Friday, June 24, 2011

National Endowment for the Arts Announces the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters

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The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced the recipients of the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters Award—the nation’s highest honor in jazz. The five recipients will receive a one-time award of $25,000 and be publicly honored at the annual awards ceremony and concert, produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center at its home, Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.

With this class, the NEA is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the NEA Jazz Masters Awards, which recognize outstanding musicians for their lifetime achievements and significant contributions to the development and performance of jazz.

The 2012 NEA Jazz Masters are:

Jack DeJohnette, Drummer, Keyboardist, Composer
(born in Chicago, IL; lives in Willow, NY)
Von Freeman, Saxophonist
(born in Chicago, IL; lives in Chicago, IL)
Charlie Haden, Bassist, Composer, Educator
(born in Shenandoah, IA; lives in Agoura Hills, CA)
Sheila Jordan,            Vocalist, Educator
(born in Detroit, MI; lives in Middleburgh, NY and New York, NY)
*Jimmy Owens, Educator, Trumpeter, Flugelhorn Player, Composer, Arranger
(born in Bronx, NY; lives in New York, NY)

*Jimmy Owens is the recipient of the 2012 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy.

“These artists represent the highest level of artistic mastery and we are proud to recognize their achievements,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “Through their contributions, we have been challenged, enlightened, and charmed, and we thank them for devoting their careers to expanding and supporting their art forms.”

“Jazz is considered by many as one of America’s greatest cultural gifts to the world,” said Wayne S. Brown, NEA Director of Music and Opera. “These artists are being recognized for their extraordinary contribution to advancing the art form and for serving as mentors for a new generation of young aspiring jazz musicians.”

Each member of the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters class is a distinguished artist whose significant lifetime contributions have helped to enrich jazz and further the growth of the art form:

·         Widely regarded as one of the great drummers in modern jazz, Jack DeJohnette has a wide-ranging style that makes him a dynamic sideman and bandleader. His versatility on the drums is accented by DeJohnette’s additional accomplishments as a keyboardist: he studied classical piano for ten years before taking up drums.

·         Earle Lavon “Von” Freeman, Sr. is considered a founder of the “Chicago School” of jazz tenor saxophonists. With his individual sound, at once husky and melodic, he makes every song his own. As the Chicago Tribune has written of him, “For technical brilliance, musical intellect, harmonic sophistication, and improvisatory freedom, Von Freeman has few bebop-era peers.”

·         Lyrical and expressive on the bass, Charlie Haden has embraced a variety of musical genres, ranging from jazz to country to world music. His work as an educator led to the creation of the Jazz Studies program at California Institute of the Arts in 1982 where he focuses on the spirituality of improvisation.

·         Sheila Jordan is not only one of the premier singers in jazz, but she is known for her stimulating vocal workshops as well. A superb scat singer, she can just as easily reach the emotional depths of a ballad.

·         Jimmy Owens is a jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, and music education consultant. His involvement as an advocate regarding the rights of jazz artists led to the founding of the Jazz Musician's Emergency Fund, a program of the Jazz Foundation of America.

Full profiles of the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters are located on the NEA’s website.

The NEA Jazz Masters awards were announced in conjunction with the announcement of the NEA National Heritage Fellowships and NEA Opera Honors recipients. Please go to for the list of these recipients.

For the January awards ceremony and concert, the Arts Endowment will again partner with Jazz at Lincoln Center to produce the event. The awards ceremony and concert will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and other special guests in a program dedicated to the honorees’ lives and works and the program’s 30th anniversary.  Since 2003-04, the NEA and Jazz at Lincoln Center have partnered on collaborations including NEA Jazz in the Schools, a web-based curriculum designed for high school teachers and students to explore the history of jazz, integrating that story with the sweep of social, economic, and political developments in the United States. The free, cross-disciplinary curriculum is available online at

Sarasota Blues Festival has new owners

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"For the first time in 18 years, the Sarasota Blues Festival is in new hands.
ExtremeTix, a leader in ticket technology and entertainment services, and its entertainment division, Three Zebras, have announced the acquisition of the venerable festival from executive producer Barbara Strauss. Financial details were not disclosed."

