|March 9: Vocalist/pianist Linda Peterson and her jazz quartet at Cocoa Beach Country Club|
After nine years of wowing the jazz scene in Southern California,, Denmark and Argentina, pianist/vocalist Linda Peterson is back in her Cocoa Beach home and will perform with her jazz quartet at the March 9 SCJS Concert in the Cocoa Beach Country Club. Her sidemen will be bassist Ron Pirtle, drummer Nick Chirico and saxophonist Dan Wilborn.
|Annual Benefit April 13 spotlights 3 young jazz combos and new 16-piece SCJS Big Band|
The 2014 Space Coast Jazz Society Benefit will feature the 16-piece SCJS All-Star Big Band, a collection of some of Brevard County’s best musicians.Before the Big Band’s appearance, there will be great jazz from three young groups: the Dexter Wilborn Quintet, the Mason Margut Quartet and the FIT Jazz Ensemble.
The benefit will be held from 2 to 5 PM on Sunday, April 13, in the auditorium of the Cocoa Beach Country Club. Tickets are $20 if purchased by April 1; $30 after April 1. No charge for students through high school. Tickets will be sold at the next 3 SCJS concerts and at SCJS Big Band concerts in January, February and March. There is limited seating. Concert tickets can also be purchased online by clicking the "Buy Now" button (you do not need a PayPal account, just a credit card). You can also get tickets by mail. (click here for mail-in ticket form). Proceeds go to the SCJS Scholarship Fund.
The band is the brainchild of former SCJS President Joel Greenblatt, who now serves as SCJS marketing director and co-leader of the big band. The other co-leader is guitarist Phil Coe. Members of the band are Greenblatt, Julio Matos and John Lisbeth on trombones; David Ewing, Gordon Wallace and David Quenzler on trumpets; Dan Wilborn, Andrew Cleaver, Charlie Alameda, Ian Gray and Jon Babb on saxophones; Mason Margut on piano, John Chybion and Fred Goodnight on drums; Philip Coe on guitar and Ron Pirtle on bass.The band’s premier appearance was a sold-out benefit concert on Dec. 7 at Steagles Pennsylvania Pub in Melbourne. That concert showcased two guest artists: saxophonist Al Martin and vocalist Len Fallon
Mason Margut is a pianist who is a star in the well-respected jazz bands at Satellite High School. He performs regularly at some of Brevard’s top jazz venues. Dexter Wilborn, son of saxophonist Dan Wilborn, plays the saxophone and sings. He was a Space Coast Jazz Society Scholarship winner in 2012 and is studying jazz music at FSU.
Beginning Jan. 18, the big band will play at Steagles on the third Saturday of each month from 2 to 5 PM with a $2 cover charge. Steagles is located at 1395 Cypress Ave. in Melbourne near Eau Gallie Blvd. and U.S.1.
When the band plays at the annual benefit, the musicians will be seated on the stage overlooking the large auditorium of the Cocoa Beach Country Club.The date of the annual benefit was selected because April is Jazz Appreciation Month when special events are held all over the country to celebrate jazz, which is hailed as America’s native art form. Many of the special events are initiated by the Smithsonian Institute.
The Cocoa Beach Country Club is located at 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. off Minutemen Cswy. 1.4 miles west of Rte. A1A in Cocoa Beach.
You can now use a Paypal account or a credit card to buy SCJS memberships on line. If you have a Paypal account, you must use it. If you don't have a Paypal account, you can use a Visa or Mastercard account.
Click on the Membership tab and follow the directions.
Of course, you can still pay by mailing in a check. Instructions and a membership form are also under the Membership tab.
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We meet for a jazz concert on the second Sunday of every month, unless otherwise noted, from 2 PM at the Cocoa Beach Country Club. Music charge is $7 for members, and $10 for nonmembers. Students are free. For more info, call 321-453-4191. Here is what's coming up:
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