Thursday, January 31, 2013

South Florida JAZZ Presents the 3 Cohens Sextet – ONLY Florida Appearance!

South Florida JAZZ
presents the world-traveling
on February 9, 2013.
(Featured in the February online edition of Jazz & Blues Florida at  - to be posted 2/1/13)
This poll-winning band features Tel Aviv natives and siblings reedists Anat and Yuval, and trumpet star Avishai. Another prominent Israeli, bassist Omer Avital is part of an all-star rhythm section featuring pianist Aaron Goldberg and drummer Johnathan Blake. This is the first trip to South Florida for these acclaimed young instrumentalists, all of whose stars are rapidly ascending.

South Florida JAZZ, in its 21st year, as the principal purveyors of modern jazz in the region since 1991, formally announces its new season schedule. All performances will be held at the Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr Blvd (MAP) on the Nova Southeastern University campus in Davie, Florida. The focus of the organization remains steadfastly on presenting artists of national and international repute under the aegis of Artistic Director Ron Weber and gently guided by the world-acclaimed vibraphonist/educator Gary Burton, Artistic Advisor, who believes this lineup is potentially the strongest in the organization’s history.

Subscriptions and individual tickets to all concerts can be purchased from the Broward Center box office at 954-462-0222; toll-free at 877-311-SHOW, online at or

2013 Concerts
Tickets: $40 and $15 for students with I.D.
All seating is reserved

February 9, 2013 – 8:00 PM
3 Cohens (Anat, Avishai and Yuval) Sextet

"To the ranks of the Heaths of Philadelphia, the Joneses of Detroit and the Marsalises of New Orleans, fans can now add The 3 Cohens of Tel Aviv."
— All About Jazz

The best jazz groups are made up of kindred spirits, but the rare family band has something more – an intuitive feel for each other that goes beyond words and gestures into a kind of telepathy. The 3 Cohens are that sort of uncommon collective, a trio of siblings from Tel Aviv, Israel – saxophonist/clarinetist Anat, trumpeter Avishai, and soprano saxophonist Yuval – whose sense of improvisational interplay is both uncannily fluent and wonderfully, infectiously warm. Along with performing on stages the world over, the 3 Cohens record together on Anzic Records, the most recent being the acclaimed Family that features the three Israeli horn players in league with swinging New Yorkers who are their touring rhyt hm section: pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. Family underscores the fact that even with the individual careers each of the Cohens pursues to increasing international success, there is something special about the music the three make together. "We can talk without talking," says Anat, the middle child. "Often, we don't even have to look at each other onstage. We have such history together that we feel each other through the music."

Yuval, Anat and Avishai Cohen grew up in Tel Aviv under the same roof and attended the same schools, with the common environment helping to shape close musical tastes, approaches and ideas. The three studied classical music at the esteemed Thelma Yellin High School for the Arts, and the Jaffa Music Conservatory. While their backgrounds included some symphonic orchestral playing, it was jazz that soon captured their imaginations.. Through the World Scholarship Tour, each of the Cohens attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Post-graduation the trio formed a family sextet while concurrently forming their own bands and playing in a plethora of bands and guesting on albums.

Acclaim for 3 Cohens Sextet was immediate. According to All About Jazz, "What gives 3 Cohens a certain edge is the simpatico they share, extending beyond merely being siblings; it involves all three sharing the common bond of music from an early age, and the kind of comfort level and intuition that can only come from playing together for many years. The result is a front line that finds pleasure in the subtlest nuances. While there are hints of their ethnic heritage, this music is clearly rooted in contemporary post-bop… Throughout, a joyfulness pervades these performances." The New York Times enthused over the group's "family sound" and "intuitive counterpoint" before pointing out the players' individual qualities: "Anat has emerged as one of the best clarinet players in jazz, with a warm and singing tone; Avishai can play bebop and ballad lines and outer-limit trumpet sounds with tireless fluency; and Yuval has a full and relaxed sound on soprano."

Anat Cohen – tenor and soprano saxophones and clarinet
Avishai Cohen – trumpet
Yuval Cohen – soprano saxophone
Aaron Goldberg – piano
Omer Avital – double bass
Johnathan Blake - drums

March 9, 2013 – 8:00 PM
Fred Hersch Trio
A superior soloist, accompanist and interpreter of ballads, Fred Hersch began to play the piano at age four and composed and improvised by seven. Following graduation from the New England Conservatory in 1977, the Cincinnati native moved to New York and worked as a sideman with the likes of Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, Jane Ira Bloom and formed a long-term working relationship with Janis Siegel, while also leading his own groups. He has been amazingly prolific and largely unsung creator of beautiful compositions and reconstructions. His live solo album Alone at the Vanguard received two Grammy nominations in 2011.

