JAZZ AT THE MACC:
February 9 | 7:00
Music & Arts Community Center
13411 Shire Ln, Fort Myers
In 2020, Laila Biali was honored by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada with the Hagood Hardy Award for Excellence in Songwriting. In 2018 her self-titled album won a JUNO award (Canada’s GRAMMY) for “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year.”
Laila’s music is joyful, emotional, intense, moving, fun, and everything in between. It’ll make you want to get up and dance, and then make you cry – maybe in the same tune. Also joining the Gulf Coast Jazz Collective for this show is James Suggs on trumpet.
MEET YOUR MUSICIANS
Multi award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter, pianist and CBC Music national radio host Laila Biali has headlined festivals and venues spanning five continents from New York City’s Carnegie Hall to Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, and supported international icon Sting.
Drums, Director of Gulf Coast Jazz Collective
Paul Gavin is a Drummer, Teacher, Composer & Arranger in Tampa, FL. Since graduating from the University of South Florida in 2015 Paul has made his living exclusively as a freelance musician.
In 2009, he graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a focus on Jazz Studies. In the same year, Brandon became a member of the popular Florida-based jazz trio The Zach Bartholomew Trio. In 2012, the trio released their first album entitled “Out of This Town”, which received notable reviews from jazz critics. In 2015, Brandon performed at the world-famous Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club in New York City with the nationally recognized FSU Jazz Sextet joining members of the JALC Orchestra.
James Suggs began playing the trumpet at nine years of age. At fifteen, he started playing professionally with jazz groups in the Northeast Ohio area. At sixteen, James was selected to tour with THE CONTINENTAL SINGERS where he toured Switzerland, Holland, Germany and the US.
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Series Sponsored in part by
Victor & Jackie Solomon,
Robert Opatrny & Susan Sutherland
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