Orchestra Loosens Up ‘JAZZ Jam’


Trombonist Frank Wosar.

The Space Coast Symphony JAZZ Orchestra presents a swinging October concert that highlights the many colors of jazz music, along with a dance exhibition. JAZZ Jam gets underway at 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 21 at Vero Beach High School Performing Arts Center, 1707 16th Street.  Jazz Trombone Professor at Valencia College, Frank Wosar leads some of Florida’s finest jazz musicians performing works by Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Count Basie, Arturo Sandoval, Miles Davis, George Gershwin and more.  The concert will feature a wide variety of jazz styles, including traditional New Orleans jazz, Swing, Ska, Funk, Blues, Pan-Caribbean Salsa, Boogaloo and Go-go. The playlist includes “Caravan,” “Dig,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” “April in Paris,” “Advanced Funk” and many more exciting tunes.  New Zealand dance sensation and Walt Disney World choreographer, Joanne Collins, will team up with fellow professional Kaitlyn Cahalen to perform dance numbers alongside the jazz orchestra.  $25 advance tickets for adults are available through the orchestra website at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or at beachside and mainland branches of Marine Bank & Trust.  Tickets at the door are $30.  JAZZ Jam is free for those aged 18 and under or with a student ID.  For more information, call toll free to 855-252-7276 or visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org.  

Space Coast Symphony Orchestra Conductor and Artistic Director, Aaron T. Collins leaves the jazz conducting to Jazz Trombone Professor, Frank Wosar.  “Frank’s bio reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of jazz,” said Collins. “He’s played in Grammy-winning groups and personally won four Downbeat Awards and international recognition for his jazz solos.  Between the talent onstage and a pair of outstanding dancers, this will be one swinging jazz concert.”

 The SCSO is one of only a handful of orchestras nationwide to perform year-round. For more information about the Space Coast Symphony’s Tenth Anniversary 2018-19 Season or the Symphony for Everyone discount ticket program, please visit www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org or call toll-free (855) 252-7276.  For mobile devices, download the free interactive SCSO app from Google Play or the Apple App Store.

ABOUT FRANK WOSAR — Frank Wosar holds a Masters degree in Music Education from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelors degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami. He played solo chair in the Grammy Award winning jazz band the CJB at UM all four years that he attended. He has been awarded the Down Beat Award for outstanding jazz solo four times and two times by the IAJE. Currently he is the adjunct Jazz Trombone Professor at Valencia College and freelances as a trombone player at many venues in town. He is also frequent sub for Disney’s Grand Floridian Society Orchestra and BB Kings Blues Club. Frank has had the privilege to have played with The Supremes, Hootie and the Blow Fish, John Michael Montgomery, Mark Anthony, Gloria Estafan, Willie Chirino, Ray Ruiz salsa Orchestra, Paul Ankia, Jim Belushi, Jim Widner Big Band, John Fedchock Big Band, Ed Calle Big Band, Arturo Sandavol, Duffy Jackson Big Band, Sam Rivers, KC and the Sunshine Band, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (Buddy Morro), the Glenn Miller Orchestra and many more. He would like to acknowledge and thank the Ocala Jazz Society for the scholarship he received in 1998.

 ABOUT THE SPACE COAST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA— The SCSO is a lively and passionate Central Florida orchestra comprised of professional musicians, music educators and mentored amateurs of exceptional ability.  The Orchestra was formed by Conductor and Artistic Director Aaron T. Collins with a two-fold mission: to provide mentoring and performance opportunities for Florida’s finest young musicians as well as to provide professional concerts at genuinely affordable prices.  The ultimate goal of the organization is to help ensure the symphonic tradition for the enjoyment of future generations.

35-year old Aaron T. Collins is garnering recognition for his achievements.  LEAD Brevard named the ambitious Collins one of their “4 under 40” Young Professionals, the youngest-ever recipient of the honor.  Space Coast Business magazine listed him as one of Brevard’s “100 Most Admired Businesspeople.” Collins is a past recipient of the Richard A. Stark Award for cultural leadership from the Cultural Council of Indian River County. Through his personal involvement with more than a dozen performing arts groups, pioneering reciprocal ad program and social media cross promotions, Collins has gained a reputation for generosity; championing other arts organizations throughout Central Florida for the cultural enrichment of the community. 

The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra performs in several very comfortable venues in Brevard and Indian River counties, with advance general admission tickets priced at just $25.  School-aged children 18 years and under are admitted free of charge, as are college students with a valid ID.  In keeping with their mission, the symphony provides a unique Symphony for Everyone ticketing program, a “pay-what-you-can” option designed to provide substantially discounted admission to any Space Coast Symphony concert.  Relying on a non-traditional orchestra model and a slim budget, the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra is one of only 19 U.S. orchestras to perform year-round. In addition to maintaining the Space Coast Symphony JAZZ Orchestra and Space Coast Symphony Wind Orchestra, the non-profit organization also has a youth orchestra and provides numerous separate and free ensemble performances. More information about the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming concerts, ticket sales, venues, directions and sponsorship opportunities is available at www.SpaceCoastSymphony.org by calling toll free (855) 252-7276.

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