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ARTIST LINEUP

10.28.17

Bill Wharton “The Sauce Boss”  //  Fusion Beat  //  The Jon Faddis Quartet  //  Carmen Bradford with Scotty Barnhart  //  Mr. Sipp

CARMEN BRADFORD WITH SCOTTY BARNHART
CARMEN BRADFORD WITH SCOTTY BARNHARTA Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald
SCOTTY BARNHART is an internationally acclaimed Jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, author, two-time Grammy Winner, and in 2013 …
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BILL WHARTON
BILL WHARTON “The Sauce Boss”
Sauce Boss brings his own hot sauce to every gig, and cooks a pot of gumbo while smoking his side guitar. At the end of the show, everyone …
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FUSION BEAT
FUSION BEATLatin Jazz
Fusion Beat performs different musical styles such as Jazz, World Music, Latin and Funk. This group is from Orlando, Florida. Their influences range …
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THE JON FADDIS QUARTET
THE JON FADDIS QUARTETA Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie
Jon Faddis is a complete and consummate musician – conductor, composer, and educator.  Marked by both intense integrity and humor …
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About The Artists

Mr. Sipp

“The Mississippi Blues Child”

Don’t be fooled by his boyish appearance or the Erkel glasses he and his bandmates wear on stage or the astronomical ascendance he achieved after winning the International Blues Challenge 3 years ago – Mr. Sipp isn’t a blues child, as his on stage alter ego implies. He’s definitely a man among men as soon as he steps foot on stage.  One of Sipp’s favorite expressions is “Let’s knock a hole in it,” and The Mississippi Blues Child does just that, as evidenced by his recent win at the Blues Music Awards for Best New Artist Blues Album.  Born in Magnolia, Mississippi, his given name, Castro Coleman, Mr.Sipp has already paid his dues with a remarkable 26 years as band leader, singer-songwriter, producer, session guitarist and label boss in the gospel market.

His band dives into deep grooves with a rare sense of timing that uses the vibe as an energy boost. On songs like ‘Juke Joint’ he brilliantly fuses his intensity with the kind of  ‘call and response’ moments that were the bread and butter of his gospel past and now form an essential part of his current guitar-led bluster. It’s soulfully funky and fresh.

Mr. Sipp’s performance is fire cracker stuff that can match any powerhouse rock band you care to mention, but he replaces macho posturing with exhortations to join him in one big blues party.

Scotty Barnhart

SCOTTY BARNHART is an internationally acclaimed Jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, author, two-time Grammy Winner, and in 2013 was selected to be Director of The Count Basie Orchestra. Prior  to 2013, he was CBO’s featured trumpet soloist for 20 years, and in 2015 was Executive Producer of #1 charted A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas!

Scotty has recorded with Marcus Roberts,Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, and Ray Charles and has performed with Frank Sinatra, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Nat Adderley, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand and George Benson, performed at The Academy Awards, and is in demand as a soloist and lecturer on jazz history all over the world. In 2009, his solo CD, Say It Plain reached #3 on the Jazz Charts.

Scotty is co-founder and Artistic Director of The Florida Jazz and Blues Festival, and Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Florida State University. His groundbreaking book, The World of Jazz Trumpet – a Comprehensive History and Practical Philosophy, was published in December 2005 to rave reviews. He is a graduate of Florida A&M University and in 2017 he was honored with a permanent plaque in the Gallery Of Distinction in the FAMU Department of Music. He is also profiled in the book Trumpet Kings which places him among the greatest jazz trumpeters in history. He resides in Los Angeles, California and Tallahassee, Florida.

Carmen Bradford

Born in Austin, Texas and raised in Altadena, California, Carmen Bradford grew up with music in her heart. It was only natural that Carmen would follow in the footsteps of her great family legacy, being the daughter of legendary trumpeter/ composer Bobby Bradford and world renowned vocalist/composer Melba Joyce. Her grandfather Melvin Moore sang with Lucky Millender and Dizzy Gillespie’s Big Band in the 1940’s, making Carmen the third generation of incredible musicians. She has carved out a place in music history for herself and is playing an integral role in this uniquely American art form called jazz. Carmen Bradford is Jazz Royalty.

In 1982, Carmen was discovered and hired by William “Count” Basie, and was the featured vocalist in the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra for nine years. Carmen performed on two Grammy Award Winning albums with the Basie Band, and collaborated with George Benson on the Grammy Award Winning album “Big Boss Band”.  In her electrifying performances around the world, Carmen proves again and again her outstanding ability to sing all forms of jazz, be it straight ahead jazz, blues, or jazz fusion — and swing it like nobody can.  

Bill Wharton

Sauce Boss brings his own hot sauce to every gig, and cooks a pot of gumbo while smoking his side guitar. At the end of the show, everyone gets a bowl of spicy, smoky goodness. Bill Wharton not only plays slide, sings his tamales off, makes gumbo and feeds everyone…he also plays the drum kit with his feet! “You take that 53 Telecaster, pump it through that 48 Fender amp, add a bass rig, mix in some drums all simmered down over some funky swamp blues and smothered in gumbo, you’ve got a recipe for a good time.”

Fusion Beat

Fusion Beat performs different musical styles such as Jazz, World Music, Latin and Funk. This group is from Orlando, Florida. Their influences range from Puerto Rican, Afro‐Cuban, South American, New Orleans, Be‐Bop, European and different Jazz styles. Each one comes from many musical backgrounds and influences. Together, they blend and create a fresh sound in a sextet format. They were nominated in the Jazz Instrumental Album Category in the 15th Annual Independent Music Awards.

THE JON FADDIS QUARTET

Jon Faddis is a complete and consummate musician – conductor, composer, and educator.  Marked by both intense integrity and humor, Faddis earned accolades from his close friend and mentor John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie, who declared of Faddis, “He’s the best ever, including me!”  As a trumpeter, Faddis possesses a virtually unparalleled range and full command of his instrument, making the practically impossible seem effortless. He is known as one of the most innovative and inspiring jazz trumpeters of our time. Whatever the context – classroom or concert hall – and whatever the style, Jon Faddis epitomizes the best in Jazz.

Don’t Forget Sunday!

Frank Jones Band  //  Lauren Mitchell  //  The Wycliffe Gordon Quartet with Sabine  //  Beautiful Bobby Blackmon & the B3 Band  //  New Orleans Suspects

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Saturday 10.28.17 – Day One

October 28 @ 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Sunday 10.29.17 – Day Two

October 29 @ 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm