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40th Anniversary Sarasota Jazz Festival Swings Into Town March 8-14

(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.






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.

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

WTMY Interview with jazz legend Dick Hyman Sarasota Jazz Festival 2016