Jazz Club of Sarasota ends 36th Jazz Festival with Dick Hyman and Jazz All-Stars on Saturday, March 12, Evening of greats includes international stars: Dick Hyman,
two of the world’s best jazz guitarists, Ellington alum bassist, and acclaimed surprise guest
WHAT CONCERT: DICK HYMAN, HOWARD ALDEN, RUSSELL MALONE, JOHN LAMB, MARK FEINMAN and SURPRISE GUEST
WHEN SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 7:30 p.m.
- DICK HYMAN, sometimes called a musical chameleon, has played in virtually every known musical style and functioned in numerous capacities, as pianist, organist, arranger, music director and composer. His versatility has resulted in film scores, orchestral compositions, concert appearances and well over 100 albums recorded under his own name. He was one of the first to record on the Moog synthesizer and his Minotaur landed on the Billboard charts. He has also had a prolific career as a studio musician, won two Emmys, orchestrated Broadway’s Sugar Babies and was composer/arranger/conductor/pianist for Moonstruck, ten Woody Allen films and other movies. He is a member of the Jazz Hall of Fame of the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies and the New Jersey Jazz Society.
- “HOWARD ALDEN may be the best of his generation,” writes Owen Cordle in JazzTimes. In 2009 DownBeat Magazine recognized him as a “Modern Maestro” and one of DownBeat’s “75 Great Guitarists.” His recordings with George Van Eps, Ken Peplowski, Frank Wess and other respected musicians generated critical acclaim, as did his playing in the Woody Allen movie Sweet and Lowdown, which brought Sean Penn an Academy Award nomination for his role as a legendary jazz guitarist.
- “Obviously we are in the capable hands of a master,” said one influential guitarist after hearing RUSSELL MALONE in a DownBeat Blindfold Test. Malone is considered one of the signature guitar players of his generation. The leader of ten albums since 1992, he is as well-known on the international circuit for his world-class quartet and trio as for his long-stranding participation in Ron Carter’s Golden Striker Trio and recent contributions to the musical production of the likes of Sonny Rollins and Diane Reeves. Malone is a master of all tempos, a relentless swinger he spins his stories with a soulful, recognizable instrumental voice and seasons them with sophisticated harmonies that are never “too hip for the room.” Malone‘s influences range from swing to R&B and he has an appealing bop-oriented approach that often pays tribute to earlier styles.
- JOHN LAMB is “a virtuoso performer bassist who performed with the Duke Ellington Orchestra for more than ten years,” according to All About Jazz. The authoritative website says, “His extraordinary musical talent can be heard on most of the Duke’s major works from the mid-’60’s, including ‘The Far East Suite’ which earned a Grammy.”
- MARK FEINMAN, a drummer from the Tampa Bay area, has extensive experience ranging from private engagements and musical theater to various concert venues including a big band tour of Italy and France with performances at the Umbria Jazz Festival and Jazz a Juan in Juan Les Pins. Mark has studied Jazz Performance, first at the University of South Florida and then at SUNY Purchase in New York. He is on the faculty of St. Petersburg College.
- SURPRISE GUEST–We can’t give away his identity but here’s a clue: Russell Davies of the BBC2 called him “arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist.”
WHERE Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, FL 34231
Tickets, pricing, information: jazzclubsarasota.org, [email protected] and 941.366.1552.
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. Chief among them is the highly respected Sarasota Jazz Festival, with the 36th Festival set for March 6-12, 2016. In addition to producing numerous jazz events, over the years the Club has granted approximately $200,000 to aspiring young jazz musicians. To learn more, visit www.jazzclubsarasota.org.
The Jazz Cruise is the major sponsor for the 36th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival. The festival is also sponsored in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues and Arbors Records. The Harold and Evelyn R. Davis Memorial Foundation sponsors the Satchmo Award.