Sunday, July 31, 2011

Music Teacher Florida Teacher-Of-The-Year

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Congratulations to Alvin Davis, Miramar High School music teacher, who was named the 2012 Macy's/Florida Department of Education Florida Teacher of the Year at a special awards ceremony on Thursday, July 7 at Orlando's Hard Rock Live at Universal Studios City Walk. Davis, who was named Broward County Public Schools Teacher of the Year 2012 in February, was one of five finalists chosen from more than 180,000 public school teachers throughout the state to compete for this prestigious title and honor.

Blues Power Top 20 CDs - August 2011

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Blues Power Top 20 ....August 2011...WWNT< Dothan, Al....WVVL, Enterprise, Al...Monday & Sunday respectively from 6-11pm cdt and streaming live at and at

1...Rod Piazza...Almighty Dollar...Delta Groove...
2...Victor Wainwright...Lit Up...Wildroots
3...JP Soars...More Bees with Honey..SHP
4...Grady Champion..Dreamin'..GSM
5...Eugene Bridges...Rock & A Hard Place...Armadillo
6...Greg Nagy...Fell Toward None..Vizztone
7...EG Kight...Lip Service...Vizztone
8...Big Joe Shelton..The Older I get...Alt 45 Records
9...George Harmonica Smith..Teardrops are Falling...Electro=Fi
10.Ron Hacker...Filthy Animal...l
11.Geo. Thorogood..2120 South Michigan Ave..Capitol\
12.Terry Hanck..Look Out..Delta Groove
13.Mighty Mojo Prophets...same...Rip Cat
14.Kenny Blues Boss Wayne..An Old Rock on a Roll..Toney Plain
15.Harmonica Shah..Live at the Cove..Electro=Fi
16.Earl Thomas..Introducing the Blues Ambassadors..
17.John Mays..I Found a Love..Electro-Fi
18.Mike Zito..Greyhound..Eclecto Groove
19.Monkey Behold..Stoney Plain
20.Ursula George...I"m Drivin'
21.Jeff Golub Band ..The Three Kings..eone
22.Hope Waits..same..Spann Rec
23.Gary Sellers...Soul Apparatus..
24..Kenny Wayne Shepherd..How I Go..Roadrunner
25.Rev. Payton...Peyton on Patton...Side one Dummy
26.Candye Kane..Sister Vagabond..Delta Groove
27.Scott Ramminger..Crawstickers..Arbor Lane Music
28.Laurie Morvan Band..Breathe Deep..Screaming Lizard Rerc
29.Pokey Lararge..Middle of Everywhere..Free Dirt Rec
30.Ana Popovic..Unconditional..Eclecto Groove
Mailing Address...gil Anthony
                          1301 Alexander Apt K=81
                          Dothan, Al..36301
Blues Power Heard on sunday and Monday 6-11pm cdt on WVVL< Enterprise, Al...WWNT, Dothan, live at

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Frankly Sinatra & Friends Show in Tampa sells out.

Don Juceam's annual Frankly Sinatra & Friends Show, held Saturday in Tampa, was a great success, in both attendance and performance.

The night of dining and dancing was held at the premiere ballroom and event facility in Tampa - TPepin's Hospitality Centre. Sinatra and Rat Pack favorites were performed by Don Juceam and the 19-piece Don Juceam Orchestra.

"It was a sellout and much beyond my expectations. We got a very nice TV feature on Bay News 9 in the a.m. "What's happening this weekend"  and the phone just starting ringing which eventually translated into those sales that pushed us way over the top. It was like the scene in "Good Fellas" where the m'aitre d is rolling in more tables just as the show is starting - very funny. Venue was wonderful, food great, band was cookin' . Already making plans for next year !   Thanks again for the assist."  Don Juceam

Plans are already underway for the 2012 event. More info at

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Friday, July 29, 2011


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There are ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT for the hotel package deals for the Daytona Blues Festival.

Buy your hotel and ticket package by Sunday, July 31st, and save money by paying NO room taxes (12.5 percent), NO handling fees on the tickets, No applicable resort fees, and receive the lowest negotiable costs per night on your hotel room. They have done this so that anyone can have a beach vacation and attend a blues music festival for the lowest cost in the country. Unless you have a free festival in your neighborhood, you're not going to get a better deal.

October seems far away but it is ONLY 70 DAYS TILL THE FESTIVAL KICKS OFF and coming faster than you think.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

North Central Florida Blues Society announces The 2011 Blues Challenge, 9/18/2011

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The North Central Florida Blues Society is pleased to announce The 2011 Blues Challenge.

The NCFBS Blues Challenge will be held on Sunday, September 18th at 7:00 PM (time subject to change, due to amount of participants) At the Dirty Bar (formerly Emerald’s Lounge), located at 2441 NW 43rd St, Gainesville, FL 32606

Winners of the competition will represent NCFBS at the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, which will be held January 31 - February 4, 2012.

There are 3 classes of competition: band, solo/duo and CD. Please make plans to attend the competition and cheer on your favorite musicians! There will be a $5 cover, with all of the proceeds going to the winning competitors.

