Thursday, May 5, 2016

Gold Coast Jazz Presents Giacomo Gates in Season Finale Concert in Fort Lauderdale FL May 11, 2016

Season Finale!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 7:45pm

Under the direction of Martin Hand, Music Director 

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

On Wednesday, May 11, 2016 the Gold Coast Jazz Society will present GIACOMO GATES & THE GOLD COAST JAZZ SOCIETY BAND TRIO, under the direction of Martin Hand, in the performance of the music of Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, Ellington, Miles, Monk and Dizzy, with stories of the music, the composers, and the era.  The concert takes 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 $50 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, online at or .

"Mr. Gates is a solid example of a performer who is doing something that no one else does. He evokes an age (that I would hope is not so terribly bygone) when musicians were entertainers and entertainers were musicians, and a sense of humor was as important as a sense of rhythm." Will Friedwald in The New York Sun.

Giacomo Gates is truly an entertainer, for all ages and styles. Audiences enjoy the music, his interaction on the bandstand, the spontaneity, the humor, and the stories about the music and composers. What usually lacks in most of today's performances is obviously present... fun!
In his own words, "In this kind of music it's about intention, honesty and what comes through in your voice - the Experience of Life."

Blessed with a full-bodied and mellifluous voice, extraordinary rhythmic precision and an unerring sense of lyricism, Gates' total command of the vernacular, boundless creativity and exuberant passion set him apart from nearly every other vocalist on the scene. However, he didn't display his talents to the public-at-large until 1990.

Although he had always been exposed to music since early childhood, singing and playing guitar through his teenage years, it was for the love of the music, not as a vocation. After many years in a non-musical career, and after much encouragement from local and visiting performers, Giacomo decided to return to his native Connecticut and devote full attention to music.

Like his mentors, Gates would sometimes translate great instrumental solos into Vocalese, including the works of Thelonious Monk, Lee Morgan, Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker, Gene Ammons, Charlie Rouse and many others, also penning lyrics to classic jazz compositions. In citing his influences, Giacomo states "Some of my favorite singers are Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster and Lester Young. They were singing through the horn. If that isn't singing, I don't know what is!"

From that perspective, Giacomo sometimes vocalizes as an instrument - trombone, trumpet, bass and even drums. There's no contrivance or gimmickry for its own sake involved in this, as it's entirely conceived within the context of the music. In June of 2004, Giacomo and Andy Bey joined Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling in Europe, performing with Kurt Elling's The Four Brothers vocal ensemble. Giacomo has also performed with such notables as Lou Donaldson, Freddie Hubbard, Richie Cole, Rufus Reid, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis and many other world class performers. His primary focus has been leading his own groups, which has taken him all over the U.S. and other parts of the world.

Playing major U.S. clubs, New York's Birdland, Smoke, Jazz Standard, Blue Note, and Dizzy's, Philadelphia's Chris' Jazz Cafe, Blues Alley and The Kennedy Center in D.C., Scullers in Boston and Snug Harbor in New Orleans, Dazzles in Denver, The Jazz Bakery in LA, Pearl's in San Francisco; and major festivals like Detroit/Montreux, Telluride, Caramoor, Sedona, Rochester, Syracuse, Clearwater, Fairbanks Summer Arts, California's Jazz at the Plazz, and New York's Lost Shrine Series; and at countless universities and jazz societies, Giacomo's enormous appeal and popularity are obvious from the many repeat engagements he has had at these venues.

His international touring includes several tours of Russia, Italy and Belgium, teaching in Europe, three Australian tours and doing a Coca Cola commercial in Madrid.

Gates has six heavily acclaimed CDs, with his most recent release, Miles Tones - Giacomo Gates Sings the Music of Miles Davis, garnering rave reviews and topping the National Jazz Radio Playlist at #1 for four weeks. His preceding CD, The Revolution Will Be Jazz, The Songs of Gil Scott-Heron, was #1 for six weeks on the National Jazz Radio Playlist. Both CD's spent over three months in the top 20 of the Jazz Week charts, on over 300 stations.

Heavily committed to education, Giacomo teaches regularly at Wesleyan University, Southern Connecticut State University, Sacred Heart University and New Haven's Neighborhood Music School and has conducted workshops and residencies at numerous educational institutions all over the U.S.

Giacomo's sheer joy, exuberance, wit and unlimited creativity make him one of jazz' most compelling artists.

For further information call the Gold Coast Jazz Society at 954-524-0805 or online

Performance to be held at:
Broward Center for the Performing Arts - 
Amaturo Theater
201 SW 5th Avenue, 
Ft. Lauderdale FL 33312

The Gold Coast Jazz Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the presentation and preservation of jazz.  To learn more about the Society’s concerts and events, go

Funding for the Gold Coast Jazz Society is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and Funding Arts Broward, supporting innovative local visual and performing arts in Broward County.  Season sponsors include American National Bank, Helen Ingham Foundation; the Mary Porter Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward and MorganStanley.   Inkind sponsors include the Broward Center; PaperMill Media Group, and WLRN FM.

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