The Space Coast Big Band Performs Jazz Favorites
The May Space Coast Jazz Society concert features the big sound of big band jazz. Come and experience the electrifying Space Coast Big Band, a 17-piece orchestra, led by Joel Greenblatt and comprised of some of the finest musicians throughout Central Florida.
In addition to the Big Band, the Space Coast Jazz Society will also be announcing the winners of the 2018 Jazz Scholarships. Two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each will be awarded to Brevard County High School seniors. The two winners will showcase their talents by performing some numbers with the band.
Joel, a professional trombonist from New York City, has studied and taught jazz for more than 40 years. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, toured with the Max Romeo Band and entertained guests of Carnival and Celebrity cruises. Since moving to Florida in 2005, Joel has started two professional jazz groups --- Jazz Cats and the Space Coast Big Band.
Band members are equally as impressive. Drummer Bryan Gardenour has been playing professionally for more than 25 years. While studying at the Drummers Collective in New York City, he performed at such well known venues as Birdland, The Rainbow Room and Smalls. He’s also played at Nashville’s infamous Ryman Auditorium and at concert venues throughout the US as the drummer for Peter Frampton’s opening act. Trumpeter Eric Wright has a Master’s Degree in music from Rutgers University and has studied with several renowned trumpet teachers, including William Fielder. Eric has performed and recorded at international music festivals, concert halls and nightclubs with artists such as Ricardo Lemvo, Chris Calloway, and Johnny Pacheco.
These highlights of a just a few of the members of this remarkable jazz orchestra illustrate why the Space Coast Big Band is known for its array of musical stylings, reflective of jazz greats like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller and the modern and energetic Cherry Popping Daddies. Locally, the band performs at many private and public venues including Heidi’s Jazz Club, Eau Gallie Arts Summer Festival, and the 2016 Timucua Arts White House in Orlando, where they were the featured act.
For the bands return to the Jazz Society’s stage, Joel has secured some new arrangements and promises a program of jazz standards as well as some “hip arrangements” and dance tunes. And, the band will be joined Gwendolyn Calloway, a member of the infamous Calloway clan and vocalist in her own right. Gwendolyn is an award-winning singer who has performed on many cruise ships and in local theaters.
So, if you want a lively and fun afternoon of big band jazz come down to the Rockledge Country Club on May 20th. And if you want to show off your dance moves, grab your partner and your dancing shoes as well. Don’t miss this highly entertaining big band jazz concert!
Regular concert attendees remember that the May concert is on the third Sunday of month instead of the second, due to Mother’s Day. And for those of you who are not familiar with the Rockledge Country Club, parking is free, the venue is accessible, the dance floor is large and food and drink are served.
All concerts are open to the public and general admission is paid at the door: $10 for members of the Jazz Society or the Rockledge Country Club, $15 for non-members and guests, and no charge for students. Food and beverages are available at an additional cost. The Rockledge Country Club is located at 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge, FL 32955. For more information, call (321) 960-4897, email Jazz@SpaceCoastJazzSociety.org or go to www.SpaceCoastJazzSociety.org. You can also join this unique and fun organization at the concert or through the website.
The Space Coast Jazz Society is dedicated to preserve and promote jazz--- hosting monthly concerts by a variety of professional musicians and bands, providing free jazz workshops for Brevard County students and awarding scholarships to graduating Brevard County high school seniors.