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Jazz Club of Sarasota present Jazz at the Temple Feb. 12 on Longboat Key

(Sarasota, FL) “The Girl from Ipanema” comes to Longboat Key, at least musically, in a lively concert of Brazilian rhythms and Brazilian-infused jazz at Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road, on Sunday, February 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. The Jazz Club of Sarasota and Temple Beth Israel have teamed to present the event, a tribute to the early days of bossa nova. The music will be performed by an all-star quintet that glories in the bossa nova beat. Three of the five musicians–drummer Eddie Metz Jr., guitarist Nate Najar, and bassist Don Mopsick–are Jazz Club favorites who have headlined concerts for the Club and pianist Joe Delaney has played for the Club’s jazz trolley pub crawls. Saxophone player Bob Bowlby will come from Boston to join the quintet.

Admission at $25 includes the concert, snacks and the opportunity to mingle. A cash bar will be available. For tickets and information phone the Jazz Club office at 941-366-552 (Wednesday-Thursday-Friday, 9-5) or email admin@jazzclubsarasota.com

Nate Najar will begin the concert with a short presentation on the spectacular birth of bossa nova (“new style” in Portuguese). The music, a fusion of samba and jazz, burst into America’s awareness in the 1960s.

St. Petersburg native Nate Najar began playing guitar at age eight and considers Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery and Charlie Byrd his primary influences. A fingerstyle guitarist in the tradition of Charlie Byrd, he has recorded tribute projects to his idol Charlie Byrd and to the music of Brazil. Najar has won accolades for two full-length recordings, including Blues For Night People: The Nate Najar Trio Remembers Charlie Byrd and garnered a Top Ten Billboard slot for Groove Me, a jazz single with Melba Moore. Becky Byrd, Charlie Byrd’s widow, said, “There is no doubt that there is a piece of Charlie’s soul in Nate’s mind, heart and fingers.”

Nate Najar (Courtesy Jazz Club of Sarasota)

Massachusetts native Joe Delaney brings authentic bossa nova experience to the concert. He worked in the U.S. Virgin Islands for most of the ’80s, playing concerts with Brazilian jazz star Astrud Gilberto and her son Marcelo as well as guitarist Paulo Jobim, son of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. He returned to Cape Cod from 1989-2009, became associated with reedman Dick Johnson, leader of the Artie Shaw Orchestra at the time, and traveled with the Shaw Orchestra for six years, sometimes playing alongside his good friend, trumpet great Lou Colombo. Delaney has toured five continents with the Shaw band and his own groups, held extended residencies in virtually every live music venue on Cape Cod, and for seven years led the house trio at the Black Cat Tavern at Hyannis Harbor. He has made many recordings as leader and sideman, as well as for commercial jingles (for Pepsi, Beck’s Beer, among others), and movie soundtracks (Mrs. Worthington’s Party).

Eddie Metz Jr., sometimes called “the perfect time-keeper,” plays frequently for the Jazz Club with his trio featuring bassist Nicky Parrott and pianist Rossanno Sportiello. For the past 24 years he has lived in the Orlando area where he spent 14 years as a full-time staff musician at Walt Disney World. He continues to work at Disney as a seasonal performer and clinician and is also on the teaching staff at several jazz camps around the country. Metz has been the driving force of small groups and large bands for over three decades, including those fronted by Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey, Les Brown and others. He has also worked with such greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Ben Vereen, Sammy Davis Jr., Arturo Sandoval, Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Chick Corea, The Coasters and Patti Page. He continues to record with top jazz artists and perform at jazz festivals and events around the country.

Bob Bowlby studied at the Berklee School of Music and was also on its faculty. A member of the Buddy Rich Band from November 1983 to January 1987, Bowlby toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Artie Shaw Orchestra, Frank Sinatra, Natalie Cole, Barry Manilow, Ben Vereen, Rita Moreno and Carol Channing. He was a founding member of the John Allmark Jazz Orchestra and member of the Dick Johnson Swing Shift and Herb Pomeroy Jazz Orchestra. Bowlby has been a pit musician at the Boston Opera House, Colonial Theater and North Shore Music Theater, and played for Cats, Avenue Q, Fosse and Star Wars In Concert. He is a member of the Boston Pops Orchestra, The North Shore Music Theatre, and the Boston Opera House.

Upon graduation from the Manhattan School of Music in 1977, Don Mopsick relocated from his native New Jersey to Fort Myers, then to Orlando in 1983, where he found himself in demand statewide, especially by the Jazz Club of Sarasota, where he appeared with Kenny Davern, Bob Rosengarden, John Bunch, Don Goldie, Ira Sullivan, and others. In 1991 he joined the Jim Cullum Jazz Band in San Antonio and appeared weekly on the “Riverwalk Jazz” series on the Public Radio International network.

The Jazz Club of Sarasota, founded in 1980, is dedicated to preserving, promoting and presenting jazz, America’s original musical art form. To learn more, visit www.jazzclubsarasota.org.
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Sports Talk with Don Henderson and Doug Miles guest Scott Brown author Pittsburgh Steelers Bucket List 1/30/17 7:05PM ET

Scott Brown author “Pittsburgh Steelers Bucket List” joins Don and Doug on “Sports Talk” Monday night 7:05PM ET.

