Charles L. "China" Valles
SJO Founder and President Emeritus
November 5, 1925 - December 17, 2014
THANK YOU ALL
Your kind expressions of sympathy for the loss of
our beloved "China" are deeply appreciated and gratefully acknowledged. Gone but never forgotten!
The Valles Family
China w/ The Duke
The Sunshine Jazz Organization keeps China's JAZZ passion
alive and well with YOUR love and support..
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Enjoy SJO's ongoing concerts and event promotions as we move into our 30th Season of Jazz in South Florida!
Each Poster includes a digital Press Release with event details. The Sunshine Jazz Messenger Newsletters on Page 4 are now available in a digital format for your convenience and to save trees. The SJO Jazz Messenger" has been in continuous publication since 1987!
Congratulations to the SJO! The 30th Season is underway!
Sunshine Jazz Organization Announces January 2017 Events!
The Sunshine Jazz Concert Series Presents
The LeNard Rutledge Quintet
General Adm $20 / SJO Members $15 / FREE when you Join at the Door.
Miami Shores Country Club 10000 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores, FL 33138
JAN 14/15 ART DECO Fest!
SJO co-sponsored Jazz at the
40th Annual Art Deco Weekend.
Presentations included ORIENTE &
The SJO Allstars 2nd Line Parade and Concert on Saturday, and The
JECC Jazz Bootcamp Ensemble
Sunday at the Kids Club Stage.
Music in the Park was an amazing evening of Big Band Soul w/ Rochelle
Lightfoot and progressive Jazz w/ The Bobby Thomas 4tet - Randy Bernsen, Bob Grabowski, Fernando Diez. With a Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Jazz legend Melton Mustafa by Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan.
THANK YOU Alice Day!
For an Unforgettable Holiday Jazz Celebration! with very special guests Eric Allison, Jaui Schneider, Sam Chiodo, Elvis Taylor, Cheryl Fisher..
Nov 27: MAGNIFICENT! Thank you Mike Gerber, Ira Sullivan,
Marc Berner, Ethan Neuberg and Emily Maddox
To Ms. Rochelle Lightfoot
and your Fabulous Big Band!
What a great show and turnout!
October 23rd Miami Shores CC.
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Sunshine Jazz Organization's
30th Anniversary Celebration on Oct. 1st, 2016 was amazing, and fabulous, unbelievably cool and legendary!
THANK YOU MAESTRO MUSICIANS, BOARD MEMBERS, VIPS, SJO MEMBERS, FRIENDS,
SOUND TECHS, MSCC MANAGERS & STAFF!
The Masters! IGNACIO BERROA (drums), DR. LONNIE SMITH (organ),
SWEET POPPA LOU DONALDSON (sax) and JOHN HART (guitar) WOW!
Some memorable SJO presentations and events include - Miami-Dade County Dept. of Cultural Affairs Council elects SJO as Service Organization for all Jazz Artists / Round Midnight Premier, 1986 Inaugural SJO Event / 2nd Anniversary w/ Diane Schuur / AFJS
Convention features Freddy Cole / A-Train to New Orleans / Jazz on Wheels Summer Parks Series / Musicians in Crisis Fundraisers for: Steve Bagby, Mike Gerber, Pete Minger, Mel Dancy / Jazz Jams for Youth Series / 10th Anniversary w/ Stanley Turrentine, Arturo
Sandoval / MOCA Jazz Concerts Co-Sponsor / 15th Anniversary w/ Houston Person / Arts in Parks / Magic City Jazz Series / Miami-Dade County Fair Annual Jazz Showcase, co-sponsored w/ DAC / Joseph Caleb Center Series and Tribute to Bill Withers Concert & Film
Screening / Co-Sponsor Annual South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies 2009-2016 / 25th Anniversary w/ Melton Mustafa Orchestra and Allan Harris featuring Alice Day, Brenda Alford and Yvonne Brown / 28th Anniversary Tribute to Nat & Cannonball Adderley featuring Melton Mustafa and Jesse
Jones, Jr. / 29th Anniversary with Dr. Lonnie Smith /
Art Deco Festivals 2013-16 featuring JECC Youth Jazz Ensemble, Director Nicole Yarling / Bi-Annual Music
in the Park, Co-Sponsor w/ Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan & City of Miami Gardens / Miami Shores Sunshine Jazz Concert Series
The BRENDA ALFORD QUINTET!
We had a fabulous evening on August 28th including Special guests - vocalists Maryel Epps, Carol Ann Taylor, Beverly Lewis and pianist Jaui Schneider!
The All Star band Featured Jesse Jones, Jr. (Sax), Paul Shewchuk (Bass), Antulio Mora (Piano), Lenny Steinberg (drums.)
