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Jazz Club of Sarasota Free Joy of Jazz Concert Scheduled in Venice Sunday Afternoon Cancelled due to rain forecast


(Sarasota, FL) The Jazz Club of Sarasota presents the Joy of Jazz in a free concert with the Marc Mannino Jazz Quintet on Sunday, January 22, from 2-4 p.m. at Centennial Park Gazebo, Venice Avenue, Venice. Guitarist Mannino leads the group, with Pete Carney on saxophone, John Miller on bass and Bob Lunergan on drums. Shari Morningstar is the vocalist.

The Quintet will play music from the Great American Songbook, jazz instrumentals and popular music with a jazz feel.

Mannino, former director of jazz studies for music at SCF, is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Music with degrees in both Music Performance and Music Education. He earned his educational specialists degree by applying existing music research to a real-life classroom setting, proving that music as a reinforcer has the ability to modify behavior. A lifelong music educator, Mannino has taught kindergarten through post-secondary music. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force bands and has performed at major jazz and community festivals in Atlanta, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, Miami and Toronto, Canada.

For further information visit, phone the Jazz Club office at 941.366.1552 (Wed.-Thurs.-Fri.) or email

Jazz Club of Sarasota presents the Eddie Metz Jr. Trio plus Harry Allen at Riverview Performing Arts Center this Friday

(Sarasota, FL) The Jazz Club of Sarasota will once again present the Eddie Metz Jr. Trio with special guest Harry Allen at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 20, at Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota. Students are admitted free to this concert. Admission for members is $30, for guests, $35.

American drummer Eddie Metz Jr. heads this trio of internationally acclaimed musicians, which includes Australian bassist/vocalist Nicki Parrott and Italian pianist Rossano Sportiello. Special guest artist Harry Allen contributes his highly regarded talents on saxophone.

The Eddie Metz Jr. Trio played for the Jazz Club of Sarasota in January 2016 and returns again by audience demand. Eddie Metz Jr. is considered one of the great multi-talented drummers of the past three decades that have been the driving force of both large and small groups. He has over 30-featured albums on the Concord, Arbors and recently the Nagel-Hier labels. It was not surprising that Benny Goodman chose him to be his drummer when he restarted his band. He was also the drummer in the re-created Count Basie Band. Sometimes called “the perfect time-keeper,” 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 Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey and others. He has also accompanied dozens of headliners across the musical spectrum including Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Rosemary Clooney, the Coasters and Ben Vereen. Metz has toured with the Bill Allred Classic Jazz Band, the Les Brown Orchestra and many others. He has also worked with such greats as Sarah Vaughn, Arturo Sandoval, Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Chick Corea, and Patti Page. He continues to record with top jazz artists and perform at jazz festivals and events around the country.

Nicki Parrott is a giant among female jazz entertainers and perhaps the busiest as she travels the globe playing the bass and adding her vocal stylings. Among her numerous credits, Nicki was Les Paul’s bassist for ten years for their Monday night performances at the Iridium in NYC. She has more recently played in numerous venues around the world and recorded many albums on the Arbors label.

The incomparable Rossano Sportiello is a master of classical and jazz piano who can transition from one to the other with ease. He has emerged as one of the greats of swing and stride piano. Rossano departed from his classical training in Milan, Italy, to pursue jazz in the U.S. because he felt that few in his area wanted to listen to jazz. Since moving to the U.S. he has rapidly become well- known through his work here and abroad, including numerous tours of Europe. He is a featured artist on many Arbors recordings.

Tenor saxophone player Harry Allen, a longtime favorite with Sarasota jazz fans, has over 30 recordings to his name along with numerous awards. Three of his CDs have won Gold Disc Awards from Japan’s Swing Journal Magazine, and his CD “Tenors Anyone?” won both the Gold Disc Award and the New Star Award. He has performed at jazz festivals and clubs worldwide, frequently touring the United States, Europe and Asia with many other highly regarded jazz musicians. He is featured on many of John Pizzarelli’s recordings including the soundtrack and an on-screen cameo in the feature film The Out of Towners starring Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. He has also done a series of commercials for ESPN starring Robert Goulet

For tickets and information call 800.838.3006, visit or phone the Jazz Club office at 941.366.1552 (Wed.-Thurs.-Fri.) or email

The Jazz Club of Sarasota, founded in 1980, is dedicated to preserving, promoting and presenting jazz, America’s original musical art form. The Club has provided over 50 jazz-related events annually for more than 35 years.

First Church of Sarasota Kicks off Sunday Jazz Series November 13

First Church of Sarasota will once again host its very popular Sunday Jazz Concert series beginning November 13th with a “Dixie and Swing” special featuring Bill Carmichael, Dick Hamilton and Jim Martin along with the “Jazz Trio”, Tommy Goodman, Dominic Mancini and Johnny Moore. The series runs monthly through April of 2017. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Concerts are 4-5PM and 5:30-6:30PM.

Jazz Club of Sarasota Announces 37th Season Schedule

(Sarasota, FL) The Jazz Club of Sarasota swings into its 37th season with a busy slate of concerts by acclaimed musicians, many with national credentials. The Club’s annual schedule of over 50 concerts includes a mix of free and ticketed events.

Events through the end of 2016 comprise ten concerts in the Jazz at Two series, a concert in an art gallery (Jazz Meets Art), a popular downtown pub-crawl by trolley (Oktoberfest) and an evening concert by multi-talented musicians Valerie Gillespie and John DePaolo.

The schedule in 2017 will include the weekly Jazz at Two concerts, afternoon and evening concerts in Sarasota, Venice, and Longboat Key and jazz cruises on the water. The schedule will culminate with the prestigious Sarasota Jazz Festival set for March 5-11, 2017.

Events scheduled through the end of 2016 appear below:

Jazz at Two Concert Series

The popular Jazz at Two concerts present renowned musicians, some with international reputations, in a highly affordable series of afternoon performances at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota. Parking is free. 2–4 p.m. on most Fridays. Tickets sold at the door. $10 members; $15 guests, with $1 of every ticket sale allocated to the Club’s Scholarship Fund.


Friday, Oct. 14: Lorri Hafer Quartet presents “The Music of Their Lives.” It’s a family affair as Lorri sings to the sounds of husband Mike on keyboard, son Paul on bass and Joe Renda on drums. They’ll play jazz standards and songs of the big band era, featuring music by such composers as George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Harry Warren.

Friday, Oct. 21: Jim Wellen Quartet. Tenor sax player Wellen heads up his lively quartet with Dave Trefethen on guitar, Vince Evans playing bass and Johnny Moore on drums. The quartet will feature light-hearted tunes selected from American standards and jazz favorites.

Friday, Oct. 28: Sarasota Jazz Project. Tenor sax player and SJP co-founder George McLain conducts a high-energy, 16-piece big band composed of some of the region’s finest musicians in a concert of original compositions and standard tunes, creatively arranged in a unique, contemporary big-band style.


Fri., Nov. 4: Eddie Tobin. This “Sarasota Lounge Legend” has played on cruise ships out of Miami, performed throughout the U.S., opened for Kenny Rogers and accompanied Brenda Lee. He also traveled the world as pianist, musical director and conductor for Englebert Humperdinck for almost eight years. He has since landed in Florida, joined the Sarasota-based Venturas in 2004, and performs extensively with many jazz artists in the Tampa Bay area.

Fri., Nov. 18: Thomas Carabasi, drummer, percussionist and bandleader, has performed and recorded with many of the area’s top jazz artists and is in demand for guest appearances with numerous nationally acclaimed organizations and musicians.

Fri., Nov. 25: Whitney James, nationally acclaimed jazz vocalist, brings “polished musicianship” that “helps her interpret the best of American popular music as well as challenging originals of jazz composers rarely attempted by singers.”


Fri., Dec. 2: Austin Vickrey

Fri., Dec. 9: Tony Benade

Fri., Dec. 16: Synia Carroll

Fri., Dec. 30: Jazz Club Scholarship Winners

Jazz Meets Art: Wednesday, Oct. 19

Jazz vocalist Debbie Keeton presents intimate musical renditions in a gallery of unique paintings and sculpture at Art Center Sarasota (707 N. Tamiami Trail) which has teamed with the Jazz Club of Sarasota for this latest concert in their ongoing series. Doors open for gallery visits at 4:30 and the concert begins at 5:30. Tickets will be sold at door. $10 members, $15 guests. There will be Light snacks and a cash bar.

Oktoberfest Pub Crawl by Trolley: Wednesday, Oct. 26

The Jazz Club presents its second annual Oktoberfest Pub Crawl with eight bands playing in seven downtown nightclubs. Jazz fans can board trollies at the north parking lot of the VanWezel Performing Arts Hall (770 N. Tamiami Trail) then hop on and off at three locations in the heart of the seven nightclubs in downtown Sarasota (maps available). Trolleys run from 5:30 pm with music from 6-10 pm. Tickets are $15.00. Wristbands are required for admission and can be arranged by sending an email to or calling the Jazz Club office, 941.366.1552. (Messages will be returned ASAP.)

The Starlite Room, 1001 Cocoanut Ave.

Main level: Eddie Tobin on piano with Linda Baker

2nd level: Singer Debbie Keeton

Mandeville Beer Garden, 428 N. Lemon Ave.

Matt Bokulic with a pallet of texture for Jazz, unique and exciting for the 21st century

The Gator Club, 1490 Main Street.

Skip Conkling & the Dixie Mix with Dixieland tunes

Servando, 1525 4th Street.

David Pruyn, singer, drummer and trumpeter

Z’s on Main, 1454 Main Street.

Steve Roiland, trumpet, John Lamb, bass with Tracey Davis

Salute! Ristorante, 23 N. Lemon Ave.

The sensational Al Hixon & his band

Blue Rooster, 1525 Fourth Street.

Synia Carroll’s clear, smooth tones to classic jazz standards from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s & Jazz pianist Joe Delaney.

Evening Concert Series: Saturday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.

Multi-talented musicians Valerie Gillespie and John DePaola present “Music of Jazz Legends,” featuring the collaborations of Nat and Cannonball Adderley along with the work of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie “Bird” Parker. Gillespie will also perform vocal interpretations of the songs of Nancy Wilson. They are joined by Patrick Bettison, bass; Chris Rottmayer, piano; and Dave Rudolph, drums at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota, FL 34238 at 7:30 p.m. 941.552.5325; $25 members; $30 guests.

For further information on the Club’s activities visit, email, or phone the Jazz Club office at 941.366.1552 (Wed.-Fri., 9-5).

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