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Jazzland's Jazz Trivia
Question: He was a great Jazz Pianist,
composer broadcaster and educator. Performed on hundreds of albums and composed more than 300 songs over
six decades. His 1963 song, I Wish I Knew How It Feels to Be Free" became the unofficial anthem of the civil rights
movement in the 60s. He was the Wilbur D. Barrett Chair of Music at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a
Duke Ellington Fellow at Yale, and holds 23 honorary degrees. Besides publishing instructional books on jazz, he taught jazz at
Howard University, Long Island University, The Manhattan School of Music and The University of Massachusetts where he
earned his Masters and Ph.D. in 1975.
Educating audiences and young people was a central part of
his career. He founded New York's Jazzmobile which provides arts education programs, workshops, master classes,
lecture demonstrations, enrichment programs, outdoor mobile concerts. Through his television series and jazz
educational programs, he brought jazz to the masses at the grass roots level and in more formal arenas. He
was quoted ...in a 2007 article in the Post Magazine: "there's no question that being an advocate eclipsed my reputation
as a musician. It was my doing. I wanted to prove to people that jazz has an audience. I had to do that for me."
He was the Robert L. Jones Distinguished Professor of Music at East Carolina University in Greenville, artistic director
for jazz at John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. He sat on the Honorary Founders
Board of The Jazz Foundation of America and co-founded The Jazz Foundation to save the homes and the lives
of America's elderly jazz and blues musicians. He was the leading jazz educator of our times, lectured in colleges, on
panels and traveled worldwide as a jazz ambassador. "It is almost indisputable that he was the world's foremost
spokesman for jazz. Who is this Jazz pioneer? Be the first with the correct answer to
this week's Trivia Question and win Free Admission and One Free Drink
at this Saturday night's performance.
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"YAGOZO" The Latin Jazz Band - "Palladium Night At Jazzland" Saturday
|YaGOZO-THE LATIN JAZZ BAND with CAROLE FREEMAN AT JAZZLAND
Hollywood Stars …
Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando,
Sammy Davis Jr., George Hamilton...
…even "Huntz Hall and The Bowery Boys" Were There!
with the Wednesday Night crowds where Master of Ceremonies “Killer Joe Piro” and the great
Palladium dancers, Augie and Margo, Cuban Pete and Millie and Carmen Marie
offered "Mass Mambo Lessons" ... for the huge Wednesday Night
1948, The Big Three at the Palladium ...started the Mambo craze that spread across the United States.
Tito Puente, Tito Rodríguez and Machito! They grew tremendously from their bookings
at the Palladium
and turned out hit after mambo hit. Tito Puente with
"Picadillo" and "Ran Kan Kan," Tito Rodriguez with
Mona (Mama Guela)" and "Joe Lustig Mambo” and Machito with "Asia Minor" and "Babarabatiri."
There were no DJ's filling in between sets. The
music was endless with the Big Three trying to out
one another. Machito played a set, then Puente, not missing a beat …
now Rodriguez would
blend in …so seamlessly, you couldn't tell when one dropped off and the other began!
On May 1, 1966, The Palladium closed its doors. Dancers and Latin music fans enthusiasm was not diminished because Latin Jazz was in! The Village Gate
opened its doors to Latin Nights on Monday and Wednesdays. Federico Pagani started Latin Nights at “El Corso”, “Tony Roma's” near Gloria Palace on 86th Street
The Cheetah on 52nd Street and with Radio Host “ Symphony
Sid” and his side kick Joe Gaines. And now, in
that tradition JAZZLAND presents....
PALLADIUM NIGHT AT JAZZLAND WITH YaGozo, The Latin Jazz Band
wings of the undisputed truth. Jazz, Latin Jazz, Mambo/Salsa and R&B have a central thing
in common: They make people move! They worship and define rhythm!
Here's How We Show Our Love For Your Mother On Her Special Day! FREE ADMISSION!
Have You Gotten A Gift For Your Mom Yet?
If you're clueless on what to get her, Don't Worry! Jazzland has you covered!
Bring Your Mother to Jazzland on Saturday and she'll get FREE ADMISSION
will get the Red Carpet Treatment at Jazzland this Saturday.
Let Jazzland help you plan an Unforgettable
Mother's Day Celebration for Your Wonderful Mom.
We'll delight her with Delectable Seafood
Patties on Butter-Herbed Buns, Dainty Tea Sandwiches,
Luscious Specialty Cakes, Succulent Gourmet
Treats and More!
And Better Yet....How About Her Favorite Song? How Thrilling For
There's a good chance that our World Class Jazz Trio knows it ...and will
take your song request.
THIS will be the Mother's Day Celebration
She'll Simply Adore You for!
And the best part is... She Gets In FREE!!!
So Don't Delay!
Reserve A Space For Dad, Your Sisters & Brother's and
EDWARD WATERS COLLEGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Let's Welcome Them Into The Fold - They Deserve The Chance To Be
SATURDAY MAY 4TH - 8:00 PM
- $10. Cover
"for Love and Legacy"
Donnell Elam - Drums and Piano, Aaron Moon - Piano and Drums, Kenneth Rice - Bass Guitar
- Trumpet, Demon Jiles - Alto Saxophone
This Saturday evening, Jazzland will be filled with
an eclectic mix of classic and modern jazz as the Edward Waters College Jazz Ensemble performs before an appreciative
crowd at Jazzland. Led by pianist, Donnell Elam, the ensemble is a mixture of seasoned students
who love to play. Sometimes expansive, sometimes demure, the performance offers something for jazz fans of all ages
and tastes, ranging from classic tunes to refreshingly rare tunes and brand new compositions.They
are excelling at something wonderfully positive!!!
They deserve our pride and encouragement
Let them see you ...and hear you cheer
Let's Give These Fine Young Men Our full
Your support is the inspiration for this ensemble of fine young
men. One of the many benefits of supporting an effort such as this is that in addition to the fine musical
performances, you'll be touched by some of the interesting tidbits and insights about the students, the music
and the compelling stories detailing the time and circumstances that led to the establishment of
this ensemble. Try not to miss it. This is a story you need to hear! You will not be disappointed. Jazz is alive and
well among this group of young musicians!
