|SCJS Yule Gala Dec. 13 Features Jazz Cats, Gourmet Buffet at C.B. Country Club|
The eight-piece Jazz Cats, featuring two popular vocalists and six of Brevard's best-known instrumentalists, will provide the jazz and holiday music for this year’s Space Coast Jazz Society Christmas Gala.
The event will be held from 6 to 10 PM on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Cocoa Beach Country Club auditorium , 5000 Tom Warriner Blvd., Cocoa Beach. Tickets are $38 a piece.
The Jazz Cats is a small combo group that features several of the top jazz musicians in town. At its core are musical directors Joel Greenblatt on trombone and Phil Coe on guitar. They are augmented with the rhythm section of Bob DiTota on bass and Casey Dodd on drums. The saxophonist is Dan Wilborn. At the SCJS gala, the vocalists will be Kristen Warren and Mike Mirand. Past vocalists include Bonnie Hanson, Maddy Winer, Gwen Callaway, and Patty Wallace.
The Jazz Cats play private events and have been featured at several venues throughout Brevard County, including Sublime Sangria Lounge, the Mango Tree, and at the Friday Fest in the EGAD Band shell. They typically have a guest vocalist as their featured artist.
Catering will be by A Chef’s Touch, one of the best catering services in Brevard. The gourmet Christmas buffet dinner will be served from 6:30 to 9 PM. Here’s a taste of what will be on the tables:
Caesar salad. Pan Seared Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce, Marinated Chicken Breast with a Garlic Cream Sauce, Swedish Meatballs, Shrimp Skewers, Beef Satay with a Peanut Thai Sauce, Fruit and Cheese platter, marinated Tomato. Fresh Basil and Mozzarella skewers, Deviled Eggs. Dessert Platter of Cream Puffs, Mini Brownies, Cannoli's, Chocolate Chip Cookies and Peanut Butter Cookies. Coffee and tea.
Cash bar available from 6 PM.
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|Nov. 9: Valerie Gillespie Jazz Quaret|
Saxophonist/vocalist Valerie Gillespie, one of Central Florida’s busiest musicians, will perform with her jazz quartet from 2 PM Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Space Coast Jazz Society concert in the Cocoa Beach Country Club.
The trio is rounded out by Ben Kramer on bass, Michael Kramer on keyboards and Dave Rudolph on drums. It will be Gillespie's fourth SCJS appearance in the
past six years. Music charge is $7 for SCJS members and $10 for nonmembers. Students under 19 are free. Tickets will be available at the door. Raised in Pennsylvania, Gillespie majored in classical saxophone at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and earned a masters degree in jazz saxophone from the University of South Florida in Tampa.
At her last SCJS concert, a sore throat kept her from singing but she enthralled the crowd with her saxophone
|Oct. 12: Free Annual SCJS Picnic and Jazz Jam at Rotary Park on the River|
The Rich Abrahams Quartet will provide the music and the Space Coast Jazz Society will provide the hot dogs and hamburgers at 2 PM on Sunday, Oct. 12, at the annual SCJS picnic and jazz jam. For the seventh year in a row, the event will be held at the riverfront Rotary Park off Rte.1 in Melbourne.
As usual, the picnic is for members only and their guests and for students. There is no charge, but members are asked to bring a side dish, a salad or a dessert. The SCJS will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, iced tea, lemonade and coffee as well as paper plates, napkins and plastic silverware. Picnickers may bring their own beer and wine.
Abrahams is a well-known pianist who has performed at many popular jazz venues in Brevard. He will be accompanied by Ernie Wilson on bass, Dennis Walton on drums and Syl Lafata on clarinet. There will be a sign-up sheet for musicians who want to sit in on the jam. The quartet will play the first set and the jam will be the second set.
Rotary Park is on the east side of Route 1 at the intersection of Suntree Blvd. and Route 1. It is about a mile north of the Pineda Cswy. Come early if you want to help with the setting up. Or stay late and help with the cleanup. For more info, call Pat Aiken at 777-3494.
See you there, come rain or come shine.
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