|Aug 9, 2015 -- Steve Kirsner and Friends|
Pianist Steve Kirsner, whose music and banter have provided many happy hours at Heidi’s Jazz Club over the last six years, will lead his jazz quintet at the August concert of the Space Coast Jazz Society.
The encore event will be from 2 to 4:30 PM Sunday, Aug. 9, at the Cocoa Beach Country Club, 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd., Cocoa Beach. Purchase tickets at the door: $10 for SCJS members, $15 for nonmembers. Students free.
The quintet includes Kirsner on piano, Dave Lewis on bass guitar, Stan Soloko on drums, Len Bentley on trumpet, Steve Mazzi on saxophones and flute, and a special guest vocalist.
All of the musicians have sat in with each other at various times at the popular Thursday afternoon concerts at the Sunset Grill in Cocoa Beach. Before that, they also played for years at the old Lloyds at Port Canaveral under the leadership of the late Wes Kirby. At that time, the band was The Ragtime Rascals with a focus on Dixieland. Dave Lewis became the bandleader.
When the ownership of Lloyds changed seven years ago, the Rascals moved their Thursday gig to the Sunset Grill and shifted from ragtime to traditional jazz.
Six years ago Kirsner became the band’s pianist. A retired dentist, Kirsner divided his time between being a club pianist and being the property manager for Brevard County real estate owned by his family. Most of Kirsner’s piano playing in recent years has been at Heidi’s Jazz Club in Cocoa Beach, where he performs at the Happy Hour from 5 to 8 PM on Wednesdays and Fridays.
He plays music by ear and it is rare when he can’t fulfill a request from one of his many loyal followers.
|Sept 13, 2015 Vocalist Linda Cole|
Central Florida’s Lady Of Song, Linda Cole, makes a return appearance with the Space Coast Jazz Society from 2 to 4:30 PM on Sunday, Sept.13 at the Cocoa Beach Country Club. She will be accompanied by Ron Teixeira on piano, Marco Bojorguez on bass, and Barry Smith on drums.
Linda’s singing career began at an early age in Illinois where she was instrumental in forming the “Singing Coles” group. She has performed various genres of music ranging from gospel to pop from jazz to country. Linda’s many accomplishments include opening act for Bob Newhart and the London Symphony, the Temptations, Chuck Mangione, Spyro Gyra, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Richard Elliot, David Benoit and Vassar Clements; performance with the world celebrated musical artist, Kym Purling, and presented a post 9/11 patriotic musical medley for former New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani.
Ms. Cole continues to perform tributes to her relative, the late great Nat “King” Cole; to the great humanitarian and Medal Of Freedom recipient: Pearl Bailey; and performs tributes to the Great American Songbook!
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