Jazz Club of Sarasota presents “An Evening of Swingin’ Jazz with the Eddie Metz Jr. Trio”;
Internationally acclaimed musicians perform at Riverview Performing Arts Center on Friday, January 15
SARASOTA, FL: The Jazz Club of Sarasota is proud to present “An Evening of Swingin’ Jazz with the Eddie Metz Jr. Trio” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 15, at Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota. Students are admitted free to this concert. Admission for members is $25; for guests, $35. Free valet service will be available.
American drummer Eddie Metz Jr. heads this trio of internationally acclaimed musicians, which includes Australian bassist/vocalist Nicki Parrott and Italian pianist Rossano Sportiello. (http://www.eddiemetzjr.com/ ; http://www.nickiparrott.com/ ; http://www.rossanosportiello.com/)
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,” for over three decades he has been the driving force of small groups and large bands 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.
Nicki Parrott is a giant among female jazz entertainers and perhaps the busiest as she travels 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 performed 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.
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.