Wednesday, March 30, 2011

BLUES POWER Top 30 For April 2011

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Jazz students to compete for scholarships in Ft. Lauderdale April 9, 2011

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On April 9, 2011 the Gold Coast Jazz Society will present the annual "Jeanette M. Russell Jazz Scholarship Competition" for awards from the Jeanette M. Russell Jazz Scholarship Fund. The competition will be held at the Dillard Center for the Arts, Dillard High School, 2501 N.W. 11th St., Fort Lauderdale. Competitors will include more than 30 finalists from Florida high schools, colleges and universities who have met the financial criteria, other scholarship qualifications and are studying jazz. The students will participate in a live musical audition for scholarship awards to attend 2011 summer music camps or for tuition assistance to attend colleges or universities in the fall of 2011. The competition will begin at 9 a.m. and is free and open to the public to attend.

Thanks to a generous bequest from the estate of Jeanette Russell, the Gold Coast Jazz Society has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships in recent years to students from middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities pursuing studies in jazz.

"The dedication and talent of student musicians right here in our community has continued to amaze all of us since our scholarship program began nine years ago," said Tim Ingham, president of the Gold Coast Jazz Society. "We're so grateful to Jeanette Russell and our other donors and volunteers for helping us assist these terrific kids achieve their dreams."

"We've followed the musical progress of many of the students who have attended summer jazz camps, thanks to our assistance," said Pam Dearden, executive director of Gold Coast Jazz. "For most of these kids, attendance to summer music camp would not be possible without a scholarship. For those students attending college to study jazz, the scholarships have helped with the rising tuition costs."

Jeanette Russell, known as "Lady Jazz," was an avid jazz fan and frequently assisted jazz musicians in need. Originally from New York City, Russell was a fashion designer and consultant to prominent clients, one of whom was John Hammond, a jazz promoter and producer, who introduced Russell to the legendary Benny Goodman. At Hammond's urging Russell became involved in the jazz scene in New York and became intimate friends with many jazz musicians, record producers and writers. Mona Hinton, wife of famed bassist Milt Hinton, dubbed Jeanette "Lady Jazz." When she retired to South Florida, Russell and her long-time companion, St. Louis Ray, became an active participant in the Gold Coast Jazz Society's concerts and events. Her love of jazz lives on through her scholarship program.

The Gold Coast Jazz Society is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to perpetuate and advance jazz through performances, education and outreach activities. For more information call 954-524-0805 or visit

Monday, March 28, 2011

Sunfest 2011 has SOUL!

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Bobby Nathan's Memphis Soul Revue featuring Ed Terry at Sunfest on Sunday, May 1st, 2011 at 12:15 - 1:30 P.M.  on the Tire Kingdom Stage...........Yeah Baby!

This show kicks off a great day of music which includes:  
·        Preservation Hall Jazz Band 2pm
·        Elements of Jazz 4pm
·        Joel DaSilva & The Midnight Howl 5:30pm
·        Jeff Beck 7-8:15pm

Bobby Nathan's Memphis Soul Revue featuring Ed Terry on vocals was born 20 years ago at The China Club in New York City.  MSR  plays all the songs of the great Stax/Volt era that took place from the Late '60's to the early '70's to include artists like Sam & Dave, Wilson Picket, Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd and the musicians that made the records, Booker "T", Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Issac Hayes, and The Memphis Horns.
"They are the masters of these songs and we do our part to re-create the magic of the era that was."

MSR's lineup is:  Ed Terry - Lead vocals, Bobby Nathan - Lead guitar, Andy G - Drums, Joanne Nathan - Keyboards, Doug Treen - Sax & Harp.

Bobby Nathan's original concept for The Memphis Soul Revue came about and culminated from his true love of R & B and Blues music.  The band has survived 20 years of incarnations but the one true constant has been Bobby Nathan bandleader and lead singer Ed Terry along with the legacy of Memphis Soul Music.  Bobby Nathan is a solo blues artist on The Midi City Records label playing in South Florida and northeast United States.

Ed Terry is the original lead singer with the Memphis Soul Revue for over 20 years.  He has been a solo recording artist on Atlantic, MCA, Universal, Epic and Interscope.   Ed has sang on recordings with Stevie Wonder, John Oats, Cissy Houston, Sister Sledge, et al as well as producing songs for Madonna, Aretha, George Michael, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Steve Winwood, John Lennon, David Bowie and Tina Turner.  Ed has appeared as entertainer in the films Carlito's Way and Species.

