|April 12: Vocalist Maddy Winer & Friends Perform from the Great American Song Book|
Over the past three decades Maddy Winer has enthralled audiences with her inimitable, recognizable voice. Maddy attributes her successes to her love of the Great American Songbook, jazz standards and the pop music of her youth.
The focus will be on jazz when she headlines the Space Coast Jazz Society's monthly concert from 2 to 4:30 PM Sunday April 12 at the Cocoa Beach Country Club in Cocoa Beach. Tickets at the door: $10 for SCJS members, $15 for nonmembers and no charge for students 19 and under.
Maddy will be backed by a jazz quartet featuring Ron Pirtle on bass , Doug Grover on drums, Marce Palos on piano and a horn player to be announced.
This rare performance is sponsored by the SCJS and Heidi’s Jazz Club, and will feature the three finalists from the American Jazz Piano Competition that was held last November at the Florida Institute of Technology. The AJPC strives to expose jazz to the young and motivate them to study jazz piano and pursue a career in jazz piano.
The competition finalists are:
David Meder of New York, NY, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida State University and has studied with pianists Marcus Roberts and Jean Michel-
Pilc. He has received two Downbeat Magazine student awards for "Best Instrumental Jazz Soloist." Meder is currently pursuing his degree in jazz performance from New York University while he w as an adjunct instructor.
Gil Scott Chapman from Westfield, New Jersey, is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy & the University of Michigan in addition to attending Berklee College of Music He has performed at the Kennedy Center in Wash D.C., Carnegie Hall (he was a Five Year Carnegie Hall Student Award Winner), and a finalist in The Monterey Jazz Festival, Montreux.
Jazz Festival and the Detroit Jazz Festival.
Grant Richards, from Portland, Oregon, previously won Downbeat Magazine's Student Award twice for Best Jazz Arrangement before entering college. He has performed at many Jazz Fests and has performed with Esperanza Spalding, Eddie Gomez, Terri Lyne Carrington, Dave Liebman, Valerie Simpson, Simon Phillips, and Chuck Israels. He has produced, composed, arranged and recorded three albums. And he taught at the Global Music Institute in New Delhi, India and toured the country with the Tarun Balani Collective.
The concert is 4 to 6:30pm. Call Heidi's Jazz Club at (321)783-4559 to reserve tickets for $20 each.
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