CAROLE FREEMAN SINGS COLE PORTER - Saturday April 27th - 8PM
Why Do Cole Porter's Songs Still Get Under Our
For one thing, his lyrics show poetry,
wit and insight rarely matched since! Then remember, Porter's melodies work their own magic,
his lines traveling the scale sinuously from major to minor and back again
with haunting simplicity.
On Saturday, Carole Freeman takes on the "Everest"
of American music. There's nothing like hearing Cole Porter's music LIVE!
The details of voicing and subtleties of instrumental color. Some of Cole's boldest work unfolds
with Desean Kirkland's
unconventional but welcomed
touches of piano improvisation; his genuine tenderness contrasted by his cut loose, exuberant riffling
with Scott Mariash and Larry Nader, his trio accompaniment. And
at the same time, Carole Freeman, hearing these versions ...
bring ...Ella, Frank ...and Sarah to mind! Can you say Challenge? Desean, in his métier, offers the
high-flying scat-like fingering
at which he so deliciously
excels ...but doles out sparingly to tease you and please you ... while his magnificent arrangements builds such
bulging rhythmic tension with Carole's vocal nuance! Expect a roaring,
sustained crescendo because with Carole and Cole ... "Anything Goes!"
THIS SATURDAY NIGHT - APRIL 20th
Lydia’s jazz journey began in 2003 with Ed Paolantonio, which led
her to jazz studies at UNC Chapel Hill.
Like the writers of Tin Pan Alley, whereupon
the beautiful union of verse and music rest delightfully.. .
Lydia has composed
a love song that captures that image tenderly in her recently released debut single “Green.”
See and Hear Someone Exciting and New!
She's Coming to Jacksonville Just For You!
Saturday Evening April 20th - 8:00 PM 'til Midnight
- $10. Cover - 2 Drink Minimum
SATURDAY APRIL 13th - A SUPER-SENSATIONAL PERFORMANCE
A Centennial Tribute to Duke Ellington
The Music Of Duke Ellington Brilliantly Played by:
(Left to Right) Scott Mariash, Larry Nader, Jack Pierson
Citizens, just Imagine! An estimated two thousand compositions,
arrangements, and collaborations to his credit! Duke Ellington is undeniably one of the most important composers in the
history of American music. In our first email about Saturday Night's tribute to Duke, we understated the number of his
compositions. By engaging in further research we discovered he'd composed twice that number. Sometimes, mistakes
Ellington's piano style influenced Thelonious Monk. His arranging
concepts were used by Gil Evans, Thad Jones, Charles Mingus, Sun Ra, George Russell, ( and by the way..
"THE" George Russell strolled into Jazzland last Tuesday for the Jam Session, took
the stage and had the crowd on its feet!!!!), What
a Night! You simply cannot tell which Jazz Great will show up at Jazzland"s Jam Sessions ...to support
Ellington's contribution is a conversion of the actual texture of
American life, into first-rate, universally appealing music. In his 1973 autobiography, Music Is My Mistress,
Ellington said, "My men and my race are the inspiration of my work. I try to catch the character and mood and feeling
of my people." Ellington wrote the African American experience and his music is revered, imitated, recorded
and received around the world.
The Best Music In The
World for The Citizens Of Jazzland
The Music of Duke Ellington - Sensationally Interpreted By The Marvelous, The Inimitable ...
JAZZLAND "ALL STARS" TRIO
Saturday Evening, April 13th- 8:00 PM 'til Midnight - $10. Cover - 2 Drink Minimum
Jazzland... where the great musicians play! 1324 University Blvd. North -
Carole Freeman Remembers
BILLIE HOLIDAY - April 6th
Jazzland's Birthday Tribute to Billie Holiday ***********************
Not only does she look like Billie Holiday, Carole shares the adventures of her personal connection
and interaction with Billie Holiday! Billie's funeral, as it rounded Columbus Circle in New York City, offered Carole
a brush with history and her legacy. After many years of deep appreciation for the unsparing struggles and
hopelessness shared by most of the jazz pioneers at that time, Carole respects and remembers them. Most
notably, Billie Holiday. Carole Freeman credibly remembers Billie by this remarkable performance, poignantly delivered
with smiles, tears and feelings, on the wings of the outstanding and timeless compositions that comprise The Great
The plush colors of her phrasing, the deepening maturity of her interpretations and the propulsive, hilarious stories
she unleashes at will, promises to delight and connect as it shines the adeptness of an incredible talent. She'll pay with
pride, a tender and touching homage to one of her great influences, Billie Holiday.
a beguiling lyricism to her styling, as well as a true sophisticated approach to jazz harmony with her outstanding
trio. Step back as she sings the works of Billie whom she ennobles! You're in for
a substantial treat!
The Jazzland "All Stars" Trio
DeSean Kirkland, Piano - Larry Nader, Bass - Scott Mariash, Drums
Linda Witsell and Friends... A Pleasingly Adroit Jazz Ensemble! March 30th - 8:pm 'til Midnight
|LINDA WITSELL, Classical Jazz Flutist
What began as an experiment over two years ago continues today as one
of Jazzland's greatest attractions. Linda Witsell continues her Jazzland traditions of communing
and jamming on straight-ahead jazz and contemporary styles. This weekend she'll perform here with some of the greatest
musicians in the Jacksonville area, including Jazzland's very own, Larry Nader on Bass. Linda is
something of an inconspicuous insurgent in the regional jazz kingdom. Her adeptness on flute is sweet and particularly
outspoken. The standard for an outstanding working musician. She's got big, healthy, highly individual
ideas on Flute, about how to push jazz beyond its own boundaries. If you haven’t heard Linda Witsell
and Friends, then a Jazzland habit this weekend, which combines her collaborations with jazz artists across mediums,
is definitely worth picking up!
