Thursday, February 21, 2019

Deanna Witkowski Trio at Riverside Fine Arts in Jacksonville FL February 22, 2019

Experience the spirit of live jazz!

Deanna Witkowski - piano
Daniel Foose ~ bass
Scott Latzky ~ drums

There will be an exhibit and presentation by visual
artist Devon Schlegel beginning at 7 P.M.

Friday, February 22, 2019 ~ 8pm
Riverside Fine Arts Association
1100 Stockton Street
Jacksonville, FL 32204
(904)389-6222  riversidefinearts.org

Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition and a past
guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, New York-based
pianist/composer/arranger Deanna Witkowski has been heralded
for her “consistently thrilling” playing and her “boundless imagination”
(All Music Guide). Her six albums include Raindrop: Improvisations
with Chopin, a solo piano session that seamlessly combines jazz,
classical, and Brazilian music; three jazz quartet recordings; and
the liturgical jazz release, From This Place, with music ranging from
three- part women’s a cappella to SATB pieces with instrumental
jazz trio. Her brand new trio recording, Makes the Heart to Sing:
Jazz Hymns, features twelve of her congregational jazz hymn
arrangements along with a corresponding sheet music songbook.

Upcoming Series Performances:
March 29, 2019 ~ SYBARITE5
April 27: 2019 ~ Matt Haimovitz


ABOUT RFAA
The Riverside Fine Arts Association continues its commitment in providing an annual concert series of world-class music that is matchless in its diversity. Presented in historic venues that are unparalleled in beauty, nowhere else in Jacksonville can you experience the spirit of live chamber music, jazz and cross-cultural performances in such intimate surroundings.

The sanctuary of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd at Park & Stockton Streets serves as the home venue for the Riverside Fine Arts Series. This beautiful and historic church has served the community at its current site since 1929. Its Gothic architecture and hand-carved stonework form a dramatic backdrop for the intimate and acoustically rich listening experience found within the main hall, which seats 550.
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Florida Jazz & Blues Music Fans' Favorite, BRUCE KATZ BAND, Touring Florida March 5-10, 2019

BRUCE KATZ BAND
Catch the band LIVE in Pensacola Beach,  
Tallahassee, Jacksonville Beach and Sebastian


Saturday, March 2, 2019  
Greenville, SC

Sunday, March 3, 2019  
Montgomery, AL

Tuesday & Wednesday, March 5 & 6, 2019  
Pensacola Beach, FL

Friday, March 8, 2019 
Tallahassee, FL

Saturday, March 9, 2019
Oceanfront Plaza
Jacksonville Beach, FL

Sunday, March 10, 2019
Sebastian, FL


Bruce KatzBruce Katz is a legendary keyboardist (Hammond B3 and piano) who has released 10 CDs as a leader and has appeared on over 70 other CDs with the likes of John Hammond, Delbert McClinton, Ronnie Earl, Butch Trucks, Duke Robillard, Little Milton, Joe Louis Walker, David “Fathead” Newman, and many, many others.  

He has also had a strong musical connection with the Allman Brothers Band, having been a member of Gregg Allman’s band for six years (2007-2013), Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band (2010-2015), Butch Trucks’ Freight Train Band (2015-2017) and Les Brers. Bruce also occasionally toured with the Allman Brothers as well.  Jaimoe is a special guest on the new release, playing on several tunes

He is a four time BMA nominee (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2015) for the “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year” award, which is the equivalent of the “Blues Grammys”. He was also nominated by Living Blues Magazine for “Outstanding Musician (Keyboard)” award in 2015.  

His new CD, “Get Your Groove!” (American Showplace Music) has just been released and features many new original tunes, both vocal and instrumental.  It continues the evolution of the band’s music from the traditional Blues and “Soul-Jazz” it is already known for into the improvisational “jam blues” and roots music he has explored as a member of the various Allman Brothers “family bands.”  

The Bruce Katz Band is an original, very exciting group of musicians that features an accessible, soulful approach to the blues and jam traditions.  The band features his virtuosic Hammond B3 and piano play-ing as well as Chris Vitarello’s brilliant guitar playing and vocals.  Based in Woodstock, NY, the band tours and performs at venues and festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe.


