and watch”.

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Gold Coast Jazz Society of Ft. Lauderdale Florida Participates in Jazz Appreciation Month Activities

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April is Jazz Appreciation Month

April is "Jazz Appreciation Month" and Gold Coast Jazz Society is celebrating by providing a number of jazz education performances for local school children.

Members of the Gold Coast Jazz Society Band will be performing "The Facets of Jazz" for 5th grade through high school students at the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater as a part of the school system's SEAS (Student Enrichment in Arts & Science) Program. Then, it's on to several local elementary schools for performances of the Albert Bishop "Jazz is Elementary" program for students in grade K through 5.

The JazzSLAM program, another jazz education program which focuses on helping students with FCAT skills, is also on the road, with performances at several elementary schools in Broward. Lastly, "Jazz for Wee Ones," a program which introduces jazz, music and musical instruments to smaller children, will take place in four local after-school child care locations in the area with the help of Family Central.

Funding support provided by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, the Broward Cultural Council, NEA Recovery Grant, Broward Public Schools, FAB!, Community Foundation of Broward, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, BankAtlantic Foundation, Music Performance Fund, Children's Opportunity Group and the David & Francie Horvitz Family Foundation.

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Friday, April 2, 2010

April Edition of Jazz & Blues Florida has been posted

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· The April online edition of JAZZ & BLUES FLORIDA has been posted.
· This issue marks a full year of being TOTALLY online. We have not even purchased a toner cartridge for our office in over a year! With over three-quarter million banner views, over 150,000 page views, and over 7,000 contacts accumulated during the past year, we thank you for your support.
· Congratulations to Krista from Sebastian who won the two weekend passes to the Wanee Music Festival!
· Congratulations to Jennifer Barry of Bonita Springs and Elizabeth Oates of Sebastian who won weekend passes to The Tampa Bay Blues Fest.
· Congratulations to Francesca of Palm Beach Atlantic University who won the tickets to the Rose Max & Ramatis Brazilian Jazz concert to be presented by The Jazz Arts Music Society of Palm Beach (JAMS).
· This month’s promotions will include giving away Jonny Lang and The Funky Meters tickets. Check our promotion page for details.


Charles R. Boyer, Publisher
Jazz & Blues Florida