"Moon Over Miami"
For the past three years, Art Deco Weekend Musical Director Doug Wimbish has led bands made up of the world's finest musicians, from all genres of music.
— video by dave hogerty (original noise)
Last year, Art Deco Weekend Musical Director Doug Wimbish put together what was called "The Art Deco All-Star Band," and proceeded to play one of the most memorable music programs in the Weekend's 39-year history.
Here (playing together for the first time), the band played on WLRN's South Florida Arts Beat with host Ed Bell, the Friday before Saturday night's headline performance.
So enjoyable was the evening, for musicians and audience alike, that the band will reassemble for another Art Deco performance in 2015.
— Doug Wimbish (electric bass guitar)
— Allan Harris (vocals/guitar)
— Jesse Jones Jr. (alto saxophone)
— Keith LeBlanc (drums)
— Howie Schneider (piano)
miami design preservation league
ART DECO WEEKEND 2014 MUSIC SCHEDULE/WHEN AND WHERE
This year, under the guidance of Musical Director DOUG WIMBISH,
THE MIAMI DESIGN PRESERVATION LEAGUE approached a number of talented musicians, asking if they'd be willing to get together as something of an All-Star band, and play a show specifically for ART DECO WEEKEND 2014.
We're happy to say all we approached agreed enthusiastically, and are scheduled to meet just after Thanksgiving to begin rehearsals.
Considering the virtuosity of those scheduled to appear, we're anxious to hear and see the result ... No Doubt WE'LL ALL HAVE A REAL GOOD TIME!
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ACCESS THEIR INDIVIDUAL PAGES listed in the right-hand column. >>>
ART DECO ALL-STAR BAND
The Miami Design Preservation League presents
Allan Harris, one of New York City's most recognized jazz vocalist, exclusively accompanied by Art Deco Weekend Musical Director, bassist Doug Wimbish and an all-star band.
Allan and Doug are scheduled to headline 2014's Music Festival, Saturday (January 18, 2014) at 8PM on the 11th Street Stage in Lummus Park.
• CLICK ON THE ARROWS BENEATH ARTISTS' NAME TO SEE AND HEAR THEM
One week in 1992, Doug received personal phone calls from Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, and Seal, each asking him to join their bands. Imagine the confidence in Doug saying "no" to all three, choosing instead to stay with LIVING COLOUR, the legendary rock 'n' roll band he had recently joined, and is still the bassist today.
Although not joining the Rolling Stones, The E-Street Band, or Seal at the time, Doug has since played and toured with them all, adding to a list of collaborators that reads as a musical who's who in every genre of pop music. Doug has toured and recorded with Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, Annie Lennox, Carly Simon, Madonna, James Brown, Depeche Mode, Billy Idol, Herb Alpert, Tara Turunen, Lauryn Hill, Adrian Sherwood's On-U Sound, and many more.
All this while at the same time writing, producing, and playing in bands of which he founded, or was an original member ... Tack>>Head, Little Axe, Head>>Fake, Jungle Funk, and most recently leading what he calls THE ORGINAL SOUND SYSTEM.
Tony Bennett has called Allan his "favorite singer," and The New York Times' Stephen Holden raves about "the protean talent that is Allan Harris." Allan has cultivated a global following, playing for packed audiences and receiving outstanding reviews throughout the United States, Europe, Russia and the Far East.
A three-time winner of the New York Nightlife Award for "Outstanding Jazz Vocalist,” Allan is regularly featured at the world’s great music festivals.
The Miami Herald wrote that Harris’ voice and demeanor “project the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat ‘King' Cole.”
Musicians, writers, and critics universally sing the praises of violinist Christian Howes, who played his first Art Deco Weekend last year, and who lived up to every appreciative word.
— “Christian Howes is arguably the most intriguing violinist in jazz ... the finest, fieriest since Billy Bang.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune
— “As a jazz violinist today, he has no peer.” — Michael Bailey, All About Jazz
— “Not since Jean-Luc Ponty has a violinist ranged from pure classical to fuzz-tone rock to convincing jazz with such authority.” — Neil Tesser, Chicago Reader
— “Howes is a jazz player, first and foremost — one whose solid, classically trained technique provides the freedom to fully express an expansive improvisational imagination.”
— Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times
All impressive statements, but maybe the best was said by legendary guitarist LES PAUL, speaking of Christian who, for the last ten years of his life, was the violinist in Les Paul's band.
“It used to be you could hardly find a good jazz violinist. Nowadays there are four or five really good players, but there is nobody better than this guy.”
Jesse Jones Jr. has been called "One of South Florida's Cultural Treasures" ... And those who have seen him anytime during the past 35 years (leading his own bands, or playing with so many of the world's finest jazz musicians, including his brother Melton Mustafa and Allan Harris), will certainly agree with the claim.
