Archive for November, 2011

Last summer we had Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones, along with New Jersey harmonica star Dennis Gruenling, in the Side Door Cabaret. The music was so much fun we decided to expand the show. Working with Tom Carter at the Suncoast Blues Society, and the blues guitarist and singer Steve Arvey, we decided to produce night of blues harmonica and call it “A Tribute To Little Walter.” 

Little Walter, born Marion Walter Jacobs in 1930,  brought a revolutionary approach to his instrument has earned him comparisons to Charlie Parker and Jimi Hendrix. He is the harmonica player on the great Chess recordings of Muddy Waters.

Our Little Walter tribute arrives at the Palladium on Saturday night, Nov. 19 at 8. And our Hough Hall stage will be packed with blues musicians and top harp players.

Backtrack Blues Band opens the show, with Chuck Ross on harmonica.

Doug Deming and the Jeweltones follow, with some guitar help from Arvey. They’ll back up a cadre of Florida harp stars, including Ernie Locke, formerly of Nervous Turkey, along with Tony Smith, Kevin McInerney and Steve Scott.

The band returns for a second set –  this time with two of the best harp players on the national blues circuit – Gruenling and Philadelphia harmonica legend – Steve Guyger.

Deming is a recent arrival in Florida and he and the band are impressive. They earned a standing ovation in our Side door cabaret. As Deming says – “We have no gimmicks. We play pure traditional music from the heart, with an image that conveys a deep respect for the genre.”

The style is swinging jump blues, built around Deming’s stinging guitar licks. The band tours regularly and has backed up a who’s who of todays top blues performers, including Chicago’s A.C. Reed, Louisiana Red, Chicago Pete, Cannonball vocalist Alberta Adams, Black Tops Johnnie Dyer, WC Handy Award winner Johnny Yard Dog Jones and the legendary Lazy Lester.

I’ll be in New Orleans this weekend for my niece’s wedding – her rehearsal dinner is at the House of Blues so I should be having fun too – but please come check out this show and let me know if you liked it. I’m sure you will!

Tickets are available on-line at www.mypalladium.org or by calling the box office at 727 822-3590, or by visiting the box office the night of the show.


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St. Petersburg Times Fine Arts Writer John Fleming talked last week with Caroline Goulding, who is performing tonight at the Palladium.  The 19-year-old violinist is kicking off our Young Concert Artist Series. The show has generated a lot of excitement among classical music lovers and music students.  Caroline appeared Tuesday at Gibbs High School in St. Pete, doing a performance and a master class for students.

Here is an excerpt from John’s article that run last Sunday:

Grammy nominee on priceless Stradivarius

Violinist Caroline Goulding inaugurates another series, the Young Concert Artist Series at the Palladium. On Wednesday, Goulding and pianist Dina Vainshtein will play sonatas by Mozart, Schumann and Enescu as well as a pair of French pieces by Faure and Saint-Saens/Ysaye.

Goulding was 17 when her first CD, a recital on the Telarc label, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Now, two years later, she has a full performance schedule, while still attending the New England Conservatory of Music. There she studies with Donald Weilerstein (who also taught Stefan Jackiw, soloist in the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Florida Orchestra this weekend), mostly on the pieces she plays in recitals and with orchestras.

“This year my big piece is the Sibelius concerto,” she said recently from a Panera Bread in Boston. “I’m going to be playing that a lot. Also the Mendelssohn concerto and the Bruch Scottish Fantasy.”

Goulding, who grew up in Port Huron, a small city on the shore of Lake Huron in Michigan, started playing violin, learning under the Suzuki method, when she was 3 1/2. With her parents, special-education teachers, she moved to Cleveland at age 12 to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her older brothers played sax and trumpet in middle and high school. “I just wanted to do what my brothers were doing,” she said. “Without such a supportive family, I wouldn’t have any of this so-called success or whatnot.”

Today, she plays a priceless violin, the “General Kyd” Stradivarius from 1720. It’s on loan to her from a violin collector in London, Jonathan Moulds, president of Bank of America in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

“I’ve had it since February 2010,” she said. “I’m still getting to know it. It’s still getting to know me. It’s a process. I think with greater opportunities come greater responsibilities. Playing this wonderful instrument, I feel I have a responsibility to play it well, to dig as deep as I can and get as much as I can from it in terms of color and sound.”

On Tuesday, Goulding will spend the afternoon at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, where she will perform and give a master class. “Whenever I play for students, they all seem fascinated by classical music,” she said. “You want to start with the most accessible, so keeping that in mind, I’ll probably include some Beethoven in what I play for them.”

Others on the Palladium’s new series are violinist Hahn-Bin (Jan. 18) and pianist Charlie Albright (April 18).

John Fleming can be reached at fleming@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8716.


To read the entire article click on this link: http://www.tampabay.com/features/performingarts/alexander-string-quartet-violinist-caroline-goulding-and-pianist-dina/1200637

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Here’s the press release for the awards. Read down a graph or two for the Palladium’s nomination. Hopefully, I’ll see some of you at the awards gala tonight at The Coliseum in St. Pete. The press release follows:

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 25, 2011) – Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts (TBBCA) announces the finalists for its annual Impact Awards that will be presented at the 17th Annual Awards Gala and Save the Arts Benefit on Nov. 9, at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg.

