WELCOME TO JAZZLAND
Jacksonville's " ONLY " Authentic Live Jazz Club
NO PERFORMANCES SAT. DEC. 30 - BUILDING REPAIRS IN PROCESS
"FREE" Jazz Jam Sessions! Every Tuesday Night
- 7 til 10pm
JAZZLAND is Live Jazz at its finest! Now close enough
to touch. You’ll see astonishing musicians of this original art form …smile, sweat and grimace, in pursuit of
that killing phrase. JAZZLAND is everything a jazz club should be. Dim, Intimate, Exciting and with Great Acoustics.
Saturday's offer a wide variety of styles and musicians
and all are Top Notch! If you're in Jacksonville and you want to experience live jazz, played exceptionally well, in a great
jazz venue, then duck into our sensational Jazz Room. Don’t mind coming alone. JAZZLAND is
a super way to meet new and old friends and a cool way to spend an evening! A happy, friendly crowd is always waiting to welcome
you to JAZZLAND...where
the great musicians play!
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JAZZLAND'S GOLDEN MOMENTS IN JAZZ - Vintage Concerts
"FREE" ADMISSION To The PUBLIC!
There's something mesmerizing about
this selection for our Golden Moments In Jazz - Vintage Concert Series. You'll be transfixed by them. It features
a quintet of Diz, Sonny Stitt, Lou Levy (piano), Ray Brown (bass) and Gus Johnson (drums) that plays it safe - Dizzy's standard
feature "On the Sunny Side of the Street" and Stitt's standard feature "Lover Man" are both included in
the set. Its clear it was filmed by a real jazz fan. There are long takes of Diz and Sonny's fingering, even views
of Diz clearing his valve. In short, all the physical realities of a jazz performance and all the stuff that is usually cut
out of filmed performances of jazz artists.
It renders what could have been a pedestrian soft-bop set into something special. But in the second half of this
film, things really take off. It's an hour of Dizzy fronting the Clarke-Boland Big Band in 1970, and they are TIGHT. Big brassy,
rollicking charts, including Gillespie standbys like "Manteca". Art Farmer is in the trumpet section, so
are Idrees Sulieman and Benny Bailey. And, there's Sahib Shihab on baritone sax. No wonder this band is often referred
to as legendary. Grab your friends and head over to Jazzland for an entertainment delight! "FREE" Admission to see
this vintage treasure!
Jazzland - 1324 University Blvd. N. - 904 240-1009
SATURDAY DEC. 9th - "JAZZY BLUE"
He'll Set Your Heart On Fire and Turn Your
Soul To Ice!
Jazzland Celebrates An Exceptional Blues Musician! "Jazzy Blue"
He'll Rock You, Baby ...He'll Rock You All Night Long ....
.....well at least until
|Jazzland - 1324 University Blvd. N. 904 240-1009
$10 Cover - 2 Drink Minimum
HERE'S WHAT YOU'll LOVE ABOUT JAZZLAND!
A Safe, Comfortable, Cozy Place!
A Super Cool Mature, Friendly Crowd
The Great Musicians We Feature Every Week
The Unbeatable Prices for Fine Wines, Domestic and Imported Beers.
"The Perfect Nitche for Your Sophisticated
The Perfect Place for A Super-Sensational Evening!
JAZZLAND ... Where The Great Musicians Play!
1324 University Blvd. North - (904-240-1009)
CAROLE FREEMAN'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
featuring.... "The Carole Freeman Ensemble"
Resuscitate your feelings! Snuggles up to your memories with Carole’s pulsating salute to YOU
and YOUR lovers. Past and Present. A marvelous showcase of superior Love Songs by the woman who knows how to connect like
never before, open the door to your heart, walk in and out at will, in this entertaining masterpiece! This is Carole Freeman
performing at the height of her considerable talent with so much feeling. You’ll be unable to take your eyes off of
Using Billie Holiday’s signature standards as
her theme, Carole weaves other holiday tunes into a dazzling performance. Large, responsive audiences always gather when
The Carole Freeman Ensemble performs to feed their hearts with pure romantic excitement while giving exhilarating attention
to the extraordinary stories and to the jazz musicians.
superb devotion to the composers together with her perceptive grasp of the lyrics are beautifully and abundantly present.
She chooses her songs with care, using a keen sense of contrast and tempo to declare the mood and story of each song. Carole’s
charm, style and easy command of her signature behind the beat phrasing is completely enchanting! Plan to be a part of this
wonderful evening. Come early! Bring your friends!
JAZZLAND - 1324
University Blvd. N. 904 240-1009
'til Midnight - $10. Cover - 2 Drink Minimum
Jazz Piano Celebration
NOTEWORTHY - "Coming Soon!
Dec. 23rd Performance Canceled For
More power by the hour as NOTEWORTHY’S dazzling
young musicians …spins the crowd in delicious jazz circles! They're going places where few have gone and prompts you into cool reminisence of the glorious days of Jazz. A deeply moving,
superbly seasoned band that make your memories tremble.
1324 University Blvd. N.
Cover - 2 Drink Minimum
Saturday Dec. 2nd - 8pm
Straight Ahead Jazz From New York City...
