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The Betsy Hotel Presents Jazz Vocalist Carole Ann Taylor

Carole Ann Taylor

The Betsy Hotel Presents

Jazz Vocalist Carole Ann Taylor

'Third Thursdays' Monthly

with Brian Murphy on Piano

January 20, 2022, March 17, 2022, April 21, 2022, May 19, 2022,

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Brian Murphy @ the Piano From 6:00 PM to 11 PM

Miami, FL -- The Betsy Hotel is pleased to shine a light on Miami's first lady of jazz, vocalist Carole Ann Taylor on "Third Thursdays" monthly where she can be heard accompanied by pianist Brian Murphy. Known for her charming and uplifting stage presence, and as a driving force with an easy way - reflective of jazz’s improvisatory freedom, Taylor will be featured on January 20,2022, March 17, 2022, April 21,2022, and May 19, 2022 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Distinguished jazz pianist Brian Murphy will be performing from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

The Betsy’s Jazz program is the longest continually running series of its kind in the region, featuring live performances 9 times a week – from 6 to 11 PM nightly, and from 11 AM to 4 PM on Weekends during Brunch at LT Steak and Seafood. All performances are in the Lobby of The Betsy Hotel located at 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach.


Carole Ann Taylor is a skillful interpreter of other people's songs, she turns classic tunes like "You Can Have Him" by Nina Simone and "For All We Know" by Nat King Cole into poignant renditions, enriched by her own musical expression. "I am basically a singer of jazz standards," says Taylor. "I evoke another time when people sat in clubs and listened to music." But the nostalgia stops there. In contrast to her role as a soul singer, Taylor is progressive in her personal experiences. The balance between conviction and experimentation in her jazz singing voice is a natural extension of her speaking voice. And yet there is so much more.

Taylor was born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, started taking singing lessons as a child and listened to music constantly. Growing up, she sang in choirs in churches. Her father was a civil rights activist, social worker and a Baptist minister and her mother was a volunteer. Their fire and sense of community, Taylor notes, affected her attitude toward life. A jazz singer in the late '60s, she performed at fundraisers and political events whenever she could while working for New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller’s Women’s Unit, where Gloria Steinem and Evelyn Cunningham were also very much responsible for showing her the importance of legacy.

Faith is a big component of Carole Ann's success in all of life's arenas: as a mother, a Miami business owner, and a jazz icon. She keeps moving forward, with initiatives that include serving as a board member of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Multicultural Tourism Committee Chair of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, WDNA Jazz Radio and Viernes Culturales.

Brian M. MURPHY has enjoyed an esteemed career as a pianist, arranger, conductor, and producer - and has been associated with artists as diverse as Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Albert Collins, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Kevin Mahogany, Tom Scott, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, David Liebman, Bob Berg, Eddie Daniels, Plas Johnson, Wycliffe Gordon, Jackie Paris, Dame Shirley Bassey, Lucie Arnaz, Engelbert Humperdinck, Jack Jones, Bernadette Peters, Julie Budd, Nigel Kennedy, Caroline Rocher, The Diamonds, Hal Linden, Regis Philbin, Susan Lucci and many others. Brian is founder of Miami Jazz Cooperative, recognized Nationally as a leading force for jazz in South Florida.

The Betsy Hotel is a distinguished landmark hotel on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach and an award-winning gathering place for community building and the arts. Exquisitely designed with expansive inside and outside spaces, the Hotel’s robust expressions of culture includes rotating exhibitions in 9 public galleries, live jazz 9 times a week, an artist residency program that has hosted over 1000 visiting creatives, classical music pop-ups, and literary programs that include a large property library. Other creative elements include an #thebetsyorb, an egg-shaped sky bridge hailed as a groundbreaking piece of Miami Beach public art, a sculptural Poetry Rail honoring local wordsmiths from Langston Hughes to Muhammad Ali, - and pacesetting special projects such as TransArt, Yiddish Salons, Jazz and A Cappella Festivals, and bi-lingual programs like ESCRIBE AQUÍ/Write Here. The Betsy Hotel is family owned and operated by the Plutzik Goldwasser Family, located at 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach - in the heart of the Art Deco District. @thebetsyhotel

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