Wednesday, April 29, 2020

South Florida JAZZ Season Cancelled

Bailey Hall at Broward College
3501 Davie Road, Building 4
Davie, FL 33314 

South Florida JAZZ, South Florida’s premier jazz organization, in partnership with Bailey Hall, announces another world-class lineup for its third season at the elegant Broward College venue with state-of-the-art sound.

Bailey Hall is located on the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus at 3501 SW Davie Rd. in Davie and offers free parking. SUBSCRIPTION TICKETS and INDIVIDUAL TICKTETS are available online by visiting or contacting the Bailey Hall box office at (954) 201-6884. The box office and phone lines are open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 7:00 p.m. until curtain time.  All performances commence at 8:00 p.m. 

Friday, April 17, 2020

Northwoods Blues Festival CANCELLED for June 19th and 20th, 2020 w/ Date Reset to 2021

Thursday, April 16, 2020
Official Announcement


We have been told by many people that our 2020 Northwoods Blues Festival lineup was one of the best in the entire country. We agree!

We are now faced with the social distancing challenges of Covid 19 and want every one of our great blues fans to remain safe and healthy. After consulting with our local Health Department, we have decided to postpone/cancel/delay/defer (you pick the word) the 2020 Northwoods Blues Festival scheduled for June 19th and 20th, 2020.

We have rescheduled the next Northwoods Blues Festival for June 18 and 19, 2021 at Riverfront Park in Chippewa Falls. We asked each of our artists scheduled for NWBF 2020 and every one of them opted for a “rollover” to appear at the Northwoods Blues Festival 2021.

They are Friday June 18: Side Stage Stephan Cooper & Nobody Famous, Main Stage Howard “Guitar” Luedtke, Ivy Ford, Cash Box Kings and Curtis Salgado. Saturday June 19: Side Stage Harrison Street, Main Stage Mark Cameron Band, PK Mayo, The Ghost Town Blues Band, Toronzo Cannon and Southern Hospitality.

We understand plans can change (ours sure have) and we will refund any ticket requests. A non refunded ticket purchased for NWBF 2020 will automatically be good for NWBF June 18 and 19, 2021. All ticket purchase funds have been paid to Artists as deposits and we have not asked Artists for refunds of those deposits. We have rolled those deposits over for NWBF 2021. Our Artists are having financial stresses and need our support.

We hope you consider rolling your ticket purchase over to NWBF 2021, for what promises to be our best festival yet. We understand if you choose to receive a refund and appreciate your understanding and support. We will now be selling tickets for June 18 and 19, 2021 on our website.

Each existing ticket buyer will receive an email through our ticket purchase site asking if they choose to rollover their purchase to NWBF 2021 or receive a refund."

Facebook Album (w/ vids and commentary) from this fest in 2017 by Jazz & Blues Florida. GREAT TIME!

Thursday, April 16, 2020





With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to evolve unpredictably—and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our community, including musicians, fans, participants, and staff—Jazz Fest 2020 will not occur this fall, as previously announced.

This conclusion is made after much careful deliberation. It takes something truly momentous to interrupt a 50-year New Orleans tradition as special as the Festival, but we feel strongly that the most prudent course right now is to allow more time for the situation to stabilize. We thank everyone for their patience as we have considered all of the matters necessary to making this difficult decision.

That said, work has already begun on the presentation of next year’s Jazz Fest during its traditional springtime period. So save these dates: The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell will take place April 22 – May 2, 2021. We hope to see you there.

Until then, be safe!

Note to Jazz Fest 2020 Ticketholders
2020 tickets will be valid for next year’s Jazz Fest. Purchasers of 2020 tickets will receive notification no later than April 22 regarding the refund process if they cannot attend in 2021.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

40th Annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2020 Cancelled as of April 14, 2020.

Florida's Festivals Takes The 
Last Hit of the Season.

At the direction of City of Jacksonville officials, in response to ongoing COVID-19 health concerns, the 2020 Jacksonville Jazz Festival that was scheduled for May 21-24 has been cancelled. The City of Jacksonville is committed to the health and safety of the community.  All VIP ticket purchases will be automatically refunded to your original method of payment within two weeks.

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Monday, April 13, 2020

*DATE CORRECTION* Carrollwood Cultural Center Hosts 4th Annual Jim Burge Jazz Festival May 15 & 16, 2020

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(W/ apologies for earlier email that was set up 
back in Febraury to go out automatically today.
Here is the updated information on the postponed fest.)

April is Jazz Appreciation Month...
Get out and appreciate it locally in MAY!!

Celebrate by joining us for a weekend dedicated to jazz
and the man responsible for bringing jazz music to our 
Center: Jim Burge!  This 4th Annual event will feature 
student musicians selected from Hillsborough County 
High School and/or Middle School Jazz programs 
and professional musicians in our community.

Carrollwood Cultural Center
4537 Lowell Road
Tampa, FL 33618 
(813)269-1310  WEBSITE

Friday, May 15, 2020 ~ 7:30pm
A special jazz concert featuring the
Hillsborough County High School All-Star Jazz Ensemble
 performing with Jim Burge & the Jazz Directions
$17 member / $22 G.A..

