The Sunshine Jazz Organization - Keeping Jazz Alive - Celebrating 29 Years of Jazz Services!

Charles L. Valles "China"
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

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 our ongoing concerts and events' promotions as The SJO moves into our 30th Season in the service of Jazz in South Fla.


Each Poster includes a digital Press Release with the event details. The Sunshine Jazz Messenger Newsletters on 
Page 4 are are now available in a digital format for 
your convenience and to save trees! The Sunshine Jazz Messenger has been in continuous publication since 1987!

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Sunshine Jazz Concert Series presents
ORIENTE w/ Jesse Jones Jr.! 
Latin Jazz, Blues, Rhythm n a whole lotta Soul!
Eddy Balzola (guitars/voc), Stuart King (trumpet), Jesse Jones Jr. (sax/flute/voc), Rafael Valencia (bass), Orlando Machado (drums), Eduardo Rodriguez (percussion). 
Sunday, June 26th, 6pm-9pm































General  Admission $20 / SJO Members $15
FREE ADMISSION when you join or renew SJO 
membership at the door. Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd, Miami Shores 33138 Info MSCC (305)795-2360, Sunjazzorg@aol.com

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SAVE THE DATE!
Sunday, July 24th
Miami Shores Country Club

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Many thanks to maestro Othello Molineaux and your spectacular band - Nicole Yarling! Abel Pabon! Manny Patino! 
and Rey Monroig! 

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WOW! An unforgettable night of JAZZ! 
MUSIC in the PARK, May 6th
THANKS TO EVERYONE!!
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
for a Swingin' 
SJO Sunday! 










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OLLIVIERS JAZZ CLUB Features 
ALICE DAY & FRIENDS!
Every 1st Saturday monthly


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Thank you for a fantastic concert! Wendy Pedersen Jim Gasior
 Jamie Ousley Evan Hyde!

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SJO's Annual Jazz Showcase at THE FAIR!
Sat 3/26 featured the incredible  
JECC Bootcamp Jazz Youth Ensemble! Thanks to director Nicole Yarling and her excellent students!

On the Parks Community Stage in Arnold Hall
10901 Coral Way, Miami 33165

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OUR THANKS to Nicole Yarling, 
Chuck Bergeron, Tal Cohen and John Yarling 
for your wonderful musicianship!

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

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SJO Celebrated the 39th Annual 
ART DECO FESTIVAL!
Jan 16 -17, 2016

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Our Holiday Jazz Celebration on Dec 27, 2015 was a wonderful gathering of friends, 
family and new SJO members!
THANK YOU ALL
ALICE DAY & Friends! 

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Friday, December 4th
MUSIC in the PARK!


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Many thanks to 
EDDY BALZOLA & ORIENTE
Latin Jazz-blues-rhythm-n-soul!

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Thanks for your generosity! 
We had a fabulous turnout for...
BENEFIT JAM FOR MEL DANCY! 10/25
IF YOU WERE UNABLE TO ATTEND PLEASE GO TO

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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
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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
MIAMI SHORES COUNTRY CLUB
10000 Biscayne Blvd, Miami Shores, FL 33138

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THE 6TH ANNUAL 
SOUTH FLORIDA JAZZ HALL OF FAME 
was a very special gathering in celebration
 of our Jazz History. Thanks to all!
   
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The Sunshine Jazz Concert Series 6/28/15
MANY THANKS! 

TO DEBBIE ORTA & 
HER TERRIFIC BAND! 
                          Featuring
       Michael Orta (piano)             Nicky Orta (bass), Carlomagno Araya (drums)




5/8/15 MUSIC IN THE PARK was Rockin!

Thanks to... 
GEORGE TANDY JR, and IKE & 
VAL WOODS!

A FREE bi-annual community event 
co-sponsored by The 
 S JO with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan and City of Miami Gardens Councilwoman Lisa Davis

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The Sunshine Jazz Concert Series 
Sunday, May 24th 
was a very special performance. Thanks to everyone who attended and especially to our fabulous band! 
The Othello Molineaux Quartet with special guest
Mel Dancy!

MIAMI SHORES COUNTRY CLUB 
10000 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores 33138

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THANK YOU JOE DONATO QUARTET!
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SJO's Annual Jazz Showcase at The Fair!
Thanks to our sponsor Diaspora Arts Coalition and The Juan Vidaurre Quartet, and B-n-S Entertainment!


Many thanks to Paulette Dozier and her fabulous band - Mike Levine, 
Kai Sanchez and 
Carlomagno Araya. Our SJO audience loved you!
 
AND
Special kudos and thanks to the one and only Blues legend Joey Gilmore! 
We had a blast!
 

ART DECO WEEKEND Miami Beach
SJO thanks these  talented young Jazz musicians w/ JECC Bootcamp Ensemble directed by Nicole Yarling, and The Chris Mills' Sextet from Dillard High School, New World School of the Arts and Miami Beach High. BRAVO!! 


The Sunshine Jazz Concert Series
 on Jan 25th was fantastic! Deepest thanks to   
The LENARD RUTLEDGE QUARTET!

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Thank you!
Alice Day & Friends
WE LOVE U CHINA!
 
Jaui Schneider, Sam Chiodo, James Cotman
WE LOVE YOU!


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Music in the Park was Amazing!
The RODNEY KENDRICK Trio 
Featuring RHONDA ROSS!
Plus B-n-S Entertainment
THANKS TO ALL!

