(Sarasota, FL) The Jazz Club of Sarasota marks its 40th anniversary with its biggest series of concerts ever. The events take place in various Sarasota County venues from March 8-14, 2020. Ken Peplowski returns for his third year as music director for the mainstage concerts. “Since it’s a big anniversary, we’re presenting an overview of the best of straight tahead jazz going on now,” he said. We’ve booked Sarasota favorites who have returned often over the years as well as people coming here for the first time.”
Peplowski has chosen The Manhattan Transfer to headline the milestone event. Other jazz stars include Dick Hyman, Clairdee, Houston Person, Charles Mcpherson, Russell Malone, Terell Stafford and festival band La Lucha (Alejandro Arenas, Mark Feinman and John O’leary). “We try to have something for everybody on each night. If people already know one performer, they can come and discover another,” Peplowski said.
This year the Jazz Club has added four new events: two Master Classes, one taught by Janis Siegel of The Manhattan Transfer and the other by acclaimed trumpeter and educator Terell Stafford; a fifth stage for its Jazz Party, now offering a reduced admission price; and a Founders Luncheon honoring the Hal and Evelyn Davis family.
The Sarasota Jazz Festival was born when Hal Davis, publicist for Benny Goodman, decided to bring live jazz to like-minded friends when he retired to Sarasota. That was in November 1980, just as another young group, The Manhattan Transfer, was beginning to garner acclaim and Grammy awards. Now the two organization are merging their talents for this landmark event.
In a significant change of venue, the festival’s mainstage concerts will be presented in the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 North Tamiami Trail, with several other concerts staged at venues within a short walking distance of the Auditorium and a master class at Fogartyville Art Center. Other long-established festival events will be held in their traditional venues at Philippi Estate Park, Burns Court Cinema, and night clubs in downtown Sarasota.
Detailed information and tickets can be found by visiting www.SarasotaJazzFestival.org or by contacting the Jazz Club office 941-366-1552 Wed.-Fri., 9-5.
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