THE BAILSMEN RETURN TO PANAMA CITY, TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 6:30 pm, AT ALICE’S ON BAYVIEW IN ST. ANDREWS
“We are extremely fortunate that we fit the Bailsmen touring schedule”, said Steve Gilmore, Gulf Jazz Society music director. “They are top-notch exponents of the “gypsy jazz style”. Direct from an appearance in New Orleans, headed to Huntsville, Ala for a House Concert and Swing Dance, the group has scheduled a one-night performance in Panama City on April 2, 6:30 pm, at Alice’s in St. Andrews sponsored by the GJS. The quartet, well-known throughout the New York area, has built an ever-increasing fan base since coming on the scene in 2011 and currently performs over 200 events and concerts a year. Fun and upbeat, the Bailsmen’s sound is straight from New York by way of New Orleans and Paris, nodding to Django Reinhardt, Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington. Members of the Bailsmen include Abraham Pollack (bass), Brandon Vetrano (guitar), Charlie Castelluzzo (guitar), and Gabriel Yonkler (sax). Their previous appearance in Panama City over a year ago was an unmitigated hit and sell out! For reservations, call Amy or Larry at 784-2106. But don’t wait too long because seating is limited. Pay at the door. Admission is $10 for GJS members and $12 for others. Membership applications will be available to enroll new members. 50% of the net proceeds from this event will be set aside for an “Oaks-by-the-Bay Park restoration fund”. Alice’s on Bayview at 1000 Bayview offers a full bar and a menu that includes a variety of sandwiches, salads, seafood, and steaks. If you’re a fan of jazz and good food, put Alice’s at the top of your list of places to visit.
********************************************************************************************************************* WOW.......The future of jazz is in good hands based on the show put on by high schoolers Andrew Tinch (Guitar), Roo Alden (Trombone) and FSU freshman, Nigel Anderson (drums) on Tuesday, March 5!
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TUESDAY, MARCH 19: ALL-STAR LATIN-JAZZ QUINTET EXPLORES AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ ROOTS AT ALICE’S ON BAYVIEW, TUES. MARCH 19, 6:30 PM A GULF JAZZ SOCIETY PRESENTATION The exact origin of any movement, musical or otherwise, is always difficult to precisely identify, because of the many factors and successive approximations leading up to the final creation. Afro-Cuban jazz, the forerunner of what we now call “Latin Jazz”, came into bloom in 1940’s New York City when a Cuban trumpet player named Mario Bauza living in New York wrote the first true Afro-Cuban jazz tune, Tanga’. This tune blended American jazz with the Cuban clave polyrhythm style, in which multiple rhythms exist simultaneously in a 5 beat pattern (usually 3-2 or 2-3). Dizzy Gillespie, the great bebop trumpet player, always searching for a new sound and new directions for jazz, immediately appreciated the potential appeal of Afro-Cuban jazz and hired Chano Pozo, a Cuban conguero (conga) virtuoso for his band. The first two Afro-Cuban Jazz classics, “Manteca” and “Tin Tin Deo” were jointly written by Pozo and Gillespie. As the “New Sound” evolved, it led to what is now known as Latin Jazz. The key percussion instruments used in Afro-Cuban jazz are conga, timbale (simulated on drum set), guiro (gourd played with a stick), bongos, and claves (originally hard wooden dowels used in shipbuilding). Piano and Bass employ a Latin-tinged jazz style. Saxophone, flute, or trumpet are used for melody and improvisation. The All-Star Latin Jazz Quintet selected for this session consists of some of the finest musicians in the state of Florida and beyond: Victor Payano (sax & flute) – A native of Puerto Rico, Victor fronts his own band (VIP) and has performed at jazz festivals in the U.S. and the annual Heineken Jazz Festival in Puerto Rico. Jimmy Medina (conga) – From New York City. Steeped in jazz conga fundamentals from an early age. Many years of experience. Mike Levine (keyboard) – Veteran Latin Jazz pianist from Miami. Fronts his own band in and around Miami, frequently touring elsewhere in the U.S. Charles Pagano (drums) – Spent many years in Los Angeles playing in Latin and jazz groups. Currently a “first call” drummer in Panama City. Appears in many Gulf Jazz Society events. Steve Gilmore (bass) – World class, Grammy winning, jazz bassist. Serves as music director of the Gulf Jazz Society. For reservations, call Larry or Amy at 784-2106. But hurry because seating is limited. Pay at the door. Admission is $10 for GJS members and $12 for others. Membership applications will be available to enroll new members. 50% of the net proceeds from this performance will be set aside for an “Oaks-by-the-Bay Park restoration fund”. Alice’s on Bayview at 1000 Bayview offers a full bar and a menu that includes a variety of sandwiches, salads, seafood, and steaks. Tonight, Cuban specialties will be added to the menu.
