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Frost Band heats things up

Frost Band heats things up

The Mike Frost Band was a pleasant surprise at the Charlotte County Jazz Society’s January 14 concert in Port Charlotte, stepping boldly into more contemporary genres while also digging deep into the mainstream jazz canon.This was the Aiken, South Carolina-based group’s first appearance in Port Charlotte – and in Florida, for that matter. The unit featured ...

Four Others - and more

Four Others - and more

A few years ago, Marian’s Jazzroom in Switzerland asked Harry Allen to put together a four-saxophone band for its Bern Jazz Festival. He quickly thought of the classic sound of the Four Brothers sax section from Woody Herman’s Second Herd in the late 1940s. That renowned unit featured tenor players Stan Getz, Zoot Sims and Herbie ...

Swinging style and bebopping finesse

Swinging style and bebopping finesse

Stephanie Nakasian has had many facets to her career. She was a banker in Chicago and Manhattan. Then she caught the jazz bug. She heard bebop pianist Hod O’Brien, started working with him a bit in 1980 and a year later quit her day job to become a full-time singer. She built her chops as a ...

There's jazz in his blood

There's jazz in his blood

Pianist Rony Khoury hails from the Dominican Republic, where his sheer talent at the keyboard has caught many an eye—and ear. With good reason. He visited Port Charlotte this week for a showcase performance- a brief stopover en route to Boston, where he's going to study at the Berklee College of Music. He won a half-scholarship ...

Covering the jazz waterfront

Covering the jazz waterfront

After forty-plus years on the New York jazz scene, trumpeter Randy Sandke has made himself a new home base in Southwest Florida. He moved to Venice a few months ago and has settled into the fertile area jazz scene. While he has had some gigs as a sideman, Sunday, January 6 brought his first area concert ...

Dr. Monty Alexander At Birdland On January 15-19 With "Love Letters" From Jamaica To Jazz!

Dr. Monty Alexander At Birdland On January 15-19 With "Love Letters" From Jamaica To Jazz!

THE LEGENDARY JAMAICAN PIANO MASTER
Dr. Monty Alexander
Love Notes: From Jamaica to Jazz
At Birdland from January 15-19
Reserve Now! Monty Alexander: piano
JJ Shakur: bass
Jason Brown: drums January 15-19, 2019
Birdland
315 W. 44th St.
...

The Nu Jazz Agency Announces The Inaugural Performance Of The Winners Of The 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition In NYC On January 14, 2019 At Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

The Nu Jazz Agency Announces The Inaugural Performance Of The Winners Of The 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition In NYC On January 14, 2019 At Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

The Nu Jazz Agency, a leader in the non-profit musical arts industry, has announced the inaugural performance in the 2019 season of the winners of the 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition held this past June in Huntington, West Virginia. Ben Paterson (Philadelphia, PA: First Place); Rina Yamazaki (Saitama, Japan: Second Place & The Nu ...

Award-Winning Drummer Tatsuya “Tat” Yoshinaga Performs At Saloon In Davis Square With The Anthony Crescente Quartet

Award-Winning Drummer Tatsuya “Tat” Yoshinaga Performs At Saloon In Davis Square With The Anthony Crescente Quartet

Multi-Instrumentalist and award-winning drummer Tatsuya “Tat” Yoshinaga will be performing at Saloon in Davis Square featuring the Anthony Crescente Quartet. They will perform on December 31, 2018, from 10:00 PM-2:00 AM at the Saloon, 255 Elm St, Somerville, MA. The ensemble features Anthony Crescente on guitar, Tatsuya “Tat" Yoshinaga on drums, Alex Peabody on saxophone, and ...

A fine ambassador for the Great American Songbook - and more

A fine ambassador for the Great American Songbook - and more

To many fans, Danny Sinoff is a crooner for the new millennium. But to savvy jazz listeners, his piano chops are just fascinating. Maybe more so. He underscored his talent on both fronts on Friday, December 21, in a matinee concert for the South County Jazz Club in Venice FL with his regular trio-mates, bassist Scott ...

In the holiday spirit, jazz style.

In the holiday spirit, jazz style.

Guitarist Nate Najar’s Jazz Holiday has become a seasonal tradition in Southwest Florida. He started the concert in St. Petersburg, where the 13thannual edition was held last night at The Palladium Theater's Hough Hall. Ex-Ellington bassist John Lamb, drummer Mark Feinman and trumpet marvel James Suggs are regulars in this event, with Nate drawing on an ...