Learn About The Florida Jazz And Blues Festival 2017!


Tallahassee, Fla. – The festival lineup and early bird tickets for Florida Jazz & Blues Festival 2017 were announced today for Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29 at Cascades Park in Tallahassee, Florida.The Saturday show is scheduled for 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Sunday is slated for 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. The festival is a ticketed event, ranging from $30-$65 for 1-Day tickets, $55-$120 for a 2-Day Pass and discounted Student/Military ticket options. Additionally, the festival offers 3-tiered pricing with discounts to encourage early ticket purchases.

This second year festival promises a 2-day event filled with funky blues, boogie-woogie guitar, dazzling horns, lift-your-feet jazz and electrifying, soul-stirring performances by jazz and blues artists from around the world, and will feature a variety of merchant and food vendors for festival-goers to experience. 

Headliners this year are Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child” and the New Orleans Suspects, along with jazz legends Carmen Bradford with Scotty Barnhart. Mr. Sipp will bring down the house with his upbeat, soulful blues and his outlandish performance that make him the blues powerhouse that he is. The New Orleans Suspects will be putting their own spin on the music of New Orleans, as they layer boogie-woogie piano, soulful blues guitar and jazzy horns on top of funky bass lines and complex rhythms. Jazz royalty, Carmen Bradford and Scotty Barnhart will offer a classic, rousing “Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald” featuring Carmen’s vocal prowess and Scotty’s command on the jazz trumpet. Notably, Barnhart wears many hats for the festival, and in life. As the current director of the Count Basie Orchestra, which he has been a member of for the last 24 years, Barnhart tours the world leading the world’s oldest and most acclaimed jazz orchestra. He is also Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Florida State University College of Music, and Artistic Director for the Florida Jazz & Blues Festival. Barnhart’s diverse leadership and experiences offer him the unique position to be able to bring a world-class level of talent to the capital city of Florida.

“I’ve carefully curated the artists we have invited to this year’s festival to appeal to both jazz and blues enthusiasts,” said Barnhart. “And, we’ve also mixed in Latin Jazz, New Orleans-style jazz/blues, classic jazz and blues performances, as well as more contemporary artists.
“In cooperation with the Florida Jazz & Blues Festival 2017, the Unity Music Foundation is contributing $3,000 for music scholarships to FAMU and FSU students.

“Our goal with this annual festival is to attract world-renowned performers, as well as jazz and blues music lovers from across the region and country,” said Jon D. Brown, Festival Co-Director. “Creating and cultivating a center point for tourists, culture and music strengthens and enriches the fabric of our community here in Tallahassee and Leon County.”

The festival is open to sponsors, food vendors, merchants and volunteers. Interested parties can find more information at http://www.FLJazzAndBlues.com or by email info@FLJazzAndBlues.com.
“We invite everyone to come out in support of this festival in a big way, so the entire region benefits from it today, tomorrow, and into the future,” said Barnhart.
What: ​​Florida Jazz & Blues Festival 2017

When: ​​Saturday, October 28, 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Sunday, October 29, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Where: ​​Cascades Park, Tallahassee, Florida

 Tickets & Festival Info: ​www.FLJAzzAndBlues.com

 2017 Festival Lineup

*Artists and times subject to change. Gates open at 2 p.m.

 Saturday, October 28 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Bill Wharton “The Sauce Boss”

Fusion Beat – Latin Jazz

The Jon Faddis Quartet – A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie

*Headliner – Carmen Bradford with Scotty Barnhart – A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

*Headliner – Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child”

 Sunday, October 29 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Frank Jones Band

Lauren Mitchell

The Wycliffe Gordon Quartet with Sabine

Beautiful Bobby Blackmon & the B3 Band

*Headliner – New Orleans Suspects

Florida Jazz & Blues Festival 2017

Festival Lineup

*Artists and times subject to change

 Saturday, October 28 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Bill Wharton “The Sauce Boss”

Fusion Beat – Latin Jazz

The Jon Faddis Quartet – A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie

*Headliner – Carmen Bradford with Scotty Barnhart – A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

*Headliner – Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child”

Sunday, October 29 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

FSU Jazz Orchestra 1

Frank Jones Band

Lauren Mitchell

The Wycliffe Gordon Quartet with Sabine

Beautiful Bobby Blackmon & the B3 Band

*Headliner – New Orleans Suspects

WHAT WHEN WHERE:

 What: ​Florida Jazz & Blues Festival 2017

When: ​Saturday, October 28, 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Sunday, October 29, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Where: ​Cascades Park, Tallahassee, Florida

Tickets & Festival Info: ​www.FLJAzzAndBlues.com

GATES OPEN AT 2PM

 We’re JAZZED to announce the Florida Jazz and Blues Festival 2017!