Andrew Lee Gugliuzza drummer, born in New Orleans and son of Dixieland drummer Bobby Liuzza (Gugliuzza). Andy has spent many years performing in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Florida.

Joanne Nathan as been a member of Memphis Soul Revue for the pat 10 years as keyboard player.  Her love of soul music and blues has led her into her second career in life. Hails from Brooklyn, NY.

Doug Treen sax, harmonica player is the newest member of Memphis Soul Revue.  His funky sax and harmonica expertise adds the brass soul to MSR.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Jazz & Blues Florida - WWWBTW for Concert, Festival & Club Info

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Where we will be this week (WWWBTW)?:
(These are just some highlights of the week ahead and a summary of new things posted to our site; please CLICK HERE to see our comprehensive listings.)

Sunday, March 27:
  • Rinelli’s Yellowtail, Fort Pierce: $65/includes Dinner, Wine & show, 5 pm: Giacomo GatesJazz & Blues Florida March Edition Featured Artist ). 
  • Big Easy, Hollywood: Pat Pepin & special guests, 1-5pm
  • Mrs. Murphy’s Pub & Grubb, Fort Lauderdale: Danny Burger Jazz Band & Special Guests (6-10pm)
  • Blue Jean Blues, Fort Lauderdale: Barb Van & Mike Orta Jazz Jam  (4-8pm)
  • Buckingham Blues Bar, Fort Myers: Tommy Lee Cook & The Buckingham Allstars
  • Cork's Cigar Bar, Bradenton: Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones Blues Jam
  • Bradfordville Blues Club, Tallahassee: SPECIAL SUNDAY SHOW! 5pm, Mark Hummel's Blues Harmonica Blow-out with Greg "Fingers" Taylor and "Jumpin'" Johnny Sansone
  • Frizzell Outdoor Amphitheatre, Fort Myers: Davina & The Vagabons
  • B.B. King’s Blues Club, Orlando: Shaun Rounds Blues Band
Monday, March 28:
  • Chef John's New American Bistro & Blues Bar, Jupiter: SPECIAL EVENT DINNER CONCERT - Mark Hummel Harmonica Blowout
  • Aces Lounge, Bradenton: Davina & The Vagabonds (Jazz & Blues Florida March online edition featured artist)
Tuesday, March 29:
Wednesday, March 30:
Thursday, March 31:
Friday, April 1:
Saturday, April 2:
Sunday, April 3:
Monday, April 4:
  • The Orange Door, Lake Park: Big Bill Morganfield w/ Shaun Rounds Blues Band opening celebrates his father, Muddy Waters, birthday. $20/$25 advance tix available at club and on website. 
Tuesday, April 5:
  • Monty Alexander, Maxi Priest and A.J. Brown in Reggae Jazz Fusion Concert
  • European modern jazz scene comes to South Florida April 9, 2011
  • New Tampa Florida building inspired by jazz legend Ella
  • Guitar Innovator Bill Frisell Returns to Miami for Concert
  • U.S. Postal Service to Unveil New 'Jazz' Stamp
  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 26, 2011 For Wes Kirby
  • Back Room Blues Bar in Delray Beach Florida – is BACK!
  • Local Tenor Titans Perform in Ft. Lauderdale
  • Louisiana Music & Food Party w/ Henry Turner Jr. this Saturday
  • RIP Pinetop Perkins July 7, 1915 to March 21, 2011
  • Two Major Jazz Concerts in Palm Beach County This Week
* New Listings of the Week:  
  • Little Harbor Resort: 611 Destiny Drive, Ruskin, FL 33570 (813)645-3291 April 2, 8, 23: Gypsy Hyway; May 7: Gypsy Hyway
  • Soyka's: 5556 Northeast 4th Court Miami FL 33137 (305)759-3117 9pm, April 1, 8, 15: Jaui Schneider and Don Wilner Duo 
  • Hoosier Bar & Grill: 163 S Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229 (941)966-1251 8pm-midnight, Every Tue: Marvin's Blues Jam
* New Florida Music: Mad Romance's AIM HIGH
* Video Showcase: Big Bill Morganfield at South Florida Blues Society Pre-cruise party, 2009
* New Club Photos: Coral Gables Blues Festival, Jazz in the Gardens, Boston's on the Beach Blue Tuesday w/ Famous Frank hosting Mark Hummel & The Blues Survivors, Phill Fest Brazilian Jazz at The Orange Door, Bobby & The Renegades at the re-opening of the Back Room Blues Bar.
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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Monty Alexander, Maxi Priest and A.J. Brown for Reggae Jazz Fusion at the Broward Center May 22, 2011

