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 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 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 the 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 "Messenger" has been in continuous publication since 1987!

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The Sunshine Jazz Concert Series continues...
The BRENDA ALFORD QUINTET!
Sunday, August 28th, 6pm-9pm
Featuring Jesse Jones, Jr. (Sax), Paul Shewchuk (Bass), 
Antulio Mora (Piano) and Lenny Steinberg (drums.)
GEN ADMISSION $20 / SJO MEMBERS $15
(FREE when you become a new member or renew at the door!)
*JOIN US EVERY 4TH SUNDAY MONTHLY!
MIAMI SHORES COUNTRY CLUB
10000 BISCAYNE BLVD., MIAMI SHORES, FL 33138
(*September's concert will be presented on October 1st to celebrate SJO's 30th Anniversary)


CELEBRATE! 
The  Sunshine Jazz Organization's
30th Anniversary!!! 
Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Join us for this historic celebration featuring world class music! 
NEA Jazz Masters, Mr. Lou Donaldson and Dr. Lonnie Smith, will
 join us as we honor SJO's 30 years of fabulous Jazz promotions, 
presentations, workshops, community concerts and more!
,
7pm-11pm at Miami Shores Country Club
General Admission $50 / SJO Members $40
Make your reservations at SunJazzOrg@aol.com


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Thank you Alice Day!


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

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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 Rey Monroig! 








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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! 



 
























Thank you! 

JOE DONATO 
Brian Murphy, 
Kai Sanchez,
and 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 Youth Ensemble! 
Thanks to director Nicole Yarling 
and her excellent students!











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










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










THANK YOU!
Amazing Grace 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









 




Our Holiday Jazz Celebration 
on Dec 27, 2015 was a wonderful 
gathering of friends and family!
ALICE DAY & Friends! 

Friday, December 4th
MUSIC in the PARK!


                                                                                 

Many thanks to 
EDDY BALZOLA & ORIENTE
Latin Jazz-blues-rhythm-n-soul!
Thanks for your generosity! 
We had a fabulous turnout for...
BENEFIT JAM FOR 
MEL DANCY! 10/25/15

IF YOU WERE UNABLE TO ATTEND GO TO














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


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THE 6TH ANNUAL 
SOUTH FLORIDA JAZZ HALL OF FAME 
was a very special gathering.
Thanks to all!
















 






























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





























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 OUR MAESTRO, 
MR. STEVE GRYB! 
June 16th at Raices Cultural Arts Center, Miller Dr. Park




























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


SJO Annual Jazz Showcase @ The Fair 
































 






















Sunday Gospel Brunch
 "A JOYFUL NOISE"

 Speakeasy Jazz at The Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove


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



 






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...

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SUNSHINE JAZZ MESSENGER
SJO's Newsletter in publication since 1987!
NOW ONLINE!

       






JUNE EVENTS
SUNDAY JUNE 23rd - 
4th ANNUAL SOUTH FLORIDA JAZZ 
HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY 

 
 





 
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 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!

  
~ ~  RECENT SJO EVENTS  ~ ~

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

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 SUNSHINE JAZZ at THE CALEB 2012!
SJO’s Annual Concert Series presented at The Joseph Caleb Auditorium, Miami, FL

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