Category Archives: Jazz

Remembering Jazz Legend Duncan Lamont who passed away at 88 July 3, 2019





Artist Spotlight: Jazz Singer Carol Welsman

Doug Miles talks with Jazz singer and pianist Carol Welsman about her new CD, her career in jazz and more plus a few selections from her new album.





Big Band Files with Doug Miles guest singer/actress Eartha Kitt

In this Big Band Files classic, Doug Miles talks with actress and singer Eartha Kitt who was scheduled to perform in Sarasota back in 2006. Also an interview with James Kaplan who wrote a book with Jerry Lewis titled “Dean and Me”. Originally aired WIBQ, now WSRQ radio in Sarasota, FL.





“Big Band Files” with Doug Miles with Guest Jack Jones





Interview with Jazz Musician/Singer John Pizzarelli about his new CD honoring Nat King Cole

Doug Miles talks with jazz musician John Pizzarelli about his new CD honoring Nat King Cole “For Centennial Reasons: 100 Year Salute to Nat King Cole” CD available here: https://amzn.to/2ImcEZB





39th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival Returns March 3 through 9th

(Sarasota, FL) The 39th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival returns from March 3 through 9 with over 120 performers and 48 jazz related activities.

The schedule this year features five styles of live jazz (straight ahead, blues, Latin, classic and contemporary), a movie starring Dexter Gordon, and a new play with music about Louis Armstrong and Lil Hardin Armstrong, the wife who helped make him a star. In keeping with the theme “Generations of Jazz,” artistic director Ken Peplowski teams established musicians with rising stars, to create never-before-heard combinations of talent.

Sarasota’s Hyatt Regency Hotel is the festival’s home venue this year. Thirteen other venues are also participating during the week.

The festival has grown exponentially, from seven events in 2018 to 48 this year. “We’re bringing more jazz, and more styles of jazz, to more places,” said Jazz Club president Ed Linehan. Besides the Hyatt, other festival locations in Sarasota include Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail; Burns Court Cinema, 506 Burns Lane; St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2256 Bahia Vista Street and ten area clubs participating in the pub crawl by trolley.

On his return engagement as music director, Peplowski has assembled nationally and internationally prominent musicians for “Generations of Jazz,” teaming established performers with rising stars: Dick Hyman, Bill Charlap, Shelly Berg (piano); Randy Brecker, Randy Sandke, Jjames Suggs (trumpet); Houston Person, Roxy Coss, Aaron Johnson (saxophone); John Lamb (bass) and Mary Stallings and Charles Turner (vocals).

In addition to the mainstage performances, this year the Jazz Club introduces afternoon concerts on Friday and Saturday featuring four bands playing concurrently on four themed stages, allowing festival-goers to move among them.

Admission to Sarasota Jazz Festival events ranges from free to a peak of $55 for single tickets, with discounts for Jazz Club members and buyers of combination tickets. Packages including hotel and other VIP offers provide admission to private musician meet-and-greets and preferred seating at some events. The Sarasota Jazz Festival website offers a one-stop approach for information and tickets at https://www.sarasotajazzfestival.org.

Big Band Files with Doug Miles New Year’s Eve Radio Show

Doug Miles hosts this special “New Year’s Eve Big Band Party” as aired originally on WTMY radio.





2018 Christmas with the Rat Pack Radio Show





Sarasota Jazz Project “Big-Band Jazz Christmas” Concert in Port Charlotte December 17

(Sarasota, FL) The Sarasota Jazz Project Orchestra will present “A Big Band Jazz Christmas,” on Monday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. at the William H. Wakeman III, Cultural Center Theater, 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte.

“We’ll be serving up a delightful mixture of favorite holiday standards and traditional carols, all to a swinging big-band beat,” said George McLain, leader and saxophone player. The playlist includes a hip rendition of “We Three Kings” and a shout-it-out “Hark the Herald Angels.”

Two musical stars return from previous shows at the Cultural Center to further enliven the concert. Miami jazz singer Lisanne Lyons warms up the stage with “Santa Baby” and “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.” The Sarasota High School graduate, recipient of two DownBeat awards, was a featured soloist with Air Force bands worldwide while serving active duty, including Air Force Academy Falconcaires. She has also performed nationally with Joel Grey, Woody Herman Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson Band, Arturo Sandoval, Larry Elgart, University of Miami Concert Jazz Band, Fort Worth Symphony, Harry James Orchestra, and many more. Lisanne is a recipient of 2 Down Beat awards. She currently serves as Director of Jazz Vocal Studies at Florida International University.

