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Congratulations to Miami’s 13-year-old piano prodigy and Hochberg Preparatory student Ethan Bortnick, who is among the musicians featured in Esquire’s 80th anniversary portfolio, The Life of Man, featuring 80 pictures of actors, athletes, musicians, politicians and presidents ages 80 to 1. Bortnick, currently on tour and headlining at Fort Lauderdale’s Miniaci Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 10, is in esteemed company, featured alongside Willie Nelson (80), Tim McGraw, (46), Blake Shelton (37), Eddie Van Halen (58), Dr. Dre (48), Jason Derulo (24), and Greyson Chance (16). He says the best piece of advice he has ever received was from Quincy Jones, who told him, “If you can dream it, you can be it.”

Big rock news out of the Port of Miami. On April 2, 2014, Roger Daltrey will be performing full-blown sets from The Who with a touring band including Simon Townshend, Pete’s brother on guitar, on The Moody Blues cruise aboard the MSC Divina from Miami to Nassau and Grand Turk. This isn’t the first time Daltrey has strolled up the gangway: He took part in a songwriting class on the Queen Mary 2 in 2011. Joining Daltrey and The Moody Blues for the sail are The Zombies, The Orchestra (starring ELO), Starship, The Strawbs, Little River Band, Joe Williams of Toto, Glass Hammer, Sound of Contact featuring Simon Collins ( Phil Collins’ son), and Danny Vaughn performing the music of the Eagles, The Prog Rock Orchestra, Heavy Mellow, Mellow Yellow and Cheap Thrill. Fares start at $999 per person. For more information, go to moodiescruise.com.

Jerry Springer was seen eating dinner Thursday at Prime 112. As usual, he created quite the stir, posing for pictures with a few fans on his way out. On Wednesday night, former Miami Marlin and current Atlanta Braves player Dan Uggla and teammates Justin Upton and Craig Kimbrel were also seen eating at Prime 112, Miami’s athlete commissary, while in town taking on the Marlins.

Harry Wayne Casey of KC and The Sunshine Band was spotted at the Friends of South Beach Wine and Food Festival event Tuesday at Biscayne Tavern. The disco legend was spotted mingling in the popular gastro tavern while attentively watching executive chef Will Biscoe perform a live demo on how to make his famous chocolate chip cookies.

Miami Heat player Ray Allen and his wife had dinner Wednesday at South Miami’s Town Kitchen and Bar.

Entrepreneur Sean Wolfington was seen Thursday night in Zuma’s private room, accompanied by a motley crew of “glamorous guests,” including Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz and tennis twins Bob and Mike Bryan. Elsewhere in the restaurant was Miami Dolphins linebacker Jonathan Freeny, seen chowing on a dessert platter with friends.

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