Saturday, December 3, 2016

Gold Coast Jazz Presents Jon Faddis Quartet Dec 14, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Gold Coast Jazz Society - 
Renowned Jazz Trumpeter 
Jon Faddis Pays Tribute 
to Dizzy Gillespie!

On Wednesday, December 14, the Gold Coast Jazz Society continues their 25th season with the renowned jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis and the Jon Faddis Quartet.  Mr. Faddis will pay tribute to the music of Dizzy Gillespie in celebration of the 100th birthday of Gillespie.   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.  Student 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  

Time Out New York praises Faddis as “the world's greatest trumpeter.” His distinctive trumpet appears on hundreds of records and numerous soundtracks for film and television and he is known throughout the world as one of the most innovative and inspiring jazz trumpeters of our time.  A complete and consummate musician – conductor, composer, and educator and trumpeter - Faddis possesses a virtually unparalleled range and full command of his instrument.  He earned accolades from his close friend and mentor John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie, who declared of Faddis, “He’s the best ever, including me!”  

Faddis began his jazz career by sitting in with Gillespie at the Monterey Jazz Festival.  Later he joined Lionel Hampton’s band as a featured soloist.  After moving from California to New York, he was then invited to sit in with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra and became lead trumpeter for that band.  Faddis soon formed his own quartet, and began directing orchestras, including the Grammy-winning United Nation Orchestra, the Dizzy Gillespie 70th Birthday Big Band, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble (2004-2010), the Carnegie Hall Centennial Big Band, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band (1992-2002), and the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York (2003-present). Faddis has also served as guest conductor and featured guest with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. His original compositions include the Jazz opera Lulu Noire (1997), which was named a “Top 10” pick by USA Today.  Other Faddis compositions may be heard on his Grammy-nominated CD, Remembrances (Chesky 1998), Hornucopia (Epic 1991), Into the Faddisphere (Epic 1989), and TERANGA (Koch 2006).

Joining Faddis for the Dec. 14 concert will be Martín Bejerano on piano, Jamie Ousley on bass and special guest Ignacio Berroa on drums.

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


On January 11, 2017, Houston Person joins forces with the Shelly Berg Trio in an evening of jazz standards. A legendary tenor sax artist, Person, is “one of the best! He’s got bull chops,” claimed Dizzy Gillespie.  Best known for his long time affiliation with Etta Jones, Person has recorded everything from disco and gospel to pop and R&B, in addition to his trademark – velvet-toned straight-ahead jazz and soulful hard bop. The Shelly Berg Trio will accompany Mr. Person.  Berg, an internationally acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, arranger, Dean of the UM Frost School of Music and Grammy nominee, has performed with just about everyone in the jazz business. TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION

The February 21 “The Summit: Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6” will be coming to town!  This concert at Parker Playhouse, a co-promotion with the Broward Center, features these two world-renowned award-winning vocal groups.  The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 boast a remarkable 20 Grammy Awards, and a range of styles that covers nearly every genre of popular music; from jazz to swing, from gospel to R&B. The tour of this show marks the 40th Anniversary of The Manhattan Transfer for their debut recording on Atlantic Records.  Original members Janis Siegel, Alan Paul, and Cheryl Bentyne and their newest member will honor founding member Tim Hauser.   Take 6 shares their crystal clear harmony, innovative arrangements and funky grooves, demonstrating why this sextet is recognized as the preeminent a Capella group in the world.  TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION
As part of a new agreement with Motéma Music, jazz pianist/vocalist Karrin Allyson headed back into the recording studio for a very intimate look at the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein with “Many a New Day (Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein).”  Her concert for the Gold Coast Jazz Society on March 8 will feature many of the favorites from this album and the Rodgers and Hammerstein songbook, tunes with “gorgeous melodies, near perfect lyrics, music that begs to be sung,” - Karrin Allyson.  TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION

On April 12, The Bossa Nova Wave rolls into town.  The Bossa Nova Wave is richly recreated and reminiscent of the performances of Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd with legendary jazz clarinetist, Ken Peplowski and one of today’s greatest guitarist, Diego Figueiredo.   Peplowski is the leading clarinetist in jazz today and has performed with a litany of who’s who of the jazz world.  Figueiredo hails from Brazil and is considered one of the most talented guitarists in the world today.  TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION 
To round out the season, on May 10, 2017 we will feature the South Florida Jazz Orchestra and two special vocalists.  Continuing the celebration of Frank Sinatra’s 100th year, jazz vocalist Johnny Rodgers joins forces with vocalist David Pruyn and the South Florida Jazz Orchestra for an evening that will include the jazz favorites of Frank Sinatra, nicknamed “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” and Mel Tormé, known as “The Velvet Fog”.  Led by Chuck Bergeron, the South Florida Jazz Orchestra is a modern Big Band comprised of some of the best Jazz musicians, studio musicians, and Jazz educators in the southeast who have performed and toured with many of the greatest artists in Jazz and Popular music.  TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION

For more information about the 25th Anniversary Jazz Concert Series, go to The Gold Coast Jazz Society is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of jazz music through a mainstage concert series, free community concerts, educational programs, a jazz scholarship program and musical services provided by the Gold Coast Jazz Society Band. 

Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and is supported by Funding Arts Broward, supporting innovative local visual and performing arts in Broward County.  Concert Series sponsors include American National Bank, Morgan Stanley, and the Mary Porter Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward.  Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
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