The Bruce Katz Band is:
Bruce Katz – Hammond B3 organ and piano
Aaron Lieberman – guitar/vocals
Ray Hangen – drums

"He can play jazz, blues, Bach, anything. Man, he’s a heavy!"
 GREGG ALLMAN

"The Bruce Katz Band’s music has the air of unflagging tradition yet it blurs the lines between genres. It is of itself and beyond itself at the same time. It’s like Mozart with a jazz trio playing at Junior’s Juke Joint on a Thursday night."   BLUES BISCUITS

"Bruce Katz and his men gave those present a concert they’ll remember a long time. Vitarello is an outstanding guitarist, with an astonishing technique and a broad creative range."  ROOTSTIME

WEBSITE - BRUCE KATZ 
FACEBOOK - BRUCE KATZ MUSIC


"This man is as good as it gets. One of the greatest keyboard artists I’ve ever heard."  JOHN HAMMOND

"One of the most respected keyboardists on the blues circuit."  Wade Tatangelo, HERALD-TRIBUNE

Bruce Katz's music occupies a unique space where blues, soul/jazz, jam-band rock, and all aspects of Americana music collide into a style of original music all his own. As a performer, Bruce has been an in-demand sideman as well as leading his own band - playing and recording with many of the leading names in blues and roots music, appearing on over 70 albums with artists such as ‪Ronnie Earl, ‪John Hammond, ‪Delbert McClinton, ‪Gregg Allman, ‪Duke Robillard, ‪Joe Louis Walker, ‪Little Milton, ‪Maria Muldaur, ‪Jimmy Witherspoon, Paul Rishell, Mighty Sam McClain, ‪Debbie Davies, David “Fathead” Newman and many others.

Katz has a lengthy background in classical piano. After hearing a ‪Bessie Smith record at the age of ten, he started teaching himself blues and early jazz on the piano. Bruce then heard boogie-woogie and swing music and continued his musical journey into more aspects of jazz and American roots music. He attended Berklee College of Music in the mid-1970s, studying Composition and performance.

For the next fifteen years, Katz performed with many of the leading musicians in New England, and played “on the road” for long stretches of time. After a particularly long stint of touring in the late '80s with Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, Katz decided to come off the road and enrolled at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he earned a Master's degree in Jazz Performance. It was during this time that he conceived of and started writing music that became the Bruce Katz Band.

In 1992, Bruce met ‪Ronnie Earl, who soon invited him to join his band, The Broadcasters. During his nearly five-year stint with Earl, Katz toured the world and performed on six albums, writing and co- writing many of the band's tunes, such as "The Colour of Love," "Ice Cream Man," and "Hippology." The album “Grateful Heart” (Bullseye) won the Downbeat Critics Poll for Best Blues Album of 1996. The same year, Katz debuted his first solo album, "Crescent Crawl", on the AudioQuest label. He released "Transformation" the following year. Just before the release of "Mississippi Moan" in 1997, his third solo album, Katz left the Broadcasters to concentrate on a solo career. At that point, the Bruce Katz Band began touring the U.S. and Europe, and has been his ongoing focus, in addition to his many other projects. Bruce also played with ‪Duke Robillard(2001-02), ‪John Hammond (2005 – present), ‪Gregg Allman (2007-13) and many other high-profile roots, blues and rock performers, while continuing to tour and record with his own band.

In addition to performing, Katz teaches piano, Hammond organ and theory privately at his studio in West Shokan, NY. He also conducts Master Classes in Hammond B3 and Blues History, which he has done at various schools and music festivals worldwide. Formerly from Boston, Bruce has been based in Woodstock, NY since 2005.


CD AVAILABLE FROM AMAZON.

Booking Contact:
Founding Music Booking Agency
Legare Robertson at:
Phone:  804-690-5122
E-mail: foundingmusic@gmail.com

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Sunshine Jazz Concert Series in Miami Presents The GROOVE SOUL Band Feb 24, 2019


In Honor of Black History Month
Sunshine Jazz Concert Series
Presents 
The GROOVE SOUL Band!

Sunday, February 24, 2019 ~ 6-9PM

In a month that celebrates Black History, Love and Carnival, the Sunshine Jazz Concert Series is pleased to present some fabulous newcomers to our list of excellent South Florida talent, The Groove Soul Band!

The Palm Beach County-based group of seven may be new to the scene but not to playing music. So far the band has opened up for Najee at the Sunrise Theatre, had the pleasure of playing for Betty Wright and for R&B singer Tank, and they were honored to be the headliner band for Bobby Jones at The Sunrise Theatre. The Groove Soul Band is made up of singers, songwriters and musicians who instantly capture your attention with a vibrant musical soul. With a blend of Blues, R&B, Smooth Jazz and Motown, along with passionate control of their instruments, the group sends a clear message. They strive on having a strong and genuine connection with their audience.