The rules can be found below. If anyone requires clarification of any of these rules, please contact Rob Richardson at
The rules for the band and solo/duo competition are:
1. Groups must be from Alachua, Marion, Levy, Putnam, Gilchrist, Columbia, Union or Clay counties. The majority (>50%) of members in the group must reside in one of these counties. NCFBS wants to highlight blues musicians from the region we serve. That is why we have this rule.
2. At least one PERFORMING member of the group must be a full (non-Student, non-Honorary) NCFBS member. Managers/agents/representatives do NOT count toward the membership requirement. NCFBS feels that if you want to represent us at IBC Memphis you should be supportive of our overall goals and objectives enough to have a minimum of one active member from the performing group.
3. The entry fee for a band is $25, solo/duo $20. All fees and door receipts will be distributed to the winners to defray travel costs to Memphis using a pro-rated system based on the number of performing individuals in both categories.
4. Bands will play a 25-minute set, with 15-minute setup. Points will be deducted for going over time per the IBC official rules (see item 5).
5. A limited backline and drum set will be provided. Personal amps are not allowed. The NCFBS follows the rules for the International Blues Challenge at In particular, see "Staging and Equipment" in the Official Rules page. NCFBS will provide PA and microphones.
6. NCFBS requires the winner to compete in Memphis, thus the expectation is that if you compete and win, you will attend. NCFBS will only provide funding from the entry fees and door receipts, no other funding from NCFBS will be provided. Thus it is incumbent upon the winner that they are capable financially of attending the IBC in Memphis. Why do we have this requirement? Entries into the IBC in Memphis are becoming more limited due to the popularity of the event. The Blues Foundation (the sponsoring organization of the IBC) has indicated that if blues societies fail to send a representative, they are in danger of losing their opportunity to send entrants in future years. Thus if you win and do NOT attend you endanger future entries for NCFBS!!!
7. A competitor may compete in no more than two entries. He/she may compete in both the band competition and the solo/duo competition, or may compete in a maximum of two different bands in the band competition.
8. The IBC Memphis does not allow someone to compete in their solo/duo competition and the band competition in the same year. Because of this, in the case that a competitor wins both the solo/duo and is a member of the winning band in our 2011 Blues Challenge, they will go to Memphis as a member of the winning band, but the second place competitor in the solo/duo competition will be the official Gainesville representative in the IBC Memphis.
9. Bands considering competing should contact Rob Richardson (, 352-871-0676). A firm schedule will be available on September 16th.
10. There will be several judges drawn from the regional music community. They will be using the same scoring criteria that will be used in Memphis, which is available at

The rules for the CD contest are:
1.The CD must be self-produced between November 1, 2010 - October 31, 2011.
2.There is a $10 entry fee for CDs.
3.Five copies of the CD must be provided to NCFBS no later than September 4th.
4.Groups must be from Alachua, Marion, Levy, Putnam, Gilchrist, Columbia, Union or Clay counties. The majority (>50%) of members in the group must reside in one of these counties. NCFBS wants to highlight blues musicians from the region we serve. That is why we have this rule.
5.At least one PERFORMING member of the group must be a full (non- Student, non-Honorary) NCFBS member. Managers/agents/representatives do NOT count toward the membership requirement. NCFBS feels that if you want to represent us at IBC Memphis you should be supportive of our overall goals and objectives enough to have a minimum of one active member from the performing group.
6.The CD judges will be the same as the band/solo/duo judges.
Judges will evaluate:
(1) Blues Content
(2) Musical Performance
(2) Audio Quality of the Presentation
(3) Cover Art and Design
(4) Credits and Liner Information.
Anyone considering competing in the CD contest competing should contact Rob Richardson,

myname_isrob(at), 352-871-0676.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

New Orleans Live Jazz Scene Expands with Opening of Irvin Mayfield's Latest Club

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Irvin Mayfield's I Club opens its doors to the public tonight. The club is the second for the jazz trumpeter, and its located in the JW Marriott Hotel. The plan is to present New Orleans music in a swankier-than-usual venue with quality drinks and food.  

The intimate, two-story club opened recently with a private, invitation-only party. This weekend is the I Club's grand opening with live entertainment Thursday to Saturday with Los Hombres Calientes featuring Irvin Mayfield and Bill Summers. Shows start at 8 p.m., and there will be a different special guest each night: Thursday - Rockin' Dopsie, Jr.; Friday - George Porter, Jr.; and Saturday - Walter "Wolfman" Washington.

The club will regularly feature live entertainment Wednesdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. For a schedule and more information: visit I Club online or call (504) 527-6712.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

"No Nukes Swing" Release Party to be held in Fort Lauderdale August 7, 2011

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"No Nukes Swing" Release Party - Sunday, August 7, 2011 at Radioactive Records
>From Hiroshima to Fukushima

Radioactive Records is living up to its name, and hosting the Release Party for "No Nukes Swing" on Sunday, August 7, 2011. One might call it an Atomic Release Party! "No Nukes Swing" is Laura Sue, the Silver Nightingale's folk-rock anthem calling for an end to the use of nuclear power and weapons around the world, The "No Nukes Swing" Release Party is scheduled in conjunction with the 66th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Performers at the Release Party will include musicians Laura Sue, the Silver Nightingale, Teri Catlin, Ramon Justicia, Felicia Rose, Jim Ryan, Jon Singer, and Special Guests. Poetry will be performed by Lenny DellaRocca, Laura Sue and more. Musical offerings will be diverse, including rock, jazz, world, new age, classical and blues genres, and originals by the artists.

This is a free event, open to all ages, and is a benefit for NIRS (Nuclear Information and Resource Service - - one of the many environmental groups Laura Sue supports. All donations collected at the Release Party will go to NIRS to further their important work; information about NIRS and other environmental groups will be available at the Release Party.