Bill Meredith (Jazziz Magazine Writer / Palm Beach Post Entertainment Editor) wrote: "The Miami native melds jazz and hip-hop sensibilities ... most prominent are Jones' humorous scathop vocals, blending Southern scat-singing with funk and hip-hop rhythms."
As the drummer in the Original Sugar Hill Rhythm Section (with bassist Doug Wimbish and guitarist Skip "Little Axe" McDonald, and called "The World's Best" by the New York Times), Keith LeBlanc played (and composted) many of the beats that defined the genre of music that exploded into the culture-shaping Hip-Hop movement we know today.
In addition to playing with Hip-Hop founders such as Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, The Furious Five, Angie Stone, Afrika Bambaataa, etc., Keith has contributed to recordings by artists in nearly all genres of music including Annie Lennox, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Peter Gabriel, Living Colour, James Brown, Ministry and many more.
ALSO APPEARING ...
For the past three years, Miami's own Suénalo has served as something of the Miami Design Preservation League's rock solid house band, consistently electrifying Lummus Park, and have ensuring that Art Deco Weekend remains South Florida's most entertaining street festival.
Seeing Suénalo live, it's immediately apparent why The Miami New Times has twice honored the self-described "Afro-Latin-Baby-Makin'-Descarga-Funk Band" with its "Best Of Miami" awards ... Best Latin Band, and Best Latin Rock Band.
New Times music writer Chris Lopez said it like this — “Though made up of relatively young cats, Suénalo has established itself as one of our local scene's granddaddies with a smart, hard-grooving fusion that has been accurately called "THE SOUND OF MIAMI" ... And appropriately, this crew's third and latest release, LIVE AT TRANSIT, is exactly what it claims to be — SOUTH FLORIDA'S BEST PARTY BAND letting loose on one of the Little Havana stages that it helped make famous."
ALEX and his band THE CRAZY CARLS were a crowd favorite on the 11th Street / Lummus Park Stage at the past two Art Deco Weekend Music Festivals, and they'll be back in 2014 to host another sure-to-be energetic BEACH PARTY.
Alex is a University of Central Florida graduate, and still calls land-locked Orlando home, but having grown up in Miami, and being rooted in Florida's Surf Culture, he leans east, toward the Atlantic, Daytona Beach, and Sebastian Inlet. Alex and the band play their own brand of homegrown Pop/Surf/Rock, mixing original songs, and covers of bands ranging from Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Skrillex.
When Adam Falcon was 17 years old his older sister took him to a Greenwich Village (NYC) night club to see and listen to his music idol, jazz singer and guitarist George Benson. Between sets, out of his usually shy demeanor, Adam approached Benson at the bar, struck up a conversation, and went so far as to order Benson a drink (rum & coke) of his choice.
First, George answered "no" to Adam asking to take music lessons with Benson, but persisting Adam eventually convinced George to agree.
Turned out Benson and Falcon were Bronx neighbors, and just days later Adam was taking his first lesson, and developing a musical collaboration and friendship that remains strong today.
Professionally, Adam has written and composed many songs for Benson, including "In Search of a Dream," that appears on George's Grammy-nominated In Your Eyes album.
Adam has also worked with Nona Hendryx, Phyllis Hyman, Will Downing, Jonathan Butler, Sophie B. Hawkins, Roberta Flack, Arif Mardin, Robert Palmer, etc.
On his own, and with bands of his choosing, Adam has been one of the most popular night club acts in and around New York City for more than thirty years.
One of the last in Chicago's electric blues line, McLin cut his earliest musical teeth playing guitar in Buddy Guy's Checkerboard Lounge house band before years touring with the legendary singer KoKo Taylor and singer/guitarist Blood Ulmer.
Following in the virtuosic jazz footsteps of his ground-breaking uncle Jaco, hometown (Floridian) David Pastorius formed his own fusion band (LOCAL 518) and is cutting his own path through a jungle of rock 'n' roll and funk.
Miami's premiere vocal quintet, The Decotones, will once again open Art Deco Weekend with its smooth vocal renditions of the jazz standards.
Sarah Jane steps from St Louis with her lush, sultry and soulful voice in the tradition of a “red hot mama," along with the Blue Notes to bring you horn infused swingin’ jazz and St Louis Blues from the 1920's to the 50's.
Sarah Jane and The Blue Notes are one of the most festive dance bands in St. Louis, are a favorite among local venues, lindy dancers,
and have played many music festivals in the Midwest.
There's is a sound that seamlessly blends Speakeasy, New Orleans Dixieland, Harlem Night Club, Down South Juke Joint, Big Band Swing, and Old Time Blues.
Influences include: Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Etta James, Bessie Smith, Nina Simone and the Nat King Cole Trio ...
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