Timucua Announces Series of Ticketed Jazz Concerts through May
The ticketed concerts will take the organization to a new level of excellence in its jazz offerings, complementing its pay-what-you-can admission format for most of its Sunday evening events.
The series kicks off on March 12 with Jon Roniger and the Good for Nothin’ Band, a five-piece New Orleans-style jazz, blues, and funk group, and runs until May 29, with the appearance of guitarist Don Soledad, whose soulful flamenco sound combines Latin jazz and hint of bossa nova. Following Roniger, Timucua welcomes pianist, genre-bending composer and educator Dave Meder, who is becoming one of the most prominent artists of his generation.
The world-class performances will include renowned artists from as far afield as Sweden and Germany, encompassing a diversity of stiles. Offering accessible admission fees, jazz enthusiasts from around Central Florida and beyond are encouraged to attend. In addition, students, veterans, and active military personnel save 50 percent on all ticketed events.
“Dave Meder is a new voice among the best in the world of jazz,” says Benoit Glazer, Timucua’s artistic director. “He masters the piano to the point that labels are inadequate,” he says. “A true virtuoso, he rarely flashes technical brilliance; rather, he plays with music as a child plays with a new toy.” Meder’s latest release for piano trio, Passage, explores progressive ideas in harmony, rhythm, and improvisation, which earned him an ASCAP Foundation 2020 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award. Established in 2002, the accolade encourages young gifted jazz composers aged 30 or below.
All About Jazz has praised Meder for “inventing his music freely, bringing honky-tonk, swing, blues, rock-and-roll—in other words a vibrant hybrid of the whole American spectrum.” Constantly fresh and always surprising, the 29-year-old pianist has already found a uniquely versatile artistic voice, evident in Passage. “You will love Dave,” comments Glazer. “The loving playfulness behind every note he plays is captivating.”
Following Meder, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque make their second appearance at Timucua on March 20, after a spectacular debut in 2018. Bunnett, a five-time Juno Award winner and three-time Grammy Award nominee, has turned her bands and recordings into showcases of the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S., and Cuba. The internationally acclaimed Canadian instrumentalist is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring, and courageous artistry, while displaying her versatility as a saxophone player and pianist. “She’s at ease in the world of free jazz, cool, straight-ahead jazz, and folk-infused improvisational journeys,” says Glazer. “Her love of Cuban music and her desire to support and lift up other women musicians propels this project to the world stage.”
Bunnett’s exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music; her ability to embrace the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. Her latest project is Maqueque, which she is bringing to Timucua, is an all-female band of young Cuban artists who blend folkloric grooves and jazz. Bunnett has also received the Order of Canada, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and, most recently, the Premier’s Award for Excellence.
“The mix between Jane and the band elevates both parts to a new level of fusion that satisfies the soul and restores the mind,” says Glazer. “Just ask anyone who saw them at Timucua the last time they were in Orlando!”
The full line-up for March, April, and June is:
- March 12: Jon Roniger and The Good For Nothin’ Band—New Orleans Style
- March 14: Dave Meder Trio
- March 20: Jane Bunnett and Maqueque
- March 25: Per Danielsson—Tenor Sax Legacy Project
- March 29: Ella & The Bossa Beat
- April 13: Victor Prieto
- April 23: Ulysses Owens Quintet
- May 6: Peter Brötzman—FULL BLAST [Brötzmann-Pliakas-Wertmueller]