Laura Sue, a flautist, vocalist, and composer widely known as The Silver Nightingale, explains her motivation to release this previously-unreleased song now: "What wacky times we're living in! As a result of the Fukushima disaster, we've got radioactive beef on the market in Japan, and radioactive organic vegetables in California; meanwhile goats' milk in Connecticut is radioactive from Indian Point Nuclear Plant. It's hard to believe that utility companies are still saying that nuclear power is safe and clean! But with huge profits to be made, what have they got to lose by lying? What we ALL have to lose is our health, and possibly the future of life on earth. With so much at stake, it's the perfect time for 'No Nukes Swing'!"

"No Nukes Swing" is a lighthearted sing-along, which explores the issues of nuclear plants, proliferation and bombs, with the catchy refrain: "No Nukes in my coffee, No Nukes in my tea, No Nukes in my backyard, That's just a little too close for me!"

Laura Sue composed "No Nukes Swing" in 1978, and the song has been performed countless times by Laura Sue and many other musicians, and even a choir, around the country at nuclear plants, demonstrations, concerts and festivals. "No Nukes Swing" is part of the "Solar Power Suite", which also includes Laura Sue's original "Salute to the Sun", from her CD "Sarabande - Solo Flute Meditations".

Laura Sue started performing "No Nukes Swing" more actively again in 2006, when she learned that FPL, Progress Energy and other utilities were actively trying to build new nuclear plants in Florida and around the country, after several decades of no new nuclear construction, following the Three Mile Island nuclear accident.

At the same time, Laura Sue created the Nuclear Free Zone on her website: - a large and evolving collection of information and links to organizations working on nuclear and other environmental issues. She has also been compiling a comprehensive directory of the many nuclear references in animated classic The Simpsons:

Laura Sue has been following the nuclear situation at Fukushima closely since the earthquake and tsunami, greatly concerned about the devastating consequences of ongoing massive radiation releases on the Japanese people and the world. She's encouraged to see that Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Japan are now rapidly moving towards a nuclear-free future. But noting that even the nuclear disaster at Fukushima has not discouraged many countries and companies from continuing to pursue nuclear power, Laura Sue decided it was time to make "No Nukes Swing" available worldwide.

Beginning on August 6, 2011, "No Nukes Swing" can be downloaded at, and will be available shortly after that on iTunes and other outlets. The date August 6 was chosen to coincide with the 66th Anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

Laura Sue's most recent recording, a flute and chime rendition of the traditional Japanese folk song "Sakura" was released on April 26, 2011, in conjunction with the 25 Anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown. Laura Sue recorded "Sakura" in support of the Japanese people, and will be performing it at the Release Party, in tribute to the victims of Hiroshima and Fukushima, past, present and future.

"No Nukes Swing" was recorded in Boston in 1981 with an all-star, all-women's band including Jean Fineberg (Laura Nyro - Season of Lights, David Bowie - Golden Years, Sister Sledge - "We are Family") on sax, Betsy Rose on piano and vocals, Barbara Dunn Shaw on guitar and vocals, Abby Shearer on guitar, Jane Rhodes on bass, Sharon McGuire on drums, and Laura Sue on vocals, flute, percussion and production. The recording was engineered by multi-instrumentalist Roma Baran (an Academy Award nominee who has produced numerous Laurie Anderson albums, as well as playing with Rosalie Sorrels and Kate McGarrigle among others) and Karen Kane.

Another one of Laura Sue's originals recorded at this session, "Against the Law", a gay rights rock song, was recently released internationally on the prestigious "Songs of War and Politics - Volume 1" compilation CD by Folk Alliance International. Other artists on the CD include the late Hazel Dickens, Eliza Gilkyson and Tom Neilson. "Songs of War and Politics" can be downloaded at, as well as iTunes.

Laura Sue, the Silver Nightingale performs actively around South Florida, playing solo, duo and ensemble music in a wide variety of settings, from concerts and festivals to hospice and hospital rooms. She recently received the 2011 President's Volunteer Service Award - Silver Level for her hundreds of hours of hospice music played. Her recordings are widely used by teachers, nurses, ministers, massage therapists and others to enhance their professional and personal lives. Laura Sue serves actively with community groups involved in interfaith, cultural, environmental and veterans initiatives, and is a member of the Creative Economy Committee for Broward County's 2020 Cultural Plan. She is also on the selective artists roster booked to perform in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport's new Terminal Tunes program.

Radioactive Records is an active supporter of Laura Sue's community service work, and has donated more CDs to her hospice music and other projects over the years than all other donors combined.

"No Nukes Swing" Release Party featuring Laura Sue, the Silver Nightingale
>From Hiroshima to Fukushima
A Benefit for NIRS
PERFORMERS: Musicians will include Laura Sue, the Silver Nightingale, Teri Catlin, Ramon Justicia, Felicia Rose, Jim Ryan, Jon Singer and Special Guests. Poetry will be performed by Lenny DellaRocca, Laura Sue and more.
DATE: Sunday, August 7, 2011
TIME: 2 - 5 PM
All Ages welcome
Donations will be collected for NIRS - Nuclear Information and Resource Service -

Radioactive Records: 1930 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 (954)762.9488 2-5pm, "No Nukes Swing" Release Party featuring Laura Sue, the Silver Nightingale - From Hiroshima to Fukushima, A Benefit for NIRS. MORE INFORMATION:

Monday, July 25, 2011

What's Happening to "Real" Music?

