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Friday, April 8, 2011

Palm Coast-based NEFJA Celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month

In honor of the Jazz Appreciation Month, North East Florida Jazz Association (NEFJA) is bringing in two of New York’s hottest contemporary jazz stars to perform in a special concert on Sunday, April 17th at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach. Saxophonist Vincent Herring and trumpet player Vincent Pelt are considered to be among the best jazz musicians in the US today.

Herring, 46, has played saxophone since he was 11 years old. He first toured the U.S. and Europe with Lionel Hampton’s Big Band in the early 80’s. He went on to spend nine years working with Nat Adderly, a native Floridian and internationally acclaimed jazz trumpet player, and has also performed with such jazz notables as Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Nancy Wilson, Horace Silver, and Wynton Marsalis. A consummate performer, Herring has performed in nearly every major jazz festival in the world. He has recorded 15 CD’s as a leader and has performed as a sideman on more than 200 others.

He is a strong advocate of jazz education and is currently on staff at William Paterson University in New Jersey and has conducted master classes and jazz workshops at Julliard, Duke and Cornell Universities.

Pelt, 34, graduated from the renowned Berklee College of Music in 1988 and has been a key player on the New York jazz scene since then. He has performed with a host of high profile jazz performers including Roy Hargrove, Jimmy Heath, Ravi Coltraine, Cassandra Wilson, Greg Osby and the Mingus Big Band. For five consecutive years Pelt has been voted Rising Star on the Trumpet by Downbeat Magazine and the Jazz Journalist Association. He released his first CD in 2002 and has recorded several other albums. Pelt is currently with High Note Records. His latest CD, “The Talented Mr. Pelt” was released in 2011.

Muriel McCoy, NEFJA President and co-founder says:
We are very pleased to be able to present these two fine young musicians in recognition of Jazz Appreciation month and as part of NEFJA’s concert series.  Our mission is to perpetuate jazz, America’s only indigenous art form and these two outstanding musicians are among those who are taking jazz forward into the 21st century. It promises to be an amazing afternoon of music.

Also in recognition of Jazz Appreciation Month and as a special treat for museum guests and concertgoers, NEFJA has arranged for the Daytona State College Jazz Band to perform prior to the main event.

NEFJA is committed to encouraging young people to pursue jazz studies,” said McCoy. “In addition to providing scholarships to talented young people enrolled in jazz study programs in Florida colleges and universities, we’re excited to be able to provide a local venue for them to showcase their talents.

The Daytona State College Jazz Band will be performing from 1:50 - 2:20 p.m. in the Museum’s Root Hall. The Herring-Pelt concert will begin at 2:30p.m. in the Museum’s auditorium. The Museum of Arts and Sciences is located at 352 S. Nova Road, Daytona Beach.

Tickets for the concert are $25 for NEFJA members, $30 for non-members, and $15 for students with valid ID. They can be purchased in advance by mail (P.O. Box 352552, Palm Coast, FL 32135), or at Aimee’s Hallmark in Palm Coast, on the NEFJA website at or by calling Muriel McCoy at 386-445-1329.

NEFJA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the perpetuation, performance, preservation, and promotion of jazz. In addition to bringing nationally and internationally known jazz performers to the local area, the group awards scholarships to talented young students enrolled in a Jazz studies program at a Florida college or university.

This is a guest post submitted by Barbara Salter.

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