PALLADIUM NIGHT AT JAZZLAND - SATURDAY MARCH 23 - 8:PM
The Lights Dim, The Night Morphs Into A Soothing,
Thrilling Reminder Of "The Divine One" ...Sarah Vaughn! Operatic Intonation, A Range That Masters
An Improvisatory Brilliance And Rhythmic Drive.
exercise in virtuosity Robin Phifer is a wonderful Jazzland find! Her vocal styling is
a pleasing blend of lighthearted elegance and romantic insight. Her bedrock rhythm and tones comes from an opposite
musical corner.. Gospel but she is equally as life-affirming in Jazz ...in an earthy way with a most
splendidly endowed voice. In one of the evening's numbers, Robin's clear, quiet version of "My Funny
Valentine" embellished with vocal leaps that echoes Vaughan's style of melodic embroidery, is sure to push an emotional
charge throughout the room. Robin is one of a handful of today's singers whose timbral beauty is comparable to Sarah's
lush, exquisitely intoned styles. Robin might easily merit the .. " The Divine One!"
DON'T MISS THIS OUTSTANDING, JAZZ VOCALIST
Keep Watching For The Date Of Her Next Performance
THE JAZZLAND ALL STARS TRIO
Jack Pierson, Piano - Larry Nader, Bass - Scott Mariash, Drums
Jazzland presents Jacksonville's Own - AL
DOWNING, "The Ambassor of Jazz" Tribute
featuring...LONGINEU PARSONS and Introducing The
Edward Waters College Jazz Ensemble
9th- 8PM 'til Midnight - $10. Cover 2 Drink Minimum
|THE AMBASSADOR OF JAZZ
Jazzland is proud to pay tribute to the "Ambassador of Jazz!" An exceptional jazz
pioneer and Jacksonville native. We invite you to participate in a splendid evening of jazz honoring this
hometown legend. We are especially proud because Jazzland, like Al Downing, is centered on advancing young
jazz musicians as we channel his great dedication, contributions and achievements to Jazz and remember his remarkable
This Great Jazz Pioneer Belongs To
You, Jacksonville! Alvin “Al” Joseph Downing was born in 1916 in Jacksonville,
Florida. At five his gift for music was evident. By the 9th grade he'd organized his
first band, The Ten Clouds of Joy. What a Legacy! Al Downing played “every instrument.”
Al Downing graduated from Florida
A&M College in 1939, then organized the Music Program at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg where he taught. This
was historically significant since, prior to 1942, there was no training programs for band development available to African-American
students in Florida public schools. So, in 1941, Al Downing, together with five other high school
teachers and the music department of Florida A&M College formed the Florida Association of Band Directors. The purpose
was to provide feeders for the instrumental programs at Florida A & M and other predominately black colleges in Florida.
The membership grew to more than thirty band directors and in 1966 it merged with the Florida Bandmasters Association.
Major Al Downing, a Tuskegee Airman, also
penned the Tuskegee Airmen Theme Song. As Special Services Officer at Tuskegee Army Air Field and leader of
the 613th Army Air Forces band, Al Downing also created and directed a military musical extravaganza,
“Operation Happiness” where General “Chappie” James served, as master of ceremonies. Al
Downing was posthumously presented the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor for being one
of the Tuskegee Airmen, the nation's first black combat pilots
two of his organizations, the Allegro Music Society and the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association, Al gave concerts
and trained young players. He played the Historical and Flight One Museum, Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Classic, Sam
Robinson Jazz Festival and Tarpon Spring's tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen.
In 1996, he was inducted into the St. Petersburg Downtown Hall of Fame. Al
was also the first African American member of the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra; he received the key to
the city of St. Petersburg for outstanding community service; the 1984 Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice
Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the 1983 Friends of the Arts Award from the Pinellas County Arts
Council. In 2001, Perkins Elementary Center for the Arts dedicated its theater to Al Downing. In 2011, he was inducted in
the Gibbs Junior College Hall of Fame and awarded Professor Emeritus by St. Petersburg College. His album, “Al
Downing And Friends Do Jazz” and “Angel Eyes” performed by his daughter, Evelyn Downing, continues to demand
attention and excitement, to this day.
JAZZLAND BRINGS YOU THE "YOUNG MUSIC NEWSMAKERS"
DESEAN'S Heartwarming Story featured in Friday
Aug. 10th Times Union! - His Debut Performance Was A Huge Success!
He Returns By Popular Demand - Saturday, March 2nd, 8pm 'til Midnight - $10. Cover - 2 Drink Minimum
The First Jacksonville Commitment Scholarship Recipient - 2012 Graduate of UNF - Jazz Studies Major
DeSean Kirkland says one phone call changed his life. He describes
it as "a miracle phone call" because it was an opportunity for him to do what he thought was impossible; to be a
college graduate with a music major from UNF. The phone call came from The Jacksonville Commitment, a collaboration between
the City of Jacksonville, The Duval County School Board and local colleges and universities. Desean was
told that he was selected as the first Jacksonville Commitment scholar. What a feeling!
This remarkable collaboration was initiated
by Nat Glover, who was at that time, the Ambassador for Higher Education at the University
of North Florida.Through this collaboration, scholarships make college a reality for many students like Kirkland,
who meet the eligibility requirements, to attend the University of North Florida, Jacksonville University, Edward
Waters College or Florida State College at Jacksonville.
In keeping with Jazzland’s commitment to Jazz Students, to do all we can
to inspire, support and assist with performance opportunities …Jazzland is proud to also invest
in The Desean Kirkland Trio by responding to the popular demand for a return Performance on March
2nd. Jazzland is thrilled to let you know how Desean Kirkland , an outstanding personality
and incredibly talented pianist, has significantly returned on the investment made in him.
|left to right, SCOTT MARIASH, Drums - LARRY NADER, Bass - JACK PIERSON, Piano
The Jazzland "All Stars"
Of The Line World Class Jazz Musicians! Check Out Their Credits Below!
They Lead Jazzland's Jam Sessions Every Tuesday Night- 6:00 'til 9:00 PM - Only $5.00 Cover For First Class Jazz!