Follow this link for the complete story by Gerry Galipault of the Herald Tribute:

Posted by Jazz & Blues Florida

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Stu Grant, host of Jazz Impressions on WXEL, makes plea for support as station changes hands

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From Stu Grant:
Music Lovers...
With the  recent sale of WXEL to Classical South Florida there are some impending changes going on, one of which is most likely Jazz Impressions with Stu Grant Saturday nights. Quality programming is their goal and I ask you what's more quality music than the Great American Song Book with Gershwin, Cole Porter, Ellington - America's true art form?
Let your voice be heard if you love the best in jazz and you want to see it stay the same.
You can send your sentiments to  GM Doug Evan's at 
NPR Radio..In the public interest..
Stu Grant
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Brevard County Florida Music Aid to Raffle Scooter

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A new 50cc Scooter, from GP Bikes, is being raffled off to benefit Brevard Music Aid. Brevard Music Aid is a State of Florida registered non-profit fund that helps musicians and music professionals in Brevard county who are experiencing emergency or catastrophic circumstances.

For $25 you can purchase a raffle ticket from one of the music stores listed below, and you can be the complete owner of this scooter. All taxes, tags and title are included!!! You will need a valid Florida Drivers License to be eligible, (you do not need the motorcycle upgrade on your license to operate this unit).

The following merchants will have raffle tickets for purchase.

Florida Discount Music – Melbourne
Marion Music – Palm Bay
Noteworthy Music – Titusville and Port Saint John
Guitar Haven – Melbourne and I.H.B
East Coast Music – Merritt Island

The Keeway “Hurricane” Scooter will be awarded at “Sam Jam 4” on August 14th, 2011 being held at Captain Katanna's Riverfront Bar and Grille to benefit Brevard Music Aid.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Three Florida Blues Artists Garner Blues Blast Award Nominations - your vote can make them winners.

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2011 Blues Blast Music Award Nominees
Contemporary Blues CD•  Robin Rogers - Back In The Fire
•  Eddie Turner - Miracles & Demons
•  John Németh - Name The Day
•  Damon Fowler - Devil Got His Way
•  JP Soars - More Bees With Honey
•  Buddy Guy - Living Proof
Blues Band•  Magic Slim & The Teardrops
•  Nick Moss Band
•  Reverend Raven And The Chain Smoking Altar Boys
•  Trampled Under Foot
•  Reba Russell Band
Sean CostelloRising Star Award•  Gina Sicilia
•  Matt Hill
•  Trampled Under Foot
•  Joanne Shaw Taylor
•  Vincent Hayes Project
Traditional Blues CD•  Bob Corritore & Friends (Koko Taylor, Little Milton, Pinetop Perkins & others) - Harmonica Blues
•  Studebaker John's Maxwell Street Kings - That's the Way You Do
•  Charlie Musselwhite - The Well
•  Rich Del Grosso & Jonn Del Toro Richardson - Time Slips By
•  Pinetop Perkins & Willie "Big Eyes" Smith - Joined At The Hip
•  Magic Slim - Raising The Bar
Song Of The Year
• Shake Your Boogie by Big Joe Williams from Reverend Raven And The Chain Smoking Altar Boys - Shake Your Boogie
•  Still the Rain by Dennis Walker/Alan Mirikitani from Still The Rain- Karen Lovely
•  Living Proof by Tom Hambridge/Buddy Guy from Buddy Guy - Living Proof
•  Don't Walk Away Run by Chuck Glass from Robin Rogers - Back In The Fire
•  The Well by Charlie Musselwhite from Charlie Musselwhite - The Well
•  Almost A Memory by Wayne Russell from Reba Russell Band - 8
New Artist Debut Release•  The Sugar Prophets - The Sugar Prophets
•  Chris O'Leary Band - Mr. Used to Be
•  Rob Blaine - Big Otis Blues
•  Vincent Hayes Project - Reclamation
•  Matt Hill - On The Floor
•  Peter Parcek  -Mathematics of Love
Male Blues Artist•  John Németh
•  Kenny Neal
•  Tad Robinson
•  Magic Slim
•  Nick Moss
•  Buddy Guy
Female Blues Artist•  Teeny Tucker
•  Robin Rogers
•  Reba Russell
•  Eden Brent
•  Karen Lovely
•  Janiva Magness
In early May, a group of Blues music industry professionals including music critics, journalists, festival promoters, music venue managers, musicians and other Blues music industry professionals nominated the best of 2011 Blues music in eight categories.
Voting to determine the winners begins July 1, 2011 and continues until August 31st, 2011 on the website at Voting is open to anyone who is a Blues Blast Magazine subscriber. Subscriptions are FREE and you are automatically signed up as part of the voting process on our website.
The 2011 Blues Blast Music Awards ceremonies will be held at Buddy Guys’ Legends in Chicago, Illinois, October 27th, 2011. The awards ceremony will feature music by some of the artists nominated. Tickets for the event will go on sale in mid August at
The 2010 Blues Blast Music Awards are presented by Blues Blast Magazine. Blues Blast Magazine is the fastest growing FREE weekly internet Blues magazine with over 18,000 Blues fan subscribers located in all 50 states and in more than 75 countries.
Public radio station WGLT has set up a web page where you can play music samples of the 2011 nominees. To hear samples of these great Blues artists on WGLT’s 2011 Blues Blast Music Awards Artist Listening site visit:

