Saturday, November 30, 2013

Jazz & Blues Florida December 2013 Edition Available Online - The Best in Florida's Live Performances in Clubs, Concerts and Festivals.

The December 2013 online edition of JAZZ & BLUES FLORIDA has been posted at in a new easy-to-read format. The issue is also in an easily down-loadable .pdf file format. The JBF monthly ezine gives our readers previews of local and touring artists with upcoming performances throughout Florida. Along with the ezine, the JBF website offers comprehensive listings of live jazz and blues music in clubs, concerts and festivals across the state. This month's features are:
  • Johnny Rawls
  • B.B. King
  • Benny Golson
  • Dr. Lonnie Smith
  • Cyrus Chestnut Trio
  • John Nemeth
  • Eddie Shaw & The Wolf Gang
  • Tierney Sutton
  • Gregg Allman Band
  • Shemekia Copeland
  • Rose Max & Ramatis
  • Nick Moss & The Flip Tops
  • Wynton Marsalis & Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
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Banners at top, bottom and the right side of all website pages are paid promotional advertisements by our clients from and in the music scene. The tabs below the JBF logo take you to other areas of the site including our very popular jazz and blues news blog . "Music Listings" provides hundreds of current and upcoming listings for clubs, concerts and festivals throughout the state of Florida, and is organized by region. JBF artist and venue clients are highlighted, linked, and mapped. Free listings are available by following the submission guidelines (see top of each region page).

JBF has an extensive years-long and continually updated library of photos and videos from music events in the jazz and blues world of Florida. Several places to view these are our Facebook page , our JBF YouTube channel , and our Blog. We post mostly short video clips of live performances to share what we are experiencing - and in many instances, to give you time to make it there for the show! We are not claiming to be professional videographers - but we DO confess to being genuine music lovers!

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Tierney Sutton and Shelly Berg jazz concert presented by Gold Coast Jazz Society December 11 at Broward Center for Performing Arts

Classic Jazz &
Classic Performers –
Tierney Sutton & Shelly Berg

Jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton is a three-time Grammy nominee and All Music Guide says Shelly Berg is “one of the finest pianists around in the early 21st century playing modern mainstream jazz”.  

An evening of great vocal jazz.

"From Johnny to Joni"
Tierney Sutton sings Mercer to Mitchell
with Shelly Berg Trio
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 ~ 7:45pm

On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, the Gold Coast Jazz Society celebrates their twenty-second season of jazz presentations with the opening season concert featuring the Frank Derrick Big Band in a tribute to jazz legend Buddy Rich.   Drummer, Frank Derrick, has led a multifaceted national and international music career. He is a virtuoso performer, composer, and educator.  Frank will be pulling out all of the stops with this spirited concert featuring the charts of “the world’s greatest drummer,” Buddy Rich.  In terms of speed, technique and showmanship, Rich was unsurpassed.  The Frank Derrick big band will be swinging with their interpretations of Rich’s most popular tunes.

The concert will take place at the Amaturo Theater of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale at 7:45pm.  Single tickets are available for $40 per person.  Students and teacher tickets are $10 with valid ID.  To purchase tickets call the Broward Center AutoNation Box Office at 954-462-0222 or online at

Currently Derrick is the drummer, assistant conductor & personnel manager for the Palm Beach Pops and is the conductor and featured artist with the Bob Hoose Orchestra.  Familiar to symphony audiences around the world, Frank Derrick has appeared with the Royal Philharmonic, the New York Pops, Pittsburgh Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, and the Buffalo Philharmonic. His precision and driving rhythmic styling has been featured on the cast album of Bubbling Brown Sugar, Big City Swing-Veronica Martell, Strong & Graceful Oaks-Rejoice ensemble, The Cab Calloway Show Live in Freiburg Germany, and Something Old, Something New-The Bob Hoose Orchestra.

