South Florida JAZZ Announces a Powerhouse Lineup for its Third Season at the Elegant Bailey Hall in Fort Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (PRWEB) December 13, 2019

South Florida JAZZ, South Florida’s premier jazz organization, announces a powerhouse lineup for its third season at the elegant Bailey Hall.

Bailey Hall is located on the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus at 3501 SW Davie Rd. in Davie and offers free parking. Subscriptions and individual tickets are available by visiting or contacting the Bailey Hall box office at (954) 201-6884. The box office and phone lines are open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 7:00 p.m. until curtain time. All performances commence at 8:00 p.m.

“Based on the musical vocabulary and innovations of its forebears, jazz is always evolving and we have put this season together to feature a dazzling array of modern jazz in all its iterations,” said South Florida JAZZ President Ronald B. Weber, M.D. “From veteran stars, such as Monty Alexander, Nestor Torres and Dee Bridgewater, to established, but still rising superstars, pianist Christian Sands and vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, our 2020 season is a snapshot of where jazz is today and the artists that are creating its future. At the same time we recognize the centennial of the most important artist in the modern jazz tradition, Charlie ‘Yardbird’ Parker.”

Here are brief sketches of the artists that will appear in 2020 edition of South Florida JAZZ at Bailey Hall:

JANUARY 18, 2020


Back by popular demand, the jazz master from New York by way of Kingston, Jamaica, Dr. Monty Alexander, returns with his empathetic, hand-in-glove trio. Monty’s playing has always retained a strong Caribbean influence, but with a significant bebop flavor and a bright swinging feeling. Influenced predominantly by Nat Cole, Frank Sinatra, Oscar Peterson, and Wynton Kelly, His roots are evident in all of his playing, both on piano and the related melodica, a keyboarded wind instrument.

FEBRUARY 15, 2020


Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, the dynamic, crowd-pleasing flutist Néstor Torres resided in Miami for many years though currently lives in California. Nestor has retained his Caribbean roots, while exploring jazz in its many forms with intriguing fusions with other genres. While his early inspirations were Dave Brubeck, Tito Puente and Cal Tjader, his early heroes were the classical flute icons Jean Pierre Rampal and his “man with the golden flute” (literally) successor, James Galway. Beyond them, his influences include Cuban legend Richard Egües, and jazz greats Herbie Mann and Hubert Laws.

MARCH 21, 2020


Originally from Dallas, Texas, Jazzmeia Horn became a New Yorker while attending the New School. Possessing a luminous gift that the late great Jon Hendricks called “… one of the best voices I’ve heard in over 40 years,” the 2015 Thelonious Monk Competition winner is a rising jazz superstar. Her 2017 debut, A Social Call, in her words, a call to social awareness, was nominated for a Grammy® Award and voted the best jazz vocal debut in the 2017 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll. Her newest release, Love and Liberation, is a call to action.

APRIL 25, 2020


Javon Jackson Quintet featuring Donald Harrison

There is only one individual who unquestionably revolutionized jazz, taking it from the bouncy, danceable Swing Era to searing bebop. That was Kansas City-born alto saxophonist Charlie “Yardbird” Parker. His impact on the emerging art form was astounding and breathtaking, creating an extraordinary improvisational style and even an iconoclastic lifestyle that changed music and individual expression forever.

The band paying tribute to Bird includes saxophonists Javon Jackson and Donald Harrison, pianist George Cables, bassist Gerald Cannon, and drummer McClenty Hunter, all of the tradition.

MAY 16, 2020


Christian Sands was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Like many accomplished performers, he began piano lessons at the age of four. He comments that "I grew up with [the piano] in the house, in the classroom and on stage, so it has always been a huge part of my life.” As a teenager he was mentored by the legendary Billy Taylor. He then went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music. Upon graduation, he joined acclaimed bassist Christian McBride’s Inside Straight band and also McBride’s trio. Christian now leads his own band full-time.

JUNE 13, 2020


Over the course of a multifaceted career, Grammy® and Tony® Award-winning jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater reached the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-structuring jazz classics. A fearless explorer and keeper of tradition, the three-time Grammy-winner won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee. In addition, in 2017, Ms. Bridgewater was the recipient of the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship, the highest award our nation bestows upon jazz artists.

Funding for South Florida JAZZ is provided in part by grant from the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Division.

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The Volcker Alliance and City University of New York Celebrate Inaugural Winners of the Paul A. Volcker Careers in Government Essay Contest

NEW YORK (PRWEB) December 13, 2019

The Volcker Alliance and the City University of New York (CUNY) announced the inaugural winners of the Paul A. Volcker Careers in Government Essay Contest, Arslan Mohamed and Jason Waitkus. The Volcker Alliance hosted this contest in partnership with CUNY to recognize and support students who aspire to pursue careers in public service.