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The start of a great discussion by our friend Kathryn. A good read and good forum for comments and opinions! cb

Life in the Slow Lane
By Kathryn Taubert
Posted July 25, 2011 5:29 AM

"Artists are mostly independent contractors with little training in business, and no local organization to represent them. Most don't make enough money to hire managers. They can find themselves out of a job on the very night they show up for work. There's no requirement for two-week's notice, severance pay, or even minimum wage. Less than 1% of recording artists recover the costs of their CDs, due to "middleman" costs and illegal reproductions of their work!

Musicians are often the first to go as restaurant profits decline. Both venues and musicians often employ electronic instrumentation instead of real musicians to save money."


“The Community Expressions of Explosion” in Fort Pierece August 20, 2011

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Lincoln Park Main Street proudly presents “The Community Expressions of Explosion” on Saturday August 20, 2011, at 4:00 p.m. at Westside Baptist Church, 3361 South Jenkins Road, Fort Pierce.  Admission $5.00.  This event will showcase the talent and anointing of fifteen (15) local choirs and/or praise groups in Saint Lucie County.  The top three selected choirs or groups chosen from this event will sing in the final round, the Gospel Explosion, which will be held at the Sunrise Theatre on Saturday, September 17, 2011, featuring Gospel and R&B Grammy Award winner, Regina belle, to win prizes up to $1,000.00.  Westside Baptist Church is located just one block southwest of the Super Wal-Mart Center at the end of Jenkins Road.  For more information contact Lincoln Park Main Street at (772) 462-2481 or visit the web site at   

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Jazz & Blues Florida's Where we will be this week (WWWBTW)? posted

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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, July 24:
  • Blue Jean Blues, Fort Lauderdale:  Barb Van & Mike Orta Jazz Jam  (4-8pm).
  • 264 The Grill, Palm Beach: 7:30-10:30pm, Every Sun: Susan Merritt Trio Jazz Party & Jam.
  • Big Easy, Hollywood: Piano Bob's 88s Trio w/ Pat DeLeon & Richie Coricelli
  • Web Listening Night: Gil Anthony's BLUES POWER, 6-11pm Central Time, at   
Monday, July 25: 
  • Mandalay Grill, Clearwater: Rick Hatfield Duo with Jimmy Griswold.
  • 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
  • Ace's, Bradenton:  Damon Fowler's The Sugar Shack  w/ special guests JP Soars & The Red Hots
  • New York Pizza & Pasta, Naples: Expandable Jazz Band
  • Mister Tony's, Palm Bay: Jazz Jam Every Monday: Hosted by guitarist Chuck Van Riper w/ pianist Carl Hendrix and bassist Ron Pirtle
Tuesday, July 26:
  • Snook Haven Restaurant, Venice: South County Jazz Club Jam Session
  • Boston’s on the Beach, Delray Beach: Blue Tuesday w/ Famous Frank Ward hosting Otis Cadillac & The Oil Burners - LAST BLUE TUESDAY UNTIL NOVEMBER!.
  • Little Hoolie's Sports Bar & Grill, Miami: Blues Night w/ Leo Casino.
  • Original Fat Cats, Ft. Lauderdale: Albert Castiglia
Wednesday, July 27:
  • Bonefish Gill, Tampa: The Mars Trio
  • Dave’s Aqua Lounge, St Petersburg: Open Blues Jam Hosted by Cannon Quinn
  • Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, Port St Lucie: Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society Jam.
Thursday, July 28:
  • Last Call, Bradenton: Blues Jam hosted by RJ Howson
  • Miami Shores Country Club, Miami Shores: Joe Donato on Sax and featuring Mike Gerber on Piano.
  • Florida Keys Piano Bar & Cocktail Lounge, Melbourne: John Ryan on Piano.
Friday, July 29:
Saturday, July 30:
  • Back Room Blues Bar, Delray Beach: 2pm-2am, $5, Official grand opening, 2pm 49 Ford, 3pm JP Soars & The Redhots, 4pm Kilmo & The Killers, 5pm Bobby & The Renegades, 6pm Famous Frank Ward & The Nucklebusters Blues Band, 7pm Blues Dragon, 8pm Lowdown 13, 9pm JR. Drinkwater & The WSB Band, 10pm The Fabulous Fleetwoods, 11pm The Ghost Town Blues Band & FREE POPCORN!
  • South Shores Tavern & Patio Bar, Lake Worth: Julius Sanna's Sannario 8p-Midnight
  • Roadhouse Cafe, Fort Myers: Roadhouse Jazz Trio
  • Freddie Rebel's, Naples: Mudbone Featuring Rick Howard
  • Guanabanas Restaurant, Jupiter: Ghost Town Blues Band (3pm)
Sunday, July 31:
  • Gold Coast Jazz Celebrates 20 Years of Great Jazz w/ 2011-12 season announcement
  • "GUITAR: The Instrument that Rocked the World" Tour at Orlando Museum
  • Orlando Smooth Jazz Station SoldBlue Tuesdays at Boston's on the Beach in Delray Beach to take construction break until Nov. 
New Listings:  
  • Luke's Place: 3558 S University Dr, Davie FL 33324 (954)476-1483 9:30pm, July 30: Hoodoo Blue Blues Band w/ Eric Austin
  • Wet Spot: 3650 Dixie Highway Northeast, Palm Bay, FL 32905-2734 (321)728-3055 7:30pm-11:30pm Aug 31: Open mic w/ Sygnal
  • H & D Roadhouse: 1811 E.Merritt Island Cswy, Merritt Island FL 32952 (321)403-6432 8:30pm-12:30am, July 30: Sygnal
  • Wild Indian Saloon: 1158 7th St NW, Largo, FL 33770 (727)588-7660 9pm-midnight, Every Wed: Blackjack Blues
  • Campiello: 1177 3rd Street South, Naples, FL 341027 (239)435-1166 weeknights & 8-11 weekends, Every Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat:Dan Heck and Rebecca Richardson present live straight ahead jazz
  • Christy's Restaurant, Steakhouse Bar: 3101 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134 33134 (305) 446-1400 Every Thur: Felix Gomez; Every Fri: Hal Roland & Matt Bonelli; Every Sat: Laurence Elder
  • Blue Tuesdays w/ Famous Frank Ward at Boston's on the Beach will be taking a break starting in August and returning apprx the first week of November to accommodate remodeling. Last show 7/27 w/ Otis Cadillac and The Oil Burners until Nov 2!
* New Florida Music: "Time To Live In" by Bird Dog Bobby Band

