Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Florida Jazz Drummer Announces Novel Release

It's not just about jazz music and musicians.
It's a fantasy told from the point of view of the space
that reacts to the vibrations of sound that takes place
within it.
The reader will have to employ imagination and accept
the premise from a metaphysical standpoint that
THIS JAZZ ROOM communicates away from what is normal
and perceptible senses. It is the personification of the space.
It is cerainly captivated by the vibrations of the music in the space,
in addition to various tangible and abstract realities that are also
present there.

Available at Kindle:

By: Jeffrey Miller
The Drumset Player

He has over fifty years of experience playing the music.
He lives in West Palm Beach. He is a teacher with the
school district there and has a Masters Degree in Music Education.

University of Florida Performing Arts Brings International Stars to Gainesville in November

North Central Florida's Center of Music Culture -
University of Florida Performing Arts
November Concerts
November 7, 2012
Phillips Center
University of Florida
3201 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611  (800)905-2787 
All shows 7:30 pm. 

Nov 13, 14, 2012
Squitieri Theatre - University of Florida
3201 Hull Road (West Wing of the Phillips Center), 
Gainesville, FL 32611  (800)905-2787
All shows 7:30 pm. 

November 23, 2012
Chucho Valdés Quintet
University Auditorium - University of Florida
333 Newell Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611  (800)905-2787
All shows 7:30 pm

More Great Upcoming Shows

Phillips Center
Feb 22: Dark Star Orchestra
26: Creole Choir of Cuba
March 1: Lúnasa
20: Chick Corea and Béla Fleck
30: One Night of Queen – Performed by Gary Mullen and The Works
April 12: Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour: 55th Anniversary

Squitieri Theatre
 Feb 2, 3 (2pm): Good Lovelies
March 21: David Holt and Josh Goforth.

University Auditorium
Jan 25: Steve Wilson & Wilsonian’s Grain
Feb 1: California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio
16: LIVE AT BIRDLAND: Featuring the Birdland Big Band, 
directed by Tommy Igoe
March 3 (2pm): Apollo’s Fire 'Come to the River"
24: John Williams and John Etheridge
April 20: Al Stewart
27: NINETY MILES featuring 
Stefon Harris, Nicholas Payton & David Sanchez.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues Announces November Florida Tour

Bluesman Extraordinaire,
 to make Florida Swing in November!

Do NOT MISS seeing this 
when he comes through your town.
Do not miss reading about him and his new
release as the feature article in the 
November edition of Jazz & Blues Florida
to be posted on the 1st of November at:

November 10 & 11, 2012
 21 Via de Luna, Pensacola Beach FL 32561 (850)916-5087

November 14, 2012
 997 N Highway A1A, Jupiter, FL 33477  (561)747-8878 

November 15 & 16, 2012
99530 Overseas Highway, Key Largo , FL 33037 (305)451-4885

November 17, 2012
German American Social Club: 2101 SW Pine Island Road (State Route 78), Cape Coral Florida 33991 . Adult Tickets are a $15 donation in Advance (OR) $20 at the Gate - Kids 11 and Under are Free with a Paid Adult. Gates 11am, Nov 17 (rain date 11/18): Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues; Shaun Murphy Band, Too Slim and The Taildraggers, Albert Castiglia, Deb & The Dynamics, Reverend Raven and The Chain Smokin' Alter Boys Featuring Madison Slim, Screamin' and Cryin'.

See you there!

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Swing & Jazz Preservation Society 2012-2013 Season Announced

Jimmy Cavallo to kick off Swing
& Jazz Preservation Society Season
 2012/2013 Concert Season

All performances are in our 1500 seat venue at the
Spanish River Performing Arts Center
2400 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431
(Southeast corner of Yamato Road
and St. Andrews Blvd.)

November 15, 2012
Jimmy Cavallo Octet. Very few tenor sax players are artists and showmen like Jimmy. You keep asking us to bring him back. His energy, and great sounds are a treat. Jimmy enjoys singing favorites made famous by Frank Sinatra and Louis Prima, backed by his talented sidemen.

December 13, 2012
The John Branzer Big Band, featuring John and his superb trumpet playing arrangements of the Harry James Band and other leaders of those wonderful big band days.

January 17, 2013
Bill Prince, a talented and versatile musician brings his group in to entertain. Bill plays most every instrument ever made. The group will play songs made famous by Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong and others. An evening of fun-filled music and singing.

