Saxophonist Sam Rivers now lives in Central Florida's Orlando, just miles away
from Disney World. Bassist Sam Jones was from Jacksonville in
North Florida and Coltrane bassist Jimmy
Garrison was born in Miami. Tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp was originally from
South Florida's Fort
Lauderdale, and the Adderley brothers were also from that city.
Florida’s top musician today is Ira Sullivan, who lives in Miami. A lot
of big acts are now being booked at the new Jazziz Bistro in
South Florida's Hollywood. Copies of their magazine are placed in the rooms of the
hotel which occupies the surrounding area of the bistro.
There are several festivals throughout the Sunshine State which attract
national attention, including one in Jacksonville in the Northeastern
part of the State. Miles Davis played that festival, and when he
performed he kept his back turned towards the audience. There are
many opportunities to catch top quality jazz acts here in Florida.
The bigger cities usually attract the better gigs, but you would be
surprised to see how great some of the jazz clubs in the smaller cities
are. If you are on South Beach for vacation, stop by Jazid
on the corner of 13th Street and Washington Avenue.