Monday, March 3, 2014

Grammy-winner Will Calhoun and his Exciting All-Star Ensemble - March 8th

Will Calhoun Ensemble
Featuring Charnett Moffett and Marc Cary
with Special Guests

Brian Lynch and Marcus Strickland

Saturday, March 8, 2014 ~ 8pm

SouthFlorida JAZZ announces the performance of the most acclaimed new band on the international jazz scene with the appearance of drummer WILL CALHOUN and his expanded ensemble. The core band features pianist Marc Cary and virtuoso bassist Charnett Moffett. The band will showcase saxophonist Marcus Strickland and trumpet luminary Brian Lynch.

The band will present a master class at 11:00 A.M. on March 8 at Broward College Davie campus free to Broward students with I.D. as part of the South Florida JAZZ “Jazz Masters” program.

South Florida’s premier modern jazz organization is thrilled to present The Will Calhoun Ensemble Saturday, March 8, 2014, 8:00 PM. This concert will take place at the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center on the Nova Southeastern University campus, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd, Davie 33314. Tickets are $40 ($15 for students) and can be purchased from the Broward Center box office by calling 954.462.0222, option #4 in Broward; or online at

Will Calhoun

Before he won two Grammy® Awards and became famous as a member of the groundbreaking rock group Living Colour, Will Calhoun was an accomplished jazz drummer, having been raised on a steady diet of his father’s bebop records. He graduated with honors from Berklee School of Music and then he hit the road. In 2000, he led the Will Calhoun Quintet that featured Bobby Watson and Terell Stafford on his Grammy-nominated album Live at the Blue Note. Jazz is in his blood, a part of his heritage. “Before rock, before hip-hop, before funk,” he explains, “In my family, African-American history was very important, whether it was Muhammad Ali or Jim Brown, Coltrane, Miles, Duke Ellington—it wasn’t just listening to the music in my house. The life styles of these men and other women were laid down as history lessons on the music and culture.” Jazz quite obviously loomed large for this prodigious drummer.

Mr. Calhoun recorded with the bands of Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, and also B.B. King. After intense immersion in West African rhythms and also percussive electronica, he returns to his jazz roots with this band featuring virtuosic bassist Charnett Moffett and keyboard star Marc Cary, who garnered three Grammy nominations working with trumpeter Roy Hargrove and vocalists Abbey Lincoln and Betty Carter. The frontline features two special guests: Miami native saxophonist, Marcus Strickland, a five-year fixture in Roy Haynes’ Fountain of Youth quartet and now a successful New York bandleader. He teams with trumpeter Brian Lynch, who has had an illustrious career in the bands of Phil Woods and Eddie Palmieri and played in the final iteration of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Lynch holds academic positions at University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, NYU, and the North Netherlands Conservatory.

This modern mainstream band will be pulse-pounding for the South Florida JAZZ audience as a recent stint at the Blue Note in New York firmly established.

Will Calhoun – drums
Marc Cary – piano
Charnett Moffett – acoustic bass
Brian Lynch – trumpet
Marcus Strickland – tenor and soprano saxophones

South Florida JAZZ, in its 22nd year, as the principal purveyors of modern jazz in the region since 1992, formally announces its new season schedule. All eight performances will be held at the Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr Blvd on the Nova Southeastern University campus in Davie. The focus of the organization remains steadfastly on presenting artists of national and international repute under the aegis of Artistic Director Ron Weber and the world-acclaimed vibraphonist/educator Gary Burton, Artistic Advisor, who believe this lineup is potentially the strongest in the organization’s history.

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
Tickets: $40; students $15; $300 eight-concert subscription
All seating is reserved
Free parking courtesy of South Florida JAZZ

2014 Concerts

April 12, 2014 – BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO
One of the most lyrical and intimate voices of contemporary jazz piano, Brad Mehldau has forged a unique path, which embodies the essence of jazz exploration, classical romanticism, and pop allure. With his trio featuring bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard, he is now amongst the most famous and regarded fixtures in modern music with supreme confidence in his deconstruction of varied source material.

May 10, 2014 – DIANE SCHUUR
Vocalist Diane Schuur has built a stellar career by embracing not only traditional modern jazz repertoire and the American Songbook, but also contemporary pop and even some country music with her distinctively jazz flavoring. Her various collaborations have resulted in numerous #1 Billboard chart ratings and two Grammys in five nominations. Deedles’ multi-octave voice, to say the very least, is unique.

Grammy Award winner Christian McBride, who comes from the Ray Brown tradition, is a chameleonic virtuoso both of the acoustic and electric bass, stands tall among his peers, doing things that never have been done on the instrument before. His trio that features emerging stars, pianist Christian Sands, and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr, is dazzling!

Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council

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