The Steve Louis Cohn Trio
Without matching brilliance …like that of the impressive
jazz musicians coming to Jazzland’s stage Saturday, December 2nd... a diamond is just another mineral. Fortunately
and like diamonds…this special combination of chemical composition, exceptional structure and formation gives this
performance …Unbelievable Sparkle!
Exciting tunes! Stunning improvisations by Steve Cohn on piano!
Beautiful and rich blending by Larry Nader on Bass and the Artful, Exquisite, Fabulous foundation by Drummer
Scott Mariash. Impeccable timing together with elegant bass lines by Larry makes for a Lustrous, Powerful Night
of Straight-Ahead Jazz!
This combination of great musicians is hard to find! Simply Breathtaking! The
Color of their Jazz groove is oh so rare. Like an E color Diamond! This is a must see performance. A perfect jazz fit that
will hug the contours of your heart. Celebrate Life! Grab it while you can! You’re going to love every minute at
Jazzland... 1324 University Blvd. North
$10. Cover - 2 Drink
Bob Fraioli Saturday,
November 11th - 8pm
Bob Fraioli provide an opportunity for lovers of jazz to listen to a level of innovative music seldom
found beyond the music centers of the West Coast, Chicago and New York City. Bob Fraioli is now captivating a growing audience
of jazz enthusiasts in Florida. He presents his unique interpretations of the classic works of the jazz masters of the past
and present, including Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans, and Thelonius Monk. His influences being Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans, you
won’t have to listen very long, before that is evident. Most notably ...Oscar!
Just to demonstrate
the reach of this outstanding Jazz Pianist.... here’s what Barry Gordon of Los Angeles, CA has to say about Bob Fraioli:
"Bob Fraioli, I am so happy to here this. As a pro pianist that has heard met and been friends with many all time
great pianists, and as a top stride pianist myself, I can say without a doubt, Bob Fraioli is the greatest all around jazz
pianist I've ever heard. First he has two right hands, a great left hand, great ears, and one of the greatest piano techniques
ever. I can’t say enough about this master pianist."
Bob Fraioli, comes to us from
Los Angeles. He has performed from Southeast Asia to New York and Los Angeles. The list of quartets he has played in or formed
is astounding and has been going on since he was 14, participating on the Ted Mack Amateur hour! In the Army, he wrote his
own jazz television show weekly in the U.S. and served in Viet Nam as one of the dedicated pianists. Since then he has appeared
all over the United States, wowing jazz Lovers with his style and technique.
Jazzland 1324 University
Blvd. N. 904 240-1009
The Lorrie Goodman Trio - Black & White Charity Ball
Live from Montreal! November 25th….
Lorrie Goodman….featuring Tom Sommerville on Bass and Vocals and our own "Timemaster" Scott Mariash
This sparkling trio promises to be one of Jazzland’s favorites and a fabulous example of how a traditional
piano trio can genuinely captivate you in a most compelling way. You’ll thrill to their management of the "standards"….
It’s like a musical page-turner where you’re eager to know what happens next! The expected is so surprisingly
unexpected. Even in the Sinatra like vocals by Sommerville with his beautiful phrasings, the music is elevated to yearning,
full of creative twists and rhythms and memories. You won’t be disappointed!
Jazzland - 1324 University Blvd. 904 240-1009
- 2 Drink Minimum
|This photo, "Flying Calvin" has been co-opted by The Smithsonian honoring CALVIN NEWBORN
You Don't Have To Go To The Smithsonian Institute To
"Calvin Newborn" "Internationally acclaimed Jazz and Blues Guitarist"
Keep Watching For The Date Of His Next Performance At Jazzland ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
One of America’s greatest heroes of Blues and Jazz, it is high time you found
out more about Calvin Newborn. Musician, Playwright, Author, Educator. Calvin was Assistant
Director of Jazz Studies at LeMoyne-Owen College. He also taught underprivileged children at the Stax Music Academy and has
written numerous arrangements, compositions, stage plays and operettas. Calvin
Newborn is living history and Jazzland is humbled and proud to turn a page or two …leading you to knowing why Calvin
Newborn is important; why he is worthy of your complete attention.
The Smithsonian Institute has co-opted the photo... "Flying Calvin"
as the logo for their Rock’N’Soul exhibit. Jazzland makes it possible for you to see, hear and feel what the historians will write about Calvin Newborn. Too bad the "King" is gone, otherwise he’d happily tell you himself! That’s right! Elvis Presley worshipped at Calvin’s
feet. It was there he learned the showmanship for which he was so wildly famous. Elvis discovered how to move and dance under the skillful guidance and as a direct result of Calvin Newborn! Calvin is well appreciated for his remarkable achievements in Jazz and Blues. With astonishing clarity, calvin recalls stories about "the glory days" ....the Blues and Jazz sessions with some of the greatest musicians of our time. Mgazines like Living
Blues, Mojo, G.Q., and Cadence have all mined hundreds of tales about his work
with Count Basie, Howlin Wolf and others. Let's hope that from among the listeners…a
new talent will spark! Some young one will emerge to build on this exceptional talent and promise the waiting world its next Calvin Newborn.
Remembering "Lady Day" Billie
Must See For Billie Holiday Fans!
The instant you hear Carole Freeman’s interpretation of Billie
Holiday you’ll be unprepared. Even unsuspecting that a singer could create what you’ll feel as you listen
to her voice.