April 13, 2013 – 8:00 PM
It is helpful to understand that “hollow body” refers to a guitar construction! The band features two guitarists - the other being the redoubtable Mike Stern - who were Gary Burton protégés and also played in 1980s iterations of the Miles Davis band, giving both bona fide fusion credentials. Scofield, or “Sco,” as he is universally known, has influenced jazz since the late 70’s and is still going strong. Sco is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post- bop jazz, funk-edged electronica, and even R & B. He is comfortable in several idioms and blurs the lines at will creating a distinctive musical style and personality.

May 11, 2013 – 8:00 PM
A supreme trumpeter and flugelhornist, Tom Harrell creates a seemingly endless flow of bubbling, intricate ideas conveyed with an almost serene delivery. Neither aggressively avant-garde, nor riveted in the past, Tom Harrell’s music simply celebrates sonic beauty for its own sake. Praised for his pure melodic brilliance, he is widely recognized as one of the most creative and uncompromising jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time. For over four decades, close to 300 recordings, and numerous accolades, Tom manages to stay fresh. His quintet has shown remarkable continuity and cohesion. It is a great band.

June 8, 2013 – 8:00 PM
There are no obvious parallels in the music industry. Chicago native Kurt Elling is the greatest male jazz singer – or just jazz singer – of our time. In a career spanning 16 years, Elling has risen to international prominence as a jazz artist and creative singer. An intellectual superman, he is a master of “vocalese” and scatting. Remarkably, each of his nine albums was nominated for a Grammy® Award and Dedicated to You won in 2010. He is a perennial critics poll-winner and his quartet tours the world, performing to critical acclaim in Europe, Asia, CanadaIsrael, and Australia. This will be Mr. Elling’s fifth performance for South Florida JAZZ.

   Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Division.
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betterer & betterer...and Al isn't stuttering!

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 1/31/13

Wednesday!! The middle day of the work week. In a BLUES song the lyric reads "Wednesday is worse". Not any longer. Wednesdays are getting betterer and betterer if you love JAZZ and BLUES. You can start your afternoon, sitting at a table under an umbrella at the Coral Gables Museum and listening to JAZZ as presented by the Miami JAZZ Co-op. This week it was the "youth corps". A quartet of students from the FIU JAZZ program under the direction of Mr. Gary Campbell. Out front was Sam Savage(trombone) with Ken Jiminez(drums), Osvaldo Vargas(drums), Ryan Hecker(bass), and Luis Urbina(keys). They presented a program of original compositions by Sam Savage.

The courtyard held a good crowd(about 100 JAZZophiles) enjoying the music and an al fresco lunch. The music starts at 12:15 and concludes around 2. There is an added program this coming Fri. nite at 8P.M. A word about the youth movement in JAZZ. To every aspiring JAZZ musician--Congratulation!!! Keepin' it alive".

Need to listen to BLUES??? Try Big Dawgs where Niles "Redbean" Blaize hosts a Jam where you can listen to established stars as well as those to come.

More JAZZ?? Blue Jeans Blues and Danny Burger's star filled Wednesdays. I usually get there in time to take advantage of the "happy hour" specials and to listen to Glenda do the Great American Songbook. This night she concluded her show with "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" She asked a friend, Gwenda Artiaga, to accompany her by "signing" the lyric. Ms. Artiaga's accompaniment was as beautiful to watch as a well choreographed ballet segment. It was so filled with emotion that it brought tears to the eyes of this self-styled "tough guy". I sincerely hope I get the chance to watch her "sign" again.