• It will be held October 28-29, at beautiful Cascades Park in Tallahassee, Florida.

• Get ready for a 2-day festival filled with funky blues, boogie-woogie guitar, dazzling horns, lift-your-feet jazz and electrifying, soul-stirring performances by jazz and blues artists from around the world.

• The festival runs from 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday.

 TICKETS

• ADVANCE tickets are on sale now through October 15 with up to 20% savings from regular price at http://www.FLJazzAndBlues.com. After Oct 15, ticket prices go to REGULAR FULL PRICE.

• If you plan on coming to the festival, you want to buy early for the best prices available.

• NOW is a great time to snap up your tickets!

• See the ticket prices below for prices and savings now.

• Tickets start at $40 plus discounts for military/students.

 FOOD & VENDORS  

• The festival will feature treats and sweets from delicious Food Trucks and lots of merchants with bling designs, original artwork, jewelry, and much more.

 ARTISTS & PERFORMANCES

• Headliners for the 2017 Festival are and “The Mississippi Blues Child” himself, Mr. Sipp on Saturday and the New Orleans Suspects on Sunday.

• Mr. Sipp will be bringing down the house with his upbeat, soulful blues and his outlandish performance that make him the blues powerhouse that he is.

• The New Orleans Suspects will be putting their own spin on the music of New Orleans as they layer boogie-woogie piano, soulful blues guitar and jazzy horns on top of funky bass lines and complex rhythms.

• Saturday night, the illustrious Jazz Diva Carmen Bradford with legendary Jazz Trumpeteer, Scotty Barnhart will dazzle with a classic Jazz ‘Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald”

• Local artists Bill Wharton “The Sauce Boss” is a recipe for a good time, and the foot stomping energy and tasty funky bass playing of The Frank Jones Band will have you up and dancing.

• So much of the best of Jazz & Blues will be featured at the Festival:

o Rousing Latin Jazz

o Funky Bluesy Jams

o Classical Jazz Performances

o Southern Soul Blues Guitar

o Dazzling Horns

o Sultry Vocal Power Performances

o Smooth Jazz Piano

o Full Throttle Blues

o Foot Stomping Energy

o Tasty Funky Bass.

o New Orleans Jazz

o Crescent City Funk

o One of the best Trombonists of our Time

o Local, Regional, National and International Artists

 • If you don’t think you like Jazz & Blues, this festival will change your mind!

 VOLUNTEERS AND FOOD AND MERCHANT VENDORS

• We are accepting applications for Food and Merchant Vendors NOW
 www.FLJazzAndBlues.com

 • If you want to VOLUNTEER at the festival, folks can sign up NOW

http://www.FLJazzAndBlues.com

 THIS IS A HOMEGROWN FESTIVAL

Festival Organizers are LOCAL NATIVE Tallahasseans
“Our goal with this annual festival is to attract world-renowned performers, as well as jazz and blues music lovers from across the region and country,” said Jon D. Brown, Festival Co-Director. “Creating and cultivating a center point for tourists, culture and music strengthens and enriches the fabric of our community here in Tallahassee and Leon County.”
• FESTIVAL ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Scotty Barnhart wears many hats for the festival, and in life. As the current director of the Count Basie Orchestra, which he has been a member of for the last 24 years, Barnhart tours the world leading the world’s oldest and most acclaimed jazz orchestra.
• He is also Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Florida State University College of Music, and Artistic Director for the Florida Jazz & Blues Festival. Barnhart’s diverse leadership and experiences offer him the unique position to be able to bring a world-class level of talent to the capital city of Florida.

