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Best Spots to Watch Live Jazz in Broward and Palm Beach

We might not be New Orleans or New York, but South Florida has a large audience craving the uniquely American sounds of jazz. All around Broward and Palm Beach Counties are venues where performers take the stage following the great lineage of Satchmo, Bird, and Miles. Here are ten spots where you can count on getting your jazz fix. 
10. Soulful Jazz Sundays at Gulfstream Park
Bummed that you didn't do well at the poker table, slots, or horse races? Gulfstream has a cure to make sure you don't end the weekend with a sour disposition. Every Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m., saxophonist Travis Bridges takes the stage at Champions Plaza to soothe you with his Soulful Jazz Sundays.
9. Sunday Jazz Brunch at Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk
The first Sunday of every month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the City of Fort Lauderdale presents free jazz performances by local artists. Kids and pets are invited to attend. Three different stages with three different acts ensure there will be something for everyone. 
8. Q-Bar Burgers & Blues
This New Orleans-inspired gastropub opened this past January with a commitment to providing live music to Fort Lauderdale. They advertise craft beer, wine, liquor, a chef-driven menu, and live jazz and blues.
7. South Florida Jazz
This Plantation-based organization's mission statement is to provide "performance venues for musicians, local, regional, national, and international, whom we regard as treasured talents." Their season 25 kickoff concert is on November 5 at Miniaci Performing Arts Center featuring Etienne Charles, a Trinidadian trumpeter.
6. Gold Coast Jazz Society
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Gold Coast Jazz Society in Fort Lauderdale curates a seven-concert jazz series presented in the Amaturo Theater each year from November through May. This year's program starts off with Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers on November 9 and Jon Faddis Quartet on December 14.
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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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