July 2015 News

 July 26th 2015 Jazz Jam. 2-5 p.m. $5 for members, $7 for non-members. Bring along some good friends and enjoy the wonderful blended sounds of our scholarship winners as they join our band this Sunday! Dance a little, laugh a little, drink a little, enjoy a light snack or sandwich, win door prizes and maybe even take home a little extra money from our 50/50 raffle. Just think: it's a lot less expensive than even going to the movies! (see info below)

And as if it just couldn't get any better, as they say, "Let 'em eat cake!" Come celebrate the 95th birthday of the fabulous "Rocky Ray". We always love to see and hear you, Rocky!

Royal St Augustine Golf and Country Club
301 Royal St Augustine Pkwy
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Happy 95th Birthday
To Rocky Ravipinto

Our house band is Ray Mezo on Keyboard, Jay Messick on Drums, Larry Nader on Bass Featured will be two talented young men Alex Miller on Guitar and Rhys Bennett on Baritone Sax

  Don't miss the drawings for Gift Certiciates to the World Famous Oasis Restaurant and a chance to win an Orginal Nancy Bain Designer Summer Gift Basket

WE DID IT!!!! 

 

 

$$$       $100,000       $$$       $100,000

Marking our 25th anniversary, SAJS has to-date awarded $100,000 in scholarships this year. We are very proud of our Board Members, members, guests, musicians, vocalists and volunteers for all their tireless efforts to put these monthly events on in order to raise this money. Thank you for all of those who have gone out and gotten donations of gift certificates, gift baskets, participated in selling raffle tickets, provided candies and decorations, seeking out musicians, and much more so we can provide these students with opportunities they might not have been able to experience.

We always need these items. You can donate these, bring bags of candies, chocolates, bottles of wine, baskets we can fill...you get the idea.

Your reward? Not only do you get to party once a month, but build our scholarship funds. Thank you to those organizers who always provide us with a GREAT time!   GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

2015 Scholarship Winners


It is with great pride that Don Stockman awarded four great musician artists with scholarships to band camps and college for 2015.



L-R: Rhys Bennett, Alex Miller, Matthew Fologski, Michael Augustine

June 28th Jazz Jam

This month, we will feature one of our favorite house bands, E.T. Swing's The Thing, with Eddie Trester on drums, Ted Tedesco on upright bass, Lee Quick on keyboard, James Whitfield on sax & vocals, and our little songbird Lori Gill.

Sunday, May 31, 2:00-5:00, 301 Royal St. Augustine Rd., at the Royal St. Augustine Country Club, just off SR 16. Admission is $5.00 for members, $7.00 for non-members.

Photos & Videos

84 Photos have been uploaded for April & May on our Photo Gallery page. And we've started adding videos and snippets of some of our performers on the VIDEOS tab above. ENJOY!

Linda Cole

Linda Cole was literally spellbinding in her vocal performance for the SAJS Jazz Jam for May. She makes her songs interesting, not only in her delivery and full emotion that she just has a natural knack for pulling you into, but just as intriguing were her historical stories of some of the songs. There were many comments from our folks of how interesting and how much they enjoyed learning about the singers who made these songs famous. We can't wait for her next show with us.

Contact Jamie Lee, Webmaster if you have any news or comments on how we might improve the information provided to you. Call 904-237-9268 or contact my email as posted on the "CONTACT" tab above.

(Please note: Print is kept large for the ease of our "seasoned" members to read easier)

MAY 2015 NEWS

Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun! Two! Two! Two Acts in One!

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This Sunday, May 31, we will be entertained by two of our great guest performers: Dr. Linda Cole, Jazz Vocalist, and Rusty Springfield, Upright Bassist. Both of these performers have been with us in the past year, and we are blessed to have them grace us with their entertainment once again. Scroll below to read amazing information on these two performers.

Sunday, May 31, 2:00-5:00, 301 Royal St. Augustine Rd., at the Royal St. Augustine Country Club, just off SR 16. Admission is $5.00 for members, $7.00 for non-members.

It's SCHOLARSHIP TIME!

In addition to the above performers' news, we will be presenting the Scholarships to this years' recipients. These young folks make us proud that they are carrying on the tradition of Jazz music and are eager to study. The purpose of SAJS is to provide scholarships to college students and band camp scholarships to students in Middle and High Schools, who live in and attend schools in St. Augustine.

Please attend and see if we hit our $100,000 goal providing these gifts over the past 25 years.