Sunday, June 19, 2011

WWWBTW - Jazz & Blues Florida; Summertime music

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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 on MUSIC LISTINGS menu tab at to see our comprehensive listings.)
Sunday, June 19:
  • Blue Jean Blues, Fort Lauderdale:  Barb Van & Mike Orta Jazz Jam  (4-8pm)
  • Earl’s Hideaway, Sebastian: Stacey Mitchhart
  • Ruby's Elixir, St Petersburg: Jimmy Griswald Duo
Monday, June 20:
  • Web Listening Night: Gil Anthony's BLUES POWER, 6-11pm Central Time, at   
Tuesday, June 21:
Wednesday, June 22:
  • Sweetwater Bar & Grill, Boynton Beach: Davee Bryan
  • Top of the Bridge @ Boca Raton Bridge Hotel, Boca Raton: Jazz, Bossa & Blues Presents Anthony Corrado Quartet
  • Back Room Blues Bar, Delray Beach: Jr. Drinkwater (Jazz & Blues Florida June 2011 Edition Featured Artists) & The Westside Blues Band
  • Alley Blues Bar, Sanford: Hump Day Blues Jam w/ Doc Williamson & Paul Stott
  • Blue Jean Blues, Fort Lauderdale: xxx w/ Danny Burger 's Show case w/ Jesse Jones Jr 
Thursday, June 23:
Friday, June 24:
  • Buckingham Blues Bar, Fort Myers: Tommy Lee Cook & The All Stars
  • Heidi’s Jazz Club, Cocoa Beach: The Ron Teixeira Trio featuring "The Bluuuz Mama" Juanita Dixon
  • Joe's Stone Crabs, Miami Beach: LeNard Rutledge
  • Alley Blues Bar, Sanford: Bird Dog Bobby Band
  • Mojo Kitchen, Jacksonville: Legendary JC's
  • Bodega Blue, Vero Beach: Ernie Southern
Saturday, June 25:
Sunday, June 26:
Monday, June 27:
  •   TBA
Tuesday, June 28:
  • South Florida Represented in Monterey Jazz Fest
  • The Best of the Blues Coming to Public Television
  • Call for musicians for the Melton Mustafa Jazz Orchestra
  • Letters To NARAS: Rachel Faro Writes About The Latin Grammy 
* New Listings:  Moon Cricket Café:14 W Plant St Winter Garden, FL 34787 (407) 905-5325 9-midnight June 25: Major Mileage
Closings: COMMON GROUNDS (Common Grounds: 210 SW Second Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32601 (352)372-7320 ) WILL BE CLOSING AT THE END OF JUNE AFTER 15 YEARS. TO BOOK SHOWS IN GAINESVILLE CONTACT: *THE ATLANTIC:; *1982:; *Pat Lavery:
* Video Showcase:  "Mean ol' world" done by Davee Bryan
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Friday, June 17, 2011