Friday, July 22, 2011

Gold Coast Jazz Celebrates 20 Years of Great Jazz in Ft. Lauderdale Florida

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Gold Coast Jazz Society Announces 20th Anniversary Season of Jazz

 Fort Lauderdale, FL – It all began when local jazz enthusiast and philanthropist, Fred Ruffner and a group of local jazz fans decided that Fort Lauderdale needed more jazz.   There were a few jazz clubs around South Florida, but no one presented a consistent jazz series.  From that initial meeting, the Gold Coast Jazz Society was born.  Incorporated in 1992, Gold Coast Jazz began presenting a series of jazz concerts in the main dining room of the Riverside Hotel.  From those humble beginnings, the organization grew, added educational and outreach activities as well as an annual fund raiser.  The jazz concert series moved to the Amaturo Theater of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts where it is presented today.  The presentation of a jazz series featuring renowned jazz artists has always been a part of the mission of the organization and that tradition continues for the 20th Anniversary Jazz Season.       

The 2011-2012 jazz series includes seven jazz concerts featuring international jazz stars as well as outstanding local jazz talent.  All concerts begin at 7:45pm and occur at the intimate Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts,

201 SW 5th Avenue
in Fort Lauderdale.  A lively and entertaining jazz talk takes place at 7:00pm prior to each jazz show, hosted by local jazz personality Stu Grant.  Full subscriptions and Jazz Sampler subscriptions are now available by calling the Gold Coast Jazz Society at 954-524-0805.   Single tickets will be available after August 15 at the Broward Center Box Office at 954-462-0222 or online at

The opening concert of the series will occur on November 11 featuring the Shelly Berg Trio and Houston Person with A Natural Groove…88 Keys and a Sax.  Dizzy Gillespie said that sax man Houston Person, is “one of the best! He’s got bull chops.”  Sporting a soulful sound in the tradition of Gene Ammons, Person often worked with the legendary singer Etta Jones.  Shelly Berg, jazz pianist and Dean of the UM Frost School of Music is considered to be one of today’s top jazz pianists and has several critically acclaimed recordings to his credit.

On December 14, vocal jazz enthusiasts will enjoy the stylings of the vocal jazz quartet, Mad Romance as they perform Singing the Great American Songbook. This hip vocal group performs an eclectic assortment of songs from the Great American Songbook in a surprising variety of styles that incorporate classic jazz, mambo, soul, a cappella, and madcap swing.  In the tradition of groups such as the Modernaires, Manhattan Transfer and New York Voices,   Mad Romance features Miami-based jazz vocalists Greg Diaz, Rick Harris, Lisanne Lyons and Wendy Pedersen.  Jim Gaisor, pianist, Jamie Ousley, bassist and Carlomagno Araya on drums round out the group for an evening of great vocal and instrumental jazz.  
Duke Ellington, one of the most famous jazz musicians in history, will be remembered on January 11 when Gold Coast Jazz presents the Duke Ellington Legacy Band in The Music of Duke Ellington.  The Duke Ellington Legacy Band sounds “as classic as the day Duke Ellington gave his music birth, while still sounding like a contemporary jazz band...." says Susan Frances of  Initiated in 2003 by Ellington's grandchildren Edward Kennedy II, and his sister, Gaye Ellington, the Duke Ellington Legacy is dedicated to keeping Ellington's music alive and growing in the 21st century. 

With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, Gold Coast Jazz tips their hat to jazz lovers on February 8 by presenting jazz vocalist Sophie Milman in Taking Love Easy.  Milman is a hot rising star on today’s jazz scene and this will be her Fort Lauderdale debut.  The Canadian singer is an “exceptional young talent… she is one of a kind,” says the LA Times and she is blessed with a  “warm, tasty sound, outstanding playing and inventive arrangements.”  New York Magazine calls her the "Norah Jones of the actual jazz world.”

The University of Miami’s Frost Concert Jazz Band is a rockin’ jazz machine and they will be the featured artists on March 7 in Swinging with the Big Bands.  ASCAP award-winning, singer, producer, songwriter Kathy Kosins, joins the band for this evening of great swinging big band music. Led by Dante Luciani, the UM Concert Jazz Band has continually won numerous Downbeat Magazine awards in the prestigious Large Jazz Ensemble category at the annual Student Music Awards.  They will knock your socks off as they perform some of the best of the big band music.  

