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Returning to the Timucua Arts stage with jazz phenoms La Lucha for two shows

In the grand tradition of nine previous Joseph Hayes/La Lucha collaborations, improvised jazz meets unrevealed spoken word, where the destination of the performance is unknown until it gets there. We don't know exactly what will be played, or said, or in what order.

JAZZ SPOKEN HERE will highlight words written for the various plays of The Hayes Project, and new music from  Alejandro Arenas,  Mark Feinman and John O'Leary, with special guests for the "late" show.



    Bassist Alejandro Arenas, drummer Mark Feinman and pianist John O’Leary have toured and performed at jazz festivals around the world as La Lucha. The band aims to create music which transcends genres and classifications. The three brilliant Central Florida musicians will create a one-of-a-kind, one night only theatrical jazz experience for this 10th collaboration with Joseph Hayes, primarily in an improvisational setting. Their latest record is EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD on Arbors Records.


    Continuing The Hayes Project, Joseph pulls material from a stream of works that will inform the final production of If I Had My Way by playing with La Lucha, one of his great artistic joys.


freelance writer

As a writer on assignment, I've traveled to Italy, Scotland, England, New Orleans, California and New York City, with a specialty on all things Orlando. Whether it's a story about Arts & Crafts houses in Florida or new styles in computers, a Mounted Police squad or alien abduction insurance, I've written it. Environmental issues, music, movie and theater reviews and in-depth conversations with legends in jazz. Interviews and personality profiles are my specialty.


My plays take place on buses and in bars, in hotel rooms and government offices, farmhouse kitchens and jazz stages. 49 productions and readings of my plays from coast to coast and in three countries since 2001; creator of House Theater Project and the year-long 13in13 series of shows.

"Best local playwright: Joseph Hayes" - Orlando Sentinel

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Florida Magazine Association Award winning food writer and Orlando restaurant critic. James Beard Foundation judge, knowledgable champion of world cuisine and avid advocate of undiscovered chefs.

EVENT producer

Producer of the Jazz On Edge series, spotlighting new and original jazz from Central Florida since 2008, showcasing the best that Central Florida has to offer in jazz to appreciative audiences, giving creative hometown and nationally-known musicians a place to perform their own music, without boundaries, in person and online. Founder Word Play series, former Chair of Alternative Programming, Timucua Arts Foundation.