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Monty Alexander, Maxi Priest and A.J. Brown for Reggae Jazz Fusion at the Broward Center May 22, 2011

South Florida will be treated to a rich and explosive combination of  jazz and reggae when Jamaican jazz great Monty Alexander, renowned reggae crooner Maxi Priest, and respected cabaret singer A.J. Brown hit the stage for the first annual Reggae Jazz Fusion.

The event is slated for the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Southwest 5th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm and celebrates Alexander’s 50 years in music.

Legendary Jazz pianist Monty Alexander will bring five decades of extraordinary talent and showmanship to the stage. He also comes armed with a rich musical background punctuated by the likes of the legend himself, Frank Sinatra, who Alexander accompanied on many occasions; Tony Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bill Cosby and so many more.

With over 60 albums under his belt, the world renowned musician has an extensive repertoire to choose from. From classical jazz to reggae, Alexander will take the audience on a musical journey with harmonic and melodic turns, culminating in a crescendo of musical excellence, which has earned him a place in the top five in Hal Leonard’s book The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time.

Alexander’s collaborations span multiple genres, styles, and generations. His projects have been as varied as assisting Natalie Cole in her tribute album to her father, Nat “King” Cole in 1991 (the resulting album, Unforgettable, won seven Grammy awards), performing George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” under the direction of Bobby McFerrin at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, and recording the piano track for the film score of Clint Eastwood’s Bird, a movie about the life of jazz titan Charlie Parker.

In August 2000, the Jamaican government awarded Monty Alexander the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador.

Reggae super star Maxi Priest, who has sung his way into the hearts of reggae lovers worldwide and is respected for his brand of reggae music which has a heavy R&B influence will bring a reggae vibe to the stage.  Also scheduled to perform is vocalist  A. J. Brown, who moves seamlessly across musical genres and sings everything from Reggae and Jazz to pop and Classical, and is considered one of Jamaica’s greatest vocalists.  Guitarist Eugene Grey will make a guest appearance at the show, which promises to be a memorable night of musical delight.

Tickets are available online at, the Broward Center Box office or by phone at 954-462-0222.

Reggae Jazz Fusion is sponsored by The Jamaica Tourist Board, Air Jamaica, Grace Foods, Golden Krust, Western Union, Caribbean Choice, National Weekly, and No Limits Production.

For more information please contact Riddims Marketing at 954-251-1643.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

European modern jazz scene comes to South Florida w/ Amina Figarova concert April 9, 2011

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European modern jazz scene comes to South Florida w/ Amina Figarova concert April 9, 2011
South Florida JAZZ will feature one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan and talented artists, pianist Amina Figarova, with her sextet. If you haven’t heard of Amina, you’re just not keeping up with the European modern jazz scene! It is with some discomfiture that we acknowledge that jazz is stronger and healthier in Europe than in America. Here is your chance to discover a treasure and see her in her second South Florida JAZZ performance.

Amina Figarova was born in Baku, Azerbaijan – a former Soviet republic. An obvious prodigy, she began to play piano at the age of two and to compose at three. At six, she was admitted to the Special Secondary School for Most-Gifted Children, where she studied classical piano and composition. A graduate of the State Conservatory of Baku, she went on to teach there, gave many concerts and entered various competitions in the USSR, winning first prize at a competition for USSR composers.  In 1990 she was invited to the Netherlands to give a classical recital and was featured on Moscow Radio International. On the strength of a tape of this program she was invited to study composition, piano, and voice at the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands. She also studied at Berklee School of Music in Boston in 1992, still a teaching position in Rotterdam while honing her jazz skills.

Amina is married Belgian-born multi-flutist Bart Platteau. Together, they have recorded 11 highly regarded CDs, the most recent, Sketches, follows the acclaimed Above the Clouds (Munich Records). Amina is an indefatigable globetrotter, performing with her band in concert and at major festivals throughout Europe and America, including the 2010 Newport Jazz Festival.

