Gold Coast Jazz Society opens 2021-22 jazz concert series

Gold Coast Jazz Society (GCJZ) celebrates thirty years of respect and honor for the art form of jazz in its 2021-2022 season – Live! At the Amaturo. “In marking this incredible milestone, we aimed this season to blend our performances between pure and contemporary, with some creative and hip variations,” said GCJS Executive Director Pam Dearden. “We hope to have organized something for everyone, and we also want to invite new members of the public to our fold.”

Live! At the Amaturo offers a sensational variety of “straightforward” melodies, new interpretations of old classics, as well as innovative jazz. A host of international artists as well as outstanding local musicians are carefully included in the series. All concerts will take place at the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale and begin at 7:45 p.m.

The Jazz Concert Series includes seven concerts, full season subscriptions which are available for $ 315 per person and Jazz Trio subscriptions (3 concerts of your choice) for $ 150 per person. Members of the Gold Coast Jazz Society receive a reduced rate on full subscriptions or jazz trio subscriptions. For more information on membership and to become a member, visit

Single tickets for each concert cost $ 65 plus applicable fees and are available online at, by phone at Ticketmaster: 954.462.0222, or at the AutoNation box office at the Broward Center. Tickets for students and teachers are $ 15 per show with valid ID. A discount for groups of ten or more is also available.

The series will begin on November 10 with “United in Swing” featuring the South Florida Jazz Orchestra and guest singer Lisanne Lyons. The South Florida Jazz Orchestra, led by Dr. Chuck Bergeron, is a modern big band made up of some of the best jazz musicians, studio musicians and jazz educators in the Southeast who have performed and toured with many of the greats jazz artists and popular music. Lisanne Lyons is a South Florida favorite who will enchant you with her special style of jazz vocals. To learn more about these artists, visit Pre-show music will be provided in the Amaturo Hall by the Pine Crest Jazz Ensemble.

On December 8, the ever-growing jazz star Bria Skonberg will perform inventive arrangements of traditional jazz and music from her recent CD Nothing Never Happens. Skonberg is one of today’s top women in jazz and is nominated for the 2020 Canadian Juno Awards for her recent recording, Nothing Never Happens. She also won a Juno Award nomination in 2018 for With a Twist and won the 2017 Juno Award for Best Vocal Jazz Album for Bria. She connects the present with the past by playing inventive arrangements of the traditional jazz repertoire, clever reinterpretations of contemporary classics and original compositions with an authentic heart and dynamic flair. Skonberg has been called “one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” by the Wall Street Journal and “Millennium Shaking the Jazz World” by Vanity Fair. For more information on this artist, visit her website at

The Shelly Berg Trio will be back on January 12 with a special tribute to the music of George Gershwin with a Gershwin Top 20 Celebration. Berg is a Steinway pianist and a five-time Grammy-nominated arranger, orchestrator and producer, with numerous recordings to his credit. Not only a performer, he is also an outstanding educator and is the dean of the prestigious Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. The All Music Guide says Shelly “is one of the best pianists of the turn of the 21st century playing modern mainstream jazz.” To learn more about Shelly Berg, visit

On January 25, barely out of the jazz cruise, join us for a concert with NEA Jazz Master, Kenny Barron. Honored by the National Endowment for the Arts as a NEA Jazz Master, Barron has an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies, and infectious rhythms. The Los Angeles Times named him “one of the best jazz pianists in the world” and Jazz Weekly calls him “the most lyrical pianist of our time”. Whether he plays solo, trio or quintet, Kenny Barron is recognized around the world as a master of interpretation and composition. Enjoy pre-concert music in the Amaturo Lobby at the Pine Crest Jazz Septet. To learn more about Kenny Barron, visit

The February 9 concert will feature the Gold Coast Jazz debut of acclaimed Latin jazz pianist Chuchito Valdés. Chuchito, following in the footsteps of his famous father Chucho Valdés and his grandfather Bebo Valdés, continues the legacy of the great pianists of Cuba. With influences from Caribbean rhythms and jazz, he will create an exciting and energetic mix of spicy music. Chuchito recorded and performed with the world famous Cuban group, Irakere, which he led for two years. His exciting performances have taken him to festivals, clubs and concerts across the world, from Cuba and the Caribbean to the Americas and Europe. Learn more about this artist on

On March 9, Tony DeSare, the incredible singer / pianist, brings his fresh take on old school classics. He has received critical acclaim for his three Billboard Top 10 jazz albums and for his thrilling performances in jazz clubs, Carnegie Hall, with symphony orchestras and in Las Vegas. DeSare posts new recordings, standards videos and new originals every few weeks on its YouTube, iTunes and Spotify channels. Learn more about this artist on

The closing concert of the jazz series will take place on April 13 with the famous Dirty Dozen Brass Band with An Evening of New Orleans Jazz, Funk & Soul. The DDBB took the traditional basis of fanfare music and incorporated it into a mix of genres including bebop, jazz and funk with a dash of R&B and soul. This world famous music machine has celebrated more than 40 years of performing a “musical gumbo” around the world with more than twelve recordings and collaborations with a wide range of artists. Learn more about DDBB at

The Gold Coast Jazz Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of jazz music through a series of live concerts, free community concerts, educational programs, a Jazz scholarship program and music services provided by Gold Coast Jazz. Society band. For more information, visit

Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Council of Commissioners, as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council. This program is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, the Department of State, the Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Sponsors of the concert include American National Bank, Funding Arts Broward, Helen Ingham Foundation, Tim Ingham and Julie Pabst, Morgan Stanley and the Mary Porter Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward.

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