Derrick’s many theatrical credits include Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Sophisticated Ladies, Big River, and Catskills. He has performed with numerous legends and artists including Redd Foxx, Stephanie Mills, Della Reese, Freda Payne, Eubie Blake, The Platters, Eartha Kitt, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Dorothy Donegan, The Pointer Sisters, Ken Peplowski, Dakota Staton, Steve Allen, The Louis Armstrong Legacy Band, Donna Summer, Keely Smith, Maureen McGovern, Ann Hampton Callaway, Benny Carter, and has conducted on the concert stage for John Pizzarelli and Lanie Kazan. He toured worldwide with Cab Calloway for ten years and was drummer for “The David Letterman Show” on NBC.

His most recent CD release is the jazz chart buster, The Beat Goes On  for the Jazzed Media label. His “Straight Ahead” composition garnered the A.S.C.A.P. Special Award. As an educator, he served as Chairman of Percussion at Henry Street Settlement in New York. He is the respected author of FOCUS ON TECHNIQUE for Drummers, (published by Hal Leonard) a contributing author to various educational publications, and is the Drum Set Editor for the international organization, the Percussive Arts Society.

Concert Season sponsors include American National Bank, DeMeo Young McGrath, Helen Ingham Foundation, Mary N. Porter Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward, Morgan Stanley, and Red Trombone. In-kind support provided by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, PaperMill Media Group, South Florida Consulting and WLRN FM. 

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

Ticket Information

Membership Information

Upcoming Performances

Tony DeSare Quartet
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 ~ 7:45pm

"Freddy Cole Quartet"
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 ~ 7:45pm

"Jim Cullum Jazz Band"
Friday, March 14, 2014 ~ 7:45pm

"Tribute to Oscar Peterson"
Lenore Raphael, Jazz Pianist
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 ~ 7:45pm

"Tribute to Stan Getz"
Gold Coast Jazz Society Band
featuring Billy Ross, Saxophone
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 ~ 7:45pm


"of all the..." (Good lord, now Allen Kanovsky thinks he is Humphry Bogart!)

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 11/30/13 joints, in all the towns, in all of the U.S.A. I walk into one that has live JAZZ.

It ain't by accident. Last week I watched a football game and ate some really good wings. The walls were covered by a mural and portraits of JAZZ & BLUES artists, past and present. Table tops full of JAZZ & BLUES oriented matter. I was told by the proprietor, Gregory, that they had live JAZZ on Friday nights and sooooooo. The big sign outside reads COALHOUSE PIZZA. Below is another that reads 52 DRAFT BEERS. JAZZ, Pizza, Beer, thermometer reads 28, Friday night, Stamford CT. "Who could ask for anything more" I rushed in and got a lot more. A 'chick' singer-----I know! I know!-----is  intoning the opening bars of "Embraceable You". The lady's name is Arlee Leonard. A multi-faceted woman who knows how to sing a song as well as being a writer, poet and minister. The trio backing her has Tony DiCerto (guitar/leader), Rafael Carruthers (bass) and young Josh Carruthers on drums. Arlee follows with "Look Of Love" adding some original lyric lines and scat as well. When she sings "Our Day Will Come", Tony takes the opportunity to impress with his solo portion. Josh serves up a samba rhythm and the band does "Wave". The Brazilian tempo catches Arlee and she has to do a little dancing. Changing styles the group gets a little funky with "Smooth Operator". Again Arlee adds some original lyric along with a 'quote' from "Love For Sale". Going back to the swing era, they pay, "I Can't Give You Anything But Love". It seems to me that Arlee completely changes character when doing old JAZZ standards. Her demeanor and attitude reflect that wonderful era of music. They trade 4's going 'round and 'round. It is fun for all.

Singing BLUES in C, Arlee does "Everyday". She adds some more of her original lyric and does a great job emulating horn sounds. Ms.Leonard invokes memories of past BLUES legends when she sings the words "Meet me at the crossroads". At the songs end she hits notes that I have never heard outside an opera house. WOW! Arlee mentions the names of past generations of women JAZZ vocalists and then closes the first set with "Just In Time" and "Isn't She Lovely". Swinging them all the way!.