The band’s repertoire consists primarily of Amina’s original compositions that cover the spectrum from urbane bluesiness to the more avant-garde. Her arranging is spectacular with the band's signature sound created by the front line harmony of Platteau’s flutes, fiery trumpeter Ernie Hammes from Luxembourg, and premier Dutch saxophonist Mark Mommaas.  But the interplay between Figarova and Dutch bassist Jeroen Vierdag also is noteworthy because of the near-telepathic relationship between them.  Also Dutch, drummer Chris “Buckshot” Strik, is a powerful, but tasteful player with incredible energy and jazz feel.

This current tour of the United States has been made possible by the support of the
Fonds Podiumkunsten  Performing arts Fund the Netherlands
Funding for South Florida JAZZ is provided in part by a grant from the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Division

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New Tampa Florida building inspired by jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald

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New building inspired by jazz legend

MyFox Tampa Bay
Updated: Monday, 21 Mar 2011, 8:25 PM EDT
Published : Monday, 21 Mar 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

"The first building that will go up will be called "The Ella," named after musical legend Ella Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald wrote her 1938 hit "A Tisket, A Tasket," while living on Tampa's Central Avenue. Back then, it was known as "Harlem South" among African-American musicians."

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Guitar Innovator Bill Frisell Returns to Miami for Concert April 16. 2011

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One of the leading guitarists in jazz since the late '80s, Bill Frisell's eclectic music touches on progressive folk, classical music, country music, noise and more. Bill Frisell has collaborated with artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, Bono, T-Bone Burnett, Paul Simon, McCoy Tyner, Ornette Coleman, Brian Eno, Ry Cooder and many more—a testament to his virtuosity as a guitarist, bandleader and composer. He is a Grammy winner and two-time nominee including a 2009 nomination for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, a 9-time Best Guitarist winner in the DOWNBEAT Critics Poll (including 2010), three-time DOWNBEAT Readers Poll winner for Best Guitarist, and the Reigning Jazz Awards Guitarist of the Year (2008 & 2009). This work has established Frisell as one of the most sought-after guitar voices in contemporary music. The breadth of such performing and recording situations is a testament not only to his singular guitar conception, but his musical versatility as well. This, however, is old news by now. In recent years, it is Frisell's role as composer and bandleader which has garnered him increasing prominence.

After 22 years of a fruitful relationship with Nonesuch records dating from the late '80's, Frisell has embarked on an exciting new chapter with the Savoy Label Group. His first album for the label, Beautiful Dreamers, features Eyvind Kang on viola and Rudy Royston on drums. The material consists of a number of Frisell originals plus interpretations of such classic songs as "It's Nobody's Fault But Mine", "Tea for Two", "Goin' Out of My Head", "Keep on the Sunnyside" and a rousing rendition of Benny Goodman's "Benny's Bugle".

"In the most understated way possible, Beautiful Dreamers' special intimacy, quiet joy and constant sound of surprise represent a shift in Frisell's music. Moving away from project specificity and, instead, towards a consolidation of the guitarist's multifaceted interests, it's a beautiful way, indeed, to kick-start this relationship with a new label." — John Kelman, All About Jazz
"For over ten years Bill Frisell has quietly been the most brilliant and unique voice to come along in jazz guitar since Wes Montgomery. In light of this, it may be easy to overlook the fact that he may also be one of the most promising composers of American music on the current scene." — Stereophile

This one-night only concert is presented by the non-profit Tigertail Productions, a South Florida leader in innovative cultural work. "Bill Frisell is one of those artists that Tigertail loves to present. His original sound is his calling card. It is a joy to follow his musical journey," 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 305 324 4337, 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

WHAT:Bill Frisell, "Beautiful Dreamers" in concert with Eyvind Kang on viola and
Rudy Royston on drums
WHEN:Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 8:30 pm, one night only
WHERE:Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
TICKETS:$35 general admission
$50 VIP ticket, priority admission and best seating
Tickets online at or by phone 305 324 4337.

Tigertail Productions, founded in Miami in 1979, produces a full season of contemporary performance, along with projects in the literary and visual arts. Tigertail Productions' 2010-2011, Bold Adventures, Season began with a Kick-Off Party, Wednesday, October 6, 7:00-9:00 pm at Cafeina in Wynwood. Then on October 14, 2010, a book launch and reading of Tigertail, A South Florida Poetry Annual: Selected Collective, continuing on November 13 with a concert by the Benjamin Herman Quartet at the Byron Carlyle on Miami Beach, followed by SpeakOut artist Lenelle Moise on January 14. Then came a residency and concerts on January 28 & 29, 2011 by Jess Curtis/Gravity Dance, a mixed-ability group from Berlin and San Francisco, as part of danceAble and FDA WinterFest. On February 11 & 12 at the Colony Theatre, the illustrious Japanese dance duo, Eiko & Koma performed, then Henry Gray and The Cats. Spoken word and literary arts events take place throughout the year, including Sunni Patterson with WordSpeak the end of March/April and the Tigertail fundraiser, May 21. For more information about Tigertail and full season details visit them on the web at or call 305 324 4337.

