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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Embassy Suites Lompoc Launches Holiday Cheer at 3rd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting event and 11th Annual Toys for Tots Drive

LOMPOC, Calif. (PRWEB) December 13, 2019

The courtyard of the Embassy Suites by Hilton Lompoc transformed into an out-of-this-world festival, complete with celestial stars and planets, as employees ushered in the holiday season at their 3rd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting. The annual free event is a favorite among employees and regular guests alike.

St. Mary of the Assumption Church’s Choir sang holiday songs as Santa Claus descended through the glass elevator into the courtyard to do the tree lighting honors. As Santa gave a hearty belly laugh and raised his gloved hand, the tree lit up and snow began to fall.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Lompoc General Manager Golda Mae Escalante said staff went through several dry runs to get things just right. “We wanted to capture some magic for guests but also for our staff who really put their hearts into making this happen. Most of the decorations were hand-painted, made from scratch and artistically designed by our team members. My favorite was the NASA space helmet!” Escalante said.

Hannah Ramones, 11, of Santa Maria, had a blast gathering the snow and tossing it at friends. “It was cool. I like everything, especially the Christmas Tree with the sun and the planets and the huge rocket with smoke ready to lift off, the Santa Claus with candy canes. I enjoyed seeing the snow! I can’t wait to see their theme for next year!” Hannah said.

Jessica Jose, Director of Sales for the hotel, said that the turnout was great and accompanied by perfect weather for holiday fun. Prior to even setting up the Christmas tree, she saw comments on travel sites from people looking forward to the event. “We have so many long-term stay guests here who are really like family. They were impressed with the décor and enjoyed the event.” she said.

The event also marks the 11th year Embassy Suites by Hilton Lompoc has partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in participating in the Toys for Tots Drive. Event guests were encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to donate. The hotel collected hundreds of donations, marking another successful year in the partnership.

The newly renovated all-suite Embassy Suites by Hilton Lompoc features a relaxing interior courtyard waterfall and spacious two-room suites with upgraded wired and wireless internet. Digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key are exclusively available through the industry-leading Hilton Honors application. All two-room suites feature a separate living area, private bedroom, two 43-inch HD LCD TV’s, in-room safes, microwave, mini-fridge, and coffee maker. All guests receive complimentary made-to-order breakfast and evening reception. Only 8 miles from Vandenberg Air Force Base and less than an hour from Santa Barbara, the hotel is the only full-service, all-suite hotel in Lompoc and is close to Santa Maria, Solvang, Buellton, and many other popular Central Coast cities and sites. For reservations or more information, visit or call 805-735-8311.

About Embassy Suites by Hilton

Embassy Suites by Hilton, one of Hilton’s 14 market-leading brands, is dedicated to delivering what matters most to travelers. The full service, upscale brand offers two-room suites, complimentary made-to-order breakfast and a nightly two-hour reception with complimentary drinks and snacks. Both leisure and business travelers looking for a relaxed, yet sophisticated experience will feel right at home with brand-standard amenities like inviting atriums, complimentary 24-hour business centers, and fitness centers. Embassy Suites by Hilton has 238 hotels with 48 in the pipeline. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be booked anywhere except the brand’s website.

About Windsor Capital Group

Windsor Capital Group is a hotel management and development company that owns and operates full-service, focused, upscale branded hotels throughout the United States, with the Embassy Suites and Marriott flags. It also runs Windsor Management Services, a top-performing hotel management company that customizes hotel management services to meet the needs of the properties. With more than 30 years of experience to call on, Windsor Management Services is known for unmatched results for its owners and unparalleled service for its guests delivered with a personal connection.

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Kennywood’s Holiday Lights Voted Among Top Theme Park Events

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. (PRWEB) December 13, 2019

A nationwide poll conducted by USA TODAY confirms what many Pittsburghers already knew: when looking for family-friendly fun this time of year, it’s very hard to top Kennywood’s Holiday Lights!

Holiday Lights was voted by the public as one of the country’s Best Theme Park Holiday Events, finishing tenth out of twenty nominees selected for the online vote conducted over the past month. With the brilliance of nearly 2 million lights around the park, Pennsylvania’s tallest Christmas tree (100 feet), and the new Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4D Experience among the main attractions, Holiday Lights earned the recognition of voters near and far for the fourth time in as many contests held by

“We want to thank all those who took the time to vote for Holiday Lights,” says Kennywood General Manager Jerome Gibas. “Our Team Members put in many hours to bring Holiday Lights to life, and it’s rewarding to see our efforts recognized.”

Along with the stunning displays, visitors to Holiday Lights can find a petting zoo, a model train display covering nearly 3,000 square feet, live shows and entertainment, and many of Kennywood’s signature family and children’s rides, including the Thomas Town at Kennywood themed land, decorated in the spirit of the season.

With just two weekends to go until Christmas, Kennywood kicks off the home stretch towards Holiday Lights with a special visit by fan favorite Pittsburgh Dad on Friday, December 13 to perform the popular ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas in a way only he can. On Sunday, the newly crowned Miss Pennsylvania USA 2020, Victoria Piekut, takes the stage to recite the beloved poem.

And next week, Kennywood’s first ever winter racing competition, the Run Santa Run 5K, will see runners and walkers dress as Kris Kringle, St. Nick, Papa Noel and Father Christmas on a race course in and around Kennywood! Participants in the December 21 run/walk get their own Santa outfit to wear for the race, plus a complimentary ticket for Holiday Lights.

Kennywood’s Holiday Lights is open from 5 – 9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays before Christmas, plus nightly December 26 – 30, weather permitting. To see a full list of activities, including schedules, discounts and more, visit

About Kennywood

Kennywood is America’s Finest Traditional Amusement Park! The Pittsburgh-area park offers a unique mix of modern thrills and classic rides, including eight roller coasters, a 14-ride Kiddieland, and several attractions that cannot be found anywhere else. Kennywood, founded in 1898, continues to provide unforgettable fun for all ages.

About provides users with original, unbiased and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. Nominees for the Best Theme Park Holiday Events and other categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties.

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