THE FABULOUS WOFSEYs!
ALICES at St. Andrews/Panama City
JUNE 18, 2019
A Gulf Jazz Society Presentation
A swinging and exciting jazz quartet performed a program of jazz standards at Alice’s on Bayview at 1000 Bayview in St. Andrews on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.
The ensemble featured noted flutist Dr. Jill Wofsey, and Gary Wofsey, trumpet and flugelhorn artist, with Steve Gilmore on bass, and Charles Pagano on drums.
Dr. Jill Wofsey is a professional flutist, pianist, bassist, teacher, and clinician. She received a Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and degrees from the University of Minnesota and Eastman School of Music.
Dr. Wofsey is bassist and co-leader of the Gary Wofsey Jazz Orchestra. A Yamaha Performing Artist, she was voted into the 67th annual Downbeat Reader’s Poll and has served as chairman of the National Flute Association Jazz Committee.
Brass player Gary Wofsey, also a Yamaha Performing Artist, has toured with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Originally from Connecticut, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and later settled in New York. In New York he formed a 13-piece jazz orchestra featuring some of the best jazz musicians in the city. Wofsey is known for his unique ability to play trumpet and flugelhorn simultaneously.
Bassist Steve Gilmore, a three-time Grammy award winner, is regarded as one of the finest jazz bassists in the world. He was Tony Bennett’s bassist for five years; and has toured internationally and recorded with many jazz icons.
Drummer Charles Pagano is in reality a gifted percussionist who adds to the excitement of any performance and stimulates creativity in the improvising members of the group.
50% of the net proceeds from this event were set aside for an “Oaks-by-the-Bay Park restoration fund”.
The 2019 Jazz By The Bay event took place October 4, 2019 in Panama City, Florida.