To central Florida jazz students
The Sanford Jazz Ensemble presents
- IN CONCERT
- March 24th 3pm
- WAYNE DENSCH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
201 S. Magnolia Ave Sanford Fl 32771 admission $10 / $5 student ID
Guitarist/vocalist Rich Walker has been playing Jazz and Blues for thirty years, both on the road and in the Orlando area. In recent years, he has emerged as a leader, as an extraordinary soloist, and a very exciting Jazz/Blues vocalist.
It is obvious when one listens to Rich play that his roots are in the blues, citing his major vocal influences as Ray Charles, Joe Williams, Jon Hendricks, Betty Carter and Al Jarreau. Anyone with a love for, or a background in jazz will hear the influence of Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino and George Benson in Rich’s guitar playing.
Rich is a familiar face in many of Central Florida’s jazz clubs such as Valentyne’s, Dexter’s and the Joshua Tree. He has also played the Kool Jazz Festival, The Clearwater Jazz Festival, The Orlando Jazz Fest and the Cocoa Beach Jazz Festival. Rich has recorded recently with Ira Sullivan, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Marion McPartland and Nick Brignola. Although Rich is a guitarist, he feels his most profound musical influence was that of the late saxophonist John Coltrane and “the music he left behind for us to learn”.
The sounds of big band jazz are alive and well in Downtown Sanford, as the Sanford Jazz Ensemble ushers in the holiday season at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center. The SJE will feature the dynamic trumpet of Bill Carmichael. Bill’s high-powered style brings a fresh energy to the classic big band. In keeping with the spirit of the season, the band will also present a program of Christmas favorites, showcasing the “First Lady of Song”, Linda Cole and a reunion with vocalist Ron Starks.
The Sanford Jazz Ensemble is dedicated to bringing the best in jazz to the community, having recently showcased jazz artists, Dan Jordan, Jeff Rupert, Tom Parmerter, Dave Weaver and Bill Allred, in concert. The group originated in Altamonte Springs in l979, with founder Mike Arena, but relocated to Sanford in 2010 under Director, Dave Sheffield. The SJE will finish out this season with a March 24th, 2013, concert featuring popular singer-guitarist Rich Walker, and a May 19th concert that will display the talents of Seminole County’s outstanding high school jazz musicians.
The WDPAC has proven to be an excellent venue for the band. With great acoustics and comfortable seatings, the shows are treasured by Central Florida jazz fans. The concerts all take place at 3:00 in the afternoon and are only $10 admission, $5 with student ID.
DECEMBER 2nd 3:00pm $10 admission $5 with student ID
Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center 201 S. Magnolia Ave Sanford Fl
Bill’s musical legacy started, indirectly, in the city of New Orleans, Bill’s Grandmother Ida was born near the “Crescent City” in the town of Franklin, LA. His father, John, was a pianist and banjoist on many of the steamboats of the great “Strekfus Line,” playing in and around New Orleans as well as up and down the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. Bill was born on the banks of the mighty Mississippi in Rock Island, Illinois.
Bill performed in College and the U.S. Navy and was a staff musician with the opening day crew at Walt Disney World In Orlando, FL., October 1st. 1971. Later in 1974, Bill formed Rosie O’Grady;s Jazz Band and produced the world famous Goodtime Show.
His solo jazz performances have taken him to the major jazz festivals and concerts in the United States and abroad. He has appeared with Jack Teagarden, Billy Butterfield, Warren and Allan Vache’, Peanuts Hucko, Al Hirt, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme’, Al Cohen, Zoot Sims, Snooky Young, Bob Cooper, Milt Hinton, Bob Haggart, Barrett Deems, Louis Bellson, Buddy DeFranco and countless other jazz personalities from all over the world.
His Jazz band experience includes The World’s Greatest Jazz Band, Billy Maxted, The Titan Hot Seven, his own Classic Jazz Band and the big bands of Bob Crosby, Tex Beneke, Buddy Morrow, Dick Hyman and Bob Wilber and Terry Myers.