Tigertail's 2010/2011 Season is made possible by community partners and supporters including the Albion Hotel; Aquarius Press; Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation; Barefoot Wine & Bubbly; Biscayne Times; Books & Books; Bresaro Suites at the Mantell Plaza; Cafeina; The Children's Trust; Citizens Interested in the Arts; City of Coral Gables Cultural Arts Program; City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; Consulate General of the Netherlands; Dade Community Foundation; E.S. Moore Family Foundation; Florida Dance Association; Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council; Florida Literary Center; Galeria del Sol; The Galler Group; Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau;; Miami Salon Group; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Library; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Miami River Inn; National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, additional funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Ford Foundation and MetLife Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; National Performance Network with major funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), Altria, MetLife Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation; The New Hotel; Pridelines; Publix Super Markets Charities; Rain Organics; Safe Schools South Florida; Rain Vodka Organics; The Law Office of Linda M. Smith; South Arts; Vortex Communications; Wachovia/Wells Fargo; WDNA & WLRN FM and many individual supporters.

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Joe Willie Pinetop Perkins passed away from natural causes on March 21, 2011, at the age of 97, in his home in Austin.  In speaking about his passing, Perkins' manager Patricia Morgan said "he decided to have a nap after his breakfast on Monday and never woke up again. He died peacefully in his sleep."

On Sunday, March 27th a visitation will be held at Cook-Walden Funeral Home - 6100 North Lamar Blvd. in Austin from 3-5pm.  Funeral services will be held the next day, Monday, March 28th at 5pm also at the Cook-Walden Funeral Home.  Following the services, a Celebration of Life will take place at Antone's Blues Club - 213 W 5th Street in Austin starting at 8pm.  

The second funeral will be held on Saturday, April 2nd at 11am at Century Funeral Home - 506 Ashton Avenue in Clarksdale, MS 38614 followed by the burial at McLaurin Memorial Garden Cemetery - Highway 61 North in Clarksdale. Following the services, a Celebration of Life will take place - venue TBA.  Visitation will be on Friday, April 1st at Century Funeral Home in Clarksdale from 4-7pm.

The heartfelt prayers and condolences are pouring in from the blues community, each one of us feels the loss of Pinetop Perkins deeply.  In a note to Pinetop's manager, blues icon Bonnie Raitt says "I'm so saddened to hear of Pinetop's passing...I feel extremely blessed to have known and gotten to play with him these many decades. And I'm very grateful he got to live such a long and rewarding life, receiving the recognition that he always deserved and so few blues pioneers get to enjoy. He will be sorely missed and always loved."

Pinetop holds a special place at The Blues Foundation given that a Blues Music Award is named after him--the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player Award.

"It may seem strange to say this about a 97-year old, but I can't believe he is gone.  I thought he would be around for many more years of appearances," said The Blues Foundation's Executive Director Jay Sieleman. "He was just such an institution, loved and respected by all."  

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Pinetop Perkins Foundation.  Donations can be made by check or through PayPal. Mail Your Contribution to:  The Pinetop Perkins Foundation, PO Box 1916, Clarksdale, MS  38614 or for PayPal
The Pinetop Perkins Foundation is a tax exempt non-profit organization. Its mission is to provide encouragement and support for youth and young people at the beginning of their musical career; and help provide care and safety for elderly musicians at the twilight of their career.  

