|Aug.10 Concert: Kenny Clarke B-3 Jazz Quartet|
B-3 organist Kenny Clarke, 2-time winner of Brevard Live’s music award for “Favorite Keyboardist,” will headline the Space Coast Jazz Society’s concert from 2 to 4:30 PM Sunday Aug. 10 at the Cocoa Beach Country Club.
Clarke's quartet includes Maurice Frank on vocals, Paul Polanski on saxophone and Jeff LoForte on drums. They will perform a unique sound known as “hard bop” and popularized by Wes Montgomery and Jimmy Smith in the 50s and 60s Clarke adores the B-3 organ and plays it for several groups in addition to his own.
‘I play keys on occasion for Blind Pig recording artist Bill Morganfield, who is Muddy Waters’ son and is keeping alive the family tradition of the great Delta/Chicago blues.”
After many years of living in Melbourne, Clarke has moved to Vero Beach, where he plays at several jazz venues. He also has regular gigs in Brevard and occasionally performs in Europe.
The Aug. 10 concert will be his second for the SCJS, where he will be performing “straight-ahead jazz.”
|Sept. 14: Charlie Bertini's 'Jazz Triology'|
World-class trumpeter Charlie Bertini will bring his critically acclaimed Triology jazz trio to the Sunday Sept. 14 Space Coast Jazz Society meeting.
The eagerly awaited concert starts at 2 PM at the Cocoa Beach Country Club, 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd. in Cocoa Beach. Tickets at the door: $7 for SCJS members, $10 for nonmembers and free to students under 18.
Bertini’s vibrate trumpet will be joined by the keyboard of Jeff Phillips, who plays a variety of sounds including jazz piano, strings, vibes, Brazilian guitar and voices, all supported by his masterful use of pedals for the bass. Drummer Paul Parker fills out the trio with classic swing, funky New Orleans grooves and driving Latin rhythms. The concert will consist of ‘40’s classics, Dixieland jazz, dance band themes and some lively antics on stage.
At age 19 Bertini joined the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. circus and toured for six years as first trumpeter and later as musical director. He relocated to Florida, where he played a variety of gigs: Dixieland show clubs, stage shows with big-name entertainers such as Al Martino, Peggy Lee and Mel Torme. He free-lanced frequently at Walt Disney World and Church Street Station in Orlando and did a four-year stint at Circus World Theme Park as first trumpeter and conductor.
As a teacher and clinician, he frequently leads workshops at UCF and Seminole Community College. Still based in Orlando, he enjoys a variety of musical settings and challenges and continues to be one of the most versatile and respected musicians in the industry.
Bertini has recorded 13 CD's with Bill Allred's Classic Jazz Band and has produced 90 CD's for other artists and has 8 solo albums on his label, AppleJazz Records. Many can be purchased at www.applejazz.com .
Bertini is executive director of the AppleJazz Festival held annually in Upstate New York.
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