Friday, November 30, 2012

Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Society Celebrates the Holidays with Music!

Ending the Year
on a High Note!


Sunday Jazz Brunch
Gator Trace Golf & Country Club
4302 Gator Trace Drive, Fort Pierce FL 34982 (772)464-0407  
$13.95, Reservations (772)464-7442
1–4pm, Dec 9, 2012

Holiday Fling & Ring a Ding Ding w/
Big Band Swing
Endless Summer Winery
4200 Johnston Rd, Ft. Pierce FL 34951 (772)460-0500
7-10pm, Dec 19, 2012
FDO Big Band, $13/$15
 tickets at (772)460-5299

Tuesday Jazz Jam
Dec 4: Jazz Jam ($5)
Dec 11: Jazz Jam to Benefit
Harvest Food & Outreach Center, $8
Dec 18: Jazz Jam w/
Jim Hayward and Steve Ahern, $8
Jan 1, 2013: Norm Kubrin presents
 the Great American Songbook, $10
Black Box Theatre
at the Sunrise Theatre
117 S. 2nd Street
Fort Pierce, FL
Cash bar open.
Refreshments & snacks available.

Wednesday Jazz Jam
Wednesday Jazz Jams will be held:
Dec. 12, 26, 2012 - 6:30-9:30pm
$3 Cover
Port St Lucie Botanical Gardens
2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd.
Port St Lucie, FL 34952

The Jazz Market
Every Sat, 8:30am-12:30pm
w/ Live Jazz at the Gazebo 9am-noon
the first Saturday of each month.
Ft. Pierce Marina
Melody Lane, Downtown
Ft. Pierce FL 34950

Save the Date(s)!
1st Annual Fort Pierce Jazz & Blues Festival
March 24-29, 2013 
Artists & schedule TBA.

NEED MORE INFO? 772-460-JAZZ (5299)

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Invitation to Celebrate Jaco & Ingrid Pastorius

Coming together with music, art, expression & joy.

December 2, 2012
Native Florida Tap Room & Music Hall:
2006 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, FL 33020 (754)234-3865 
Doors 5pm, 
Alley Allstars w/
Julius Pastorius
Albert Castiglia. 
Randy Bernsen
Bobby Thomas Jr.
Colin James
Way of the Groove
Eddy Balzola
Robdrigo Zembrano
John Bendy
Irene Medoza
David Shelley 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tigertail presents Top European Jazz Artists in Coral Gables Dec 11, 2012

Tigertail Presents
"Eric Vloeimans has emerged as a trumpeter with
uncommon instincts, relentless lyricism and an
astute ear for musical partnerships. Eric and Florian
perform works from their recent CD Live at the
Concertgebouw, a sublime work of
understated power."

"... Vloeimans and Weber share a bond that
transcends simply interpreting the written page...
Live at The Concertgebouw, the trumpeter's
first-recorded encounter with German pianist
Florian Weber, the future is looking
more than fine."
– All About Jazz John Kelman

 Tuesday, December 11, 2012  8:00 pm
One night only!
Coral Gables Congregational Church
3010 DeSoto Blvd. Coral Gables FL 33134 

$25 General Admission
Tickets by phone (305)324 4337,
 or online HERE
or at the door.

Tigertail’s 2012-13 Season’s Events

WordSpeak, Spoken Word for Teens
Book Launch and Reading
Thursday, December 27, 2012, 8:00 pm, free

SpeakOut – Tigertail's Gay & Lesbian Teen Spoken Word Project
Regie Cabico, Workshops and Performance
Friday, January 18, 2013, free

Dance, Conversation, Concerts and Film
Friday & Saturday, February 1 & 2, 2013, 8:30 pm

Tatsuya Nakatani
Percussion Solo & Nakatani Gong Orchestra
Saturday, February 23, 8:30 pm

WordSpeak – Tigertail's Teen Spoken Word Project
Dasha Kelly, Workshops and Performance
Friday, March 8, 8:00 pm, free