There's Nothing Like It Anywhere
Else In Town! No Cover For Musicians Participating In The Jam
The Best Tuesday Night Deal In The World! Try It. You'll Never Regret It! Jazzland is especially proud of its illustrious All Stars Trio!
They are accomplished "All Stars" and distinctively remarkable musicians! Scott Mariash-
Session Leader on Drums is Fabulous! Watching him work is a thrill in itself. - A prominent drummer on the Chicago
jazz scene, many great musicians often sought Scott out as their first choice for a drummer. This allowed Scott to develop
his modern and engaging approach, and apply it to the variety of musical styles to which he was asked to perform. In 1999
he released his first CD, BREATH" (recorded live to two track at C.E. Mikter Studios). It is available at CDbaby.com
and features Vinson Johnson (reeds), Robert Applebaum (piano), and Michel Cristol (bass). The "Scott Mariash Trio"
performed at various clubs and was the official group for the "Chicago Jazz Club "Delaney & Murphy."
Pierson on Piano, has performed with Cannonball Adderly, Neil Hefti, Les Elgart and Blue Barron. He’s
taught at Interlochen School For The Arts, Blue Lakes Fine Arts Camp and head of Jazz Studies at Schoolcraft College, Coordinator
of Henry Ford College Jazz Studies Program of Detroit and Monteux Switzerland with Donald Byrd, Bunky Green and Nathan Davis.
Jack is highly respected for his remarkable accompanying and improvisation skills. He was music director for the Detroit Playboy
Club, performed in the legendary "Bakers Keyboard Lounge" and the "Firefly Jazz Club" in Ann Arbor. The
Michigan Jazz Festival was dedicated to him in 2004. In North Florida, Jack has performed with the Palm Coast Big Band, The
Boston Connection, The TBA Band, The Jacksonville Symphony, The Jukes of JAX and others. Jack is also a past President of
the St Augustine Jazz Society.
Larry Nader, a professional musician since 1963, specializing in electric and acoustic (string) Bass,
has performed in a variety of musical settings across the United States from Harrah's in Lake Tahoe to The Copacabana in NYC.
He has also traveled around the world to play in Japan, Vietnam and British Columbia. He's played musicals and backed up many
stars: Carousel, Grease, Little Shop Of Horrors, Pump Boys & Dinettes, Smoky Joes Cafe, Man Of La Mancha, West Side Story,
The King And I, My Fair Lady, Fiddler On The Roof, A Chorus Line, Ain't Misbehavin', The Four Bills, Forever Plaid and Jekyll
& Hyde. Headliners included Bob Hope, The Mills Brothers, Ink Spots, Lou Rawls, Mimi Hines, The Hagger Twins, Boots Randolph,
Frankie Valli, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Buddy DeFranco, B.B. King, Howard Keel, Percy Sledge, Little Anthony & The
Imperials, Liza Minelli, Paul McCartney and many more. Currently, Larry Nader leads his group, and enjoys being a freelance
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 23rd is "OSCAR NIGHT AT JAZZLAND!"
A BIG NIGHT of Super-Sensational Jazz by The Masters!
Jazz musicians have long embraced popular songs from Broadway and Movies and made those songs their own. Here
are Two Classic Examples:
John Coltrane's essential version
of "My Favorite Things" from the 1959 Broadway hit The Sound of Music. Coltrane's
stunning take on the tune is nothing like the sing-songy, cheery number film audiences know. The aggressive sounds
of soprano sax, together with McCoy Tyner's driving piano and Elvin Jones' crashing drums, made it more!
Miles Davis' "Someday
My Prince Will Come," from the 1937 film "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" performed
with "All Stars!" John Coltrane and Hank Mobley on tenor sax, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on
bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums. Great depth and mind bending complexity at its finest.
Hear That Complexity Again! Oscar Winners Played by Award Winning
This is pure jazz- a jazz lover's dream- excitement unlimited
*************************Jazzland's "All Stars" Trio**************************
Pierson, Piano- Larry Nader, Upright Bass- Scott Mariash, Drums
Saturday February 23nd - 8pm 'til Midnight
- $10. Cover - 2 Drink Minimum. |
Live at Jazzland
A protege of Arnie Lawrence from the "Tonight
She's played across
the country and throughout Europe.
Gregg Bacon. Performed with Teddy Washington, Doug Carn, Soul Slinkee
Bethany's trio performs jazz, sexy version of soulful favorites, classics
Groves Trio Is Spectacular!
Friday March 15th - 8pm 'til Midnight - $10. Cover - 2 Drink Minimum.
FOR RESERVATIONS CLICK HERE:
Doug Carn Organ Trio" LIVE!
DOUG RETURNS TO JAZZLAND- BY POPULAR DEMAND - KeEp Watching For The Date!
A Fabulous Jazz Tribute To JAZZ ORGAN GREATS The
history of organ jazz begins with Fats Waller. Theatre organist during the silent film era, Fats taught
Count Basie how to play the organ and he made the first hammond organ recording. Then came Wild Bill Davis,
the next major figure, known for his “fat” chords and who may have had the first jazz organ trio. Then
came Jimmy Smith whose magic right hand and approach to soloing changed everything! He was
a great showman and soloist with superior musical instincts. His contribution to jazz cannot be overemphasized.
Recently returned from Europe, after
a wildly successful tour that included performances at the famed Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Doug Carn, a versatile
composer and exceptionally gifted pianist is master of the jazz organ and will make you scream as he convincingly
proves the point. Doug is equally as accomplished on the Oboe, Reeds and Vocals. As a composer he
penned "Infant Eyes," "Adams Apple" and "Revelation." Doug had great
notoriety in 70's with his Albums for the Black Jazz Label and for his lyrics to classic jazz anthems. He's
performed in other countries and have played all over the USA with some of the greats!
Lou Donaldson, Stanley Turrentine, Earth, Wind
and Fire, Ramsey Lewis ... to name a few...
TERRANCE PETERS - YOUNG, GIFTED! AN ABSOLUTE JAZZ SENSATION!
