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Jazz at Jackson’s: “Remembering Ella and Frank” with Ellen Vinson, Bobby van Deusen and Steve Gilmore

Join us at Jackson’s Steakhouse on Thursday, September 22, for our latest installment of “Jazz at Jackson’s.”

Back by popular demand, the featured performers for the evening are vocalist Ellen Vinson accompanied by noted pianist Bobby van Deusen. We are excited to announce that the duo will be joined by three-time Grammy award winning jazz bassist, Steve Gilmore. Together they will present a program highlighting the iconic works of Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. 

Most fans of American jazz would agree that Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra were the most popular and prolific entertainers of that genre. From the 30s to the 90s, Ella and Frank recorded hundreds of songs and entertained millions of people throughout the world. On September 22nd, Bobby, Ellen, and Steve will perform some of their favorite tunes from the American songbook. These are songs that tell a story and never go out of style. Featured composers include George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, and Richard Rodgers.

Ellen Vinson has loved singing jazz as long as she can remember. Although she graduated with a major in elementary education, she began college as a music major, singing jingles for radio and television in Tallahassee. Additionally, Ellen taught elementary school for over 30 years. She looks forward to sharing her interpretation of jazz classics, songs that tell a story, and never go out of style. For the past seven years she has enjoyed participating in our annual “Jazz at Jackson’s” as well as events benefitting numerous nonprofit organizations. 

Bobby van Deusen, a Philadelphia native, has been playing piano professionally for over 40 years. His credits include Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, The Dukes of Dixieland, Sammy Davis, Jr., Eartha Kitt, Della Reese, the Barbary Coast Dixieland Band, and the Delta Queen Steamboat Company. He is currently a touring artist with Allied Concert Tours. He is a two-time award winner for the “World’s Best Old Time Piano Competition” in Oxford, Mississippi. In addition to this special performance at Jackson’s, van Deusen performs six nights a week at the Sandestin Hilton. Bobby will include some music written specifically for the piano for this event.

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 including Phil Woods, The National Jazz Ensemble, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Tony Bennett, Michele LeGrand, Tom Waits, Dave Liebman, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Susannah McCorkle, and Eddie Jefferson to name just a few. Steve currently heads the local Gulf Jazz Society as Artistic Director, booking jazz talent from nearby cities including Destin, Pensacola, and Tallahassee to perform locally in Bay County.

There will be two seatings for this event: 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. In addition to our full dinner menu, which will be available for the evening, Chef Miller has prepared a special-feature entrée: Wagyu short rib with cane-roasted butternut squash, beef debris dirty rice and cognac demi-glace.

This is a limited-seating event. To reserve your table, please call Jackson’s Steakhouse, 850-469-9898.


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