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Thank you Ms. Alice Day! Founder SFJHOF.
THE SOUTH FLORIDA
JAZZ HALL OF FAME
China Valles, Sandrell Rivers, Melton Mustafa, Mel Dancy, Eric Allison, Lenny Zief, Alice Day, Ira Sullivan, Billy Marcus, Don Mosely Billy Rolle, Nancy Murphy,
Charles Austin, Jesse Jones Jr.,
Dolph Castellano, Ed Bell,
Jaco Pastorius, Othello Molineaux,
Bobby Thomas, Jr., Gary Duchaine, Jackie Davis, Alan Grant, Paquito D’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Myrtle Jones, Jet Nero, Joe Donato, Sam Jones, Simon Salz, David Nuby, Len Pace, Nestor Torres, Pete Minger, Jimmy Crawford, Panama Francis
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We really had a blast on Sunday 6/26!
Thanks to the amazing musicians,
and to our fabulous full house!
ORIENTE w/ Jesse Jones Jr.!
Latin Jazz, Blues, Rhythm 'n Soul!
Many thanks to maestro
Othello Molineaux and your
spectacular band - Nicole Yarling!
Abel Pabon! Manny Patino! and
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MUSIC in the PARK, May 6, 2016
An unforgettable night of JAZZ! Featuring Alice Day, Melton Mustafa,
Jesse Jones, Jr., Melton Mustafa, Jr., Yamin Mustafa, Jihad Mustafa,
Paul Shewchuk, James Cotman, Brian Murphy. Brother Percussionist, Commissioner Barbara Jordan and Mayor Oliver Gilbert!
JOE DONATO Brian Murphy,
Kai Sanchez, Michael Piolet!
OLLIVIERS JAZZ CLUB
ALICE DAY & FRIENDS!
Thank you for a fantastic concert!
Wendy Pedersen, Jim Gasior,
Jamie Ousley, Evan Hyde!
SJO's Annual Jazz Showcase
at THE FAIR Sat 3/26/16
JECC Bootcamp Jazz Ensemble!
Thanks to director Nicole Yarling
and her excellent students!
Parks Community Stage in Arnold Hall
10901 Coral Way, Miami 33165
THANKS to Nicole Yarling,
Chuck Bergeron, Tal Cohen and
John Yarling for your wonderful
IRA SULLIVAN Quintet
SJO Celebrated the 38th Annual
ART DECO FESTIVAL!
Jan 16 -17, 2016
Friday, December 4th
MUSIC in the PARK!
Holiday Jazz Celebration
Dec 27, 2015 was a
wonderful gathering of
friends and family!
ALICE DAY & Friends!
SJO's 29th ANNIVERSARY GALA
was an amazing experience for everyone! Dr. Lonnie Smith
was over the top! Accompanied by John Hart on guitar and
John Yarling on drums! WOW! BRAVO! and THANK YOU!
SUNSHINE JAZZ MESSENGER NEWSLETTER
Published since 1987
Volume 28, Issue #6
The SUNSHINE JAZZ CONCERT SERIES 8/23/15
THANK YOU TO
The Brenda Alford Quintet!
BRENDA ALFORD vocals,
PAUL SHEWCHUK bass,
JIM GASIOR piano,
JAMES COTMAN drums,
JON MICHALAK sax
THE 6TH ANNUAL
SOUTH FLORIDA JAZZ
HALL OF FAME!!
Music in the Park was Amazing!
The RODNEY KENDRICK Trio
Featuring RHONDA ROSS!
Plus B-n-S Entertainment
THANKS TO ALL!
to our SJO members, sponsors, friends and musicians
for joining us in Celebration of
SJO's 28th Season of Jazz!
The South Florida
Jazz Hall of Fame
5th Annual Induction Ceremony!
SJO's SUMMER ARTS
IN PARKS WORKSHOP
THANKS ONCE AGAIN TO
MR. STEVE GRYB! 6/16/14
Raices Cultural Arts Center
International JAZZ Appreciation Day 4/30/14
SJO CELEBRATES JAZZ EVERY DAY!
Sunshine Jazz Organization's 27th Season of Jazz!
The BILLY MARCUS TRIO and Special Guest MS. SANDY PATTON!
plus Alice Day, Melton Mustafa, Jesse Jones, Jr., Mel Dancy...
Catch up with the latest Jazz news!
SUNSHINE JAZZ MESSENGER
Published since 1987!
Now Online too!
SUNDAY JUNE 23rd
4th ANNUAL SOUTH FLORIDA JAZZ
HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY
SJO's Silver Anniversary
Celebration on Sept 15th, 2012
was beyond spectacular!
