Saturday, June 23, 2012

Sunshine Jazz Organization Presents SUNSHINE JAZZ at THE CALEB Featuring “Von Henry Express” Sunday July 8, 2012

Close your eyes and you’ll be taken back to the days when the royal ladies of jazz and blues – Ella, Sarah, Bessie and Billie – created the memorable recordings and performances that defined an entire era of music and American culture. The Sunshine Jazz Organization is proud to present multi-talented vocalist, Lavongia “Von” Henry, joined by her fabulous band mates as the Von Henry Express, on Sunday July 8th for the next installment of Sunshine Jazz at The Caleb, the SJO’s long running concert series.

Though relatively new on the performance scene, the South Florida native is blessed with abundant raw talent and has wisely spent the last ten years listening, learning and hanging out in the right places and with the right folks, including S. Florida Jazz Hall of Famer, Mel Dancy. She won rave reviews in the excellent play “Bessie’s Back in Town” (written and produced by Miamian, Barry Edelson), featured in the lead role as legendary Bessie Smith. An uncanny double, critics reported Von as “swinging brilliantly from raucous to weary blues, to old standards, to gospel and jazz”.

Von Henry Express features her frequent accompanist, veteran jazz guitarist-educator, Neil Bacher ( Ira Sullivan, Dolph and Tony Castellano, Stan Getz, Alice Day), and on July 8th will be joined by superb Miami musicians – bassist-educator Rick Doll (Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Red Rodney) and drummer Neil Rogers (Manfred Mann, Ronnie Scott’s house band).

Join China Valles and The SJO for another wonderful afternoon in celebration of South Florida’s amazing jazz talent. Sunday, July 8th, from 4:00pm-7:00pm at the Joseph Caleb Auditorium. Tickets $15.00 General Admission, Advance, Seniors & SJO Members; $10.00 groups of 10, and Students with ID; $20.00 at Door. Info: SJO (305)693-2594;; Caleb Box Office (305)636-2350. Joseph Caleb Auditorium
5400 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33142

The Sunshine Jazz Organization celebrates 25 years of Jazz Services!
SJO programs are produced with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

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