Overture to Overtown: Carole Ann Taylor w/ the Jim Gasior Trio
All Jazz performances from April 1 thru April 30, 2023 are presented as part of The Betsy’s 11th Annual Overture to Overtown Jazz Festival.
6PM TO 12AM
CAROLE ANN TAYLOR, VOCALS - Carole Ann Taylor, a connoisseur of classic jazz, is Miami’s most soulful jazz and cabaret singer. CAT, as she is affectionately called by her fans, began singing as a child in the choir of her father’s historic Baptist church in Harlem and at her alma mater, Central State University. She began her professional career in the 1960’s where she performed on TV, at park festivals and clubs, including the 21 Club and leading resorts. She performed in New York City, Cleveland, Washington, D.C., the Catskills, U.S. Virgin Islands and Miami. She was the recipient of a five year contract from Duke Ellington in 1970 and studied under Luther Henderson, Duke Ellington’s vocal coach, as well as Brooks Alexander. She has performed with Lionel Hampton, Cedar Walton, Buck Clayton, Buddy Tate, Danny Mixon, Bobby Watson, Curtis Lundy, Donald Smith, Jet Nero, Howard Moss, Jim Gasior, Allen Paul, Tal Cohen and South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame recipients Pete Minger, Eric Knight, Billy Rolle, Jimmy Crawford, Don Mosely and Ray Ray. She performed in Miami at several clubs including the former Playboy Club, Tobacco Road, the Mutiny, Regine’s the Gingerman and Jazid. Since returning to her vocal career after a 30 year hiatus to raise her sons and run her businesses she has performed at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, Music In The Park, SJO Sundays, Sunny Isles Jazz Festival, African Heritage Theatre, Red Rooster Miami and regularly appears at the Betsy Hotel on Miami Beach and Casablanca on the Bay in the Doubletree Grand Hotel in downtown Miami.
JIM GASIOR, PIANO - Gasior has performed with Ricky Martin, Kelly Clarkson, Alih Jey, Chayanne, Little Richard, Michael Bolton, Jose Feliciano, Smokey Robinson, Benny Golson, Slide Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, Terell Stafford, Patti Austin, John Fedchock, Duffy Jackson, Jason Marsalis, Donald Harrison, Robin Eubanks, Jeremy Pelt, Jay Leonhart and the Jaco Pastorius Reunion Big Band. Jim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Music and Jazz Performance, a Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy - both from University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, where he is in the final stages of his Doctorate in Jazz.