Niicugni, Emily Johnson/Catalyst, Dance and Live Music
Dance work by Emily Johnson influenced by
 her Alaskan Indian heritage.
Friday & Saturday, March 22 & 23, 8:30 pm

Tigertail, A South Florida Annual: Sunstruck Matches
Book Launch and Reading
Wednesday, April 3, 8:00 pm, free

Compagnie Marie Chouinard
Internationally Renowned Dance Company from Montreal, Canada
Friday & Saturday, April 12 & 13, 8:30 pm

Tigertail Annual Fundraiser
The Return of Wigout
Saturday, May 18, 2013

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a sawbuck-$10 bill - Al goes to MIAMIPAX and bucks the $35/show tix price trend...

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 11/29/12

A $10 bill was, and maybe still is, called a "sawbuck" in the neighborhood where I grew up. Twenty dollars was a "double sawbuck" or "dubby". A $10 bill went a long way back then. Not anymore. It'll get you in and out of a Starbucks, maybe 1 and a 1/2 times. If you take a kid to Mickey D's and you want to eat as well, there goes your "Sawbuck". Last night, except for a night in Hong Kong(circa 1954) I enjoyed my spending of a $10 bill more than any time else in my more than 80 years. Why was that, you ask? The music, of course. At PAX(Performing Artists Exchange) there was a performance by two bands. The first was the Miami Saxophone Quartet. Four saxists who made themselves sound like forty. Just to drop a name here and there. Ed Calle, Gary Keller, Gary Lindsay, Mike Pignola. Uh huh. Just sat back to listen and absorb the sounds. Suddenly, I hear a tune that brings back childhood memories. "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star". You gotta be kiddin'me! I ain't kiddin'. And I'm mouthing the words. The quartet did "Twinkle" in 4 movements. Basic, Swing, Bop and what might be called fusion. At the end I was scatting to myself. They followed with a Calle composition titled "Iberian Suite" in 3 movements. The first set in the style of Rhumba, followed with a Bolero-like tempo and finishing with a flamenco flavored line inspired by the "running of the bulls" in Pomplano. That's when I started to feel the "tenner" was well spent, but it didn't end there. In the spirit of the Holiday they did "Winter Wonderland". Their rendition should be titled "Woodwind Wonderland". The first set ended with another Calle original called "Rice and Beans" done in the traditional 3/2.

Following but by no means second was Bryan Lynch and his band made up of students from UM's Frost School. The players included Neil Carson(tenor sax), Mike Baroso(congas), Johnathan Hulett(drums), Chris Croce(bass), Jerry Hall(trumpet), Steve Silvano(piano) and Jake Sharper(trombone). OMG.

Incredibly dynamic solos by each of them kept me tappin' and clappin'. Interesting to me was that when Brian soloed his eyes would go skyward, revealing mostly the whites. When each of the youngsters soloed they closed their eyes. I wondered if Brian was looking toward the Angel Gabriel for inspiration and the youngsters were looking into the unknown. It is heartening to me to hear young players keeping our music alive and well. Additionally, I think that this was the first time, since my arrival in Florida that I was the oldest (by at least 30 years) member of the listening audience. The 2 groups united for the finale, playing "Night in Tunisia" and encored with Coltrane's "Giant Steps" An evening and a "sawbuck" very well spent!!  

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Maceo Parker And Candy Dulfer Headline December JAZZ ROOTS In Miami

Friday, December 14 @ 8pm
Starring Maceo Parker & Candy Dulfer

Since he climbed on board the James Brown
funky  soul train, Maceo Parker has become recognized as
one of the early pioneers of the modern funk and hip-hop
we now today. Parker’s funk empire is fresh and stylistically
diverse as he navigates deftly between James Brown's
1960s soul and George Clinton's 1970s funk while
exploring modern jazz and hip-hop.

Defining her own brand of jazz is the Grammy nominated
 genre-crossing saxophonist Candy Dulfer, whose solo
debut album Saxuality sold more than a million copies
worldwide. The globe-trotting Dulfer has performed with
such notable artists as Aretha Franklin, Marcus Miller,
and Chaka Khan.