Just like Billie, Carole
will trance you into a realm where there is more to life, more to emotions, more to pain and room for courage to open yourself
up. Yours is a front row seat to the closing act of the tragic opera that was Billie Holiday's life. You will find beauty
in sorrow and hope in pain. You will hear the slurs, the way Carole breaks notes, the way she bends even one-syllable words.
How she phrases. The liberty Carole Freeman takes with melodies, the delicious delays ...You will hear Billie.
Sharing the gift and
life of Billie Holiday, this is an incredible re-telling and amazing performance by Carole Freeman. Chronicling Holiday's
last performance at the Phoenix Theatre in New York City on May 25, 1959 …fifty-three days before she was arrested
for drug use …in the hospital …handcuffed to her deathbed, then finally dying on July 17, 1959 at 44 years old.
Jazz was the opposite of everything
Harry Anslinger believed in. He hated and called jazz…“a mongrel music …mating on American shores.”
Billie Holiday was his “Poster Child” since she embodied Jazz and drugs …and was hunted down by Anslinger,
the head of the Federal Narcotics Bureau who made it his personal mission to destroy her. He assigned agents who watched her
every move rather than the moves of the drug pushers who went untouched.
This part of her story is rarely told. Arguably, the most influential jazz
singer of all times, Billie Holiday was beautiful, talented and lived a tragic life. In the midst of all the heartache and
tragedy …Billie created and left a matchless style and exquisite legacy you will passionately feel and hear in Carole
Freeman’s delivery. You’ll literally hear the sound of Billie Holiday’s heart breaking! As "done-in"
as she sounds in this portrayal (you can almost smell the gin on Billie’s breath) To her credit, nothing stands
between Carole and her listeners. Dare to listen and not feel. Dare to listen and not care about what it is to be alive; to
be human; to own your feelings. Defy your soul to be exposed to this compelling performance and not be penetrated
by Carole Freeman.
Saturday August 26th, 2017
- 8pm 'til Midnight
1324 University Blvd. North
- 904 240-1009
$10. Cover - 2 Drink Minimum
Tom Sommerville - BLUES You Can Use!!
Remember the Platters? Only You, The Great Pretender, Twilight Time? Tom Sommerville was there with
them on Bass! Working much of the time in Las Vegas and touring the United States. He also worked with other bands in Wisconsin
and Michigan. He puts a soulful spin on Jazz and blues with phrasing that reminds you of that "Sinatra Swing"
we all know and love so much! He’s a splendid, seasoned performer!
studied Classical Jazz and Voice at the University of South Carolina, Tom Sommerville moved on to Jazz Studies at Oakland
University in Detroit. He loves Big Bands and the era! He made it happen as a Bassist and vocalist until a massive stroke
brought all of that to a screeching halt in 2007.
Unable to physically pick up the instrument for just over two years, a determined Tom Sommerville persevered and
regained his instrumental and verbal prowess recalling how the Bass and music was the greatest therapy he could have possibly
imagined. With a pure love for music Tom sings and plays a memorable, exceptional performance, giving you a magical night
of music and memories!
Sat. August 5th - 8pm 'til Midnight - $10.
Cover - 2 Drink Minimum
1324 University Blvd. N - 904 240-1009
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Our Patrons Love Them!!
Tony combines poetry and jazz improvisation in ensembles at colleges and jazz festivals throughout
Northern Vermont and the Eastern Townships of Quebec. At 16, was praised by Nat Hentoff in Downbeat Magazine’s for his
"lusty, inventive" trombone style.
Tony also received the prestigious Great South Bay Jazz Festival
Award. Tony performed in Jazz groups in the New York area, in Europe and played in Salsa groups in Cuba, Ecuador, and Argentina.
Over the past two decades his writing has appeared in over a hundred prominent literary magazines. He
is a performing jazz trombonist and leads the poetry-jazz ensemble PoJazz. Appearing with Tony Whedon is Joe Watts on Piano
and Phil Morrison On Bass.
1324 University Blvd. N.
- 2 Drink Minimum
BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE TO LESTER YOUNG
Everywhere you go, you hear the word "cool." In conversations, text messages or marketing
pitches. That’s Lester Young’s transformation of the word! His use of the term "bread" to refer to money
or "crib" as one’s home, Lester was the first to use the verb "dig" to describe understanding. Do
you dig? He called Count Basie ‘homeboy’ 90 years ago!
He achieved the smallest dose of fame during his lifetime. Fans recognize his boss Count Basie or
his frequent collaborator Billie Holiday. But Lester Young changed the language and has never gotten the credit for it.
The term "crossover" didn’t exist back
in his day, but in many ways he pioneered the concept. Lester created a relaxed phrasing, melodic gift, and lucent tone that
seemed to fit perfectly into every musical setting. A style and aesthetic vision perfectly adapted for assimilation by other
music genres. The Saxophone is not standard in a symphony orchestra, but when it does show up at the classical concert hall,
the tone usually comes straight out of the Lester Young playbook. But you will never see his name mentioned in the program
So on Saturday Aug. 27th,
we’ll give Lester Young his due. You’ll hear the words and phrases he created along with some exciting saxophone
jazz. Lester never made much bread—certainly as not as much as his homeboys—or lived in a cool crib. But he had
more impact on American society than any other jazz musician. Almost no one knows his name, but we are still listening to
and quoting Lester Young. You dig?
