Got a really nice fanzine in the mail the other day: the third issue of Semigloss, a one-time NYC-based, slick-cover rag put out by Rick and Maria Granados, a pair of recently returned Miami natives. Nice art on the outside, some nice features inside, including pieces on Crash Worship, Cul De Sac, God Lives Underwater, and a disturbing but interesting true story by Tamar Ichilov with the self-explanatory title "Me and My Stalker." And of course you get a slew of album and seven-inch reviews. If you can't find a copy at the local record stores or nightclubs, drop the Semigloss folks a line at 255 Atlantic Isle, North Miami Beach, FL 33160.

Reason to be Cheerful: The Coral Gables Congregational Church has announced the lineup for its '97 summer concert series, and for the most part it's full of stuff I'm not exactly wild about. (I may have finally found room in my ears for Townes Van Zandt, but I'm not about to embrace a puffball like Livingston -- brother of James -- Taylor, who is playing at the church on July 24.) The last night of the series, however, will see an August 21 performance by Milt Jackson, the brilliant vibraphonist who helmed the Modern Jazz Quartet for more than four decades while releasing a slew of fine solo recordings with everyone from John Coltrane and Lucky Thompson to Coleman Hawkins and Wes Montgomery. Unlike Lionel Hampton (his only real peer on the vibes), Jackson's style is tougher, harder -- with the wail and bite of a saxophone rather than the percussive swing of a piano. If you've never experienced Jackson's genius, look for a copy of the Modern Jazz Quartet's Dedicated to Connie (an epic live set) and the 1988 tribute For Ellington, as well as the solo discs Jackson's-Ville and The Jazz Skyline, both on Savoy.

The Coral Gables Congregational Church's summer concert series runs June 12 through August 21, and in addition to Taylor and Jackson features Jeroen and Maarten Van Veen, Mark Murphy, Sandra Lopez, and Quartetto Gelato. Shows are held at the church, 3010 DeSoto Blvd. Tickets are $20 per event, or you can pick up deals on various multiticket purchases. Call 448-7421 if you'd like to know more.

-- By John Floyd

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