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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Mars Trio at The Tampa Museum of Art

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 7:52 AM

The Mars Trio will be performing for the next Art After Dark, Friday April 16 at the Tampa museum of Art. We will be performing 2 sets at 8:30 and 9:30 pm.

About the Event: "Each month, the museum partners with area organizations, volunteers, and artists to present a new and exciting event that celebrates art, music, and entertainment. Admission is $10 per person, free for museum members, and includes a cash bar."






About the Mars Trio: The Mars Trio was formed in 2004 by bass player Alejandro Arenas, drummer Mark Feinman and saxophonist Richard Van Voorst. At the time, all three were students at the University of South Florida in the Jazz program. The group began by playing together for the purpose of researching, studying, and learning new music, but soon a passion sparked among the members as they discovered the freedom and adventurous nature of the acoustic trio orchestration. The trio found itself in high demand and thus solidified itself as a working band in the West Florida area, while developing into a passionate artistic endeavor for the members.In August of 2007,Steve Davis stepped into the drum chair and the group took a new turn. While still keeping the original principles of the group intact, the different approach that Steve brought to the table took the group in new directions in improvisation, interaction, as well as some new and interesting repertoire. Following a short hiatus in 2008, the trio reformed in 2009 with drummer and composer Jose Cochez joining the group. Jose brings a fresh approach with an emphasis on spontaneity and conversation between the musicians.

The Group Performs many different styles of music from Be Bop, Hard Bop, and Modern Jazz to show tunes, as well as pop or Classical tunes with a jazz twist. You might hear music from Cole Porter, Rogers and Hammerstein, and Miles Davis, as well as The Police, Jimmy Buffett, and Van Morrison.

The Mars Trio plays restaurants, clubs, private parties, concerts and festivals and more. We can perform and tailor any type of music for any event, in any space. The repertoire is tailored to meet any and all needs, and we work closely with each employer to develop the desired ideal experience for our audience.

The Mars Trio is a also proponent of new music and always welcomes original compositions and arrangements from composers desiring to have their music performed.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Denise Moore and Then Some: A Jazz History

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 4:39 AM

Monday, February 8, 2010

Cafe Kili Jazz Nite

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 1:51 PM

This Monday February 8th, starts the first of the Cafe Kili Jam Sessions at Cafe Kili 5731 E. Fowler Ave. from 7:00 - 9:00pm. It will continue for the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month. The jam session is hosted by Trumpeter and Jazz ambassador Dwayne white and will feature some of the Tampa Bay area's finest jazz musicians in a relaxed atmosphere. Come on out and enjoy some great music and great coffee. It should prove to be a great hang!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

2010 St. Petersburg College Jazz Festival

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 7:08 PM


2010 SPC Jazz Festival


St. Petersburg College hosts its second annual SPC Jazz Festival with three evenings of world class jazz including:

Thursday, Feb. 4, 7:30p.m.
Big Band Big Bang!
Helios Jazz Orchestra with Dale Williams & Sasha Tuck

Friday, Feb. 5, 7:30 PM
Hot Latin Jazz!
Guisando Caliente
with Kenny Drew, Jr., Frankie Pineiro, Jeff Rupert, John Jenkins & Mauricio Rodriguez

Saturday, Feb. 6, 7:30 PM
Jazz on the Edge!
solo bassist John Lindberg & The Powell Brothers Quintet
with Jonathan Powell, Jeremy Powell, LaRue Nichelson, Alejandro Arenas & Ian Goodman

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Mars Trio at Bonefish Grill the first Wednesday of Every Month

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 7:01 PM

The Mars Trio will be performing the first Wednesday of every month at Bonefish Grill in Carrollwood on N. Dale Mabry, beginning Wednesday February 3rd. They will be playing three sets beginning at 8:00pm. Come on out and enjoy a few drinks, some Bang-Bang Shrimp and some great Jazz!




