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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Lynne Arriale To Perform Solo Concert at Tampa's Historic Springs Theater

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 10:55 PM

In her first solo concert in the Tampa Bay Area, pianist Lynne Arriale will perform at Tampa's historic Springs Theater on Sunday, November 23, at 3:00 PM.

Arriale's recordings and live shows have earned her international critical acclaim, comparing her in stature to Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans and Ahmad Jamal. The New York Times said, "Lynne Arriale's brilliant musicianship and bandstand instincts place her among the top jazz pianists of the day." JazzTimes lauded her "flawless touch," and "impeccable sense of complex rhythms" while the BBC Music Magazine raved about her "luminous tone and superlative melodic flair."

Although the November 23 concert, presented by the Tampa Jazz Club, marks Arriale's first solo performance in the Tampa Bay area, this Florida resident's trio performances have been among the area's outstanding jazz events at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival in the past. As noted in Jazz Week: "She pinpoints a song's power, majesty, and soul simultaneously."

In early 2009, Arriale releases a new CD/DVD on Motema Music, backed by a new trio of jazz icons featuring Randy Brecker, George Mraz and Anthony Pinciotti. Titled NUANCE, The Bennett Studio Sessions, the studio produced CD will be accompanied by a bonus DVD capturing the group's debut live performance with a studio audience.

The Spring Theater is located at 8029 Nebraska Avenue. Tickets are $23, $18 for Jazz Society members and $5 for students, and will only be available at the venue on the day of the show. For further information, contact 813/915-0074. For additional information on Lynne Arriale, visit www.motema.com/lynnearriale, or www.lynnearriale.com.

Please contact cary@gomediapr.com for high res images or to schedule an interview with Lynne.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Solomon Douglas Swingtet at the Don Vicente in YBOR

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 12:25 PM

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Al Downing Jazz Education Scholarship Winners Concert

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 9:11 AM

From Dwayne White:

"Jazz is most certainly alive and well in the hands of a younger generation of future jazz stars.
Join us for an exciting evening of jazz featuring Al Downing Jazz Education Scholarship Winners of the past few years.

This spectacular group of musicians will be in session at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. South, St. Petersburg on Wednesday, August 6, 2008 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association remains committed to the cause of Jazz Education. Each year ADTBJA sponsors scholarships for high school seniors who plan to continue their study of America's Music, Jazz.

These are the students who will be playing and representing the future of jazz at its finest:

Bryan Downing, guitar Mark Feinman, drums Ray Friere, saxophone

Quinn LaHiff, saxophone Nick Lembo, drums Billy Norris, bass

John Paul, bass"

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

LaRue Nickelson live at WMNF Live Music Studio

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 8:38 AM

Join an intimate crowd of only 30 people lucky enough to see local jazz guitarist and composer, Larue Nickelson, perform live with his band in the Mike Eisenstadt Live Music Studio at 7:30 p.m. on August 14, 2008, 2008.

LaRue Nickelson is a jazz guitarist and composer from the Tampa Bay area. He has had a varied and diverse music career with many different groups. LaRue has played in New York, Italy, South Africa, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Montreux, and California as well as staying very busy doing festivals and clubs in the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Orlando, and Sarasota, Florida areas. LaRue has performed with Rich Perry, Peter Erskine, Jeff Berlin, Ira Sullivan, Ingrid Jensen, Don Braden, Rufus Reid, Sheila Jordan, Hank Marr, David Leibman, Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge, Chick Corea, Conrad Herwig, Robbie Ameen, Giovanni Hildalgo, Gary Versace, Walt Weiskopf, Frank Foster, Mike Maineri, Adam Nusbaum, Steve Davis, Marcos Cavalcante, Patrick Bettison, Eric Darius, and Mike MacArthur. He has also recorded with Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge, The Michael Ross Quartet, Greenwich Blue, Shawn Ashby, Kristen Lomholt, Mark Gould, and Cory Christiansen.

As well as recording and performing, LaRue is also a composer with almost 40 compositions to his credit, many of which have appeared on recordings by Greenwich Blue, The Michael Ross Quartet, and his own projects. His first solo project titled Dark Water has just been released featuring his original compositions. There are also some other recording projects in the works with Tom Brantley, Jeremy Douglas, Chuck Owen's tribute to Michael Brecker, Tom Carabasi, Patrick Bettison, and a duo album with Jeremy Powell. He also has written for two Mel Bay anthologies. He is the jazz guitar instructor at the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa, FL with his beautiful wife, Joy, and his slightly less attractive cat, Ornette.

The LaRue Nickelson Group features, Ryan Pate on guitar, Jeremy Powell on saxophone, Joe Porter on bass, and Ian Goodman on drums. Come listen to some great jazz and interact with the band and this month's emcee, ADTBJA member Kenny Walker.

WMNF’s Live Jazz Series was started to offer a venue where the Bay Area’s finest jazz musicians could perform not only standards, but their original compositions, to a crowd who truly cares about their music,” said Carrie Core, volunteer coordinator at WMNF and originator of the series. The concerts are the second Thursday of each month at 7:30pm.


Where: WMNF 88.5 FM Community Radio is located at 1210 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.Tampa, FL.

When: 7:30 p.m. on August 14, 2008., 2008.

How Much: Tickets are $20 advance purchase and $25 day of the show. Call 813-238-8001 during business hours to reserve seats.

For more information on the WMNF Live Jazz Series, visit www.wmnf.org or call Carrie Core at 813/238-8001, ext. 134.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Billy Norris Performing for WMNF Live Jazz Series

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 8:47 AM

Bass player Billy Norris left Tampa a couple years ago to entertain jazz audiences in New York City, but he hasn’t forgotten his roots in the Tampa Bay area. On Thursday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m., he returns to Tampa for the WMNF 88.5 Live Jazz Series with friends LaRue Nickelson (guitar), Alex LoRe (sax) and Michael W. Davis (drums). Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Seating is limited in the intimate live music studio and refreshments will be available.