February 21, 2013
Gary Farr and his 16 piece All-Star Band. Piano maestro Farr provides a wide variety of musical genres, from party music, a touch of Rock & Roll, Motown, Disco and a dash of Latin spice. Vocalists Matt Farr and Danielle Natividad add to the variety of this evening's concert.

March 21, 2013
Today's Four Aces will sing the songs the original Four Aces made so popular; tunes like Tell Me Why, Love is a Many Splendored Thing, and others.
The Sid Parker Big Band and vocalist Lisanne Lyons will be here to swing out with a musical tribute to Count Basie. This will be a swingin' night!

April 18, 2013
The George Carroll Big Band will close out this season. George, an outstanding jazz pianist/singer and award winning composer brings his fine group of musicians to entertain. George was inspired by bandleader and visionary, Thad Jones and has fashioned his band in that vernacular. "Music is my engine," says George. 

Tickets available by subscription at:

For more information, call:  (561) 499-9976

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Blue Tuesday at Boston’s on the Beach – Where else? Frank has Nov & Dec COVERED!

Blue Tuesdays are
Boston’s on the Beach
w/ Famous Frank

Boston’s on the Beach
40 South Ocean Blvd (A1A)
Delray Beach FL 33483

9pm Sharp, Cover $5-$10

More Great Upcoming Shows!

November 6: Selwyn Birchwood

November 13: Betty Fox Blues Band

November 20: Famous Frank's Birthday Bash

November 27: Terry Hanck with his California Band

December 4: Damon Fowler Group

December 11: Albert Castiglia

December 18: Mike Zito

December 25: Rockin' Jake

January 1, 2013: Bryan Lee and the Bluespower Band

January 8: Southern Hospitality

January 15: Nico Wayne Toussaint

January 22: Gina Sicillia with Dave Gross

January 29: Mitch Woods

Febuary 19: Joe Moss

Always a great time.
Every Sun: Grateful Dead Night (7pm)
Every Mon Reggae Night (10pm)
Every Thur Classic Rock Night (9pm)
And other great music throughout the week.

Come early for a fantastic ocean-view
dinning experience upstairs at Ocean 50.
Luxurious setting and a spectacular view with
the finest food & service.

Samm Mapp live at Brits, Bubbles and Books at Four Arts in Palm Beach

The Four Arts King Library
invites you to
Brits, Bubbles and Books
Friday, November 2 at 5:30
2 Four Arts Plaza
Palm Beach, FL 33480
Featuring Jazz Vocalist
Samm Mapp
performing sultry standards from
Porter, Gershwin, Monk, Ellington and
Fitzgerald as well as British singers
Petula Clark and LuLu

Friday, November 2, 2012, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Wine tasting provided by

Lite Bites provided by
C’est si Bon and Bush Brothers

Special appearances from
The Bethesda by the Sea Beefeaters

Book signing with Annie Falk,
author of “Palm Beach Entertaining
plus the opportunity to purchase from the
King Library’s selection of rare and
donated books, DVDs and other library treasures
before the sale opens to the public the
following morning.

Tickets are $30. Call (561) 655-2766
or visit
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Fort Lauderdale Day of the Dead Skeleton Processional - Invitation to get your Kazoos out!

Dear friends,
Come join our Kazoo and Drum Corps for the Third Annual Fort Lauderdale Day of the Dead Skeleton Processional in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Friday, November 2!

All you need to participate is a kazoo, drum or percussion, and the ability to walk while playing some fun, simple, upbeat Mexican and Latin tunes like La Bamba, La Cucaracha and Guantanamera.

To participate in the Kazoo and Drum Corps, please contact me at for all info.

This will be a very fun event, stepping off at Fort Lauderdale's Museum of Art Friday at 6:15 PM, and culminating at FAT Village Arts District, where there will be margaritas and treats for all marchers, and special Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos exhibits and events throughout the entire FAT Arts Village District from 6 - 11 PM, including a free concert all night at the Boneyard Bandstand, Circus Basura, live body painting, mask making and Mexican food trucks. You can park at the Museum, and catch a free shuttle to your car from FAT any time during the evening.

Non-kazoo players are welcome to join the Processional as well. It's a family-friendly parade with giant puppets, a mariachi band, mini parade floats created by kids, our Kazoo and Drum Corps, and lots more! Just show up at MoAFL at 5 PM on Friday, or come early for the DOTD craft workshops at the Museum! For more info on all Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos events and activities on November 2 and the preview day October 27, please visit

Here's the Facebook event page:

Please share this info with anyone you think would be interested, and I look forward to hearing from all you kazoo and drum players!