South Florida Represented in Monterey Jazz Fest 2011 Next Gen Orchestra

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21 High School Musicians from California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Toronto, Canada Comprise the Festival's Renowned National High School All-Star Big Band

The Monterey Jazz Festival is proud to announce members of the 2011 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, the Festival's internationally-renowned high school all-star big band. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2011, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra features the best and brightest high school jazz musicians in the country.

Created in 1971 as a part of the Monterey Jazz Festival's continuing commitment to jazz education and selected through an application process during the Next Generation Jazz Festival each spring, former members of the Orchestra include pianists Benny Green and Patrice Rushen, bassist Larry Grenadier, drummer Chad Wackerman, saxophonists Joshua Redman, Donny McCaslin, Eric Marienthal, Dave Koz, trombonist Andy Martin, trumpeters Gilbert Castellanos, Ambrose Akinmusire, and big band leader Gordon Goodwin to name a few. In the past, the band has been under the leadership of Ladd McIntosh, Don Schamber, Benny Golson, Bill Berry, and many more. Now under the tutelage of Paul Contos, the renowned saxophonist and flautist who serves as the director of the Orchestra, the ensemble is dedicated to the study and performance of the most challenging big band literature available.

In 2011, there are three South Florida students in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra:

Pompano Beach resident and saxophonist, Patrick Bartley
Boynton Beach resident and trumpeter, Christian Marrero
Miami resident and saxophonist, Rane Roatta.

Saxophonist Patrick Bartley, 18, is a graduate of the Dillard High School of the Arts in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He began performing on the clarinet at age 9, and switched to saxophone at age 12. Influenced by Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Kenny Garrett, and Michael Brecker, by the age of 15, Patrick had made two appearances at the Jazz in the Gardens Festival in Miami. He is multi-year member of the Florida All-County Concert Band (2004-2009) and Florida All-County Jazz Band (2007-2011); a two-year member of the Florida Youth Orchestra (2005-2006) and a 2011 Florida All-State Jazz Band member. Among the various accolades he has received are Outstanding Soloist Awards (2009-2011) and the Outstanding Doubler Award for 2010 from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Competition in New York City. Patrick is also a two-year member of the Grammy Jazz Ensemble (2010-2011) and was selected as lead alto of the band this year. In addition, he was selected to the 2010 Vail Jazz Workshop All-Stars, and has recorded with Melton Mustafa, Mulgrew Miller, Essiet Essiet, and Victor Lewis. He will be attending New York City’s Manhattan School of Music in the fall of 2011.

Trumpeter Christian Marrero, 17, is a senior at the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. He began performing on the trumpet at age 12, and has studied with Doug Michels of the Miami Sound Machine. Christian has been a member of the 2008 and 2009 Florida All-State Symphonic Band, 2010 Florida All-State Jazz Band, and 2011 Florida All-State Orchestra. He has also acted as the four-year principal trumpet for the Florida Youth Orchestra, winning their Lois Deicke Award. Touring Europe in 2008 with the Make a Wish Foundation Charity Band, he has also performed with the Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble at the Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition in New York City, and at the Swing Central Jazz Competition in Savannah, Georgia, working with Wycliffe Gordon, Wynton and Jason Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, and many others. Selected to the GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble and Monterey’s Next Generation Jazz Orchestra in 2011, Christian has additionally won a number of scholarships from the Gold Coast Jazz Society. Christian performs around South Florida at weddings, grand openings, special events, bars, and private parties with his band, Ithad2bejazz.