Norris has been playing music since childhood, starting with the guitar, then evolving to play the bass, drums and sing. These days, he concentrates on perfecting his bass playing under the guidance of legendary Harvie S at the Manhattan School of Music, where he received a full-ride scholarship to attend after two impressive stints in the Grammy Jazz Ensemble in 2005 and 2006. Drummer Michael Davis also attends the Manhattan School of Music and is in the band Minor Blues alongside Norris. He hails from the San Francisco Bay Area.


Well-known Tampa Bay area guitarist LaRue Nickelson teaches guitar at University of South Florida and has several recordings to his credit, both as a leader and sideman. The LaRue Nickelson Trio has opened for many touring jazz artists and performs regularly in the region. As a member of Chuck Owen's Resurgence group, Nickelson was a performing artist at the 2000 International Association of Jazz Educators Conference in New Orleans. He also has performed at the Clearwater Jazz Festival, the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy and throughout South Africa as a member of the USF JAZZTET, the premier performing group of the USF Jazz Program.


Saxophonist Alex LoRe is a native of Tarpon Springs and resides in Jacksonville where he studies with legendary jazz master Bunky Green in the University of North Florida jazz studies program. LoRe has shared the stage with artists such as Benny Green, Russell Malone, Dianne Shuur and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones while playing lead alto saxophone chair in UNF’s award-winning Jazz Ensemble 1. He has performed at the Next Generation Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, The Ravinia Festival, the North Texas Jazz Festival, The Savannah Jazz Fesitval and the Mahaffey Theatre in St Petersburg.


For more information on the WMNF Live Jazz Series contact Carrie Core, CarrieC@wmnf.org, 813.865.8261

Monday, June 23, 2008

Jam Session at Coconuts Comedy Club

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 8:34 AM

Jazz Jam
(8p-11:30p)
Every Tuesday
@ Coconuts Comedy Club

2950 Gulf to Bay Blvd. Clearwater
727-797-5653
Hosted By
The Tom "T-Bone" Hamilton Trio
bass: Tom Hamilton
Piano: Stretch BruYn
Drums: Fred Edinborgh
Sit in and play, enjoy some delicious food and drinks, and listen to some live jazz.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Homemade: A Music Symposium

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 7:00 AM


The Artists and Writers Group will debut HOMEMADE: A Music Symposium on Saturday, June 7, 2008. This free event will be a music conference and performance event with interactive educational music workshops.

The theme is the do-it-yourself music business that is swiftly growing with the rise of the Internet and inexpensive editing software. Self-promotion and production has always been necessary and important to the beginning and independent musician anyway — but now ‘taking care of business’ is ever more important and relevant to each musician.

Hillsborough Community College-Ybor City campus (Tampa) is a partner and will host the event in their new performing arts building located at Palm Ave and 14th Street, across from the Cuban Club. The event will run 10am to 5pm Saturday, June 7, 2008.

The symposium is free and open to the public and is supported by a grant provided to the Artists and Writers Group from the Ybor City Development Corporation. The Bay Area Artists and Musicians Organization (BAAMO) are assisting with organizing the event.

Presentations, discussions and workshops will range from writing songs to making a low-cost video for the Net; from how to make an electronic press kit to improving live performance with acting techniques; from recording at home to booking a tour; from samples of the history of the American Songbook to playing for silent films; from how to tune and play a Irish bouzouki to making rock jazzy and jazz rock.


Schedule

Presentations and Workshops are in the Performing Arts Building, located at Palm Ave. and 14th Street.

Lobby
9:00 AM Attendees Sign in
Coffee and nibbles
Main Stage
10:00 AM The American Songbook
Rosa Rio, David Pomeranz, Paul Wilborn (Moderator)
Noon Lunch
Bring lunch or visit restaurants in Ybor City
1:00 PM The New Music Democracy
Scott Leonard
1:30 PM Media Panel: Getting the Word Out
Lee Courtney (Moderator - BAAMO), Julie Garisto (TBT-St. Petersburg Times), Bob Ross (Independent journalist, blogger), Curtis Ross (Tampa Tribune), Wade Tatangelo (Music critic, Creative Loafing), Megan Voeller (Art critic, Creative Loafing), Randy Wynne (Program director, WMNF Radio)

Workshops

Main Stage
2:30 PM Building a Song
John McEwen, Judy Tampa, George Pappas, Dan Bradbury
3:00 PM House Concerts: How and Why
Gloria Holloway, David Brown, Susan Reiss
3:30 PM Instruments: History and Use of the Bouzouki and Concertina
John McEwen, Dan Bradbury
4:00 PM Inside the Song: Singer / Songwriters
Maggie Council, Ronny Elliott, Jules Dobrowolski, John McEwen, George Pappas, Denise Moore, Judy Tampa
Rehearsal Hall
2:30 PM Jazz: Stylings and Improv
Ken Hanks, Denise Moore, Martin Dalmasi
3:15 PM Jazz: Models and Arranging
Ken Hanks, Martin Dalmasi
Art Gallery
2:30 PM Writing Comedy Songs
Jules Dobrowolski
3:15 PM The Art and Business of the Jingle
Jeff Arthur
Studio Theater
2:30 PM Videoing Live Performance: Theatrical Concepts Part 1
Stan Arthur, Fred Smith, Eugenie Bondurant, Keith Arsenault
Performers: Handshake Squad, Next Exit
3:15 PM Videoing Live Performance: Theatrical Concepts Part 2
Stan Arthur, Fred Smith, Eugenie Bondurant
Performers: Handshake Squad, Next Exit
Ensemble Room
2:30 PM To Be Announced
3:15 PM The Pranayama of Voice
Denise Moore
Classroom 102
3:15 PM Creating an Electronic Press Kit
Gary Burge, Fred Smit