We barely squeak in enough applications requesting these scholarships. We need you to spread the information as to the availability of this. It is such a great opportunity for our students that, in reality, we should have a few dozen to pick and choose from. This has not been the case, even though we present this to all Jazz Band teachers in our area.

It takes a lot of planning for our events, with 50/50 and raffles, efforts by our board members in obtainig gift certificates, admission fees, membership dues, etc. to  provide education for these young folks. Visit the SCHOLARSHIP tab for the application and detailed instructions to apply.

Pictures of our winners will be in next month's web page.

Speaking of Scholarships...

We have promoted college level scholarships, but neglected to mention that we have the band camps for middle and high school students. The application form on the SCHOLARSHIPS tab is also for those students.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

We certainly appreciated everyone who came out for our May meeting. Even though we send emails to you as to when the meetings are and upcoming events, we have not had good turnouts, UNTIL this past meeting. We finally had enough attendance for a quorum which enabled us to actually vote for the first time in several months...a much needed detail.

January News

SAD NEWS Concerning Our Monthly Meetings

It is with heavy hearts from our Board and those few members who attend our monthly meetings that we have had to go to quarterly meetings. This will not affect the monthly jazz jams for the time being. Please don't let this continue to happen. Plan on attending. But we have only had one meeting in about six months that we had enough members attend to have a quoram to vote on anything. This is YOUR organization, and we need you. Watch for an announcement in the coming months on when the next meeeting is scheduled.

"NOW APPEARING"... RUSTY SPRINGFIELD at our next Jazz Jam, March 29, 2015

What an impressive background. Read who he has performed with below!!!

 altA Berklee College of Music alumnus, Rusty has been playing bass for over thirty years. His musical experiences range the gamut, from funk, R&B, jazz, and symphonic work to stints at Walt Disney World, The Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus, and The Big Apple Circus in New York City, and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Rusty has performed with many varied artists as well, including vocalist Lou Rawls, The Chiffons, Danny and the Juniors, The Four Lads, jazz greats Eddie Harris, Ritchie Cole, Bill Evans, Charlie Byrd, Mose Allison, Ira Sullivan, Rob Mullins, Tower of Power's David Garibaldi, and Rio Clemente.

Over the years, Rusty has shared billing with many heavyweights in the music industry such as jazz legends Maynard Ferguson, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine, Red Rodney, Weather Report cofounder Joe Zawinul, vocalist Angela Bofill, Kevin Eubanks (band leader of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno), blues legends B.B. King and Johnny Winter, The Temptations, and the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown.

Sunday, March 29, 2:00-5:00, 301 Royal St. Augustine Rd., at the Royal St. Augustine Country Club, just off SR 16. Admission is $5.00 for members, $7.00 for non-members.

Also featured in this same event is our SPRING FLING celebration, which includes a Spring Fling Hat contest, our 50/50 raffle, door prizes, dancing, great live music, and a dining menu to choose from.


Mardi Gras Fun!

Our last Jazz Jam was a blast! Congratulations to our winners: 50/50 drawing winner of $85 was Ginnie Carrea; Mary Ann Carey and Kay McDonnell both won the door prizes. Sharon Nunn was the costume winner, with multi-colored hair, mask and an adorable outfit. King's Cake was served. Harry Weissgerber found the plastic baby in his piece of cake. This is said to bring him a year of good luck! Well, from all of us, GOOD LUCK, HARRY!

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Our special guests, once again have delighted us with their performances: Ryss Bennett on alto sax, 17 yrs. old, Cameron Fairlie on jazz bass guitar (self-taught playing for one year), and another appearance by Mark Stevens on his clarinet (7th grade). We really enjoy these young men. It was remarked that "Our jazz society now has hope to live on, because we finally have musicians under the age of 70!!!!"  (Smile).

Don't forget to visit our Photo Gallery for pictures of this fun event!

February's Jazz Jam

IT'S MARDI GRAS TIME!!!!!!

 

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February 22 at 2:00, 301 Royal St. Augustine Rd. at the Royal St. Augustine Country Club, just off SR 16. Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members. But if you're reading our web page for the first time, our Jazz Jams include:

  • Mardi Gras basket give-away (3)
  • Live entertainment with St. Augustine's greatest jazz muscians and singers,
  • Dancing,
  • Light sandwiches for purchase,
  • Drinks, Door prize,
  • 50/50 raffle

Check out our photo gallery from 2014's Mardi Gras. Many people don't dance, but it's always fun to watch those who do. Come with a friend, spouse, neighbor, or stag. This is the best time of the month you'll ever have. We meet the last Sunday of each month. This is Leap Year, so if it seems a little early in the month to you, that's why.