Terrance Peters and his father, Terry Peters together with fellow musicians at his Graduation Celebration
Saturday February 9th at Jazzland. Terrance, a divine Saxophonist, graduated from Jacksonville University and is invited
by The United States Navy's Jazz Band to audition ..in two weeks! Best Wishes, Terrance!
|TERRANCE & HIS DAD, TERRY PETERS
An Awesome Night Of Jazz & Comedy
What most of us turn to music for is an emotional experience. Get
ready for awe, inspiration,
exhilaration pity and longing.
You'll command affection and joy and any number of other mental
states. This is a shared experience between the music and the soul.
essence of a remarkable presence and performance.
Sylvia “Small Fire” Moore. The best animation, energy and aggressiveness are all there.
Small Fire has performed on Vibe, The Wayans Brothers Show, Showtime At The Apollo,
Def Comedy Jam, BET's Lift Every Voice, Comic View and Disney's “The First Kid” with
comedian Sinbad. Need A Good Laugh? Plan to be with us for a really good time.
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|Nat Adderley, Jr, Lawrence Buchner, Longineu Parsons, Larry Wilson
|Lawrence Buckner, Larry Wilson, Carole Freeman, Longineu Parsons & Nat Adderley, Jr.
LONGINEU PARSONS & NAT ADDERLEY,
Wows A Jubilant Standing Crowd At Jazzland
A Blistering Performance By The Magnificent Jazz Giants
Birthday Tribute To Jazz Legend "Nat Adderley"
Parsons, the world class musician who has performed in over 30 countries, master of so many instruments, educator
and composer, returned to Jazzland exclusively, Saturday Evening, November 24th ... "The
Birthday of Jazz Legend Nat Adderley." At his side, was another world class musician. Nat Adderley Jr! A graduate of Yale University, the music director and co-songwriter for Luther Vandross for 22 years where he arranged and co-wrote hit songs
with Luther. Nat Adderley, Jr arranged material for Luther Vandross' first hit album, 1981's
"Never Too Much" and worked with Luther until February 2003, when Vandross suffered the stroke that ended
his career and led to his death.&&&
Nat Adderley Jr., as a tribute and honor to his father,
the great "Nat Adderley" performed to a standing adoring crowd.. one day
before what would have been ...his father's 81st birthday. Over the last several years Nat Adderley, Jr has been
deep into his jazz roots as he moves to honor his family legacy. And what a legacy! Nat Adderley
Jr. is the son of Nat Adderley, the famed cornetist and the nephew of alto saxophonist
Julian "Cannonball" Adderley! Jazzland is thrilled- Nat promises to come back to
Jazzland and has expressed his comittment to support Jazzland in its dedication to Jazz in Jacksonville. We
Thank him from the bottom of our Jazz Lovin' hearts!
|This photo, "Flying Calvin" has been co-opted by The Smithsonian honoring CALVIN NEWBORN
You Don't Have To Go To The Smithsonian Institute To
"Calvin Newborn" "Internationally acclaimed Jazz and Blues Guitarist"
Keep Watching For The Date Of His Next Performance At Jazzland ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
One of America’s greatest heroes of Blues and Jazz, it is high time you found
out more about Calvin Newborn. Musician, Playwright, Author, Educator. Calvin was Assistant
Director of Jazz Studies at LeMoyne-Owen College. He also taught underprivileged children at the Stax Music Academy and has
written numerous arrangements, compositions, stage plays and operettas. Calvin
Newborn is living history and Jazzland is humbled and proud to turn a page or two …leading you to knowing why Calvin
Newborn is important; why he is worthy of your complete attention.
The Smithsonian Institute has co-opted the photo... "Flying Calvin"
as the logo for their Rock’N’Soul exhibit. Jazzland makes it possible for you to see, hear and feel what the historians will write about Calvin Newborn. Too bad the "King" is gone, otherwise he’d happily tell you himself! That’s right! Elvis Presley worshipped at Calvin’s
feet. It was there he learned the showmanship for which he was so wildly famous. Elvis discovered how to move and dance under the skillful guidance and as a direct result of Calvin Newborn! Calvin is well appreciated for his remarkable achievements in Jazz and Blues. With astonishing clarity, calvin recalls stories about "the glory days" ....the Blues and Jazz sessions with some of the greatest musicians of our time. Mgazines like Living
Blues, Mojo, G.Q., and Cadence have all mined hundreds of tales about his work
with Count Basie, Howlin Wolf and others. Let's hope that from among the listeners…a
new talent will spark! Some young one will emerge to build on this exceptional talent and promise the waiting world its next Calvin Newborn.
JAZZLAND Supports Student Musicians And Sponsored
A Scholarship Fundraising Concert- Proceeds to UNF Jazz Ensemble II
|UNF JAZZ ENSEMBLE II, DENNIS MARKS, DIRECTOR
The UNF Jazz Ensemble II is part of The University of North Florida - Music
Flagship Program, under the direction of Dennis Marks, Associate Professor, Jazz Studies, Applied Bass. The concert
Music Styles will include: Big Band Jazz Swing Bop Funk & Fusion. The following is a Roster of the Student
Musicians: Trumpets- Ryan DaBrusco, Lead-Boca Raton, FL - Trevor Lundquist, Miami, FL
- Mark Liebzeit, Palm Bay, FL - Briane Schmitt, Jacksonville, FL Trombones -
Thomas Guitierrez, Lead- West Palm Beach, FL - Cameron Strine, Miami, FL - Gina Benalcazar, Kissimmee, FL - Michael Nunez,
Bass, Miami, FL - Saxophones - Mercedes Beckman, Alto 1, Kissimmee, FL - Phil
Engsberg, Alto 2, Milwaukee, WI - Alex Hernandez, Tenor 1, Sarasota, FL - Jesus Rodriguez, Tenor 2, Miami, FL - Darren
Horvath, Baritone, Chicago, IL Rhythm Section - Ryan Slatko, Piano, Miami,
FL - David Ott, Guitar, Lake Worth, FL - Mike Perez, Bass, Daytona Beach, FL Landon Baker, Drums, Orlando, FL - David Smith,
Drums, Jacksonville, FL Vocals - Bryan
Hayes, Winter Park, FL Friday November 9th - 8:00 PM - Admission $10. Proceeds to UNF
Jazz Ensemble Scholarship Fund. Let's Help Our Students!