Presenters

Keith Arsenault (Producer - production), Jeff Arthur (Vocalist, producer, composer), Stan Arthur (Music videos - The Ditchflowers), Dan Bradbury (Concertina - banjo), Eugenie Bondurant (Acting coach - actress), David Brown (Guitar - house concerts), Gary Burge (Web developer - electronic press kits), Robert Constable - David Rogers (Experimental Rock – Handshake Squad), Maggie Council (Singer - songwriter), Lee Courtney (BAAMO), Martin Dalmasi (Jazz sax, flute, percussion), Jules Dobrowolski (Singer - songwriter), Ronny Elliott (Singer - songwriter), Julie Garisto (Journalist), Kenneth Hanks (Jazz pianist - composer), Mia HartleyNikolas HartleyJustin LincolnBrian Rothenberger (Folk rock - Next Exit ), Gloria Holloway (Concert promoter), Scott Leonard (Lead tenor, Rockapella), John McEwen - Judy Tampa - George Pappas (Folk rock - Bunko Squad), Denise Moore (Jazz singer), David Pomeranz (Broadway and pop singer - composer), Susan Reiss (House concerts), Rosa Rio (Silent era organist), Bob Ross (Journalist), Curtis Ross (Journalist), Fred Smith (Drummer - music video), Wade Tatangelo (Journalist), Ray Villadonga (bassist - composer), Megan Voeller (Journalist), Paul Wilborn (Pop singer - pianist) Randy Wynne (Radio Program Director)
Copyright © 2008 by Artists and Writers Group, Inc., a non-profit corporation
For information contact: David Audet, Executive Director, email: daudet@hccfl.edu - voice: +1 813-253-7674

Or for more information please email Denise Moore at denise@denisemoorejazz.com

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Al Downing Jazz Association Annual Membership Meeting and Concert

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 8:50 PM

Dwayne White Sent this to me. The Al Downing Jazz Association has severed the Tampa Bay Area for years and contiunes to provide support for great support music in our community. It's something well worth supporting!


The Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association, Inc. invites you to
its annual meeting and free concert
(come and find out more about our association)
Sunday, May 18th - 2:00 p.m.
Al Downing Theatre
(at Perkins Elementary school)
2205 18th Avenue South, St. Petersburg


The FREE Concert Begins at 3:30 p.m.
featuring
The Boca Ciega High School Jazz Band
directed by FRANK WILLIAMS
Come hear this fabulous group of youngsters
and experience the jazz sounds of the next generation.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Daniel Joiner Trio at Harry's

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 6:18 PM

The Daniel Joiner Trio will be performing every Wednesday night at Harry Seafood Bar and Grill on Sheldon Road. When asked do describe his music, Joiner replied, "The Trio performs a variety of jazz standards with vibrant and fresh interpretations, with styles ranging from swing, blues, ballads, Bossa Nova, and funk." He continued by saying, "The atmosphere in the restaurant is both sophisticated and comfortable. You can either relax in the bar area and enjoy friendly conversation and half-off martinis while catching your favorite sports team overhead, or enjoy fine dining at one of the charming tables or booths. The combination of elegant lighting, friendly and professional staff, great food, and the constant sound of jazz, make Harry's a perfect destination for either a romantic evening or a fun night out with friends."


Daniel Joiner is a graduate of Stetson University in DeLand Florida, where he studied classical piano with Dr. Michael Rickman. His style has been greatly inspired by jazz pianists such as Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Fats Waller, Michel Camillo, Errol Garner, and his teacher Harold Blanchard, in addition to influences from his study of classical literature. Having performed both in the University setting and in the community utilizing the classical genre, he now continues his performance endeavors as a jazz pianist. Since college, he has continued his studies in jazz improvisation with legendary New Smyrna jazz pianist Harold Blanchard. Joiner is focused on developing as a professional musician, making connections between a variety of styles including classical, jazz, Latin, blues, and gospel. He is currently attending the University of South Florida in Tampa to pursuing a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies" (excerpt from The Daniel Joiner Trio CD baby bio).

Where: Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille 11935 Sheldon Road Tampa, FL 33626
When: Every Wednesday 6:00 - 9:00pm
Phone: (813) 920-6020

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Buster Plays What?

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 8:43 PM

I posted this earlier today on my personal blog, and Matt pointed it out that this should be posted here as well.

I was just hipped to a great video of the Tampa Bay area's very own Buster Cooper. Buster has been playing for years now down at The Garden Restaurant in St. Petersburg and always generously allows young aspiring jazz musicians to sit in. Sitting down to talk to him about his experiences is veritable history lesson in jazz and more specifically a recount of the late 1960's Duke Ellington Orchestra. Here he takes the second solo blowing over "The Opener," but what's he playing?


Friday, April 25, 2008

The Mars Trio Performing at Local Art Show

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 1:12 PM

This Friday April 25, The Mars Trio will be performing live at DaSilva’s Coffee House and Roastery in Fish Hawk. DaSilva’s is hosting nearly 20 local artists for an art show from 7-11 pm. This event will be similar to that of the Canvas Art Events hosted at the Crossings Church in Brandon FL. Click here to see related posts.

DaSilva’s: the best coffee, the best friends, the best destination in town.

Where: 15282 FishHawk Blvd, Lithia FL, 33547.
When: 7:00pm.
Admission: Free.
Open To All Ages.


The Mars Trio Personnel:
Rich Van Voorst: Saxophone
Alejandro Arenas: Bass
Mark Feinman: Drums

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet at St. Pete College

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 7:56 AM

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Chamber Music America, St. Petersburg College and EMIT present a special Encore concert of Codebook by Rudresh Mahanthappa with Vijay Iyer on piano, François Moutin on bass, and Damion Reid on drums Saturday, March 1 at the Music center at St. Pete College beginning at 8:00pm. There will also be a pre-concerton discussion at 7:pm.