The return of Maria Rivas was the feature of Danny's presentation. The usual suspects completed the trio. Jamie Ousley(Dr.) on bass and Brian (two brain) Murphy at the piano. Maria, a native of Venezuela, continues to excite American JAZZophiles with her interpretations of the JAZZ classics. From "How High the Moon" to "Night In Tunisia", from "Besame Mucho" to "One Note Samba" she does them all and does them well. Marias scat vocals are scattered with the rhythmic patterns of native Venezuelans. Some of my snowbird friends have become Maria fans. Michael, Joseph and Eddy like sitting up front, close and personal and the staff at BJB's was kind enough to reserve an almost on stage table. Stayed up late again 'cause the music was just too good to leave behind.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Gold Coast Jazz Society Celebrates the Season of Mardi Gras and the Music of New Orleans

"Going to the Mardi Gras"

with Michael Kaeshammer,
 Friday, February 8, 2013 7:45 pm


707 NE 8th St
Ft. Lauderdale FL 33304
Tickets at

Come on and join the party! Michael Kaeshammer
is going to take to New Orleans for a jazzin'
Mardi Gras celebration.

This triple-threat artist is blessed with piano virtuosity,
vocal ability, and charisma. His sold-out shows surprise
audiences and inspire awe with his elaborate arrangements
and improvisations.

Kaeshammer has "piano technique to burn and an
acrobatic way with a grand piano," says John Terauds - Toronto Star.
His masterful abilities have earned him international acclaim
and awards. With a fiery style, Michael incorporates his early 
influences of Fats Waller, Art Tatum and James Booker.


"Long Live the King:"
Allan Harris Sings Nat King Cole
Allan Harris Quintet
Wednesday Mar 6th, 2013 7:45 pm

"Mays at the Movies"
Bill Mays Trio
Friday Apr 12th, 2013 7:45 pm

"South Florida Jazz Divas"
Wendy Pedersen & Paulette Dozier
with Gold Coast Jazz Society Band Members
Wednesday May 8th, 2013 7:45 pm

Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Amaturo Theater
201 SW 5th Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale FL 33312

Ticket Information

Membership Information

Pre-Show Happy Hour and Jazz Riffs
with our host Stu Grant
7:00pm at all Amaturo shows

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FIU Festival of Jazz Bands Saturday Feb 2, 2013 in Miami Florida

This Saturday, February 2, 2013, Florida International University is hosting The FIU Festival of Jazz Bands.

FIU Music Department is hosting 8 local area high school jazz big bands as they perform their festival pieces and are critiqued and work-shopped by faculty.

The workshop sessions run from 10am until 4pm. At 4pm, there will be a final concert featuring our FIU Studio Jazz Big Band, FIU faculty members, and a few of the high school students will be invited to solo with our big band.

All of these events are free and open to the public and will be held in the concert hall of the Wertheim Performing Arts Center at FIU. 10910 SW 17th Street, Miami, FL 33199. This event is not part of FIU's official concerts schedule (though it may be in future years).

High schools participating are: Hialeah Gardens, Felix Varela, Palmetto, New World School of the Arts, Robert Morgan, Mater Academy, Miami Senior High, and Ronald Reagan - Doral.

More Info:

College of Architecture + The Arts
School of Music
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center
10910 SW 17th Street
Miami, Florida 33199
Ph: 305.348.2896

Little Mike and the Tornadoes – Breaking out of, and coming home to, the BLUES

Ripping it up…
Tearing it apart…
…in a good way.

(Limited 'Forgive Me' CD availability - at shows ONLY now –
for media distribution contact

This powerhouse blues and rock n' roll band from New York City is led by singer, songwriter, producer and harp master Mike Markowitz. The band is well-known for its flawless, high energy blues sound, modeled after the great Chicago bands of the 50's. They have played nearly every major metropolitan area in the United States and Canada, some of the toughest hangouts, as well as the most sophisticated stages in the world, never straying from their course of delivering hard back alley blues and rough rock and roll. Little Mike Markowitz is a mean harmonica player who cut his teeth in New York City in the late 1970's and early 1980's, backing up legendary Bluesmen Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, and Jimmy Rogers. He then moved to Florida, and continued to perform and record through the early 2000s. After a hiatus from music, during which he raised his family near Gainesville, Florida, he's now playing high-energy blues live again.


February 2, 2013, 9pm
2441 Northwest 43rd Street,
Gainesville, FL 32606

February 8 & 9, 2013, 9pm-1am
207 Atlantic Blvd, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233

February 15, 8-11pm
McCall’s Tavern
999 Alvarez Avenue , The Villages, FL 32159

February 16, 2013, 7-10pm
65 North Main Street High Springs, FL 32643

February 22, 2013, 8-11pm
2017 NE 27th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32609 (352)505-0369

February 23, 2013, 8pm
W/ Very Special Guest, Willie Green!
992 Beach Blvd. Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 (904)399-1740
Show starts at 8 pm, tickets are $15
All ages are welcome. Call for advanced tickets.