"BLUES Friday Night" - Every 2nd Friday - A New 2013 Jazzland Feature
The Blues is one of America's greatest musical treasures that evolved
out of slave work songs, field hollers, spirituals, and string ballads more than two centuries ago. The
blues is the foundation of virtually every major American music form of the 20th century, including jazz, rhythm and
blues, rock and roll, and hip hop. As profound as the blues has been to the national music experience, few modern musicians
truly understand its pain, intention and portrayal. Jazzland will present some of the finest Blues Musicians who are remarkably, in
that number. Join us for"
Blues Friday Night"
Jazzland Is A Fundamental Resource For Women Jazz Instrumentalist - Use Us!
As women, we are caught between the dual problems of invisibility by the “myth of absence”
and by “exclusion from performance opportunities.”
Jazzland is a bridge
to the solution of those problems. One might easily conclude that an offering of a “Women In Jazz Series” every
now and again,
might easily solve the dual problems. Not so! To us, that would simply exacerbate the
unfair practice rather than provide an acceptable form of
embodiment to the women
instrumentalist whose talents are consistently excluded.
To dispel the myth of absence, we submit that women jazz intrumentalist are available and an exceptional
talent pool exists right here in Jacksonville,
from which to draw. Jazzland’s
role is to get you and that talented group believing ...that we are here for women too. Jazzland’s
goal is to book female
and male musicians. We have the local resources in
talent and gender to do exactly that!
Together, we must move beyond gender and call on all jazz musicians and their allies
to move toward a progressive, humanist place where the experiences
talents of all instrumentalists are equally respected and represented. To that end
and if you are or know of women instrumentalist, who play
jazz, please forward this message
on to them or simply let us know who and where they are! Jazzland is currently looking for
and booking women jazz
instrumentalist! We have a place for you and your legacy in
the glorious world of Jazz. We are a fundamental resource. Use us!
- 904 240-1009
There's a New Vitamin On The Market! Vitamin "J" - JAZZLAND'S
Tuesday Night JAM SESSIONS
|GOTTA GET TO JAZZLAND'S..... JAM SESSIONS
Vitamin "J" – Jazzland Jam Session! - But do you realize how effective and powerful it is? Here’s the news! Jazzland is actually the
only source of Vitamin "J", the "Feel Good All Over" vitamin. According to Johnny
Green, the composer of "Body & Soul"…It gives your body and soul relief from
stress and other stuff. How? Vitamin "J" plays a crucial role in the proper functioning
of your artistic body and soul. From your ear-brain reception to your happy heart and out through your tapping toes and clapping
hands, your body demands a regular dose of Vitamin "J." The most important function
of Vitamin "J" is building your spirit and growing good thoughts, a peaceful heart with love
and understanding for everyone! You'll grow stronger and stress free as Vitamin "J" fortifies you…
"Body and Soul."
Longineu Parsons Return To America and Jazzland. This Weeks Cover Story At
Longineu Parsons returns to Northeast Florida for a gig at Jazzland Café on Aug.
4. It’s billed as a tribute to Louis Armstrong, whom Parsons hails as “the most important figure in the history
of American music.” Pops’ primeval impact on the industry began in the earliest days of recorded music and has
been felt continuously ever since. Having helped acquaint the city he loves to the music he loves to play, Parsons sees such
tribute as paying the literal debt that all working musicians owe to the masters who made their careers possible.
After Jazzland, who knows? Poland beckons, and then Parsons would most
love to return to Thailand, to a monastery where he can enjoy the most pleasant, yet most elusive sound of all: silence. “I’m
exploring that part of myself,” he said. “It was a reflection, now it’s a serious exploration.”
is in Paris, performing and teaching in a city he first visited back in 1978. “It was October — got here to do
the show ‘Bubbling Brown Sugar. He attributes the legendary depth
of the city’s music to the assimilationist nature of French culture: “The music is about bringing all of these
influences together, and that’s what I’m all about. In the States, we all live in our little categories, and to
me that’s really boring. I don’t want to be in a box, and I don’t really want to look at a box or listen
to a box. I’m looking at experiencing things that are different from the norm.”
-Shelton Hull, Folio Weekly
"The Zach Bartholomew
Trio's" Debut - CD Release Performance!
What A Remakable Night! A Trio Of Exceptionally Talented , Fine Young Men! They Will Be
|(left to right) MILES BOZEMAN, ZACH BARTHOLOMEW and BRANDON ROBERTSON
The Zach Bartholomew Trio
performed their debut album, “Out of This Town” together with some classic tunes
at Jazzland on July 14th! The trio is now doing a CD release tour and performances
throughout the summer and fall to promote the
"They Take Care of Business !"
Freeman with ....
The Great Southern Art Music Ensemble"
Jazzland has established itself by featuring top-flight musicians. With Jazzland's
high ranking series
of performances with great players spanning multiple generations,
our jazz presentations reach
for the highest level of ecstatic communication between
two equals; Musicians and Patrons. On Friday night,
the epitome of this connection
with exhilaration for you and
our most notable stars,....*
"Among The Finest Jazz Ensembles In The Country"
Rare qualities and in
command of every salient variable, with an undeniable scope of
improvisation, intensely stunning nuance with jaw-dropping
style and swing at any tempo. The Phenomenal
Southern Art Music Ensemble "This Is
Top Of The Line Jazz"
A Year Of Spectacular Jazz In Jacksonville!
ONE YEAR OF SERVICE TO THE JACKSONVILLE
THANK YOU JACKSONVILLE FOR MAKING
THIS HAPPINESS POSSIBLE
In just one year, Jazzland's throbbing jazz nightlife has become a magnet for jazz thrill seekers from
way beyond the Jacksonville community. "Jazz is truly ascending" says Carole Freeman, the vibrant manager of Jazzland.
