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Space Coast Jazz Society
Celebrate the holidays with DANCING, JAZZ and HOLIDAY MUSIC by multi-talented pianist, keyboardist, composer, producer, arranger, conductor and vocalist JD Daniel!
Raised in Seattle, he began classical training at age six. At 19, 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 virtually all types of media; film, television, video, documentaries, web content, live shows & video games.
His work has been heard by millions of people all over the world. JD’s musical depth and professional background are diverse and eclectic. His varied experiences encompass the complete range of musical styles, from classical to blues, jazz to hip-hop, pop to rock, gospel to latin, new age to funk.
Today, JD arranges & records custom keyboard parts online for clients around 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.Learn more about JD at his website: http://www.prokeyboardist.com.
Here are some samples of his music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVnlFEDMsgg
Open to the Public – admission is paid at the door. $10 for members of the Jazz Society & Rockledge Country Club, $15 for guests, students are free! The Rockledge Country Club is located at 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge, FL 32955
LIVE JAZZ & DANCING with Chief Cherry & His Red Beans & Rice SWINGIN’ JAZZ BAND!
“Swing” by for an afternoon of high energy live jazz and dancing with Shannon “Chief” Cherry and His Red Beans & Rice swing jazz band on Sunday, Nov. 5th, 2pm at the Rockledge Country Club.
Shannon “Chief” Cherry started this band in 1977 with some fellow college classmates at Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Florida in Marion Scott’s band room. The members have changed throughout the years to include some local and national legends, but in 20 years, one thing has remained constant: Swinging music.
Shannon started the band during the neo-swing revival of the late 1990’s to play gigs specifically for dancers during the short lived swing dance craze. Later this pursuit would foster a deeper love and appreciation for more kinds of jazz, and the band would branch out to perform other types of jazz from the eras between 1920 and 1960. Today Shannon Cherry is writing classic Swing inspired original music, very much like some of his contemporary influence: Harry Connick, Jr.
The current makeup of the band in the past year, depending on availability, has included Mark Sunderland on Trumpet, Major Bailey and Corey Powell on Trombones, Joe Goldberg on Clarinet and Saxes (when he’s in town from New Orleans), Mike Telesmanick and Marce Talos on Piano, Ron Pirtle on Bass and Ritchie Mola and Brock Wollard on Drums. A new addition in recent years has been the inclusion of female vocalists. Currently taking that seat is Britty Bardez-Tedtmann and Megan Roxane Shea.
Shannon Cherry sings, plays saxophones and writes the original songs for Chief Cherry and His Red Beans & Rice. They are working on their debut album, endorsed and promoted by the late and great Miles Davis’ brother, Joseph Haynes Davis, which will culminate 20 years of swinging in Florida.
Concerts are open to the public and no reservations are needed. Admission is paid at the door, $10 for members of the Jazz Society and the Rockledge Country Club, $15 for guests, and students are free.
The Rockledge Country Club is located at 1591 S. Fiske Blvd. in Rockledge, FL. For more information, call (321)960-4897, email Jazz@SpaceCoastJazzSoiety.org or go to www.SpaceCoastJazzSociety.org.
The Space Coast Jazz Society brings you a Funky Friday night of dancing with the IHB Funk Band on Friday, August 25th, 6:30-9:30pm at the Rockledge Country Club.
Food and drinks are also available for purchase while you “get down & groove” on the dance floor.
IHB Funk is a group of six musicians who have played in various ensembles in Central Florida for over thirty years. Their music is influenced by the seminal soul and R&B artists of the past and present. IHB Funk aims to GROOVE and have a FUNKY GOOD TIME!
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – No reservations needed. $10 Admission is paid at the door. The Rockledge Country Club is located at 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge, FL 32955.
For questions, call (321) 960-4897 or email Jazz@SpaceCoastJazzSociety.org.
Saxophonist and UCF Jazz Director Jeff Rupert & his Quartet are performing for the Space Coast Jazz Society’s monthly live jazz concert on Sunday, October 8th, 2pm at the Rockledge Country Club. Jeff will be backed by Richard Drexler on the piano, Ben Kramer on bass & Marty Morell on the drums.
Jeff is a Yamaha performing artist, a record producer, freelance tenor saxophonist & full-time professor & Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida.
He’s been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings with artists like Maynard Ferguson, Sam Rivers, Mel Tormé, Diane Schuur, Benny Carter & many more. He also played on Carter’s Harlem Renaissance which won a GRAMMY.
Rupert was selected to perform in the Jaguar International Jazz Series in New Zealand where he worked with Joe La Barbera, Larry Koonse, John Fedchock & Tom Warrington. He founded the band Jeff Rupert + Dirty Martini. Maynard Ferguson said; “From the moment I first heard Jeff Rupert with my band, I considered him one of the great jazz players of today.”
