"An admirable tilting at windmills – a balancing act of challenges and accessibility." – Orlando Weekly
Since 2008, Jazz On Edge has been dedicated to presenting the amazing range of music we know as jazz to an appreciative Orlando and online audience, and giving creative local and nationally-known musicians a place to perform their own music, without boundaries.
The story of Bobby Ace; semi-professional third-rate road musician trying to make a living by singing the songs of Tom Waits in seedy bars and half-empty clubs. It is only when he loses himself in his fictional onstage persona that Bobby finds out who he truly is. This concert preview features actor Cole NeSmith in a bravura solo performance and nu-jazz band La Lucha live on the Timucua White House stage.
A unique Jazz On Edge duet of vibraphone and marimba. The ethereal sounds of two multi-instrumental percussionists: Marty Morell has been playing drums since he was 12 years old. An integral part of the great Bill Evans Trio from 1968 through 1974, Marty's rhythmic precision and cool ambience propelled the pianist in new and creative ways, and he has been called "an unsung stalwart of piano trio history". Marty has worked with Zoot Sims, Henry "Red" Allen, Gary McFarland, Steve Kuhn and Gábor Szabó, and is on the jazz faculty at UCF and the rhythm behind the chart-topping Jazz Professors. Drummer and vibraphonist Sam Koppelman plays in Tampa's Trio Vibe and the M&M Latin Jazz Ensemble, and performs in many musical styles, including rock, R&B, jazz, klezmer, reggae and Latin. Together they will create a unique musical experience using only vibraphone and marimba for a sound unlike anything you've heard before.
Pianist John O’Leary, bassist Alejandro Arenas and drummer Mark Feinman have toured and performed at jazz festivals around the world, including events in Italy and France. La Lucha was the "third character" in the 2013 production of Joseph Reed Hayes' jazz play, SOLOS. A popular draw at the legendary Timucua White House, their music puts unique twists on non-jazzy songs. They will appear with singer/songwriter Jun Bustamante, along with the host of the Timucua White House music series and musical director of Cirque Du Soleil, trumpeter Benoit Glazer and a reading by Jazz On Edge founder Joseph Hayes
"Designed for jazz fans who appreciate challenging music that leans on skilled musicians equipped to solo." - Orlando Sentinel
Jazz on Edge is a great thing for our community! I thoroughly enjoyed the entire evening. Thanks so much for the opportunity! I can't wait to see what's in store for the next one!!" - Claire Courchene
Jazz On Edge ArtistsChuck Archard
David W. Berner
Joseph Reed Hayes
Lakeview Middle School Jazz Band
Marty Morell Cole NeSmith