October News

October 26 2014 Jazz Jam



October 26th is the date for the University of North Florida Jazz Band, under the direction of Dr. Marc Dickman, to perform in St Augustine at the SAJS Jam.  If you have yet to see these talented young musicians perform, you can't miss this. Bring some friends. Where else can you go for $5 (members) and $7 (non-members) admission to hear a live jazz band, order some food, have a few drinks, and dance your heart away!
Double Your Fun!
This month, we're having a Halloween Theme. Costumes (optional) and Masks are welcome, topped off with prizes for the best costume and mask.
2-5 P.M. at 301 Royal St. Augustine Rd., just off SR 16, in the clubhouse. As always, our house band will also perform (read about them on our Musicians/Vocalists page), along with 50-50 Raffle. Proceeds go to our Scholarship Fund. See You There!!!




To all our SAJS members, (and friends) who attend Panama Hatties on Thursdays, we have a new venue to announce:

Alternating every other Thursday will be The Boston Connection (beginning October 2nd), and E.T. Swing's The Thing (beginning October 9th).

As ususal, the time will be the same: 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This year will mark Gil Surrette's Boston Connection with his 15th year at Panama Hatties!  If you missed last week, you can see Gil's band perform on October 16th and 30th.

E.T. Swing's The Thing led by Eddie Trester will feature James Whitfield playing the sax and Lori Gil on vocals along with Lee Quick on keyboard and Ted Tedesco on the upright bass. His band dates at this location will be October 9th and 23rd.

Watch the "Musicians Schedule" on the panel to the right for updates on exact dates and locations for all our musicians.


October 26 from 2:00 - 5:00 is our next Jazz Jam at the Royal St. Augustine Golf and Country Club located at 301 Royal St. Augustine Rd. off SR 16. This month we will feature our beloved big band from The UNF (University of North Florida) Jazz Band under the direction of Dr, Marc Dickman. These are truly talented musicians and they put on a whale of a show! You won't want to miss this. As always, BRING YOUR FRIENDS! Entrance fee is $5 for members, $7 for non-members. What a low price for 3 hours of great jazz music, dining, dancing, and of course, a little "imbibing". (Food & drink are extra. ).


Our Musicians/Vocalists page will have quite a few updates within the next few weeks. Watch for exciting and interesting mini-biographies on our favorite locals. Scroll down to see all your talented friends.


The SAJS is holding an election to fill three Board of Director positions. Five nominations have been submitted and will appear on the SAJS 2015 Ballots which have been mailed out within the past few days to current members. These MUST be returned in the envelopes provided inside along with the ballot. They must be sealed before you mail them. Return them no later than October 31st. The ballots will be opened and counted at our November 3rd meeting at 7:00 at St. Augustine City Hall. WE NEED YOUR ATTENDANCE AT THESE FUTURE MONTHLY MEETINGS.


Photographs will be uploaded within a few days to our Photo Gallery page from last month's Jazz Jam. Check out that page to see if you're in some of the pictures! Send your friends a link to the web page and share in the fun.

For those of you who don't know how to share the link, simply type in:


When you hit the space bar after typing, the words will turn blue and have a line under it, much like this above. Tell them to click on that, and it will open up this website. Then, of course, SAVE IT TO YOUR FAVORITES! 


You will notice at the very bottom of the column on the right side (scroll, scroll, scroll), there is a box for you to put your email address in to receive our newsletters automatically. This box will be activated shortly. Thank you for your patience. (Don't you just love technical stuff?) If you have changed your email address within the past two years, please PLEASE enter the new one, especially if you SHOULD be receiving them and have not been getting them.

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If you have news to be included on our web page, please give me a call: Jamie 904-237-9268

Linda Cole Sings at August 31, 2014 Jazz Jam


As you all may be aware, it takes a village to operate this organization. Our monthly meeting attendances have been so low that we cannot vote on important future issues without a quorum.

Please attend our next meeting, Monday, October 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Augustine City Hall on A1A.

YOUR VOTE COUNTS as well as your attendance. On the other hand, our attendance at the Jazz Jams have been OUTSTANDING. Thank you for that support. We are glad to present these events to you.

You won't want to miss this event!

Linda Cole

This month we are so excited to present Ms Linda Cole "The First Lady of Song". Linda has sung professionally since she was 3 years old.  Her family group, "The Singing Coles", are part of Illinois music history. Linda branched out into rhythm and blues appearing with groups such as The Spinners, Count Basie and many others. Linda is acknowledged as having the "smoothest voice" in the business and Linda was there when great songs were written.  She can talk about the authors first hand and has the original scores, many written just for her.  Backing Linda will be Ray Masso on keyboard, Ken Organis on drums and Ed Organis playing bass.