The Mars Trio was formed in 2004 by bass player Alejandro Arenas, drummer Mark Feinman and saxophonist Richard Van Voorst. At the time, all three were students at the University of South Florida in the Jazz program. The group began by playing together for the purpose of researching, studying, and learning new music, but soon a passion sparked among the members as they discovered the freedom and adventurous nature of the acoustic trio orchestration. The trio found itself in high demand and thus solidified itself as a working band in the West Florida area, while developing into a passionate artistic endeavor for the members.

In August of 2007, Steve Davis stepped into the drum chair and the group took a new turn. While still keeping the original principles of the group intact, the different approach that Steve brought to the table took the group in new directions in improvisation, interaction, as well as some new and interesting repertoire. Following a short hiatus in 2008, the trio reformed in 2009 with drummer and composer Jose Cochez joining the group. Jose brings a fresh approach with an emphasis on spontaneity and conversation between the musicians.

The Group Performs many different styles of music from Be Bop, Hard Bop, and Modern Jazz to show tunes, as well as pop or Classical tunes with a jazz twist. You might hear music from Cole Porter, Rogers and Hammerstein, and Miles Davis, as well as The Police, Jimmy Buffett, and Van Morrison.

The Mars Trio plays restaurants, clubs, private parties, concerts and festivals and more. We can perform and tailor any type of music for any event, in any space. The repertoire is tailored to meet any and all needs, and we work closely with each employer to develop the desired ideal experience for our audience.

The Mars Trio is a also proponent of new music and always welcomes original compositions and arrangements from composers desiring to have their music performed.

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Forefront returns to Canvas 5

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 6:58 AM

The Forefront will be returning to perform at the Canvas 5 Art Show at The Element Church in Tampa on Friday October 16th.


canvas-5-blog




The event begins at 8:00pm and will feature various artists from Florida. The Forefront will be performing from 10:30pm to midnight. The group has been working on a
recording to be released in late 2009 and will be feature some of the music from this recording as well as various new original pieces as well as some new arrangements of songs by artists such as Britney Spears, Sufjan Stevens, Passion Pit, and Deftones.


Canvas is in their sthird year and exists as a annual art premier. This is an excerpt of their purpose statement: "Canvas exists simply to promote a community of inspiration. Our idea, our dream, was born to provide a springboard for up and coming artists, in such a way that would benefit both their craft and career."


Click here for directions!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Jazz Under the Stars

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 8:16 AM


Bring your beach blankets and lawn chairs on Sunday, October 18th, at 6:30pm, and enjoy the third annual "Jazz Under the Stars" at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church. The church is located at 3315 Bryan Road, at the corner of Bryan and Bloomingdale. The jazz band, "Jazz Legacy," will be playing a variety of old American standards and new arrangements that the entire family will like. This outdoor concert is about relaxing and enjoying great music that you wouldn't typically hear. Find your favorite spot on the lawn and enjoy a picnic snack while you listen to the sounds of jazz.

Concertgoers will enjoy a sparkling ambiance from the many lights that volunteers from St. Andrew's United Methodist Church work hard to place around the area. "The lights just set the mood for a perfect evening," says Michele Pruyn, director of Music and Worship Arts at St. Andrew's.

Jazz Legacy Big Band and Friends is a full 16-piece band playing with select vocalists coming together to share their expertise and love of jazz. All the musicians are professionals who have been playing for many years. They perform at this event in order to give back to the community, and to share a style of music that brings enjoyment to young and old. It is unusual to have a band with this much talent at a local event. The band is excited to be debut their first album which will be available for sale at the concert.

David Pruyn, the band's conductor and trumpet player, explains: "You typically would have to go to New York to hear a band playing at this performance level. A local concert like this one is a true rarity, and it doesn't cost anything."



Concerts by "Jazz Legacy Big Band and Friends" at St. Andrew's have become a community favorite with them performing most recently Swing the Wondrous Story.