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

U.S. Postal Service to Unveil New 'Jazz' Stamp In New Orleans March 26

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The United States Postal Service will unveil a new "jazz" stamp on Saturday, March 26, in a public ceremony at 11:00 a.m. at the Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp Street) in New Orleans.
While the new stamp doesn't honor a particular New Orleans musician, as past stamps in tribute to Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson and Jelly Roll Morton have done, the stamp recognizes the unique American art form that was born in the Crescent City. Unveiling the stamp here empasizes New Orleans' role in the birth of jazz.
The new stamp, pictured above, features graphics by California artist Paul Rogers, who will be present for the unveiling. Also participating will be Thurgood Marshall, Jr., vice chairman of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors, an Nancy Marinovic, president of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Board of Directors.
The night of the unveiling, the CAC will host a recreation of the great CAC Jazz Orchestra that first performed in 1996, with all-new arramgements of classic songs. Germaine Bazzle, Ed Perkins and Nicholas Payton - on vocals, not trumpet - will front the recreation of that illustrious ensemble. To purchase tickets, see here.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is proud to co-sponsor both the stamp unveiling and the CAC Jazz Orchestra performance.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Memorial Service Saturday, March 26, 2011 For 'Ragtime Rascals' bandleader Wes Kirby

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From our friends at the Space Coast Jazz Society:

A Memorial Service for bandleader Wes Kirby will be held at 11 AM next Saturday, March 26,  at the Florida Memorial Funeral Home in their chapel. Visiting hours are 10-11 AM and internment is from 12-12:30. The funeral home is at 5950 S.US Highway 1 in Rockledge. The phone there is (321) 636-8943.
Wes Kirby died March 14 of complications following heart surgery.  He was 84.
Wes lived in Cape Canaveral, where he managed some of his family's real estate. He was well known as a bandleader, clarinetist and pocket trumpet player for his own band, The Ragtime Rascals, and other Dixieland groups dating back to the 1970s. In those days  he was a member of "That Old Gang of Mine," which played at the old Island Casino and other popular music venues of the day.
He founded the Ragtime Rascals in the early '90s and had many followers when the band played every Thursday at the old Lloyds Restaurant at the Port.   The crowd came to hear Wes' band and to watch the big ships departing from the Port.
In March of 1995, when Lloyds closed, Wes secured a gig for the band at the Sunset Grill in Cocoa Beach, where the Rascals performed from 1 to 4 PM on Thursdays. It is expected that the band will continue to play at the Sunset Grill.
Wes is also remembered for his "day jobs." He taught music at Titusville High School. He also worked at the Kennedy Space Center, where he was a tour bus operator remembered for his way with words.
Wes  was born  as Thurston Wesley Kirby and raised in Kentucky, where he held a music degree from Eastern Kentucky University. As a young man in Kentucky, he taught music and was an accomplished band and choir director. He moved to Florida 40 years ago and held the tour bus  job for more than 20 years before retiring from the Kennedy Space Center. He maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end.
 He was a member of The Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, Azan Temple of Melbourne, FL, a Mason of Franklin Lodge #28, Danville, KY, a Kentucky Colonel, and a member of First Baptist Church, Merritt Island, FL. He enjoyed traveling to Costa Rico where he also owned property.
Wes is survived by his daughters,  Cynthia Nan (Kirby) Inglis of Cottonwood CA, Judith Amelia (Kirby) Jackson Hoogestraat of Hemet CA and Marcheta (Kirby) Kern of Maitland, FL and  a son, Christopher Robin Kirby of Austin, Texas. Also  14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests all contributions be donations to Department of MUSIC, Eastern Kentucky University to honor Wes Kirby's love of music. You may go, contact Elise Russell in the EKU Development of Music Office at 859-622-8668, or write Department of Music, 521 Lancaster Avenue, Eastern Kentucky University,101 Foster Music Building, Richmond, KY 40475.

Back Room Blues Bar in Delray Beach Florida – Re-Opening BBQ Party this Fri, Sat & Sun!

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The Back Room Blues Bar…
…is BACK!

3 Day Grand Opening BBQ Party
Friday March 25 to Sunday March 27, 2011
Doors Open 6pm, music 9pm on Friday & Saturday.
Doors Open 4pm Sunday.
$2.00 Beers Fri & Sat From 6-8pm and Sun 4-6pm.
BBQ Starts At 6pm Fri & Sat and 4pm Sunday.
Fri, March 25: Bobby & The Renegades
$5, or FREE if in before 8pm!
Sat, March 26: Biscuit Miller & The Mix
$5, or FREE if in before 8pm!
Sun, March 27th: Jr. Drinkwater
& The Westside Blues Band at 4pm
The Chris Duarte Group at 8pm
$5, or FREE if in before 7pm!

