Corey PaulCorey Paul Cortet
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Rockledge Country Club

Trombonist Corey Paul performs with The Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra, the Orlando Jazz Orchestra and at Disney parks and venues. His band includes Gregory Zabel on bass, plus brothers Ethan Bailey-Gould on guitar and Ashton Bailey-Gould on drums.

Paul, originally from Brevard County, is a graduate of the University of Central Florida (UCF) with a focus on jazz performance. Gregory Zabel is also a graduate of UCF, plays with the Orlando Jazz Orchestra and is an alumnus of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. The Bailey-Gould brothers perform together and on their own as freelance musicians. Ashton Bailey-Gould currently attends Eastern Florida College. Guitarist Ethan recently returned from his inaugural tour of Europe with Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra Jazz, led by the world renowned trumpeter, bandleader and composer Sean Jones.

These musicians perform at venues throughout Central Florida including Heidi’s Jazz Club, the Henegar Center and the Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts in Orlando. The Cortet has played together at the Blue Bamboo, for the SCJS and elsewhere.

According to Paul, “It’s great to be able to make music with other young people who appreciate jazz, America’s original art form.” He promises that the June concert will be diverse and include straight up jazz (an amalgam of different jazz styles), hard bob, bebop, cool jazz and renditions from the American Song Book. The band also intends to incorporate a Latin vibe in some tunes and include vocals by Corey Paul.

Photo by Robert Schmidt

RON TEIXEIRA TRIO & the 2019 Jazz Scholarship Winners
Rockledge Country Club, 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge, FL 32955

Pianist Ron Teixeira, bass player Al Dodds, and drummer Stan Soloko performed a wide ranging program of jazz favorites for jazz society members and guests. In addition to the performance by the trio, two graduating Brevard County high school seniors were each awarded a $1,000 jazz scholarship. The winners are Jared Dransfiled and Zachary Beaver, both of Satellite Beach High School. These scholarships are designed to encourage Brevard high school seniors to continue their studies of jazz in college. The program included performances by the winners along with the Ron Teixeira Trio.

Teixeira is a graduate of the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. After graduating, he played for more than 20 years at jazz venues and as a studio musician in New York  City. He returned to his hometown of Cocoa Beach and has been the house pianist at the nationally award winning Heidi’s Jazz Club in Cocoa Beach, FL for the past 17 years. He is also a member of the DanRonic Project which performed on the SCJS stage in October 2018 and he teaches jazz. Bass player Al Dodds has both a Bachelor and a Master degree in music from the University of North Texas and drummer Stan Soloko has performed on cruise ships for many years and is a local favorite.

This concert will be a special event of dedicated music, light fare and celebration of the scholarship winners. According to Teixeira “expect some surprises and some dance tunes”, so bring your dancing shoes. As for the scholarship winners, Teixeira says, “these high school students are unbelievable. They are progressing much faster and at a younger age than in the past, probably because of their access to music and ideas on the Internet.”

Joel GreenblattSunday, April 14th, 2pm
Joel Greenblatt presents Rising Stars 2.0
Rockledge Country Club, 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge, FL 32955

You can see highlights of this concert on our YouTube channel here.

Joel Greenblatt, band leader, professional trombonist and jazz promoter is featuring local jazz icons on the same stage as Brevard’s up and coming artists. Greenblatt says: “The concert will be like young meets old as we celebrate the lineage of jazz in Brevard County. It will be a true celebration of life, love, and jazz in Brevard County.” The concert program will also include a selection from the Ella Fitzgerald songbook as a tribute to the Queen.

Greenblatt’s Rising Stars initiative supports the next generation of jazz musicians in Brevard County. “Several young artists have used the previous 2013 Rising Star concert to jumpstart their careers,” says Greenblatt, such as pianist Mason Margot and guitarist Matt Heister.

