Monday, April 16, 2018

Joe Donato Band to Perform in Sunshine Jazz Org's Concert Series at Miami Shores Country Club April 22, 2018

The Sunshine Jazz Concert Series Presents

The monthly Sunshine Jazz Concert Series continues with April’s featured artist, legendary Miami musician Joe Donato. The return of this beloved South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame 2012 Inductee will be accompanied by a superb outfit including Jamie Ousley on acoustic bass, Brian Murphy at the piano, Lenny Steinberg in the drum seat plus a “special surprise guest!”

Joe Donato is widely recognized not only as a saxophonist, but as a respected band leader, composer and lyricist. Born in Vineland, New Jersey, Joe’s parents fostered his musical interests from a very young age. He was encouraged to study sax at age 5 and by age 8 he was playing with adult musicians. At 12 years old Joe joined the American Federation of Musicians Union and at 15 dropped out of school and, with his parents’ blessing, went on tour for more than ten years with an assortment of bands. Joe was “discovered” by University of Miami’s then Dean, Bill Lee, in 1968 and was offered a scholarship to study music at U.M. Since arriving in Miami on New Year’s Day 1970, Joe has lived, studied, performed, and taught in South Florida.

Joe Donato is versatile in the entire woodwind family with a unique performance style and approach to improvisation reflecting a wide variety of musical influences. He has had an extraordinary life and career including tours throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and performances with luminaries such as Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Carmen McRae and Nina Simone. Joe has also served as an adjunct faculty member or lecturer at U.M., Miami-Dade College and F.I.U. His recordings, “For Friends” and “Live at the Tuscany”, were collaborations with gifted musicians and close friends, Randall Dollahon and Brian Murphy.

Be sure to reserve your seats soon for this very special concert with the great Joe Donato. Sunday, April 22nd, 2018, from 6pm-9pm at Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores, FL 33138. General Admission is $20 | SJO Members $15. Become an SJO member or renew at the door and your admission is FREE! MSCC features a Music Lounge/Cash Bar/Full Menu and Free Parking. Reservations & Info:; (954)554-1800, (305)693-2594. Many thanks to our SJO members and sponsors!

Sunday, April 22, 2018 ~ 6-9pm
Miami Shores Country Club 
10000 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami Shores, FL 33138 


May 4: Music in the Park w/ Othello Molineaux; Melton Mustafa Jr.
at Betty T. Ferguson Rec Complex, Miami Gardens

May 27: Oriente at Miami Shores CC

June 23: Joey Gilmore Band at Miami Shores CC

July 22: 9th Annual South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame
Induction at Miami Shores CC

SJO programming is presented with support of the 
Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
and Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor 
and Board of County Commissioners.

Sunshine Jazz Organization
Celebrating Our 31th Season!
Thelma Valles (305)693-2594
Holly Spillane (954)554-1800
Promoting America's Precious Art Form 

in South Florida Since 1986

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