Mike Stocker

About 21 minutes into the documentary “Sweet Dillard,” the camera captures a moment of high drama in the band room of Fort Lauderdale’s Dillard High School. Christopher Dorsey, the school’s music teacher, checks his cell phone and says calmly, “We’ve been invited back to Ellington.”

A cheer goes up from the kids in the band. Because “Ellington” is the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition, an annual high school jazz festival and competition that takes place at New York City’s Lincoln Center.

A French Musician Finds Niche With South Florida Audiences

Jul 8, 2015
Sonya Revell / FrenchHornCollective.com

  Vincent Raffard says “the magic of life” brought him to Miami.

The longtime musician from Paris, France, says he never expected to leave the ironclad boulevards for palm trees and sandy beaches.

“I didn’t have any desire to come to South Florida,” he says. 

After coming to the Sunshine State on tour, he decided to stay and continue his career as a musician in Miami. Eight years later, the 35-year-old has produced a solo album and formed a band called the French Horn Collective.

03/27/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, our classical contributor, Charles Greenfield speaks with Executive Director Carlene Sawyer about upcoming Dranoff International Two Piano Foundation events and Bang The Ivories.

02/13/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another studio performance.


01/30/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Jazz pianist and educator, Jim Gasior, tells us about the not-for-profit, Miami Jazz Co-op’s performances and rent parties featuring South Florida’s finest talent. Viga Gewert, Chopin Foundation’s Executive Director for the U.S., shares her excitement about the 9th Annual National Chopin Piano Competition and its many local events.

12/19/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Alana Perez, Director of Pinecrest Gardens, talks about their exciting cultural arts park events from their Jazz and Classical series to theater, visual arts program and their Airie residency program and much more. Coconut Grove’s annual satirical parade, The King Mango Strut, gets under way Sunday, Dec. 28th.

12/05/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, you can enjoy another live performance from our Miami studios. Jazz legend, Ira Sullivan, brings his Inter-Outer Continental Jazz Quintet to our WLRN Studio A to perform Jazz standards with his group of professional musicians. Please tune in Friday to hear the Jazz excitement of Ira Sullivan on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

11/07/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Pam Dearden joins us to share her excitement about a new season of concerts coming up for The Gold Coast Jazz Society.

10/31/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, the partnership between sister cities – Nice, France and Miami, Florida, present the Third Miami/Nice Jazz Festival, a month-long celebration of the diversity of Jazz. Founder and CEO, Phillipe Pautesta-Herder brings us the details.

10/24/14- This week's South Florida Arts Beat features the superb contemporary Jazz of the Lindsey Blair Quartet, Friday, Oct. 24th, 1pm on 91.3 WLRN.


08/08/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat Jazz musician and educator, Bobby Ramirez, talks about his new CD, Jazz Flute. Executive Director of the Frost Art Museum at FIU, Carol Damian, discusses with Judith Bishop their exciting, new season of exhibitions.


06/20/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy another live performance from our Miami studios. Catch the exceptional Jazz Rock of Aaron Lebos Reality as they perform compositions from their latest recording, Turning Point. That’s Friday on South Florida Arts Beat featuring Aaron Lebos Reality at 1:00pm.


06/06/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, TV and event producer extraordinaire, Larry Rosen, talks about Miami-Dade county’s most successful Jazz series, the 7th annual JazzRoots coming to the Arsht Center.

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.