Charles L. "China" Valles
SJO Founder and President Emeritus
November 5, 1925 - December 17, 2014
Love you madly! Gone but never forgotten.
The Valles Family
The Sunshine Jazz Organization keeps China's JAZZ passion
alive and well with YOUR love and support..
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GREETINGS TO ALL ~
You and your Sunshine Jazz family certainly have never experienced a situation as we have endured since mid-March 2020. We hope you're staying safe and learning how to cope during this extreme health and civil rights crisis. The entire world is forced to join together and adapt, and we are all
“in the same boat” as they say. While so much is happening, and guidelines changing daily, it seems that MUSIC has proven to be among our greatest “healers”. We all know JAZZ invigorates and soothes mind, heart, body & soul! We can all find comfort with that knowledge.
That said, many of us have had to face some very difficult losses. We had to say FAREWELL to our beloved Jazz Diva, SJO co-founder, and the Founder of The South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame, MS. ALICE DAY. Lady Day joined the Angels Choir and Jazz Icons' Big Band on July 10th, 2020. We are all trying to stay strong and remember Alice' for the incredible person she was. We plan to honor Alice Day's life and legacy, and her creation, The 11th Annual South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which had been scheduled for July 26th. We'll keep you updated. Until then, please stay safe and healthy. ~ Peace and Love from your Sunshine Jazz Family ~
The 11th Annual South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame Inducts TRACY FIELDS!
SJO is excited to announce our new community partnerships
for Quality Live Streaming Jazz Presentations with:
* WDNA "Jazz Encounters", hosted by Nicole Yarling.
* "MJC Jazz & Conversations" hosts Wendy Pedersen & Nicky Orta,
SJO co-sponsor w/ Miami Jazz CoOp, Goldcoast Jazz Society, South Fla Jazz.
*"Overture for Overtown", September Series hosted by The Betsy Hotel.
*** POSTPONED ***
DUE TO THE COUNTYWIDE SHUTDOWN
Mar 22 ~ April 3 ~ April 26 ~ May 24 ~ June 28 ~ July 26 ~ Aug 23 ~ Sep 27
SJO Monthly Jazz Series at Miami Shores Country Club
3/22: Nikki Kidd
4/26: SJO Celebrates
International Jazz Day
The Nicole Yarling Quartet
Special guest Othello Molineaux
LEON FOSTER THOMAS
MIA-DADE FAIR APR 3
ORIENTE Latin Jazz May 24
Jesse Jones, Jr. Quartet
President Keith Valles'
Sunday Aug 23
Sunday Sept 27
Sunday October 25
"A Tribute to Ella"
February 23, 2020
APOSTOLO JAZZ CO-OP!
Ms. Alice Day and
Sweet Papa Lou Donaldson
For a Wonderland of Jazz
at our 2019 Finale!
Thanks to Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan
An evening of amazing music feat. Groove Soul Band
& Leon Foster Thomas!
Free community concerts
under the stars!
Thanks to all for joining us
for this Very Special Evening!
Sunshine Jazz Organization
Celebrates Our 33rd Season!
Thanks to FABULOUS JOE DONATO Quintet!
The 10th Annual
SOUTH FLA JAZZ HALL OF FAME!
Induction Ceremony & Concert
Honoring Sax Legend "Sweet Papa" Lou Donaldson
and Founder of Blue Note Records Miami, Bob Perry
Founded by Ms. Alice Day
The Monthly Sunshine Jazz Concert Series
"MOJO IKE & VAL WOODS EXPERIENCE" 6/23/19!
5/26/19 Eddy Balzola & ORIENTE!
jazz blues rhythm & soul
MUSIC IN THE PARK!
Friday May 10, 2019
(rescheduled date due to rain)
MARYEL EPPS BAND
YAMIN MUSTAFA BAND
Carole Ann Taylor
w/ The Tal Cohen Trio
The Neil Bacher Quintet
THE GROOVE SOUL BAND
Feb 24, 2019...
South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame Inductee
Legendary Jazz Steel Pan Maestro
Special Guest BRENDA ALFORD
~ FABULOUS 2018 SJO EVENTS ~
SJO's Annual Holiday Jazz Celebration
Ms. Alice Day and Very Special Friends!
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2018
~ Music in The Park ~
Friday Dec 7, 2018
"Jean Caze presents Amédé"
"Miss Gia Wyre"
Sunshine Jazz Organization Celebrates Our 32nd Season!
Thank you Ms. Alice Day!
The 9th Annual South Florida
Jazz Hall of Fame
WOW! What an evening in celebration of SJO's 31st year.
Thank you all for making it so special.
SJO Sponsors JAZZ! Jan 12 & 14...
The 41st Annual ART DECO Weekend!
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Friday Dec 1st, 2017 MUSIC IN THE PARK
THANK YOU! Carole Ann Taylor w/ Bobby Thomas, Jr. & Tal Cohen
plus Dr. Edward G. Robinson & The Instant Attraction Band
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A BEAUTIFUL WAY TO END SJO'S 2017 CONCERT SERIES!
DANA PAUL & THE DREAM TEAM!
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, 6PM-9PM
Nov 19th Nicole Yarling Quintet
The show was truly Spectacular!
Jim Gasior-Chuck Bergeron-Jean Caze-John Yarling
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Thanks DANNY BURGER Quartet!
Thank you to
The great Maryel Epps Ensemble!
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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!
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
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
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
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
To Ms. Rochelle Lightfoot
and your Fabulous Big Band!
October 23rd Miami Shores CC.
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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
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!
THE SOUTH FLORIDA JAZZ HALL OF FAME
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
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
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
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
Published since 1987!
Now Online too!
SUNDAY JUNE 23rd
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
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. 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.
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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.
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