Best from the nest,
Laura Sue

Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues goes PRO!

Zephyrhills Annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues
Now a Florida State Championship BBQ Contest

Zephyrhills, FL (October 29, 2012)The Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce Signature Event - Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues festival – has experienced three consecutive years of growth and positive returns to the local community. Going in to the 3rd Annual event held last Saturday, organizers received a formal proclamation from Florida State Representative and Speaker Designee Will Weatherford declaring BBQ & Blues a State Championship Barbecue Contest.

There are only approximately 20 BBQ contests in the State of Florida – including Kansas City BBQ Society and Florida BBQ Association sanctioned contests – that carry this distinction. The news brought smiles to the weary faces of organizers who had battled rain showers and gusty winds during venue prep Thursday and Friday. The news was received with cheers from cook-off teams at Friday night’s Team Meeting. Pros in for the weekend’s competition knew the ante had just been upped. The Grand Champion of a State Championship BBQ contest receives a draw for the granddaddy contest of them all – the Jack Daniels World Championships held in Lynchburg, TN, and this year’s Pro division contest was now a qualifier for the draw.

“This is a huge boost for us and we are humbled and grateful to Florida House Speaker Designee Will Weatherford for supporting our community,” said executive director Vonnie Mikkelsen. The good news couldn’t have come at a better time. “We have such an overwhelming number of community partners, supporters, and volunteers that help make this event happen. It was only a little over two years ago that we were talking about just a “little” idea.  This tribute is for all of those who have believed in us from the beginning. I am so thrilled to put this in their hand!”

Participation and attendance at this year’s event brought in an estimated 5,000 people, and another 20% increase in overall participation over last year.

Proceeds from the event benefit services selected local youth and education programs and a number of community services and programs sponsored by the chamber.

Results from Saturday’s Competition:
GRAND CHAMPION: Swamp Boys (Winter Haven, FL)
RESERVE CHAMPION: Big Papa’s Country Kitchen (Naples, FL)
GRAND CHAMPION: Bettern Store Bot (Bushnell, FL)
Bahr’s Smokin’ Butts (Zephyrhills, FL) was selected “The People’s Choice” for all around favorite team.
For a complete list of contest results, contact the chamber office:
(813) 782-1913 or

The Zephyrhills 3rd Annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ and Blues Fest is brought to you by the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce in Partnership with The Tampa Tribune/ Channel 8 and Nestle Waters/Zephyrhills Natural Spring Water as well as a number of fine community-minded businesses.
The Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based association of businesses, organizations and individuals working together to preserve and continually enhance the quality of life in the community of Zephyrhills and surrounding area of East Pasco County. We promote a vibrant and active business climate supporting economic growth through leadership and active involvement by our membership.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

All That Jazz - Photo Exhibit of Jazz Legends at Miramar Cultural Center | ArtsPark

Featuring the photographs by William Gottlieb, 
Herman Leonard and Jerry Stoll, 
some of the genre’s best known photographers.

Miramar Cultural Center | ArtsPark

2400 Civic Center Place
Miramar, FL  33025
Jazz Legends exhibition partially underwritten by
Photo Credit
William P. Gottlieb (American, 1917-2006) Portrait of Billie Holiday, Downbeat, New York, NY, c. Feb. 1947 
Digital print from high resolution scan of 4 x 5 inch black and white negative William P. Gottlieb Collection, Library of Congress

And All That Jazz by Allen Kanovsky

And All That JAZZ,  written by Allen Kanovsky and recited live, 
Jazzonian Youth event 10/27/2012

I've been hanging out, listening to JAZZ since way back in the day.
In hip joints, clip joints and even get a grip joints.
Coast to coast, even abroad.
Europe, Asia, Central and Sur America.
They share a commonality where ever they may be
The acoustics suck, the bartenders should be driving trucks.
The only thing that keeps you coming back is the music,
and All That JAZZ

Talk "Dixie, "Swing", "Blues", "Bop" and "Fusion"
Saxophones, Trombones, Trumpets, Pianos Bass, Drums and Guitars
Duos, Trios and sometimes Quartets, Quintets, Sextets, Septets and even Octets
and All That JAZZ

Open that door, blindfolded, I mean worldwide, and you will be able to find the bar,
 or tables or the men's room. They look alike and most of the time they smell alike.
You're not there for the ambiance. You're there for the music
and All That JAZZ

There's an exotic tone to a soprano sax, an almost sexy tone to the tenors and
trumpets jumping in with alacrity. The rhythm section, piano, bass, drums and guitar
sometimes match your heartbeat.