Rising Stars 2.0 will feature:
Chase Sheelee – vocals
Lori Hafer – vocals
Lettie Andrade – vocals
Kristin Warren – vocals
Krystal Clarke – vocals
Michael Mirand – vocals
Joel Greenblatt – trombone
Steve Justice – trumpet
Andrew Cleaver – sax
Aidan Cleaver – trombone
Robert Delaney – trombone
Dr. jazz – clarinet
Phil Coe – guitar
Ethan Bailey Gould – guitar
Bob Ditota – bass
Bryan Gardenour – drums.

Greenblatt has studied and taught jazz for more than 30 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, he has started two professional jazz groups — the Jazz Cats and the Space Coast Big Band, which have performed in Brevard County and throughout Central Florida.

Sunday, March 10, 2pm
Rockledge Country Club, 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge, FL 32955

You can view highlights of the concert HERE.

Drummer and percussionist Fred Goodnight is well-known to local jazz fans and musicians alike. He was joined by Dan Wilborn on sax, Dexter Wilborn on bass and Mike Telesmanick on the keyboard. Even though all hail from the Space Coast, this group of musicians combine youth with decades of performing experience and the excitement of blending their individual styles into an afternoon of straight up and bossa nova jazz tunes.

Goodnight grew up in a small town just north of Pittsburgh with “music everywhere.” Although he now plays piano, saxophone, flute and trombone, he chose the drums when it was time to declare an instrument in junior high. “That was the best decision I ever made. The drums have been with me from that point clear to the present time. I have been able to travel all over the Far East and to about 35 states doing what I love and hopefully touching people along the way,” he says.

In his youth, it was Pittsburgh, not New York that was the jazz capital. Goodnight used to stand outside clubs and listen to world class jazz performers until he was old enough to go inside and meet with the likes of Art Blakely, Marianne Williams, Ahmad Jamal and others. From those early days in high school bands and visiting clubs, Goodnight went on to study music theory at Akron University, the US Navy School of Music and, as an enlisted marine, at the Field Music School. In the military, he served in the Pacific Drum and Bugle Corp as part of the Fleet Marine Force. The Corp was part the of President’s People to People Program to promote US goodwill throughout Asia, where he toured Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Taiwan as well as Alaska and California, sharing the sound of jazz and other genres of music with audiences as diverse as school children to the Japanese Emperor and his court. 

After his military service, Goodnight attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and took on a day job as an illustrator after graduation. But for years, for up to as many as six nights a week, he had a night job playing the drums. He was a member of several bands, each one better than the last. These years led to travels up and down the East Coast and through the Mid-Atlantic States, all the while honing his skills, picking up new techniques and ideas from teachers and those who influenced him. During this time he also played at high profile events such as for the Statue of Liberty anniversary at Madison Square Garden, music festivals in Switzerland and Europe and as part of the opening act for Ray Charles. 

Goodnight’s diverse teachers included the renowned jazz artist Max Roach, drummer and recording artist Baba Olantungi of Nigeria, Brazilian percussionist and recording artist Nana Vasconselors, workshop facilitator and percussionist Arthur Hull and percussionist Tony Vacca. Early in life he was influenced by the likes of James Moody (with whom he later shared the stage), and has always learned from percussionists Tony Williams, Philly Joe Jones and Jimmy Cobb who all played with Miles Davis at some point in their careers. Through these influences, he started leading drumming circles, adding a Brazilian flavor to some of his performances and integrating unique approaches to his drumming style.

Goodnight moved to Brevard County about 15 years ago after traveling back and forth to work here. Many may remember him from a nine-year gig at Dijon’s Restaurant in Melbourne Beach. Currently, Goodnight plays at local venues, churches and special events with both local and visiting musicians.  As Board member of the Space Coast Jazz Society, and through his music activities, Goodnight is also a teacher and mentor to young jazz musicians throughout Brevard.

Jeff RupertSunday, Feb 10th, 2019, 2pm
Saxophonist JEFF RUPERT

Rockledge Country Club, 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge, FL  32955

Mel Tormé said, “He’s dynamite.”Maynard Ferguson says, “He’s one of the great jazz players today.” And the The Star Ledger music critic, George Kanzler says he is “just the kind of soloist needed to spur a band on to heroic heights.”

