Category Archives: Jazz

My Pallie Deana Martin’s “Quarantini” Show 5-29-20





“Big Band Files” Salute to Frank Sinatra

In tribute to the “Chairman of the Board” please enjoy this tribute show originally produced and aired for Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday celebration.





My Pallie Deana Martin’s Facebook Show May 22





“Big Band Files” with Doug Miles Salute to the McGuire Sisters

In this edition of “The Big Band Files” with Doug Miles, we pay tribute to one of the greatest show business acts in the 50’s and 60’s, The McGuire Sisters.






“Big Band Files” Easter Salute to the “Rat Pack” and Friends

On this Easter edition, we salute Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Bing Crosby, Bob Crosby, Deana Martin and a special surprise singer Debbie Wileman as Judy Garland and Doris Day.






“Big Band Files” Tribute to Bucky Pizzarelli, Ellis Marsalis and Bill Withers

On this edition, we pay tribute to three great artists of music that passed away this week (March/April 2020), Jazz Guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, New Orleans Jazz Patriarch Ellis Marsalis and Bill Withers.






“Big Band Files” with Doug Miles Salutes the “Unsung Singers”

On this special edition of the “Big Band Files” with Doug Miles, we pay tribute to the “Unsung Singers”, great talents that don’t always get the accolades they are due including: Sandy Stewart, Nancy Wilson, Matt Monro, Julie Budd, Johnny Hartman, Jeri Southern, Frances Faye, Frank D’Rone and David Allyn.






“Big Band Files” with Doug Miles Artist Spotlight Singer Matt Monro

On this edition of the “Big Band Files” we pay tribute to the great international singer Matt Monro






Interview with Jazz Artist John Pizzarelli Sarasota Jazz Festival

Doug Miles talks with jazz artist, singer and musician John Pizzarelli about his upcoming show in Sarasota as part of the 40th Anniversary Jazz Festival.






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.