Where did it start? Who started it? When? Why?
No one cares, except historians. All of us are here for the music
and All That Jazz.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Reverend Raven & The Chain Smoking Altar Boys Announce November Florida Tour

CLASSIC Chicago Blues!

THU NOV 01, 2012 06:00 PM
The Rockstar Lounge in Lake City, FL

FRI NOV 02, 2012 08:30 PM
Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee, FL

SAT NOV 03, 2012 08:00 PM
Freddie Rebel's in Naples, FL

SUN NOV 04, 2012 02:00 PM & MON NOV 05, 07:00 PM
Bert's Bar & Grill in Matlacha, FL

TUE NOV 06, 2012 06:00 PM & WED NOV 07 06:00 PM
Gatorz Bar & Grill in Port Charlotte, FL

THU NOV 08, 2012 06:00 PM & FRI NOV 09, 2012 06:00 PM
Mangrove Mama's in Sugar Loaf, FL

SUN NOV 11, 2012 2-6 PM
Earl's Hideaway Lounge in Sebastian, FL 

THU NOV 15, 2012 09:00 PM
The Dive Bar in Fort Lauderdale, FL

FRI NOV 16, 2012 08:00 PM
The Little Bar Restaurant in Goodland, FL

SAT NOV 17, 2012 01:00 PM
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Pick one from column A - regardless of which you pick, you are always a winner w/ Al Kanovsky's recommendations

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 10/27/12

I actually feel good about certain dilemmas. Especially when it comes to choices of who am I going to listen to on a given night. Friday night proved tha JAZZ is alive and well in South Florida. Miami had the Nice/Miami JAZZ Festival and Boca Rotan had Melton Mustafa's CD release party at Art's Garage. Rick Katz opted for Miami, I chose Boca. 

If you like to hear your JAZZ undisturbed by idle chatter, then the Garage is a good choice. There is an admission charge, with your choice of seating. The audience is generally mixed as far as age is concerned but leaning somewhat to the mature(meaning as old as my  kids). They are also "hip", remaining silent while there is music, applauding at the appropriate times and appreciative of the JAZZ genres from Dixie to Boogie Woogie, swing, be-bop and as illustrated Friday night a bit of avant-garde.

Melton looked and sounded great, although a little unhappy about his choice of mouthpieces for this evening. He fronted a band that was diverse, when it comes to age, as it possibly could be, ranging from Dolf Castellano(piano) age???? to Sean Divito(tenor sax) 18. Chad Bernstein(trombone) late 20's(a guess), Leon Foster-Thomas, a famed steel pan artist but playing drums tonight---probably near 40, Curtis Lundy(bass) mid-30s and Melton(trumpet),ageless. His brother Jesse Jones Jr. helped out a bit on alto and scat vocals. I don't know which is the eldest and won't ask because I'll never get the truth from either one.

The program consisted of mainly Melton's original compositions and charts. There were a couple of standards thrown in--ByeBye Blackbird, an impassioned avant-garde version of "Summertime" and also some popular be-bop riffs. My choice proved itself to be a good one. I was happy to see Melton looking (although a bit bushier) and sounding like Melton again.

Charlie Boyers party at BJB's Sunday afternoon 4-7 and most important MJC's Rent Party at the Stage Monday 8PM. As my kids would say---"Be there or be square"  Tappin' and Clappin' and missing her.


The 16th Annual Maple Blues Awards Nominees:

Entertainer Of The Year
Colin James
Matt Andersen
Shakura S'Aida
Steve Strongman

Electric Act Of The Year
Anthony Gomes
Paul Reddick
Steve Strongman

Acoustic Act Of The Year
Harrison Kennedy
Michael Jerome Browne
Ray Bonneville
Steve Strongman
Suzie Vinnick

Male Vocalist Of The Year
Chuck Jackson
Harrison Kennedy
Matt Andersen
Paul Reddick
Steve Marriner

Female Vocalist Of The Year
Dawn Tyler Watson
Nanette Workman
Shakura S'Aida
Suzie Vinnick
Treasa Levasseur      

New Artist Or Group Of The Year
Ben Racine
Boogie Patrol
Conor Gains Band
Steve Kozak
The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer

