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A weekly live jazz update for Jazz Club of Sarasota members. 




2-4 P.M. 
Henry Ashwood  

Saxophonist Henry Ashwood’s style has been likened to that of jazz legend Paul Desmond and he is in constant demand as a performer at venues throughout Florida. Ashwood and his group plan a concert that they guarantee will have audience members, “snapping their fingers and tapping their feet.” 


Unitarian Universalist Church. 

3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota

$7 JCM  –  $12 Guest



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Special thanks to Jazz Club Member musicians, featured in bold below. Contact us today to learn more about membership for musicians, and start seeing your listings in bold!




The musicians and venues listed below are provided as a service to Jazz Club members and supporters.  Please verify scheduled performances directly with the establishments.  We rely on submissions for accuracy. Please submit your submissions to admin@jazzclubsarasota weekly to insure the correct information is being sent. This 
e-mail is sent out each Wednesday.

Listings in bold and blue indicate this artist or group is a proud member of the Jazz Club of Sarasota!


March 13 
Mike Markaverich: 5-8 p.m. Caragiulo’s, 69 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota; 941-951-0866. 
Jazz Izz It: 6-9p.m. Deborah Opie on vocals, Mike Parmelee on keyboard, Ernie Williford on bass, and Randy Opela on drums.  Allegro Bistro, 1740 E. Venice Ave., Venice. Reservations 941-484-1889.
Al Hixon’s Changing Quartet: 6:30 

p.m. 1


5 South, St. Armands.



Patricia Dean Trio: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Featuring Patricia on drums, Jeff Phillips on piano and Dave Trefethen on bass. J.D.’s Bistro and Grill, 1951 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte. Reservations: 941-255-0994.

The Venturas: 7-11 p.m. Mattison City Grill. 1 North Lemon Ave Sarasota.


Debbie Keeton: 7:30-11 p.m. Haye Loft at Euphemia Haye, 5540 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key; 941-383-3633 



March 14




Al Pierce’s Dance Combo – 1-3 p.m. Venice Friendship Center. 2350 Scenic Drive Venice, FL. 941.493.3065.
Herman Anderson, blues guitar and vocal performer: 4-7 p.m. H2O Bistro, Hotel Indigo, 1223 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota; 941-487-3815.  


Mike Markaverich: 5-8 p.m. Caragiulo’s, 69 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota; 941-951-0866.


Linda Baker Trio: 6-9 p.m. Linda on vocals with Eddie Tobin on keys and Mark Gould, sax. Ocean Blues 1936 Hillview St. Sarasota. Hot Band….Great Food. 941-366-3010. 
Debbie Keeton: 6 p.m. Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 S. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota; 941-921-3400.
Tommy Goodman Trio: 7 p.m. Every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. Tommy on keyboard, Ernie Williford on bass, and Bill Carmichael on reeds. Burns Court Cafe, 401 S. Pineapple Ave. 941-312-6633.


Saturday, March 15  








Debbie Keeton: 6 p.m. Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 S. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota; 941-921-3400.


Oceans 11 Jazz Big Band: 7-9 p.m.Ocean Blues 1936 Hillview St. Sarasota. 
Hot Band….Great Food. 941-366-3010. 


Kitt Moran with Dominic Mancini: 7:00 p.m. J.D.’s Bistro and Grill, 1951 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte; 941-255-0994. Reservations recommended. 


Mike Markaverich on piano/vocals: 7:30 p.m. Haye Loft at Euphemia Haye, 5540 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key; 941-383-3633.


Michael Royal & John Lamb: 10pm- 1am. Fine Dining and late night jazz. Michael on piano and John on bass.

Cafe L’Europe. 431 St. Armand Circle, Sarasota.  941-388-4415



March 16


Eddie Tobin: 


2-5 p.m. American Legion. 2000 5th st. W. Bradenton. 941-94-3489.


Joe Thayer: 6:00 p.m., Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 S. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota; 941-921-3400.


Debbie Keeton Jazz Quartet: 7-10 p.m. Mattison’s City Grille, 1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota. 941-330-0440.


INGROOV QUARTET JAZZ Mass: 7 p.m. Every Sunday evening.  Hope Lutheran Church, 14200 Hopewll Ave., Port Charlotte. 941-697-2345 for more information.


Mike Markaverich on piano/vocals: 7:30 p.m. Haye Loft at Euphemia Haye, 5540 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key; 941-383-3633. 


Open Mic Night with Les DaCosta: 8-11:30 p.m. The Celtic Ray, 45 Nesbit St, Punta Gorda, FL; 941-916-9115. 


