Jazz Club of Sarasota presents world-class musicians for Jazz at Two concerts in December:
December 2–Allan Vache, Johnny Varro & Mark Neuenschwander;
December 11–Tom Carabasi’s Samba Jazz Quartet
SARASOTA, FL: The Jazz Club of Sarasota presents its last two Jazz at Two concerts of 2015 with world-class musicians on Friday, Dec., 2, and Friday, Dec. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road. Admission, set at $10 for Jazz Club members and $15 for guests, includes a one-dollar contribution to the Jazz Club Scholarship Fund, according to Peg Pluto, Jazz Club president. The Jazz Club resumes this popular concert series in 2016 with four concerts in January and continues its performances through Friday, April 15, 2016.
The December concerts feature perennial Jazz Club favorites.
December 4: ALLAN VACHE, JOHNNY VARRO & MARK NEUENSCHWANDER
Renowned clarinetist Allan Vache performed numerous engagements from 1972-1975 with such jazz greats as Bobby Hackett, Gene Krupa, Dick Hyman, Clark Terry, Dick Wellstood, Ed Hubble, Cliff Leeman, Bob Haggart and Jack Lesber. He overlapped his gigs by appearing with an onstage band in Doctor Jazz on Broadway. Alan has also made numerous appearances with his brother, jazz cornetist/trumpeter Warren Vache, Jr. Swing-jazz pianist Johnny Varro first played professionally on an East Coast tour with Bobby Hackett in 1953 and became intermission pianist at Eddie Condon’s from 1957 through the mid-60s. An Arbors artist, he has been active in Miami and more recently I California. He has recorded and tours with the Swing 7. Florida-based Mark Neuenschwander has played with over 140 national Broadway touring shows and such major performers as Billy Eckstine, Cab Calloway, Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, The Florida Orchestra, Andrea Bocelli, Herb Alpert, Yanni, Chick Corea, The Moody Blues and the 5th Dimension. He is on the faculty of St. Petersburg College and has also taught at USF, Southeastern University and Eckerd College among others.
December 11: TOM CARABASI AND HIS SAMBA JAZZ QUARTET
Drummer Tom Carabasi presents Brazilian and jazz standards with a unique flair and the talented assistance of Patrick Bettison, keyboard; Alejandro Arenas, bass; and Perry Childs, saxophone. Besides being a musician, Carabasi is also head of the photography department at Ringling College of Art and Design.
Coming on Fridays in January 2016:
- January 8 – Dave Morgan Quartet w/Billy Marcus, Billy Pillucere & Stephen Bucholtz
- January 15 – No Jazz at Two; Evening Concert: Eddie Metz Trio
- January 22 – Pianist Michael Royal Trio
- January 29 – Trumpeter John DePaola Quartet
The Jazz Club of Sarasota, founded in 1980, is one of the most active jazz clubs in the United States. 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 3-12, 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.
JAZZ AT TWO
Concert Series Fridays, 2 – 4 p.m.*
Oct 16 – Synia Carroll (vocals) & the Bob Miner Quartet w/Robbie Rose, Shawn Doolittle & Joe Bruno Jr
Oct 23 – Saxophonist Tony Benade with Jerry Eckert, Dick Hamilton, Bruce Wallace and Rich McDonald
Oct 30 – Vocalist Lorri Hafer Quartet with Mike Hafer, Paul Hafer
& Dave Dunscombe
Nov 6 – Tom Ellison Quartet w/Judi Glover, Don Mopsick & Bob Stone Nov 20 – Mike Markaverich Trio with Johnny Moore & Dave Trefethen
Nov 27 – Nate Najar Quartet with James Suggs, John Lamb & Mark Feinman Dec 4 – Renowned clarinetist Allan Vache with Johnny Varro
& Mark Neuenschwander
Dec 11 – Tom Carabasi and his “Samba Jazz”
Dec 18 – No Jazz at Two; Evening Concert: A Jazz Holiday with Nate Najar
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Jan 8 – Dave Morgan Quartet w/Billy Marcus, Billy Pillucere
& Stephen Bucholtz
Jan 15 – No Jazz at Two; Evening Concert: Eddie Metz Trio Jan 22 – Pianist Michael Royal Trio
Jan 29 – Trumpeter John DePaola Quartet Feb 5 – Kitt Moran Quartet
Feb 10 – * WEDNESDAY* – Libby York w/Mark Kahny, Rodney Rojas
& Mark Neuenschwander
Feb 12 – Mac Chrupcala Quartet w/Evelyn Thomas (vocals), John Lamb
& Remy Tavares
Feb 19 – Al Hixon & the Underheard Herd Feb 26 – Eddie Tobin
Mar 4 – Billy Marcus
Mar 18 – Jerry Eckert Trio w/Rich McDonald & Bruce Wallace Apr 1 – Hoyt Miller & the Sea Notes
Apr 8 – Butch Thomas Apr 15 – Patricia Dean