January's Jazz Jam:  Piece of Cake!

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That's what 12 year old Mark Stevens, 7th grade student of Gamble Rogers Middle School made it look like when he got up in front of our audience of about 75 people to play his B flat clarinet. He played his favorite, "Amerian Patrol" by Meacham  & Lewis. He's only been playing two years. All the while I was interviewing him, he was looking at his music sheet and commenting on parts he was going over in his head. His role model is Duke Ellington and aspires to be a band teacher.

"My best friend, Jade is in the St. John's County Honors Band and invited me to be in the jazz band. I love swing. And I like taking the melody in songs. I'm good at taking trumpet and tenor sax parts on the clarinet."

Mark took his spot on the band floor like he'd been doing it all his life. Gil Surrette took a side step to let Mark start off, then fell in with lead and harmony parts with his clarinet like they'd been playing together forever. He was obviously concentrating hard while the audience was clapping to the beat.

I think anyone that attended will agree, he'll be back, and is going to go far with that clarinet. Thanks Mark for wowing us with your performance. Awesome job, little man.

As soon as we get the video portion working on our website, watch for his performance. His parents should be so proud.

It's All In The Feet...

We may not be Ginger Rogers, and we may not dance backwards in high heels like she did, but we sure have a good time. Now, just who's feet are these, anyway? 

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Photo Update

There are 60 new photos in the Photo Gallery from January's Jazz Jam. Share the pics with your friends. Send them the link to the website: www.staugustinejazzsociety.org. Better yet, BRING THEM.

LQQK Who's Coming in the near future...

We have been diligently working on scheduling some great performers and favorites to play for the next six months. Watch for date announcements for the following music venues (not in this order): UNF Jazz Band, Lee & Sally Quick, Navy Jazz Band, St. Augustine High School Jazz Band, Linda Cole, Kenny McKinsey and Rusty Springfield.

 

(watch for more articles shortly.. ya'll come back now, hear?) 

January 25, 2015 Jazz Jam

This month's Jazz Jam will feature Ray Mazzo on keyboard, Larry Nader on bass and Bill McGee on drums. We will be celebrating Valentines Day, so wear red. As always our event will be from 2:00 to 5:00, Royal St. Augustine Golf & Country Club, 301 Royal St. Augustine Rd., off US 16. We always have a 50-50 Raffle and door prize drawings. Come and enjoy this great entertainment afternoon, including dancing, and occasionally, they have meals available for purchase. Tell your neighbors about us. (We'll leave the light on!)

Rusty Springfield will be performing in March. Watch for more information soon.

Joyce Lundgren's Radio Show WFOY

Joyce Lundgren has a new radio show "Our Town" on WFOY, Friday mornings from 9:00-10:00 a.m. The first half hour is filled with history, archeology, anthropology, geology, culture and much more.  At 9:30, you'll enjoy listening to her interview our most loved musicians, band leaders, singers, leaders in creative art, theatre, and so much more that we offer here in St. Augustine. The most recently featured was the Limelight Theatre. It was packed with information we rarely hear of involving what it takes to operate that wonderful live-performance theatre. Many volunteers are needed, and as a "thank you", they receive a free show pass. Ask Joyce and Josie how that works.

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The first show was 9/2/15 featuring Gil Surrette, band leader of The Boston Connection.

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On 9/9/15, featured artist was Jamie Lee (yours truly). Joyce is doing a great job promoting our great city.



Photo Gallery...Exciting News!!!

Check out our 79 new October Photos in the Gallery, 38 from July (increased from 13), two more for September, and 31 for August. Maybe you'll see yourself having a great time. Thanks to all who have shared their photos with me to post. 

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the picture page and click on that down arrow next to "Display Num" and click on "ALL". This will give you all the pictures on one page instead of just 20, forcing you to click on the next page number when you reach the bottom of each page.

These are fun pictures. I've had a hoot going through them and thinking of funny captions.

(P.S.: Thanks for your patience while I muddled through technical issues these past few months.)