Booking Contact

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Bayside Blues Festival in Key Largo - Putting on the Blues as Never Before

JW Jones leads off
two months of the blues
 in Key Largo!

Feb 6 & 7: JW Jones Band
Feb 23: Todd Wolfe
March 16: Rockin’ Jake

Dinner Seating Starts at 5pm.
Call (305)451-3380 for reservations.
Shows at 6:30pm.

99530 Overseas Highway
Key Largo , FL 33037  (305)451-4885
Entertainment Monday-Saturday Weekly

More Great Upcoming Shows
May 22: Kelly Richey

Whether you're looking for the freshest seafood in
Key Largo, a restaurant with that special
"Island atmosphere," beautiful view dining and sunset,
a boating pit-stop or just an all-around unique
Key Largo dining experience, the Bayside Grille
is the restaurant for you.


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even better than football...Miami Saxophone Quartet

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 1/29/13

Monday night is a tough night for entertainment when there is no football. As it says in that old BLUES standard it's "gloomy". Lunas, the day of the moon, and last night it was full and cloud-shrouded. I ventured forth, heading for U.M.’s Gusman Hall. I was wary, you know, vampires, werewolves and such might be about. No---I was safe and on my way to hear and enjoy the Miami Saxophone Quartet. Gary Keller on alto & soprano, Gary Lindsay, composer/arranger on alto, Ed Calle, tenor and Mike Brignola playing the baritone sax. Standing in for Chuck Bergeron on bass was a student, Geoff Saunders, who was outstanding. Jim Gasior(piano) and John Yarling (drums) completed the rhythm section. The program started with the quartet(sans the rhythm section) doing a few. The opening selection was "America, the Beautiful". As youngsters, it was probably one of the first songs they ever played. As educators and professionals they portrayed our country with an emotion inspiring rendition. They followed with a Gary Lindsay original composition "School Yard Suite" in 3 Movements. As the title implies it's about school days. The first "Tag" the second "Recess Romance" and the final movement "Hide & Seek". The music, as written and played, fulfilled its mission. I was transported back to P.S. 54 in The Bronx. I am 8 years old and playing with my friends Morson Manning and Joey Tedesco. Music can be magical especially when played by musicians like this. As the program continued the Quartet invited several students to join them.

Steffen Zeichner was featured as a violin soloist. David Hartsman and Mark Small joined in on an ensemble piece. A young man, Dan Strange, was invited to join the group. He plays Keytar. An electronic instrument that looks like a stretched out guitar with accordion keys on one side and an elongated neck. It is made by Roland(keyboard mfr.) and is named aptly AX synch. I had seen it only once before during a BLUES session. I was joined at my seat by another of JAZZ's best friends, Jeanette and Rick Katz of the Miami JAZZ Co-op. I had a chance to chat with some of the students I know and it always makes me feel good to see how dedicated they are to the art and to keeping JAZZ alive and well. Back out into the dark and the lurking aforementioned vampires and werewolves. It was approaching mid-night a particularly dangerous moment on a moon-filled "noche Lunas" when there is no football. Into the car, which fortunately started on the first attempt and on my way home to dream of playing "Tag" and "Hide & Seek" in that schoolyard in The Bronx a thousand years ago. Musicians will generally "Thank" you for attending a performance. I say no need to thank me. I sincerely "Thank" Gary, Gary, Ed, Mike, Jim, John, Geoff and all the others for a wonderful evening of JAZZ. It absolutely was "Just One Of Those Nights." 
*EDITOR'S NOTE* The Miami Saxophone Quartet has just released a new CD, Four of a Kind, in celebration of their 12th anniversary of performing.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

It ain't easy...being Al. Could YOU keep up???