JAZZLAND - 1324 University Blvd. N. 904 240-1009
$10. Cover - 2 Drink Minimum
Sensational Live Jazz Performance!
Barry Kelsey toured the world playing jazz as a US Navy Musician. Michael Gabriel turned
down an offer with the Woody Herman band, opting instead to an academic career of research and teaching
of Experimental Psychology and Neuroscience. It can justifiably be said that
Kelsey and Gabriel are masters of the intricate melodic lines and breakneck tempos of bebop classics like
"Hot House", "Anthropology", "Confirmation", songs penned by the likes of
Charles "Bird" Parker, Dizzy Gillespe, Tad Dameron, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins and more! BeBop!
The revolutionary music and movement of the 1940s seemed destined for a short life but continues and is
nothing less than "the lingua franca of jazz. The principal style and language of thousands of jazz
musicians and a jazz-lover's dream.
Kelsey studied at Berklee
School of Music and North Texas State, recorded with MGM records for years as a free lance studio musician
and now leads the E-Z Street Band, and performs on tenor sax, piano and vocals in other bands in St Augustine. In
an ever-widening circle of outstanding musicians Michael performed in Wisconsin, California, Texas and
Illinois where he co-founded the Boneyard Jazz Quintet with trombonist Morgan Powell. Others from his
circle went on to become jazz icons, including Randy Brecker, Larry McKenna and Lew Tabackin.
Join us as we celebrate Michael Gabriel and Barry Kelsey with a serious yet highly personal performance
of America's classical and most distinctive music.
JAZZLAND -1324 University
Blvd. N. $10 Cover - 2 Drink Min.
It's The Birthday Of Thelonious Monk - Let's Celebrate!!!
Celebrate The Gift of "Jazz
The Birthday of Thelonious Monk
Saturday October 10th at Jazzland!!!
More than 300 years ago, the piano was invented. It responds
to unlimited varieties of human touch, producing sounds ranging in volume from thunder to a whisper …and as many shades
of sound as colors on a canvas. Come celebrate the gift and love of a splendid pianist.
While some pianists favor a heavy handed
approach to the piano, Michael Noble favors a lighter touch and yields to his impressionable imaginations as he plays. Mike’s
use of space between the notes would be approved by the man himself!
classically trained, nimble-fingered pianist showed promise as a very young child and was skillfully handled by two piano
virtuosos; his mother and grandmother! While Mike can play flawlessly at high speeds, he is equally at home laying back on
a relaxed stride piano song or a heart rending ballad.
Jazzland- 1324 University Blvd. North -
Cover - 2 Drink Minimum
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"Unrequited Love" The CAROLE FREEMAN Quartet - Saturday Sept. 19th
You Know You’ve Got It Bad, When
You Miss Someone You’ve Never Had. That One Crush You Never Get Over. Unrequited Love- the great theme of life and literature
gets scrutiny and style via lush vocals, somber remembrance and hilarious stories this Saturday night at Jazzland!
Carole passionately conveys how the love we cannot have …last the longest, hurts the deepest! Composers and lyricists
have beautifully created on the subject. Sidesplitting tales together with sensuous vocals
for which Carole is quite affectionately known… flows with exquisite phrasing and style in this performance.
She delivers the torture, intense passionate yearnings and eventual heartbreak that is unrequited
love. Through her superb exoneration, you’ll miss someone who isn’t yours to miss; you’ll dream about someone
who isn’t yours to dream about. You’ll accept that…. “That First” thrilling kiss is as far
away as the stars!
Despite the heartbreak, magnificent tunes are born out of this condition. Classics
and Standards we all identify with and love. Carole Freeman skillfully interprets the two sides, Lover and Rejector! Giving
you a hilarious night of Jazz and comedy you’ll supremely enjoy!
When asked about her personal
bout with unrequited love Carole says…”what hurts the most is discovering that you mean nothing to the person
that means everything to you!” Don’t be surprised if she talks and sings about it. Come for the beauty, truth
and pain of Unrequited Love.
Saturday Sept. 19th - 8:00 pm 'til Midnight
$10. Cover - 2 Drink
Jazzland - 1324 University Blvd. N.
For Reservations & Information: 904 240-1009
LIVE "FREE' JAZZ JAM SESSIONS - EVERY TUESDAY - 7 'TIL 10PM - NO COVER
- NO MINIMUM
You feel good! Your image of Jazzland, as the door swings shut behind you, is that of
a critic. Taking notes, euphoric to be present at the birth of endless improvisations. You’ll praise the "collective
spontaneity" of the musicians noting their "almost Ellingtonian integration of individual voices into a collective
You've learned a lot about jam sessions. Looking back over
your shoulder, you see musicians flocking to the stage to be part of this weekly excitement. You’ve become a drive-by
jazz genius; redefining audience as performer and performer as audience. Your place in Jazz history is assured. Every Tuesday
Night at Jazzland… where the great musicians play!
Come For The Best Live Jazz In Jacksonville...at
Jacksonville's Only Live Jazz Club! JAZZLAND!
JAZZ MEETS SALSA - A LATIN JAZZ EXTRAVAGANZAS
Citizens of Jazzland....