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Book Talk Guest Claudia Rowe author The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, A Serial Killer and the Meaning of Murder

Doug Miles talks with Claudia Rowe author “The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, A Serial Killer and the Meaning of Murder”on “Talk Across America”.





The Mary Tyler Moore Show – Mary singing One for my baby

This 4 minute scene from the Mary Tyler Moore show illustrates just how good she was as an actress and comedienne. Mary, who was an excellent singer, acts here as a bad singer. Not easy to do. Ed Asner as Lou Grant does a masterful job as well in the scene.




Remembering Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore passed away today at age 80. In addition to being a talented actress and comedienne who starred in two classic TV shows, “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “Mary Tyler Moore Show”, she was a well respected producer of many television series as part of her MTM Productions. She was a talented singer and dancer as well. Mary Tyler Moore had been battling health issues for many years.




Eli McGuire Touchdown Run Seals West 10-3 Win over East Squad in 92nd Annual East West Shrine Bowl in St. Petersburg

(St. Petersburg, FL) Since 1925, the East-West Shrine Game has showcased future NFL greats playing for the benefit of Shriners Hospitals for Children. Eli McGuire, running back for Louisiana-Lafayette hopes NFL scouts will notice him for his performance in the 92nd annual classic leading the West team to a 10-3 victory over the East. McGuire scored the game’s only touchdown with an 18-yard scamper with 12:38 left in the fourth quarter.

Up to that point, the game was tied at 3-3 with field goals by the West’s Austin Rehkow (Idaho) from 27 yards with 6:02 left in the first quarter and Nick Weiler’s (North Carolina) 21-yarder four minutes into the second quarter.

The East had a chance to tie the game when Deangelo Yancey (Purdue) recovered muffed punt at the East 13 yard line with 6:20 left in game, but Calvin Munson (SD State) recovered a De’Veon Smith (Michigan) fumble inside the 5-yard line to thwart that opportunity.

Eli McGuire was voted the game’s MVP by the media covering the game.

Coaches for the 2017 East-West Shrine Game were Arizona Cardinals Defensive Line Coach Brentson Buckner for the East squad and Minnesota Vikings Defensive Coordinator George Edwards called plays for the West team.

The NFL Network televised the game nationally.

Announced attendance was 22,198.




Jazz Legend Dick Hyman Highlights 37th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival

(Sarasota, FL) The Jazz Club of Sarasota continues its busy schedule through February then swings into March with the 37th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival, a celebration of the life of internationally prominent and locally based musician Dick Hyman. In addition to its weekly Jazz at Two series on Friday afternoons, the Club will present two new events–a Sunday afternoon of jazz at Temple Beth Israel on Longboat Key on February 12 and a New York Jazz Evening on Thursday, March 9, as well as two free Sunday afternoon concerts, one in Venice on February 19 and one in Sarasota on March 5.

FEBRUARY

Friday, February 3, Jazz at Two: Drummer, vibist and vocalist Dave Morgan heads a quartet with Billy Marcus, piano; Mark Neuenschwander, bass; and Evelyn Thomas, vocalist.

Friday, February 10, Jazz at Two: With his “Underherd Heard,” popular drummer Al Hixon introduces newcomers Steven Van Loozenoord, keys; Professor Pete Carney from Chicago, tenor saxophone; vocalist Jordana Talsky from Toronto; bassist Isaac Mingus; and Dave DeWitt, trombone.

Sunday, February 12, ***NEW EVENT*** 2 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Jazz All-Stars at Temple Beth Israel. 567 Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key. The Jazz Club of Sarasota and Temple Beth Israel have teamed to present a quintet of nationally recognized musicians for an afternoon of jazz in a social setting that includes snacks and a cash bar. The Jazz All-Stars in the quintet are Nate Najar, guitar; Eddie Metz Jr., drums; Don Mopsick, bass; Joe Delaney, piano; and Bob Bowlby, saxophone.

Friday, February 17, Jazz at Two: Outstanding reed player Tom Ellison fronts the Tom Ellison Quartet, which includes his talented friends Judi Glover, piano; David Pruyn, trumpet and vocals; and Joe Porter, bass.

Sunday, February 19, Joy of Jazz Concert, 2-4 p.m. FREE! Bill Buchman & the Art of Jazz. Pianist Bill Buchman and his group perform an afternoon of jazz favorites in a lovely outdoor setting for this concert, co-sponsored by the Gulfcoast Community Foundation. Centennial Park Gazebo, 200 W. Venice Ave, Venice, FL (between West Venice Avenue and West Tampa Avenue).

Friday, February 24, Jazz at Two: The Billy Marcus Trio. Acclaimed pianist Billy Marcus, a member of the South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame, rounds out his trio with Don Mopsick on bass and Stephen Bucholtz on drums.