You can see highlights from his 2017 performance on our YouTube channel HERE.

Jeff Rupert is a freelance tenor saxophonist, Yamaha artist and record producer under the Flying Horse label. His performing and recording credits include associations with Diane Schuur, Mel Tormé, Kevin Mahogany, Ernestine Anderson, and Benny Carter’s Grammy winning Harlem Renaissance. Jeff toured for fifteen years with Sam Rivers; four albums ensued. And from 1997 to 2002 he toured and recorded with Maynard Ferguson. Jeff’s nine recordings as a leader all charted on Jazz Week.Do That Again! was #39 out of the top 100 jazz albums of 2014, and En Plein Air: The Jazz Professors play Monet made it to #29.Rupert’s latest release Let’s Sail Away with Veronica Swift, Richard Drexler and Marty Morell was #1 on the jazz charts.

He’s performed at some of the best known jazz venues in the world: the Blue Note, Birdland, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Tokyo Forum, the National concert hall of Taipei, Taiwan, and jazz festivals in Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

As a composer and arranger, Jeff has written for Bob Berg, James Moody, Maynard Ferguson, Kenny Drew Jr, Kevin Mahogany and Judy Carmichael. Rupert has produced four big band albums for the Flying Horse Big Band, all featuring original compositions and arrangements.

Jeff Rupert is Pegasus Distinguished Professor, Trustee Endowed Chair, and Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida. His latest release as director of UCF’s Flying Horse Big Band is The Bat Swings! — music from the 60’s TV Show, Batman. The album charted on two jazz charts simultaneously.  Rupert’s second duo album R & D, with pianist Richard Drexler, was released this past fall.

“Jeff Rupert has a classic tenor sound, the virtuosity to execute practically any musical idea, and the imagination to make those ideas worth hearing.” Ed Berger, the Institute of Jazz Studies.

Sunday, Jan 13, 2019, 2pm

Rockledge Country Club, 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge, FL  32955

Mike Telesmanick & nolia blueLocally, he’s known as “Mike T” and he will be performing with Sal Perla on drums, DK Issitt on bass, and Paul Polanski on saxophone. Special guest, jazz vocalist nolia blue will share her sultry sounds as well. 

Mike plays piano, the vibraphone, drums, guitar and is also a composer, producer, arranger, sound designer and vocalist. He describes his style as “classic jazz BeBop with an original, unique modern style.”  Mike and the band will begin the concert with some instrumental numbers before nolia blue joins them.

Watch concert highlights on the Space Coast Jazz Society’s YouTube channel HERE.

Mike has spent 25 years as a jazz pianist performing in the US and internationally, playing solo or with his band. He has performed with award-winning musicians, such as the bassist for Tony Bennett, Marshall Wood; percussionist for John Coltrane, Juno Lewis; Grammy Award winning jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette; Grammy Award winning saxophonist Joe Lovano; and many others.

He played regularly at some of the best known jazz venues in Los Angeles, becaming Merv Griffin’s favorite pianist when he performed at Griffen’s legendary Coconut Club in Beverly Hills. As the primary pianist at the Leimert Park (L.A.) World Stage venue Mike accompanied jazz greats Billy Higgins, Dexter Gordon, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny and others. In the mid-1990s his CD Illumination met with critical acclaim and, in 2004, his band won the award for Best Fusion Artist of the Year at the Long Beach Jazz Festival.

Mike is a graduate of the esteemed Berklee College of Music where his mentors included drummer Buddy Rich (who referred to Mike as an outstanding jazz pianist) and Academy Award winning film composer John Williams (whose credits include Star Wars, Jaws, E.T. and other famous films).

Mike currently lives in Sebastian, FL and composes scores for independent film projects and is working on two CDs — one solo piano and another with singer nolia blue. He continues performing as a solo pianist or with bands in the local area as well as at world-class jazz venues on the West and East Coasts, and in New Orleans.

