Gold Coast Jazz Society 2023-2024 Concert Season

Bobby and NestorTribute to Broadway & Hollywood

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
7:45 pm

The Bobby Rodriguez Orchestra (19 piece Big Band) was formed in 1981 playing swing and Bebop from the 40's. As the years progressed, their repertoire expanded and today the band plays a wide variety of Jazz, Pop, Swing, Bebop and Latin. The band has performed for numerous corporate clients, municipalities and charitable organizations around the country. Many of the band’s musicians have worked with the Miami Sound Machine, Stan Kenton, and Woody Herman and Count Basie Orchestras.  

Veronica Swift and the Shelly Berg TrioJazz in the Key of Swing

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Veronica Swift - At age 24, Veronica Swift is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the jazz scene. In the fall of 2015, she won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition.  In 2016 she was asked to perform a concert of her own at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City and she was a guest artist with Michael Feinstein at Jazz at Lincoln Center with the Tedd Firth Big Band and Marilyn Maye and Freda Payne.   Veronica’s first appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center was at age 11 when she performed at the “Women in Jazz” series at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. 

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John Pizzarelli Trio

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 07:45pm

"Nat King Cole is the reason why I do what I do," comments John Pizzarelli. "The joy that he brought me has never faded and the musicality of his group remains fresh and vibrant to this day.”

John Pizzarelli recently released his new album, For Centennial Reasons: 100 Year Salute to Nat King Cole on Ghostlight Deluxe, an imprint of Ghostlight Records. Following high-profile collaborations with Sir Paul McCartney and Michael McDonald, Pizzarelli returns to his roots to honor his hero, the legendary jazz/pop vocalist and pianist Nat King Cole, whose centennial is being celebrated around the world this year with various concerts, books and recordings. For Centennial Reasons... completes an epic trio of Pizzarelli albums saluting Cole, starting with Dear Mr. Cole, which helped put Pizzarelli on the map as an influential jazz guitarist and singer in 1994, and continuing with P.S. Mr. Cole, which cemented his legacy five years later. 

TerrelA Tribute to the Music of Billy Strayhorn and Lee Morgan
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Terell Stafford, acclaimed trumpet player based in New York, has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. Stafford is recognized as an incredibly gifted and versatile player.  He combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism. Stafford’s exceptionally expressive and well defined musical talent allows him to dance in and around the rich trumpet tradition of his predecessors while making his own inroads. 

Emmet2Handful of Keys

Wednesday, December 4, 2019
7:45 pm

Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen is one of his generation's pivotal artistic figures. Downbeat praised the "nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary" he employs to communicate with other musicians and audiences at what he terms "the deepest level of humanity and individuality." Cohen plays with the command and passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium.

TonyWednesday, April 15, 2020

Jazz singer Tony DeSare is, ‘two parts Sinatra, one part Billy Joel – Daily Press
“DeSare, the young darling of Manhattan's cabaret set, plays the piano with genuine jazz authority” Hartford Courant

Yamaha artist, Tony DeSare was named a Rising Star Male Vocalist in Downbeat magazine and has lived up to this distinction by winning critical and popular acclaim for his concert performances throughout North America and abroad. From jazz clubs to Carnegie Hall to Las Vegas headlining with Don Rickles and major symphony orchestras, DeSare has brought his fresh take on old school class around the globe. DeSare has three top ten Billboard jazz albums under his belt and has been featured on the CBS Early Show, NPR, A Prairie Home Companion, and the Today Show. He has also collaborated with Youtube icons Postmodern Jukebox.

NickyA Most Elegant Trio
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
7:45 pm

“Together, they are the most elegant trio around!”  —Dick Hyman
 “She has that special gift you cannot buy in a music store.” – Les Paul
“...A rarity, a first-class bassist whose playing is as sublime as her vocals.” – Limelight

The Nicki Parrott Trio is comprised of Nicki Parrott, the Australian bassist and jazz vocalist, Ed Metz, Jr. drummer and the award-winning Italian jazz pianist, Rossano Sportiello. 

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