The Sunshine Jazz Organization - CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF JAZZ SERVICES!

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. Gone but never forgotten!
                                        The Valles Family                                                                        
                                                                
The Sunshine Jazz Organization keeps China's JAZZ passion 
alive and well with YOUR love and support.. 
CLICK HERE FOR MEMBERSHIP FORM  -  PRINT & MAIL WITH YOUR LEVEL OF SUPPORT 

Enjoy SJO's ongoing concerts, events and promotions as we  
embark on our 31st Season of Jazz in South Florida!

Each Poster includes a digital Press Release. The Sunshine Jazz Messenger Newsletters on Page 4 are now available in a digital format for your convenience, and to save trees!  SJO's "Jazz Messenger" has been in publication since 1987!

*Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on South Florida. We send our prayers 
                   out to all affected and hope everyone is getting back to normal. As a result,
                 our planned 9/30/17 31st Anniversary event has been rescheduled to 1/28/18.
      SAVE THE DATE! 

 
The SUNSHINE JAZZ Concert Series Presents
The DANNY BURGER Quartet!
Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Nov 19th Sunshine Concert Series features 
The Nicole Yarling Quintet!

 Thank you to 
The great Maryel Epps Ensemble! 
8/27/17





























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The 8th Annual South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame
was truly AN AMAZING EVENT!  Our sincere gratitude 
goes out to SFJHOF Founder, Ms. Alice Day and to 
all of the musicians and families. We Thank You! 

SFJHOF 2017 (PDF — 243 KB)
Thanks for a great show !
SJO Co-Sponsored OTHELLO MOLINEAUX 6pm-9pm
Friday Night Sound Waves, Ft. Lauderdale Beach at Las Olas









Our thanks to 
The Juanita Dixon Quartet
Jim Gasior, Bebop Bob Grabowski, 
and Rodolfo Zuniga 
6/26/17


     

                  

5/5/17 Music in The Park
The Yvonne Brown Quintet
            Ricky Williams & The Gang






























Carole Ann Taylor with The Jim Gasior Quartet 4/23/17


The Ja'Nia Harden Project
SJO's Annual Jazz Showcase
 4/8/17 Dade-County Fair & Expo

            Richie Cole "Alto Madness"!
With Jorge Garcia, Don Coffman & Danny Burger
3/26/17 Miami Shores CC

The Joey Gilmore Blues Band
2/26/17 Miami Shores CC


























BIG THANKS to
The MAGNIFICENT LeNard Rutledge Quintet! 
1/22/17 Miami Shores CC
AND
The SJO All Stars 2nd Line Parade 
ORIENTE & The SJO All Stars Concert
JECC Bootcamp Jazz Ensemble, Dir. Nicole Yarling 
Jan 14/15 40th Annual Art Deco Festival Weekend
 



  
 















 
                                 





                                                                  
SJO's 30th Season of Jazz
Starts Now!





DECEMBER 2016 Celebrated another beautiful year of SJO Jazz!
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. And a Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Jazz legend Melton Mustafa by Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan.               AND Alice Day & Friendspresented SJO's Holiday  Celebration with SFJHOF Sax Master Eric Allison!
                                                                        



 


































Nov 27, 2016 Thank you - 
Mike Gerber, Ira Sullivan, 
Marc Berner, Ethan Neuberg
and Emily Maddox 



                                                       
 

Thank You!
To Ms. Rochelle Lightfoot 
and your Fabulous Big Band!
October 23rd Miami Shores CC.





The 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  





Thanks to 
The BRENDA ALFORD QUINTET! 8/28/16
The All Star band Featured
Jesse Jones, Jr. (Sax), Paul Shewchuk (Bass), 
Antulio Mora (Piano), Lenny Steinberg (drums.)



Thank you Ms. Alice Day!
Founder SFJHOF.



































THE SOUTH FLORIDA JAZZ HALL OF FAME

Past Inductees: 
Cannonball Adderley, 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.




6/26/16 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 
Rey Monroig!
 





























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! 


 
Thank you! 
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 
musicianship!






















           







THANK YOU!
Amazing Grace 
Amazing Music! 
IRA SULLIVAN Quintet 
1/24/16











 










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
SEP-OCT 2015 
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!





























MANY THANKS!
 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
APRIL 30, 2014
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 
Newsletter...
Published since 1987!
Now Online too!







 

















JUNE EVENTS
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,  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

Inductees:
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!
(Scroll for older issues below)

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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!
         
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Sunshine Jazz Messenger Newsletter
 

2011 Event Highlights
The South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame
Sunday, 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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2010 Inductees (Installed June 5th, 2011):
Charles Austin Multi-instrumentalist/Educator
Sullivan Multi-instrumentalist/Educator
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) Pastorius

 photo courtesy of Howard Moss Photography

Alice Day founder/chairperson
The South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame

This event also raised funds toward production of  SJO's 25th Anniversary Celebration planned for 2011!





JULY 2011
Jazz in 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.
 
These events are provided with the support of the Metropolitan Miami-Dade Council Cultural 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. All SJO events are ADA Compliant and Accessible.


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. 

BECOME A MEMBER 
You can add support to the Sunshine Jazz Organization by becoming a member. We welcome the opportunity to serve you!  Please send an email with your name and address to Sunjazzorg@aol.com. When you become an SJO member with your annual contribution of $40 or more, you'll receive your copy of The Sunshine Jazz Messenger,  the official newsletter of The Sunshine Jazz Organization since 1986. The Jazz Messenger provides reviews of concerts and artists, a jazz calendar of local events, profiles of local and nationally known jazz artists, artistic and political views on the evolution of jazz in today's world, affordable promotion opportunities and more. 

For information on advertising in the Sunshine Jazz Messenger please send an email to Sunjazzorg@aol.com or tvalles1330@gmail.com or call 305-693-2594.

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