On April 13 Gold Coast Jazz presents the Harry Allen Quartet and guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli  as they perform Harry Allen Quartet and Bucky Pizzarelli Play the Great American Songbook.  Sax man Harry Allen has over thirty recordings to his name, has performed at jazz festivals and clubs worldwide and with other renowned artists such as Rosemary Clooney, Ray Brown, Hank Jones, Kenny Burrell, John Pizzarelli, Terry Gibbs, Warren Vache.  He has recorded with Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, Ray Brown, Tommy Flanagan, James Taylor, and Sheryl Crow among others.  Legendary jazz guitarist, Bucky Pizzarelli, joins Harry as his special guest for an outstanding night of music from the Great American Songbook.

The vibraphone is one of the most versatile of all the mallet percussion instruments and is used widely in Jazz and Popular music.  The legendary jazz musician, Lionel Hampton, brought the vibraphone to greater prominence in the jazz world.   On May 9, vibraphonist, Christian Tamburr celebrates Hampton and other outstanding vibes players in a concert, Celebrating Hampton.   Tamburr is a multi-faceted instrumentalist, accomplished on the vibraphone, piano, trapset, world and orchestral percussion instruments. Downbeat Magazine awarded him the “Outstanding Solo Jazz Performer.”  Tamburr leads a critically acclaimed jazz quartet, has toured around the world as pianist and musical director for Latin vocal legend Julio Iglesias, was the music director for Cirque du Soleil and is the resident Principle Pianist at the Aria Resort and Casino Las Vegas NV.  Joining Tamburr will be musicians from the Gold Coast Jazz Society Band.

For more information about the 20th Anniversary Jazz Concert Season, go to 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, educational programs, a jazz scholarship program and the Gold Coast Jazz Society Band, under the direction of Eric Allison, Music Director. 

Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council, the Annenberg Foundation and Funding Arts Broward.  Season sponsors include DeMeo Young McGrath; HI Foundation; Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; the Broward Center; the PaperMill, WLRN FM, and South Florida Consulting.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

"GUITAR: The Instrument that Rocked the World" Touring Exhibit at Orlando Science Museum

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The National GUITAR Museum announced that its touring exhibition, GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World will launch worldwide at the Orlando Science Center. The 5,000 square foot will explore the history and evolution of the guitar-from lutes and lyres to modern high-tech instruments-and show how the instrument became the cultural symbol it is today. It will be on display at the Science Center until September 11.

Read more at: GUITAR

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Orlando Smooth Jazz Station Sold

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GROSS COMMUNICATIONS has filed with the FCC that it has sold Smooth Jazz WLOQ/ORLANDO to TTB MEDIA CORP. for $8,037,000. TTB MEDIA has allayed itself to LINDEMANN CAPITAL, a group known to specialize in Spanish formats.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Blue Tuesdays at Boston's on the Beach in Delray Beach - Taking a pause for the cause..

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This just in from Famous Frank:

"Due to upcoming renovations at Bostons on the Beach beginning in early August, Blue Tuesday dates after 8/2 will be cancelled until the roughly the first week of November. 7/19 is the Jeff Prine group, 7/26 is the Nucklebusters with Otis Cadillac, and 8/2 (unless renovations have begun) is David Shelley and Bluestone. Thanks for supporting Blue Tuesday at Bostons on the Beach."

Could this be because the roof was finally, really, unhinged at the Red White & Blues Fest?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

South Florida Blues singer Clifford Hawkins dies at 81

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"In 2000, the band beat out 54 groups in Florida to represent Fort Lauderdale at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. During this time, Hawkins also sang Wednesday nights with the house band at the Poorhouse in Fort Lauderdale."

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Roots Music Report shows five Florida artists in top 30 blues chart this week

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TW LW Artist CD Title Label
See complete listing at:

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Jazz & Blues Florida - WWWBTW; Somethings old, somethings new, lots of things blue...

