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My View: Jazz On A Summer Night Is Hot In Palm Beach

The temp may be a bit high during the summer months in Florida but the music at Jazz on a Summer Night With Jill & Rich was pretty cool (and Hot) at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County last night.

The Council’s Summer Music Series collaborates with Palm Beach International Jazz Festival and features performances by local musicians.  There is probably no one more locally well known then the acclaimed musician/entertainers and Legends Radio Hosts Jill & Rich Switzer who headlined the evening.

Jill & Rich’s jazz band was great and included a sweet trumpet player (RIch Switzer), a melodious saxophonist (Rich Switzer), an extraordinary keyboardist (Rich Switzer) a young sensational bassist, Aidan Taylor, and swinging drummer, Frank Derrick.

Rich Switzer, Aidan Taylor, Jill Switzer, Chris Santiago, Frank Derrick

There were a few surprises as The Society For The Preservation Of The Great American Songbook’s recent Young Artist of the Year award recipient Chris Santiago took the stage and sang for the sold out Jazz On A Summer Night audience.  Then Jill made a surprise announcement…the Society For The Preservation Of The Great American Songbook has added a new award this year for “instrumentalist”.  She brought him on stage, or rather pointed to him in the band…it was none other then 15 year old bassist Aidan Taylor who attends the Dreyfoos School of Music.  Aidan is the son of guitar/vocalist Jeff Taylor.

Next up at the Summer Jazz Series is Avery Sommers at the Cultural Council on Saturday July 20th.  It’s going to be another hot night in Palm Beach County.

Jill Switzer
Rich Switzer
Jill Switzer & Aidan Taylor
Rich Switzer & Chris Santiago
Rich Switzer, Chris Santiago, Adian Taylor, Frank Derrick
Rob Russell
Avery Sommers & Eda Sorokoff
Jill Switzer, Rich Switzer, Rob Russell, Chris Cameron
Jazz On A Summer Night


Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email:

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