March News 2016

No Jazz  Jam for March due to Easter. Join us again for our April Jam.

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Dr. Marc Dickman & SAJS President Don Stockman

Dr. Marc Dickman, director of the UNF Jazz band, will be performing with his TBA Big Band at Mudville Grill on Monday March 14th 7 to 9 p.m., 3105 Beach Boulevard. If you get the chance to get up to Jacksonville, this is right up your alley! 

New Kids in Town

Jamie Lee presents REWOUND

REWOUND kicked the gate wide open with a running lead in vocal presentation with their first show on January 29th at the Elks Club, St. Aug.

The group is made up of three main vocalists: Jamie Lee, Dee Witt and Wayne Reynolds with guest appearances by Kary Adams and Steve Ingram when available. They present a wonderful mix of eras from the 40's through current day music, add a pinch of Manhattan Transfer, Doo-Wop, toe-tapping country, Everly Bros., Mamas & the Papas, Broadway and Sinatra, just to touch on a few of their styles.

The Elks was packed with nearly 190 attendees (standing room only) and will be back there shortly.

"Although vocal blending is extremely important, it is very difficult to find voices that compliment each other. They must understand how to blend and not overpower other voices, while bringing out the true emotions of the tunes in their delivery. Each one of us is featured in various ways: solos, trios or duos...whatever the song calls for. Dee & I have been working on this for over two years to find the right people and it just seemed to fall right into place when we found Steve and Wayne. Of course, Kary has been singing accross the U.S. for years and has graced SAJS with her talents in the recent past. She's been a great mentor to me, personally, and has a lot of technical experience in sound and staging." says Jamie.

We hope you'll be out to see one of our shows soon as we grow.

February 28, 2016


This month's Jazz Jam will feature baritone vocalist Tony G. He spent many years in New York in prominent establishments crooning the love songs of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Bobby Daren and many more. He will be accompanied by DJ Tom Landers.

Our house band will be Ray Mazo on keyboard, Larry Nader on Bass, and Bill McGee on Drums. Our wonderful singers and additional sit-in musicians always add delight to these events, as well as some of the school jazz musicians that show up. Wear your best romantic outfits, or dress up in Mardi-Gras attire. You can even come as you are!

Royal St. Augustine Golf & Country Club, 301 Royal St. Augustine Pkwy., St. Augustine, FL 32084, 2-5 p.m. Bring your friends and have a wonderful, amazing afternoon out, with door prizes, raffles, dancing, live music, and a light food menu. Members: $5.00, non-members: $7.00. ALL proceeds go to our scholarship awards.

NO JAZZ JAM IN MARCH, as our regular date falls on Easter.


With Eddie Trester and his swing band are now back in their regular spot performing each Tuesday night at Oasis Restaurant, (A1A) on Wednesday nights, 5-8 p.m. The house is always packed (so get there early). Great food, dancing, guest musicians and singers always sit in. Welcome back guys!


Gill Surette's swing & Dixieland band are back every Thursday at Panama Hatties on A1A Beach across from the Pier. Many guest musicians show up to sit in along with various singers. The new owners are wonderfully accomodating! A great menu, dance floor, and literally standing room only (if you don't get there by 4:30). They perform every Thursday from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

We DOUBLE DARE (er, rather TRIPPLE DARE) YOU to attend any one of these three above events and not leave with a smile on your face, and lingering songs in your hearts, images of the famous musians and singers, and not talk about them for days!


September 2015 News



We are very excited about a returning performance by our local St. Augustine High School Jazz Band on Sunday, January 31, 2-5 p.m. at the Royal St. Augustine Golf & Country Club, 301 Royal St. Augustine Road, just off SR 16. These students are exciting. It's a thrill to listen to jazz music they bring. It's also heartwarming to know that with that generation, jazz will still be alive and well, far up into their senior years.

Bring some friends. Dance. Imbibe. Sing. Eat. Bring instruments to sit in with our house band of the day, E.T. Swing and enjoy the beautiful, vivacious singers as they sit in.

Admission is $5 for members, $7 for non-members. It's a small price to pay for all the fun you can have. Remember, all of our money goes to support scholarships for college, high school and middle school jazz students.


Now is the time to catch up on your dues. Send them in, or bring the check with you and pay at the door.

Our Favorite Bands are back!