Saxophonist Rane Roatta, 18, is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. He has studied with Matt Vashlishan, Antonio Hart, Tivon Pennicott, Troy Roberts, Joel Frahm, and many more. Rane was accepted into the Thelonious Monk Institute’s Signature Schools Program three years in a row, and had the privilege of joining Antonio Hart for a week-long Pittsburgh tour, and Bobby Watson for a week-long Detroit tour. He also participated in the Monk Institute’s Jazz in America 2011 All-Star Tour of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Rane was a 2010 Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony participant, and will be attending the Brubeck Institute as a Fellow in August of 2011. In 2009 and 2010, Wynton Marsalis presented Rane with Outstanding Soloist Awards at the Essentially Ellington Competitions in New York City, and in 2011, Rane won a DownBeat Student Music Award for Outstanding Performance. Rane takes part in regular concerts with Ira Sullivan, and has performed with greats such as Ingrid Jensen, John Fedchock, Antonio Hart, Ed Calle, and many more.

“I’m looking forward to the gathering of this year’s band and the opportunity to spend time with such gifted young musicians,” says Dr. Rob Klevan, Education Director of the Monterey Jazz Festival. “Although our planned tour to Japan was postponed until 2012 due to the recent unfortunate circumstances taking place there, I think our 'West Coast' tour is going to be extremely exciting. It offers the Monterey Jazz Festival an opportunity to display the incredible talents of our Next Generation Jazz Orchestra to our friends in this region of the country. Equally exciting is the fact that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the ensemble and that we will have several 'special guest' artists performing with the band. It is going to be a smokin’ hot summer tour!”

Members will gather in Monterey in late July to prepare for the 11-day West Coast tour, beginning with a performance at the Carmel Bach Festival -- a historic first collaboration between the Bach Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival in Carmel (July 24), where they will appear with tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano. The group will then perform in San Francisco (Yoshi’s, July 25); Seattle (Jazz Alley, July 26-27), Port Townsend, Washington (Centrum Jazz Festival, July 29-30); Monmouth, Oregon, (Mel Brown Jazz Camp, July 31); San Diego (Athenaeum Music & Arts Library with special guest trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, August 1); and Los Angeles (Vitello’s Jazz Club, August 2).

The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra will also make their traditional Sunday appearance at the 54th Monterey Jazz Festival on September 18, 2011, with former band alumni and Artist-In-Residence Joshua Redman, Benny Green and Donny McCaslin sitting as special guests.

Tickets for the 54th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival September 16 - 18 in Monterey, California are available by phone at (925) 275-9255 and online at

About the Monterey Jazz Festival
The Monterey Jazz Festival is dedicated to perpetuating the uniquely American form of music known as jazz by producing performances that celebrate the legacy and expand the boundaries of jazz; and by presenting year-round local, regional, national, and international jazz education programs. The Monterey Jazz Festival is a nonprofit organization and has donated its proceeds to musical education since its inception in 1958.
2011 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra West Coast Tour Dates:
July 23: Monterey, CA / The Preserve (private party)
July 24: Carmel, CA / Carmel Bach Festival at the Sunset Center with special guest, Joe Lovano
July 25: San Francisco, CA / Yoshi’s
July 26: Seattle, WA / Jazz Alley
July 27: Seattle, WA / Jazz Alley

July 29: Pt. Townsend, WA / Centrum Jazz Festival
July 30: Pt. Townsend, WA / Centrum Jazz Festival

July 31: Monmouth, OR / Mel Brown Jazz Camp
August 1: San Diego, CA / The Neurosciences Institute, presented by the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library with special guest Gilbert Castellanos
August 2: Los Angeles, CA / Vitello’s Jazz Club
September 18: 54th Monterey Jazz Festival, Jimmy Lyons Stage, 1:00pm

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Best of the Blues Coming to Public Television

The 2010 Blues Music Awards, held in Memphis, TN, brings together Blues performers, industry representatives and fans from all over the world to celebrate the best in Blues recordings and performances from the previous year. Each year, the Foundation presents The Blues Music Awards to the artists selected by its members. They are universally recognized as the highest honor given to Blues artists. This annual music event is now available to air on public television stations across the country.

