Friday, June 5th @ 7:30 PM
Get ready for the new season of The Ritz: Amateur Night—Step Up 2 the Mic! This season, we’re bringing the party to amateur night with a DJ! Each month we’ll have special guest performances from local artist; jaw-dropping dance crews; you never know what to expect from show host—Octavius Davis! and—you—the liveliest audience, in the south, can still applaud or boo contestants as they compete for prizes. this isn't just a talent show…it’s The Ritz: Amateur Night …STEP UP 2 THE MIC! Sponsored by McGowan Spinal Rehabilitation Center.
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. Proceeds from this concert will benefit students at Valor & Virtue Academies.
This show is a Jacksonville Jazz Fest Approved event
Friday, June 12th @ 8 PM
The Ritz Theatre & Museum introduces it's new concert series, entitled: 'Jazz Discovery Series'; which premiers some of the most compelling up & coming jazz vocalist from around the country. In the month of June, we present--Charenee Wade.
First Runner-Up in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition, Charenee Wade is a notable singer, composer, arranger and educator who received her degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Her accolades include Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program where she performed her original music at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; being one of the talented four chosen for the Dianne Reeves Young Artist Workshop at Carnegie Hall; 1st Runner-Up at the Jazzmobile Vocal Competition; and being selected for the JAS Academy Summer Sessions, 2007-09, directed by Christian McBride.
Friday, July 24th @ 8 PM
The Ritz Theatre & Museum introduces it's new concert series, entitled: 'Jazz Discovery Series'; which premiers some of the most compelling up & coming jazz vocalist from around the country. In the month of June, we present--Brianna Thomas.
In 2001 and 2002, Brianna was a resident at the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program – an international artist-in-residence program that assembles a select group of jazz musicians to perform their original compositions at the Kennedy Center. At “Jazz Ahead” she worked with a host of premier jazz educators and performers including renowned vocalist Carmen Lundy, drummer Winard Harper, saxophonist Nathan Davis, trumpeter Jimmy Owens, legendary trombonist Curtis Fuller and many others.
The Wall Street Journal referred to Brianna as “the best young jazz singer of her generation”; and rightfully so, as Brianna has performed with many legendary jazz musicians, including: Clark Terry, Wycliffe Gordon, Victor Goines, Junior Mance, Charles Tolliver, Reggie Workman, Frank Wess, Paul West, Fred Anderson, Jimmy Owens, Norman Simmons, Art Barron, Winard Harper and Russian Jazz Icon and Big Band Leader, Igor Butman.
Saturday, August 22nd @ 8 PM
The Ritz Theatre & Museum introduces it's new concert series, entitled: 'Jazz Discovery Series'; which premiers some of the most compelling up & coming jazz vocalist from around the country. In the month of June, we present--Gina Saputo.
Gina Saputo is a vocalist, entertainer, clinician and arranger who has already established herself as one of the hippest rising headliners on the scene.
Gina was among seven musicians chosen by Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard and Wayne Shorter to study at the Thelonius Monk Institute. During her time with the institute, she performed for the State Department in Washington, D.C., and toured Viet Nam with Herbie Hancock and Nnenna Freelon.
Gina has appeared at the Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival. She won first place at the Big Stage Vocal competition and was the vocalist for the Orange County Music Awards winning band for Best Jazz in Orange County. She’s also headlining at Club Nokia at LA Live!