Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Gold Coast Jazz Presents Internationally Acclaimed Trumpeter Bria Skonberg in Ft. Lauderdale Dec 8, 2021

Gold Coast Jazz 
 Nothing Never Happens Tour
Live at the Amaturo
30th Anniversary Jazz Concert Series
Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Bria Skonberg
Nothing Never Happens Tour
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Amaturo Theater
201 SW 5th Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale FL 33312

Bria Skonberg is one of today’s top women in jazz and a 2020 Canadian Juno Award nominee for her recent recording, Nothing Ever Happens, a 2018 Juno nominee for With a Twist and 2017 Juno winner for Best Vocal Jazz Album for Bria. She links the present with the past by playing inventive arrangements of traditional jazz repertoire, clever reinterpretations of contemporary classics and original compositions with genuine heart and dynamic flair.  Skonberg has been called “One of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” by the Wall Street Journal and "A millennial shaking up the jazz world” by Vanity Fair.

The Broward Center's COVID-19 Guest Entry Protocols 
apply for this performance. 

Season subscriptions and
individual tickets now available
Call: 954.524.0805 or
online at www.goldcoastjazz.org


Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Shelly Berg Trio
Gershwin Top 20 Celebration

South Florida’s local, legendary Dean of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, American Steinway Piano artist Shelly Berg is a staid and steady hand for our New Year rendition of “Gershwin Top 20 Celebration.” Don’t miss the Shelly Berg Trio LIVE at The Amaturo Theater of Broward Center for the Performing Arts on January 12, 2022.

This quintessential artist who considered himself a musician from the age of four began music academia at age six in a gifted children’s program at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He went on to study with Maxine Priest, Lucien Lemieux, and Albert Hirsh, Rudolph Serkin and Abbey Simon, who many consider to be the greatest music teachers of all time! 

Throughout his forty-year career as a Dean, father and professor, Berg has prioritized his composing and playing music, with his family and work life, while promoting his performance career as well. He says modestly that the phone has been ringing all that time and he is humbly grateful. 

Known for his collaborations and orchestrations with jazz vocalists, which some have labeled “magnificent,” Berg has performed, recorded and arranged for Patti Austin, Nancy Wilson, Bobby McFerrin, Kurt Elling, Monica Mancini, Dionne Warwick, Tierney Sutton, Lorraine Feather and Carmen Bradford; and has performed and/or recorded with a “Who’s Who” of jazz legends including Ray Brown, Louie Bellson, Eddie Daniels, Peter Erskine, Jon Faddis, Woody Herman, James Moody, Arturo Sandoval, Tom Scott, Clark Terry and Bill Watrous, to name a few. 

A magnificent man who is “immensely proud of [his] recent recording, ‘Gershwin Reimagined: An American in London’ (Decca Gold), recorded in London under the baton of José Serebrier with the sublime Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As a jazz and classical pianist, he says, “I have always felt a deep affinity for Gershwin’s music.” In January he will grace the stage at Broward County, FL’s Amaturo Theater with some renditions of music near and dear to his heart.

With sidemen, Dafnis Prieto, drums and Carlo De Rosa on bass, the trio offers a gentle and easy entry into some classics that feel familiar and remind us of home. Cuban-born Prieto is a GRAMMY-winning musician for his big band album, Back to the Sunset, which DownBeat called "one of the best recordings of the year. As a US Jazz Ambassador in 1999 Carlo de Rosa traveled to South Africa, Mauritius, Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. Other performances abroad have led him to countries as varied as France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Estonia, Russia, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Holland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Argentina, Chile, Romania, Slovenia, Denmark, England, Scotland and Ireland.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022
The Kenny Barron Trio
NEA Jazz Master

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Chuchito Valdes
88 Keys of Latin Jazz

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Tony DeSare
An Evening with Tony DeSare

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Dirty Dozen Brass Band  
An Evening of New Orleans Jazz, Funk & Soul 

All Concerts Start at 7:45pm at
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Amaturo Theater
201 SW 5th Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale FL 33312

Fort Lauderdale Visitor Information

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. 

Gold Coast Jazz Society History
Frederick G. Ruffner, Jr. had a vision to bring more jazz to the “Gold Coast” area of South Florida.  In 1992, Fred and a group of avid jazz buffs made this vision a reality by forming a non-profit organization called the Gold Coast Jazz Society in Fort Lauderdale, FL.     

Following its formation, the GCJS developed a concert series, which was presented in the main dining room of the historic Riverside Hotel, located on the famous Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.  As the concert series continued to grow and expand, a larger venue was required.  The concert series was eventually moved to the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, located in the Arts & Science District of Fort Lauderdale.  Today, the seven-concert jazz series continues to be presented in the Amaturo Theater each year from November through May.  Over the years the Society has grown and expanded to include the presentation of jazz education and community outreach activities, the Jeanette M. Russell Jazz Scholarship Program, and many special events throughout the year.

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.

Additional Concert Series Sponsors Include:


    Mary N. Porter Fund/Community Foundation of Broward

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