The Impact Award recipients will be selected based on involvement or support of the arts, impact of contribution, originality, quality, level and depth of service. Event host, Lissette Campos from ABC Action News will award six local businesses and individuals with an original TBBCA Impact Award in honor of those making a significant impact on Tampa Bay’s arts and cultural community.

The 2011 business Impact Awards finalists include: Brimmer, Burek & Keelan, LLP, nominated by Moving Current Dance Collective for providing valuable pro bono accounting services to the organization for the past 14 years. Dimmitt Automotive Group nominated by Ruth Eckerd Hall for contributing nearly $1.3 million in contributions to the arts and cultural community since 1979.  Mercury Advisors nominated by Stageworks Theatre for donating an 8,000-square-foot space valued at $2.5 million in the Channel District property development as a permanent home for the theatre company. Morean Arts Center nominated by Charles A. Hounchell, P.A., Attorneys & Counselors at Law for its new Chihuly Collection and its economic impact on the Tampa Bay region.  Office Dynamics nominated by Masque of Temple Terrace for providing cash and in-kind donations as well as fundraising assistance to the Masque Theatre.  The Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College nominated by Charles A. Hounchell, P.A., Attorneys & Counselors at Law for providing affordable, discounted rental space to Tampa Bay’s nonprofit cultural organizations.   Tampa Bay Lightning nominated by St. Petersburg Times for their support of arts and culture in the Tampa Bay area and partnership with the City of Tampa’s Art in Public Places program, The Florida Orchestra and the Tampa Bay History Center. University of South Florida School of Theatre and Dance nominated by Florida Dance Association for hosting the Florida Dance Festival at a reduced rate and generously donating studio space and creating a safe, accessible environment to young, aspiring dance students throughout the southeastern United States and Caribbean for an intense study and exchange in a noncompetitive atmosphere.

The 2011 individual Impact Awards finalists include: T. Hampton Dohrman nominated by Ybor City Chamber of Commerce for his establishment of Hampton Arts Management and several innovative programs that support the arts and artists in unique ways.  Gladys Douglas Hackworth nominated by Ruth Eckerd Hall for her longstanding gifts of time, talent and financial contributions to numerous arts organizations in the Tampa Bay community. As a founding member of Ruth Eckerd Hall, Hackworth helped ensure that the world-class performing arts center was built in Clearwater, and her contributions to the organization have totaled more than six figures since 1980.  Dr. Harold William Heller nominated by Great Explorations Children’s Museum for his long history of community involvement with multiple nonprofit arts organizations, including Great Explorations Children’s Museum, the Dunedin Fine Art Center, Mahaffey Theatre Foundation and The Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College.  Kurt Klotz of the Tampa Bay Symphony nominated by the Tampa Bay Symphony for his tireless efforts to keep the organization alive and performing amid difficult leadership transitions and funding losses. Sonny LaRosa of America’s Youngest Jazz Band nominated by Gabrielle Lewis for his attentive devotion as a jazz musician and music teacher. LaRosa’s influence as an arts educator has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of young students in the Tampa Bay area for the past 30 years.  Roger Robson of the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts nominated by the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts for his support of the organization over the last several years, and for his visionary leadership that has raised the profile of the organization, led to increased outreach and accessibility, new partnerships and a new facility. Larry Wilder of Wilder Architecture Inc., nominated by City of Tampa Art Programs for his design, fabrication and installation of a 9/11 memorial sculpture for the City of Tampa. Wilder reached out and coordinated the efforts of 11 other companies to donate, services, labor and time to the project, which was dedicated by mayor Bob Buckhorn on Sept. 9, at its permanent location, the median of Bayshore Boulevard at Bay to Bay Boulevard, also known as Patriot’s Corner.

Winners of this year’s TBBCA Impact Awards will receive a commissioned work of art from a series based on “The Generosity Gene,” by Tampa Bay featured artist, Tracy Midulla Reller (www.tracymidullareller.com), whose work can be seen throughout the United States and in parts of Canada.  Reller has been published in a number of art publications and has been commissioned for apparel design.  She is also a founding member of the Tampa artist collective [5]art, and in late 2009, Reller opened an alternative space venue, Tempus Projects, in South Seminole Heights. Tempus Projects is an artist-run project space, dedicated to supporting artists through local exhibitions and community events promoting artists working in all visual arts media.   

The TBBCA 17th Annual Awards Gala and Save the Arts Benefit is open to the public. Tickets are available at the door.

About the TBBCA:
Founded in 1989, Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts (TBBCA) is a nonprofit organization of businesses committed to supporting the arts.  The TBBCA is an affiliate of the national Business Committee for the Arts, which in 2008 became a part of Americans for the Arts. The mission of the TBBCA is to help build a stronger arts and cultural community with the support of area businesses.

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