Come For That Sweet Feeling Only Latin Jazz Can Bring!
Thrilling Combinations- Unmatched! Go Back To The Beginning Days....At The Village Gate!
Now, "Salsa Meets Jazz at Jazzland! Come Thrill Again!
We Guarantee You'll Have A Red Hot Latin Jazz Nights!
Here's what Jazzland has for you!
A magnificent night of music and dance! Where Salsa meets Jazz. Reminiscent of a night with Latin Jazz Legend Eddie
Palmeri. Retracing the official birth of the "Salsa Meets Jazz at the Village Gate" series
has proven to be a formidable endeavor. Since Mamboso Nuyotopia first launched the "Salsa Meets Jazz" web module,
back in 2006, there has been an incredible response to this music treat!
What remains and much more important to the course of events was how New York driven afro-cuban rhythms came
to co-exist under one harmonious roof with improvisational jazz. Make no mistake, the pioneers were already out there doing
it "Big Band" style. But what happened at the Village Gate was a unique artistic and sociological phenomenon unraveled
during a maelstrom known as the 60s that has since taken on an undeniable and impeccable identity of its own – Latin
When history speaks of Village Gate collaborations
as being seminal, it need only point to Art D’Lugoff’s role as cupid in the broader scheme of things! Jazzland
is proud to accept the role as cupid by bringing this exciting performance to you! This Saturday night is a return to
this collaboration with some of the finest musicians. Count on spectacular Latin Jazz as one of Jazzland's features. Don't
COME! DISGUISED AS YOURSELF - HAVE A SPLENDID EVENING OF LIVE JAZZ
you’re not into masquerades, the costumes that disguise on Halloween… still, you feel like going out ...where
you'll be relaxed welcome, unemcumbered ...just being yourself! And then, let’s also say…you’re interested
in the Florida-Georgia Football Weekend…I know you have a favorite. Shucks, you might
even have some guests coming to town for the game…and you need to park them for a while, because you’re not
quite ready for all the pre-game trash talking and whooping and hollering.... am I understanding...?
really want to do on this cool autumn evening is to wind down from the week …shutdown the nagging thoughts and problems
on your mind. Perhaps to simply get out of the house and enjoy some hassle free time away. Take in some truly great live music
...in a splendid jazz room with a super friendly crowd. Am I feeling you? ….Is this how you’re feeling right
about now? Then come to me! I've got the perfect place for you. Jazzland! This is where you’ll be on Halloween! Relaxing
- Reviving - Getting Away From It All.
An intimate setting! Great conversations that make you feel so good! Come
Alone and I promise…you won’t be lonely! Or …Come With Friends! Simply Come As You Are! Dressed As Yourself!
The Best Jazz In Town Is Waiting For You at Jacksonville's Only Jazz Club! Jazzland …Where The Great Musicians Play!
SAY YES! ...TO TUESDAY NIGHTS AT JAZZLAND!
Friends-Fun - Great Music! Say Yes!
JAZZ JAM SESSIONS
Perhaps you're not wanting to go straight home after your day is
or maybe you're at home and feel like getting out for a while.
Then say YES to Tuesday's at Jazzland.
got Happy Hour - Great Friends - Old & New
if you're up to the challenge!
If you're simply needing a long, friendly chat with
a like-minded soul or two. We've Got That Too!
this sounds like the cure for what ails you ...
or just the thing that moves you.. Then
Come On Over! Everything's Waiting Just For You,
Every Tuesday at
Jazzland- 7 'til 10pm - NO COVER!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY JAZZLAND
Citizens of Jazzland....
HERE'S TO A HAPPY, HEALTHY WEEK! And... THANK
For Another Successful Year of
BRINGING YOU Six
YEARS OF THE BEST "LIVE" JAZZ IN TOWN
You'll see performers who have been with us from the beginning, plus many more who are new and waiting to delight
you, We ABSOLUTELY MUST... have you here with us! We NEED to see you there as we kick off another year...
since you, Citizens of Jazzland.... are the pinnacle of our fourth anniversary celebration.
HOW SWEET IT IS!
DOOR PRIZES - SPECIAL GUESTS -
featuring.... A Gathering of Outstanding Jazz Musicians
SPECIAL TRIBUTES TO OUR SUPPORTERS - The "Live "Jazz Event of the Year-
Please Tell Your Friends & Post
To Your Facebook Page!
It’s hard to believe that Jazzland
is six years old! Our genuine passion for jazz fuels our success. A deep love of classic jazz drew
us in; showcasing live performances by student, local musicians and international greats, keeps us hot! We’re
excited and eager to serve Jacksonville, as the Ultimate Jazz Listening Room.
Our celebration encircles the spirit of jazz that has
emanated from Jazzland’s walls since its opening. With student musicians, female jazz ensembles, jazz jams and jazz
audiences, Jazzland is creating a super model for cultivating the future of jazz. We present a wide range
of musicians in terms of age, instrument, ethnicity, style and have galvanized the Jacksonville jazz community.
Students bask in the learning environment our weekly Jam Sessions create. A critical experience they otherwise, would
respected all over the world because it is created in the moment. Spontaneously! The Ultimate Musical Expression. With
your loyal support, Jazzland has created a beacon for jazz in the Old Arlington area of Jacksonville and Jazzland will
continue to be a magnet for world class musicians and patrons.