The Boston Connection, led by Gil Surette is back at Panama Hatties, EVERY Thursday, 5-7 p.m.

We owe a BIG thanks to Joyce Lundgren for convincing the new owners to have them weekly instead of every other week. Listen to Joyce's radio show on WFOY, 96.5 at 10:00 a.m. for interviews, live singing and history about St. Augustine.

E.T. Swing is now back at the Oasis every Wednesday  from 5-8 p.m. Come enjoy the band, and the other musicians and singers who sit in. We have a great time, and a few small areas for dancing!

Next Month

February's Jazz Jam will feature "Tony G" who sang in Manhattan for many years, singing songs and impersonating the many voices of his era such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and many others. He can be heard at many local karaoke spots throughout St. Augustine.



Once again, we welcome Dr. Linda Cole as this month's featured guest. Standing room only is the way she packs in the Jazz Society's event. She was literally spellbinding in her vocal performance for the SAJS Jazz Jam for last 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.


Bring some friends! See the note in the side column under "Musicians Schedule".


We are excited to announce that the UNF JAZZ BAND will be our featured performers for this month! We always pack the room, so get there early to get a good seat! 

If you haven't seen this exciting group of young musicians blowing the roof off of the Club House, this is a MUST. They enlighten our hearts knowing that our great jazz music will live on. 


Nominations have been made for our upcoming elections. You will receive Ballots in the mail after October 1. Two SAJS Board of Director Positions are open, which will be effective January 1, 2016. All votes must be postmarked by October 31st. Votes will be counted November 2nd at our meeting, held at 7 p.m., St. Augustine Beach City Hall, 2200 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach.


Our Fall 2016 SAJS Membership Drive begins September 28th What a bargain for Non-Members! Get 15 months of membership for the price of 12 months. You can sign up and pay for this at the admissions desk at the Jazz Jam. Or, print and fill out the membership form under the JOIN tab above.


Please check in at the admissions desk and verify your email address, phyical address and phone numbers. This is crucial and will affect your receipt of ballots and other communications information from the Jazz Society.

 Videos Tab

Check out our VIDEOS tab above! There are at least 19 videos of musicians and vocalists performing your favorite songs, and even several of the UNF Jazz Band from last year and last month posted. Just click on the underlined links and enjoy the clips. 

These videos include: Linda Cole, Lori Gill, Marge Ordway, Joyce Lundgren, Jamie Lee, James Whitfield, Greg Wier, Rhys Bennett, "Gentleman Jim", Danielle, Ed Hersom, Gil Surrette, and others. ENJOY!

September 27th, 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, guest musicians, and vocalists 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! 


Royal St Augustine Golf and Country Club
301 Royal St Augustine Pkwy


Happy 95th Birthday
To Rocky Ravipinto


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!

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 winan Orginal Nancy Bain Designer Summer Gift Basket


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


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


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.


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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      Ryss Bennett, Mark Stevens                        Cameron Fairlie

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



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,
    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?

nancys feet  joyces feet

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: 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.



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


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.)


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


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.


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!

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.

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.

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Wednesday Nights 5:00-8:00

E.T. Swing


Thursday Nights 5:00-7:00

The Boston Connection Swing Band

TBA Big Band

Mudville Grill

3/14 7-9

Jamie Lee presents


2/5 Allegro 3:00

2/15 Wickline Sr. Center 11:00

3/17 Grand Haven Country Club 6-10

3/23 Flagler Pines 2:00

3/30 COA 10:30

4/8 Grand Villa, Ormond 2:00


Jamie Lee at the Piano


2/5 Hammock Country Club 6-9
2/6 Green wedding

2/7 Allegro 3:00

2/9 Golden House, St. Aug 1:00

2/10 Golden House, P.C. 1:00

2/19 Golden House, St. Aug 1:00

2/19 Marsh Creek Country Club 4-7 pm

2/21 Allegro 3:00

2/23 Grand Villa, Ormond 2:00

2/26 Magnolia Manor 1:00

2/29 Wickline Sr. Center 11:00

3/1 Golden House St. Aug 1:00

3/11 Hammock Country Club 6-9

3/14 Wickline Sr. Center 11:00

3/25 Magnolia Manor 1:00

4/12 COA, Ponte Vedra 11:00

4/15 Hammock Country Club 6-9






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.