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 1/28/13

It ain't easy, but it's great, when you have so many places to choose from for JAZZ and BLUES. It was made a little easier by the Sunshine Jazz Organization. They were presenting a show dubbed "Alto Madness". Two of the south-land's premier altoists were featured, Jesse Jones Jr. and Joe Donato or if you prefer Joe Donato and Jesse Jones Jr. I arrived a bit early(they were offering a free glass of wine to the first 20 guests) only to find both J's in a somewhat harried state. The show was scheduled to go on in half an hour and there was NO rhythm section. That's right--no drummer, no pianist and no bass player. Both of them were on their respective phones trying to get it together. They were so desperate that they even asked for my help. I know a lot of the musicians in town. None of them has ever offered their phone numbers. I suggested a few names of players I thought could play at their level. They started a little late (not unusual for JAZZ performances) but had assembled a really good section. Joaie Schneider(keys), Rick Dahl(bass) and David Rinzi(drums). To be in a place where you can hear J & J playing together is a rare treat. One to sit back, listen and enjoy. They both have, and are, fun on stage. They truly love to entertain, both by word and music. You've got to hear Rick on the bass guitar: outstanding. The "Real" Tracy Fields was their with a pal, Larry. A man named Walter, whom I know from his attendance at the JAZZ in the Gables concerts, asked me to join him and his wife. Walter would come to the show accompanied by his mother who was over 100 years old---I'll never disclose a woman’s true age--I would tap and clap to the music. Walter's Mom would shimmy and shake. She passed in January and joins my beloved Flo in Heaven where I am sure they both are enjoying a glass of wine while listening to some of the greats that are there with them.

Alice Day graced us with that wonderful JAZZ style and beautiful voice. Mel Dancy got up on stage to entertain accompanying himself on keyboards. Moe Morgen came in late, having been at Barbara Van/Mike Orta opening at Michele’s in Fort Lauderdale, and did a really nice ballad on soprano sax.

On the way out I had the opportunity to chat with Joe for a moment. The subject was--horn players who sing--TO BE CONTINUED. 

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South Florida State College Performing Arts Continues with Ed Calle and the Florida Jazz All Stars in February

International, National and Regional 
Jazz Stars to Shine in Central Florida

University Center Auditorium
South Florida State College
600 West College Drive 
Avon Park, FL 33825 

 Tickets $21-$26
Call or visit the Box Office:
863-784-7178 M-F 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets, view video clips of upcoming 
shows and more, visit:

All Shows 7:30pm. 

Feb 9, 2013
Ed Calle

Feb 23, 2013
Florida Jazz All Stars w/ Clyde Conner (drums), 
Mark Neuenschwander (bass), Allen Vache (clarinet), 
Charlie Bertini (trumpet), William Allred (trombone),
and Johnny Varro (piano)

March 2, 2013
Southern Fried Jazz Band

March 27, 2013
Dave Greer’s Classic Jazz Stompers

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Arts Garage Stellar Season of Jazz & Blues Continues w/ Harris, Rawls, Rosenthal & Roberts

If music is the language of LVE...
Arts Garage is singing your song
for Valentine’s MONTH!

Arts Garage
180 NE First Street, Delray Beach FL 33444
$25-$35 Adv/$5 more at door. Limited seating.

BYOW ~ Bring Your Own Whatever!
Audience members are encouraged to bring a
basket of goodies, a bottle of wine, nibbles.....

Upcoming Spring 2013 Jazz Project
& Garage Blues Performances

February 9, 2013: Jazz Project, 8pm
Allan Harris
World-class singer, guitarist and songwriter Allan Harris has music running through his veins. Perhaps best known for his interpretations of jazz standards, Allan’s smooth vocals and guitar styling easily cross genres, from jazz to rock to blues. He is a three-time recipient of the New York Nightlife Award for “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist,” and Tony Bennett calls Allan “my favorite singer.” Allan has cultivated a global following, playing for packed audiences and receiving outstanding reviews throughout the United States, Europe, Russia and the Far East.

February 16, 2013: Garage Blues, 8pm
Johnny Rawls
Raised in southern Mississippi, Johnny Rawls was drawn to music as a young boy after hearing his grandfather play blues guitar. By the time he was in high school, he was playing guitar alongside greats such as Z.Z. Hill and Little Johnny Taylor. He has since traveled the world, bringing his traditional southern sound and fresh lyrics to people everywhere. Arts Garage is excited to welcome this blues icon to the stage for the most memorable Valentine's performance of your life.

