Jazz Club of Sarasota presents world-class 36th Sarasota Jazz Festival with internationally acclaimed musicians Mar. 6-12; Free Jazz in the Park • Jazz Trolley & Pub Crawl Evening concerts with jazz stars • Satchmo Award

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Jazz Club of Sarasota presents world-class 36th Sarasota Jazz Festival with internationally acclaimed musicians Mar. 6-12

Free Jazz in the Park • Jazz Trolley & Pub Crawl

Evening concerts with jazz stars • Satchmo Award

 

SARASOTA, FL:  The Jazz Club of Sarasota presents the 36th edition of its world-class Sarasota Jazz Festival, which runs from March 6 through 12. The star-studded mix of free and ticketed events brings internationally acclaimed jazz luminaries to Sarasota including Howard Alden, Diego Figueiredo, Wycliffe Gordon, Dick Hyman, John Lamb, Russell Malone, Ken Peplowski, Byron Stripling. In addition, the Festival includes a Jazz Trolley and Pub Crawl through downtown Sarasota, presentation of the prestigious Satchmo award to outstanding trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, big bands & combos, young & not-so-young performers and even a Patron Package with backstage passes. An outline of the Festival schedule appears below. For more information visit http://jazzclubsarasota.org/, e-mail [email protected], phone 941.366.1552 (Wednesday through Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Monday-Friday during Festival Week) and see the attached Word file with musician bios. 

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Sunday, March 6-Saturday, March 9

36th ANNUAL SARASOTA JAZZ FESTIVAL

SUNDAY, MARCH 6: JAZZ IN THE PARK • FREE Outdoor Concert with three bands, 12-4 p.m.; Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

  • State College of Florida Jazz Ensemble with Marc Mannino, Director, leading the Little Big Band (12 musicians) and the SCF Jazz Ensemble Big Band (18 musicians).
  • The Old Souls Jazz Sextet. Young jazz musicians with international credits, many of them Jazz Club Scholarship winners: Bit Risner, trumpet & vocals; Liston Gregory, piano; Jose Villalpando, bass; John Medico, drums; Patrick Daut, guitar; and Alex Hernandez, tenor sax. 
  • The Ken Loomer Jazz Big Band. Drummer Ken Loomer leads this 15-piece contemporary band of hard-swinging musicians.

Food & Beverages available for purchase • Gourmet Food Trucks Onsite • No coolers, please. • Bring blankets and chairs. Information: Jazz Club office.*

 

TUESDAY, MARCH 8, Evening Concert: THE NAPLES JAZZ ORCHESTRA with Trumpet Virtuoso & Vocalist BYRON STRIPLING, 7:30 p.m., Riverview PAC**

The Naples Jazz Orchestra, a band in the tradition of legendary big bands, teams with Byron Stripling, a newer presence on the scene who is also becoming legendary, for this powerhouse event. 

Admission: Jazz Club members $25; Guests $35; Students Free (at the door)

Tickets: 800.838.3006, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2475587.

Information: jazzclubsarasota.org or the Jazz Club office*

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9: 18th Annual JAZZ TROLLEY & PUB CRAWL, 6-10:30 p.m., Downtown Sarasota

Hop on and off the very popular Sarasota Jazz Trolley at eight downtown clubs to hear jazz musicians: Blue Rooster— Synia Carroll • Gator Club—Skip Conkling  Salute’s—Al Hixon  Mandeville Beer Garden—Matt Bokulic  Sarasota Wine Bar & Bistro—Brenda Watty •  Servando’s—David Pruyn   The Starlite Room—Steve Roiland

Admission: Advance $15 from Jazz Club office*; $20 at event. Information: Jazz Club office.*

 

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 10, Evening Concert: DIEGO FIGUEIREDO & KEN PEPLOWSKI play “JAZZ SAMBA”; 7:30 p.m., Riverview PAC**  

The 1962 recording “Jazz Samba” (Verve) was the first major bossa-nova album in this country and has since become a classic. Young guitarist Diego Figueiredo and acclaimed reedman Ken Peplowski reprise this historic album in their tribute to the famous Charlie Byrd-Stan Getz Latin jazz collaboration. They are joined by Chuck Bergeron, string bass, and John Yarling on drums. Figueiredo and Peplowski will be introduced by Ellen Bick Asmussen, an American author, poet, literary critic and wife of noted jazz violinist Svend Asmussen, a Jazz Club favorite performer.

