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  Florida Jazz  
  by Dustin Garlitz  

         January 2005:      

        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.