For over 12 years, Bill was a member of the Wild Bill Davison Jazz Band, recording and traveling to Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, England, America and at many other festivals and concerts worldwide.
Bill’s Arbors recordings include several cd’s with the Wild Bill Davison Legacy, Eddie Erickson band and a new solo/all-star CD, NEW YORK SESSIONS
Bill’s very popular CLASSIC JAZZ BAND, still going strong and touring nationally after 21 years, has just started pre-production on their 14th CD. Their web site is HYPERLINK http://www.billallred.com www.billallred.com
This Summer’s Concert ,our featured artist is one of our own,lead alto saxophonist , Dave Weaver.
One of the most important artist involved with the big band idiom is the arranger. Their role is to shape the material at hand in a viable expression for the jazz orchestra . This showcase will present a program of Dave’s fresh and unique arrangements as well as his talents as a multi instrumentalist .
Born in Bridgeport Connecticut ,”Weave” started studying Clarinet at the age of 10. He got a tenor sax when he was 15 and soon was touring New England in a band.This experience prepared him for a career in the US Navy Band where he had an opportunity to develop his arranging skills.After his stint in the Navy Band, Dave has enjoyed success as a freelance professional having performed with an extensive list of some of the top stars in the music business. Dave’s wide range of experience in virtually every musical style and his versatility on all the woodwinds has made him in demand as a writer and a player.We are fortunate to be able to present his music with the Sanford Jazz Ensemble.
Also Featured is Linda Cole , Florida’s First Lady of Song. Linda will be doing some favorite standard tunes and some new arrangements by Weave. Linda’s group was a big success at the recent Jacksonville Jazz Festival and she always enjoys an enthusiastic response at the WDPAC.
Jack Simpson ” Jazz on the Beach” from wucf 899.9 fm , will host the concert.Jack’s long, and wide range experience in the field of Jazz make him a valuable asset to any program. We look forward to seeing your face in the audience ,and would like to thank you for your support,helping us preserve the big band Jazz tradition .
Sunday Afternoon July 15th
Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center 201 S. Magnolia Ave , Sanford ,Fl
Admission ; $10 , $5 with student ID
call now to reserve your tickets 407-321-8111 www.WDPAC.com
On Friday May 11th the Sanford Jazz Ensemble will perform at Lake Concord Park for the Art & Music in the Park.The date will mark the first time the band has teamed up with the fabulous Miss Jackie Jones.It will also be an opportunity to get a sneak prevue of some Dave Weaver charts and the upcoming July 15th concert.Title:
Art & Music in the Park
May 11, 2012
FREE Art & Music in the Park and Food Truck Bazaar event.
95 Triplet Lake Drive Casselberry, FL 32707
Lake Concord Park
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Sanford Jazz Ensemble is proud to present Tom Parmerter as our featured guest artist. Tom is a jazz virtuoso who has performed throughout America, Europe and Japan, as a jazz soloist. His appearance in Sanford has created a buzz of excitement on the local music scene. Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of the best trumpet players in the business.
Tom was born in Rochester, N.Y. He has done big band work with Tex Beneke, Woody Herman, Clem DeRosa and Sam Rivers.
Tom also enjoys Latin music and was a member of Los Chevales de Espania while in New York City.
Also featured is Florida’s First Lady of Song, Linda Cole. Jack Simpson of WUCF 89.9 “Jazz on the Beach” will be hosting this event.
March 25, 2012
Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center
201 S. Magnolia Avenue
Jeff Rupert is a Yamaha performing artist, and enjoys a career as a freelance tenor saxophonist, as well as being full professor and Director of Jazz Studies at UCF.
Rupert’s numerous recordings as a featured soloist include dates with Diane Schuur, Mel Torme, Benny Carter’s Grammy winning recording, Harlem Renaissance (Music Masters), Sam Rivers, Maynard Ferguson, and his own quartet recordings, .Jeff Rupert, Jeff Rupert + Dirty Martini, and Jeff Rupert & Kenny Drew Jr’s From Memphis to Mobile.
Rupert founded The Jazz Professors whose latest recording on Flying Horse Records charted for seventeen weeks and peaked in the top twenty.