Admission: Jazz Club members $30; Guests $40; Students Free (at the door).
Tickets: 800.838.3006, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2475603.

Information: jazzclubsarasota.org or Jazz Club office*

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 11 Evening Concert: DownBeat Winner WYCLIFFE GORDON and the BILLY MARCUS TRIO; Presentation of SATCHMO AWARD to Wycliffe Gordon, 7:30 p.m.; Riverview PAC**

 

Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon has been honored with the ASCAP Plus Award 2015 and DownBeat magazine‘s Critics Choice Award for two separate instruments: “Best Trombone” for three consecutive years (2012 thru 2014) and “Rising Star Award” for tuba (2014). The Jazz Journalists Association named him Trombonist of the Year for 2013, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2002, 2001 and also gave him its Critics’ Choice Award for Best Trombone in 2000. Gordon also plays trumpet, euphonium, tuba and didgeridoo, and often takes a spirited vocal.

 

The Jazz Club will present Wycliffe Gordon with the Satchmo Award, its highest honor, at this concert. Bob Seymour, Jazz Director at WUSF Public Broadcasting and an honorary member of the Jazz Club’s board of directors, will make the presentation.  Named in named in honor of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, the Satchmo is the Club’s highest honor. Previous winners have included Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Marian McPartland, Dave Brubeck, Dick Hyman and John Lamb.

 

Billy Marcus, jazz pianist and member of the South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame, began his career in 1968 in the Boston-Cape Cod area with the late Bobby Hackett. In Florida he was named “Miami’s Best Musician.” He is joined by bassist Don Mopsick and drummer Stephen Bucholtz.

 

Admission: Jazz Club members $30; Guests $40; Students Free (at the door).
Tickets: 800.838.3006, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2475627.

Information: www.jazzclubsarasota.org or the Jazz Club office*

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 12, Evening Concert:  Jazz All-Stars—DICK HYMAN, HOWARD ALDEN, JOHN LAMB, RUSSELL MALONE & SPECIAL SURPRISE GUEST, 7:30 p.m., Riverview PAC**

This concert promises to be extraordinary with four of today’s most acclaimed jazz musicians and a surprise guest. The versatile Dick Hyman performs with Ellington alumnus and legendary bassist John Lamb and two guitarists—Howard Alden and Russell Malone–who have each been hailed as being among the world’s greatest.

 

Admission: Jazz Club members $35; Guests $45; Students Free (at the door).

Tickets: 800.838.3006, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2475635.

Information: www.jazzclubsarasota.org or the Jazz Club office*

 

SPECIAL V.I.P. PATRON PACKAGES: The Jazz Club is offering Special V.I.P. Patron Packages that provide admission and preferred seating for all festival concerts; a ticket for Jazz Trolley & Pub Crawl; V.I.P. Cocktail Party on Saturday, March 12, before the closing concert, at Mattison’s Forty-One Restaurant (7275 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231); a backstage pass good for each event, subject to scheduling and time available; a Festival tee shirt.

Package price: Jazz Club members $175; Guests $225. Available ONLY through the Jazz Club office.*

*Jazz Club office: To learn more about the Sarasota Jazz Festival, the Jazz Club of Sarasota and memberships, visit http://jazzclubsarasota.org/, e-mail [email protected]  or phone 941.366.1552 (Wednesday through Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Monday-Friday during Festival Week).

**Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way (2452 Proctor Rd., Sarasota). Tickets are available online at brownpapertickets.com and by phone at 800.838.3006. Prices vary by concert and are listed with each event.

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.

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