2018 - 2019 Season Artists Series

Welcome back after a happy summer.  This season presents a great program. You can download our 2018-2019 Concert Series brochure in pdf format here

2018-2019 Concert Season

Jazz vocalist Lisa Kelly and trumpeter JB Scott kick off the CCJS 2018-2019 concert season.

Jazz vocalist Lisa Kelly and trumpeter JB Scott kick off the CCJS 2018-2019 concert season.

Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, 7 pm

Lisa Kelly / JB Scott Sextet

The popular team of jazz vocalist Lisa Kelly and trumpeter JB Scott return to kick-off the CCJS 2018-2019 concert season.

The sextet is co-led by Downbeat Magazine award winning vocalist LISA KELLY and Warburton signature trumpet artist JB SCOTT. Their first performance together was at the 1997 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. This appearance led to many others since as featured soloists and band leaders, six co-released CD projects and profiles in the 2010 book, “The New Face of Jazz”. JB was the former leader of the world-famous Dukes of Dixieland in New Orleans, performed with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Al Hirt, Arturo Sandoval and others. He is currently the Coordinator of Jazz Studies at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

Featured with the band in a special appearance is trombonist DAVE STEINMEYER, a legend among trombonists who performed for 28 years with the Air Force jazz Big band, The Airmen of Note, leading the band for over 10 years. Filling out the roster are prominent Florida jazz artists Jeff Phillips on piano, Jay Mueller on bass and Clyde Connor on drums.

Going to a Classic Jazz Band Concert is much like attending a symposium on the history of jazz. You will hear anything from Jelly Roll Morton to Count Basie and all the stops in between.

Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, 7 pm

Bill Allred and his Classic Jazz Band

This band started in Orlando, Florida in 1990 with a group of former musicians of Walt Disney World and Rosie O’Gradys. They started essentially as a “kicks” band, collecting and playing the arrangements of Matty Matlock and Billy Maxted. After performing at a few jazz festivals, they realized that there was a real market for their “little big band” type of sound. That was more than 25 years and 14 recordings ago. Going to a Classic Jazz Band Concert is much like attending a symposium on the history of jazz. You will hear anything from Jelly Roll Morton to Count Basie and all the stops in between. The band uses the five-horn front line typical of such bands as those of Matty Matlock, Billy Maxted and Red Nichols.

Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, 7 pm

Dan Miller-Lou Del Gatto Quintet

Since 2004 Trumpeter Dan Miller and saxophonist Lew Del Gatto have co-led groups that appeared all over the state of Florida in clubs and concerts in formats from four and five pieces to big bands. This will be their first time as co-leaders of a group for our jazz society. Joining them will be pianist John O’Leary, bassist Brandon Robertson, and drummer Paul Gavin.

Dan Miller grew up in Chicago where he studied with famed trumpeter Woodie Shaw. He attended North Texas State where he studied with renowned trumpet educators Don Jacoby and John Hayne. Fresh out of school he toured with a series of big bands led by Woodie Herman, Harry Connick Jr., Maynard Ferguson and Wynton Marsalis. Since 1991 he has been a Yamaha performing artist and clinician.

Lew Del Gatto is a transplanted New Yorker best known for his 25 year stint as a member of the house band on the TV show Saturday Night Live. Growing up in Brooklyn, NY he studied music at the Manhattan school of Music. After leaving school he spent a lot of time playing with big bands like Les Elgart, Clark Terry, and Thad Jones-Mel Lewis. There were appearances as a member of the famed Tonight Show Band as well as a stint with Buddy Rich and three tours with Frank Sinatra.

Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, 7 pm

Mike Frost Band
Based in Aiken, South Carolina, the Mike Frost Band is a favorite at jazz clubs and festivals. The group is known for its eclectic and broad-ranging approach to jazz, incorporating a variety of styles and repertoire from different eras.

The band is led by bass virtuoso Mike Frost, who studied with jazz legends Jaco Pastorius and Pat Martino. Mike is a composer, studio musician, educator, recording engineer and designer, as well as owner and sound engineer of Spirit Studio in Aiken. He is a native of Queens, New York.

The Mike Frost Band has become a jazz staple in the Carolinas and beyond. The group regularly performs in California and in Frost’s native New York. This is the band’s debut performance in Florida.

Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, 7 pm

Peter and Will Anderson

Monday, March 11, 2019, 7 pm

Jim Roberts Saxtet

Monday, April 8, 2019, 7 pm

M&M Latin Jazz Ensemble

For Ken Franckling’s reviews of recent series concerts, visit:  “Ken’s Blog”

CCJS members will be admitted FREE with membership card and the public is welcome for only $20 per person.

Doors open at 6:30 and concerts begin at 7:00 pm at the William H. Wakeman, III Cultural Center Theater, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte.

Ticket office 941-625-4175 X 221. For more information call our CCJS hot line 941-766-9422.

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