The GROOVE SOUL Band All Star performers include:
Ms. Shamara Knowles (Lead Vocalist), Ms. Emid Fuller (2nd Lead Vocalist), Special guest vocalist Will Vaughn, AJ Gordon (Saxophone), Mike T (Keyboards), Justin Mandell (Bass) and Terrance Yerby (Drums)

Please join us Sunday, February 24, 2019, from 6pm-9pm at Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores, FL 33138. General Admission is $25/SJO Members $20. Become an SJO member or renew at the door and your admission is FREE!  MSCC features a full dinner menu, table service and ample free parking. Reserve your seats at SunJazzOrg@aol.com, (954)554-1800. Many thanks to our SJO members, sponsors and musicians. 

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Miami Shores Country Club 
10000 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami Shores, FL 33138 

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.
SJO EVENTS ARE ADA COMPLIANT

Sunshine Jazz Organization
Celebrating Our 32nd Season!
Thelma Valles (305)693-2594
Holly Spillane (954)554-1800
www.sunshinejazz.org
  
Promoting America's Precious Art Form 

in South Florida Since 1986




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St. Pete Jazz Fest at the Palladium!



The Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College

The Palladium gratefully acknowledges its
Season Supporters and Program Partners:
Smith & Associates Real Estate | Tampa Bay Times
Tyrone Square Mazda | Westminster Communities of Florida
WEDU Public Media | WUSF Public Media

YOUR HOME FOR JAZZ!

Valerie Gillespie Ensemble
ST. PETERSBURG JAZZ FESTIVAL PACKAGE
  • Includes ALL 5 concerts, Feb. 27 – Mar. 3
  • Can be purchased by calling or visiting the box office (based on availability)
RESERVED/SECTION A: $125 ($25 per concert)
GENERAL ADMISSION/SECTION B: $100 ($20 per concert)

Valerie Gillespie Ensemble

Valerie Gillespie Ensemble

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 7:30p | Side Door

RESERVED: $35.
GENERAL ADMISSION: $25.

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Multi-instrumentalist and singer Valerie Gillespie opens the 2019 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival with her group Jody Marsh (piano), Steve Boisen (bass) and Dave Rudolph (drums).

Remembering Sam with Rivers Lost

Remembering Sam with Rivers Lost

Thursday, Feb. 28, 7:30p | Side Door

RESERVED: $35.
GENERAL ADMISSION: $25.

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Former bandmates of legendary jazz saxophonist Sam Rivers perform his favorite compositions and shares stories about music making with Rivers and his wife Beatrice.

Nestor Torres Quartet

Nestor Torres Quartet

Friday, Mar. 1, 7:30p | Side Door

GENERAL ADMISSION: $25.
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Latin Grammy Award winning Nestor Torres is joined in his first performance in St. Petersburg with pianist Jorge Sosa, bassist Mauricio Rodriguez and drummer Dimas Sanchez.

Alexis Cole with the Helios Jazz Orchestra

Alexis Cole with the Helios Jazz Orchestra

Saturday, Mar. 2, 7:30p | Hough Hall

RESERVED: $35, $25.
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Called “one of the great voices of today,” Alexis Cole has been compared to classic jazz singers Sarah Vaughan and Anita O’Day. Cole performs with St. Petersburg College's ensemble-in-residence The Helios Jazz Orchestra.

Martin Bejerano Trio

Martin Bejerano Trio

Sunday, Mar. 3, 7:30p | Side Door

RESERVED: $35.
GENERAL ADMISSION: $25.

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Award-winning pianist and composer Martin Bejerano brings his trio to close out the 2019 St. Petersburg Jazz Festival.


The Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Jazz Blues Florida March Issue (Our 10 Year Anniversary Being Totally Online!) of Last Call and Monthly Stats Report

10 Years of Doing the Right Thing and Now It's
LAST CALL FOR MARCH ORDER PLACEMENTS!

"We are proud to announce that Florida welcomed a record 126.1 million visitors in 2018.  ...this is the eighth consecutive record year for visitors to Florida!"
 - Dana Young, President & CEO, VISIT FLORIDA 

How many of these visitors have stopped by to drop some vacation money at your show, club, concert or festival?

Jazz & Blues Florida reaches every state in the United States and over 140 countries around the world annually.