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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, July 10:
  • Blue Jean Blues, Fort Lauderdale:  Barb Van & Mike Orta Jazz Jam  (4-8pm) Come celebrate Barb's Birthday!
  • Earl’s Hideaway, Sebastian: Beautiful Bobby Blackmon
  • Van Dyke Upstairs, Miami Beach: Oriente
  • Harry's Seafood Bar & Grille, Ocala: Willie Green Special Benefit Show
  • 264 The Grill, Palm Beach: 7:30-10:30pm, Every Sun: Susan Merritt Trio Jazz Party & Jam.
  • Bank & Blues Club, Daytona Beach: Randall Bramblett Band
  • Big Easy, Hollywood: Piano Bob's 88s Trio w/Lou Abbott & Richie "Malf (1-5pm)
  • Web Listening Night: Gil Anthony's BLUES POWER, 6-11pm Central Time, at   
Monday, July 11: 
  • European Street Cafe Listening Room, Jacksonville: Scott-Steinmeyer Project
  • Gutter Lounge - New Liberty Lanes, Pensacola: Blues Society of Northwest Florida Presents Monday Blues Open Jam, 7:30-10:30pm
  • Mister Tony's, Palm Bay: Jazz Jam Every Monday: Hosted by guitarist Chuck Van Riper w/ pianist Carl Hendrix and bassist Ron Pirtle
Tuesday, July 12:
Wednesday, July 13:
  • Lee's Wine Bar, Tallahassee: Zach Bartholomew Trio
  • Top of the Bridge @ Boca Raton Bridge Hotel, Boca Raton: Jazz, Bossa & Blues Presents Michael Kennedy & Hal Roland
  • Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, Port St Lucie: Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society Jam.
  • PALLADIUM at St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg: Evening of Jazz with Kym Purling & Friends
  • Blue Jean Blues, Fort Lauderdale: xxx w/ Danny Burger 's Show case w/ Nicole Henry 
Thursday, July 14:
  • Last Call, Bradenton: Blues Jam hosted by RJ Howson
  • City Pub, Deerfield Beach: Jimmy Cavallo and The House Rockers
  • Miami Shores Country Club, Miami Shores: Joe Donato on Sax and featuring Mike Gerber on Piano.
  • South Shores Tavern & Patio Bar, Lake Worth: Blaize N Altar 
  • Abby's Cove, Satellite Beach: Jam With JQB at The Tiki Bar
  • Big Easy, Hollywood:  Bobby & The Renegades
Friday, July 15:
  • Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach: Martin Bejerano
  • Bradfordville Blues Club, Tallahassee:  Selwyn Birchwood
  • Back Room Blues Bar, Delray Beach: LowDown 13
  • Buckingham Blues Bar, Fort Myers: JP Soars & The Red Hots 
  • Upstairs, Lithia: Backwater Blues Band
  • Riptide Beachfront Hotel and Tiki Bar, Hollywood: Every Friday for Sunset: Eddy Balzola solo
  • Florida Keys Piano Bar & Cocktail Lounge, Melbourne: John Ryan
  • Brevard Museum of Art, Eau Gallie: Don Soledad
  • McWell's Restaurant & Bar, Orlando:  ZShowz Presents JP Soars & The Red Hots CD release party
  • Bodega Blue, Vero Beach: Ernie Southern
  • Guanabanas Restaurant, Jupiter: Bobby Lee Rogers
  • Blues Jean Blues, Ft. Lauderdale: Turk Mauro Quartet 
Saturday, July 16:
Sunday, July 17:
Monday, July 18:
  • New York Pizza & Pasta, North Naples: Expandable Jazz Band featuring Bob Zottola on Trumpet, Jerry Sawicki on Sax, John Lamb on Drums and Stu Shelton on keyboard
Tuesday, July 19:
  • Florida Cultural Alliance Starts Campaign for 2012 NEA Funding
  • Stu Grant announces new Sunday morning jazz program
  • B-Sharp's Jazz Cafe in Tallahassee closes doors
  • Bill Wahl's Jazz & Blues Report (July-August 2011)
  • Smokestack Lightnin’s Top 25 Blues CDs for June 2011
  • Blues Jean Blues Keeps the Jazz Light On for South Florida's Summer
  • BLUES POWER Top 30 For July 2011 
* New Listings:  
  • Brevard Museum of Art: 1463 Highland Avenue, Eau Gallie FL 32935 (321)242-0737 Jazz Friday, 5:30-7:30pm, $10, July 15: Don Soledad; Aug 19 Ron Texiera; Sept 16: Dan Wilborn Quartet; Oct 21: Kenny Clarke; Nov 18: Don Soledad; Dec 16: Hafer House Jazz
  • Lee's Wine Bar: 1700 N. Monroe St., Suite 19, Tallahassee, FL 32303 (850)692-3404 8-10pm, July 13: Zach Bartholomew Trio
  • Ale and the Witch: Tower Plaza Courtyard, 111 2nd Avenue Northeast, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (727)821-2533, 7-9pm , Every Sun: The Sunday Jazz Sessions w/ Sasha Tuck
  • Dixie Grill & Bar: 5101 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL 33405 (561)586-3189, 9-10pm, July 16: Route Bleu
  • B-Sharp's Jazz Café: 648 West Brevard Street Tallahassee, FL 32304 (850)681-2400
* New Florida Music:  Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots's LIT UP!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Florida Cultural Alliance Starts Campaign for Congress Maintaining 2012 NEA Funding

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Florida Cultural Alliance
July 7, 2011

U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee
Recommends Another Deep Cut -- $20 million -- to the 
National Endowment for the Arts

Your quick-and-easy action is requested NOW -- please go here to register your concern with Florida's U.S. Senators and your U.S. Representative.

Please share this alert with others.  We must demonstrate in large numbers to Florida's members of Congress that yet another deep cut of $20 million to the NEA will hurt Florida's economic recovery.  Another disproportionate cut to the NEA will result in more jobs lost; cuts or elimination of arts, arts education, and cultural programs throughout our state and other states; and less access to such programs for both residents and tourists.  Our creative industry is part of the solution, but our federal-government investment must be maintained to help leverage the required-NEA matching funds.  On average, each NEA dollar generates another $7 in matching funds from other private, state, and local sources.  

Status:  Today, the U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee approved a $20-million cut in funding to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for FY 2012. If this recommendation makes it through the budget process, it would be the deepest cut the NEA has received in 16 years.
This is just the start of the congressional budget process to develop a federal budget for FY 2012.  Congressional members must hear from you, me, and thousands of others NOW who understand that this NEA funding is already a modest investment of federal funds that helps preserve and create jobs and rebuild our economy throughout all the states.
Thank you for taking action on this alert -- your voice matters.

