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Jazz Club of Sarasota presents Chuck Redd and La Lucha Trio in concert Saturday, April 8, at The Glenridge

(Sarasota, FL) The Jazz Club of Sarasota presents renowned drummer/vibraphonist Chuck Redd with the multi-award-winning La Lucha Trio in a special evening concert on Saturday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m., at The Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota.

For this special concert Redd teams with the Tampa-based La Lucha Trio, which has performed in Spain and Italy and has been named the Creative Loafing top jazz ensemble in the Tampa Bay area for four consecutive years. The trio consists of three best friends from three parts of the world: Colombia, Mexico and the U.S., with Alejandro Arenas on bass, John O’Leary on piano, and Mark Feinman on drums.

Chuck Redd is a veteran of 25 European tours and six in Japan. He began touring at 21 as a member of the Charlie Byrd Trio, was a member of The Great Guitars (with Byrd, Barney Kessel and Herb Ellis) and played with the Barney Kessel Trio. He was artist-in-residence at the Smithsonian Jazz Café from 2004-2008 and was a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra for 15 years. Redd was also featured with the Milt Jackson Tribute Band and a who’s who of other acclaimed musicians including Ken Peplowski, the Benny Goodman Tribute Orchestra, Terry Gibbs and Conte Candoli among others. He has made more than 80 recordings including “Happy All the Time,” a tribute to Barney Kessel.

Tickets at $25 for Jazz Club members and $30 for guests are available from The Glenridge at 941.552.5325 and www.gpactix.com.
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Jazz Club of Sarasota Presents Free “Joy of Jazz” Outdoor Concert in Venice, Sunday, March 26, from 2-4 p.m.

(Sarasota, FL) The Jazz Club of Sarasota will presents a free “Joy of Jazz” concert on Sunday, March 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. with the Jim Wellen Quintet. The band will perform in the gazebo at Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL.

The Jim Wellen Quintet will perform classic jazz standards and music from the Great American Songbook with Jim Wellen, tenor sax, Billy Marcus, keys; Dick Hamilton, trombone; John Lamb, bass; and Al Hixon, drums.

Concertgoers can bring chairs or blankets for this free outdoor concert, which is the third in an annual series co-sponsored by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. It replaces the Joy of Jazz concert previously scheduled for Jan. 22 but canceled because of a storm.

Photo courtesy Carol LoRicco

For further information visit www.jazzclubsarasota.org, email admin@jazzclubsarasota.com or phone 941-366-1552 (Wed.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

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 37 years. Chief among them is the highly respected Sarasota Jazz Festival, which concluded its 37th Festival earlier this month. In addition to producing numerous jazz events, the Club operates an active scholarship program for aspiring young jazz musicians.
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Jazz Club of Sarasota To Hold Free Bill Buchman Art of Jazz Outdoor concert this Sunday Afternoon in Venice

(Sarasota, FL) The Jazz Club of Sarasota will present Bill Buchman’s Art of Jazz featuring Nancy Pastore on Sunday, February 19 with a free outdoor concert from 2 to 4 p.m. in the gazebo at Centennial Park, 200 West Venice Avenue, Venice. Joining pianist Buchman and vocalist Pastore are Rob Fors on bass, Lenny Balistreri on drums and Benietsito Campoverde on congas. The concert is co-sponsored by Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

The group will perform an afternoon of jazz favorites and Buchman is sure to bring some of the boogie-woogie beat that always delights audiences.

Bill Buchman (photo courtesy Carol LoRicco)

For further information visit www.jazzclubsarasota.org, phone the Jazz Club office at 941.366.1552 (Wednesday, Thursday or Friday) or email admin@jazzclubsarasota.com.

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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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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

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

(Update 1/21/17) The following announcement from the Jazz Club of Sarasota regarding Sunday’s concert: WE REGRET TO INFORM YOU THAT THIS SUNDAY’S, JANUARY 22ND, FREE JOY OF JAZZ CONCERT IN VENICE CENTENNIAL PARK FROM 2-4 PM HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. NEXT JOY OF JAZZ CONCERT WILL BE SUNDAY FEBRUARY 19TH 2-4 PM

(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 www.jazzclubsarasota.org, phone the Jazz Club office at 941.366.1552 (Wed.-Thurs.-Fri.) or email admin@jazzclubsarasota.com.