The 2010 Blues Music Awards is produced by The Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN. It is being distributed to public television stations by WKNO/Memphis through NETA (National Educational Telecommunications Association).

Hosted by Bill Wax (Program Director and host for B.B. King’s Bluesville on SiriusXM Satellite Radio) and Big Lou (the voice of Sirius XM Satellite Radio), the awards showcase the best blues talent from the past year.

The performance show features a number of performances including Traditional Male Artist of the Year Duke Robillard joined by Al Basile (cornet), Bruce Bears (piano), Doug James (vocals), Brad Hallen (bass), Carl Querfurth (trombone) and Mark Teixeira (drums) for “Stomp the Blues Tonight”.

Also appearing in The 2010 Blues Music Awards is 28-time Blues Award winner (and this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award) Buddy Guy performing “Damn Right I Got the Blues” with Billy Flynn, Johnny Iguana, Kenny Smith and Bob Stroger. Other artists also featured with performances on the show include Cyril Neville, Joe Louis Walker, Johnny Rawls, Debbie Davies, Super Chikan, and Louisiana Red.

The live event from which the program was produced is presented by the following sponsors: The Gibson Foundation. 2010 BMA sponsors include ArtsMemphis, BMI, Casey Family Programs, Eagle Rock Entertainment, FedEx, I 55 Productions, Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. For more information about the Blues Music Awards visit

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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

#JazzBluesFlorida #jazz #blues #Florida #Concerts #Festivals #Clubs #JazzClubs #BluesClubs