For more information, please contact Michele Pruyn at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 689-6849 ext 224 or visit www.standrewsbrandon.org. The concert is free with the option to donate to a love offering. Rain location is in the sanctuary. Jazz Under the Stars is part of St. Andrew's 40-year music tradition and their commitment to Loving Christ, Serving Others, Making a Difference!

Address : St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 3315 Bryan Road
Phone : 813-689-6849 (Always call and confirm events.)
Fax : 813-662-0013
Email Address : michele.pruyn@standrewsbrandon.com
Web Address : www.standrewsbrandon.org
Admission Fee : Free (love offering will be taken)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Denise Moore and The Some at at Ruth Eckerd Hall

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 8:07 AM



Enjoy the Denise Moore Trio this Wednesday @ Bungalow Bistro in Tampa 7:30-9:30pm
last week we enjoy performing on the Verandah...beautiful hope to see you!
www.bungalowbistrotampa.com

Denise Moore And Then Some at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater
featuring
Billy Marcus - Piano
Alejandro Arenas - Bass
Dwayne White - trumpet
Ken Loomer - Drums

Cabaret style seating in this lovely Theater tickets $17
Show Time 7:30pm Friday October 9th
denise@denisemoorejazz.com

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Denise Moore Trio at Teatro on 7th

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 7:52 PM


Featuring:

Denise Moore, vocals
Billy Marcus, piano
Mark Neuenschwander, Upright Bass

Teatro On 7th
(formally Big City Grill)
Saturday September 26th - 7:00 pm

Centro Ybor • 1600 E. 8th Ave. - Suite C-201
Tampa, Florida
phone: 813-248-9400

Friday, June 12, 2009

Jam Sessions at Chappy's Louisianna Kitchen

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 9:00 AM

THE AL DOWNING TAMPA BAY JAZZ ASSOCIATION, INC.
invites jazz fans, musicians and vocalists to

JAZZ JAMS AT CHAPPY'S


Every 1st and 3rd Mondays from 8 to 10 p.m. enjoy the JAZZ JAMS
at Chappy's Louisiana Kitchen,
247 Central Ave
St Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 896-5118

Visit www.aldowningjazz.com for more information.

Enjoy excellent spontaneous jazz, delectable food and refreshing beverages!

No Cover!

The Mars Trio at The Tampa Museum of Art

The Mars Trio will be performing for the next Art After Dark, Friday April 16 at the Tampa museum of Art. We will be performing 2 sets at 8:30 and 9:30 pm.

About the Event: "Each month, the museum partners with area organizations, volunteers, and artists to present a new and exciting event that celebrates art, music, and entertainment. Admission is $10 per person, free for museum members, and includes a cash bar."






About the Mars Trio: The Mars Trio was formed in 2004 by bass player Alejandro Arenas, drummer Mark Feinman and saxophonist Richard Van Voorst. At the time, all three were students at the University of South Florida in the Jazz program. The group began by playing together for the purpose of researching, studying, and learning new music, but soon a passion sparked among the members as they discovered the freedom and adventurous nature of the acoustic trio orchestration. The trio found itself in high demand and thus solidified itself as a working band in the West Florida area, while developing into a passionate artistic endeavor for the members.In August of 2007,Steve Davis stepped into the drum chair and the group took a new turn. While still keeping the original principles of the group intact, the different approach that Steve brought to the table took the group in new directions in improvisation, interaction, as well as some new and interesting repertoire. Following a short hiatus in 2008, the trio reformed in 2009 with drummer and composer Jose Cochez joining the group. Jose brings a fresh approach with an emphasis on spontaneity and conversation between the musicians.

The Group Performs many different styles of music from Be Bop, Hard Bop, and Modern Jazz to show tunes, as well as pop or Classical tunes with a jazz twist. You might hear music from Cole Porter, Rogers and Hammerstein, and Miles Davis, as well as The Police, Jimmy Buffett, and Van Morrison.

The Mars Trio plays restaurants, clubs, private parties, concerts and festivals and more. We can perform and tailor any type of music for any event, in any space. The repertoire is tailored to meet any and all needs, and we work closely with each employer to develop the desired ideal experience for our audience.