“I’ve carefully curated the artists we have invited to this year’s festival to appeal to both jazz and blues enthusiasts,” said Barnhart. “And, we’ve also mixed in Latin Jazz, New Orleans-style jazz/blues, classic jazz and blues performances, as well as more contemporary artists.”
“We invite everyone to come out in support of this festival in a big way, so the entire region benefits from it today, tomorrow, and into the future,” said Barnhart.
In cooperation with the Florida Jazz & Blues Festival 2017, the Unity Music Foundation is contributing $3,000 for music scholarships to FAMU and FSU students.
ARTIST INFORMATION
Carmen Bradford
Jazz

Carmen Bradford grew up with music in her heart. It was only natural that Carmen would follow in the footsteps of her great family legacy, being the daughter of legendary trumpeter/ composer Bobby Bradford and world renowned vocalist/composer Melba Joyce. Her grandfather Melvin Moore sang with Lucky Millender and Dizzy Gillespie’s Big Band in the 1940’s, making Carmen the third generation of incredible musicians. She has carved out a place in music history for herself and is playing an integral role in this uniquely American art form called jazz. Carmen Bradford is Jazz Royalty.

In 1982, Carmen was discovered and hired by William “Count” Basie, and was the featured vocalist in the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra for nine years. Carmen performed on two Grammy Award Winning albums with the Basie Band, and collaborated with George Benson on the Grammy Award Winning album “Big Boss Band”. In her electrifying performances around the world, Carmen proves again and again her outstanding ability to sing all forms of jazz, be it straight ahead jazz, blues, or jazz fusion — and swing it like nobody can.  
Scotty Barnhart
Jazz

SCOTTY BARNHART is an internationally acclaimed Jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, author, two-time Grammy Winner, and in 2013 was selected to be Director of The Count Basie Orchestra. Prior to 2013, he was CBO’s featured trumpet soloist for 20 years, and in 2015 was Executive Producer of #1 charted A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas!

 SCOTTY IS THE CO-FOUNDER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOR THE FLORIDA JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL AND A GEM IN OUR COMMUNITY. He is a Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Florida State University. Scotty has recorded with Marcus Roberts,Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, and Ray Charles and has performed with Frank Sinatra, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Nat Adderley, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand and George Benson, performed at The Academy Awards, and is in demand as a soloist and lecturer on jazz history all over the world. In 2009, his solo CD, Say It Plain reached #3 on the Jazz Charts.

His groundbreaking book, The World of Jazz Trumpet – a Comprehensive History and Practical Philosophy, was published in December 2005 to rave reviews. He is a graduate of Florida A&M University and in 2017 he was honored with a permanent plaque in the Gallery Of Distinction in the FAMU Department of Music. He is also profiled in the book Trumpet Kings which places him among the greatest jazz trumpeters in history. He resides in Los Angeles, California and Tallahassee, Florida.

Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child”

Blues

Don’t be fooled by his boyish appearance or the Erkel glasses he and his bandmates wear on stage or the astronomical ascendance he achieved after winning the International Blues Challenge 3 years ago – Mr. Sipp isn’t a blues child, as his on stage alter ego implies. He’s definitely a man among men as soon as he steps foot on stage. One of Sipp’s favorite expressions is “Let’s knock a hole in it,” and The Mississippi Blues Child does just that, as evidenced by his recent win at the Blues Music Awards for Best New Artist Blues Album. Born in Magnolia, Mississippi, his given name, Castro Coleman, Mr.Sipp has already paid his dues with a remarkable 26 years as band leader, singer-songwriter, producer, session guitarist and label boss in the gospel market.

His band dives into deep grooves with a rare sense of timing that uses the vibe as an energy boost. On songs like ‘Juke Joint’ he brilliantly fuses his intensity with the kind of ‘call and response’ moments that were the bread and butter of his gospel past and now form an essential part of his current guitar-led bluster. It’s soulfully funky and fresh. Mr. Sipp’s performance is fire cracker stuff that can match any powerhouse rock band you care to mention, but he replaces macho posturing with exhortations to join him in one big blues party.

New Orleans Suspects

Jazz/Blues

New Orleans Suspects, riding their Top 10 blues radio-charted album Kaleidoscoped, and fresh from tours with Bonerama, Leftover Salmon, New Mastersounds and Paul Barerre and Fred Tackett of Little Feat, make their debut appearance at the Florida Jazz and Blues Festival Oct. 29, 2017. The New Orleans Suspects are a band that’s fallen into a groove and are rapidly working their way into the consciousness of educated music fans around the country. With a sound that’s familiar enough to be welcoming, yet challenging enough to please the most critical of purists, The Suspects are putting their own spin on the music of New Orleans as they layer boogie-woogie piano, soulful blues guitar and jazzy horns on top of funky bass lines and complex rhythms. The result is a wildly infectious sound that pays tribute to everyone from James Booker and Bobby Charles, to The Meters and Galactic.

