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Radio host and All About Jazz Contributor Ed Blanco celebrates 13 years of Jazz Café on WDNA 88.9FM

Radio host and All About Jazz Contributor Ed Blanco celebrates 13 years of Jazz Café on WDNA 88.9FM

Jazz radio host and All About Jazz contributor Ed Blanco, in May 2020 celebrates 13 years as producer and host of Jazz Café, an early Sunday morning jazz show on WDNA, 88.9FM in Miami, Florida. Beginning on Mother’s Day of 2007, Ed has been playing and promoting some of the best in straight ahead jazz presenting ...

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The Smoogies

What do you call a conglomerate of diverse, talented multi-instrumentalists and composers? You call them “The Smoogies” — a musical smoothie blended with a lot of culture, life experience and most certainly ‘a vibe’. The Smoogies band is comprised of Harvel Nakundi (drums/percussion), Dion Kerr (bass), Vaughn Henry (keys/vocals) and David Chiverton (drums), all formally trained musicians hailing from South Florida. Each member has served interchangeably as leader and accompanist to a variety of performing acts around the world with repertoires spanning across multiple genres. Harvel (J

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Ira Sullivan: The Lonely Revolutionary

Read "Ira Sullivan: The Lonely Revolutionary" reviewed by David Einhorn

A critic in jny: Chicago in September 2016 raved about multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan's performance at the Jazz Showcase but said that Ira “erred" in lecturing the audience not to applaud after solos. It sounded like the critic had never heard Ira perform live before, because saying he “erred" suggested that at a given moment Ira “misspoke" ...

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Lucas Apostoleris

Lucas Apostoleris is a composer and drummer currently residing in Miami, FL. In addition to writing music for his own ensemble, Lucas has recently written arrangements for the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra in Ft. Myers, FL, and for the prestigious Airmen of Note Air Force big band. He performs regularly as a drummer, primarily in the Miami area. His debut album, "Chronicle," will be released on June 5th.

Roosevelt Collier

Soft spoken by nature, South Florida-bred ROOSEVELT COLLIER does his hollering on the pedal steel guitar. Brought up in the "sacred steel" tradition of the House of God Church, Roosevelt built his reputation alongside his uncles and cousins in The Lee Boys, known for their spirited, soul-shaking live performances. Seated front and center, "The Dr." leaves an indelible mark on listeners, flooring audiences with his lightning-fast slide work on the pedal steel. At festivals, he is a regular "Artist at Large," performing alongside many of music's most prestigious acts, from the Allman Brothers, Tedeschi-Trucks, Los Lobos , the Del McCoury Band and countless others

Brandon Goldberg

randon Goldberg started playing piano by ear when he was three and a half. He loves to play Jazz and compose his own music. Brandon. He is currently studying both classical and jazz piano and he hopes his music can help and inspire others. Brandon has played at the famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem, Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center as a special guest of Monty Alexander and at the Blue Note Jazz Club in NY. His favorite artists include Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Oscar Peterson, Monty Alexander, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett. Brandon loves to perform at community events, to help raise funds and awareness for various charitable organizations including Jazz Foundation of America, Israel Bonds, City of Hope, Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer and Broward Children’s Center. Brandon appeared on the Harry Connick Jr

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Ruben Caban

Born March 17, 1977 in the Island of Puerto Rico, trombonist Ruben Caban began his career at a young age performing in the Central Florida area.   In his performance career trombonist and composer Ruben Caban has toured and/or recorded as a sideman and soloist with an array of internationally renowned artists such as; Frankie Valli, Jon Secada, Raul Diblasio, Ed Calle, Nicole Henry, Dianne Shurr, Randy Brecker, Arturo Sandoval, Ira Sullivan,  The Platters, The Stylistics, Roberto Carlos, Sandra De Sa, Nestor Torres, The O’Jays, Cheo Feliciano, Giovanni Hidalgo, Vico C, Oscar De Leon, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Victor Manuel, Michael Stuart, La India,Paquito De Rivera, and is part of  Ed Calle’s 2015 Latin Grammy award winning album Ed Calle Presents Mamblue  and many more. In 2018 Ruben Caban released his first solo album "Shafted", a collection of original compositions and his original arrangements of standards that show off his virtuosity in both his instrument and composition

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Ralph Kinsley

Born north of Detroit on Lake Huron, 1951. Began piano lessons at 5 years old. Awarded Composition Scholarship at Michigan State University. Many band, a few CDs released. Graduated from Rock and currently writing jazz with a decided Latin Flare. 305 407 0895 [email protected] www.RalphKinsley.com


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