Listen to the audio below. This week on Night Train, Ted Grossman takes a trip down memory lane with WLRN's Ed Bell, Seth Bramson, and Charlie Cinnamon sharing stories of South Florida music, the clubs and rare recordings.
Today marks 100 years since Sun Ra was born — or, as the musician might have put it, since he arrived on Earth. An influential jazz composer, keyboardist and bandleader, Sun Ra always insisted he was just visiting this planet.
Sun Ra, whose human name was Herman Poole Blount, was a trailblazing afro-futurist who explored the entire history of jazz throughout his many compositions. One single caveat: It was a history of jazz from another planet (in the future).
02/21/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, vocalist/composer/actress/educator and broadcaster, Brenda Alford, will perform with her Jazz trio. She’ll sing some of her original compositions as well as Jazz evergreens. This former teacher of the year has appeared in John Waters’ film Hairspray and Barry Levinson’s Avalon.
After almost two decades a famed South Florida live music venue is no more.
Located on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Lincoln Road on Miami Beach, in the historic Van Dyke building built in 1924, Van Dyke Cafe had its last call on Sunday, Jan. 26. Patrons were invited for a special celebration and toast at 5 p.m. to commemorate the closing. The venue was well known for hosting live jazz and became a staple of the beach's people-watching haven, Lincoln Road Mall.
01/17/14 -Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another in our monthly series of performances from our Miami studios. Our featured performer will be the award-winning Jazz and Blues vocalist and musician Allan Harris with his powerful band including Miami’s Jesse Jones, Jr. on sax and Doug Wimbish, bassist with Living Color, among other musical greats. Catch Tony Bennett’s “favorite singer,” Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm. www.AllanHarris.Com
01/12/14 - With special guest co-host, Bob Weinberg. Bob has written about jazz and blues in South Florida for 20 years. He was a longtime columnist and feature writer for City Link magazine, and currently writes for Jazziz Magazine, for which he also serves as reviews editor, and Jazz & Blues Florida, a monthly online publication.
12/20/13 - Friday at 1pm on the next South Florida Arts Beat, it's a live holiday performance with Wendy Pedersen and Dr. Ed Calle. This beloved award-winning singer/songwriter has been composing her own terrific holiday tunes for decades. Together with her all-star band of Jazz musicians including the King Of Carnival Miami 2013 and two-time Latin Grammy nominee, Dr.