Upcoming Series Performances

Jazz and the Philharmonic
Jan 11, 2013
Bobby McFerrin
Dave Grusin
Eric Owens
Terence Blanchard
Mark O'Connor
Shelly Berg
The University of Miami Frost School of Music -
 Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra
Musicians of YoungArts
Presented with the Frost School of Music and YoungArts

Monk & Coltrane
Feb 15, 2013
T.S. Monk
Nnenna Freelon
Kevin Mahogany
Ernie Watts Quartet

CUBOP – Celebrating Diz & Chano
Mar 22, 2013
Paquito D'Rivera
Jon Faddis
Giovanni Hidalgo
Dave Samuels
Florida International University
Jazz Big Band

Generation Next: Piano
Apr 12, 2013
Hiromi: The Trio Project
Gerald Clayton Trio

JAZZ ROOTS: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series is presented by TotalBank, a subsidiary of Banco Popular Espanol, S.A.; WPBT Channel 2, WLRN 91.3 FM are media sponsors of JAZZ ROOTS. The JAZZ ROOTS series is also sponsored in part by Steinway & Sons, the official piano of the Adrienne Arsht Center.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
of Miami-Dade County, Inc.
 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami FL 33132
Administrative Offices (786) 468-2000
Box Office (305) 949-6722

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Risky business - Al provides assurance, not insurance...

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 11/27/12

Think about it for a minute! Life itself is a risky business. Often times we avoid taking "chances". Hey, we all take some chances. Putting your key in the ignition and driving around the southland is taking a chance. Kissing a pretty gal is "Taking A Chance on Love". Drawing to 14 is taking a chance. Betting a long shot or the "Hard 8" is taking a chance.  Choosing music, especially JAZZ, is very risky. But where would the genre be today if Dizzy, Charlie, Miles and Thelonius didn't take those "chances". Last night at the MJC's Rent Party a quartet of young musicians stepped up to the bandstand at the Stage and did what pioneers do. They looked ahead. David Fernandez(tenor sax) fronted the group with Dave Seigel(keyboard) Josh Allen(bass) and Rudolfo Zuniga(drums). The whole set was made up of original tunes composed by David.
Clever titles like "Premature Articulation" and "3/2,2/3" give you a clue as to where this group is musically. Yes, you have to pay attention but when you do, you hear innovative phrasing, chord changes, riffs and at the risk of repeating myself, articulation, by the entire band. David was kind enough to explain to me that "3/2,2/3" is what they call "claves". Like the percussion instrument but in this sense meaning the basis from which all the rest of the rhythms of the tune emanate. Yeah, I know--too much info for daylight. The Jam followed the quartets set. It was kicked off by the legendary Mel Dancy playing the keyboard and singing in that inimitable style. Jim Gasior(keys), Gary Keller(sax), Hannah(sax) several drummers whose names I did not catch, Julian Vick(keys) and Felipe Almandigo(tenor sax) all got up to play. Steve(who I mentioned yesterday) did an inspired vocal of  "Lullaby of Birdland" with other Jammers joining in doing solos. The evening ended with most of the players on stage and blowing, man, just blowing. You are never too young or too old, to listen and learn!!!!  

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Legendary Blues Rock Guitarist 
Joe Bonamassa
is On Tour Now and
will be Performing 6 Shows
in Florida December of 2012

Award-winning blues rock star, guitar hero and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa and his ace touring band will performing 6 concerts in the state of Florida.
Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Orlando, 
Melbourne, Ft. Lauderdale & Ft. Myers

This tour is in support of his latest Studio album Driving Towards The Daylight which made its chart debut at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart.
NINE albums debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart.
Joe's new album is getting rave reviews: calls it "nothing less than astounding."  
American Songwriter ranks Bonamassa "among our greatest living guitar players."
The Sun calls Bonamassa's playing "jawdropping"
The Orange County Register’s Ben Wener raved, “I haven’t seen anything so dazzling since Steve Ray Vaughan at the Wiltern in ’86.”

Bonamassa has become a household name for PBS and Palladia viewers
with the DVD releases of Beacon Theatre and 2009’s TV hit Live From The Royal Albert Hall.


