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Catching up with old friends, musically

Catching up with old friends, musically

Timing is everything. Singer Ronnie Rose returned to New England last weekend for his 50-year class reunion at Taunton High School in southeastern Massachusetts. It turned out to be great timing by reunion planners, because the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra performs on the first Monday of the month at The Met Café in nearby Pawtucket RI. ...

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Swing - and happy feet - are paramount at Roy Gerson’s new gig...

Swing - and happy feet - are paramount at Roy Gerson’s new gig...

Pianist Roy Gerson, who moved from his native New York a couple of years ago, has brought a refreshing 1940s bite of the Big Apple to Southwest Florida. His new eight-member Swingtet is one month into its Friday night residency at Society Restaurant and Lounge in Fort Myers’ bustling Bell Tower Shops plaza. His concept for this ...

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A swinging intersect of science and jazz

A swinging intersect of science and jazz

Scientific research and anecdotal evidence have made it clear that music can be a healing force. That intersection music and science is a two-way street. Look no further than Tampa-based jazz pianist John C. O’Leary III, who has composed music that is inspired by science. In this case, it reflects aspects of his research as neuroscientist. This ...

Jumping aboard the hard-bop express

Jumping aboard the hard-bop express

Drummer Paul Gavin digs hard bop, a hard-driving jazz subgenre that embraced strong elements of funk, soul and the blues when it emerged in the 1950s. And he plays it with great joy and enthusiasm. Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers band was one of hard bop's primary incubators. His unit also played a peerless role in developing scores ...

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The swinging art of the jazz trio - at its best

The swinging art of the jazz trio - at its best

Pianist Marcus Roberts made clear his musical agenda right up front. “We believe that a jazz trio should not put you to sleep." And they certainly didn't at a Friday, April 19 concert at in downtown Fort Myers, FL. The event wrapped the 2018-19 jazz concert season at the Sidney & Berne Davis Arts Center. Roberts made ...

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The other side of Marty Morell

The other side of Marty Morell

Tampa-based Marty Morell is best known for his seven-year tenure as pianist Bill Evans' longest-serving drummer, from 1968 to 1975. He was in the house last season as the drummer in saxophonist Jeff Rupert's ensemble featuring singer Veronica Swift, but the Charlotte County Jazz Society's 2018-19 season finale on Monday, April 8 was the first local ...

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Putting a tasty stamp on jazz classics

Putting a tasty stamp on jazz classics

Pianist Billy Marcus headlined the South County Jazz Club's 2018-19 season-closing concert on Wednesday, April 4 in Venice FL. Marcus is blessed with savvy musicality and pyrotechnic piano chops- and his trio mates helped make the evening even more special. Bassist Mark Neuenschwander is a longtime jazz educator who teaches in the Tampa Bay area and ...

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The Joy of Saxes

The Joy of Saxes

Composer, arranger and bandleader Jim Roberts was the Charlotte County Jazz Society’s first guest artist with an outdoor concert back in 1991, the year he move to the Orlando area from New York City. He’s been a frequent visitor to the CCJS concert series over the years – and his visits never get dated or tiring. He ...

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An all-star night in Sarasota

An all-star night in Sarasota

The 39th annual Sarasota Jazz Festival wrapped up Saturday night, March 9, with honors for a festival frequent flier, rarely heard combinations of all-star performers – and a healthy dose of Duke Ellington. Tenor saxophonist Houston Person, a distinctive balladeer whose playing is steeped in soul jazz, received the Jazz Club of Sarasota’s Satchmo Award. The ...

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Sarasota Jazz Festival is well underway

Sarasota Jazz Festival is well underway

The main stage portion of the 39th annual Sarasota Jazz Festival opened Wednesday night with a new location, a relaxed flavor and fine music from event newcomers and old hands. The festival has moved from the Riverview High School Performing Arts Center to the hotel ballroom and function rooms of the waterside Hyatt Regency Hotel, bringing ...