Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Swing All Stars – Dance and Concert Debut at Arts Garage this Saturday

Things are SWINGING at
ARTS GARAGE in August.
You’ve heard it!
Come do it!

Arts Garage has searched high & low
for the best in jazz & blues!

Saturday, August 3, 2013
7pm FREE Swing Dance Class with Izzy Shniadoski,
Director of Swing Affair
Bring your dancing shoes and swing the night away on the Arts Garage dance floor with the high-energy, finger-poppin’, high-steppin’ live band. Swing All Stars at Arts Garage will feature: Brenda Alford - vocals, Paul Shewchuk - leader/bass, Jesse Jones, Jr. – saxophone, flute, and vocals, Mike Orta – piano, Kevin Campfield - drums/vocals.  $25, open seating in advance, no tables. $5 more at the door.

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

BYOW ~ Bring Your Own Whatever!
Bottle of wine or other favorite beverage,
hor d’oeuvres or munchies,
making the cultural experience affordable to all!

Upcoming Summer 2013 Arts Garage Performances

Performing together for over 30 years, Nakasian and O’Brien have entertained audiences all around the world as featured artists. Pianist O’Brien brings spirited tempos and seasoned pure style as he sets the standard from ballads to bebop. Featuring vocals by Nakasian who evokes Fitzgerald and Vaughan, and their 19-year-old daughter, jazz singing sensation Veronica O’Brien.

“Vocal virtuosity…broad range of material that showed [Nakasian’s] assurance on easygoing ballads, soft, Brazilian scat singing, and punchy pep songs.” – The New York Times

The League of Women Voters and The Arts Garage invite you to an exciting evening of music, wine, food and dancing to breathtaking jazz of the Charmaine Forde Band.

Proceeds will benefit the outstanding work that the League to educate ALL the citizens of Palm Beach County. The goal of this evening is simple: See old friends make new ones and have fun!!!

Blues for the 21st century, featuring Longineu Parsons and Ted Shumate, that will take you from Louis Armstrong to Howlin’ Wolf to Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix and beyond. Parsons has been hailed by critics internationally as one of the world’s finest trumpet players. He also performs on recorder, flute, percussion and is a vocalist. Acclaimed worldwide, guitarist Ted Shumate has performed and recorded with some of the most famous musicians in the history of jazz and blues.

“Professional, classy, smooth, sophisticated and urbane.”Jazz & Blues Florida Magazine

Friday, August 23, 2013: Jazz Project, 7:30 PM
An enthusiastic and charismatic performer who is also subtle and refined, Jantzen is on her way to becoming a major name in the overlapping worlds of jazz, cabaret and classic American pop music. She has the rare ability to reinterpret standards and make vintage songs sound fresh, new and topical. Her warm voice and swinging style, combined with a large repertoire, result in consistently memorable performances. She is never shy about embracing melodies and lyrics from the Great American Songbook, bringing out the hidden beauty in both, but her renditions are never predictable.
“Her voice is as rich and honest as you could ever hope for. Driving alone on a dark highway, that’s the voice I’d want to hear.” –Wayne Downing

Linda Witsell continues her traditions of communing and jamming on straight-ahead jazz and contemporary styles. Linda is something of an inconspicuous insurgent in the regional jazz kingdom. Her adeptness on flute is sweet and particularly outspoken. She’s got big, healthy, highly individual ideas on flute, and about how to push jazz beyond its own boundaries.

Friday, August 30, 2013: Jazz Project, 7:30 PM
The Fourth World Ensemble, emerging in 2007 from Monasterios’ desire to experiment with the fusion of Latin Rhythms, World Music and Pure Jazz, features Monasterios on piano, accompanied by percussion, drums, bass and saxophone. The ensemble performs all original music composed and arranged by Silvano. Exhibiting an insatiable appetite for challenge and change, Silvano brought his new quintet into the Savant studios and recorded eight new and innovative compositions. Featuring an assortment of indigenous percussion instruments and rhythms, the Ensemble’s latest work is most likely destined to be classified as “Latin Jazz,” yet it is totally devoid of the Latin clichés often encountered in “pseudo-Latin” jazz. Instead, it showcases the talents of an artist with a deep understanding of his complex Venezuelan roots combined with an Austrian-Germanic-European compositional heritage, and who, at the same time, is steeped in the great American jazz tradition.

Voted “Best Jazz Musician in Miami” (2009) by Miami New Times, Venezuelan pianist- composer Silvano Monasterios leads the way as a top-rated figure. “From the shortest phrase to the longest, though the language of jazz is obvious, his own sound and style has, and will ever be refreshing to me.” Jeff Laibson, Downbeat Magazine

An internationally renowned artist, Russell Malone is one of today’s most commanding and versatile guitarists! He has performed and recorded with some of the highest profile artists including Diana Krall, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Natalie Cole, David Sanborn, Shirley Horn, Christina Aguilera, Harry Connick, Jr., Ron Carter, and Sonny Rollins. Malone was named Guitarist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association in 2011 and he played on three Grammy-nominated albums with vocalist and pianist Diana Krall.  Malone was also a featured performer in Robert Altman’s 1996 film “Kansas City.”