Concerts are open to the public and no reservations are needed. Admission is paid at the door – $10 for members of the Jazz Society & the Rockledge Country Club, $15 for guests, students are free. The Rockledge Country Club is located at 1591 S. Fiske Blvd. in Rockledge, FL.
For more information, call (321)960-4897, or email Jazz@SpaceCoastJazzSoiety.org.
Pianist Steve Kirsner & his entertaining group of talented friends will keep your toes tapping with smiles & laughs! Steve regularly performs during happy hour at Heidi’s Jazz Club in Cocoa Beach.
Be prepared to sing along with many of your favorite tunes and have a great time!
This concert event is open to the public & no reservations are needed. Admission is paid at the door, $10 for members of the Jazz Society & Rockledge Country Club, $15 for guests, students are free.
Suzy Park is a featured vocalist for one of Orlando’s most popular bands, the MasterSounds. She is a dynamic vocalist whose voice has range and versatility. She will be accompanied by Chris Rottmayer on the keyboard and Chuck Archard on bass.
Suzy joined Disney’s Voices of Liberty in Orlando in 1990. Since then she has performed with The Girlfriends at the Hyatt Grand Cypress for 9 years and you may have seen her at EPCOT with the jazz vocal ensemble American Vybe. She has performed at numerous jazz clubs and festivals throughout Florida, including the Pleasure Island Jazz Company, Sunfest, the Lynx Jazz Festival, Timpano’s, and the Grand Bohemian. Suzy has performed at Carnegie Hall with Salsa artist Tito Nieves, and at the Hampton Jazz Festival, where she opened for David Sanborn. She has been a featured vocalist with the Orlando Pops Orchestra and the St. John’s River City Big Band.
She has sung with the Benny Goodman Orchestra, the Naples Philharmonic, and The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Suzy has recorded for Warner Brothers, Fox, Walt Disney World, Tupperware, and the Orlando Pops. Suzy’s own CD with the Harold Blanchard Trio is entitled “Soulful Fourcast.” She is also featured on Yanni’s “Ethnicity” recording. Suzy performs regularly at numerous venues, and is a featured singer with The MasterSounds.
This concert event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC & no reservations are needed. Admission is paid at the door, $10 for members of the Space Coast Jazz Society & $15 for guests. Students are FREE.
Dancing, Food, Drinks &
Friday, April 21st, 2017, 6-10pm
$20 general admission / $15 for members of the Space Coast Jazz Society & the Rockledge Country Club
Rockledge Country Club, 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge, FL 32955
The Space Coast Jazz Society is hosting an evening of live jazz and dancing with a stellar performance by the popular and talented band, Stellar Jazz at the Rockledge Country Club on Friday, April 21st, 6-10pm.
Saxophonist Billy Davis, guitarist Phil Coe, Ron Pirtle on bass and Bryan Gardenour on the drums, will keep your feet moving for a fun evening of live jazz.
Billy Davis is from Iowa and currently lives in Satellite Beach. He has toured with a group opening for such artists as Chicago, Hall and Oates, Eric Clapton, and more. He then toured with another group who were appointed Ambassadors of Culture for the State of Iowa and they traveled to the Soviet Union to perform. He was also a guest soloist with the Cedar Rapids Symphony and has performed as a member of the Cedar Rapids Jazz Band playing with national artists such as Ernie Watts, Randy Breacker, Eddie Daniels and Bob Mintzner. In 2005, Billy worked on an album project called “Crazy Eight” in which the song “American Dream” was nominated for a Grammy in Best Contemporary Jazz Album and Best Popular Instrumental. Billy says he loves sharing the gift of expression through music.
Phil Coe is a freelance guitarist who plays locally around Brevard County. He was born and raised in suburban Chicago and began playing guitar professionally in 1971. He began teaching guitar, bass, and music theory in 1975. He graduated from De Paul University with a B.A. in Music Theory and Composition. Phil has performed with numerous funk, rock, jazz groups, and show pit orchestras. He has also played with Clark Terry, Bill Watrus, Eddie Daniels, Frankie Avalon, Marlena Shaw and Ed Shaunassey, to name a few.
Ron Pirtle comes from Ohio. At the age of 12 his parents gave him an electric bass guitar. Ron’s proficiency grew with music and his bass, and soon he was much in demand by bands. Ron traveled throughout Ohio and neighboring Pennsylvania playing music. While working with an older blues piano player he discovered blues and jazz. He switched to upright acoustic bass and nurtured his talent and love for this pure American art form. He released an album in 2003 entitled “Gettin’ In The Groove.” Today, he is one of the most sought after upright bass players.