Many thanks to Americans for the Arts for making this alert accessible and easy for all of us to take action.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Stu Grant announces new Sunday morning jazz radio/internet show out of Miami

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Hi Friends,
Classical South Florida radio came in and made some changes to the former WXEL FM and I am gone. We had too much fun there for two and a half years...
Good news though; starting Sunday July 24th we'll begin THE SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH, 9 AM - 11 AM at  880AM, THE BIZ IN MIAMI which also streams at  WWW.880THEBIZ.COM. They have a strong signal that covers South Miami to Boca Raton.
Jazz Impressions is back w/ great jazz updates on who's in town, what's hot and the best of the genre!
stu grant
jazz host

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

B-Sharp's Jazz Cafe in Tallahassee closes doors...

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Byron Dobson: Supporting live music is more than lip service

Lamenting the loss of B Sharp's in Frenchtown

Written by
Byron Dobson at

"The news this week that B Sharp's Jazz Club had ended its run and was closing its doors caught me off guard. Through the pages of Limelight, I usually kept an eye out for who was playing at the Brevard Street club. I was impressed that the lineup often included noted jazz drummer Leon Anderson, trumpeter Scotty Barnhart, when he was in town, Bill Kennedy of Florida State's College of Music and on and on..."

Please follow this link for complete story:'s+jazz+cafe+closes&cd=57&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Bill Wahl's Jazz & Blues Report (July-August 2011) Posted

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Tiempo Libre, Elvin Bishop (including Terry Hanck) and Grady Champion are included in this excellent edition of his excellent publication, as well as reviews of some of Florida's favorite touring visitors!

Check it out at:

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Smokestack Lightnin’s Top 25 Blues CDs for June 2011

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(Show#0905– recorded 07/02/2011).

#25 David Gogo/The Changeling/Soul Bender/Cordova Bay
#24 Gina Sicilia/Crazy ‘Bout You Baby/Can’t Control Myself/Vizztone
#23 Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears/Livin’ In The Jungle/Scandalous/Lost Highway
#22 Joe Bonamassa/Slow Train/Dust Bowl/J&R Adventures
#21 Tommy Lee Cook/Grits & Groceries/Outside Looking In/self
#20 E.G. Kight-Tommy Talton/Married Man/Lip Service/Blue South
#19 Roy Gaines/Come Home/Tuxedo Blues/Black Gold
#18 Grady Champion/My Rooster Is King/Dreamin’/self
#17 Warren Haynes/Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday/Man In Motion/Stax
#16 Marcia Ball/Mule Headed Man/Roadside Attractions/Alligator
#15 Eric Bibb-Staffan Astner/New Home/Troubadore Live/Telarc
#14 Tab Benoit-Anders Osborne/Medicine/Medicine/Telarc
#13 Terry Hanck/I Keep On Holding On/Look Out!/Delta Groove
#12 Barry Levenson/Down The Hill/The Late Show/Rip Cat
#11 Johnny Rawls/Burning Bridges/Memphis Still Got Soul/Catfood
#10 Trampled Under Foot/Get It Straight/Wrong Side Of The Blues/TUF
#9 Rod Piazza & The Allmighty Flyers-Johnny Dyer/Loving Man/Almighty Dollar/Delta Groove
#8 Soul of John Black/My Brother/Good Thang!/Yellow Dog
#7 Shawn Pittman/Edge Of The World/Edge of The World/Delta Groove
#6 Tedeschi Trucks Band/Learn How To Love/Revelator/Sony
#5 Steve Miller Band/Can’t Be Satisfied/Let Your Hair Down/Roadrunner
#4 Elvin Bishop-John Nemeth/Fooled Around and Fell In Love/Raisin’ Hell Revue/Delta Groove
#3 Ruff Kutt Blues Band/Daddy Sang The Blues/Mill Block Blues/KMP
#2 Ronnie Baker Brooks/Make These Blues Survive/ Blues: A Living History-The Revolution Continues/Raisin
#1 Tommy Castro/Gotta Serve Somebody/The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue/Alligator

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Blues Jean Blues Keeps the Jazz Light On for South Florida’s Summer

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Hot but cool....
Sophisticated yet casual.......... 
Settle into this inviting spot with its exposed brick
walls, atmospheric lighting and cozy seating,
order your favorite cocktail, beer or wine, and
take in the sights and sounds of live jazz and blues
seven nights a week!


Featuring Stepanie Mair
Sunday, July 10th, 8-midnight

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Tony Martelli
Friday, July 15, 5-8pm
A wonderful evening of fun & music.

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Guys and Dolls Party
Thursday, August 25th 2011,  6pm - 2am
6-7pm Complimentary hors d'oeuvres
LIVE Music begins at 8pm with a tribute to Frank Sinatra.
Tonight vintage fashion is our passion!
Come dressed to impress!

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Weekend Breakfast
Looking for a new place to eat breakfast?
We are now serving delicious breakfast every
 Saturday and Sunday 8am-1pm.   
Thick French Toast
Western Omelettes
Eggs Benedict
Eggs Florentine
Bloody Marys and more......
(Mention Charlie from Jazz & Blues Florida and
recieve 1 FREE Coffee with each breakfast purchased!)

Fort Lauderdale's Jazz & Blues Club
LIVE Jazz & Blues 7 Days a Week  
3320 NE 33RD St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 (954)306-6330
Directions: From I-95 take
Oakland Park Blvd east
N. Ocean Blvd
left on
N. Ocean Blvd
two blocks, left on NE 33rd,
on left halfway down the block!

Wednesday - Sunday 
$6.95 LUNCH
Saturday - Sunday