With the passing of the Alliance’s founder, Paul A. Volcker, earlier this week, the award breakfast has taken on even greater significance as a tribute to Mr. Volcker’s legacy of leadership and service.

“Though Paul Volcker is remembered by many for his brilliance as an economist and financier, his life passion was public service and restoring public trust in our government institutions. For this reason, it is fitting that we are here this week to celebrate each of the six finalists of the Paul A. Volcker Careers in Government Essay Contest,” said Thomas W. Ross, Volcker Alliance President.

The winners of the contest exemplify the kind of commitment, passion, and talent the public service so badly requires. Arslan Mohamed is a student in the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the CUNY School of Medicine, majoring in biomedical sciences. He is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Queens. Mr. Mohamed aspires to work at the intersection of public service and healthcare and is fueled by his focus on advancing healthcare access and education for all.

Jason Waitkus is a Macaulay Honors College student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is working towards a bachelor’s degree in forensic psychology and a minor in criminology. Mr. Waitkus is currently doing research in state prisons, surveying and interviewing correctional officers and prison chaplains to understand recruitment into white supremacy groups and the most effective measures that can be taken to counter it. As a John Jay student, he describes himself as “a fierce advocate for justice, dedicated to changing the way in which our criminal justice system works.”

“We are incredibly proud of Mr. Mohamed, Mr. Waitkus, and all of the contest finalists–they are rising leaders, passionate about giving back to their communities and making government work better for its citizens,” said José Luis Cruz, CUNY Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost.

The two winning students will each receive $5,000 cash; a year-long, paid internship with a local government agency; a monthly unlimited MetroCard for their internship duration; and an expense-paid trip to a public-service related conference.

The award breakfast celebrating the essay contest winners and finalists was attended by several distinguished public servants and high-ranking CUNY officials. The ceremony’s keynote speech was delivered by Anthony Foxx, Chief Policy Officer and Advisor to the Co-Founders of Lyft, former US Secretary of Transportation, and former Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. José Luis Cruz delivered an address on strengthening public service through higher education.

The essay contest finalists were Quymbee Chen of Hunter College; Maria Jacome of Baruch College; Stephanie Lovett of New York City College of Technology; and Abdul Samed Walker of Baruch College.

The Volcker Alliance advances effective management of government to achieve results that matter to citizens. Our founder, Paul A. Volcker, envisioned a public sector workforce with the experience, preparation, and commitment to ensure that government is accountable and delivers with excellence. Visit to learn more. Follow us on social media @VolckerAlliance and subscribe to the Volcker Alliance newsletter for the latest news and developments. The Volcker Alliance is a 501(c)(3) organization.

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AstroTurf and The Catholic National Athletic Association Continue Partnership

CONCORD, Calif. (PRWEB) December 13, 2019

The Catholic National Athletic Association and AstroTurf are pleased to announce the continuation of their valued partnership. AstroTurf, the inventor of synthetic turf and the most innovative company in the industry, once again leads the way by partnering with visionaries and pioneers in athletics.

CNAA was born out of a need to represent the voice of Catholic Educational Athletics in local, regional and national governing bodies. CNAA also provides a platform for professional development including education, training and peer forums, as well as buying opportunities created by collective bargaining power.

With this partnership, CNAA has found a willing partner–one that has supported the organization and the schools it represents with opportunities, education, advice, promotion and consultation. AstroTurf provides financial support to assist CNAA in bolstering the reputation of catholic educational athletics and bettering its members’ athletic departments though education and training. Another major benefit of the partnership is that AstroTurf offers a discount on synthetic turf fields for CNAA members.

“We are very particular who we partner with,” said Leo Lopoz, founder of CNAA and President of Athletics at De La Salle High School. “Our relationship with AstroTurf® gives us a valued partner that has a mission that aligns with our own – to help kids succeed in sports and beyond. Their support has been instrumental in the growth of our organization and we look forward to what the next year brings with us working together to accomplish our goals.”

CNAA members are Athletic Administrators representing Catholic schools across the United States. All Catholic school programs large, small, old and new are welcome to join as members. CNAA is your organization providing a multitude of benefits all with the intent to serve you its members and all Catholic Athletic programs.

The partnership formed out of a long-standing relationship between CNAA and AstroTurf that started before CNAA took its organization to the national level. When CNAA took that step, it felt natural to form an official partnership with AstroTurf.

“AstroTurf has long had a tremendous relationship with Catholic educational institutions and we look at this partnership as a way to strengthen and improve those relationships while also looking for opportunities to build new ones,” said AstroTurf General Manager, Dominick Berarducci.

About CNAA

The mission of CNAA is to represent the voice of Catholic Educational Athletics in local, regional and national governing bodies. CNAA also provides a platform for professional development including education, training and peer forums, as well as buying opportunities created by our collective bargaining power. Learn more at

About AstroTurf:

For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit AstroTurf’s website at

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