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Doors at 7. Show at 8. Seating is first come first served. Ages 18+.

$5 ticket increase at the door.

Join Taylor Roberts for his once a month Blue Jay Residency.

The love affair began early, which may very well explain how Taylor Roberts’ professional career is well into its third decade. Spanning as wide a range of influences as there are genres of music, Taylor Roberts has earned a reputation that is continuously expanding. Although his heart is deeply steeped in Jazz, Roberts does not easily fit into any one box. His influences range from R&B, to Classic Rock, to Pop, and everything in between.

Years of intensive study with world-renowned educators such as Barry Greene, Keith Javors, and Bunky Green have proven to continually pay off as his career expands. His reworkings and adaptations of songs old and new entrance established fans, while attracting new fans on a nightly basis. Roberts has appeared multiple times at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival and has toured internationally with the Christian Tamburr Quintet. He has been hired by the Rolling Stones to play their private events. His position as the primary in-house entertainment at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island since 2014 has allowed him opportunities to travel the world and enjoy residencies at other luxury resorts as he performs for an international audience on a nightly basis.

Likened to Tommy Emmanuel, Russell Malone, Wes Montgomery, Tuck Andress and Charlie Hunter, Roberts’ masterful playing has begun to etch his name alongside his heroes.”

“Raised as an only child in Jacksonville, Florida, “Akia Uwanda” McDaniel wears several hats in the entertainment and business industries.  She is a Singer, Recording Artist, Actress, TV/Music Producer, Model, Creative Director, Event Producer, Serial Entrepreneur, Podcaster, Humanitarian, and Philanthropist. In the role of an Art & Cultural Advocate, she was a volunteer performer at The Clara White Mission's Clara's Cafe every month for 8 years. Currently serving as the President of the Board of Trustee for Beaches Fine Arts Series and a Board member of Intentionally P.R.E.T.T.Y., she certainly has a heart for nonprofits and community service. As a model, she has glided down several runways and has been featured in magazines worldwide. She won Black Sophisticates Magazine’s International Model of The Year 2001. She has played several lead roles in numerous productions at The Alhambra Dinner Theatre and with Stage Aurora, to name a few. 

Her vocal ability and experience has granted her the opportunity to sing for audiences locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. From being featured with the Gospel Jazz group, NOIZ, at the international launch of Davines Hair and Beauty Company in Parma, Italy, to opening for Earth Wind & Fire along with C1 Jazz at the 2009 Black Expo Opening Concert in Jacksonville, FL. she has humbly wowed crowds with her melodic, sultry voice that ranges from first soprano to tenor. She sings a variety of music genres such as Jazz, Soul, R&B, Gospel, and Classical. In the Southeastern region of the U.S., she performs regularly for several weddings, corporate events, private affairs, and charity events. She often performs at music festivals nationally including the JAX Jazz Festival and served as an Emcee as well. Akia is the 2023 Music Excellence Image Awards Winner. Her debut album LIFT was released in 2017 and can be found on most online streaming platforms. For more info, visit www.akiauwanda.com

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Blue Jay Listening Room
2457B 3rd St South
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250-4066

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Blue Jay Listening Room

2457 3rd Street South
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
(904) 318-3020

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