Singer songwriter nolia studied with opera legend Anna Maria Saritelli-DiPanni and vocal coach Seth Riggs, who mentored more than 100 Grammy-Award winning artists. nolia brings her unique style and years of performing experience to the Space Coast Jazz Society stage.

Sunday, Dec. 9th, 2018 – 2pmRobert Navarro
Rockledge Country Club, 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge, FL  32955
$20 general admission for all

See highlights of the concert on the Space Coast Jazz Society’s YouTube channel here.

The audience was amazed and just about everyone was dancing during Robert Navarro’s Jan 2017 performance for the Space Coast Jazz Society.

Robert Navarro is an accomplished New York City performer with more than 25 years of experience as a professional pianist, teacher, arranger and producer. He has performed with legendary artists Johnny Pacheco, Conjunto Clasico, Jose Mangual Jr., Pete “Conde” Rodriguez, Charanga America, Angel Canales, Azuquita, Machito and Orquesta, Mon Rivera, and Willie Colon. He has toured with Celia Cruz (South America) Ray Barreto (European tour 1989), Grupo Fascinacion, Frankie Ruiz (South America tour), Eddie Santiago (European tour 2004), Santiago Ceron, and many local bands.

In 2004 Robert received a Grammy nomination for a Conjunto Clasico 25 Anniversary production. On December 2007 he received a Grammy as an arranger with Bobby Cruz Romanticos de Ayer, Hoy y Siempre Song Envidia. In April 2011 he received an award from the Treasure Coast International Film Festival for the musical arrangement of the song City within a Dream for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture.

Robert studied privately with jazz great, Jackie Byrd (jazz piano and big band arranging), as well as Harold Danko, John Lewis, Valerie Caper, Ed Summerlin (jazz arranging) and Ron Carter (jazz improvisation). His classical piano training took place under the leadership of renowned teacher Ms. Bagger where Mr. Navarro focused on the challenging repertoire of piano composer Liszt. Mr. Navarro mastered his engineering education under the watchful and experienced tutelage of two of the most respected engineers in the music business; Mr. John Fausty and Mr. Kurt Upper.Mr. Navarro holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The City College of New York and a Master of Arts from New York University. He has also studied at Mannes College The New School for Music (Extension Division for Jazz Studies), and Manhattan School of Music (Classical Studies).  Listen to the Tropical Jazz Album of Robert Navarro HERE.

JD DanielSunday, November 11th, 2018 – 2pm
Pianist JD DANIEL & Friends
Rockledge Country Club, 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge, FL  32955
$20 general admission for all

JD Daniel has recorded and performed around the world with dozens of internationally acclaimed artists. Legendary jazz vocalist Diane Schurr says “JD is a brilliant musician both as a classical player as well as new age innovations. I really enjoyed working with him, and I have very fond memories of our work together in different studios.”

JD Daniel will be on the keyboard, Scotty Cockerham on sax, Lee Brovitz on bass, and Jim Cardarelli on drums.

JD was born in Seattle and began classical training at age six. He formed his own group when he was 19 in Tucson AZ, which featured future Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Diane Schuur, among other talented musicians.  He spent many years in Los Angeles, working as an in-demand recording session musician and has toured the globe with scores of well-known artists.  He’s performed, arranged and composed for virtually all types of media; film, television, video, documentaries, web content, live shows & video games.

Today, JD arranges & records custom keyboard parts online for clients around the world.  He has been privileged to record and perform with a host of high-profile Jazz artists, including: Dave Koz, Rick Braun, Richard Elliott, Alphonse Mouzon, Ronnie Laws, Diane Schuur, Brian Bromberg, Carl Anderson, Russ Freeman, Vinnie Coliuta, John Pattatucci, Eric Marienthal, Ernie Watts, Alphonso Johnson, Phil Upchurch, Wayne Henderson, Brandon Fields, Gerald Albright, Grant Geissman, Bunny Brunel and Jeff Berlin.