February 22, 2013: Jazz Project, 7:30pm
Ted Rosenthal
Ted Rosenthal has performed worldwide as a soloist, leader and sideman with many jazz greats, including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, James Moody and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Winner of the 1988 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, Rosenthal has released twelve CDs as a leader; his latest, “Impromptu,” features jazz reimaginings of classical themes. His solo album, The 3 B’s received four stars from DownBeat magazine. He has also been a featured soloist with orchestras including the Detroit and Fort Worth Symphonies, and the Boston Pops. Rosenthal is Artistic Director of Jazz at Dicapo, a faculty member at Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, and a published author. A recipient of three NEA grants, Rosenthal composes jazz tunes and large-scale works, including music for Uptown for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

February 23, 2013: Jazz Project, 8pm
Troy Roberts
Hailing from the remote location of Perth, West Australia, saxophonist and composer Troy Roberts has won four consecutive Downbeat Jazz Soloist Awards, two consecutive West Australian Music Industry Awards was the only Australian finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, received his first Grammy Nomination Medal, and has shared the stage with greats such as Sammy Figueroa, James Morrison, Stephen Scott, Slide Hampton, Bobby Sparks, Jeff Hamilton and John Clayton. More recently, Troy represented Australia, sharing the stage as part of an international band made up of jazz greats Wayne Shorter, Richard Bona, Vinnie Colaiuta, Zakir Hussain, Tineke Postma and Tarek Yamani for Herbie Hancock’s launch of the first ever UNESCO International Jazz Day at The UN Assembly Hall, NYC. Having been on faculty at The University of Miami for the past 3 years, Troy is currently based in New York, is celebrating his 4th internationally released record Nu-Jive (2011) and continues to maintain a busy performance and recording schedule around the globe.

March 9 2013: Jazz Project 8pm
Rose Max
Rose Max has music in her blood. She is the great-granddaughter of the conductor and composer Cupertino de Menezes and granddaughter of the guitar player and composer Manuel de Menezes. Gifted with a beautiful voice early on, Rose got her start singing in the nightclub-heavy Rio de Janeiro, where she mastered the styles of bossa nova, samba, and Latin jazz. After moving to the United States in 1993, Rose continued performing and touring. She is a three-time recipient of the Brazilian Press Award for “Best Female Brazilian Singer Residing and Performing in the USA.” Rose is complemented by the intricate stylings of Brazilian acoustic guitarist Ramatis, a Brazil native who has garnered attention stateside as the Brazilian Press Award winner for “Best Brazilian Musician,” and “Best Brazilian Producer” living in the United States. The two musicians travel all over the world, transporting their audiences to the beaches and the bustling streets of Rio wherever they go.

March 16, 2013: Garage Blues, 8pm
Lauren Mitchell Band
The Lauren Mitchell Band, featuring front-woman Mitchell’s galvanizing vocals backed by the talents of veteran rock and blues artists, has roared on to the South Florida arts scene with undeniable ferocity. The group was born in 2005 when Lauren Mitchell teamed up with keyboard sensation Mike Hensley to create a sound that celebrated everything they loved about blues, soul, and rock. Since then, the band has incorporated the best talent it can find, to bring audiences a sound that is fresh and exciting.

March 23, 2013: Garage Blues, 8pm
Betty Lou Fox Band
 SOUL is what it's all about with this funk infused blues band! From the heart of South Tampa, Betty Fox has burst onto the Florida music scene with a fiery intensity that cannot be ignored, and taken the hearts of anyone wise enough to lend her their ear. Backed by musical powerhouses Josh Nelms on Guitar, Matt Walker on Bass, and Sam Farmer on drums, Fox's vocals will draw you in until the last note is sung. This is a show you do not want to miss!! 

March 26, 2013: Jazz Project, 7:30pm
Byron Stripling
Byron was born to a musical family in Atlanta, and by the time he was 10 he was wailing on the trumpet.  After studying music in college, he traveled the world playing with pop orchestra symphonies and jazz greats. In 1989, he was chosen to play with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and went on to appear with over fifty orchestras nationwide. He is currently the artistic director and conductor of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, and his style and skill are often compared to a modern Louis Armstrong. He is an extroverted performer, who engages audiences and incorporates them into his music. He exudes joy through his instrument and his vocals as he continues to forge new ground in the world of jazz.