"Everybody’s excited and comes to see and hear the great jazz musicians we’re fortunate enough to find. They’ve
found a place that’s "exotic, safe, colorful, and sensuous; a place of laughing, singing, and dancing; a place
where the night lights up to sensational jazz every Friday and Saturday night."
University Boulevard rings with jazz music, dance, and happiness. Beautiful cars line up for blocks under the
glittering stars above Jazzland whose doors swallow up and spit out crowds of jazz lovers on Friday and Saturday night. In all of Jacksonville, Jazzland is the Only Live Jazz club. On Friday
and Saturday nights, when the music begin to play, the whole city wants to "cross the line" and come to University
Blvd North. They call Jazzland "The Place" because you can find everybody whose anybody there on a Saturday
night, clapping and stomping away to the Best Jazz in Town. In fact, people will tell you this is where the Jazz patrons of
Jacksonville have finally found a remarkable haven for exceptional "Authentic" Jazz.
So what is
this groovy place all about? Why do people come from miles around to have a taste of Jazzland’s nightlife? Put on your
Saturday night frocks, and let's go find out. And by the way...If you're new to Jazz, you might consider spending a few Saturday
and Sunday nights listening to "This Is Jazz" a radio show hosted by Jazz historian Bob
Bednar. The show airs on Public Radio, WJCT 89.9 Midnight on Friday, Saturday 8-10pm & Sundays 9 to
11. Bob is the perfect Intimate Guide to Jazz.
Now you’re ready to hang out till midnight with great music, a fun crowd and plenty
to do. You feel like you’re in an old movie. The music is absolutely beautiful — soaring choruses played with
blinding passion and the high-stepping music of trumpets and saxophones. Critics love it. The audience is very diverse- a
wonderful mixture of Jacksonville’s many cultures. It's song and dance they're after, and by the time Jazzland lets
out, everyone’s exhilarated, full of love and wildly happy!
Did I say they call Jazzland "The Place" because you can find everybody whose
anybody there on a Saturday night? That's worth repeating! Inside, the
patrons are going from table to table greeting friends. A couple of men with very expensive suits stand under the glass chandelier
chatting. Leaning on the counter rail, some women in stylish, gleaming dresses are talking away.
Not everyone is rich or prominent. There
is a terriffic mix of our beautiful city. You'll find office workers, car salesmen, maids, teachers, social workers,
longshoremen, college professors, students and just about everything else! But once you're inside, it doesn't matter who you
are or how you dress! They Love You and make you feel oh so special! The stage is black with multi colored lights
circling the floor borders. The décor is a regal burgundy and gold with pictures of yesterday’s Jazz stars covering
the walls. The music is jumping and it seems like everyone’s swaying.
While Jazzland’s style and décor is reminiscent of the New York Jazz clubs
of the 30’s & 40’s… it’s policies are not! Like the days when W.C. Handy, the father of the blues,
was turned away from the Cotton Club while his music was blaring away inside; where the stage was lined with cotton bushes
and rickety plantation cabins with the bare legs of light-skinned black women kicking high to the sound of pulsating horns.
Those days are dead and gone. Today, Jazzland reflects the wonderful cultural blend of a beautifully progressive America.
Where musicians and patrons come together, where both are respected and happily joined by the exquisite beauty of
... and love for America's own classical music, Jazz!
HERE'S WHAT YOU'll LOVE ABOUT JAZZLAND!
A Safe, Comfortable, Cozy Place With A Super Cool Mature, Friendly Crowd. The
Great Musicians We Feature!
The Unbeatable Prices for Fine Wines, Domestic
and Imported Beers, and you'll have...
"The Perfect Nitche for Your Sophisticated Lifestyle."
The Perfect Place for A Super-Sensational Evening!
JAZZLAND ... where the great musicians play! 1324 University Blvd. North - (904-240-1009)
You Jacksonville For Your Love And Support And For Choosing Jazzland! We Love You Too!
A FABULOUS NEW FEATURE JUST FOR YOU IN 2012 ...
The Jazzland Jubilee - An E-zine Quarterly Jazz Publication - featuring articles and columns by outstanding contributing writers
and other professionals who are experts in the world of jazz. Each month,
Jazzland will select and feature a photo and story about our
"Patron of the Month" and "Jazz Artist of the Month"
in each issue. We love to show you off!!!
Jazz patrons love to get, and Jazzland loves to give "tidbits" of information. Moreover, there is a deep appreciation for the authenticity
and integrity of Jazz, and an overwhelming desire to understand the inherent
spontaneity, improvisation and originality that makes every
single performance of a jazz tune unique and new. Jazzland's patrons
want to learn new and interesting things
credible jazz leaders who understand that.....
......The Music Is The Star!
you're interested and would like to contribute jazz news items, articles, or other information about Jazz ...or
if you would
like to advertise your events, products
and services in the Jazzland Jubilee, please contact us. The Jazzland Jubilee will also
feature a Musician's Mix and Match section. Here
you can find other musicians, buy and sell equipment, parts and services.
Thank You For Your Interest and Support
To contribute articles, photos or for advertisments, click here
"THIS IS JAZZ" Jazz Radio At Its Finest with host BOB BEDNAR- Bob Bednar is the producer and host of WJCT"s
This Is Jazz!
been loving and listening to jazz his entire life, both as performer and as radio host. Bednar hosted his first jazz program at Philadelphia’s WRTI
and served as a first call drummer
in Philadelphia during 50s and ‘60s. Bednar has played with Zoot Sims,
Charlie Ventura, Stephane Grappelli, and more.
Bednar began hosting This Is Jazz in 1993. He educates and entertains a
new generation of jazz lovers on his popular radio program.
2010 Hall of Fame Inductee - Outstanding Jazz Historian & Radio Host at WJCT
Listen To Great Jazz - Friday at Midnight - Saturday 8-10pm and Sunday
The Jacksonville Jazz Festival Hall Of Fame Inductees at Jazzland
CAFE... where great musicians play!
