September 10, 2014 @02:17 pm
Greetings from your southern neighbor at Space Coast Jazz Society! You’ve got some great features on your website: lots of news, happenings, and camaraderie in welcoming your new members. Keep up the good work and stop by to say “hi”.
November 04, 2013 @08:02 am
I love the fact that JJS is not only promoting jazz but encouraging young people who have a love for jazz. The recent listening party featured to young jazz groups in addition to collecting food and clothing for those in our community…teaching and giving!
November 02, 2013 @04:05 pm
I LOVE being a part of JJS!!! Awesome organization to enrich the lives of the true jazz lover!! Thank you JJS!
Every since the Jazzland Café hit Jacksonville, Florida, it has featured a diversity of artists and been enjoyed by many lovers of Jazz. Carole Freeman has been keeping Jazz Alive with a Energy only a pure Jazz lover can induce.
Thank You, Carole.
Mr. Williams and Ms. Mims were honored by the Jacksonville Jazz Society at the Scholarship Awards Ceremony on August 22, 2015. They were presented the awards by JJS President, Mark Marshall.
Briana Mims is a dance performer of Jazz. She attended the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. She is the body language of Jazz and the future of dance that will take Jazz to another level. Briana graduated from the University of Southern California on August 24, 2015 with a Major in Fine Arts – Dance.
Markis Williams, a student of Jacksonville University, transferred on August 23 to the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York. He opened for Gina Saputo at the Ritz Theatre, Downtown Jacksonville, for the Jazz Discovery Series featured by John Lumpkin.
Since 2003, Close Enough for Jazz has entertained audiences in North Florida at many popular venues and events. Our blend of standard, contemporary, and Latin jazz is the perfect entertainment for your club, restaurant, or special event.
Most often seen performing as an instrumental group, Close Enough for Jazz also performs as smaller and larger ensembles that can include a vocalist.
- Leslie Blumenfeld – Alto & Soprano Sax / Clarinet
Don Isabelle – Keyboard
Buddy Andrews – Tenor Sax / Flute
Fran Corragio – Bass
Scott Mariash – Drums
Ray Martin – Percussion
Whatever rules in jazz hadn’t been shattered by Charlie Parker and other bebop artists, Ornette Coleman finished off for good.
Coleman, who died Thursday at age 85, brought to jazz the kind of open-ended, non-narrative approach that Jackson Pollock used in painting and James Joyce in books. In the late 1950s, he originated “free jazz,” challenging the bebop establishment by abandoning the conventional song form and liberating musicians to freely improvise off of the melody rather than the underlying chord changes. Coleman also broke down the barrier between leader and sidemen, giving his band members freedom to solo, interact and develop their ideas.
It is with great pleasure to announce and congratulate our new officers who will lead the JJS for the next two years from November 2014 – November 2016. The following individuals were nominated and voted in to fulfill the following offices:
- President – Mark Marshall
- Vice President – Vimalakshi Archer
- Treasurer – Wesley Sturdivant
- Secretary – Roselind Folk
Please feel free to congratulate the new officers when you have a free moment. All outgoing officers will need to turn over their role appropriately prior to the November meeting. I will send the remaining October meeting minutes this weekend.