WATCH & LISTEN to concert highlights from JD’s 2017 performance on the Space Coast Jazz Society’s YouTube channel – click here.

with Saxophonist DAN WILBORN with Ron Teixeira & Nick Chirico
Sunday, October 14th, 2018 – 2pm
Rockledge Country Club, 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge, FL  32955

DanRonNic Project, Dan Wilborn, Ron Teixeira, Nick ChiricoWatch & listen to concert highlights on the Space Coast Jazz Society’s YouTube channel here.

From the Space Coast of Florida, this versatile jazz trio will feature Dan Wilborn on horns and woodwinds, Ron Teixeira on the keyboards, key bass, bass pedal and vocals and Nicholas Chirico on drums, percussion and vocals. And you don’t want to miss a special performance by Len Coppold, the oldest Jazz Guitarist in Florida!

They perform live music ranging from original compositions, standards, popular music re-told and any other surprises that may happen. Their music is enjoyable, spontaneous, right here/right now.

George GrossmanSunday, September 9th, 2018 – 2pm
George Grosman & the SWING BOUTIQUE
Rockledge Country Club, 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge, FL  32955

You can enjoy the international flair of George Grosman and the Swing Boutique on Sunday afternoon, 2pm, September 9th on the Space Coast Jazz Society’s stage at the Rockledge Country Club.

Born in Prague, George, guitar player and vocalist, has spent the last four decades living and playing music in North America, Europe and Asia. In addition to George on rhythm guitar and vocals, the band includes John Keith on accordion, Bo Frazer on fiddle and mandolin, Phil Coe on lead guitar, and Nick Rosaci on upright bass. Jon and Bo will also provide back-up vocal support.

Grosman has lived in six different countries — Canada, the US, the Czech Republic, Israel, the UK and Iceland. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music in London and also has a Master’s degree from the University of Essex. He brings these experiences to his performances but mostly describes his music as “jazz with a French flavor.” He loves harmony, beautiful melodies and the romance of the French style of jazz.

In late 2011, sponsored by the late great jazz guitar legend, Larry Coryell, George relocated to the US from Canada and became active in the Central Florida music scene. He has worked as a solo artist for Disney, has several CDs, works with various recording studios, and travels to Canada where he performs with his six piece band, Bohemian Swing — most recently at the 2017 Toronto Jazz Festival. He is also a composer, song writer, producer and teacher.

In the summer of 2016 George brought together some of his favorite musicians from Central Florida to organize Swing Boutique, a band specializing in what can best be described as “Continental Jazz” – anything from Django Reinhardt to Edith Piaf to musette waltzes.

According to George, the Jazz Society concert will include a “mixture of romantic and toe-tapping music with a bit of continental mystery, like a song I wrote called Paris in the Rain which may make you feel like you are walking in  Montmartre.” Don’t miss this lively afternoon of jazz with an international flair and a few dance tunes as well. – or sample the music here.

Sunday, August 12th, 2018 – 2pm
The “Cortet” Quartet
Rockledge Country Club, 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge, FL  32955

Trombonist Corey Paul is a University of Central Florida alumnus and currently a member of the Dr. Phillip Center Jazz Orchestra. He also performs with the Orlando Jazz Orchestra.  Keegan Matthews is a University of Central Florida alumnus and has performed with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Jazz Band and currently plays for the Orlando Jazz Orchestra. Keegan is a member of several small groups including Con leche & The Get 2nd and Leisure Chief.  Gregory Zabel will be on bass, hailing from the University of Central Florida, he has performed with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and currently with the Orlando Jazz Orchestra.  Drummer Ashton Bailey-Gould is attending Eastern Florida State College and is a freelance musician who has played several venues in Central Florida including Open Mike’s, Unity of Melbourne, the Henegar Center, Heidi’s Jazz Club, and Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts.

Ron PirtleSunday, July 8th, 2018 – 2pm
RON PIRTLE and Friends
Rockledge Country Club, 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge, FL  32955

The Space Coast Jazz Society will feature Ron Pirtle, “one of the most sought after bassists in Brevard County” (Florida Today) for a Sunday afternoon of jazz on the July 8th. Joining Ron will be Billy Davis on sax, Marce Palos on keyboard, and Brock Wollard on drums.