Presented by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan, City of Miami Gardens Councilwoman Felicia Robinson and 
The Sunshine Jazz Organization

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11/23/14 
Thanks for fabulous LATIN JAZZ! 
O R I E N T E!!
AND

10/26/14
To B3 Maestro Mr. CLARENCE PALMER!
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MANY THANKS!
 to our SJO members,
sponsors, friends and musicians 
for joining us in Celebration of 
SJO's 28th Season of Jazz!
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Sunday, Aug. 24th was AWESOME! 
The NICOLE YARLING Quartet 

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THANK YOU for supporting  
The South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame
5th Annual Induction Ceremony!
We had a wonderful turnout and tribute..

               Deepest thanks to Ms. Alice Day, Founder                                               
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SJO's SUMMER ARTS IN PARKS WORKSHOP
WAS GRREAT!! 
THANKS ONCE AGAIN TO OUR MAESTRO, 
MR. STEVE GRYB! 
June 16th at Raices Cultural Arts Center, Miller Dr. Park







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The Sunshine Jazz Concert Series  
Sunday, May 25th at Avenue D Downtown
A FANTASTIC TIME WAS HAD BY ALL!
Master Jazz Jam feat Jesse Jones Jr.
And Happy Birthday Surprise to Jesse!

South Fla
Jazz
Hall of
Fame
Inductee
JESSE
JONES Jr.



 Big thanks to our musicians, sponsors and especially the appreciative audience who came out to hear the enchanting Brenda Alford w/ her stellar band, plus award-winning blues man, 
Mr. Joey Gilmore!                                

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International JAZZ Appreciation Day 4/30/14
SJO CELEBRATES JAZZ EVERY DAY!

Many thanks to the Clarence Palmer Trio and the 
fans who came out on 4/27 for a terrific concert!

SJO Annual Jazz Showcase @ The Fair was Great! 
Thank you to Othello Molineaux~Deedee Wilde!

Sunshine Jazz Concert Series on 3/23 was wonderful! Thank you Wendy Pedersen! 
THANKS FOR SUPPORTING THESE GREAT SJO EVENTS!


Thanks to MELTON RAHSAAN MUSTAFA!

YOU & YOUR BAND WERE GRREAT!

Thanks Avenue D! 
8 South Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33130 (305)371-4823





























AND 
ART DECO WEEKEND!
Saturday-Sunday Jan. 18-19 at Lummus Park, SoBe!

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Thanks for joining us!
 Avenue D Jazz & Blues Lounge
8 South Miami Ave., Miami, FL 33130 (305)371-4823

Thanks to these wonderful musicians and co-sponsors! 







Sunday Gospel Brunch "A JOYFUL NOISE"

 Speakeasy Jazz at The Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove

Sunshine Jazz Concert featuring Brenda Alford
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Catch up with all the latest Jazz news! 
The SUNSHINE JAZZ MESSENGER 
Newsletter...Published since 1987!
Now Online too!

(past issues below)

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Sunshine Jazz Organization Celebrated  
Our 27th Season of Jazz! On 9/28/13
With The BILLY MARCUS TRIO and
Very Special Guest MS. SANDY PATTON!
plus Alice Day, Melton Mustafa, 
Jesse Jones, Jr., Mel Dancy...
Thanks to everyone for the LOVE!
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Thanks to the great Othello Molineaux
and super songstress Deedee Wilde!
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THE SUNSHINE JAZZ MESSENGER
SJO's Newsletter in publication since 1987!
NOW ONLINE!

        JULY EVENTS  
   Thanks to the fabulous           Thank you Steve Gryb
    Debbie Orta Quintet!              Summer Arts in Parks
and
To Christina Alexander,
Ike & Val Woods
Workshops/Performance
Series Summer 2013












JUNE EVENTS
SUNDAY JUNE 23rd - 
4th ANNUAL SOUTH FLORIDA JAZZ 
HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY 
JAN-MAY EVENTS 
 
Jazz Series - ALLSTAR JAM  
 


EVENTS CO-SPONSORED BY THE SUNSHINE JAZZ                ORGANIZATION
  
   
  MUSIC IN THE PARK 
Melton MustafaOrchestra



 
THE GOSPEL TRUTH ABOUT JAZZ  
       Alice Day & Friends








Jesse Jones, Jr./
Joe Donato!



Mel Dancy!
                                                      
SJO supports 
  Commissioner Barbara Jordan's 
"Music in the Park" 
Free concert series!

 
SUNSHINE JAZZ MESSENGER NEWSLETTER
In publication since 1987!

[read past issues below] 
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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 & friends 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!

WOW!
  
~ ~  RECENT SJO EVENTS  ~ ~

THANK YOU to Von Henry's Express! 
SUNSHINE JAZZ @ THE CALEB 7/8/12

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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
SJO is Proud Co-Sponsor of SFJHOF

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 SUNSHINE JAZZ at THE CALEB 2012!
SJO’s Annual Concert Series presented at
The Joseph Caleb Auditorium, Miami, FL
Sundays 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

THANK YOU, YVONNE BROWN!
VALENTINES DAY - SWINGIN, ROMANTIC MUSIC
Feb 12th, 2012The YVONNE BROWN Quartet! 

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Current & Recent Issues Now Online
  SUNSHINE JAZZ MESSENGER NEWSLETTER
Published since 1986!
(Scroll for older issues below)

NL-JULY-AUG 2012.pdf (PDF — 741 KB)

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 
and Chloe Dolandis as well as the many 
SJO family and friends who attended!
         
 ARCHIVES
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.

READ THE ENTIRE REVIEW AND MORE!
The Sunshine Jazz Messenger Newsletter is Online
Read our Debut Edition - Click the Link below > >


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


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 $35 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 tvalles00@yahoo.com or call 305-693-2594.

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