Bryan Gardenour is originally from Melbourne, Florida. Bryan is a professional drummer with over 25 years of performing experience, including High School Symphonic/Marching Bands, Florida All Star Marching Band and DCI Drum Corp Suncoast sound. He has studied with Chester Thompson (Genesis, Weather Report), Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit) and Shawn Pelton (SNL House Band). Other notable experience included: nationally touring Top 40 bands, Disney World, Universal Studios, Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruise ships and performing on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Bryan lived in NYC for 8 years and played with numerous jazz artists and also performed at venues such as Birdland, the Rainbow Room and Smalls while studying at Drummers Collective. He was a member of the Eric Stuart Band and toured the U.S. as the opening act for Peter Frampton. Since returning, he has become busy once again performing jazz and is currently a member of the Jazz Cats and the Space Coast Big Band.
This event is open to the public, no reservations are needed and a $20 general admission is paid at the door. $15 admission for members of the Space Coast Jazz Society & members of the Rockledge Country Club. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Attire is casual or business casual, unless you want to dress up more. The Rockledge Country Club is located at 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., in Rockledge.
For questions, call (321) 960-4897, email Jazz@SpaceCoastJazzSociety.org or go to www.SpaceCoastJazzSociety.org.
DANCING & LIVE JAZZ WITH VOCALIST MICHELLE MAILHOT
Sunday, June 11th, 2-4:30pm
NEW LOCATION – Rockledge Country Club, 1591 S Fiske Blvd, Rockledge, FL 32955
Table Service Provided. Food & Drinks available for purchase.
This will be a performance you don’t want to miss! Michelle Mailhot is in demand as a vocalist, arranger, adjudicator and clinician. Chuck Archard will be on bass, Walt Hubbard on drums and Chris Rottmayer on the keys.
In 2013 Michelle had the pleasure of being a vocal soloist with the Orlando Philharmonic receiving rave reviews. Other recent highlights include sold-out audiences at Orlando’s Mad Cow Cabaret as well as being the director of vocal jazz at the International Music Camp in North Dakota. Michelle loves to sing jazz, pop and Broadway at concerts, private events, supper clubs and lounges throughout the country.
As an educator Michelle is on faculty at Rollins College as a private voice instructor as well as the director of the Women’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble. She is also a member of the faculty at Valencia College where she specializes in jazz instruction. She has taught at the Phil Mattson Choral Workshops, the Disney Sings Workshops, and the Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camps. She has been an adjudicator for Showstoppers, Orlando Fest, and many other choral festivals throughout the country and the world taking her to Singapore and Japan. She has also been a casting director at the American Idol Experience at Walt Disney World. Michelle has performed extensively at Walt Disney World and has also been featured on several Walt Disney recordings.
Michelle tours and performs with the Drama Desk Award winning group Vox Audio and is a sought after jazz artist and session singer. She studied extensively with both Phil Mattson and Dr. Stephen Zegree. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree from Western Michigan University and her Master’s Degree from the University of Central Florida. Michelle’s vocal arrangements are performed by high school, college and professional ensembles throughout the world.
Michelle has performed with Bobby McFerrin, Billy Taylor, Mel Tormé, Max Roach, Sheila Jordan, Sandy Patti, Chita Rivera, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Liz Calloway, Dick Williams, Pete Barbutti, Thomas Dolby, Don Shelton and Liza Minnelli. She is a session singer for radio and television commercials and album recording projects around the country.
She can be heard most recently on her own solo release “Happy Madness” as well as Bobby McFerrin’s latest CD release “Vocabularies”. Listen to a sample of her performances on YouTube (click here).
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, no reservations needed & admission is paid at the door. $10 for members of the Jazz Society & the Rockledge Country Club, $15 for guests. Students are free.
Support the preservation of Live Jazz through our youth and join us on Sunday, May 21st as we announce the winners of the 2017 Jazz Scholarships during the Annual Scholarship Awards Concert featuring the Mark Hubrouck Trio.
Two Brevard County high school seniors will receive $2,000.00 each and perform with the Trio during the second set with Mark on the keyboards, Al Dodds on bass, and Richie Mola on drums. Mark is the house pianist at the Heidelberg Restaurant in Cocoa Beach and has been dedicated for a number of years to work with the scholarship winners. This promises to be an exceptional performance of talent for this yearly event.
You will be inspired by the talent of the scholarship winners and enjoy an afternoon of live jazz! The concert is from 2-4:30 pm at the Cocoa Beach Country Club.
Open to the public – no reservations needed – admission is paid at the door. $10 for jazz society members and $15 for guests. Students are free. The Country Club is located at 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. in Cocoa Beach, FL.
The Space Coast Jazz Society is dedicated to PRESERVE and PROMOTE LIVE JAZZ!