A Special Jazzland Treat For The Florida-Georgia
Weekend! "CALVIN NEWBORN"
Brenda Kelly & Dot
Wilder John Shilby & Calvin Newborn Joyce
Johnson and Friends
John Shilby Joining In
Calvin Newborn, A Living Legend and Beautiful Musician! Calvin played
on B.B. King’s first recordings. Taught Elvis how to dance. Tore up the Big Apple
back in the day of BeBop, Blues and Jazz! He’s the brother of jazz virtuoso Phineas Newborn! On October
28th & 29th, Calvin returned to Jazzland chronicling
distinctive mix of Memphis Blues and Jazz. Born and raised in Memphis, in the heart of the city's gutbucket blues scene, Calvin
paid his dues on Beale Street
when R&B was king. His impeccable jazz
pedigree was honed in New York City recording sessions and in smoky after-hours joints alongside players like Jimmy
Forrest, Hank Crawford, Charles Mingus, and Earl Hines. His consummate sidemen included Donald
Brown (Jazz Messengers) and Herman Green (Muddy Waters,
DAYS ARE COMING SOON! LET JAZZLAND HOST YOUR PRIVATE PARTIES AND SPECIAL EVENTS.
"JAZZLAND CABARET NIGHTS" - EXCITING NEW FEATURE
SINGERS, SOLO PERFORMERS AND OTHER SPECIALTY ENTERTAINERS!!
Curtains Up! Jazzland Is The Absolute Perfect Venue For Your Fabulous Cabaret Show
That’s how you'll see the cozy new addition coming soon to our nightspot with an atmosphere of casual elegance.
That’s why so many fine performers will be putting their acts together. Anyone with a good
act and a few bucks can have the
venue. Use Jazzland Cabaret to build fan support and showcase talent. With Cabaret, a team will share
and effort. For decades, Cabaret has
been the starting place for aspiring performers and the holding place for established acts.
Cabaret performances are less pricey while being equally as entertaining.
We believe, Jazzland Cabaret Nights will inspire
new talent by keeping their dreams
alive; by helping the dreams …come true.
|Gino Gonzales, Gary Starling & Calvin Newborn
|The Youngsters Came To Hear Calvin Newborn
|Calvin Newborn with Joyce & Dick Bizot
|Linda Witsell with Ron and Gary
|The "Beautiful" Stewarts
Longineu Parsons Return To Jazzland Was Simply Grand!
|LONGINEU PARSONS, 2006 INDUCTEE & CAROLE FREEMAN
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE, BEAUTIFUL MUSICIANS, BEAUTIFUL JAZZ, JUST....BEAUTIFUL, ANYTIME AT JAZZLAND.
|Joe Pellegrino, Carole, Kenny MacKenzie & Scott Mariash
|The Jarell Harris Trio
|Gino Gonzales, Carole, Doug Carn & Calvin Newborn
|Larry Nader, Linda Witsell, Carole, Gino Gonzales, John Peasant, Jr. Warren Genwright
Soft & Sentimental Saturday Nights at Jazzland.....
a regular feature at Jazzland in 2012. Carole will be featured with various artist throughout the 2012 season. To
an idea of the style and depth of
her repetoire here's how Carole performed at her premier engagement back in September.
Freeman sang her love songs Saturday night! She took her audience down a personal memory lane to meet her first
love, her lost love, her forbidden love. Carole
love she could never have. Even her transfigured love after having lost her husband and first born son! She talked about being
stalled for a brief time on an elevator
with the late New
York Congressman, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., when she was just eighteen years old. And, how she fell like an anchor into the
shine of his beautiful appearance.
The very sight of
Congressman Powell, Carole recalled, erased all thoughts of her first love, in an instant! The
audience was in stiches as she remembered those five minutes in the
elevator. As the session progressed, Carole led each tune with a poignant narrative, guiding
her listeners through every inch of every kind of love emotion she's ever known, as she
captured her memories in song. It was a wonderfully moving night at Jazzland. If you missed
it, don't despair. Carole's 2012 schedule will post soon. Keep Watching!
|ANGELA TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS AT JAZZLAND
|ANGELA BRINGING IN THE BUSINESS AT JAZZLAND
Jazzland Is Absolutely
Perfect for Private
& Corporate Events and Parties
Start Planning Now and Book Early For Best Dates. Call
(904) 240-1009 -Reserve Your Special Date!
Thank You Jacksonville For Your Love And Support
And For Choosing Jazzland! We Love You Too!
|The Saunders, Grooving at Jazzland
JAZZLAND is Jazz at its finest! Now close enough to touch. You’ll see the astonishing
musicians of this original art form …smile, sweat and grimace, in pursuit of that killing phrase. JAZZLAND
is everything a jazz club should be. Dim, intimate, intense and hazy, with good acoustics.
Weekends offer jazz performances each night. A wide variety of Jazz styles and musicians... and
all Top Notch! Coming soon will be our Jazz Cabaret Night; Live Every Saturday night, be inspired by outstanding
Jazz Musicians! If you're in Jacksonville and you want to experience live jazz played well in a great jazz venue, duck
into this sensational, new Jazz Room for some great music. Don’t mind coming alone. JAZZLAND
is a super way to meet new and old friends and a cool way to spend an evening! A happy, friendly crowd is waiting to
welcome you to JAZZLAND ...where great musicians play!
Jazzland Café Inc
Consider Jazzland For Your Private Events and Parties! You'll Love Our Rates!
Casual, Elegant, or Extravagant, Jazzland is the perfect location for your Special Event with over 2,400
sq ft of Unique Private Event Space to accommodate groups of 105 guests. The chic accommodations
and historical Jazz setting make Jazzland an ideal choice. When you choose Jazzland to celebrate your event, you can
expect the very best.
Jazzland Jam Sessions
Talented amateurs share Jazzland's spotlight
with seasoned professionals in a warm party atmosphere. Newcomers and vocalists are welcome. Tunes can run for a
long time, as everyone gets their choruses in, frequently exhausting the rhythm section players and the musicians are
so friendly. A great bunch of Jazz lovers. Don't let the amateur status fool you. There are surgeons, college professors
and shoe salesmen here who can blow your socks off !! Join us at Jazzland on Jam Session
Check Out Our Jazz Session Policy