The Mars Trio is a also proponent of new music and always welcomes original compositions and arrangements from composers desiring to have their music performed.

Denise Moore and Then Some: A Jazz History

Cafe Kili Jazz Nite

This Monday February 8th, starts the first of the Cafe Kili Jam Sessions at Cafe Kili 5731 E. Fowler Ave. from 7:00 - 9:00pm. It will continue for the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month. The jam session is hosted by Trumpeter and Jazz ambassador Dwayne white and will feature some of the Tampa Bay area's finest jazz musicians in a relaxed atmosphere. Come on out and enjoy some great music and great coffee. It should prove to be a great hang!

2010 St. Petersburg College Jazz Festival


2010 SPC Jazz Festival


St. Petersburg College hosts its second annual SPC Jazz Festival with three evenings of world class jazz including:

Thursday, Feb. 4, 7:30p.m.
Big Band Big Bang!
Helios Jazz Orchestra with Dale Williams & Sasha Tuck

Friday, Feb. 5, 7:30 PM
Hot Latin Jazz!
Guisando Caliente
with Kenny Drew, Jr., Frankie Pineiro, Jeff Rupert, John Jenkins & Mauricio Rodriguez

Saturday, Feb. 6, 7:30 PM
Jazz on the Edge!
solo bassist John Lindberg & The Powell Brothers Quintet
with Jonathan Powell, Jeremy Powell, LaRue Nichelson, Alejandro Arenas & Ian Goodman

The Mars Trio at Bonefish Grill the first Wednesday of Every Month

The Mars Trio will be performing the first Wednesday of every month at Bonefish Grill in Carrollwood on N. Dale Mabry, beginning Wednesday February 3rd. They will be playing three sets beginning at 8:00pm. Come on out and enjoy a few drinks, some Bang-Bang Shrimp and some great Jazz!




The Mars Trio was formed in 2004 by bass player Alejandro Arenas, drummer Mark Feinman and saxophonist Richard Van Voorst. At the time, all three were students at the University of South Florida in the Jazz program. The group began by playing together for the purpose of researching, studying, and learning new music, but soon a passion sparked among the members as they discovered the freedom and adventurous nature of the acoustic trio orchestration. The trio found itself in high demand and thus solidified itself as a working band in the West Florida area, while developing into a passionate artistic endeavor for the members.

In August of 2007, Steve Davis stepped into the drum chair and the group took a new turn. While still keeping the original principles of the group intact, the different approach that Steve brought to the table took the group in new directions in improvisation, interaction, as well as some new and interesting repertoire. Following a short hiatus in 2008, the trio reformed in 2009 with drummer and composer Jose Cochez joining the group. Jose brings a fresh approach with an emphasis on spontaneity and conversation between the musicians.

The Group Performs many different styles of music from Be Bop, Hard Bop, and Modern Jazz to show tunes, as well as pop or Classical tunes with a jazz twist. You might hear music from Cole Porter, Rogers and Hammerstein, and Miles Davis, as well as The Police, Jimmy Buffett, and Van Morrison.

The Mars Trio plays restaurants, clubs, private parties, concerts and festivals and more. We can perform and tailor any type of music for any event, in any space. The repertoire is tailored to meet any and all needs, and we work closely with each employer to develop the desired ideal experience for our audience.

The Mars Trio is a also proponent of new music and always welcomes original compositions and arrangements from composers desiring to have their music performed.

The Forefront returns to Canvas 5

The Forefront will be returning to perform at the Canvas 5 Art Show at The Element Church in Tampa on Friday October 16th.


canvas-5-blog




The event begins at 8:00pm and will feature various artists from Florida. The Forefront will be performing from 10:30pm to midnight. The group has been working on a
recording to be released in late 2009 and will be feature some of the music from this recording as well as various new original pieces as well as some new arrangements of songs by artists such as Britney Spears, Sufjan Stevens, Passion Pit, and Deftones.