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 on MUSIC LISTINGS menu tab at to see our comprehensive listings.)
Sunday, June 12:
  • Blue Jean Blues, Fort Lauderdale:  Barb Van & Mike Orta Jazz Jam  (4-8pm)
  • Earl’s Hideaway, Sebastian: John Mooney & Bluesiana
  • Cork's Cigar Bar, Bradenton: Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones
  • Web Listening Night: Gil Anthony's BLUES POWER, 6-11pm Central Time, at   
Monday, June 13: 
  • Green Iguana Bar & Grill, Tampa: House of Troubles Blues Jam Hosted by B3 Dean & Benny on bass.
  • Taste Restaurant, Orlando: Jazz Jam w/ Tracy Alexander & Joe Young
  • Hemisphere Lounge at Loews Hotel, Miami Beach: Oriente
  • Ace's, Bradenton:  Damon Fowler's The Sugar Shack  w/ Special guest Gina Sicilia  
  • Ka’tiki, St Petersburg: Blues Jam with the Roadhouse Rockers
  • Mister Tony's, Palm Bay: Jazz Jam Every Monday: Hosted by guitarist Chuck Van Riper w/ pianist Carl Hendrix and bassist Ron Pirtle
Tuesday, June 14:
Wednesday, June 15:
  • Sweetwater Bar & Grill, Boynton Beach: Davee Bryan
  • Alley Blues Bar, Sanford: Hump Day Blues Jam w/ Doc Williamson & Paul Stott
  •  Amaturo Theater at Broward Center, Ft. Lauderdale: Gold Coast Jazz Season Series Presents  
  • Airport Hanger Bar, Sanford: Blues Jam Night
  • Real Macaw, Naples: Frank Corso Blues & Rags Trio.
  • Blue Jean Blues, Fort Lauderdale Danny Burger 's Show Case w/ Ira Sullivan (Jazz & Blues Florida June Edition Featured Artist)
Thursday, June 16:
  • City Pub, Deerfield Beach: Jimmy Cavallo and The House Rockers (Jimmy's Regular Sunday is now a regular Thursday)
  • B-Sharp's Jazz Café, Tallahassee: Young Lions Night w/ Adam Kornecki Group
  • Florida Keys Piano Bar & Cocktail Lounge, Melbourne: John Ryan on Piano.
  • Perfect Caper, Punta Gorda: "TASTE" Jazz Trio
  • Bodega Blue, Vero Beach: Joe "Survival" Caruso
Friday, June 17:
Saturday, June 18:
  • The Orange Door, Lake Park:   JP Soars & The Red Hots
  •, Palm Beach & Broward Counties at 90.7FM and online:  6-10pm, Stu Grant's Jazz Impressions
Sunday, June 19:
Monday, June 20:
  • Upstairs, Lithia: Blues Jam Hosted by Josh Lamkin & Automatic Heat  
Tuesday, June 21:
  • Call for musicians for the Melton Mustafa Jazz Orchestra
  • Letters To NARAS: Rachel Faro Writes About The Latin Grammy
  • What has the National Endowment for the Arts done for you lately?
  • Smokestack Lightnin’s Top 25 Blues CDs May 2011
* New Listings of the Week:  
  • Ruby's Elixir: 15 3rd St N, St Petersburg, FL 33701 (727)-898-9322 8-11pm, Every Sun: Jimmy Griswald Duo; 8-11pm, Every Wed: Lounge Cats Duo.
  • Kabobji: 1624 79th Street Causeway North Bay Village, FL 33141-4132 (305)864- 9958 8-11pm, June 15: Mo Morgen Jazz Jammin' 
  • Sun Dog Steak & Seafood: 207 Atlantic Boulevard, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233-5273 (904)241-8221 June 17, 18: Toots Lorraine & The Traffic
  • Ouzts Too: 7968 Coastal Highway, Newport, FL 32327-2914 (850)925-6448 2-6pm, June 26: The Wailin Wolves Band
  • Lighthouse Cafe (in the library of temple Beth Or): 11715 SW 87th Avenue, Miami FL 33176 Lighthouse Cafe Concert Series, $15 Prepaid RSVP @ (305)235-1419, 7:30pm, June 25: Joel Zoss & the Von Henry/Neil Bacher duo.
* New Florida Music:  Unconditional by Silvanos Monasterios
* Video Showcase:
*New Club Photos: Nicole Henry & Beatriz Malnic at The Top of the Bridge JAZZ BOSSA & BLUES Series Double Opener.
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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Call for musicians for the Melton Mustafa Jazz Orchestra

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Openings for the Melton Mustafa Orchestra will be on for the month of June.

If you are a serious musician and is interested, for details please contact Melton S. Mustafa at or call (305)898-9594.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Letters To NARAS: Rachel Faro Writes About The Latin Jazz Grammy

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This was written in response to the “restructuring” of The Grammy Awards, a move that included the elimination of the Latin Jazz Grammy.

"I’ve been a member of NARAS since 1982 and my connection with the Academy goes back to when I appeared on the Grammies as a teenage member of the LA cast of Hair. I’ve done just about everything one can do in the music business from recording as a major label artist for RCA to producing over thirty albums of all kinds of music from blues to world to jazz to New Age to salsa (three of which have received Grammy Nominations), to owning and operating an independent record label. I am one of the few women around who has produced so many albums and who has been her own boss at her own label.

Never have I experienced the Academy to be in so much danger of losing its relevance to those of us who are experienced recording professionals. Cutting out so many categories is one of the worst things to have happened to the Academy and the repercussions of this shall last for years to come. Instead of strengthening the Academy you have weakened it. "

See full letter and supporting text at the best Latin jazz blog to be found, Chip Boaz's Latin Jazz Corner:

What has the National Endowment for the Arts done for you lately? Read this and find out.

