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When your tears
and fears
of years
somehow lost
cost you,
accost you,
and steal your
happy thoughts,

bask in the glow
of the one who knows
and shows
the flows
that your life will
surely go in

as you row
down the river
of what’s begot,
don’t fret
because the best
is yet to beget
your path is set
your time is yet

to come
and hum
and drum
to the beat
of your feet
and your soul
as your soles
pound holes
in the holes
and the footholds

of the ones
who came before you
and shone the sun
deep into
the “un”
and the “done”

some for fun
and some for pleasure
and some for pain
and some just for ease
of their brains
to escape the plain
and the simple
there it’s stippled

with the bits
from the midst
of the beginning
on the end
no need to fend
off the feelings
and the pain
for it brings the same
things to light
as the fight
amidst the flight
by the knight
‘twas so bright

but now it’s dull,
severely dimmed
completely slimmed
to a slim chance
of a dance
or even a prance
and so it settles
and then the mettle
of the medals
that were won
were just for fun
or just for pain
it bleeds the same

in this tale of fame
and fortune
and love
all detailed from above
and so I’ll leave it
to the one that kneads it
this story is far from done, Amun. What a fantastic show last night at Skipper’s smokehouse! Thank you to all who braved the cold with us!! Thank you to @bluz_fan for the great shot! Here’s my soul shinin’ through for you!!
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Gearing up for our Sunday funday holiday-weekend edition and we can't wait! We'll be warming up the stage with our Quartet for Selwyn Birchwood and his band! Make sure to get your tickets in advance!! Also, any copy of the album purchased at the show will receive a free sticker and autographed photo!! ; D #gloriawestandthegents #oldschoolstrideswingjazzwithasultrytwist #selwynbirchwood #selwynbirchwoodband #thejazzheardroundtheworld #jazzkhaleesi #skipperssmokehouse #jazz #oldjazz #pmj ... See MoreSee Less

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So much fun today finally crossing off this bucket list item after having to postpone it for months with my shoulder injury. Well it was worth the wait!! Jesse at Women Protection Services was awesome and we kicked booty!! We now have our certificate to go get our concealed permits, yippee!! Ain’t no zombies gonna get us!! ; D #gloriawestandtheladykillers #pewpewdude #gunsngirlsngunsngirls @ Bill Jacksons Shooting Range ... See MoreSee Less

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Unwinding in bed with hot tea and Debussy before I wake up early and go shoot guns with girlfriends... it all sounds too good to be true, but this is what you get when you stop letting life slip away... “you’ll never know if you can fly until you jump” #gloriawestandthefurs #debussy #clairdelune @ Gloria West & the Gents World Headquarters ... See MoreSee Less

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"Music Is The Key To My Heart. It Is My Bluebird Of Happiness."

Gloria West and The Gents bring old school stride-swing jazz with a sultry twist to stages across Tampa Bay, including Clearwater Jazz Holiday, The St. Pete Coliseum, and Tampa Theatre. From classic mid-tempo swing-dancing numbers to sultry torch songs on the edge of the blues, their fast-paced high-energy and her ‘killer vocals’ are guaranteed to get anyone’s foot tapping. Creative Loafing says about West, “One of the most dynamic voices working in the [Tampa] Bay area.”

The acclaimed group has been performing throughout the Tampa Bay area since 2014 and have been described as “pure, tight, sensual artistry”. Gloria West & The Gents perform “stunning originals” with Ms. West delivering a “star-powered voice” with “vocals reminiscent of Lady Day”. They deliver originals, pop covers, favorites from the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s, and even old-time movie classics and Disney songs, all with an old jazz feel.

Gloria West has been compared to Norah Jones and Billie Holiday with the lighthearted fun of “Mrs. Swing” Mildred Bailey added in. Louis Armstrong’s vocal tone is brought to life by the band’s pianist Anthony Castellano, whose performance speaks for itself.

Her mission is to create and share #JazzForTheMasses and to spread her love of jazz to everyone, making it #TheJazzHeardRoundTheWorld. That includes introducing brand new audiences to jazz who have little knowledge of it, and even bringing others around that don’t know about it’s amazing roots and thought they didn’t like the genre. West says: “I want to create jazz in an accessible way where everyone can understand and appreciate its broad appeal. Gloria West & The Gents released their first album “Dem Keys” on CD in 2017 to rave local reviews and are releasing a deluxe edition with three bonus songs in December 2018 on digital download as well as our Collector’s Edition Red Vinyl Record. The project was fully fan-funded locally and is comprised of original songs as well as old jazz and pop covers with their distinct vintage spin.

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