They Are On "Top Of The World" Sold Out Shows In Aventura For 4 Years, Now They Are Back
September 1, 2022
Who can forget the music of the Carpenters? The popular brother/sister duo of the 70's and early 80's gave us some of the most unforgettable ballads and melodic pop songs of all time. By popular demand...It's "Yesterday Once More" when Debbie Taylor and her 7 piece band bring the unforgettable, exquisite music of The Carpenters in this return engagement in Aventura.
Special for this year, this program will include all the classic Carpenters hits plus your Holiday Favorites to kick the season off early. The warmth and tone of Debbie's vocals are so reminiscent of Karen Carpenter, at times you'll think you're listening to Karen herself!
Debbie started her career on stage at the age of 7 performing in Children’s theatre. After directing numerous productions in children and community theatre, her career path led her to the world of professional singing. For the past 20 years, she has been the owner and leader of ‘The Debbie Taylor Band’, a wedding, corporate, and private party band, as well as opening numerous times for Barry Gibb. The music of the Carpenters has always been close to Debbie’s heart. That sweet spot at the low end of her contralto range is a comfortable fit for singing Karen’s songs.
Meet The Band
Paul Stewart has been a professional musician for more than 40 years. He is an amazingly diverse guitarist who can play in almost any genre of music. Although guitar is his main instrument, he also plays the electric bass, keyboards, and just about anything that has strings.
As a band leader in New York City, he performed at the Plaza Hotel, the Waldorf Astoria, the Pierre Hotel, the St. Regis Hotel, The 21 Club, and Windows of the World. Now living in South Florida, he has performed in venues such as; The Breakers, The Four Seasons, The Biltmore, The Van Dyke, The Ritz Carlton, The Mandarin Oriental, and The Versace Mansion. He has played at events such as the SunTrust Jazz Festival, Las Olas Art Festival, Delray Art Festival, and more.
Felix Gomez graduated from the University of Miami with a Masters of Music in 2008. He has won several awards including; The National Dean’s List, Best Soloist, and Best Composition at the North Texas Jazz Festival, and Outstanding Band Performance in the Down Beat Student Music Award. Felix has performed with artists such as; Gloria Gaynor and Julio Iglesias. In the jazz world, he has shared the stage with saxophonist Ed Calle, flutist Nestor Torres, violinist Federico Britos, saxophonist Carlos Averhoff, drummer Duffy Jackson, saxophonist Paquito D’ Rivera, saxophonist Ira Sullivan, guitarist Simon Salz, percussionist Sammy Figueroa, flutist Dave Valentin, and trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, among others.
Ross Goldman is a native South Floridian raised in a musical family. Playing in a variety of situations throughout childhood contributed to his extensive familiarity in most genres of music. This gave him an appreciation for performing on multiple instruments including saxophones, flute, clarinet, piano, bass, and drums. While Ross attended the prestigious Frost School of Music at the University of Miami on scholarship, he was able to participate in masterclasses and play alongside many notables in the Jazz world including Joshua Redman, Benny Golson, Maria Schnieder, Jim Snidero, John Fedchock, Jeff Coffin, Troy Roberts, and many more.
Jack Ciano has performed in every facet of the music business. In the music industry he is considered an eclectic musician whose talents are always in demand. Jack Ciano has extensive performing and recording experience working with the following artists; Gloria Estefan, John Secada, Natalie Cole, Be Bop innovator Dizzy Gillespie, electric bass pioneer Jaco Pastorius, RCA recording artist Bruce Hornsby, Late Night With David Letterman bassist Will Lee, Bruce Springsteen’s saxophonist Clarence Clemmons.
Rafael Valencia is an electric bass instructor and conductor of the salsa ensemble at Miami Dade College (Kendall Campus). Rafael has performed with a wide variety of Latin artists including; Celia Cruz, Marisela Verena, Tito Puente, Luis Enrique, Ismael Miranda, Willie Chirino, Lissete, Raul DiBlasio, Olga Guillot, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Maria Marta Serralima, Nelson Ned, Braulio, Angela Carrasco, Suzi Lemans, Carlos Oliva, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Lucero, and Julio Iglesias.
Alvaro Rosario, better known as ‘Al’, has been singing for the South Florida music scene for the past 18 years. He began his musical career in the United States Army singing in the Fort Benning Infantry chorus. He has traveled across the United States during his military term singing for Generals, military hospitals, and various community functions.
In 2003, Alvaro was also the winner of South Florida’s version of American Idol called ‘Gimme the Mic’, where he had the opportunity to work and record with Pop legend John Secada, and Grammy award winning producers Joel Somellian, Emilio Estefan, and Immanuel Ramirez. As a current member of the Debbie Taylor Band, his talented vocal stylings allow him to cover all genres of music including; Latin, pop, jazz, and rock. His love and knowledge of the Carpenters music has made him a perfect fit in the Top Of The World band!
Diana Hernandez has been involved in music her entire life. She has been singing background vocals and playing trumpet for many years. She is an ardent music lover with a diverse interest in all genres. She is a fan of the Carpenters and has always enjoyed their music. This is a project of love and passion for incredible music and to be shared with my fellow Carpenters fans.
This very talented and accomplished group of musicians, brings to life the most authentic versions of the songs. Performing many memorable hits like "We've Only Just Begun," "Close to You," and "Rainy Days and Mondays" this show is a MUST SEE for any & all Carpenters fans. The band had Sold out shows in Aventura in 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2021 - do not miss your chance to get tickets. The band will be performing November 19th at 8:00pm at the Aventura Cultural Center.
Ticketmaster is the only official ticketing service of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Buy tickets online at: https://www.aventuracenter.org/ By phone at: (877) 311-7469. Or: (954) 462-0222. Or in person at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center box office Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 p.m. noon to 5:00 p.m. and 90 minutes prior to each performance. For Group Sales, please call: (954) 660-6307.
The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is located at 3385 Northeast 188th Street, Aventura, Florida 33180.