Arts Garage announced its summer series lineup, featuring the new signature series Garage Blues and showcasing huge names in its popular Jazz Project. Both series feature international talent with strong Florida connections that emphasize the broad influence that legendary Floridians have had in the larger world of American music. Last year, during its debut season, Arts Garage presented regional A-listers. This year, the series expands to feature musicians with international clout, who also have roots to the Sunshine State, but are rarely seen in South Florida. The Garage Blues series debuts this summer in response to overwhelming audience demand, and features artists who have impacted the development of the art form. Individual tickets are priced $20-$30, and series subscriptions are available. Full details are available at www.artsgarage.org. ‘“Jazz Project has been passionately received from the start,” said Alyona Ushe, Executive Director of Arts Garage. “Our audiences feel a connection with the artist that is rarely experienced in night clubs and larger venues. There is a power that is felt at our performances, and our patrons share that experience with us. This incredible feedback and our commitment to bringing exceptional talent paved the way to attracting artists who have garnered an international reputation and are highly regarded for their influence upon their contemporaries and the generations that follow.”
The Jazz Project this summer includes performances by: Doug Carn had an enormous impact on the world of soul-jazz. The pianist, organist, composer and educator crafted classic albums such as Infant Eyes and Adam’s Apple, on which he also wrote distinctive arrangements of songs by Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane and Bobby Hutcherson.
With his long white beard and turban, Hammond B3 wizard, Dr. Lonnie Smith was a familiar fixture on the South Florida jazz scene of the ‘80s and ‘90s. A breakout star in the 1960s, Dr. Lonnie brought his distinctive, exciting organ sound to the records of George Benson and Lou Donaldson, and cut some classic sides of his own for the Blue Note label. The members of Miami’s Latin-roots-fusion band Oriente have performed with some of the greatest musicians, past and present, including Mongo Santamaria, Jaco Pastorius, Celia Cruz and Cachao. Pianist Lynne Arriale is a dynamic and soulful performer. In recent years, Arriale, who teaches at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, has toured and recorded with brilliant musicians – including trumpeter Randy Brecker, saxophonist Bill McHenry and bassist George Mraz – as well as with her own trio. Longtime South Florida jazz fans certainly will be out in force to greet drummer Duffy Jackson, holding court behind his drum kit while swinging ferociously and cracking wise. Not only is Duffy among the swingingest drummers around, he’s also one of the funniest. Anyone who heard guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg – who grew up in Miami and attended the University of Miami – knew he was destined to make his mark in the jazz world. A superbly gifted player, Kreisberg toured with jazz greats such as Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker and Red Rodney, and also helmed his own progressive-rock band Third Wish.
The success of the Jazz Project gave birth to Garage Blues. “We were overwhelmed with requests for blues and are thrilled with the caliber of talent with which we are debuting this signature series,” continued Ushe. “Our instant popularity speaks to the real hunger of audience to experience legendary musicians in an boutique metropolitan setting like ours. Garage Blues includes performances by: Little Jake Mitchell was a teen prodigy who later toured with James Brown, Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke, and won over audiences at the Apollo Theater. Matt “Guitar” Murphy is considered one of the baddest blues guitarists on the planet, and he has earned a spot in the Blues Hall of Fame. Barrelhouse Chuck Goering has played with some of the best including Chicago blues-piano heroes Blind John Davis, Big Moose Walker, Detroit Junior and Little Brother Montgomery. You can also hear him on the soundtrack to the movie Cadillac Records. For his Arts Garage show, Barrelhouse Chuck will be joined by South Florida favorites Famous Frank and the Nucklebusters. Tickets are priced between $20-$30 in advance, and comprehensive listings are at www. artsgarage.org. Subscriptions are also available. For more information please call 561-450-6357.