When asked about her favorite lyric line, her answer was from "Fly Me To The Moon". The line--"fill my heart with song and let me sing forever more"--I can't think of anything I could ask for would be more joyful. A couple of her faithful fans, Vivian & Jim Hearn were there along with a bunch of younger folks (20s/30s). The 2d set opened with Ms. Eugenia Jelani sitting in and doing "Almost Like Being In Love" and "All Of Me". Soft tones and swinging style---very, very nice. Arlee returns with a program including "What A difference A Day Makes". "Walk On By", "Ma Cheri Amour" and "On A Clear Day". When she does "Girl From Ipanema" she reads a poem she wrote as an English interpretation of the Portugese lyric. Arlee sings "Sunny" soaring through those upper register notes in the closing bars. It seems that Arlee met some Italian guy (you know how they are) one summer in Shanghai. Love at first sight. The short lived romance inspired her to write an alternative lyric which includes the line "A summer love is all we had". Thank you Arlee, Eugenia, Tony, Rafael and Josh for a great night of JAZZ.

Coalhouse Pizza's menu includes items like---"Body & Soul", "Round Midnight" and "Birdland" salads--Bessie Smith, Bo Diddley and John Lee Hooker wraps--Ella, Dizzy, Louis and Billie paninis, also pizzas named for Herbie Hancock, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Goodman and Stevie Ray Vaughan. There are more than 70,000 pizza parlors in the U.S. but if you need a little JAZZ with your mozzarella it is Coalhouse in Stamford CT.

Al's Disclaimer:
A short note: The reason I write this is because I love music and words. I do not book acts. I do not promote acts. I do not accept invitations to review artists. I go to venues of my own choice. When and where is not influenced by anything other than who I would like to hear that night or day. If I don't like what I hear, I won't write about it. When I like it I let you all know. I never mention a name without asking permission. "Pardon me, Miss. Would you like to dance?"       

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Blue Tuesday at Boston's on the Beach in Delray Beach – The season is upon us…Celebrate!

Blue, blue holiday nights!

Blues on the Beach!

December 3, 2013
Victor Wainwright &
The WildRoots

December 10, 2013
Nick Moss &
The Flip Tops

December 17, 2013
3 Guitars w/ Tim O'Donnell,
Famous Frank and Billy Vasquez

December 24, 2013

New Years Eve, Dec 31, 2013
JP Soars and the Red Hots

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

8:30-11:30pm, Cover $5-$10

More Great Upcoming Shows!

January 7, 2014
Mitch Woods

January 14, 2014
 Debbie Davies

Always a great time.
Always great music.

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
dining experience upstairs at Ocean 50.
Luxurious setting and a spectacular view with
the finest food & service around.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Rose Max brings Brazil to Palm Beach for an intimate Evening of Jazz

A unique jazz dinner series,
of high-quality jazz with
superb dining optional.

A true Palm Beach experience of 
rich jazz in a luxurious venue.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Nicki Parrott's NYC Trio w/
guest saxophonist Harry Allen

264 S. County Road
Palm Beach, FL 33480
Dinner Nightly 5:00 PM till close.
Table & Show Reservations
$45 (includes $25 music fee and $20 minimum for bar/restaurant)
Limited seating -  Reservations are strongly recommended.

You can also catch the Susan Merritt Trio 
weekly at 264 The Grill!

 Every Sunday, 7:30-10:30pm
Jazz Party/Pro Am Jam

Every Wednesday, 7:30-10:30pm
Dining and dancing to
"The Great American Songbook"
Susan Merritt - bass,
Marty Campfield -drums,
Paul Batitsky - piano,
& guest vocalists

CONTACT  (561)835-0382

Licensed Booking Agency for public,
corporate and private music events in Florida.

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FREE Blues Music and BBQ Weekend December 13 & 14 in Perry Florida

Major Blues Performers
Friday Evening and
All day Saturday!
Friday & Saturday, December 13 & 14, 2013
Forest Capital State Museum
204 Forest Park Dr, Perry, FL 32348

Main Stage Entertainment
 Friday, Dec 13, 2013

6:30pm - Ben Prestage

8pm -  Johnnie Marshall Band

Saturday, Dec 14, 2013

12:30pm - Franc Robert & the Boxcar Tourists

2pm – Ben Prestage

3:30pm – Johnnie Marshall Band

7pm -  Ben Prestage

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