All That Jazz & More

December 16, 2021

Gold Coast Jazz Society (GCJZ) celebrates thirty years of respect and honor for the art form of Jazz in their 2021- 2022 Season - Live! At the Amaturo. “In marking this incredible milestone, we aimed this Season, to mix our performances between pure and contemporary, alongside some hip, creative variations,” says GCJS Executive Director Pam Dearden. “We hope we have curated something for everyone and we also wish to invite new audience members into our fold.”

Live! At The Amaturo features a sensational variety of ‘straight-ahead’ tunes, new renditions of old favorites, as well as innovative Jazz. A host of international artists as well as outstanding local musicians are carefully included in the series. All concerts will occur at the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Southwest 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312 and will begin at 7:45 p.m.

The Shelly Berg Trio will return on January 12th, 2022 with a special tribute to the music of George Gershwin with a Gershwin Top 20 Celebration. Berg is a Steinway Piano Artist, a five-time Grammy-Nominated Arranger, Orchestrator and Producer with numerous recordings to his credit. Not only a performer, he is also a notable educator and is the Dean of the University of Miami’s Prestigious Frost School of Music. The All Music Guide says that Shelly “is one of the finest pianists around in the early 21st century playing Modern Mainstream Jazz.” To learn more about Shelly Berg, go to: https://www.shellyberg.com/

On January 25th, 2022, fresh off the Jazz Cruise, join us for a concert with NEA Jazz Master, Kenny Barron. Honored by the National Endowment for the Arts as an NEA Jazz Master, Barron has an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms. The Los Angeles Times named him "one of the top Jazz Pianists in the world” and Jazz Weekly calls him “the most lyrical piano player of our time.” Whether he is playing a solo, a trio or a quintet, Kenny Barron is recognized the world over as a master of performance and composition. Enjoy pre-concert music in the Amaturo’s Lobby by the Pine Crest Jazz Septet. To learn more about Kenny Barron, go to: https://kennybarron.com

The February 9th, 2022 Concert will feature the Gold Coast Jazz debut of the acclaimed Latin Jazz Pianist, Chuchito Valdés. Chuchito, following in the footsteps of his famed father Chucho Valdés and grandfather Bebo Valdés, continues the legacy of great piano players from Cuba. With influences of Caribbean Rhythms and Jazz, he will create an exciting and energetic blend of spicy music. Chuchito has recorded and performed with the world renowned Cuban Band, Irakere, which he led for two years. His exciting performances have taken him to festivals, clubs and concerts throughout the world, from Cuba and the Caribbean to the Americas and Europe. Learn more about this artist at: https://www.chucho-valdes.com

On March 9th, 2022 Tony DeSare, the incredible Singer/Pianist, brings his fresh take on old school classics. He’s won critical acclaim for his three Billboard Top 10 Jazz albums and for his exciting performances in Jazz Clubs at Carnegie Hall with symphony orchestras and in Las Vegas. DeSare releases new recordings, videos of standards and new originals every few weeks on his YouTube channel, iTunes and Spotify. Learn more about this artist at: https://www.tonydesare.com

The closing Concert of the Jazz Series will occur on April 13th, 2022 featuring the world renowned Dirty Dozen Brass Band with An Evening of New Orleans Jazz, Funk & Soul. The DDBB has taken the traditional foundation of Brass Band music and incorporated it into a blend of Genres including: Bebop, Jazz, Funk and with a sprinkling of R&B and Soul. This world famous music machine has celebrated over 40 years of performing a “musical gumbo” around the globe with over twelve recordings and collaborations with a wide range of artists. Learn more about the DDBB at: www.DirtyDozenBrassBand.com

The Gold Coast Jazz Society is a Not-For-Profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Jazz Music through a mainstage concert series, free community concerts, educational programs, a Jazz scholarship program and musical services provided by the Gold Coast Jazz Society Band. For more information, go to: www.goldcoastjazz.org

Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council. This program is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Concert Sponsors include: American National Bank, Funding Arts Broward, Helen Ingham Foundation, Tim Ingham and Julie Pabst, Morgan Stanley and the Mary Porter Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward.