Tag Archives: John Lumpkin

Jazz at the Ritz

The second wave of Jazz Discovery Series artists is rolling in this fall at the . The series is curated by The University of North Florida graduate and jazz arranger, producer and artist . “Jacksonville loves jazz,” says Lumpkin. “The Jazz Discovery series introduces our community to amazingly talented musicians that are leading the next generation of jazz.” His band will serve as the house band for the newly created venture. In addition to being on staff at and , Lumpkin holds a Master’s Degree from Florida State University and has shared the stage with notable musicians, including Delfeayo Marsalis, Wycliff …

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Cool Tunes for Hot Nights: The Ritz Jazz Discovery Series

BY LIZA MITCHELL The Jazz Discovery Series at the Ritz Theatre & Museum is a new effort to highlight some of the hottest new jazz artists from around the country at an affordable cost. “We wanted to provide Jacksonville’s jazz lovers with concert experience of top notch quality at a price that is low enough for people to take a risk and see a performer they might not have heard of yet,” says , Director of The Ritz Theatre & Museum. , the first  runner-up of the Thelonious Monk International Vocal competition, kicks off the series at 8pm on Friday, …

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Jacksonville Jazz Collective play the masters

 once said that “the wise musicians are those who play what they can master.” Members of the  not only have the chops to play the music of the masters who’ve inspired them, they also honor their legacy by reimagining the compositions of their musical heroes in an original and creative way without compromising the integrity of the original piece. “Our goal is to perform unique arrangements of standards, paying respect to the tradition while also playing the music in a different and modern way,” says pianist . “We wanted to create a group that we felt was representative of our …

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