Friday, February 8, 2013

CANCELLED - 3 Cohen Sextet Concert for Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 Presented by South Florida JAZZ

This notice was received by Jazz & Blues Florida at 12:05 A.M. on February 8, 2013:

Regrettably, our Saturday, February 9th concert has been canceled due to the blizzard in the Northeast that has canceled all air traffic over the weekend. While we are very disappointed that we won't have our concert, it only impacts us very insignificantly relative to those in the path of yet another severe storm.  
I want to assure you that we will reschedule this great band. Meanwhile, all ticket purchasers will receive a refund from the box office.
Thank you for your support. I hope to see all of you at the March 9 concert that features pianist Fred Hersch, one of the most important and influential artists of our time.
Ronald B Weber, MD
President & Artistic Director
South Florida JAZZ


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, Canada, Israel, and Australia. This will be Mr. Elling’s fifth performance for South Florida JAZZ.

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