Michael Bisio – Master Artist Outreach: Live Performance

Cutting-edge jazz bassist Michael Bisio – best known for his collaborative work with firebrands (and Timucua favorites) Matthew Shipp and Joe McPhee – will be taking part in the fall edition of New Smyrna’s Atlantic Center for the Arts Master Artist Residency Program. The BBC has hailed Bisio as “fleet-fingered and pitch-perfect,” and his various projects with Shipp and solo are required listening for fans of avant-garde jazz.


Joe Gilabert Quintet Featuring Danny Jordan

The Joe Gilabert Quintet will feature some of Orlando’s finest jazz musicians at Timucua white house! Danny Jordan, an educator and musician since 1976, joins the quintet after playing with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and Barry Manilow. The quintet will perform original pieces by Gilabert, a seasoned jazz player, whose compositions are rooted in a modern contemporary style that represents his 25-year experience in the NYC jazz scene. Don’t miss a wonderful performance!

Joe Gilabert – composer / Guitar

Dan Jordan – Tenor/ Soprano / Flute

Mark McKee – Piano

Charlie Silva – Bass

Walt Hubbard – Drums

Art: Jean-Claude Rasch

$10-$20 donation suggested. Please bring food or wine to share.

Alterity Chamber Orchestra

Alterity Chamber Orchestra makes the debut of their full 15-pieces ensemble, featuring top local musicians performing the works of acclaimed composers of our time. Julius Eastman’s Stay On It (1973) exemplifies his innovative combination of minimalism and pop-music. Nina Young’s Traced Upon Cinders evokes fading childhood memories, while Amy Beth Kirsten’s Drink Me, depicts the macabre elements of children’s stories and fairy tales. John Adams’ Son of Chamber Symphony exemplifies Adams’ compositional hallmarks: driving rhythms, cheeky musical quotes, beautiful and meandering melodies, and big finishes.

John Adams – Son of Chamber Symphony
Nina Young – Traced Upon Cinders
Julius Eastman – Stay on It
Amy Beth Kirsten – Drink Me

 Tickets: $20, general admission, $10 for members

The In-Between Series Presents Cortex at the Gallery at Avalon Island


Timucua Arts Foundation, Gallery at Avalon Island and The Civic Minded 5 present: The In-Between Series, featuring Cortex. 

About the Band:

Cortex are part of the Scandinavian renaissance drawing on the ideals of early U.S. free-jazz forms, using the instrumentation of the classic Ornette Coleman Quartet – saxophone, trumpet, double bass and drums. Coleman-esque are their forms based around knotty but catchy post-bop head melodies followed by less idiomatic jazz improvising. There is also an element of now-canonized ESP-Disk impertinence, where dynamics shift vertically to include irregular, and non-blues based sonic clouds.


Monika Ryan

Monika Ryan

Vocalist Monika Ryan brings a dramatic presence to the Timucua stage!   Joining her are Mark Feinman and John O’Leary of La Lucha and the incredible Larue Nickelson! This is sure to be a classic Timucua concert to remember.

A one-time resident of the Carnegie Hall “Neighborhood Concert Series,” she has performed at The Big Apple In Nonoichi Jazz Festival in Japan. Her albums recorded over the past two years include a largely improvised jazz album with pianist Chris White, titled “Sketches”; “Fly,” a modern pop/jazz concept piece exploring the life of aviation pioneer, Charles Lindbergh; a holiday album “Merry”; “Crash,” music published in 1929, with guitarist, David O’Rourke; and “Windmills,” a tribute to the legendary lyricists, Alan and Marilyn Bergman.

$10-$20 suggested donations. Please bring wine or food to share.

Brandon Robertson Quartet

Brandon Robertson, bass

This is going to be a show of ALL originals with one tribute jazz standard to the late Sam Rivers. The Brandon Robertson Quartet will perform new music that will be part of their very first Album “The Time is Now”, which they will start recording next Spring. The music is a mixture of Latin, Funk, and Straight Ahead traditional jazz!

  • Brandon Robertson: bass/bandleader
  • Tyler Wertman: trombone
  • Mason Margut: piano
  • Paul Gavin: drums

The event will also feature artist and Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan creating live.

$10-$20 donation suggested. Please bring food or wine to share.

Space Coast Big Band

Space Coast Big Band

The Space Coast Big Band is a 19-piece jazz orchestra led by trombonist Joel Greenblatt and is comprised of some of the finest musicians throughout Central Florida. The band has a wide array of musical stylings including Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Gordon Goodwin, and the modern and energetic Cherry Popping Daddies. The band includes NY bassist Bob DiTota, local drummer Bryan Gardenour, and trumpeter Eric Wright.

Zeena Parkins presented by Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Civic Minded 5

A pioneer in a most unusual musical form, Zeena Parkins brought jazz and freeform sensibilities to the harp, breaking new ground with electric amplification and unique percussive performance. The award-winning artist has played with a galaxy of innovators including Björk, Amy DeNio, Fred Frith, Yoko Ono, Butch Morris and more. As an Artist In Residence at the Atlantic Center For the Arts, she brings her passionate style to a new generation of artists.

Fernando Ferrarone Trio, Art: Roberto Gonzalez

At only 21 years of age, Berklee College of Music student Fernando Ferrarone has already been a part of the GRAMMY® Jazz Band and Music for All’s Jazz Band of America, won a DownBeat Student Music Award as a jazz soloist winner on trumpet and alto saxophone, and appeared in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra at the 2013 Monterey Jazz Festival (when he was 17). The Trio is rounded out by young New York drummer Chris Garriga and Peruvian bassist Mario Cuba.

Artist in Resonance: Ulysses Owens, Jr.

Ulysses Owens, Jr. is Timucua’s Artist in Resonance for September 2020! Ulysses is a Grammy-winning drummer and producer, an artist truly in the upper echelon of the Jazz world. He has recorded and performed with Christian McBride, Nicholas Payton, Wynton Marsalis, Monty Alexander, Dianne Schurr, Renee Fleming and Mulgrew Miller, just to name a few. For his AiR residency, Owens has chosen to collaborate with Harlem-based poet and musician Daphné Mia Essiet. The two will work together in the Timucua studio to create a world-premiere performance! Get your ticket to the live stream premiere!