Canvas is in their sthird year and exists as a annual art premier. This is an excerpt of their purpose statement: "Canvas exists simply to promote a community of inspiration. Our idea, our dream, was born to provide a springboard for up and coming artists, in such a way that would benefit both their craft and career."


Click here for directions!

Jazz Under the Stars


Bring your beach blankets and lawn chairs on Sunday, October 18th, at 6:30pm, and enjoy the third annual "Jazz Under the Stars" at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church. The church is located at 3315 Bryan Road, at the corner of Bryan and Bloomingdale. The jazz band, "Jazz Legacy," will be playing a variety of old American standards and new arrangements that the entire family will like. This outdoor concert is about relaxing and enjoying great music that you wouldn't typically hear. Find your favorite spot on the lawn and enjoy a picnic snack while you listen to the sounds of jazz.

Concertgoers will enjoy a sparkling ambiance from the many lights that volunteers from St. Andrew's United Methodist Church work hard to place around the area. "The lights just set the mood for a perfect evening," says Michele Pruyn, director of Music and Worship Arts at St. Andrew's.

Jazz Legacy Big Band and Friends is a full 16-piece band playing with select vocalists coming together to share their expertise and love of jazz. All the musicians are professionals who have been playing for many years. They perform at this event in order to give back to the community, and to share a style of music that brings enjoyment to young and old. It is unusual to have a band with this much talent at a local event. The band is excited to be debut their first album which will be available for sale at the concert.

David Pruyn, the band's conductor and trumpet player, explains: "You typically would have to go to New York to hear a band playing at this performance level. A local concert like this one is a true rarity, and it doesn't cost anything."



Concerts by "Jazz Legacy Big Band and Friends" at St. Andrew's have become a community favorite with them performing most recently Swing the Wondrous Story.


For more information, please contact Michele Pruyn at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 689-6849 ext 224 or visit www.standrewsbrandon.org. The concert is free with the option to donate to a love offering. Rain location is in the sanctuary. Jazz Under the Stars is part of St. Andrew's 40-year music tradition and their commitment to Loving Christ, Serving Others, Making a Difference!

Address : St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 3315 Bryan Road
Phone : 813-689-6849 (Always call and confirm events.)
Fax : 813-662-0013
Email Address : michele.pruyn@standrewsbrandon.com
Web Address : www.standrewsbrandon.org
Admission Fee : Free (love offering will be taken)

Denise Moore and The Some at at Ruth Eckerd Hall



Enjoy the Denise Moore Trio this Wednesday @ Bungalow Bistro in Tampa 7:30-9:30pm
last week we enjoy performing on the Verandah...beautiful hope to see you!
www.bungalowbistrotampa.com

Denise Moore And Then Some at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater
featuring
Billy Marcus - Piano
Alejandro Arenas - Bass
Dwayne White - trumpet
Ken Loomer - Drums

Cabaret style seating in this lovely Theater tickets $17
Show Time 7:30pm Friday October 9th
denise@denisemoorejazz.com

Denise Moore Trio at Teatro on 7th


Featuring:

Denise Moore, vocals
Billy Marcus, piano
Mark Neuenschwander, Upright Bass

Teatro On 7th
(formally Big City Grill)
Saturday September 26th - 7:00 pm

Centro Ybor • 1600 E. 8th Ave. - Suite C-201
Tampa, Florida
phone: 813-248-9400

Jam Sessions at Chappy's Louisianna Kitchen

THE AL DOWNING TAMPA BAY JAZZ ASSOCIATION, INC.
invites jazz fans, musicians and vocalists to

JAZZ JAMS AT CHAPPY'S


Every 1st and 3rd Mondays from 8 to 10 p.m. enjoy the JAZZ JAMS
at Chappy's Louisiana Kitchen,
247 Central Ave
St Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 896-5118

Visit www.aldowningjazz.com for more information.

Enjoy excellent spontaneous jazz, delectable food and refreshing beverages!

No Cover!