An Evening of Latin Jazz
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
7:45 pm

South Florida Jazz Orchestra

SFJO

“The band swings with pulsating energy propelled by exemplary charts and arrangements that showcase brassy instrumentals, divine solos and elegant vocals” Edward Blanco, All About Jazz/ WDNA FM

The South Florida Jazz Orchestra is a modern Big Band comprised of some of the best jazz musicians, studio musicians, and jazz educators in the southeastern part of the United States. The members have performed and toured with many of the greatest artists in Jazz and Popular music. These musicians’ careers include tenure with the Big Bands of Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, and Maynard Ferguson, and artists from Stan Getz, Dave Grusin, and James Moody to Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, and Joe Williams. Big Band veteran Chuck Bergeron put this group together as a “Labor of Love” to provide the South Florida community with an opportunity to hear classic and modern works for large Jazz ensemble, and to present concerts featuring a wide variety of musical guests. They have produced concerts featuring many great artists, including Arturo Sandoval, Kevin Mahogany, Eddie Daniels, Tom Scott, Wayne Bergeron, and Mark O’Connor.

Chuck BergeronChuck Bergeron/Director

Bassist, Chuck Bergeron, is the Professor Jazz Bass and Program Director for Jazz Pedagogy at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music where he also is the faculty mentor for the Stamps Jazz Quintet. Aside from his teaching duties, Bergeron conducts big bands and small jazz ensembles and is an active clinician at schools throughout the country. He is also the host of The Frost Jazz Hour, on WDNA FM. He is one of the most active and innovative musicians working in the field of jazz. Equally versatile on the acoustic and electric bass, his unique compositional style and approach to improvisation reflect a wide variety of musical influences. Born and raised in New Orleans, he earned a B.M. from Loyola University and a M.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Miami. He then moved to New York, where he resided for 15 years while touring, performing, and recording with such jazz luminaries as Joe Williams, Stan Getz, Randy Brecker, Steve Gadd, Larry Coryell, John Fedchock, Dave Weckland many others plus the big bands of Woody Herman and Buddy Rich. Never relinquishing his focus on performing, Chuck balances his educational endeavors with a continual schedule of touring, performing, and recording that keep him active year ‘round.

Antonio AdolfoAntonio Adolfo, Jazz Pianist

The Grammy-nominated artist, Antonio Adolfo, is a jazz pianist, composer, arranger and producer. He has written songs recorded by many Brazilian and International artists. A child prodigy, Adolfo was already a professional musician by age seventeen.

His teachers include Eumir Deodato and the great Nadia Boulanger in Paris. During the 60's he led his own trio that participated in several Bossa Nova and Jazz shows in Brazil and toured with singers Leny Andrade, Carlos Lyra, Flora Purim, Wilson Simonal, Elis Regina and Milton Nascimento.

Adolfo wrote tunes such as Pretty World (original Brazilian title: Sa Marina) that gained great success and have been recorded by such artists as Sergio Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Herb Alpert, Earl Klugh, Dionne Warwick, and others. As a musician, arranger and record producer he has worked with some of the most representative Brazilian names, besides having released more than 25 albums under his name. His latest CD has been nominated as Best Latin Jazz album for the 2018 Latin Grammy Awards.

www.antonioadolfomusic.com

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