MARC DICKMAN RECEIVES AWARD

At our October Jazz Jam, Professor Marc Dickman was awarded a plaque acknowledging his great dedication to his students and to keeping Jazz very much alive in their hearts. It is because of his endeavors that this style of music will live on. We appreciate their willingness to perform for our Jazz Jams, which in turn, gives them the experiences they will have as they continue to bring this delightful, fun genre of music to such great audiences as our Jazz Society. We give this honor in great gratitude. alt

NOVEMBER JAZZ JAM "Turkey Trot"

This month's Jazz Jam will feature Lee Quick on keyboard, Sally Quick on upright bass and Jay Messick on drums. There have been requests by our members to play more slow songs so more people could enjoy dancing. We will try to be more accommodating with the musicians and singers. Thank you for speaking up! Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members. Our meetings always include a 50/50 raffle, and occasionally, we throw in some competitions with prizes.

ELECTION RESULTS

Our Board Election results are:

Don Stockman - President

Nancy Bain - Vice President

MaryEllen Stockman - Treasurer

Jim Fenimore - Director

Terry McDonald - Director


CONGRATULATIONS to all of you. We're looking forward to another successful year. Generally speaking, we have had a great rise in our membership, which allows for more scholarships to be awarded. Our recipients have spoken of their appreciation continually, and are now regularly attending our Jazz Jams to sit in with our core musicians. Your vote counts, your membership matters, and what this organization accomplishes with our mission of scholarships has made a difference in these young musicians' lives. We have become "the place to be" each month as our members enjoy great live music, dancing, and an occasional meal. Our music doesn't die, and these young musicians are great proof of that!

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And It Just Gets Better

Dr. Marc Dickman (UNF Jazz Band Director) and Bill Prince run the TBA Big Band. It is a rehearsal band made up of professional musicians from the North Florida area.  
They play every other Monday night 7-9 PM at Latitude 30, 10370 Phillips Highway in Jax.
Upcoming dates are: November 3 and 17
December 1, 15 and 29
January 12 and 26
Check out this video from their 4th Anniversary, an older venue. 

http://youtu.be/EVJYj33DXGw

Look for their schedule in the "Musicians Schedule" on the right side of the home page, and Dr. Marc Dickman's Bio on the Musicians/Vocalists page.

October News

Notices: (Published: Nov. 1)

November Members Meeting has been moved to Monday, Nov. 10th due to elections held at City Hall. Read on, because we seriously need you there!!!

Sadly, our Monthly Membership meetings have not been well attended, averaging 6-8 people (most of which are the Board), leaving us for the 4th month in a row where we could not vote because we did not have a quorum, so nothing could be approved. This is an extremely sad ratio, considering we have an average of 100-150 attendees at the Jazz Jams each month.

We bring you great live entertainment. This takes planning and suggestions from all of you. We strongly need your support on future events and are always looking for new ideas. The meetings usually last about one hour. There will be no December meeting nor Jazz Jam. We meet at the City Hall on A1A at 7:00 p.m.

 

We are in the process of uploading videos from our fantastic performances at the October Jazz Jam. This process may take a few days, so please return soon to view these outstanding performers!!

Pictures from our September & October Jazz Jam will also be uploaded completely within a few days. Sorry for the delay.

 

 

Read more...

Linda Cole Sings at August 31, 2014 Jazz Jam

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

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.

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

NEW SCHEDULE AT PANAMA HATTIES

Thursday Nights 4:30-7:30

Alternating every other Thursday, is the E.T. Swing's The Thing Band and The Boston Connection Swing Band

3/19 E.T. Swing

3/26 Boston Connection

4/2 E.T. Swing

4/9 Boston Connection

4/16 E.T. Swing

4/20 Boston Connection

4/23 E.T. Swing

4/30

 Boston Connection

Every Tuesday, Black Cloud - Big Band 

Jamie Lee at the Piano

3/10 Grand Oaks

3/12 Golden House

3/13 Hammock Country Club 6-9

3/20 Grand Villa

3/27 Golden House, 10:00

3/27 Magnolia 1:00

4/3 Pavilion ALF 3:00

4/3 Hammock Country Club 6-9

4/17 Grand Villa 2:00

4/17 Hammock Country Club 6-9

4/24 Magnolia 1:00

E.T. Swing's The Thing

Continues to perform every Wednesday at the OASIS 5-8 p.m.

Lee & Witt

1/13 Pavillion 3-4:00

4/18 Las Palmas 3:30

 

Lee & Sally Quick


Rolland Flemming Connection

 Linda Cole

 

 
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.