35th Anniversary Sarasota Jazz Festival March 1-7

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35th Anniversary Sarasota Jazz Festival 
March 1-7  
Sunday, March 1
Festival Kickoff
Jazz in the Park – 1-4 p.m.
Free admission and parking!
Headlining will be a jazz quartet featuring renowned jazz violinist Doug Cameron & concerts by Pine View Jazz top area HS jazz bands. Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
Monday, March 2  5:30 p.m.
PianistDon BrynThe Great American Songbook  What is it?   How did it form?  What makes a song part of it?  Who decides what’s in it?  Come to a fun and informative session with Don Bryn as he plays and shares about some of these classic songs and how the whole idea of the Great American Songbook came to be.  Don teaches Music Theory and Music Appreciation at State College of Florida, plays classical and jazz piano, and loves to talk about music.

$10 At the Door
707 N. Tamiami Tr

Tuesday, March 3   7:30 p.m.

Big Band Jazz Concert featuring bassist John Lamb and vocalist
June Garber with The Sarasota Jazz Project Big Band
Jazz Club Members: $25
Non-Members: $35
Students Free (at the door)
Riverview HS Performing Arts Center. (off Proctor Road) 1 Ram Way, Sarasota.
Order tickets at brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006

Wednesday, March 47:30 p.m.

Jazz Trolley & Pub Crawl
Hop on and off the trolley and enjoy a fun night of jazz at nine venues around town.  $15/$20 at trolley.
Call the Jazz Club of Sarasota W-F at
941-366-1552 for Tickets.

Thursday, March 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Freddy Cole – “Jazz Meets the Blues”
The Freddy Cole Quartet with 
Freddy Cole-piano-vocalsHerman Burney – bass, Randy Napoleon, guitar and Henry Conerway, drums.

Special Meet & Greet VIP Tickets: $50
Members: $35 – Non-Members: $45
Students Free (at the door)
Bob Seymour Night 
Long time jazz host on WUSF (89.7) and honorary Jazz Club of Sarasota Board Member, Bob Seymour, will be honored this evening with a presentation of appreciation for outstanding promotion and musical jazz entertainment in our area. 
Five nights a week for over 20 years Bob has played great jazz and explains about the artists and the songs to the delight of jazz lovers.  He has been recognized nation wide for his expertise and insight into jazz.  Bob promotes the events of the Jazz Club of Sarasota as well as others in the Tampa-Sarasota area.
For several years Bob lived in Sarasota and was involved in the Club in the early years with Hal Davis, the founder of the Club.

Riverview HS Performing Arts Center. (off Proctor Road) 1 Ram Way, Sarasota.
Order tickets at brownpapertickets.com or call


Friday, March 6 – 7:30 p.m.

A Tribute to Brubeck
Karla Harris sings the Dave & Iola Brubeck Songbook with the Ted Howe Trio
Members: $30 Non-Members: 40
Riverview HS Performing Arts Center. (off Proctor Road) 1 Ram Way, Sarasota.
Order tickets at brownpapertickets.com or call     1-800-838-3006
Saturday, March 7 – 7:30 p.m.
The legendary Dick Hyman & 
Ken Peplowski with vocalist Kitt Moran.
VIP Seating: $50 (1st 4 rows)
Members: 35  Non-Members:$45
Riverview HS Performing Arts Center. (off Proctor Road) 1 Ram Way, Sarasota.
Order tickets at brownpapertickets.com or call  1-800-838-3006.
2015 Winner of the Satchmo Award
Lillette Jenkins-Wisner
The Queen of the Keys, Lillette Jenkins-Wisner, is turning 90 within weeks and is currently working on two films and a book about her life!  She has worked with jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington and remembers performing in Sarasota in the 1940’s. Lillette has been well known here for her performances, often in the service of charity events and her non-profit, Lillette’s Foundation for the Arts, which has supported students with scholarships and awards.
The Jazz Club of Sarasota will honor her with this year’s Satchmo Award at the concert on Saturday, March 7th
The 11th annual Jazz Festival at SeaThe Jazz Cruise  is the major sponsor for this years festival and paid for in part by a TDC Grant
Visit the link below to watch a short video on our upcoming festival!

 Jazz Club of Sarasota Annual 
“Jazz Trolley &
 Pub Crawl”
Wednesday Evening March 4, 2015
Trolleys will depart from the MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM (on Tamiami Trail between Blvd. of the Arts and 10th Street) parking lot beginning at 6:15 pm to the various venues.
Music continues until 10:00 pm. Hop on & off trolley at designated locations near venues. Trolleys run until 10:30 pm

Starlite Room(formerly Broadway Bar) 
2 Bands
 Melanie Massell & “Company”
A Jazz Club favorite – sings with “passion & emotion”. Always a crowd pleaser, Melanie will be accompanied by some of the area’s finest musicians.
David Pruyn Quintet
Enjoy some swingin’ jazz standard and songs from the GAS with the versatile David Pruyn (drums, trumpet and vocals) and his quintet
Marina Jack  
James Williams 
“All That Jazz”
James Williams on piano; Bob Miner, sax, Dominik Teyke, drums and Joe Bruno, Jr., bass
Senior Friendship Center – Betty Comora and Friends
Betty will have you up on your feet with her swinging group.Pianist/Vocalist/Washboardist Betty Comora will be joined by musicians from Mike Evans’s CanAmGer Dixieland Band who will be on tour in this area. See them on Youtube.

The Gator Club 
Skip Conkling’s Dixie Mix
Enjoy that great New Orleans jazz sound with Skip and his seasoned pros doing some of your favorites. What a line-up!

Skip Conkling Leader Drums

Bill Carmichael     Clarinet

Bruce Wallace      Bass

Marv Luckett        Trombone

Matt Bokulic.        Piano

Jerry Addicott       Bangor

Dick Hamilton       Trumpet


 Al Hixon & “That Jazz Band”
A Sarasota fixture. Al’s Monday night jazz jam is at 25 years and counting. Joining Al will be Billy Marcus, John Davey, Jim Wellen, Dave Morgan.
Wow! These are some of the areas top rhythm and horn players.
Z’s on Main St – Tom Carabasi Latin Jazz
Latin Jazz featuring drummer Tom Carabasi and his quartet
Darwin’s on 4th – Alki Steriopoulos
Jazz pianist “Alki” Steriopoulos will feature the songbooks of Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, and Hoagy Carmichael and others
The Blue Rooster on 4th – Blues Music

*Performers and venues subject to change
Beverages will be available at all locations. Food will be available at most locations.
Keep Jazz Alive – Please Support the Venues Supporting Jazz
Jazz Club of Sarasota
330 S. Pineapple Ave, Suite 111 Sarasota, FL 34236
(941)366-1552 (Wednesday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm) – www.jazzclubsarasota.org
Tickets: $15.00 (in advance) from the Jazz Club @ (941)366-1552; $20.00 on Trolley Night

About the Jazz Club of Sarasota 


The Jazz Club of Sarasota features more than 50 concerts, events and lectures per year.   

Founded in 1980 by the late Hal Davis, the former publicist for Benny Goodman, the organization presents the Sarasota Jazz Festival, one of the major jazz festivals in the United States. 


Jazz Club of Sarasota 

330 S. Pineapple Avenue 

Suite 111

Sarasota, FL 34236

Call 941-366-1552 Wednesdays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

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