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In recent NEA news
  • NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman announced on May 17 the latest round of NEA funding. Among the supported projects are 23 that feature jazz and jazz organizations, a total of $680,000 in grants.

  • Chairman Landesman notes here that the NEA joins the jazz community in mourning the recent passing of Eugene Edward “Snooky” Young, a 2009 NEA Jazz Master.

The NEA audio collection has two new downloadable podcasts:
·         Bassist Christian McBride, the new voice for the Jazz Moments

And if you haven’t had a chance to listen to these podcasts with NEA Jazz Masters, check them out.
·         Randy Weston
·         Ron Carter
·         Dan Morgenstern
·         David Baker
·         Hank Jones

Many more resources can be found at
·         NEA Jazz Initiative page including information on the NEA Jazz in the Schools program, Jazz Masters Live, and the Smithsonian Jazz Oral History project.
·         NEA Jazz Masters page including links to bios, transcribed and video interviews, Jazz Moments, photos and more.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Jazz & Blues Florida June 2011 Online Edition

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Jazz & Blues Florida, Florida's source for information on the live jazz and blues scene, online edition is now available.
The June 2011 online edition of JAZZ & BLUES FLORIDA has been posted at 

This month’s preview features include:

Winning Spin: Kurt Elling's The Gate
Brad Vickers and His Vestapolitans
B.B. King
Jr. Drinkwater and the West Side Blues Band
Ira Sullivan
Stephanie Jordan
Duwayne Burnside
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Smokestack Lightnin’s Top 25 Blues CDs May 2011

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Smokestack Lightnin’s Top 25 Blues CDs May 2011
From the New Blues Capital of the American South
Orlando, FL

#25 Elvin Bishop-John Nemeth/Fooled Around And Fell In Love [live]/Raisin’ Hell Revue/Delta Groove
#24 Fabrizio Poggi & Chicken Mambo/Spiritual/Spirit and Freedom/USR
#23 John-Alex Mason-Cody Dickinson/Gone So Long/Jook Joint Thunderclap/Naked Jaybird
#22 Gina Sicilia/Members Only/Can’t Control Myself/Vizztone
#21 Shawn Pittman/Edge Of The World/Edge Of The World/Delta Groove
#20 Rory Block/Kokomo Blues/Shake ‘Em on Down/Stony Plain
#19 Marcia Ball/I Heard It All/Roadside Attractions/Alligator
#18 Roy Gaines/Come Home/Tuxedo Blues/Black Gold
#17 Jim Byrnes/Hot As A Pistol/Everywhere West/Black Hen
#16 Lucky Peterson/Changing Ways/Every Second A Fool Is Born/JSP
#15 Solomon Burke-DeDijk/Hold On Tight/Hold On Tight/Verve Forecast
#14 Warren Haynes/Take A Bullet/Man In Motion/Stax
#13 Richard Ray Farrell/Little Suzie/I Sing The Blues Eclectic/Blue Beet
#12 McKnight & Bogdal/Blues Makes Me Happy/Zombie Nation/Desert Highway
#11 Too Slim & The Taildraggers/Can’t Dress It Up/Shiver/Underworld
#10 Tommy Lee Cook/She Got The Look/Outside Lookin’ In/self
#9 Eric Bibb/New World Comin’ Through/Troubador Live/Telarc
#8 Johnny Rawls/Flying Blind/Memphis Still Got Soul/Catfood
#7 Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears/She’s So Scandalous/Scandalous/Lost Highway
#6 Big Shanty/They Say It’s Raining/Collection Disc 1/King Mojo
#5 Barry Levenson/Down The Hill/The Late Show/Ripcat
#4 Steve Miller Band-Norton Buffalo/Snatch It Back & Hold It/Let Your Hair Down/Roadrunner
#3 Trampled Under Foot/Goodbye/Wrong Side Of The Blues/Tuf
#2 Tab Benoit/Medicine/Medicine/Telarc
#1 Joe Bonamassa/Slow Train/Dust Bowl/J&R Adventures

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