Guggenheim fellow Rudresh Mahanthappa is one of the most innovative young musicians and composers in jazz today. Named a "Rising Star" of the alto saxophone by the Downbeat International Critics Poll for the past four years, #2 in 2006, Rudresh has incorporated the culture of his Indian ancestry and has fused myriad influences to create a truly groundbreaking artistic vision.

St. Petersburg
College Music Center is at the corner of 66th St. and 5th Ave. N in St. Petersburg. Donation admission is $10 (cash) at the door. This concert benefits music student scholarships at St. Petersburg College.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Mimi Fox at Cultural Center Theatre

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 9:24 AM

Jazz Guitarist Mimi Fox will be performing in Port Charlotte on Sunday, March 16th at 7:30pm at the Cultural Center Theatre, sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte county. For more information go to www.charlottearts.org

Fox started playing drums at nine, and then guitar when she was ten. She was inspired by the wide variety of music enjoyed by her family - show tunes, classical, Dixieland, Motown - and her own youthful inclination toward pop, folk, and R&B. When she was fourteen, she bought her first jazz album "because it was on sale." The one she chose had no guitarist, but she was "blown away" by it. That album, John Coltrane's classic "Giant Steps," changed the course of her musical life. She began touring right out of high school and eventually moved to San Francisco in 1979, where she became a sought-after musician. She is Chair of the Guitar Department at the innovative Jazz School in Berkeley, California and adjunct professor at New York University.

A seasoned player, Fox has performed with fellow guitarists Charlie Byrd, Charlie Hunter, Stanley Jordan and Kenny Burrell, as well as with Grammy award winners saxophonists Branford Marsalis and David Sanchez and Manhattan Transfer's Janis Siegel, saxophonist Don Lanphere, Hammond B3 organ virtuosos Barbara Dennerlien and Dr. Lonnie Smith, and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. Fox has also appeared on numerous television and radio shows including BET on Jazz and NPR's Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland as well as many others. Mimi is the head of the Jazz Guitar department At The Jazz School in Berkeley California.


Mimi will also be giving a workshop for players on Saturday March 15th, from 6-8pm at the Charlotte County Chamber office.

When: Sunday March 15, 6-8pm
Where: 2702 Tamiami Tail, Port Charlotte FL, 33952
Call (941) 764-8100 to reserve space
Cost: $25 per person

Pat Metheny Trio Coming to Tampa

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 9:19 AM



Thursday, February 7, 2008

Monterey at 50

Published by Matthew Wengerd at 9:28 AM

The Monterey Jazz Festival's 50th Anniversary tour will be rolling through Sarasota Monday, 11 Feb 2008.

Monterey Musicians

Building on the exciting and unprecedented legacy of fifty years of historic jazz presentation, the Monterey Jazz Festival is proud to announce the nationwide, ten-week, fifty-four date Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary Tour. Heralded as a meeting of three generations of jazz masters, the 50th Anniversary MJF All-Star Band features the leaders of the past, present and future with Terence Blanchard on trumpet, James Moody on saxophone, Benny Green on piano, Derrick Hodge on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums. Vocalist Nnenna Freelon will also be a featured member of the group as they embark on the twenty-two state tour starting in January, 2008.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary Tour
Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, 8 PM
Tickets: $45, $40

Monday, January 28, 2008

Jeremy Powell Jazz Workshop at Musicology

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 5:09 AM

Jeremy Powell, of Mayhem Productions, will be giving an eight week, in depth workshop jazz improvisational, jazz history, theory, and harmony, hosted by Musicology in Clearwater, starting Saturday Feb.9th from 2:30-3:30 and continuing through March 29. The workshop is geared towards the musician who wants to break out of the pentatonic scale and learn how to improvise over chord changes. This eight-week course will cover and break down the many different aspects of basic improvisation: chord tones, chord scales, guide-tone lines, modes etc., and analyze those aspects, helping students to improve on them regardless different skill levels. During the eight classes essential elements of jazz theory and song forms will be taught and, from the blues, to modal, rhythm changes, and other jazz song forms. By the end of the eight week session all of the students will have a better understanding of how to improvise as well as a priceless new confidence at soloing on there respective instrument.


Schedule:
Sat. 2/9/08 (1st class)- The Blues
An in-depth look at the blues and how to get more out of it.

Sat. 2/16/08 (2nd class)- Minor Blues
Why make the blues minor and what possibilities can this open up in our playing.

Sat. 2/23/08 (3rd class)- Modal songs
A look into the impact that “so what” had on jazz, the new style that followed, and how this style can help us improve our improv. chops.

Sat. 3/1/08 (4th class)- 6/8 or 3/4 anyone?
With a focus on songs in 3 and 6, we’ll look at how to improve our playing in 3, and why it’s so much easier than 4.

Sat. 3/8/08 (5th class)- “Boring” Ballads
We’ll focus on how to make your playing in this style more interesting and easy.

Sat. 3/15/08 (6th class)- 32 bar forms
We’ll take an in-depth look at this common song form and how to make it work for us, not the other way around.

Sat. 3/22/08 (7th class)- rhythm changes
We’ll analyze this song style’s hidden formula and simplify it... beacuse it should be simple.

Sat. 3/29/08 (8th class)- wrap-up/play
Since this will be the last class of the workshop we will review, answer any unanswered questions or concerns and of course, play!

Who: All instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome!
Where: Musicology 2576 Sunset Pt. Rd. Clearwater, FL 33765
Phone: (727) 723-1000
When: Saturdays from Feb.9th through March 29 from 2:30-3:30pm
Level: beginning to intermediate instrumentalists (some basic note and sight-reading knowledge is preferable).
Cost: Each of the 8 workshops is only $25 per person.