BRING YOUR FRIENDS! RESERVE
YOUR SEATS NOW!
June 21st - 8:00 'til Midnight - $10. Cover - 2 Drink Minimum
EXPECT A MIND BLOWING - SPELLBINDING NIGHT OF WORLD
Adderley Jr., son of the genius of the coronet... "Nat Adderley" will perform with
the matchless musician and protege of Nat Adderley, Sr. ..Longineu Parsons this Friday, May 9th to a
standing adoring crowd. Over the last
several years Nat Adderley, Jr has been deep into his jazz roots as he
moves to honor his family legacy.
And what a legacy! Nat Adderley Jr. is the son of Nat Adderley, the famed cornetist and the nephew of alto saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley!
A graduate of Yale University, the music director and co-songwriter for Luther
Vandross for 22 years where he
arranged and co-wrote hit songs with Luther. Nat Adderley, Jr arranged material
for Luther Vandross' first hit album, 1981's "Never Too Much" and worked with Luther until
February 2003, when Vandross suffered the stroke that ended his career and led to his death.Jazzland is honored and super-thrilled that Nat kept his promise to come back to Jazzland and has expressed
his comittment to support
Jazzland for our dedication to Jazz in the great city of Jacksonville. We Thank him from the bottom of our Jazz
Lovin' hearts! WE LOVE YOU NAT!
Parsons, the world class musician who has performed in over 30 countries, master of so many instruments,
PhD. and professor at Florida A&M University at Tallahassee, international educator and composer, returns to an astonishing crowd of fans, colleagues,
relatives and friends in Jacksonville. Just the mention of his name... drives the Citizens of Jazzland... WILD! This is a
Special Performance! "Two International Stars" A spectacular night of mind blowing JAZZ!.
In Recognition of An Outstanding Jazz Musician
Jack Pierson - Master Musician - Jam Session Leader
Jazz piano's Jacksonville legacy wouldn't be what it is today if it weren't for the life, inspiration and
the unique style of Jack Pierson. The Michigan Jazz Festival was dedicated to this outstanding jazz musician in
2004. Jack has performed with Cannonball Adderley, Neil Hefti, Les Elgart! He was the Coordinator of Henry Ford
College Jazz Studies in Detroit and Monteux Switzerland with Donald Byrd, Bunky Green and Nathan Davis!
Like Art Tatum, Jack Pierson is an undeniable inspiration for everyone who
hears his ability to craft unique improvisations while staying true to the original melody and by his swing-inspired
beats. Jack explores elements not typically found in jazz. And like Oscar Peterson, Jack will often spontaneously
introduce the harmonizations of the likes of classical pianist Rachmaninoff into the mix as he creates and controls the
beautiful expansion of his exceptional piano improvisations. A brilliant Jazz Pianist and quite a thrill to hear.
Jack Pierson is an innovator, giving voice to a wordless instrument and composing
with his own technique, re-arranging into new and exciting layouts. He is among the few unique improvisationalist
you can hear with a notable influence on the local jazz evolution. Jack has used unusual scales to his
improvisations, and revolutionized the Jazz Rich .. Jazzland Jacksonville Jam Sessions by his incredible impressions on the
young aspiring jazz musicians who come here and express delight over being able to hear Jack Pierson.
Ahead Jazz Master
Carole Freeman Remembers BILLIE
Special Request -
Not only does she look like Billie Holiday, Carole shares the adventures of her personal connection
and interaction with Billie Holiday! Billie's funeral, as it rounded Columbus Circle in New York City, offered Carole
a brush with history and her legacy. After many years of deep appreciation for the unsparing struggles and
hopelessness shared by most of the jazz pioneers at that time, Carole respects and remembers them. Most
notably, Billie Holiday. Carole Freeman credibly remembers Billie by this remarkable performance, poignantly delivered
with smiles, tears and feelings, on the wings of the outstanding and timeless compositions that comprise The Great
The plush colors of her phrasing, the deepening maturity of her interpretations and the propulsive, hilarious stories
she unleashes at will, promises to delight and connect as it shines the adeptness of an incredible talent. She'll pay with
pride, a tender and touching homage to one of her great influences, Billie Holiday.
a beguiling lyricism to her styling, as well as a true sophisticated approach to jazz harmony with her outstanding
trio. Step back as she sings the works of Billie whom she ennobles! You're in for
a substantial treat!
The Carole Freeman Quartet
A Year Of Spectacular Jazz In Jacksonville!
FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE JACKSONVILLE
THANK YOU JACKSONVILLE FOR HELPING
JAZZLAND MAKE HISTORY
In just five years, Jazzland's throbbing jazz nightlife has become a magnet for jazz thrill
seekers from way beyond the Jacksonville community. "Jazz is truly ascending" says Carole Freeman, the vibrant manager
of Jazzland. "Everybody’s excited and comes to see and hear the great jazz musicians we’re fortunate enough
to find. They’ve found a place that’s "exotic, safe, colorful, and sensuous; a place of laughing, singing,
and dancing; a place where the night lights up to Live Jam Sessions Every Tuesday Night and Sensational Jazz Every weekend."