They will perform a variety of musical styles and Ron has selected this group of friends based on their versatility. You can expect to hear Latin, swing, hard bop and blues. “I like to blend it so everything is not the same,” Ron says, “and appeal to a wide range of people.” Ron added, “If people want to dance, we would love that.”

Jazz fans may know Ron from his work around the Space Coast. He has also played around his boyhood turf of Pennsylvania and Ohio and cut a CD with the Ron Pirtle Quartet, aptly called “Getting in the Groove.” Ron has been playing music since the age of 12 when his parents gave him an electric bass guitar. He left Ohio 36 years ago and has been playing jazz on the bass in and around the Space Coast for many of those years.

Billy DavisSaxophonist Billy Davis has worked internationally and toured as part of the opening act for Chicago, Hall and Oats, Eric Clapton and others. Hailing from Iowa and playing with the Cedar Rapids Jazz Band, he played with national artists such as Ernie Watts, Eddie Daniels and Bob Mintzner.

Brock Wollard has played drums for more than two decades. Earlier in his career, Brock was in a band that toured around the US, Mexico and Europe before returning to Brevard to teach music and play local gigs.

Marce Palos, keyboardist from the state of Indiana, has played at hotels, venues and festivals across Florida and in other states. His trio was the resident music group at the prestigious Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach for nine years.

Sunday, June 10th, 2018 – 2pm
Rockledge Country Club, 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge, FL  32955

See concert highlights on the Space Coast Jazz Society’s YouTube channel here.

The John DePaola Quartet Brings an Eclectic Program of Jazz – John has played with vocal greats and groups like Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Marvin Hamlisch, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Peobo Bryson, Ray Charles, The Moody Blues, The Temptations and many others. As part of Broadway touring companies, his talent contributed to the musical success of plays like West Side Story, Hello Dolly, A Chorus Line, Chicago and 42nd Street. Locally, John performs with several symphony orchestras including The Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra, Disney and is known for several retrospective shows of legends such as Cannonball Adderley, Jerry Mulligan, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Byrd.

A talented trio of musicians who complete the John DePaola Quartet will accompany him. Chris Rottmayer, keyboard player, is also a recording artist and composer who has performed for 25 years and worked with saxophonists Dan Jordan and Jeff Rupert. Bass player Charles Silva’s long career includes decades working with the Disney Company, performing on cruise ships and with headliners such as Rosemary Clooney, Rita Moreno, Buddy Tate, Mel Lewis and Clark Terry.  Drummer Greg Parnell’s equally impressive background includes many years on the road with The Glenn Miller Orchestra as drummer and road manager. He has also performed with legendary groups and performers such as The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Eartha Kitt, The Mills Brothers and Della Reese. These are only selected credits of the John DePaola Quartet, who are, as John describes them, “one heck of a band.”

At age 10, Orlando-based trumpeter John DePaola went to a Pittsburgh flea market with his dad where they bought him his first trumpet. John quickly learned the musical scale and says now, “It was pretty easy to play. I went from there.” John was a natural, no doubt. As soon as he could drive, he joined a band and started playing weddings, launching a forty-year professional career that brought him to jazz festivals and venues all over the US and abroad, and now to the Space Coast Jazz Society stage.

John’s style radiates warmth and is complimented by his ability to create melodic solos. According to one of his clients, “John provides a superb musical experience that is varied and tailored to his audience. He loves what he does and this shows through in his enthusiasm and joy in performing.”

John will bring his special brand of straight-ahead jazz, his warm style and these other fine musicians to the Space Coast on June 10th for an afternoon of instrumental jazz that will include some dance numbers, Latin, Swing and Samba.  Jazz lovers, this concert is not to be missed. Sample his music here:

May 20th, 2018 – 2pm
and the 2018 Space Coast Jazz Society’s Scholarship Winners
Rockledge Country Club, 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge, FL  32955

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 illustrates 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 more details –

Sunday, April 8th, 2018 – 2pm
Jazz Vocalist Michelle Mailhot
Rockledge Country Club, 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge, FL

See concert highlights on the Space Coast Jazz Society’s YouTube channel here.

The Space Coast Jazz Society is delighted to have sought after jazz vocalist, arranger, and educator Michelle Mailhot return to its stage.

Michelle will be accompanied by a top-notch group of musicians: Chris Rottmayer on piano, Jon Warcholak on bass and Jeremy Katakenic on drums. She has performed extensively with all three musicians, especially Chris Rottmayer who is also involved with the Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra.

Michelle promises a 95 per cent Jazz concert that encourages dancing. As a versatile vocalist though, (for example, she sings with a blue grass group at EPCOT’s Canada stage), she may delve selectively into other genres but always with a jazzy flair.

Michelle is known for a string of solo credits — including the sold out cabaret show “A Tribute to Johnny Mercer” at the Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando, an off Broadway Drama Desk Award winning show in New York City, her lively, jazzy CD “Happy Madness” and regular performances at Walt Disney World and supper clubs, cabarets, and festivals around the country and the world.

Michelle has been singing her entire life and professionally for the last 25 years, sharing the stage with jazz greats like Mel Tormé, Max Roach, Sheila Jordan, Jon Faddis, Sandy Patti, Dr. Billy Taylor and Liza Minelli. In addition to her own CD, she can be heard on Bobby McFerrin’s “Vocabularies” and several Disney produced recordings. Michelle has also been a session singer for radio and television commercials. Locally, she has sung for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and is currently the featured vocalist with the Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra.

Michelle’s teaching credentials are equally as lengthy and impressive. She has earned Bachelor and Master’s degrees and currently provides jazz instruction at Rollins and Valencia Colleges. She has taught at the Phil Mattson Choral Workshops, the Disney Sings Workshops and Steve Zegree Vocal Jazz Camps. Her work as a clinician and judge has taken her from choral festivals such as Showstoppers, Orlando Fest to similar events in Japan and Singapore. Her vocal arrangements are performed by high school, college and professional ensembles around the world.

This is not a concert to be missed. Get ready for a real treat and some “happy madness” (the title of her cd).

Sunday, March 4th, 2018 – 2pm
BENEFIT to raise money for the Space Coast Jazz Society SCHOLARSHIP Fund
featuring The Viera High School 7th HOUR JAZZ ENSEMBLE
with Band Director, Dominick Eggen
Rockledge Country Club, 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge, FL  32955

See concert highlights on the Space Coast Jazz Society’s YouTube channel here.

The Viera High School Jazz Program has three bands that meet on a daily basis in the 7-period schedule, with the7th-Hour Jazz Ensemble as its premiere performing group.  They have performed at the Lakeside Jazz Festival, the UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival, the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, and the Florida Music Education Association Professional Development Conference. Nick Eggen, band director, is in his 10th year at Viera High School, and is assisted by his associate director Maria Dix and percussion director Dan Johnson.

Each year, the Space Coast Jazz Society awards scholarships to graduating Brevard County high school seniors who are registered for continuing eduction.  On May, 20th, two scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded! This annual benefit concert funds those scholarships.

Sunday, Feb. 11th, 2018 – 2pm
Entertainer & Pianist STEVE KIRSNER and Friends
Rockledge Country Club, 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge, FL

Known to many music lovers around the county, piano player and entertainer Steve Kirsner and his merry band of musicians perform as part of the Space Coast Jazz Society’s series of monthly concerts. Taking full advantage of the Rockledge Country Club dance floor, Steve and the band plan to add dance numbers to their repertoire of lively sing-along tunes and familiar favorites from decades past.

While many know of Steve Kirsner and Friends because they are regulars at Heidi’s Jazz Club in Cocoa Beach, less is known about Steve Kirsner. Steve started entertaining at age seven when he wowed his 2nd grade class by playing “Swanee River” and he has been going strong ever since. At age 15, he started playing professionally as part of a high school ensemble, through dental school at pizza joint gigs, and later, during his military service, at the Eglin Air Force Base Officer’s Club.

