Saxophonist Jackiem Joyner is far from complacent and staid in his sound and style. Known best for masterfully performing alto and soprano saxophone, Joyner has played alongside Grammy-nominated saxophonist Gerald Albright and internationally renowned keyboardist Keiko Matsui.
Joyner’s latest album, “Evolve,” marks a return to the contemporary jazz-urban instrumentals for which he achieved notoriety. Joyner was named Debut Artist of the Year for his 2007 debut, “Babysoul,” by Smooth Jazz News. His sophomore set, “Lil’ Man Soul,” registered a pair of number one Billboard hits with “I’m Waiting For You” reigning for 12 weeks and winning Song of the Year honors at the 2009 American Smooth Jazz Awards. Two singles from Joyner’s self-titled third record climbed into Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Songs top three. 2012’s “Church Boy” landed on Billboard’s Jazz Albums and Top Gospel Albums charts.
Mix a little country and Cajun with a touch of rock and roll and blues, and you’ll get a sense of the funky Louisiana flavor Amanda Shaw serves up every time her high heels step onto a stage. This immensely talented fiddler and singer, renowned for her sincere demeanor and sassy sense of style, has released five critically acclaimed EPs and albums and become a mainstay of the Louisiana festival circuit.
Since emerging in 2011 with a unique hybrid of jazz, hip-hop neo-soul, rock and R&B, the Katz Downstairz have become a household name in their native city of Jacksonville. Their years of experience and discipline show when they take the stage as evidenced by an ever-growing legion of fans.
A local favorite and longtime friend of the Zoo, Danny Morris and his band have travelled all over North America to play venues of all sorts and sizes. Morris is the former guitarist of the Nighthawks and shared the stage with numerous artists before he formed his own band with bassist Mike Tolnay and drummer Frank Hetzler. The band incorporates ska, jazz, flamenco, samba and ‘50s rock into their surf rock sound.
“Never watered down!” Whisky Six has quickly become a South Florida favorite. Their modern country music selections are engaging and fun, throwing in classics from Cash, Strait, Yoakam and others. Making up the band are members Tony Adair, Mike Betters, Colgan Bryan, Ron Cooper, Gary Golob and Marcelo Nascimento.
A young musician from Georgia, Jeff Bynum is now making waves in Florida by combining vocals, guitar, percussion, violin and bass in his set. Bynum has been praised as a musical steamroller and a multi-instrumentalist, blending styles from Shostakovich to Daft Punk. He is a former member of Big City Sunrise and is now focusing on his singer/songwriter career.
A fixture of the Space Coast music scene, Cover Story performs exciting pop and rock hits from the ’90s, ’00s and today. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!
Inspired by artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, and more recently Lauryn Hill, Kristen Warren’s voice demands your attention. She is moved by the jazzier sound of music, in which she blends classic and modern stylings perfectly. Warren has vocally assisted American Idol contestants and reprised the role of Bille Holiday in a sold-out run of the stage play Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.
Penny Creek Band is a contemporary bluegrass band based out of Melbourne, Florida. This unique group combines traditional bluegrass, vintage country and original material with tons of energy and excitement! With smooth harmonies, heavy rhythm and dynamic instrumentation, Penny Creek Band produces heartfelt, hard-driving music that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats!
LUVU is a young, dynamic variety band that specializes in pop, EDM, R&B, rock, reggae and jazz. Addicted to delivering memorable performances, LUVU concocts exciting, fast-paced dance mixes that are guaranteed to flood the dance floor!
Amaya is a performing singer/musician from Merritt Island, Florida. Formerly with the Gemini Band, Amaya performs covers of familiar classics as well as modern songs. She plays guitar, piano, ukulele and harmonica and is accompanied by her father Steve on the keyboard.
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