University Boulevard rings with jazz music, jam sessions, dance, and happiness. Beautiful
cars line up for blocks under the glittering stars above Jazzland whose doors swallow up and spit out crowds of jazz lovers
on Friday and Saturday night. In all of Jacksonville, Jazzland is
the Only Live Jazz club. On Friday and Saturday nights, when the music begin to play, the whole city wants to
"cross the line" and come to University Blvd North. They call Jazzland "The Place" because you
can find everybody whose anybody there on a Saturday night, clapping and stomping away to the Best Jazz in Town. In fact,
people will tell you this is where the Jazz patrons of Jacksonville have finally found a remarkable haven for exceptional
So what is this groovy place all about?
Why do people come from miles around to have a taste of Jazzland’s nightlife? Put on your Saturday night frocks, and
let's go find out. And by the way...If you're new to Jazz, you might consider spending a few Saturday and Sunday nights listening
to "This Is Jazz" a radio show hosted by Jazz historian Bob Bednar. The show airs
on Public Radio, WJCT 89.9 Midnight on Friday, Saturday 8-10pm & Sundays 9 to 11. Bob is the perfect Intimate
Guide to Jazz.
Now you’re ready to hang out till midnight with great music, a fun crowd and plenty to do. You feel like you’re
in an old movie. The music is absolutely beautiful — soaring choruses played with blinding passion and the high-stepping
music of trumpets and saxophones. Critics love it. The audience is very diverse- a wonderful mixture of Jacksonville’s
many cultures. It's song and dance they're after, and by the time Jazzland lets out, everyone’s exhilarated, full of
love and wildly happy!
I say they call Jazzland "The Place" because you can find everybody whose anybody there on a Saturday night?
That's worth repeating! Inside, the patrons are going from table to table
greeting friends. A couple of men with very expensive suits stand under the glass chandelier chatting. Leaning on the counter
rail, some women in stylish, gleaming dresses are talking away.
Not everyone is rich or prominent. There is a terriffic mix of our beautiful city.
You'll find office workers, car salesmen, maids, teachers, social workers, longshoremen, college professors, students
and just about everything else! But once you're inside, it doesn't matter who you are or how you dress! They Love
You and make you feel oh so special! The stage is black with multi colored lights circling the floor borders. The décor
is a regal burgundy and gold with pictures of yesterday’s Jazz stars covering the walls. The music is jumping and it
seems like everyone’s swaying.
While Jazzland’s style and décor is reminiscent of the New York Jazz clubs of the 30’s & 40’s…
it’s policies are not! Like the days when W.C. Handy, the father of the blues, was turned away from the Cotton Club
while his music was blaring away inside; where the stage was lined with cotton bushes and rickety plantation cabins with
the bare legs of light-skinned black women kicking high to the sound of pulsating horns. Those days are dead and gone. Today,
Jazzland reflects the wonderful cultural blend of a beautifully progressive America. Where musicians and patrons come
together, where both are respected and happily joined by the exquisite beauty of ... and love for America's own
classical music, Jazz!
You Jacksonville For Your Love And Support And For Choosing Jazzland! We Love You Too!
A FABULOUS NEW FEATURE JUST FOR YOU
The Jazzland Jubilee - An E-zine Quarterly Jazz Publication - featuring articles and columns by outstanding contributing writers
and other professionals who are experts in the world of jazz. Each month,
Jazzland will select and feature a photo and story about our
"Patron of the Month" and "Jazz Artist of the Month"
in each issue. We love to show you off!!!
Jazz patrons love to get, and Jazzland loves to give "tidbits" of information. Moreover, there is a deep appreciation for the authenticity
and integrity of Jazz, and an overwhelming desire to understand the inherent
spontaneity, improvisation and originality that makes every
single performance of a jazz tune unique and new. Jazzland's patrons
want to learn new and interesting things
credible jazz leaders who understand that.....
......The Music Is The Star!
you're interested and would like to contribute jazz news items, articles, or other information about Jazz ...or
if you would
like to advertise your events, products
and services in the Jazzland Jubilee, please contact us. The Jazzland Jubilee will also
feature a Musician's Mix and Match section. Here
you can find other musicians, buy and sell equipment, parts and services.
Thank You For Your Interest and Support
To contribute articles, photos or for advertisments, click here
A Special Jazzland Treat For The Florida-Georgia
Weekend! "CALVIN NEWBORN"
Brenda Kelly & Dot
Wilder John Shilby & Calvin Newborn Joyce
Johnson and Friends
John Shilby Joining In
Calvin Newborn, A Living Legend and Beautiful Musician! Calvin played
on B.B. King’s first recordings. Taught Elvis how to dance. Tore up the Big Apple
back in the day of BeBop, Blues and Jazz! He’s the brother of jazz virtuoso Phineas Newborn! On October
28th & 29th, Calvin returned to Jazzland chronicling
distinctive mix of Memphis Blues and Jazz. Born and raised in Memphis, in the heart of the city's gutbucket blues scene, Calvin
paid his dues on Beale Street
when R&B was king. His impeccable jazz
pedigree was honed in New York City recording sessions and in smoky after-hours joints alongside players like Jimmy
Forrest, Hank Crawford, Charles Mingus, and Earl Hines. His consummate sidemen included Donald
Brown (Jazz Messengers) and Herman Green (Muddy Waters,
DAYS ARE COMING SOON! LET JAZZLAND HOST YOUR PRIVATE PARTIES AND SPECIAL
"JAZZLAND CABARET NIGHTS" - EXCITING NEW FEATURE
SINGERS, SOLO PERFORMERS AND OTHER SPECIALTY ENTERTAINERS!!