Saturday, May 16, 2020 ~ 6pm
A celebration of jazz music with performances by
Valerie Gillespie
Dr. LoHertz & Friends
Burge Surge led by Jim Burge!
$19 member / $26 G.A..
Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more.
Email to make
arrangements for your group.

Jim Burge (credit Chaz Dykes Photography)
Jim Burge is a retired Professor of Music at Hillsborough Community
College, received his BME and Masters degrees at the University
of Denver. His experience includes Las Vegas show bands, the
Walt Disney World Band and the Florida Symphony. He is active
as a performer and teacher in the Tampa area and co-conducts
the FanFare Winds Band. Jim also hosts Jazz with Jim,
a monthly program at the Carrollwood Cultural Center.

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Grants available to jazz artists who have lost income due to COVID-19.

Jazz Road Quick Assist Fund

$1,000 grants to jazz artists who have lost significant income due to COVID-19.

Applications are now open, and will close once funds are depleted. Artists are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

As the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, performing artists were among some of the first and hardest hit. In response, Jazz Road Quick Assist Fund grants are available to freelance jazz musicians who have lost work throughout March, April, and May 2020. A limited number of $1,000 grants will be distributed to jazz musicians across the country to offset significant lost gig revenue.

Quick Assist Fund

Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. Highest priority will go to the artists who have faced the most significant, damaging losses due to COVID-19 pandemic response cancellations.
The final grant pool, however, will reflect Jazz Road goals such as diversity and intersectionality in multiple areas including geographic, gender, race/ethnicity, age, disability, etc., as well as reach artists located in more rural, isolated areas. There will also be a priority to support artists who represent the African-American community as well as those who identify as women.
Note: Even if you do not find yourself in one or more of these priorities — or perhaps especially if you do not find yourself in these priorities — please consider either sharing this opportunity with your colleagues who might be a priority or assisting them with an application. The Jazz Road team views this pandemic as an opportunity to offer the most assistance to those who are the most impacted, and we thank you for any help you can offer your colleagues.

Jazz Road, administered by Atlanta-based South Arts, is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The initiative is conducted in partnership with the five other Regional Arts Organizations (Arts Midwest, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Western Arts Alliance/WESTAF).
The Jazz Road Quick Assist fund launches with generous gifts totaling $300,000 in funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew. W. Mellon Foundation.

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Monday, April 6, 2020

South Florida Jazz Inc President Dr. Ron Weber Honored as 2020 JJA Jazz Hero

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Dr. Weber One of 27 Recognized 

Nationally in Annual Awards

The Jazz Journalists Association is pleased to announce its slate of 2020 Jazz Heroes Advocates who have had significant impact in their local communities. In this troubling time, as the world fights a pandemic, the JJA is proud to celebrate the hearts, souls and efforts of 27 "activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz" in 23 U.S. cities. These Jazz Heroes are united by their devotions to put jazz into the public sphere, for all to enjoy.

The 'Jazz Hero' awards, made annually on the basis of nominations from community members, are presented by their local fans and friends in conjunction with the JJA's annual Jazz Awards honoring significant achievements in jazz music and journalism. Please spread the word of Jazz Heroes and the photo collage designed for easy sharing on your own social media posts.

Dr. Ronald Weber

2020 Fort Lauderdale Jazz Hero

Start a conversation about the jazz scene in South Florida and it will almost inevitably lead to Dr. Ronald B. Weber.

Weber, at six feet, seven inches tall, is a towering figure in the local jazz community, as well as one of its outspoken ambassadors and enterprising organizers. A founding member of South Florida JAZZ in 1992, he has served as president and artistic director of the non-profit, all-volunteer organization for the past 26 years. Throughout that span, Ron has been brought the jazz's most revered artists (such as Milt Jackson, Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Rollins, Michael Brecker, Pat Metheny and Ron Carter) to the region, first in conjunction with the Hollywood Jazz Festival and subsequently with South Florida Jazz’s namesake concert series.

"Under his leadership, the programming is diverse with high-quality performances each season. In addition to luminaries and legends, Ron has kept an eye out for up-and-coming performers whose careers would benefit from greater exposure. His approach has been prescient, as Weber points to four artists in particular – vocalists Cecile McLorin Salvant and Kurt Elling and pianists Brad Mehldau and Hiromi – who were featured in an SFJ performance before going on to popular and critical acclaim."

With Weber at the helm, SFJ has grown in scope and scale. In addition to its yearly performance season, it supports jazz education in southeast Florida at elementary, high school, and college levels, aiming to introduce young musicians to life under the bright lights through real-world performing experience. Local student ensembles often open for top-billed performers at SFJ shows at Bailey Hall Davie, Florida.

That commitment to jazz education reflects Weber’s foundational interests. Born in Detroit to musically inclined parents, he began playing piano at age five, adding drums at age 11. By 13 when he'd discovered jazz, music had become an obsession. He recalls practicing for up to 12 hours a day during the summers he was studying classical percussion and timpani with members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Then jazz caught Weber’s ears. He anchored the rhythm section in a Mumford High School jazz band that was good enough to play Stan Kenton charts. During college he perfected his craft as a timpanist with the University of Michigan Orchestra and drummer in a jazz quintet that featured future star tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, who was attending nearby Wayne State University. 