Jazz Club of Sarasota and Baltimore Orioles Team Up for Jazz in the Ballpark at Ed Smith Stadium April 9th





(Sarasota, FL) The Jazz Club of Sarasota and the Baltimore Orioles are teaming up for the first time to bring a live, big-band jazz concert to the Left Field Pavilion at Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday, April 9, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The concert, titled “The Music of Sinatra and Friends,” features the Sarasota Jazz Project, a 17-piece big band under the direction of co-founder and tenor sax player George McLain. The high-energy band will perform popular favorites from the fabulous career of Frank Sinatra and his pals, covering music from World War II through the end of the 20th century. Their swinging instrumentals will be enhanced by top jazz soloists, along with vocal classics by sensational Miami-based jazz singer Lisanne Lyons and McLain. The evening will also include a special “Armed Forces Salute” in tribute to veterans and those now in service to our country.

“The Orioles are excited to welcome jazz fans to Ed Smith Stadium’s Left Field Pavilion for another ‘first’ in our Arts in the Ballpark event series,” said David Rovine, Vice President, Orioles-Sarasota. “The Orioles’ partnerships with local cultural organizations like the Jazz Club of Sarasota continue to introduce new entertainment opportunities for our community in a unique setting.”
Lisanne Lyons (hi-res)
Peg Pluto, president of the Jazz Club of Sarasota, is equally enthusiastic. “We’re thrilled to present some truly great music, played with all the pizzazz that a big band brings,” she said.

A party atmosphere will prevail in the Left Field Pavilion, where fans can grab ball park food, enjoy the outdoors on a cool Sarasota evening and even dance under the stars to musical selections that will include “All Or Nothing At All,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “In the Mood,” “West Side Story Jazz Suite” and the Sinatra favorite “Come Fly With Me.”

Reserved seats, offered at $30 and $20, include table tops or counters for food and beverages. Parking is $5 in the East Lot, with a portion of proceeds supporting the Sarasota Y.
Sarasota Jazz Project 2016
Tickets may be purchased through the Orioles’ box office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., by phone at 941-893-6300, or online by clicking “Events” at jazzclubsarasota.org. The Orioles’ box office is located at Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th Street in Sarasota.

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Jazz Club of Sarasota to present A Jazz Holiday featuring the Nate Najar All Star Band Dec. 18th

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The Jazz Club of Sarasota to present Grammy Award Winning Jazz Pianist Shelly Berg in Concert August 23

(Sarasota, FL) Grammy Award Winning Jazz Pianist Shelly Berg will perform in concert with an all-star college jazz group at the Riverview High School Performing Arts Center in Sarasota on Saturday, August 23rd at 7:30 p.m.

Berg, who has performed with the legendary Dick Hyman, returns this year with an all-star jazz group from the Frost School of Music. He is the Dean at University of Miami music school and is a multi-Grammy Award winner, who arranged and recorded with Arturo Sandoval on the Grammy winning CD “Dear Diz”. Dave Brubeck said, “Shelly Berg is a great pianist”. Johnny Mandel called Berg’s orchestrating “magnificent …. incredible”. From the LA Times…”bits of Art Tatum, Fats Waller, Bud Powell and Oscar Peterson could be heard… all held together by Berg’s boundless enthusiasm.”

Shelly Berg has recorded and performed with and arranged for many top jazz artists including Patti Austin, Nancy Wilson, Dionne Warwick, Kurt Elling and Tierney Sutton among others. Berg’s TV credits include producing and performing at the 2013 National Tree Lighting ceremony at the White House and a recent PBS special with Gloria Estefan. He has also contributed music to numerous TV series and composed and arranged music for feature films on the big screen.

Jazz pianist Shelly Berg
Jazz pianist Shelly Berg

Tickets are $10 dollars for general admission. Preferred seating tickets are $15. Students are free with a valid ID. Visit http://brownpapertickets.com/event/744580 to order tickets online.

The Riverview High School Performing Arts Center is located at 1 Ram Way in Sarasota.

For more information contact: Jazz Club of Sarasota, 330 S Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL, www.jazzclubsarasota.org
or call (941) 366-1552 (Wed – Fri 9 am – 5 pm).

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