Friday, December 7th, 2012
Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center
Tallahassee, FL

Sunday, December 9th, 2012
The Florida Theatre
Jacksonville, FL

Monday, December 10th , 2012
Bob Carr Performing Arts Center
Orlando, FL

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
King Center for the Performing Arts
Melbourne, FL

Thursday, December 13th, 2012
Hard Rock Live
Hollywood, FL

Saturday, December 15th, 2012
Germain Arena
Estero, FL

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Jazz lecture and classes announced for Sarasota

FREE lecture on Duke Ellington Presented by Henry Ettman
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2:30-4 pm. at Plymouth Harbor, 700 John Ringling Boulevard  Sarasota, FL 34236, 
(941) 365-2600
Using lots of archival material, rare videos and recordings, we'll take a look at where Ellington's unique style came from, and how he influenced big band jazz that followed.  This will give you an idea of how my upcoming classes on "Legacies of the Great Jazz Pianists, Bassists and Drummers", and "Legacies of the Great Jazz Trumpeters, Trombonists, Saxophonists and Clarinetists" will be structured.

Call or e-mail Plymouth Harbor to RSVP at (941)361-7252  or e-mail

Pierian Spring classes on great solo performers of jazz will take place on Wednesdays from 2:30-
4:30 starting January 9, and will feature some very, very special guests who will demonstrate how their instrument is used in jazz.   Space is limited for these, so sign up now at  The classes will meet at Argosy University, 17th & Honore in Sarasota.  A "very special guests" will be piano legend Dick Hyman!

My Longboat Education Center class this season will also be VERY special.  We'll talk about "Paradigm Shifters", and each meeting will go into great depth on ONE major jazz artist or band that completely altered the path of jazz.  This is an entirely new class, and it was agonizing to settle on just FOUR artists!  Two will be very popular figures, Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker, but the other two are the "wild cards": bandleaders Paul Whiteman and Fletcher Henderson. This class will meet on four Thursday afternoons from 3-4:30 at the Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key FL 34228.

For additional info, contact:
Henry Ettman

Sunday afternoon choices - Al's are plethoric...

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 11/26/12

Decisions--Decisions--Decisions--Football on the box?--Barbara Vann's Jam at BJB's?--Later on--more football on the box?--Maria Rivas at BJB's?--It's easy. Modern technology dictates that you can record the games. If you record JAZZ live, it is no longer live. Listen live or let the box suck your brain into its gleaming HD 55 or 63 or 72 inch screen. Easy choice. Live JAZZ wins hands down and odds on.
The Jam starts with Barbara (as hostess) on vocals, Dave Williams(piano), Guisseppe Pucci (drums) and Linc Lackey(bass guitar/vocals). After a couple of tunes they start inviting visiting musicians to the stage. A young serviceman named David was first up playing trumpet and as always it is encouraging to me to listen to very young, talented musicians whose interest is JAZZ. Steve, a really creative JAZZ vocalist followed and did a great call and respond with Pucci on the drum side. Plenty of musicians in the house soon joined in including Ricky Williams (piano/vocals) and the entertaining Bobby Reynolds (piano/vocals/flugelhorn). The Jam concluded with Barbara's traditional closing song "Amazing Grace" with Bobby and David playing under her vocal.
The featured Sunday diva was Maria Rivas. Her name should be in all "caps". This night she had The Mob as back-up. The MOB you say? Yes!
Murphy (Brian), Ousley (Jamie), Burger (Danny). Piano, bass and drums respectively. Maria made everyone happy that they chose live JAZZ over football on TV. During the course of the evening she dedicated two songs to my late partner, Flo Eisenberg. One was "We'll Be Together Again" the other "Alfonsina y el Mar", a beautifully serene Argentinean poets story. "Alfonsina" is also a track on Jamie’s "Sea of Voices" CD. Maria did another Chet Baker favorite "My Funny Valentine". Maria is also a talented painter and has a story telling portrait of Chet. While listening, I'll often close my eyes to intensify my sense of hearing. I noticed the lyrical quality of Maria's "scat" riffs. Reminiscent of Ella. Not in the melodic lines but in the use of rhythmic patterns. She continues to mature as an artist and listens to the criticism of some of her pronunciations. She is a warm, charming and spiritual woman. She laughed when I explained its pronounced Gillespie not Jillespie.
 MJC's Rent Party at the Stage tonight. Be there or have to endure my drivel in tomorrow’s blog.   