2222 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach FL 33445

April 1: Lightnin’ Malcolm feat. Cameron Kimbrough, $5
6: Jr Drinkwater & The Westside Blues Band
w/ Steve Siciliano, No Cover, 8pm
7: Eric Lindell, $5, 8pm
8: Lowdown 13 Featuring Mario Lacasse, $5
9: Michael Burks, $5
13: Jr. Drinkwater & The Westside Blues Band
w/ Steve Siciliano, No Cover, 8pm
14: TBA; 15: Damon Fowler, $5
20: Jr. Drinkwater & The Westside Blues Band
w/Steve Siciliano, No Cover, 8pm
21: TBA
22: Jony James, $5
23: TBA
27: Jr. Drinkwater & The Westside Blues Band
w/Steve Siciliano, No Cover, 8pm
28: TBA; 29: Bobby & The Renegades, $5
30: The Fabulous Fleetwoods, $5
May 6: JP Soars & The Red Hots CD Release Party

Local Tenor Titans Perform for Ft. Lauderdale's Gold Coast Jazz April Concert

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In 1846, Adolphe Sax invented the saxophone for use in military bands.  In the 1900’s the sax was used in vaudeville or as a substitute for the violin the dance bands.  Then the musicians in New Orleans gave the sax its soulful voice in jazz.  An instrument many say is closest to the sound of the human voice, the sax comes in the range of soprano, alto, tenor and baritone. Many legendary jazz musicians, such as Sidney Bechet, Johnny Hodges, Lester Young and Charlie Parker, built their careers on playing the sax.

On Wednesday, April 13, 2011 the sax will reign supreme in a concert featuring two local jazz legends, Turk Mauro and Eric Allison, as they perform a concert of “Titan Tenors” for the Gold Coast Jazz Society’s jazz series at the Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater.  The concert begins at 7:45pm. The Amaturo Theater is located at 201 SW 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Single tickets are $35 and $40 and student tickets are $10 with student ID.  Tickets can be purchased through the Broward Center Box Office at 954-462-0222 or online at either or  A pre-concert Jazz Riff jazz talk will be given by WXEL radio personality Stu Grant at 7:00pm in the theater before the show. 

Turk Mauro, a native of New York, began by playing the clarinet.  As a teenager, he started his career by playing alto wax in clubs in Queens and Harlem.  Later he moved on to the tenor sax, playing a combination of jazz-rock.  At the Half-Note Club he gigged with a wide range of jazz artists such as Henry “Red” Allen, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Billy Mitchell, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich and Richie Cole.

With a robust playing style, the Washington Post has called Turk “a swinger with his feet in the old school but with ideas out of the bop era and later.”  The New York Post described his playing as “passionate and swinging.”  

Another legendary player, Sonny Rollins, suggested to Turk that he go to Paris.  He did and the rest is, as they say, history.  Recording gigs, club concerts and television appearances poured in.  He recorded three critically-acclaimed albums for the Bloomdido label.  He eventually returned to the United States and settled in south Florida, where he currently resides.

Eric Allison, a graduate from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in Music, moved to Florida and entered the jazz studies program at the University of Miami, where he earned a master's degree in Jazz Pedagogy in 1975. Since that time he has been a leading performer in the top jazz clubs and concert venues in South Florida and now tours in Japan and Korea as well as North America."  Allison has worked with a virtual litany of jazz greats both past and present, including Zoot Sims, Ira Sullivan, Paquito d'Rivera, Richie Cole, Scott Hamilton, Curtis Fuller, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Nat Adderly, Buddy Tate and Eddie Higgins. He is also an arranger and performer for other artists' concert and recording projects and has been a member of the Gold Coast Jazz Society Band since its inception and was named Music Director in 2006.  In 2000, Eric married well-known Canadian jazz singer Cheryl Fisher. They both work extensively together and now divide their time between the United States and Canada.  Eric currently serves as Music Director of the Gold Coast Jazz Society Band.   Joining Turk and Eric will be drummer Ron Turso, brother of Turk Mauro, Steve Ahern on trumpet, Dante Luciani on trombone, Mike Orta on piano, Jamie Ousley on bass and  Randall Dollahon on guitar.

Tickets are still available for the April 13 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. 

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Louisiana Music & Food Party w/ Henry Turner Jr. in Jupiter Farms March 26, 2011

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Want to party like they do in Louisiana?

Come on out to the “Farms” and join the family!

Featuring  a 2 hour performance by
Baton Rouge, LA Reggae/Soul Legends
Saturday, March 26, 2100
Bring a blanket or lawn chair
Enjoy an authentic
For information & tickets, please contact:
Tania DePrima