Great music, the atmosphere of a New York nightclub in the first half of the twentieth century, dancers stepujących duels or jam session is one of the many attractions, which provided the audience held on Thursday evening in the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Cotton Club The Show, show music and dance presented by American artists.

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Two-time Tony nominee and Emmy winner André De Shields, who portrayed the title character in The Wiz 40 years ago as of January 2015, brought the house down at Carnegie Hall on Monday, June 23, 2014, where he sang “So You Wanted to Meet the Wizard” in his original Broadway costume as part of The Black Stars of The Great White Way Broadway Reunion: Live The Dream.

Our 21st Season opens with John Betsch and Longineu Parsons. Betsch and Longineu will also be joined by Keyboardist Lindsey Sarjeant.  They are both Jazz Greats and hail from Jacksonville, FL. John now lives in Paris and has a large following in Europe while Longineu lives in Florida but does not call Jacksonville home. They are both coming to us for a special concert on October 10, 2014.

Downtown Live Oak is preparing for their very first Jazz, Arts, and Blues Festival this October. The festival will launch on Friday, Oct. 24

Some Recent Comments about 21 Blue and Tribal Records:

The music you are about to hear on this remarkable CD is a trip up a broad river to its source, a journey from sophistication to simplicity, from intellect to emotion. This music is simultaneously a reduction of jazz, an expansion of blues, a blistering foray into funk, and a flirtation with jam-band rock. It is a synthesis of styles and a palate for improvi- sation that seamlessly strips away formal categories and takes dead aim at the heart of American music.

The material they chose to record mirrors the eclectic nature of the project, from Howlin’ Wolf to Hendrix to soul jazz. They paint a picture using every shade of blue, with their technical skill deftly applying the brushstrokes. I don’t know when I have had so much talent at work in our studios. It was a thrill for me just to be in the control room hold- ing my breath as the walked the musical tightrope between the various genres. I know it will be equally thrilling for you to listen and take this journey with these modern day masters back to where it all began. Spring water flows strong and pure. Drink your fill.”

Bob Greenlee President, King Snake Records From the Program notes of the Blues for 21st Century Album


Longineu and Ted put on a GREAT show Friday night. We had a better than average Fri- day attendance and all the comments were positive. Most of the folks that came stayed for all 3 sets, which says a lot about the band. It was so nice listening to accomplished musicians. There are a lot of musicians and plenty of guitar players, but few are at the level of Longineu and Ted. We want to get them back.”

Gary Anton Owner, Bradfordville Blues Club Tallahassee, Florida


Internationally acclaimed guitarist Ted Shumate has performed and/or recorded with some of the most famous musicians in the history of jazz and blues, such as: Nat Adderley for 10 years, Ira Sullivan, Red Rodney, Jimmy Cobb Kenny Drew Jr., Joey Barron, Chip McNeill, Kenny Werner, Garry Dial, Gumbi Ortiz, Longineu Parsons, Wynton Marsalis, Gonzalo Micl and many others.


Ted has been a guitar professor at Northwest Florida State Collage, and at Gulf Coasr College where was also the director of the jazz band and taught jazz improvisation courses. Shumate also taught at the prestigious Guitar Institute Of Technology at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California.


Ted holds an Associate Of Arts degree from St. Petersburg College, Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies and Composition from Eckerd College, Masters of Humanities from Tiffin University and is a graduate of the Musicians Institute.


Ted has recorded 7 CDs under his own name, his most recent being “Mediterranean Midnight”. He has played on countless other CDs by numerous artists in the U.S.A. and abroad. Currentlly he is recording for Tribal Records and his music is available on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and most retail music outlets.

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I know it may be...( that 21 Blue thwarts your resource of accolades, Allen Kanovsky?)

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 8/18/13

 ...hard to believe, but, I don't know where to begin about last night at Arts Garage. Let's try the name of the band. "21Blue". Translation, BLUES for the 21st Century. Meaning now. This is not your father's BLUES band. This is a JAZZ band which is all inclusive, BLUES to bop, Miles to Howlin' Wolf. All of it in their own voice and all of it very good. I was warned before going that this band would "blow me away". Yeah, yeah. I've heard that a gazillion times before. This time it happened.

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Published on Aug 18, 2013

Blues for the 21st century, featuring Longineu Parsons and Ted Shumate, that will take you from Louis Armstrong to Howlin' Wolf to Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix and beyond. Parsons has been hailed by critics 
internationally as one of the world's finest trumpet players.

He also performs on recorder, flute, percussion and is a vocalist. Acclaimed worldwide, guitarist Ted Shumate has performed and recorded with some of the most famous musicians in the history of jazz and blues.

"Professional, classy, smooth, sophisticated and urbane."—Jazz& Blues Florida Magazine

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