|May 18: Mark Hubrouck & Scholarship Winners|
Pianist Mark Hubrouck will perform with his trio from 2 PM to 4:30 PM at the May 18 meeting of the Space Coast Jazz Society in the Cocoa Beach Country Club, 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd., Cocoa Beach.
Hubrouck is one of Brevard’s busiest jazz musicians. He is the house pianist at the Heidelberg Restaurant in Cocoa Beach on Wednesdays through Saturdays. He performs occasionally at other jazz venues and has been a piano tutor.
|June 8 at Cocoa Beach CC: Al Stevens & Friends|
When multi-instrumentalist Al Stevens accepted an invitation to put together a band for the June 8 SCJS concert, he was asked for the name of his band. ”Oh,” he said, “just call it Al Stevens and Friends.”
His friends turned out to be some of the best known and most talented musicians in Central Florida: Stevens himself on piano, Bill Allred on trombone, Dan Jordan on saxophone, Ron Pirtle on bass and Dennis Walton on drums.
The June 8 event is the regular monthly SCJS concert meeting from 2 to 4:30 PM at the Cocoa Beach Country Club, 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd., Cocoa Beach. Tickets at the door: $7 for SCJS members, $10 for nonmembers. Students free. For more information, call 321-453-4191.
Allred, who occasionally appears at Heidi’s Jazz Club in Cocoa Beach, has been leading the Bill Allred Jazz Band for more than 20 years while it has produced 14 CDs and has performed at jazz festivals all over the world.
Stevens was pianist for the Allred band for five years and also played gigs with Allred at Rosie O’Grady’s when it was the best place to hear jazz in Orlando. Stevens was from Washington, D.C. when it was the jazz capitol of America. He played piano there, both as a soloist and as a member of one of the many bands featured at Blue’s Alley, which still reigns as the top jazz club in Washington.
While Stevens is best known as a pianist, he also plays the string bass, flugel horn, trumpet, tenor sax and valve trombone. His latest CD, Alone Together, features Al playing each of those instruments. As if that weren’t enough, he also is a ventriloquist.
Since moving to Florida in the early '60s, he has played at virtually every jazz club in Brevard. That would include Heidi's in Cocoa Beach, where he has been a weekend headliner and was pianist on Tuesday nights for five years. Together with the late Johnny Fitz, he opened Dino’s in Cocoa Beach and played there regularly until its close five years ago. He also performed at Wolfie’s in Cocoa Beach and the Cork Lounge in Merritt Island.
Stevens is an accomplished author who has been writing books and magazine articles for the past 25 years. His published works include fiction and books about computer programming. He writes a human-interest column for the SCJS quarterly newsletter.
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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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