To reserve your spot in any of these classes or if you have any questions about this workshop please call Musicology at 727.723.1000 or e-mail Jeremy Powell at logan@mayhemproductions.us and notify them of which class(es) you will be attending. Each class is only $25.

Lynne Arriale To Perform Solo Concert at Tampa's Historic Springs Theater

In her first solo concert in the Tampa Bay Area, pianist Lynne Arriale will perform at Tampa's historic Springs Theater on Sunday, November 23, at 3:00 PM.

Arriale's recordings and live shows have earned her international critical acclaim, comparing her in stature to Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans and Ahmad Jamal. The New York Times said, "Lynne Arriale's brilliant musicianship and bandstand instincts place her among the top jazz pianists of the day." JazzTimes lauded her "flawless touch," and "impeccable sense of complex rhythms" while the BBC Music Magazine raved about her "luminous tone and superlative melodic flair."

Although the November 23 concert, presented by the Tampa Jazz Club, marks Arriale's first solo performance in the Tampa Bay area, this Florida resident's trio performances have been among the area's outstanding jazz events at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival in the past. As noted in Jazz Week: "She pinpoints a song's power, majesty, and soul simultaneously."

In early 2009, Arriale releases a new CD/DVD on Motema Music, backed by a new trio of jazz icons featuring Randy Brecker, George Mraz and Anthony Pinciotti. Titled NUANCE, The Bennett Studio Sessions, the studio produced CD will be accompanied by a bonus DVD capturing the group's debut live performance with a studio audience.

The Spring Theater is located at 8029 Nebraska Avenue. Tickets are $23, $18 for Jazz Society members and $5 for students, and will only be available at the venue on the day of the show. For further information, contact 813/915-0074. For additional information on Lynne Arriale, visit www.motema.com/lynnearriale, or www.lynnearriale.com.

Please contact cary@gomediapr.com for high res images or to schedule an interview with Lynne.

Solomon Douglas Swingtet at the Don Vicente in YBOR

Al Downing Jazz Education Scholarship Winners Concert

From Dwayne White:

"Jazz is most certainly alive and well in the hands of a younger generation of future jazz stars.
Join us for an exciting evening of jazz featuring Al Downing Jazz Education Scholarship Winners of the past few years.

This spectacular group of musicians will be in session at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 18th Ave. South, St. Petersburg on Wednesday, August 6, 2008 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association remains committed to the cause of Jazz Education. Each year ADTBJA sponsors scholarships for high school seniors who plan to continue their study of America's Music, Jazz.

These are the students who will be playing and representing the future of jazz at its finest:

Bryan Downing, guitar Mark Feinman, drums Ray Friere, saxophone

Quinn LaHiff, saxophone Nick Lembo, drums Billy Norris, bass

John Paul, bass"

LaRue Nickelson live at WMNF Live Music Studio

Join an intimate crowd of only 30 people lucky enough to see local jazz guitarist and composer, Larue Nickelson, perform live with his band in the Mike Eisenstadt Live Music Studio at 7:30 p.m. on August 14, 2008, 2008.

LaRue Nickelson is a jazz guitarist and composer from the Tampa Bay area. He has had a varied and diverse music career with many different groups. LaRue has played in New York, Italy, South Africa, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Montreux, and California as well as staying very busy doing festivals and clubs in the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Orlando, and Sarasota, Florida areas. LaRue has performed with Rich Perry, Peter Erskine, Jeff Berlin, Ira Sullivan, Ingrid Jensen, Don Braden, Rufus Reid, Sheila Jordan, Hank Marr, David Leibman, Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge, Chick Corea, Conrad Herwig, Robbie Ameen, Giovanni Hildalgo, Gary Versace, Walt Weiskopf, Frank Foster, Mike Maineri, Adam Nusbaum, Steve Davis, Marcos Cavalcante, Patrick Bettison, Eric Darius, and Mike MacArthur. He has also recorded with Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge, The Michael Ross Quartet, Greenwich Blue, Shawn Ashby, Kristen Lomholt, Mark Gould, and Cory Christiansen.

As well as recording and performing, LaRue is also a composer with almost 40 compositions to his credit, many of which have appeared on recordings by Greenwich Blue, The Michael Ross Quartet, and his own projects. His first solo project titled Dark Water has just been released featuring his original compositions. There are also some other recording projects in the works with Tom Brantley, Jeremy Douglas, Chuck Owen's tribute to Michael Brecker, Tom Carabasi, Patrick Bettison, and a duo album with Jeremy Powell. He also has written for two Mel Bay anthologies. He is the jazz guitar instructor at the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa, FL with his beautiful wife, Joy, and his slightly less attractive cat, Ornette.

The LaRue Nickelson Group features, Ryan Pate on guitar, Jeremy Powell on saxophone, Joe Porter on bass, and Ian Goodman on drums. Come listen to some great jazz and interact with the band and this month's emcee, ADTBJA member Kenny Walker.

WMNF’s Live Jazz Series was started to offer a venue where the Bay Area’s finest jazz musicians could perform not only standards, but their original compositions, to a crowd who truly cares about their music,” said Carrie Core, volunteer coordinator at WMNF and originator of the series. The concerts are the second Thursday of each month at 7:30pm.


Where: WMNF 88.5 FM Community Radio is located at 1210 E. Martin Luther King Blvd.Tampa, FL.

When: 7:30 p.m. on August 14, 2008., 2008.

How Much: Tickets are $20 advance purchase and $25 day of the show. Call 813-238-8001 during business hours to reserve seats.

For more information on the WMNF Live Jazz Series, visit www.wmnf.org or call Carrie Core at 813/238-8001, ext. 134.