Refugees from a variety of New Orleans outfits such as The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Neville Brothers and The Radiators join for a rousing celebration of rock, world beat, and lots of Crescent City funk. With the backbeats of veteran drummer Mean Willie Green (Neville Bros., Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Grateful Dead) these guys lock together and explode on stage.

 Bill Wharton “The Sauce Boss”

Blues

2017 Florida Music Awards Hall of Fame Inductee! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvPgt9E4YsI

Sauce Boss brings his own hot sauce to every gig, and cooks a pot of gumbo while smoking his side guitar. At the end of the show, everyone gets a bowl of spicy, smoky goodness. Bill Wharton not only plays slide, sings his tamales off, makes gumbo and feeds everyone…he also plays the drum kit with his feet! “You take that 53 Telecaster, pump it through that 48 Fender amp, add a bass rig, mix in some drums all simmered down over some funky swamp blues and smothered in gumbo, you’ve got a recipe for a good time.”

 “Beautiful” Bobby Blackmon

Blues Guitarist/Vocalist

Beautiful Bobby is a soulful entertainer who truly plays for his audience. Bobby lays down the Blues with Contemporary Southern Soul/Blues & Classic R&B music. Bobby has opened for Buddy Guy and for the Legendary BB King. His goal is to keep the Blues alive and not let people forget that Soul Music, Funk & Jazz was all born from Blues. His current 2017 CD, “Throwback Blues” has enjoyed excellent reviews and airplay in the U.S. and other countries. His high energy blues show is not one to miss.

 Fusion Beat

Latin Jazz

Fusion Beat performs different musical styles such as Jazz, World Music, Latin and Funk. This group is from Orlando, Florida. Their influences range from Puerto Rican, Afro‐Cuban, South American, New Orleans, Be‐Bop, European and different Jazz styles. Each one comes from many musical backgrounds and influences. Together, they blend and create a fresh sound in a sextet format. They were nominated in the Jazz Instrumental Album Category in the 15th Annual Independent Music Awards.

Jon Faddis Quartet

Jazz

Jon Faddis is a complete and consummate musician – conductor, composer, and educator. Marked by both intense integrity and humor, Faddis earned accolades from his close friend and mentor John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie, who declared of Faddis, “He’s the best ever, including me!” As a trumpeter, Faddis possesses a virtually unparalleled range and full command of his instrument, making the practically impossible seem effortless. He is known as one of the most innovative and inspiring jazz trumpeters of our time. Whatever the context – classroom or concert hall – and whatever the style, Jon Faddis epitomizes the best in Jazz.

 Frank Jones Band

Blues

The Frank Jones Band is a dance driven Soul and Blues band made up of some of Tallahassee’s finest musicians. The group has southern soul vocalist/guitar player, Frank Jones, leading the show with influences ranging from Albert Collins, The Funky Meters, Clarence Carter and Ray Charles. Bringing the beats to the music is legendary Steve Howell on drums accompanied by Kevan McCann and his foot stomping energy and tasty funky bass playing. Last, but not least, Clyde Ramsey on harmonica/keyboards as well as vocals; imagine John Lennon and Little Walter had a son. This band has a wonderful array of dance music and never fails to get the booties shaking!

Lauren Mitchell

Blues

Lauren Mitchell has a soul-stirring voice and an arresting presence. A mesmerizing performer with a voice for the ages. Lauren is a student of the blues, a music that at its core is about taking difficult experiences and finding a way to transform them into something cathartic, about finding deep truths in a sea of raw-nerve emotion. She makes each song her own whether they are covers or her own compositions. Lauren connects with the audience and sings with emotions that go deep inside and she leaves every drop of herself on the stage. With her seasoned bluesmen backing her up, be prepared for a full throttle blues performance!

The Wycliffe Gordon Trio with Sabine

Jazz

Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, Wycliffe Gordon has had an impressive career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz with high acclaim from audiences and critics alike. His unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his exceptional technique and signature sound, has solidified Gordon a place in musical history known as one of the top trombonists of his generation.

Sabine

Jazz

Widely respected as an award-winning classical pianist in the United States and Europe, and also respected greatly as a major jazz pianist from her work with Scotty Barnhart Quintet (Barnhart is also director of the Count Basie Orchestra) at the San Jose Jazz Festival, Idyllwild Jazz Festival and other venues, Sabine Pothier is one of most talented musicians in the world. Fans and critics alike are welcoming a new and powerful voice in the world of jazz piano.

 

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