Italian Dining With Music
September 22nd • 6 to 9 PM
Featured Musician: Ray Hitchell, Piano
Ray Hitchell has been a mainstay on The Emerald Coast for over 40 years, having relocated here after four years of performing with The U.S. Air Force Band in Europe. Well known as one of the area’s most versatile musicians, he is currently in his 21st year as house pianist at The Sandestin Hilton/Seagar’s restuarant He has appeared in several area jazz festivals, including six performances at The Pensacola Jazz Festival.
September 29th • 6 to 9 PM
Featured Musician: Jim Andrews, Sax
Jim Andrews was born in Kansas City. He played with many bands in the mid-west area and I was inducted in the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Bonesteel band with charted song “Wheels”. He lived in Los Angeles doing studio work and toured and worked with groups such as Spyder Turner and Piranha. Later on relocated to the Gulf Coast area where he was working with notable artist as Jimmy Hall, Aaron Neville, Vince Vance and The Vallients and did recording with other artists.
Smooth Jazz and R&B music is his favorite style to play. Also plays latin and reggae style of conga. I was highly mentored by Grover Washington Jr Kansas City Blues. His strong influences are The Crusaders, Stanley Turrentine, Maseo Parker, David Sanborn, Michael Brecker.
Currently Jim resides in Pensacola, Florida working in various venues on the Gulf Coast including recording sessions and concerts. His CD “Moods” receives airplay on local radio.