Billy Norris Performing for WMNF Live Jazz Series

Bass player Billy Norris left Tampa a couple years ago to entertain jazz audiences in New York City, but he hasn’t forgotten his roots in the Tampa Bay area. On Thursday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m., he returns to Tampa for the WMNF 88.5 Live Jazz Series with friends LaRue Nickelson (guitar), Alex LoRe (sax) and Michael W. Davis (drums). Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Seating is limited in the intimate live music studio and refreshments will be available.


Norris has been playing music since childhood, starting with the guitar, then evolving to play the bass, drums and sing. These days, he concentrates on perfecting his bass playing under the guidance of legendary Harvie S at the Manhattan School of Music, where he received a full-ride scholarship to attend after two impressive stints in the Grammy Jazz Ensemble in 2005 and 2006. Drummer Michael Davis also attends the Manhattan School of Music and is in the band Minor Blues alongside Norris. He hails from the San Francisco Bay Area.


Well-known Tampa Bay area guitarist LaRue Nickelson teaches guitar at University of South Florida and has several recordings to his credit, both as a leader and sideman. The LaRue Nickelson Trio has opened for many touring jazz artists and performs regularly in the region. As a member of Chuck Owen's Resurgence group, Nickelson was a performing artist at the 2000 International Association of Jazz Educators Conference in New Orleans. He also has performed at the Clearwater Jazz Festival, the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy and throughout South Africa as a member of the USF JAZZTET, the premier performing group of the USF Jazz Program.


Saxophonist Alex LoRe is a native of Tarpon Springs and resides in Jacksonville where he studies with legendary jazz master Bunky Green in the University of North Florida jazz studies program. LoRe has shared the stage with artists such as Benny Green, Russell Malone, Dianne Shuur and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones while playing lead alto saxophone chair in UNF’s award-winning Jazz Ensemble 1. He has performed at the Next Generation Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, The Ravinia Festival, the North Texas Jazz Festival, The Savannah Jazz Fesitval and the Mahaffey Theatre in St Petersburg.


For more information on the WMNF Live Jazz Series contact Carrie Core, CarrieC@wmnf.org, 813.865.8261

Jam Session at Coconuts Comedy Club

Jazz Jam
(8p-11:30p)
Every Tuesday
@ Coconuts Comedy Club

2950 Gulf to Bay Blvd. Clearwater
727-797-5653
Hosted By
The Tom "T-Bone" Hamilton Trio
bass: Tom Hamilton
Piano: Stretch BruYn
Drums: Fred Edinborgh
Sit in and play, enjoy some delicious food and drinks, and listen to some live jazz.

Homemade: A Music Symposium


The Artists and Writers Group will debut HOMEMADE: A Music Symposium on Saturday, June 7, 2008. This free event will be a music conference and performance event with interactive educational music workshops.

The theme is the do-it-yourself music business that is swiftly growing with the rise of the Internet and inexpensive editing software. Self-promotion and production has always been necessary and important to the beginning and independent musician anyway — but now ‘taking care of business’ is ever more important and relevant to each musician.

Hillsborough Community College-Ybor City campus (Tampa) is a partner and will host the event in their new performing arts building located at Palm Ave and 14th Street, across from the Cuban Club. The event will run 10am to 5pm Saturday, June 7, 2008.

The symposium is free and open to the public and is supported by a grant provided to the Artists and Writers Group from the Ybor City Development Corporation. The Bay Area Artists and Musicians Organization (BAAMO) are assisting with organizing the event.

Presentations, discussions and workshops will range from writing songs to making a low-cost video for the Net; from how to make an electronic press kit to improving live performance with acting techniques; from recording at home to booking a tour; from samples of the history of the American Songbook to playing for silent films; from how to tune and play a Irish bouzouki to making rock jazzy and jazz rock.


Schedule

Presentations and Workshops are in the Performing Arts Building, located at Palm Ave. and 14th Street.

Lobby
9:00 AM Attendees Sign in
Coffee and nibbles
Main Stage
10:00 AM The American Songbook
Rosa Rio, David Pomeranz, Paul Wilborn (Moderator)
Noon Lunch
Bring lunch or visit restaurants in Ybor City
1:00 PM The New Music Democracy
Scott Leonard
1:30 PM Media Panel: Getting the Word Out
Lee Courtney (Moderator - BAAMO), Julie Garisto (TBT-St. Petersburg Times), Bob Ross (Independent journalist, blogger), Curtis Ross (Tampa Tribune), Wade Tatangelo (Music critic, Creative Loafing), Megan Voeller (Art critic, Creative Loafing), Randy Wynne (Program director, WMNF Radio)

Workshops

Main Stage
2:30 PM Building a Song
John McEwen, Judy Tampa, George Pappas, Dan Bradbury
3:00 PM House Concerts: How and Why
Gloria Holloway, David Brown, Susan Reiss
3:30 PM Instruments: History and Use of the Bouzouki and Concertina
John McEwen, Dan Bradbury
4:00 PM Inside the Song: Singer / Songwriters
Maggie Council, Ronny Elliott, Jules Dobrowolski, John McEwen, George Pappas, Denise Moore, Judy Tampa
Rehearsal Hall
2:30 PM Jazz: Stylings and Improv
Ken Hanks, Denise Moore, Martin Dalmasi
3:15 PM Jazz: Models and Arranging
Ken Hanks, Martin Dalmasi
Art Gallery
2:30 PM Writing Comedy Songs
Jules Dobrowolski
3:15 PM The Art and Business of the Jingle
Jeff Arthur
Studio Theater
2:30 PM Videoing Live Performance: Theatrical Concepts Part 1
Stan Arthur, Fred Smith, Eugenie Bondurant, Keith Arsenault
Performers: Handshake Squad, Next Exit
3:15 PM Videoing Live Performance: Theatrical Concepts Part 2
Stan Arthur, Fred Smith, Eugenie Bondurant
Performers: Handshake Squad, Next Exit
Ensemble Room
2:30 PM To Be Announced
3:15 PM The Pranayama of Voice
Denise Moore
Classroom 102
3:15 PM Creating an Electronic Press Kit
Gary Burge, Fred Smit