With 21 years as a dentist under his belt, Steve retired from that profession to devote himself to a family business, and to music, which he calls “the real love of his life.” His years as a professional performer are now considerably longer than his career in dentistry.

A Florida resident since age 9, Steve has lived in Brevard County since 1994. In 1997 he began playing at the now defunct Indian River Jazz Club, where he met a number of fellow musicians with whom he still plays today. He also had a 10 year gig at the Mango Tree Restaurant and, with fellow musicians, at other venues and private parties around the county.

Steve is a Brevard treasure and a remarkable entertainer who does not read music. According to Steve, piano playing is an “automatic reflex,” and he modestly compares his innate talent to someone whistling a tune according to the right notes.

Friends and fellow musicians joining Steve on Sunday February 11th will be Dave Lewis on bass guitar, Ollie Downes on drums, Steve Mazzie on sax, Bill Boyd on trumpet and Tony Bosik on guitar. The program will be a mix of instrumental and vocal numbers guaranteed to have you singing along, tapping your toes and maybe even getting up and putting your dancing shoes to the test.

Winston ScottSunday, Jan 14th, 2018, 2pm
Trumpeter and Retired Astronaut WINSTON SCOTT
Rockledge Country Club, 1591 S. Fiske Blvd., Rockledge FL 32955

See concert highlights on the Space Coast Jazz Society’s YouTube channel here.

Captain Winston Scott is more than an astronaut who has logged over 24 days in space & three spacewalks. He is also known for playing the trumpet & performing with several local ensembles including the Winston Scott Cosmic Jazz Ensemble on the Florida Space Coast. Captain Scott will be backed by Ron Teixeira on the keyboard, Al Dodds on bass, Doug Grover on drums and vocalist Shyrl Johnson.

He is the Senior Advisor to the President for External Relations and Economic Development at Florida Tech. He is a retired U.S. Navy Captain and naval aviator.  Captain Scott earned a BA degree in music, an MS degree in aeronautical engineering and has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Florida Atlantic University and Michigan State University.

As a musician, Captain Scott was awarded a teaching certificate for music education from the State of Florida. He was inducted into the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity (Professional Honorary Fraternity for men in music). He has been a composer, arranger and performer for numerous musical organizations. He was minister of music for First Baptist Church of Pacific Grove in Pacific Grove, CA (1978-1980). He has performed with recording greats such as soul singer Betty Wright (Grammy 1972). In 2012 Captain Scott was awarded the Edwin Franko Goldman award. The Goldman award is a national award presented annually by the American Bandmaster’s Association to the individual, outside of professional bandmasters, who has rendered conspicuous service in the interest of bands and band music in America. He most recently appeared as a guest lecturer and performer with FL Tech artist in residence Christian Tamburr on his highly acclaimed Sonic Leadership program. Capt. Scott was also recently featured on the recordings released by singer and composer Shyrl ‘Lady Tandy’ Johnson and singer Billy Lee.

Captain Scott has been featured as:
Guest conductor – Stetson University Wind Ensemble
Guest soloist – Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Guest soloist – Melbourne Municipal Band
Composer and arranger for FL Tech faculty band TWITCHY (three compositions on the TWITCHY second CD release
Director, composer and arranger- FL Tech Jazz Syndicate (advance jazz ensemble)
Guest lecturer- Brevard Symphony Orchestra Guild

Captain Scott maintains a full public speaking and performing schedule on the local, state, national and international levels & holds the rank of professor of music and the rank of professor of aeronautics at the Florida Institute of Technology.

During his Navy career, Captain Scott served as an anti-submarine warfare helicopter pilot, (Top Gun) fighter pilot, test pilot and NASA astronaut. He accumulated more than 7,000 hours of flight time in more than 25 different aircraft and more than 200 shipboard landings. As an astronaut, Captain Scott logged over 24 days in space including three spacewalks.