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THIS SHOW IS SOLD OUT. PLEASE KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT OUR EXCITING MARCH SHOWS! TUESDAY, 2/26/19 - CHERYL JONES! Join the Gulf Jazz Society as we welcome back Dr. Cheryl Jones to our next jazz event. Dr. Jones, Destin vocalist and keyboardist, weaves a marvelous tapestry through many jazz related styles, including RB and soul, culminating in an innovative and soul stirring presentation. Her show in the summer of 2018 was sold out, so call for your reservations today! She will be joined by Grammy award winning bassist Steve Gilmore as well as the very gifted Charles Pagano on drums! The show starts at 6:30 pm and ends around 8:30 pm.Arrive early for a delicious dinner and cocktails at the new Dinner & Jazz venue of the Gulf Jazz Society: ALICE'S ON BAYVIEW.....1000 Bayview Ave., Panama City, Fl. FOR SHOW RESERVATIONS - $10.00 FOR GULF JAZZ SOCIETY MEMBERS AND $12.00 FOR ALL OTHERS - CALL LARRY OR AMY AT (850) 784-2106.
LAST NIGHT'S SHOW WAS AMAZING AND A COMPLETE SELL OUT!!! Twins, Peter and Will Anderson, acclaimed Saxophone and Clarinet virtuosos, will be performing at ALICE'S on BAYVIEW starting at 6:30 pm. Their performance marks a return visit to Panama City, who thrilled our audience last time with their dazzling sounds, technique and song selection! Check out their website for details! peterandwillanderson.com This exciting show will be held at the new Gulf Jazz Society music/restaurant venue: ALICE'S ON BAYVIEW - 1000 Bayview Ave. - St. Andrews!For reservations - $10.00 for Gulf Jazz Society members and $12.00 for all others, call Larry or Amy at (850) 784-2106.
2019 - Our First Jazz Show! The Gulf Jazz Society is pleased to announce our first jazz show of 2019. The show, titled "A jazz reminiscence of the golden decade (1957-1967) of Blue Note Records" *, features a stellar line-up of jazz talent including MIKE LEVINE from Miami, on keyboard, (Mike, an experienced and versatile multi instrumentalist musician has performed at the Aruba Jazz Festival, the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Hollywood jazz festival, just to name a few). GEORGE PETROPOULOS on trumpet, (George hails from NYC where he excelled in the NYC jazz scene for several years before relocating to Pensacola). STEVE GILMORE on bass (Steve is a three time Grammy winner whose resume would fill the boot of a Rolls Royce) and CHARLES PAGANO on drums (Charles moved here from LA a few years ago and is a "first call" drummer with impeccable taste and blinding technique). We are thrilled to kick off our jazz series at a new venue .... ALICE'S on BAYVIEW, located at 1000 Bayview Ave. in historic St. Andrews. We are grateful for the opportunity to be at Alice's because it is an ideal jazz room setting. (The Place is still under repair following the storm). Alice's offers a full bar and menu that includes a variety of sandwiches, salads, seafood and steaks. Arrive early and enjoy dinner in quiet comfort prior to the performance. Seating and check-in starts at 5:00 pm (when drinks and dinner can be ordered) with the show starting at 6:30 pm. For reservations, call Larry or Amy at (850) 784-2106. Pay at the door. Admission is $10.00 for GJS members and $12.00 for others. Membership applications will be available. Hope to see you at our first GJS event......the first of many wonderful jazz events throughout the year!
* The Golden Decade of Blue Note Jazz occurred from 1957 to 1967. It was no accident but a deliberate effort to achieve a near perfect mix of music selection, artist selection and combination, visual impact and recording technique. Blue Note vinyl LP's had a look and sound that attracted (and still does) a universe of jazz lovers. The outstanding players selected for the recording sessions were well served by the production staff that included Alfred Lion (Producer), Francis Wolff (photographer), Reid Miles (design) and Rudy Van Gelder (engineering).
A list of jazz artists who are featured on Blue Note records on the "Decade" includes musicians who defined jazz in their time. Just a few include Cannonball Adderly, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Lee Morgan, McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown and John Coltrane. The quartet will perform many of the instantly recognizable tunes of this ten year segment of jazz history.