Presenters

Keith Arsenault (Producer - production), Jeff Arthur (Vocalist, producer, composer), Stan Arthur (Music videos - The Ditchflowers), Dan Bradbury (Concertina - banjo), Eugenie Bondurant (Acting coach - actress), David Brown (Guitar - house concerts), Gary Burge (Web developer - electronic press kits), Robert Constable - David Rogers (Experimental Rock – Handshake Squad), Maggie Council (Singer - songwriter), Lee Courtney (BAAMO), Martin Dalmasi (Jazz sax, flute, percussion), Jules Dobrowolski (Singer - songwriter), Ronny Elliott (Singer - songwriter), Julie Garisto (Journalist), Kenneth Hanks (Jazz pianist - composer), Mia HartleyNikolas HartleyJustin LincolnBrian Rothenberger (Folk rock - Next Exit ), Gloria Holloway (Concert promoter), Scott Leonard (Lead tenor, Rockapella), John McEwen - Judy Tampa - George Pappas (Folk rock - Bunko Squad), Denise Moore (Jazz singer), David Pomeranz (Broadway and pop singer - composer), Susan Reiss (House concerts), Rosa Rio (Silent era organist), Bob Ross (Journalist), Curtis Ross (Journalist), Fred Smith (Drummer - music video), Wade Tatangelo (Journalist), Ray Villadonga (bassist - composer), Megan Voeller (Journalist), Paul Wilborn (Pop singer - pianist) Randy Wynne (Radio Program Director)
Copyright © 2008 by Artists and Writers Group, Inc., a non-profit corporation
For information contact: David Audet, Executive Director, email: daudet@hccfl.edu - voice: +1 813-253-7674

Or for more information please email Denise Moore at denise@denisemoorejazz.com

The Al Downing Jazz Association Annual Membership Meeting and Concert

Dwayne White Sent this to me. The Al Downing Jazz Association has severed the Tampa Bay Area for years and contiunes to provide support for great support music in our community. It's something well worth supporting!


The Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association, Inc. invites you to
its annual meeting and free concert
(come and find out more about our association)
Sunday, May 18th - 2:00 p.m.
Al Downing Theatre
(at Perkins Elementary school)
2205 18th Avenue South, St. Petersburg


The FREE Concert Begins at 3:30 p.m.
featuring
The Boca Ciega High School Jazz Band
directed by FRANK WILLIAMS
Come hear this fabulous group of youngsters
and experience the jazz sounds of the next generation.

The Daniel Joiner Trio at Harry's

The Daniel Joiner Trio will be performing every Wednesday night at Harry Seafood Bar and Grill on Sheldon Road. When asked do describe his music, Joiner replied, "The Trio performs a variety of jazz standards with vibrant and fresh interpretations, with styles ranging from swing, blues, ballads, Bossa Nova, and funk." He continued by saying, "The atmosphere in the restaurant is both sophisticated and comfortable. You can either relax in the bar area and enjoy friendly conversation and half-off martinis while catching your favorite sports team overhead, or enjoy fine dining at one of the charming tables or booths. The combination of elegant lighting, friendly and professional staff, great food, and the constant sound of jazz, make Harry's a perfect destination for either a romantic evening or a fun night out with friends."


Daniel Joiner is a graduate of Stetson University in DeLand Florida, where he studied classical piano with Dr. Michael Rickman. His style has been greatly inspired by jazz pianists such as Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Fats Waller, Michel Camillo, Errol Garner, and his teacher Harold Blanchard, in addition to influences from his study of classical literature. Having performed both in the University setting and in the community utilizing the classical genre, he now continues his performance endeavors as a jazz pianist. Since college, he has continued his studies in jazz improvisation with legendary New Smyrna jazz pianist Harold Blanchard. Joiner is focused on developing as a professional musician, making connections between a variety of styles including classical, jazz, Latin, blues, and gospel. He is currently attending the University of South Florida in Tampa to pursuing a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies" (excerpt from The Daniel Joiner Trio CD baby bio).

Where: Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille 11935 Sheldon Road Tampa, FL 33626
When: Every Wednesday 6:00 - 9:00pm
Phone: (813) 920-6020

Buster Plays What?

I posted this earlier today on my personal blog, and Matt pointed it out that this should be posted here as well.

I was just hipped to a great video of the Tampa Bay area's very own Buster Cooper. Buster has been playing for years now down at The Garden Restaurant in St. Petersburg and always generously allows young aspiring jazz musicians to sit in. Sitting down to talk to him about his experiences is veritable history lesson in jazz and more specifically a recount of the late 1960's Duke Ellington Orchestra. Here he takes the second solo blowing over "The Opener," but what's he playing?


The Mars Trio Performing at Local Art Show

This Friday April 25, The Mars Trio will be performing live at DaSilva’s Coffee House and Roastery in Fish Hawk. DaSilva’s is hosting nearly 20 local artists for an art show from 7-11 pm. This event will be similar to that of the Canvas Art Events hosted at the Crossings Church in Brandon FL. Click here to see related posts.

DaSilva’s: the best coffee, the best friends, the best destination in town.

Where: 15282 FishHawk Blvd, Lithia FL, 33547.
When: 7:00pm.
Admission: Free.
Open To All Ages.


The Mars Trio Personnel:
Rich Van Voorst: Saxophone
Alejandro Arenas: Bass
Mark Feinman: Drums

Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet at St. Pete College

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Chamber Music America, St. Petersburg College and EMIT present a special Encore concert of Codebook by Rudresh Mahanthappa with Vijay Iyer on piano, François Moutin on bass, and Damion Reid on drums Saturday, March 1 at the Music center at St. Pete College beginning at 8:00pm. There will also be a pre-concerton discussion at 7:pm.

