Two Performances! 

Friday April 6   -   8:00 pm

Palladium Theater - The Side Door

253 5th Avenue N, St. Petersburg

Monday April 9   -   7:30 pm

Court Cabaret - Florida Studio Theatre
1241 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota

Synia Carroll

A native of Philadelphia, Synia relocated to Sarasota in 2014 from Connecticut in what would prove to be a musical turning point. It was shortly after this move that Synia’s love and appreciation for Jazz took hold and flourished. Her intuitive understanding and natural feel for this music was quickly recognized by musicians and audiences in the Sarasota and St Petersburg area and she has been described as a ‘rising star’. Synia has had the opportunity to be a featured vocalist in a variety of venues, including; David Manson’s Helios Jazz Orchestra at the Palladium in St. Petersburg and Al Hixon’s Under Heard Herd Concert. Synia, frequently accompanied by the Billy Marcus Trio, has also been spotlighted on the Giving Hunger The Blues Concert Jazz Stage, the Jazz Concert Series at WDNA in Miami, Florida, as well as several Jazz at Two Concerts sponsored by the Sarasota Jazz Club. Most recently, Synia was featured at The Sun Coast Jazz Classic with The Al Downing AllStars.

Billy Marcus

Billy Marcus, who now lives in St. Petersburg, FL is the son of the great “stride” pianist, Marie Marcus. Billy began his professional career in 1968 in the Boston/Cape Cod area. In 1974, Marcus moved to Miami where he formed his own quartets and quintets. He did regularly-scheduled live radio broadcasts and performed at all of Miami and South Florida’s major festivals. In 1982, Marcus was named Miami’s Best Musician by Miami/South Florida Magazine. Recently, Marcus was inducted into the South Florida Music Hall of Fame.

Stephen Bucholtz

Experienced in both classical and jazz, drummer Stephen Bucholtz has performed on drum set for a variety of groups, ranging from trios to big bands. Stephen has performed with artists such as Chuck Redd, Ken Peplowski, Harry Allen, Jon-Erik Kellso, Roni Ben-Hur, Buster Cooper, and John Lamb. He can currently be heard performing around the Tampa Bay area with a variety of artists. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of South Florida. After receiving his degree, he continued his studies at the New England Conservatory of Music as a graduate student.

Jeremy Carter
Born and raised in Nebraska, Jeremy began playing saxophone at age nine. All through his schooling, he studied everything from jazz to pop, and played keyboards as well. He then moved to Florida, where he has performed along side many national artists like Air Supply, Alcoustic Alchemy, John Blackwell and Preston Love.  In 2011 Jeremy joined None Other, adding both great keyboards and amazing sax solos to every show.

Billy Pillucere

One of the most popular bass players on the West Coast of Florida, Billy Pillucere has many years of experience playing the bass with just about everyone on
the music scene on Florida’s West Coast, including: Dick Hyman, Tal Farlow, Ted Rosenthal, Kenny Drew Jr., Manfredo Fest, and Susanna McCorkle (with
the Florida Orchestra). Billy studied at the University of South Florida with Professor Dee Moses (principle bassist with the Florida Orchestra) and was the bassist of the USF Big Band and Combo One. He also played with Benny Golson, Nat Adderley, and Peter Erskine.

C. Michael Bailey
Wednesday, November 8, 2016

Synia embraces the divine Sarah Vaughan

    with Two Performances...

Synia Carroll: Here’s To You...
Et in terra. Honesty in music is expressed in its simplicity. The first right thing that vocalist Synia Carroll does on her debut recording, Here's to You... is employ a jazz piano trio, the subatomic format for jazz: piano, bass, and drums. The second thing that Carroll does is fix her art in the earth, something older artists fail to do until later in their career, to their considerable disadvantage as I hear it. Carroll does two things here also. She mixes the frankly carnal with the grown up in "Be My Husband." This is responsible, grown up music like that of Dr. Louise Van Aarsen and Sue Sheriff. Grownups making grownup music. The second is she presents her art unadorned with synthetic production, to very great effect. Wow...this is how it is supposed to sound. 

In a baker's dozen of standards (and not-so-standards) Carroll thrusts her sword in the ground, announcing her presence. The singer demonstrates a cheeky sense of humor in a performance of "My Favorite Things" introduced as Miles Davis' 4/4 modal "Milestones" before transforming into the more familiar waltz-time. Carroll's delivery is muscular and vibrant...a nice take on a well-worn jazz warhorse. Pianist Billy Marcus punctuates his solo with staccato runs and bluesy glisses. This performance cooks. As hot as "Favorite Things" is, the singer and trio ably cool off for a tender "My Foolish Heart." Mongo Santamaria's "Afro Blue" is taken humidly over the top with some deft drumming from Stephen Buckholtz}} and Max Kelly's sensual percussion. Carroll is in full flight with a scat full of the Islands. 

The cool diptych of Bob Dorough's "Devil May Care" and Burke and Webster's "Black Coffee" show that a single coin has two different sides while remaining the same body. The former is a brisk reading heavy on the downbeat, wide open for Carroll's exacting delivery. On the latter, Carroll adopts a more relaxed posture, full of burnt joe and honey. The singer proves her bilingual bona fides with a spirited "Tristeza" before closing with a potent "Here's to Life." Synia Carroll makes her debut as a fully formed creative entity. This disc is not a trial balloon testing the often-fickle jazz audience. It is a definitive statement of an artist who has arrived and done so definitively.