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

baby rattles and a King alto sax - Not the Big Apple, rather... the Big Life...Al's got it...

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 11/26/12

Flew in from The Apple on a pre-dawn flight Saturday morning. Did a look-see at my e-mails---87 junk---73 immediate deletes---17 music dates--2 from friends and 1 from one of my grand daughters wishing me a safe return to the land of eternal youth (and beauty?).
Took a nap, shower and shave, in that order and got an early start to Art's Garage and a Jesse Jones Jr. concert. The early start got me to Atlantic Ave. way earlier than I thought and so, acting the boulevardier, I strolled the street. (Not doing a real stroll. I was not peddling my---) The sound of an urgent guitar came from the open-front  bar, Bobby Mcgee's. A young man by the name of Joey George was singing, playing guitar and additionally, had a pair of baby rattles rubber banded to his right foot and they were mic'd. That is what I would call a really original rhythm section. It was fun listening, enjoying a cold Yuenglings and watching the young things pass by.
Time for the concert. The people that come to listen to JAZZ at the Garage are true JAZZ lovers. I thought that I was among the elite few in the world who could sit through a JAZZ set without chatting with or listening to someone else. The audience at Art's Garage is attentive and knowledgeable. They listen intently, understand the JAZZ regardless of genre, and appropriately applaud in all the right places. (In spite of what Ira Sullivan has to say about that). Jesse gave them plenty of reasons to do just that. He opened with a be-bop riff title "Ris de Veau"--The Joy Of Life and he made it so true. The rhythm section was All-Star. Brian Murphy(piano), Rick Dahl(bass) and Mike Harvey(who we haven't seen in a while) playing drums. Still in the first set, the band did Hoagy Carmichael's "Skylark" so tenderly that it almost brought--almost--tears to my eyes. The second set was loaded for fun and fun it was. Jesse closed with "Caravan" and encored with a vocal "Unchain My Heart". To capsulize the evening,
 WOTTA NITE!!!.  Tonight BJB's and Monday MJC's Rent Paryt at the Stage. 
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South Shores in Lake Worth to host fundraising event for victims of Hurricance Sandy 12/2/12

SUNDAY 12-2-2012 

 Please join us on Sunday December 2 as 18 Bands and Performers join forces to raise money for the victims of Hurricance Sandy.The proceeds will benefit Team Rubicon  which unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with medical professionals to deploy vanguard teams that bridge the gap in disaster response. South Shores is donating 25% from the sales, food and drink, rung on the day of this event.

 The Bobby Nathan Band hosts the Patio Stage
Blind Dog Aussie hosts the Inside Stage
Suzanne Cannon hosts the Front Porch 
Blind Dog Aussie
Living Room Pop Stars
Matthew Edrington
Scar of The Tropics
Suzanne Cannon and Rick Cohen
Max Dubose and the MPlants
Jason Colanino
Nick Trill and The West Side Blues Band
Clay Goldstein with Julius Sanna
Rockin Jake with Drew Preston
Blues Dragon 
Marc Ward of Elegbaland Studio
Joel DaSilva and The Midnight Howl
(SFBS 2013 IBC Representatives)
Black Finger 
Dawn Patrol
George Manosis
The Agony Brothers
 Chance Drawing / Auction Items
Sabal Palm House 
Kayak Lake Worth 
Tiki Tanner 
Grey Mockingbird Community Garden
Seated Massage by Suzanne
Studio 205
Taste History Culinary Tours
more to follow
Needed Volunteers to sell Raffle Tickets
Needed items for Chance Drawing / Auction
South Shores Tavern will Donate 25% of sales for the day.
Please contact Karine