2014 Scholarship Recipients

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2014 SAJS Scholarship Recipients: (L-R) Michael Augustine, Jordan Chasteen (college scholarships), Christian Powers, Don Stockman (SAJS President), Rhys Bennett, Alex Miller (Jazz Band Camps for high school)

On Mother's Day, SAJS presented scholarships to five students. Two were recipients of $2,000 college jazz students. The remaining three received scholarships to Jazz Band Camp. Throughout the year we interviewed, auditioned, invited them to perform for our Jazz Jams, and went to performances they gave in order to make our choices. Rhys has made a few appearances at our Jazz Jams. Click on the MUSICIANS tab at the top and scroll down to read his remarks about the benefits he recieved from going to jazz band camp.



Lee Quick, Lori Gill, Ted Tedesco, Rhys Bennett

If you didn't come to Sunday's Jazz Jam, you missed a ton of fun and exciting entertainment!!! We had a few new faces among the musians and singers. OUTSTANDING!

As always, E.T. Swing's The Thing band and the sit-in musicians put on a fabulous show. Lots of dancing (more than I've ever seen before).

We had special appearances by our own Lori Gill, Roland Flemming, James Whitfield, Marge Ordway, Joyce Lundgren, Robbie Moore, Jamie Lee, and a slam-dunk performance of At Last by Kary Adams that not only packed the dance floor but brought the crowd to their feet.

One of our high school student recipients of a Band Camp Scholarship has made a few appearances now. Rhys (pronounced "Reese") Bennett plays the baritone sax. His talent is awesome, and he's not only getting the benefit of the camp, but also working live with our musicians. He takes his cues right on time and creates some great jazz runs. His passion sure shines when he performs for us! KEEP COMING! Watch for his bio and photo on the Musician's page soon.

We were all looking forward to the return of musician and singer James Whitfield to the E. T. Swing's The Thing Band after a long medical absence. James looks great, sounded better than ever, and is just, simply put, an inspiration to all of us to have such a positive attitude after all that he has been through over the past several months. We especially want to thank those musicians who took their time to volunteer music performances at the rehab center, including James in the shows: Jame Lee, Roland Flemming, Eddie Trester. I'm sure it not only made a big difference to James' encouragement, but served as a special treat to other patients and the staff. Way to go!!!

Please be sure to check out our Musician's page for a bio of Bill Prince. What a shocker to read how many famous bands and singers he has played for. His web site is listed so you can read more.

Winners of our raffle of $40 each were Marge Ordway and Elise Nevel. Thank you Elise for the donation back to the SAJS.

There will be no monthly meeting in August, but there WILL be a Jazz Jam. More information on that later.

Musicians Schedule

Find Where Your Favorite Musicians & Singers Are Performing Throughout Our Great Town

Lee & Sally Quick

9/19 Club 727 @ European Village with Pat D'Aguanno, 7:30-10:30

Rolland Flemming Connection

Tempo, Sunday, 8/31, 3:30-7:00 p.m., Roland and Bill Glenn on sax, clarinet & vocals

9/26 Reef w/Al Waters, tenor sax & flute (former member of Ray Charles Band) 6:30-10

10/10 Reef 6:30-10 w/Al Waters, tenor sax & flute 6:30-10

10/11 Club 727 @ European Village, Al Waters, tenor sax & Flute, Bobby Banks, drums,7:20-10:30

10/17 Stogies, Bobby Banks, drums, Greg Wier, sax & flute, 9-12:30


Jamie Lee at the Piano

9/6 Moultrie Creek 10:30

9/7 Windsor 2:00

9/8 Princeton Village 1:30

9/10 Windsor 2:00-3:00

9/12 Golden House, P.C. 1:00

9/12 Pineda Wedding

9/26 Golden House, P.C. 10:00

9/26 Magnolia Manor 1:00

9/27 Moultrie Creek 10:30

11/14 Hammock Country Club 6-9

11/29 Hammock Country Club 6-9

12/5 Hammock Country Club 6-9

E.T. Swing's The Thing

9/4 Allegro 7:30 for EMMA. Dixieland Jazz Salute to New Orleans Jazz with Lori Gill on vocals. Reservations required, limited seating, call after 8/22. 904-461-9100

Lee & Witt

9/10 Windsor 3:00-4:00

9/3 Las Palmas 3:15

Linda Cole

9/5 Club 727 European Village, 7:00

9/18 Amici's, 7:00

10/3 Club 727 European Village, 7:00

10/24 Club 727 European Village, 7:00

Boston Connection

(watch for schedule to resume in October)

Every Thursday, Panama Hatties 4:30

(watch for schedule to resume in October)

Every Tuesday, Black Cloud - Big Band

 E.T. Swing's The Thing

(watch for schedule to resume in October)

Every Wednesday, Oasis 5:00-8:00

March 30, 2014 UNF Jazz Ensemble to perform

March 30, 2014 we are featuring the UNF Jazz Ensemble band at our next Jazz Jam, at Royal St. Augustine, 2:00-6:00

Monthly Meeting of SAJS

  • 1st Monday of every month unless posted otherwise
  • 7 PM at St. Augustine Beach City Hall
  • Building across from the Police Station located at the corner of 16th St and A1A South.



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