Guggenheim fellow Rudresh Mahanthappa is one of the most innovative young musicians and composers in jazz today. Named a "Rising Star" of the alto saxophone by the Downbeat International Critics Poll for the past four years, #2 in 2006, Rudresh has incorporated the culture of his Indian ancestry and has fused myriad influences to create a truly groundbreaking artistic vision.

St. Petersburg
College Music Center is at the corner of 66th St. and 5th Ave. N in St. Petersburg. Donation admission is $10 (cash) at the door. This concert benefits music student scholarships at St. Petersburg College.

Mimi Fox at Cultural Center Theatre

Jazz Guitarist Mimi Fox will be performing in Port Charlotte on Sunday, March 16th at 7:30pm at the Cultural Center Theatre, sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte county. For more information go to www.charlottearts.org

Fox started playing drums at nine, and then guitar when she was ten. She was inspired by the wide variety of music enjoyed by her family - show tunes, classical, Dixieland, Motown - and her own youthful inclination toward pop, folk, and R&B. When she was fourteen, she bought her first jazz album "because it was on sale." The one she chose had no guitarist, but she was "blown away" by it. That album, John Coltrane's classic "Giant Steps," changed the course of her musical life. She began touring right out of high school and eventually moved to San Francisco in 1979, where she became a sought-after musician. She is Chair of the Guitar Department at the innovative Jazz School in Berkeley, California and adjunct professor at New York University.

A seasoned player, Fox has performed with fellow guitarists Charlie Byrd, Charlie Hunter, Stanley Jordan and Kenny Burrell, as well as with Grammy award winners saxophonists Branford Marsalis and David Sanchez and Manhattan Transfer's Janis Siegel, saxophonist Don Lanphere, Hammond B3 organ virtuosos Barbara Dennerlien and Dr. Lonnie Smith, and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. Fox has also appeared on numerous television and radio shows including BET on Jazz and NPR's Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland as well as many others. Mimi is the head of the Jazz Guitar department At The Jazz School in Berkeley California.


Mimi will also be giving a workshop for players on Saturday March 15th, from 6-8pm at the Charlotte County Chamber office.

When: Sunday March 15, 6-8pm
Where: 2702 Tamiami Tail, Port Charlotte FL, 33952
Call (941) 764-8100 to reserve space
Cost: $25 per person

Pat Metheny Trio Coming to Tampa



Monterey at 50

The Monterey Jazz Festival's 50th Anniversary tour will be rolling through Sarasota Monday, 11 Feb 2008.

Monterey Musicians

Building on the exciting and unprecedented legacy of fifty years of historic jazz presentation, the Monterey Jazz Festival is proud to announce the nationwide, ten-week, fifty-four date Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary Tour. Heralded as a meeting of three generations of jazz masters, the 50th Anniversary MJF All-Star Band features the leaders of the past, present and future with Terence Blanchard on trumpet, James Moody on saxophone, Benny Green on piano, Derrick Hodge on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums. Vocalist Nnenna Freelon will also be a featured member of the group as they embark on the twenty-two state tour starting in January, 2008.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Center
Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary Tour
Monday, Feb. 11, 2008, 8 PM
Tickets: $45, $40

Jeremy Powell Jazz Workshop at Musicology

Jeremy Powell, of Mayhem Productions, will be giving an eight week, in depth workshop jazz improvisational, jazz history, theory, and harmony, hosted by Musicology in Clearwater, starting Saturday Feb.9th from 2:30-3:30 and continuing through March 29. The workshop is geared towards the musician who wants to break out of the pentatonic scale and learn how to improvise over chord changes. This eight-week course will cover and break down the many different aspects of basic improvisation: chord tones, chord scales, guide-tone lines, modes etc., and analyze those aspects, helping students to improve on them regardless different skill levels. During the eight classes essential elements of jazz theory and song forms will be taught and, from the blues, to modal, rhythm changes, and other jazz song forms. By the end of the eight week session all of the students will have a better understanding of how to improvise as well as a priceless new confidence at soloing on there respective instrument.


Schedule:
Sat. 2/9/08 (1st class)- The Blues
An in-depth look at the blues and how to get more out of it.

Sat. 2/16/08 (2nd class)- Minor Blues
Why make the blues minor and what possibilities can this open up in our playing.

Sat. 2/23/08 (3rd class)- Modal songs
A look into the impact that “so what” had on jazz, the new style that followed, and how this style can help us improve our improv. chops.

Sat. 3/1/08 (4th class)- 6/8 or 3/4 anyone?
With a focus on songs in 3 and 6, we’ll look at how to improve our playing in 3, and why it’s so much easier than 4.

Sat. 3/8/08 (5th class)- “Boring” Ballads
We’ll focus on how to make your playing in this style more interesting and easy.

Sat. 3/15/08 (6th class)- 32 bar forms
We’ll take an in-depth look at this common song form and how to make it work for us, not the other way around.

Sat. 3/22/08 (7th class)- rhythm changes
We’ll analyze this song style’s hidden formula and simplify it... beacuse it should be simple.

Sat. 3/29/08 (8th class)- wrap-up/play
Since this will be the last class of the workshop we will review, answer any unanswered questions or concerns and of course, play!

Who: All instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome!
Where: Musicology 2576 Sunset Pt. Rd. Clearwater, FL 33765
Phone: (727) 723-1000
When: Saturdays from Feb.9th through March 29 from 2:30-3:30pm
Level: beginning to intermediate instrumentalists (some basic note and sight-reading knowledge is preferable).
Cost: Each of the 8 workshops is only $25 per person.

To reserve your spot in any of these classes or if you have any questions about this workshop please call Musicology at 727.723.1000 or e-mail Jeremy Powell at logan@mayhemproductions.us and notify them of which class(es) you will be attending. Each class is only $25.