THE RON D’AMBROSI QUARTET
Sunday, November 13th, 2pm
Cocoa Beach Country Club
Ron D’Ambrosi on the saxophone, national recording artist JD Daniel on the keys, Tom Milovac on bass & Fred Goodnight on the drums.
Ronald Charles D’Ambrosi is a tenor saxophonist who was born and raised in New York City. He scored his first professional gig at the age of 11 in his Grandfather’s restaurant, where alongside his brother on accordion, would play weekly from the Classic Italian songbook. It was around this time that he was first exposed to the music of Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker through regular patrons of the restaurant, and forever changed his perception of what the saxophone was meant to sound like. Since then, Ron has played or subbed at almost every major Jazz Venue in NYC, most of which have gone by the wayside. His ability to effortlessly cross musical genres kept him active in the recording and club date scene for quite sometime, and eventually led to an original music tour up and down the East Coast. Presently, Ron has relocated to Florida to pursue his other passion working in the Aerospace Industry. He currently holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance and a Masters Degree in Systems Engineering.
JD Daniel is a nationally known multi-talented pianist, keyboardist, composer, producer, arranger, conductor and vocalist. He began classical training at age six & at19 he formed his own group in Tucson AZ, which featured future Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Diane Schuur, among other talented musicians. JD spent many years in Los Angeles, working as an in-demand recording session musician and has toured the globe with scores of well-known artists. He’s performed, arranged and composed for film, TV, video, documentaries, web content, live shows & video games. His work has been heard by millions of people all over the world. He has been privileged to record and perform with a host of high-profile artists, including: Dave Koz, Rick Braun, Richard Elliott, Alphonse Mouzon, Ronnie Laws, Diane Schuur, Brian Bromberg, Carl Anderson, Russ Freeman, Vinnie Coliuta, John Pattatucci, Eric Marienthal, Ernie Watts, Alphonso Johnson, Phil Upchurch, Wayne Henderson, Brandon Fields, Gerald Albright, Grant Geissman, Bunny Brunel and Jeff Berlin. Click here for more info about JD: www.prokeyboardist.com.
Thomas Milovac is a bassist, composer, arranger, and improvisor based out of Orlando, Florida. At just 18, Thomas is becoming recognized as a talented, young bassist regionally with deep roots in the jazz tradition as well as a deep passion for musical and sonic exploration. He has lead, and been a part of, many ensembles, many of which feature rising, young talent in the jazz community. Thomas has also become a working bassist throughout the state of Florida and beyond, working in musical idioms from Bebop, to Swing, to the Avant Garde. He has performed with the likes of long time pros such as Wycliffe Gordon, Steve Swell, and Improvisor Jamison Williams.
Fred Goodnight has performed in bands with Herbie Hancock, Buster Williams, Larry Coryell & others. He played Madison Square Garden for the 200th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty & various festivals all over the US & the world including Switzerland, Belgium & more. He is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and has degrees in Music Theory from the US Navy School of Music and Akron University. He holds drum clinics, workshops & is a drum circle facilitator. Fred is currently one of the instructors for the Space Coast Jazz Society free student workshops & performs in various bands around Brevard County.
Open to the public – no reservations needed. Admission is paid at the door. $10 for SCJS members, $15 for guests, students are free. The Cocoa Beach Country Club is located at 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. Cocoa Beach.