Weber gigged throughout college, including some high-profile gigs with Phineas Newborn Jr, Kirk Lightsey, Candido, Terry Gibbs, and guitarist Johnny Smith. But as graduation neared, his faced a fork in the road. One path led to a career in jazz, with all its uncertainties. His other option was medicine, a field that – no surprise – carried his parents’ blessing. Weber agonized over the choice. Finally, a letter from Dave Brubeck, his mentor and frequent dinner guest at Weber’s parents’ house, steered him to his future. “Dave wrote that being a jazz musician was a very difficult and precarious life," our Hero remembers, "except for a scarce few players. If given an opportunity to study a profession such as medicine, [Dave said] I should take it and I could always have music as a wonderful avocation without the anguish. Of course, he was right. That’s pretty much what I did.”

Weber became a respected neurologist in the Fort Lauderdale area (he has since retired), but his passion for jazz hadn’t waned a bit since his teenage years. It is largely because of his obsession with excellence and education that as a mission, South Florida JAZZ always presents top-notch jazz talent, features artists eager to share their experience, continually nurtures students seeking to learn the craft, and attracts aficionados who are enriched by it all. While Dr. Ronald B. Weber may view his endeavors as natural outcomes of his love for jazz and dedication to its preservation and growth, we see them for what they are: Heroic.

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Gil Anthony's BLUES POWER TOP 30 for April 2020 - It's what on the platter that matters!

BLUES POWER w/ Gil Anthony (2013 Keeping The Blues Alive Award Winner)
WDIG 1450AM, Dothan, AL: Monday 6-11pm Central
WVVL101.1, Enterprise, AL, Sunday 6-11pm cdt
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TOP 30 - April 2020
1: Sister Lucille, Alive , Endless Blues
2: Marcus King , El Dorada, Fantasy
3: The Jimmys, Gotta Have It, Brown Cow Records
4: Kern Pratt, Greenville, Ms, What About You, Endless Blues
5: Betty Fox Band, Peace in Pieces, Self
6: Tinsley Ellis, Ice Cream in Hell, Alligator
7: Rebekah Meldrum, Same, Slippery Noodle
8: Phantom Blues Band, Still Cookin', Vizztone
9: Tas Cru, Drive On, Subcat
10: Albert Cummings, Believe, Provogue
11: Forrest McDonald Band, Blues in a Bucket, World Talent Rec
12: Mick Kolassa, Blind Lemon Sessions, Endless Blues
13: Jim Gustin/Truth Jones, Lessons Learned, Self
14: Ben Rice/RB Stone, Out of the Box, Middle Mt. Music
15: Mark Hummel, Wayback Machine, Electro-Fi
16: Richard Ray Farrell, Three Pints of Gin, Blue Beet
17: Bernard Allison, Songs From the Road, Ruf
18: Harper & Midwest Kind, Rise Up, Access Rec
19: Roomful of Blues, In a Roomful of Blues, Alligator
20: Backtrack Blues Band, Your Baby Has Left, Vizztone
21: Shaun Murphy, Reason to Try, Vision Wall
22: Jeremiah Johnson, Heavens to Betsy, Ruf
23: Casey Hensley, Good as Gone, Vizztone
24: Avey Grouws Band, Devil May Care, Self
25: Mary Jo Curry Band, Front Porch, Self
26: Leroy Ellington, Live & Kickin' It, Infiniti Group Records
27: Ryan Perry, High Risk, Low Reward, Ruf
28: Frank Bey, All My Dues Are Paid, Nola Blue
29: Val Starr, Lighter Side of the Blues, Self
30: Sass Jordan, Rebel Moon Blues, Stony Plain

Also Playing: Erin McCawley/Harrison St., Rick Randlett Band, Watermelon Slim,  Hakon Hoye, Ron Addison, Bluzhammer, Laura Green, Louise Cappi, Chickenbone Slim, Dave Keller, Brick Fields, Wildcat O'Halloran Band, Whitney Shay, Solomon Hicks, Dorothy Moore, Sonny Landreth, Albert Castiglia, Gary  Moore, Liz Mandeville, Sarah Baker, Blind Lemon Pledge, Al Gold, Crystal Shawanda, John Primer/Bob Corritore, Cory Luetjen, Tyler Morris, Andrew Alli, Rev. Freakchild , Alex Dixon, Blind Racoon Collection Vol 2.

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* Bold Indicates Florida Artist.
*Italicizied: Indicates Past Jazz Blues Florida Client.

Mailing Address:
Gil Anthony
PO Box 6628
Dothan AL 36302
Phone: (334)718-1736

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Jazz & Blues Florida April 2020 Issue Published and Posted - Florida's online guide to live jazz & blues.

We are here,
we will be here,
like we have been here...

The April Issue of Jazz & Blues Florida​ has been posted. 
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