April 20th Jazz Jam - A packed full fund raiser


See the Calendar page for this exciting event. Deadline for dinner tickets is 4/12/14.


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UNF Jazz Encemble Band, March 30, 2014

The UNF Jazz Ensemble Band was too exciting for words! The event began with some of our regular favorite musicians and singers. Our musicians are hard to top, but the UNF Jazz Band came on the stage and literally brought the house down, bringing the audience to their feet, clapping, singing along the echo of "Big Mike's" jazzy vocal rendition of Minnie the Moocher, then aweing the crowd with his fast fingers as he was featured in another song on his clarinet. Several other musicians were featured in solo-lead parts as well.

After they finished, our President, Don Stockman invited them to come to any of our regular jazz jams and sit in with our band. Then, we we continued to be entertained by another great group of regular musicians and singers for the close-out set.

This was one of the largest Jazz Jams we have had in a long time. Our count was around 130 people who attended, and we were fortunate to have a good number of new members that signed up that day!

I had the pleasure of meeting our guitarist who also played with the Glenn Miller Band. Since moving to Florida 13 years ago, I have met three musicians who played with that famous band. We live in a great city of musicians. Don't let the word "retirement" fool you. Rocky Ray still plays a mean jazz bass guitar at the age of 93!!!  I feel so honored to be so greatly entertained.                          by Jamie Lee

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Upcoming Event: March 30, 2014

St. Augustine Jazz Society will hold its’ monthly Jazz Jam featuring the UNF Jazz Ensemble on Sunday, March 30th from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Royal St. Augustine Golf & Country Club at 241-339 Royal St. Augustine Pkwy directly off US 16, one mile from US 1.

 Featuring Dixieland and jazz favorites, dancing, and dinner available for purchase. Proceeds from this organization go toward scholarships to music students.

 Come dine and dance with us! Public is invited. Entry fee for members: $5.00, non-members: $7.00.

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The June Jazz Jam was truly AWESOME!

Jazz jam at the Abbey- Gil Surette, Eddie Hersom, Don Durkee

We heard some of the best jazz we have had in a while. Four hours of this music still left us wanting more! The musicians providing this wonderful music was Sean Kirkland, who is new to the Society and did great job on keyboard. Jim Murphy on drums, Ted Tedesco on Bass, Barry Kelsey on Sax, Bob Olds and Paul (Dobbie Dobson) on trumpet, Gil Surette on clarinet, Ed Hersom on trombone and vocals, Ed Organis on bass, Ken Organis and Ed Thomas on Drums and James Whitfield on sax and vocals. Wanda Nord was the vocalist of the day and she and James Whitfield ended the set with a fun duet of “Alright, Ok, You Win.” Even though the weather didn’t want to cooperate as the sky opened up with unbelievable rain just at 2 pm, that didn’t dampen our spirits and we ended up with a great crowd and the rain had stopped by the time it was over. Peggy Tashjian and Ann Stodolink were the winners of the Cash Raffle.

A notice to all musicians in the area…we welcome your to come and join us and encourage you to come sit in and share your talent with us. Just bring your instrument, sign in when you come in and you will be advised when you will be playing. Performing musicians are free. The Jazz Jams are always held on the last Sunday of each month. The next Jam will be August 25th and the musicians will be Kenny MacKinse on Keyboard, John Pelligrini, bass and Scott Mariachi on drums so mark the date on your calendar and we will see you there.

May 18th Fundraiser was a huge success!


may 18 2013 fundraiser at the pier ... Lee Quick, Ted Tedesco of E T Swing with Freddie Colemay 18 2013 fundraiser 2We had continuous music from Noon until 9 PM with the schedule as follows:

  • Bill  Doyle Group playing Jazz  with Don Durkee on keyboard, Greg Weir on sax  and flute, Jack Hichborn on bass and Bill Doyle on drums.
  • The Dixie Kings featuring Gil Surette on clarinet,  Eddie Herson on trombone,  trumpet and vocals, Rocky Ray on bass and Bill Doyle on drums, played some  good New Orleans  Dixieland.
  • Quick Time, featuring Lee Quick on keyboard and Sallie Quick on bass and  vocals, Barry Kelsey on sax, and Jay Messick on drums with more great jazz.
  • E T Swing’s the Thing, featuring Eddie Trester on drums, Ted Tedesco on bass,  James Whitfield on sax and vocals and special guest artists Bill Prince on  trumpet and Russell George on violin. “Yours truly” Wanda Nord, President was  invited to sit in on vocals with her personal favorite “Route 66”.  As always, E T  Swing was really swinging!.

The evening ended with the fantastic sounds of “The Company” an 8 piece band  playing your favorite music from the 60’s to the 80’s.    We raffled gift certificates that included a beachfront hotel stay on St.  Augustine Beach, lunches and dinners at local restaurants, golf and IMAX  tickets, manicures, gift baskets and more.  The major prize was an autographed  baseball signed by the winning 2000 World Series New York Yankees team and  Manager Joe Torre.  Value-over $1000.   It was donated by my future son in law,  Gene Monahan, Yankees Head Trainer (retired).  The winner was Pete Darios,  co-owner of The Sunset Grill, an avid Yankee Fan and supporter of the St.  Augustine Jazz Society. A million thanks to the volunteers who worked so hard  to make this happen.   

We could not have done it without them   SAJS gave away two Scholarships to the Music Camp at University of North  Florida.  The winners were Jordan Chastain from Creekside High school, who  plays guitar and Joe Lietes from Pacetti Middle School who plays trumpet.   

We were very pleased with our success so we intend to have another  anniversary celebration next year.  Eddie Trester is the Chairman of that event.   We will keep you posted as the plans progress.  We will need good volunteers  and Eddie will be setting up committees so let him know where you would like  to volunteer.


Upcoming Events

Upcoming Jazz Jams

April Jazz Jam

Our next Jazz Jam will be held on Easter Sunday, April 20th beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Royal St. Augustine Golf & Country Club at 301 Royal St. Augustine Pkwy directly off US 16, one mile from US 1. The Clubhouse is about 1/4 mile from the entrance on the right. Watch for more info soon!

May Jazz Jam

May's Jazz Jam will be held on Sunday, May 25th from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at the Royal St. Augustine Golf & Country Club at 301 Royal St. Augustine Pkwy directly off US 16, one mile from US 1. The Clubhouse is about 1/4 mile from the entrance on the right. Watch for more info soon!

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

July 28, 2013 - Jazz Jam at Royal St. Augustine Clubhouse


  • 301 Royal St. Augustine Parkway
  • Just off SR 16.
  • Time:  2 pm-6 pm.
  • Admission: Members $5.00, Non Members $6.00. 
  • All musicians are invited to sit in. 
  • Just come in and register your name and instrument. 
  • Musicians who play are free.


For further information call  Wanda Nord 904-471-6224 

August 5, 2013 - Monthly Meeting of SAJS

  • 7 PM at St. Augustine Beach City Hall
  • Building across from the Police Station located at the corner of 16th St and A1A South.

September 2, 2013 - Labor Day Performance

The St. Augustine Jazz Society will be performing at the Gazebo in the Plaza again this year.  We will be featuring E T Swing’s the Thing at 1 PM and The Company at 3pm. Bring your chairs, sit back and enjoy the Best of the Best…Swing, Jazz, and Everything in between.

Free Admission.

September 4, 2013 - MUSIC BY THE SEA, St. Augustine Beach Pier


E T Swing with Guest artist Russell George, will be playing from 7-9PM.  
Bring your chair and cooler (if you like) sit back and enjoy the music.  
Admission is FREE