April 4, 2015 @ 8pm
In 2001, Pieces of a Dream signed with Heads Up International and celebrated their 25th anniversary with what was undoubtedly their best album in years, Acquainted with the Night. The group’s silver anniversary release featured guitarist Ronny Jordan, vocalist Maysa Leak, and saxophonists Gerald Albright and Kenny Blake. Highlights included compositions from Albright and Michael Bearden, along with remakes of “Mahogany” and “Upside Down”. Acquainted with the Night generated two top-five singles on R&R's NAC chart.
April 17, 2015 @ 8pm
The grit of low-down country and urban blues with the bold brass of New Orleans; the hand-clapping fervor of gospel punctuated with fiery postmodern, jazz-infused horn arrangements; the haunting cries of work songs and pulsating drums that reach back to the real roots of it all.
May 2, 2015 @ 8PM
Dr. Lonnie Smith is an unparalleled musician, composer, performer and recording artist. An authentic master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades, he has been featured on over seventy albums, and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the greatest jazz, blues and R&B giants in the industry. Consequently, he has often been hailed as a “Legend,” a “Living Musical Icon,” and as the most creative jazz organist by a slew of music publications. Jazz Times magazine describes him as “a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a turban!” Always ahead of the curve, it is no surprise Dr. Smith’s fan-base is truly worldwide.
This show is a Jacksonville Jazz Fest Approved event
May 15, 2015 @ 8 PM
Returning to the Ritz on Friday, May 15th is four-time Grammy nominated, guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan. Known for his innovative ‘touch technique’ on guitar, Jordan broke Billboard Jazz charts with his Magic Touch album, in 1985; selling over 500,000 copies in the U.S. alone. Tickets go on-sale Saturday, February 28th.
This show is a Jacksonville Jazz Fest Approved event.
June 6, 2015 @ 8PM
With his aptly-titled SILVER SOUL 2014 CD release, saxophone superstar KIM WATERS celebrates his 25th year as a recording artist. SILVER SOUL is Kim’s 20 solo album and follows 16 Top 10 and 14 #1 singles, 4 #1 CDs and many millions of album unit sales.