TODAY'S EXAMPLE:
"Your the best at keeping us posted.  So when we travel we can find good music!!
Please keep up the great job!!
Thank you"
Shannon from Tennessee 
1) Deadline for March orders is 9pm,
Thursday, February 21, 2019.
Email me at Charlie@JazzBluesFlorida.com.

2) Please note new rate sheet, shown below.

  

Here is the 'Quick' report for the January, again.
(simply ran out of time to run new #s for Feb):
Current total MailChimp subscribers: 8,698
Current total social media contacts: 16,048*
Past month News Blog views: 16,722
OVER ONE AND A HALF MILLION LIFE-TIME 
BLOG VIEWS!
Past month main website views: 4,362
Past month banner Views: 83,1145
(Clicks: 8,345, Click-thru rate: 8.84%
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Past month Pinterest views: 5,800
Past month Twitter impressions: 13,100
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Need Some FUN? St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival March 22-24, 2019 - Jazz, Country & Americana Music, Plus Much More Family Fun

Hey, We're Going 
To Have Fun at The
St. Augustine Lions
Seafood Festival

March 22, 23, 24, 2019

Francis Field
25 W Castillo Dr
St Augustine, FL 32084
(Next to the Visitor's Center in Downtown)

Click this link to buy pre-sale tickets:
When the pre-sale of tickets has ended,
just come see us and pay cash at the gate.

The popular St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival returns in March, bringing boatloads of seafood delicacies, entertainment and 100 artisans to the Ancient City for three days of food and fun including a musical lineup featuring a Grammy nominee and regional favorites. 

To be held Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 24 at Francis Field in downtown St. Augustine, the festival will serve up a seafood delights, with everything from traditional fish and shrimp, to lobster rolls, conch salad, grilled octopus, crab cakes, Cajun specialties and so much more on the menu. Food vendors will also offer BBQ, pizza, desserts and many festival foods. 

Family fun can be had in the Kids Zone on the kiddie rides and in Spanish Landing, which include clowns, magic shows, children’s drumline and the chance to meet popular characters such as the Little Mermaid, Princesses and the Minions. 

We invite you to come and enjoy the food, fun, shopping and entertainment while supporting a worthy cause for those in need.  

Hours and admission 
Francis Field is located at 25 W. Castillo Drive in downtown St Augustine.  Hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 22; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 23; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 24. Admission is $5 for adults; children 15 and under are free (all food is available for an additional charge). Active duty military with ID are also free. Proceeds from the festival benefit the charitable activities of the St. Augustine Lions Foundation. 


Free parking shuttle available: INFO 

Live Music 
Friday, Saturday & Sunday!

Friday is Jazz & Latin night, Saturday and Sunday 
will feature Country and Americana music. 

Main Stage - Friday Latin & Jazz
Host: Eclipse Studio Jim Stafford
3:00 - Festival Begins
4:00 - Tommy Pricenor
5:00-6:45 - Jax English Salsa Band - “I drove all the way to St. Augustine just to hear the Jax English Salsa band play. They were fantastic.”
Demi S 07/31/17
7:00-8:45 - Those Guys Jazz of Orlando - “Those Guys are the best! Engaging and energetic! They entertain with a wide range of music and interactions with the audience. A must experience!” 
Gina 04/30/17

Main Stage - Saturday
Host: Eclipse Studio Jim Stafford
10:00 - Festival Opens
10:30 - Music “N” Motion of Limelight Theater
11:30-12:45 - John Dickie IV & Collapsible B - “They are always a 
show hi-light” Rustapalooza 10/2018
1:00-2:45 - Sunset East Band - The energy of rock and roll, 
the soul touching lyrics of folk and the feel good style of pop.
3:00-4:45 - Mandalla Music
“… they kept our guests entertained and out on the dance floor the
whole time! …….I cannot say enough good things about them!!"
Monica 11/23/18
5:00-6:45 - TBA
“When Billy Buchanan’s music permeates the dance hall, 
you can’t help but get up and dance.” Folio Weekly

Main Stage - Sunday
Host: Eclipse Studio Jim Stafford
”Taking a queue from rebel folk legends such as Woody Guthrie, 
Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan.” Reverb Nation
“First time I’ve heard this band ….. they are fantastic. Can’t wait 
to hear them again!! 
Carol L 01/20/19
Traditional country and honky-tonk.

5:00 Festival Concludes

Additional stage and strolling family entertainment!

No pets or coolers allowed on festival grounds! 

The proceeds benefit the 
St. Augustine Lions Foundation, 
a 501(C)3 organization."


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