Archive for October 12, 2010

With the 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards just five months away, the co-producers of the Awards have announced additions to the organization’s staff.

Larry Seacat joined the Oasis as Marketing Manager in September and has now been awarded an equity position by Oasis Awards founder and co-producer Bill Paddock. “Larry has an extensive career in sales and marketing and is of course a great jazz fan” said Paddock. Seacat has already made an impact by giving a scheduled Friday-Saturday afternoon event the name, “Bianca’s At The Oasis”, after one of his favorite jazz clubs.

Seattle’s Michele Abrams and Sacramento’s Jean Robinson have been named Oasis Associates along with David Marshall.

Abrams is Founder and Executive Producer of Cjazz. Since 1994, Cjazz has promoted, produced and presented recording artists of contemporary music for corporations and nonprofit organizations. The “In Concert For Cancer” show aboard the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier on Friday, March 11, is part of the Oasis Awards Weekend and is produced by Cjazz.

Robinson is long-time manager of saxophonist Tom Braxton and has played a major role in creating the 2011 performance line-up. Robinson also brought “Strings of Color”, a Dallas based youth orchestra, to the attention of the Oasis organizers. This led to an invitation to the group to perform in San Diego.

Marshall is owner and Creative Director/Sr Designer of David Marshall Graphic Design Co. He designed the Oasis trophy that will be awarded to 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Award winners. He is also creating the new Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards website and designing Oasis merchandise.

The Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards were founded in 2000 to honor the best performers and performances in Jazz. Nominations for the 2011 Oasis Awards will be announced in early January. The Oasis Awards Weekend spans four days, March 10-13, 2011 and will take place in San Diego.

Thank you for your interest in the Oasis Awards. Please check out www.OasisJazzAwards.com. The website has information regarding events, tickets and hotel plus a partial list of artists. If you have any questions, please visit this website. We hope to see you in San Diego.

What started as a 10-day series of jazz concerts held on the back of a flatbed truck and at venues all around the City of Clearwater, has evolved into a major international jazz festival and draw for tens of thousands of visitors. Now in its 31st year, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday is a world-class gathering of the some of the greatest talents and greatest fans of jazz. The event takes full advantage of its home in Clearwater, Florida, offering music and art against the backdrop of warm breezes, brilliant sunsets and one of the world’s greatest beaches, on the Gulf of Mexico.

Over its 30-year history, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday has featured such legendary talents as Tony Bennett, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Mann, Dave Brubeck, Tito Puente, Stephan Grappelli, Stan Getz, and the Count Basie Orchestra, to name only a few. Today’s most popular and innovative jazz stars have also made stops in Clearwater, including Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Al Dimeola, Kevin Mahogany, Hiroshima, Julian Coryell, the Rippingtons, Spyro Gyra, Acoustic Alchemy, Herbie Hancock, Paquito D’Rivera with New York Voices, Rick Braun, The Neville Brothers, Branford Marsalis, Stanley Clarke – Bela Fleck – Jean-Luc Ponty, Koko Taylor , Boney James, Kenny G, Manhattan Transfer, Buckwheat Zydeco, George Benson, Joe Sample, David Sanborn, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Patti Austin, Natalie Cole, Medeski Martin & Wood, Peabo Bryson, Norman Brown, Jeff Lorber, Marion Meadows, Al Jarreau, Chris Botti and Cherry Poppin’ Daddies.

Thursday, October 14th

4:30pm Gates Open
5:00pm – 6:00pm Jarred Armstrong
6:30pm – 8:00pm Little Feat
8:30pm – 10:00pm Dr John & The Lower 911

Friday, October 15th

4:00pm Gates Open
5:00pm – 6:30pm The Organic Trio
7:00pm – 8:30pm Kyle Wolverton
9:00pm – 11:00pm Norman Brown Storming Jazz with Brenda Russell & Jessy J

Saturday, October 16th

2:00pm Gates Open
2:30pm – 4:00pm O Som Do Jazz & Helios Jazz Orchestra
4:30pm – 5:30pm Sean Chambers & Friends
6:00pm – 7:00pm Level 10
7:30pm – 8:45pm Tizer featuring Lao Tizer, Chieli Minucci & Karen Briggs
9:15pm – 10:45pm Soulive
10:45pm Fireworks display

Sunday, October 17, 2010

2:00pm Gates Open
2:30pm – 3:30pm REH/CJH Youth Jazz Band w/ Eric Darius
4:00pm – 5:30pm Mark Barrios
6:00pm – 7:30pm Jonathan Fritzen
8:00pm – 10:00pm Eric Darius featuring Lalah Hathaway