April 13, 2013: Jazz Project, 8pm
Ed Calle
Saxophonist Ed Calle is one of the most sought-after instrumentalists in the business. Known for his versatility, Calle easily shifts between bebop, contemporary and Latin jazz, and pop. He appears on Grammy-award-winning albums by Frank Sinatra, Vicky Carr, Arturo Sandoval, and Jon Secada, as well as on numerous television and motion picture soundtracks. He also has recorded and performed around the world with such artists as Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias, Michael Bolton, Bobby Caldwell, and Rhianna. Among his many solo recordings, Ed Calle Plays Santana garnered a Latin Grammy Award nomination in 2005. His latest release In the Zone features original compositions and jazz standards and earned a Latin Grammy nomination.  Now he returns to Arts Garage for a performance that promises to pack a punch and appeal to fans of a various genres.

April 20, 2013
Garage Gala Gig II
Details Forthcoming

April 27, 2013: Jazz Project, 8pm
Dan Miller
Dan Miller built his reputation touring and recording with Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis and Maynard Ferguson, working as a jazz trumpet player in NYC since 1991. He brings together a tremendous group of musicians he’s worked with through the years including NYC bassist Ben Wolfe (Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., Diana Krall), tenor saxophonist Lew Del Gatto (Saturday Night Live Band 1975-2005), pianist Doug Bickel (Arturo Sandoval), guitarist Dan Heck and drummer Ron Hefner for a hard swinging evening of the music of Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespiie and the critically acclaimed compositions of Ben Wolfe.  Miller teams up with saxophonist Lew Del Gatto who spent over two decades on the stage of Saturday Night Live as part of the SNL band. The duo’s fat, brassy sound is complemented by the dulcet be-bop tones of bassist Ben Wolfe, who has played alongside Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., and Diana Krall.

May 11, 2013: Jazz Project, 8pm
Fusing Cuban roots with New Orleans-style jazz, Caribbean and Brazilian influences and conceived by Cuban-born guitarist/composer Eddy Balzola, the group’s signature sound features funky, guitar driven tumbaos, blazing harmonic brass, and explosive Afro-Latin percussion.  Tired of touring with reggae, Latin, and show bands, Balzola wanted to create a group the celebrated a sound that was all its own. He joined the talents of Stuart King (trumpet/percussion), William Paredes (trombone), Yoel Del Sol (multi-percussion), Pepe Aparicio (bass) and Orlando Machado (drums/percussion) and created an inimitable sound that rouses audiences and leaves them toe tapping and begging for more.

May 18, 2013: Garage Blues, 8pm
Doug Deming & Dennis Gruenling
Eastside Detroit native Doug Deming, now hailing from Florida’s Gulf Coast, has garnered widespread attention for his deft guitar work and notable writing. Paired with premier harp man and touring partner Dennis Gruenling, and backed by the new Jewel Tones line-up of Andrew Gohman on upright and Fender bass, and Devin Neel on drums, the group has garnered recognition as one of the premiere blues acts in the country.

May 25, 2013: Jazz Project, 8pm
Tiempo Libre
“Simply put, the orchestra’s modern take on Afro-Cuban roots blended with Latin jazz is second to none.” Miami New Times

The seven members of Tiempo Libre met as teenagers at one of Cuba’s premier conservatories, where they mastered the critical skills necessary to play classic Cuban music. During a time in Cuba when listening to American music was forbidden, the boys crowded around a homemade radio and listened to the beats of Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, and Earth, Wind, and Fire. After emigrating to the United States, the men formed Tiempo Libre, a band that celebrates the best of Latin and American music. Since their inception, they have garnered three Grammy nominations, the first for their debut album Bach in Havana, which melds classical tunes by Johann Sebasian Bach with the soul-stirring rhythms of salsa, merengue, and cha-cha. The group has since been nominated for two more Grammy awards, and has toured and performed extensively, including a performance on the ABC television hit Dancing with the Stars. Tiempo Libre is the picture of musical innovation, and is one of the hottest young bands in both Latin and contemporary American music today.

About Arts Garage
Arts Garage is the venue of choice for a diverse array of local, national and international performers, as well as the preferred destination for those in search of arts seekers and aficionados. Established in April 2011, its mission is to collaborate with emerging artists and cultural innovators to facilitate an exchange of art and ideas and present cutting-edge, interdisciplinary performances and exhibitions.

Located in the heart of Delray Beach, at 180 NE First Street in Pineapple Grove on the ground level of a parking garage, Arts Garage seeks to transform Delray Beach into a boutique metropolitan city through arts and culture. The venue’s casually intimate ambiance reflects the feel of its City, and the Garage’s BYOW policy is avidly applauded.

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