Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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 http://www.goldcoastjazz.org/ or http://www.browardcenter.org/.  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 http://www.goldcoastjazz.org/  for more information about the Gold Coast Jazz Society or call 954-524-0805. 

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