Curtains Up! Jazzland Is The Absolute Perfect Venue For Your Fabulous Cabaret Show
That’s how you'll see the cozy new addition coming soon to our nightspot with an atmosphere of casual elegance.
That’s why so many fine performers will be putting their acts together. Anyone with a good
act and a few bucks can have the
venue. Use Jazzland Cabaret to build fan support and showcase talent. With Cabaret, a team will share
and effort. For decades, Cabaret has
been the starting place for aspiring performers and the holding place for established acts.
Cabaret performances are less pricey while being equally as entertaining.
We believe, Jazzland Cabaret Nights will inspire
new talent by keeping their dreams
alive; by helping the dreams …come true.
|Gino Gonzales, Gary Starling & Calvin Newborn
|The Youngsters Came To Hear Calvin Newborn
|Calvin Newborn with Joyce & Dick Bizot
|The "Beautiful" Stewarts
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE, BEAUTIFUL MUSICIANS, BEAUTIFUL JAZZ, JUST....BEAUTIFUL, ANYTIME AT JAZZLAND.
|Joe Pellegrino, Carole, Kenny MacKenzie & Scott Mariash
|The Jarell Harris Trio
|Gino Gonzales, Carole, Doug Carn & Calvin Newborn
Soft & Sentimental Saturday Nights at Jazzland.....
"Carole Freeman sang her love songs Saturday night! She took her audience down a personal memory
lane to meet her first love, her lost love, her forbidden love. Carole
love she could never have. Even her transfigured love after having lost her husband and first born son! She talked about being
stalled for a brief time on an elevator
with the late New York Congressman, Adam Clayton Powell,
Jr., when she was just eighteen years old. And, how she fell like an anchor into the shine of his beautiful appearance.
The very sight of Congressman Powell, Carole recalled, erased all thoughts of her first love,
in an instant! The audience was in stiches as she remembered those five minutes in the
As the session progressed, Carole led each tune with a poignant narrative, guiding her listeners through every inch
of every kind of love emotion she's ever known, as she captured her memories in song. It was a wonderfully moving night at
Jazzland. If you missed it, don't despair. Carole's 2014 schedule will post soon. Keep Watching!
|ANGELA TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS AT JAZZLAND
|ANGELA BRINGING IN THE BUSINESS AT JAZZLAND
|The Saunders, Grooving at Jazzland
Friday, December 8, 2017
Who Are The Citizens Of Jazzland?
7:14 pm est
Many have asked, who are the Citizens of Jazzland? The Citizens of Jazzland are members of our Mailing List.
They are also our Patrons! Citizens are generally above average in interests and intelligence. They are shepherds….
Not sheep! Meaning, they decide and are not easily influenced or directed. They are all about the music. Jazz!
To the Citizens of Jazzland, Jazz is more than a title it’s a gift with a burden of the highest responsibility
for all who labor to protect and preserve it! They never lose sight of their dedication to expand something greater than
themselves. They respect, recognize and bring out the best in Jazz musicians.
There are no small minds, thinking about small things, in small ways among the Citizens of Jazzland. Instead, they
exhibit great vision, extreme focus, wisdom, persistence, discernment, commitment, confidence, love, loyalty, authenticity,
passion, generosity! They are active listeners with the ability to identify, appreciate and love great jazz talent!
They are active listeners with the ability to identify, appreciate and love great jazz
talent! There are no small minds, thinking about small things, in small ways among the Citizens since they are generally above
average in interests and intelligence. That sounds a lot like YOU!
JAZZLAND -Jazz at its finest! Close enough to touch. See astonishing
Jazz musicians smile, sweat and grimace, in pursuit of that killing phrase. JAZZLAND
is everything you want a jazz club to be! Dim, intimate, intense and hazy, with awesome acoustics.
Saturday's offer jazz performances with a
wide variety of Jazz styles and musicians... and all Top Notch! If you're in Jacksonville and want to experience
live jazz in a great jazz venue, duck into this sensational Jazz Room! Don’t mind coming alone.
JAZZLAND is a super way to meet new friends and a cool way to spend an
evening! A friendly crowd is always waiting to welcome you to JAZZLAND
...where great musicians play!
Consider Jazzland For Your Private Events and Parties! You'll Love Our Rates!
Casual, Elegant, or Extravagant, Jazzland is the perfect location for your Special
Event with over 2,400 sq ft of Unique Private Event Space to accommodate groups of 105 guests. Jazzland's accommodations and historic Jazz setting is an ideal choice to celebrate your event
with the very best live music!
Jazzland Jam Sessions
Talented amateurs share Jazzland's spotlight
with seasoned professionals in a warm party atmosphere. Newcomers and vocalists are welcome. Tunes can run for a
long time, as everyone gets their choruses in, frequently exhausting the rhythm section players and the musicians are
so friendly. A great bunch of Jazz lovers. Don't let the amateur status fool you. There are surgeons, college professors
and shoe salesmen here who can blow your socks off !! Join us at Jazzland on Jam Session
Check Out Our Jazz Session Policy