Monday, March 17   

Music Sensation with Jerry Rabinowitz: 1-3 p.m. Senior Friendship Center, 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota;


Al Hixon’s Jazz Jam: 6 p.m. With Billy Marcus on keys, John Lamb on bass and Al on drums. 15 South, St. Armands .941-388-1555.


Joe Thayer: 6:30-9:30 p.m. With George Rice on Tenor Sax. Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 S. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota; 941-921-3400.


Eddie Tobin: 7:30-11 p.m.  

Haye Loft at Euphemia Haye, 5540 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key; 941-383-3633.


Monday Night Jazz Jam: 8 p.m. Ocean Blues Restaurant. 1936 Hillview St., Sarasota. 941-366-3010 

Tuesday,  March 18        

Skip’s Dixie Mix: 1-3 p.m.  Cabaret-style and dancing. Senior Friendship Center, 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota. 941-955-2122. 


Bob Gates, sax, Keith Carmen, keys, and Tony Martin on drums. 5-8 p.m. every Tuesday. Boatyard Waterfront. 1500 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota. 941-921-6200


Jack Fanning In the Mood: 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Tommy Goodman on keyboard, Jack Fanning on vibes, Dominic Mancini on bass, Dane Hassan on drums.

Allegro Bistro, 1740 E. Venice Avenue, Venice.  Reservations 941-484-1889 


Joe Thayer: 6-9 p.m. Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 S. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota; 941-921-3400.


Robbie Rose Trio:6-9 p.m. Every Tuesday.
Robbie, piano, Perry Orfanello/Mike Ross, bass, Art Seigel/Chuck Parr, drums.  Ramada inn, Venice. 425 US 41 Bypass North Venice. 

Eddie Tobin: 7:30-11 p.m.  Haye Loft at Euphemia Haye, 5540 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key; 941-383-3633


Jennifer Leigh and the New Digs – 7:30 p.m. Mattison’s City Grille, 1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota; 941-330-0440.


Wednesday, March 19

The Venturas: 6-10 p.m.  Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota; 941-365-4232. 


Kitt Moran with Dominic Mancini: 6:30 p.m. J.D.’s Bistro and Grill, 1951 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte; 941-255-0994. Reservations recommended. 

Katt Hefner & Matt Bokulic: 6:30 p.m. Darwins, 1525 4th St., Sarasota.
Michael Royal Solo Piano: 7:30-11 p.m. Every Wednesday.  Euphemia Haye , 5540 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Longboat Key, FL, 941-383-3633.

The Office Jazz & Blues Open Mic Nite: 8p.m. Hosted by “SAXMAN” Leslie D!The Office Bar & Lounge, 318 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL. 941 505-1880.



5-8 PM
Admission is $10.00.For more information call (941) 359-5700 or visit


Oceans Eleven with Guest vocalist Melanie Massell

Friday, March 14th

Classic Car Museum


 2 shows 5 and 7:30 PM  Reservations 941-355-6228 

            5500 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 34243


“Oceans Eleven” is an exciting 11 piece jazz band dedicated to promoting and continuing the great jazz traditions as practiced by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Buddy Rich and Quincy Jones among others.  This swinging  band also plays original compositions and arrangements and is led by drummer Bryan Post and features wonderful soloists and stunning vocal renditions by Melanie Massell.

The Jim Cullum Jazz Band

Saturday, Mar 15, 8:00pm 

Glenridge Performing Arts Center


The Jim Cullum Jazz Band, best known as the star of Riverwalk Jazz, on public radio  since 1987 and heard on over 150 stations and online. The Band plays jazz in the classic manner, in the style of small, hot ensembles prior to WWII. Its repertoire covers a lot of ground – from 19th-century cakewalks to the small pre-war Benny Goodman ensembles. You’ll hear the sounds of Jelly Roll Morton, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, New Orleans Rhythm Kings, King Oliver Creole Jazz Band, Louis Armstrong, and Sidney Bechet, as well as a heavy emphasis on Bix Beiderbecke and Hoagy Carmichael. They frequently perform live in big venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, and major worldwide jazz festivals. 

This is a rare opportunity to hear this renowned band live in a smaller venue at The Glenridge.


 Admission $35.  $30 for South County Jazz Club and Jazz Club of Sarasota members.  Student admission $30. 

Reservations at GPACTIX.COM or call 941-552-5325

Co-Produced by South County Jazz Club and GPAC.

“Strange Fruit”
A presentation of the Women’s Interfaith Network.
Sunday, March 16th
 2:00 PM 
Billie Holiday recorded it and everyone thought she wrote it. “Strange Fruit” was the first social protest song written and recorded by dozens of top artists.
“Strange Fruit” is the award winning documentary exploring the history and legacy of the Billie Holiday classic.
“For all audiences, this reflection on a unique song brilliantly captures the relationship between social art and our real lives and history”…Library Journal
The documentary, which features old news clips and interviews has an astonishing revelation

Following the film, a Sarasota born and raised African American woman will speak about 


Sarasota then and now.

