2013 JJA Gainesville FL Jazz Hero Award Party

Gainesville, FL

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2013 JJA Gainesville FL Jazz Hero Award Party 

2013 JJA Gainesville FL Jazz Hero: Marty Liquori 

Award Party Date: Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Location: Leonardo's 706

706 West University Avenue 

Gainesville, Florida

Live Music by the Marty Liquori Jazztet

Start Time: 7:30 PM

Reservations: (352) 378-2001

JJA Award Presenter/Party Host: Dustin Garlitz




Marty Liquori is a jazz guitarist, bandleader, board member and producer of concerts for North Central Florida's leading jazz organization, the Gainesville Friends of Jazz; he's also founder and producer of the Gainesville Jazz Festival. Liquori first moved to Gainesville in 1972 to attend graduate school at the University of Florida, and took up board responsibilities for the Grainesville FOJs in the late '90s. Throughout his tenure he's brought renowned jazz artists from across the U.S. and abroad to historic downtown Gainesville. 

Lest his acknowledgement as a Jazz Hero be attributed only to his producer and presenter roles, though, here's the JJA's 2012 Gainesville Jazz Hero Gary Langford (founding director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Music Emeritus at the University of Florida) on Marty: "Through thick and thin, for years and years, Marty Liquori has kept the jazz scene alive in Gainesville. Not only in producing concerts for the Gainesville Friends of Jazz, but in his own personal dedication to the art form. He is constantly practicing, learning new tunes, and picking my brain every time I see him about some aspect of jazz. His dedication is second to none. We are lucky to have him!"

Liquori's Jazztet plays at Gaineville's top venues weekly. In fact, he's had a long-standing twice weekly gig at Leonardo's 706, where he will accept his Jazz Hero Award at a party on Thursday, April 25. In addition to working in the modern idiom with his Jazztet, Liquori also leads a combo focused on the "gypsy jazz" of guitarist Django Reinhardt and the Quintette du Hot Club de France, a vibrant addition to what's become a thriving jazz scene. His lively performances, his prolific production work and his leadership of our festival has secured his status as one of the most remarkable figures hereabouts, and makes him well deserving of celebration as the 2013 JJA Gainesville Jazz Hero

--Dustin Garlitz