SJO's Founding Father and Jazz Radio Icon CHINA VALLES,
with SJO Board of Directors and Membership Family send our
deepest thanks to everyone who was involved with this event - musicians, dignitaries, staff, volunteers, radio and press, and to our South Florida Jazz community and friends from
around the world who attended and/or sent your love.
The MELTON MUSTAFA ORCHESTRA w/ Special Guest Vocalist ALLAN HARRIS! With very special appearances by Jesse Jones Jr., Alice Day, Brenda Alford, Yvonne Brown, plus Eddy Balzola!
THANK YOU ALICE DAY!
The 3rd Annual SOUTH FLORIDA JAZZ HALL OF FAME
Induction Ceremony 6/10/12
Blue Mitchell ~ Nancy Murphy ~ Melton Mustafa ~ Billy Rolle ~ Bill Peeples
Billy Marcus Quartet: Billy Marcus Piano, Don Mosely, Bass;
Gary Duchaine, Drums; Eric Allison, Sax & Flute
SUNSHINE JAZZ at THE CALEB 2012!
SJO’s Annual Concert Series
presented at The Joseph Caleb Auditorium, Miami, FL
VALENTINES DAY SWINGIN, ROMANTIC MUSIC
Feb 12th, 2012 The YVONNE BROWN Quartet!
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SUNSHINE JAZZ MESSENGER NEWSLETTER
Published since 1986!
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2011-2012 JAZZ @ THE CALEB Concert Series
kicked-off in November with the legendary Ira Sullivan!
Sunday, Nov 13th was a wonderful celebration for the finale
of SJO’s 2011 Jazz @ The Caleb concert series, annual Members Gathering and China Valles' 86th Birthday.
JAZZ ICONS CHINA VALLES & SULLIVAN CELEBRATE SJO - HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHINA!! Sincere thanks to Ms. Alice Day, Brian Murphy, Jamie Ousley, John Yarling, Dante Luciani, Chloe Dolandis and the many SJO family and friends who attended!
Sunshine Jazz Messenger Newsletter
2011 Event Highlights
The South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame
June 5th - the 2nd annual South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame installation ceremony
took place at Miami's Joseph Caleb Auditorium. Being at the Caleb, we naturally used the opportunity to honor the memory of Chief
Sandrell Rivers. As many of you know, Ms. Rivers was a contributor, perhaps the catalyst behind the transformation of the Caleb Center into the
thriving hub of community services and activities that it is today. In honor of her quest to bring the arts to every community in the Miami- Dade County area, it's our quest to keep her legacy alive.
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Inductees (Installed June 5th, 2011):
Melville 'Mel' Dancy Singer/Pianist/Composer
Leonard 'Len' Pace Radio Personality
Eric Knight Pianist/Composer/Educator (Posthumously)
- - Accepted by Mrs. Joyce Knight (Widow)
John Francis 'Jaco' Pastorius Bassist/Innovator (Posthumously)
- - Accepted by John and Johnny (son and grandson)
photo courtesy of Howard Moss Photography
The South Florida
Jazz Hall of Fame
This event also raised funds toward production of SJO's 25th Anniversary Celebration planned for 2011!
the Park Summer TouringSeries
ARTS IN THE PARKS an annual SJO collaboration with Miami-Dade County Parks presents an interactive
percussion presentation by Steve Gryb, The Pied Piper of Percussion. Mr.
Gryb is an award-winning musician,
educator, author, musicologist with over 25 years of experience entertaining
audiences of all ages. Gryb's musical shows are in
constant demand year-round at major festivals, and events throughout
the United States.
Workshops were presented on: July 14: West Perrine Park, 10301 SW 170 Terr, Miami; July 25: Raices Cultural Arts Center Miller Dr. Park, 5510 SW 94 Ct, Miami.
events are provided with the support of the Metropolitan Miami-Dade Council
and the Metropolitan Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners, and Co-Sponsored by Miami-Dade Parks and Arts
& Culture Division serving over 1,000 youth.
Sunshine Jazz Organization programs are presented with the support of the Miami-Dade County
Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor
and Board of County Commissioners
The Sunshine Jazz Organization (SJO) was created in 1986 and is based in Miami, Florida. We are committed to
the idea that the measure of a society can be found in its culture. Music is of
the utmost importance for the continual growth, enrichment and advancement of our community, for our students and for our position as cultural leaders in the USA and Americas. In the Greater Miami area we can boast world-class jazz artists on every instrument and a variety of vocal styles. The SJO is committed to creating avenues for Jazz performance, education and awareness by inviting all ages to enjoy most events free or at a nominal charge. We encourage you to go out and support live jazz thus allowing artists to develop and thrive, and SJO to continue producing exciting presentations in parks, schools, concert venues, and local nightspots.
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