Open to the public
 $3.00 admission, 
For more information call 377-1003.
Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota


All Star Reunion Concert

Saturday, March 22nd 

 8:00 pm


The Glenridge Performing Arts Center 
The founders and die hard musicians of  

Jazz Juvenocracy reunite for one night only to perform a concert of their favorite jazz compositions. With local roots, these young musicians have grown up on jazz together, developing chops well beyond their years, and going on to play alongside greats from Dick Hyman to Roy Hargrove. If you’re a jazz aficianado who worries whether jazz will survive into the future, this concert is sure to provide all the hope you need.



Musician line up:
Bit Risner – trumpet
Stephen Burnett – alto sax
Alex Hernandez – tenor sax
Aaron Lehrian – piano
Lamont Kaiser – bass
Rodney Rocques – drums

Jazz Juvenocracy is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. All proceeds go toward the Jazz Juvenocracy scholarship fund.

Jazz Club of Sarasota Members recieve a $5 discount. 
For Tickets call 941-552-5325 or visit https:// 

On the Eve of National Poetry Month, the University of South Florida will be presenting a special jazz concert featuring a composer whose inspiration comes from the works of U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser.


The concert will be Monday, March 31, at 7:30 PM, at the USF School of Music Concert Hall, 3755 W. Holly Drive, Tampa, FL 33620.


Tickets: 813-974-2323 or



Brad and Carol LoRicco are members of the Jazz Club of Sarasota and they volunteer their time to create amazing pictures and promotional art for the Club.  Visit the site to see and order pictures.

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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. 


Here are just a few of the dates scheduled for the 2013/2014 Season! Stay tuned for more details.


Jazz at Two Concert Series: October 4, 2013 through April 25, 2014

Jazz Jams: Most Sundays, 3-5 p.m.

January 10, 2014 Evening Concert at Holley Hall – Eddie Metz International Trio

January 24, 2014 High School Jazz Festival at Riverview High School.

February 14, 2014 Valentine Dinner Dance. Bobby Jones Club

Joy of Jazz Free Concerts in Venice – January 19, February 9, and March 9, 2014.  Sponsored in part by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. 

34th Annual Jazz Festival:

February 23 through March 1, 2014. The Jazz Cruise is the Principal Sponsor along with a Grant provided by the Sarasota County Tourist Development



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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Not a Jazz Club of Sarasota Member yet? 

Visit our website at to download a member application or pay online. You can also send a check to the office or give us a call to renew over the phone. As a member you receive discounts at most concerts!!  



1280 AM 
WTMY 1280 AM radio playing “Big Bands and Standards” The station 

has a new owner and a new format featuring songs of the “Big Band” era and “American Popular Standards”. New York radio executive and broadcaster Eugene Dolan is in the process of programming it with the music of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s along with contemporary artists performances of songs from that era.


WUSF, 89.7 has a decades-long tradition of bringing you the best in jazz all night, every night. Our knowledgeable and personable hosts — Bob Seymour and Mike Cornette — present the jazz classics along with the best new releases every hour, all night long. We hope you’ll check out our playlist here on the WUSF website, and appreciate your joining us as often as you can for America’s music – jazz – in the late night and early morning hours.
Host Bob Seymour brings you great jazz music that you will not find anywhere else on the radio dial. Saturday nights at 10:00 PM, you are invited to take a journey into jazz! 






Afro-Cuban Jazz Edition:  Alt Tuesdays 10a-12p

World Music with a Cuban twist , that’s what Frankie Pineiro its all about .Radio with a musician point of view Bringing you the forbidden music of Cuba and the world


Bebop and Beyond:  Sat 5-7pm

Bebop and Beyond concentrates on music in the Jazz idiom, from the mid 1940’s to present.  Each program features the original works of Bebop masters such as Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monks, as well as recordings by the next generation of great musicians such as Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane.  Every week newer recordings by recently emerging artists such as Miguel Zenon, Joshua Redman, and Rudresh Mahanthappa are presented.


Daddee-o’s Collectors Corner:  Sun 1-3pm

Daddee-o plays traditional and old time jazz of the 1920’s, 30’s, 40’s, and beyond.


Adventures in Jazzland:  Thursday 7-9pm

With Mike Finly.  This show is for lovers of all styles of jazz.  From big band to solo piano, classic jazz to avant garde, and all styles in between.


Check out “Betty Comora’s Jazz Picks” on this website. Betty interviews a number of our favorite musicians such as Ruby Vinson, Jerry Jerome, Jack Petersonplus Matt Domber, the late Arbors Records producer and  Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.

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