Art Hallett adds his powerful voice with a funky version of a great Christmas spiritual, “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” The Detroit-influenced singer presents this and other songs that have been part of his outreach during his 25 years as director of Evangelism Explosion Prison Ministries, where he works to prepare incarcerated men and women for re-entering society. Rev. Hallett has recorded more than 12 CDs that display his immense talent.

“As always, Sarasota Jazz Project presents the best jazz soloists on the West Coast of Florida,” McLain said. Among the 16 band members are Kevin Celebi on trumpet, Pete Barenbregge on sax and Davit DeWitt on trombone.

Reservations are recommended for the concerts, which begin at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $17 for members of the Port Charlotte Cultural Center and $19 for nonmembers. Tickets are available by phone at 941-625-4175, online by clicking the “buy tickets” tab at www.theculturalcenter.com or at the door, 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte.
Future concerts in the Monday night series will be held on January 21, February 18, March 25 and April 22.

Over its 8-year history the Sarasota Jazz Project Orchestra has become known as the premier big band of the Gulf Coast. Its performers, some of the area’s best jazz musicians, perform classic and contemporary big band music in a concert setting. Members hail from counties up and down the Gulf Coast, from Largo to Fort Myers. The band has appeared with numerous jazz greats, played in significant venues, and performed countless concerts, often for the Charlotte County Jazz Society and the Jazz Club of Sarasota. The band will release its third CD, The Best of Friends, this month. To learn more about the Sarasota Jazz Project, visit its website at www.SarasotaJazzProject.org.





Vocalist Lisanne Lyons and Sarasota Jazz Project Present ‘Swinging at the Cinema’ in Port Charlotte Nov. 19

(Sarasota, FL) The Sarasota Jazz Project Orchestra, a popular 16-piece band formed in 2010, presents “Swinging at the Cinema,” featuring acclaimed vocalist Lisanne Lyons, at the William H. Wakeman III, Cultural Center Theater, 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte, on Monday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. The event is the second monthly concert in a series of seven.

For this concert the SJP reminds audiences of the importance of music in the movies with a selection of “Best Song of the Year” Academy Award winners and nominees. “We’ve chosen some famous and not-so-famous tunes for the concert,” said George McLain, SJP leader and saxophonist. “Besides the familiar tempos of these pieces, our audience can enjoy exciting jazz and swing versions, some of them augmented by two vocalists (Lisanne and myself) and a chance to compete in “Movie Music Trivia.” McLain expects an evening of fun and nostalgia.

Miami-based jazz vocalist and Sarasota High School graduate Lisanne Lyons is making a return engagement with the SJP. The recipient of two Down Beat awards, Lyons was a featured soloist with Air Force bands worldwide while serving active duty, including Air Force Academy Falconcaires. She has also performed nationally with Joel Grey, Woody Herman Orchestra, Maynard Ferguson Band, Arturo Sandoval, Larry Elgart, University of Miami Concert Jazz Band, Fort Worth Symphony, Harry James Orchestra, and many more. Lisanne is a recipient of 2 Down Beat awards. She currently serves as Director of Jazz Vocal Studies at Florida International University.

Songs for the concert include “Smile,” “As Time Goes By,” “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” and “I Remember You.” Lyons will sing rousing versions of “Cheek To Cheek” and “Old Devil Moon” and McLain will belt out the theme from “New York, New York.”

Reservations are recommended for the concerts, which all begin at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $17 for members of the Port Charlotte Cultural Center and $19 for nonmembers. Tickets are available by phone at 941-625-4175, online by clicking the “buy tickets” tab at www.theculturalcenter.com and at the door, 2280 Aaron Street, Port Charlotte.

Other dates in the series are December 17, 2018, and four concerts in 2019: January 21, February 18, March 25 and April 22.

Over its 8-year history the Sarasota Jazz Project Orchestra has become known as the premier big band of the Gulf Coast. Its performers, some of the area’s best jazz musicians, perform classic and contemporary big band music in a concert setting. Members hail from counties up and down the Gulf Coast, from Largo to Fort Myers. The band has appeared with numerous jazz greats, played in significant venues, and performed countless concerts, often for the Charlotte County Jazz Society and the Jazz Club of Sarasota. The band will release its third CD, The Best of Friends, this month. To learn more about the Sarasota Jazz Project, visit its website at www.SarasotaJazzProject.org.