Jazz on Edge Festival Finds New Home


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Jazz On Edge, an annual festival celebrating creative musicians performing their own work, opens its second season at a new venue, the Garden Theatre (160 West Plant Street, Winter Garden) on Saturday, February 6, 2010, at 7:30pm. The show features one of renowned pianist Edward Simon's few Central Florida performances, the internationally acclaimed Tiptons Saxophone Quartet and Drums in their Orlando-area debut, and an “after hours" jam with New York trumpeter Brian Groder.

7:30 pm - 10 pm, February 6, 2010
Garden Theatre
160 West Plant Street, Winter Garden FL
407-877-4736 for tickets: $25 ($22 seniors/students)

Along with the show headliners, Jazz on Edge will feature a special “After Hours" fundraising jam featuring New York trumpeter Brian Groder and special guests; free outdoor performance by the Lakeview Middle School Jazz Band before the show; a free jazz concert at the Centennial Gazebo; and a weekend celebration of jazz in local restaurants and businesses. More activities are planned and will be announced shortly.

Friday, February 5
7pm - Free Fridays On The Plaza jazz concert, Centennial Gazebo, Plant Street
8pm - Various Jazz artists in downtown merchants' businesses and restaurants

Saturday, February 6
6pm - Lakeview Middle School Jazz Band outside Garden Theatre
7:30pm - Jazz On Edge concert at Garden Theatre; Edward Simon, Tiptons Sax Quartet
10pm - Special “After Hours" jazz jam, with New York trumpeter Brian Groder and special guests, benefiting the Garden Theatre

Jazz On Edge is produced by Orlando writer Joseph Hayes and Burry Man Productions.


Lovers of the tender elegance and power of jazz piano and Latin-flavored music will find all this and more in Edward Simon. Venezuelan-born, and currently living in Orange City, Simon has been quietly but profoundly making an impact for a number of years. He's been an astute sideman with high-caliber players like Terence Blanchard and Greg Osby, but it is his own work as a solo artist and band leader that truly reveal his performance and compositional prowess. ("Simon is an important presence on the jazz and world music scene." -- Los Angeles Times)

Performing with Edward Simon are:

Ben Street (bass) Ben has played and recorded with Ralph Towner, David Sanchez, Clark Terry, Clifford Jordan, Shawn Colvin, Cyndi Lauper, and Orlando's own Sam Rivers. ("Mr. Street's performance is all about time, tone, taste and energy" -- TalkBass.com)

Adam Cruz (drums) Adam gained early recognition in New York Latin and Jazz circles while only 20. Cruz has recorded and toured with the Mingus Dynasty Big Band, Chick Corea, Mongo Santamaria, Herbie Mann and Eddie Palmieri. ("Cruz pairs flawless technique and a crystalline touch with a level of prophetic intuition that is awe-inspiring." -- Modern Drummer)


With a repertoire that ranges from New Orleans second-line to jazz, Afro-Cuban to Balkan, klezmer and beyond, the Tiptons Sax Quartet creates some of the wildest sounds ever to come out of a sax quartet. An all-women sax quartet from Seattle, New York and points Midwest, with 10 CDs under their collective belt, touring and playing festivals in Europe and the US for more than 15 years. Each member is a solo artist in her own right.

The Tiptons are: Amy Denio ("Denio is a creative-music goddess." -- San Francisco Weekly); Jessica Lurie ("Lurie puts the accent on the remote-control imperative that drives the tapping of your helpless toe." -- LA Weekly.); Sue Orfield; Tina Richerson; and drummer Chris Stromquist. ("The songs are unforgettable, playful, and feature high-energy interaction between all five members. This unity of various repertoires creates a worldly and soulful touch that cannot be described; it must be heard." -- Cake Magazine)

“After Hours Jam" featuring BRIAN GRODER and special guests
New York trumpeter Brian Groder headlined Jazz On Edge Volume 1 in 2008. His latest album, Groder & Greene, has been called “Pure magic" by All About Jazz. Joining Brian in this benefit for the Garden Theatre will be the cream of the Orlando jazz scene ... and a few surprises. ("Groder speaks jazz as if it were his mother tongue." -- ImproJazz, France)

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