MARCH

Friday, March 3, Jazz at Two: Skip Conkling Dixie Mix. Drummer Skip Conkling’s septet plays Dixieland favorites and the New Orleans Jazz sound. Joining Skip are Joe Bruno Sr., trumpet; John DeWitt, bass; Bill Carmichael, clarinet and sax; Keith Carman, keyboard; Mike Evans, banjo; Marv Luckett, trombone;

Sunday, March 5, through Saturday, March 11:

37th ANNUAL SARASOTA JAZZ FESTIVAL, A CELEBRATION OF THE CREATIVE LIFE OF OUR OWN DICK HYMAN, A JAZZ LEGEND

Sunday, March 5: Jazz in the Park • FREE! Outdoor concerts with area-based jazz bands, 12-4 p.m., Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231.

Greg Nielsen Band Pine View High School Band under director Victor Mongillo

Tuesday, March 7, Evening Concert: Musical Biography of the Legendary Dick Hyman, 7:00 p.m., Riverview PAC.

Dick Hyman, 2017 Sarasota Jazz Festival Honoree and music director, has assembled this special evening to take us down his Memory Lane accompanied by some of his favorite musicians: pianist and Grammy winner Bill Charlap; West Coast singer Clairdee; St. Petersburg-based drummer Mark Feinman; long-time Ellington bassist John Lamb; multi-award-winning jazz guitarist Russell Malone; and Randy Sandke, named “one of the best trumpet players around” by the Chicago Tribune. Dick will add multimedia elements from his career including posters of some landmark performances and clips from films he’s done including Moonstruck and ten films by Woody Allen.

Wednesday, March 8: 19th Annual Jazz Trolley & Pub Crawl, 6-10 p.m., Downtown Sarasota

Ride the very popular Sarasota Jazz Trolley to eight downtown nightclubs where jazz combos will swing the night away. Park at the north end of Van Wezel PAH Parking Lot, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, and board a trolley for a night of fun.

Admission to all eight clubs (with wristband): Advance $20 from Jazz Club office*; $25 at event. Entry to individual clubs (without wristband), $5 at the door. Tickets and information: https://jazzclubsarasota.org/events

Thursday, March 9, ***NEW EVENT***: New York Jazz Evening with Dick Hyman & Ken Peplowski; 6-10 p.m., Michael’s On East, 1212 S. East Avenue. Sarasota, FL

Enjoy a fabulous dinner at the award-winning Michael’s On East while the inimitable Dick Hyman and Ken Peplowski serenade appreciative fans. The superb private concert is just the frosting on the cake, so to speak, of an elegant dinner with open bar and special dessert.

Friday, March 10, Talk and Book Signing: Alfred Green; 2-4 p.m.; Gelbart Auditorium at Selby Public Library, 1331 1st St., Sarasota, FL 34236

Saturday, March 11, Evening Concert: “A Salute to Jazz History” featuring Dick Hyman with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, 7:00 p.m., Riverview PAC**

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band is renowned worldwide for playing the classic jazz associated with King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and Bix Beiderbecke among others, plus music by such great American composers as Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin. The musicians performing for in the band are Cullum, cornet; John Sheridan, piano; Allan Vaché, clarinet; Mike Pittsley, trombone; Phil Flanagan, bass; and Kevin Hess, drums. Pianists Hyman and Sheridan were frequent guest performers and played many piano duets with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, which was featured nationally on the weekly public radio series “Riverwalk Jazz” for 23 years and is still available on the internet.

Admission: Jazz Club members $35; Guests $45; Students Free (at the door). Tickets: 800.838.3006, http://www.brownpapertickets.com. Information: www.jazzclubsarasota.org

Baltimore Orioles Spring Training Tickets Go On Sales This Saturday at 10 AM

(Sarasota, FL) Individual tickets for all 17 of the Orioles’ Spring Training games at Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale this Saturday, January 21 at 10:00 a.m. ET. The team recommends that fans purchase tickets online.

Fans interested in season tickets, five-game flex-plans, or group tickets, or those wishing to receive additional Spring Training ticket information may call the Orioles Spring Training office at 941-893-6300.

Spring Training tickets for Orioles home games at Ed Smith Stadium may be purchased in the following ways:
INTERNET: Tickets can be purchased at the Orioles’ official website, www.orioles.com/spring.

PHONE: Individual game tickets can be purchased by phone by calling 877-222-2802. Season, five-game flex-plans, group tickets, suites, and other specialty areas are available by calling 941-893-6300.

AT THE BALLPARK: Individual game tickets can be purchased in person at Ed Smith Stadium in the Left Field Ticket Office, located at 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue. The box office will be open on January 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will then be open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., from January 23 until February 10. From February 13 to March 30, the box office will be open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Parking is available in the East Lot, located on 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue.

TRAVEL PACKAGE: The Orioles are offering the official Spring Training Travel Package that includes hotel accommodations, rental car, game tickets, an exclusive pregame brunch with select Orioles team personnel, and a custom Orioles Spring Training merchandise package. For more information or to order travel packages, fans should visit www.orioles.com/spring or call 1-800-892-7687.

The Orioles will play their first of 17 home spring training games in 2017 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota on Sunday, February 26, at 1:05 p.m. against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Since the Orioles moved Major League operations to Sarasota in 2010, more than 768,000 fans have enjoyed Orioles games at Ed Smith Stadium.