Recording/Producer Of The Year
"A Natural Fact" Steve Strongman (Independent) Producer - Rob Szabo
 "Checkered Past" The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer (Independent) Producers - Matthew Rogers & Shawn Hall
"Time" Shakura S'Aida (Electro-Fi) Producers - Shakura S'Aida, Howard Ayee
"Broad" Treasa Levasseur (Slim Chicken), Producers - Treasa Levasseur, Ken Whiteley, Steve Marriner, Terry Wilkins
"Wishbone" Paul Reddick (Independent) Producer - Colin Cripps

Guitarist Of The Year
David Gogo
Garrett Mason
Kevin Breit
Steve Strongman
Teddy Leonard 

Harmonica Player Of The Year
Carlos del Junco
David Hoerl 
Guy Bélanger
Paul Reddick
Steve Marriner 

Piano/Keyboard Player Of The Year
David Vest
Julian Fauth
Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne
Lance Anderson
Michael Fonfara

Horn Player Of The Year
Al Lerman
Chris Whiteley
Frank Thiffault (Ben Racine)
Jon Wong  
Pat Carey 

Drummer Of The Year
Bucky Berger 
Chris Nordquist
Matt Sobb (MonkeyJunk)
Sam Harrisson  (Paul Deslauriers Band / Dawn Tyler Blues Project)
Tom Bona 

Bassist Of The Year
Alec Fraser
Gary Kendall 
Omar Tunnoch 
Stephen Barry
Terry Wilkins 

Songwriter Of The Year
Julian Fauth
Paul Reddick
Shakura S'Aida & Donna Grantis
Steve Strongman
Treasa Levasseur

Hosted by Toronto actor and blues musician Raoul Bhaneja, The Maple Blues Awards are taking place at Koerner Hall in Toronto on January 21th, 2013.
Voting is open from Midnight NDT October 27th, 2012, through Midnight PST December 8th, 2012. Blues fans can cast their votes online at
Tickets for the Maple Blues Awards, held at the Royal Conservatory's Koerner Hall in Toronto, are on sale now for $35 - $65 and can be purchased at The Weston Family Box Office, located in The Royal Conservatory building at 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto or online at

Friday, October 26, 2012

South Florida Jazz Orchestra to Open Jazz at Pinecrest Gardens Series Saturday, Oct 27, 2012

Banyan Bowl at Pinecrest Gardens
11000 SW 57th Ave, Pinecrest Fl 33156
Gates 6:30pm, Show 8pm, $20 & $25,
For Tickets call 1-877-496-8499
Or Click here 

Upcoming shows

November 10, 2012
Spam Allstars

November 17, 2012
Clifton Heights Jazz Project

December 8, 2012
Rodrizguez Brothers

January 26, 2012
Maria Rivas

February 9, 2012
Mad Romance

March 16, 2012
Ed Calle Big Band

April 13, 2012
Marlow Rosado

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton to Present Special Concerts w/ Muldaur, Fowler & Joyner

w/ Special Guest, Sista Marybeth
Saturday, October 27, 2012 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Saturday, November 3, 2012
303 SE Mizner Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432    (561)395-2929
Open 7 days, Full Dinner menu.

November Shows
1: The Resolvers
2: Damon Fowler with Special Guests The Fabulous Fleetwoods
3: Jackiem Joyner
6: Rosco Martinez & Friends
7: Breeze
8: The Resolvers
9: Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers with Special Guests JP Soars & The Red Hots
10: Bonerama
13: Rosco Martinez & Friends
14: Breeze
15: The Resolvers
16: Galos Tribute To Santana
17: The Lee Boys Album Realease Party with Special Guest Teri Catlin
20: Rosco Martinez & Friends
21: Pre Thanksgiving Musical Feast Featuring Reflections
23: Valerie Tyson
24: Crazy Fingers
27: Rosco Martinez & Friends
28: Breeze
29: The Resolvers
30: David Shelley & Bluestone

December Shows
1: Shane Dwight & Special Guests The Bart Walker Band
4: Rosco Martinez & Friends
5: Breeze
6: The Resolvers
8: Otis Cadillac
11: Rosco Martinez & Friends
12: Breeze
13: Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band with Special Guests The Resolvers
14: Funky Biscuit Christmas Party with Valerie Tyson
15: Mike Zito with Special Guests David Shelley & Bluestone
18: Rosco Martinez & Friends
19: Breeze
20: The Resolvers
25: Closed Christmas
26: Breeze
28: Albert Castillia
31: New Years Eve with Crazy Fingers