“Mr. Malone… hasn’t tried to reinvent the guitar: in his standard, soft tone you hear Wes Montgomery, George Benson, some B.B.King. But as a performer he maintains a high rate of astonishment, and with traditional materials, his ability to get inside swing rhythms or bruisingly play a narrative blues, causing great tension and then easing off it.”  New York Times

“Malone’s technical ability has few peers. Blinding speed aside, he’s capable of the kind of chordal harmonics first introduced by the late Canadian guitarist Lenny Breau, but he’s taken the technique one step further.”  All About Jazz

Saturday, September 14, 2013: Jazz Project - 8pm

Sammy Figueroa has long been regarded as one of the world’s great musicians and has twice been nominated for Grammy Awards. As one of the world’s leading percussionists he has played on countless records, providing the rhythmical framework for hundreds of hits. Well-known for his versatility and professionalism, he is one of the few percussionists equally comfortable in a multitude of styles, from R&B, rock, pop and bebop to Latin, Brazilian and New Age. As one of New York’s most sought after session players, Figueroa played on countless albums, jingles and film scores and appeared often with The David Letterman Band and The Saturday Night Live Band. He has recorded and toured with Miles Davis, the Brecker Brothers (for 12 years!), Sonny Rollins, Michel Camilo (who wrote the tune “And Sammy Walked In” in his honor), Chaka Khan, David Bowie, and Mariah Carey. Figueroa’s famed sense of humor, ebullient personality, and open-heartedness is famous within the music industry and has made him a favorite with musicians and audiences alike. While continuing his career as one of the world’s leading sideman (for the last three years touring with Sonny Rollins), Figueroa has now established himself as a bandleader and artist. Figueroa has also been included in The Grove‛s Dictionary of Jazz.

“Sammy Figueroa is truly jazz greatness.” — Miami New Times

“What can you say? Sammy is the Cat! He has long been regarded as one of the premier musicians in the world.” – Drummer’s World

Friday, September 20, 2013: Jazz Project, 7:30pm

Sanchez is a multi-dimensional musician, a master of both Latin rhythm and the musical language of jazz, both deeply rooted in his persona. A formidable piano player, he has collaborated with many bands and top studio musicians in the South Florida area, and has also been honored for his work as performer, arranger and producer on two Grammy Award nominated albums. From Lima, Peru, Sanchez was born into a musical atmosphere and began playing piano at 11. He journeyed to the US and settled in Miami, where he played and studied with jazz legends such as Jim Gasior, Israel Lopez (Cachao), Mike Gerber, Mike Orta, and Eddie Barzola, who took him under their wings. He also polished his classical piano techniques with Diana Molinari and Cassandra Hanna at Miami Dade College and Leonid Treer at Florida Atlantic University. Sanchez participated as a musician, arranger and was involved in pre-productions on the album, “Blown Away”, which featured Arturo Sandoval and Frankie Marcos and was nominated in 2005 for a Grammy for Best Instrumental Album. Also, he co- produced, performed and arranged for the album, “La Onda Latina,” in conjunction with Frankie Marcos & Clouds, which was nominated also in 2005 for Best Traditional Tropical
Album. Additionally, Sanchez has worked on numerous projects with Grammy-winning producer, Glen Kolotkin, who is known for his work with many great musicians including Carlos Santana on the album, Supernatural.

Saturday, September 21, 2013: Garage Blues, 8pm

Barrelhouse Chuck draws on a distinguished lineage to create a blues, boogie-woogie and barrelhouse piano style that places him at the forefront of a celebrated tradition.  Grammy Award nominee, and BMA Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year nominee, Chuck is the only Chicago blues pianist to have studied under Sunnyland Slim, Pinetop Perkins, Blind John Davis, Detroit Junior and Little Brother Montgomery. Over last 30 years, Chuck developed his formidable mastery of blues piano and went on to perform or record with most of the notable Chicago blues musicians-people like Jimmy Rogers, Eddie Taylor, Kim Wilson, Hubert Sumlin, Otis Rush, Louis Myers, Buddy Guy, and Big Smokey Smothers, among many others. His recording credits reads like a Who’s Who of modern day Chicago blues. During the past three decades Chuck has played all over the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America and tours Europe regularly. He has also appeared more than a dozen times at the Chicago Blues Festival. Even though most of his teachers have passed on, Barrelhouse Chuck has become one of the bearers of the flame, and keeps both their spirit and music alive, passing it along where ever he plays.

“You got soul, man!” Eddie Kendricks

“Can you leave tomorrow? I want you to join my band.”  Albert King

Saturday, September 28, 2013: Jazz Project, 8pm

Critically acclaimed saxophonist, bandleader, and composer, Uri Gurvich blends the sinuous sounds of the Middle East and Hebraic folk melodies with thoughtful harmonies and brawny rhythms to create a unique jazz experience. Born and raised in Israel, Uri Gurvich won the Jazz Player of the Year competition in Israel before relocating to Boston to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music studying under Joe Lovano. He has played at prestigious jazz festivals and venues in Europe, South America, Japan and the US, including Lincoln Center and Blue Note. Gurvich is an in-demand saxophonist who won also acclaim as a leader with his 2009 debut, The Storyteller, which was released on John Zorn’s label – Tzadik Records. Featuring Leo Genovese on piano, Peter Slavov on bass, Francisco Mela on drums and Chris Cheek on tenor sax, some of the most prominent voices on the contemporary New York jazz scene. The music places Israeli, Yemenite, East European and North African music into a progressive jazz context. Uri and his quartet released their second album in April 2013 featuring Moroccan multi instrumentalist, Brahim Fribgane.

“It’s meta-world jazz, and it’s breathtaking.” Washington City Paper

“Gurvich presents a compelling and strikingly original program that is imbued with beautiful, soulful melodies and brimming with ecstatic improvisation” Jazz Times

7/19-8/11, Wed-Fri, 7:30pm | Sat, 2pm | Sun, 7pm

Featuring 24 of Garland’s greatest hits, including “Get Happy,” “That’s Entertainment,” “The Trolley Song,” and of course, “Over the Rainbow.”  An unforgettable musical portrait of a child actor turned Hollywood star who captivated a nation with her spectacular talent and tumultuous life.  “My history of my life is in my songs.“– Judy Garland

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.

For more information on Arts Garage, performances and booking tickets, visit the organization’s website:

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