Jazz Club of Sarasota Upcoming jazz concerts and events, January 2, 2016

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Thursday, December 31

The Good Time Groove: 2 p.m. Open rehearsals.   Come and join us. Seats always open!
SouthGate Community Center.
Call 941 377 7375 for more info.
The Deborah Opie Quartet: Every Thursday at Valenti’s Allegro Bistro with vocalist Deborah Opie, Billy Marcus on piano, Don Mopsick on bass and Stephen Bucholtz on drums.  6-9 pm.  Reservations suggested.
PATRICIA DEAN TRIO: 6:30-9:30 p.m. featuring Danny Sinoff on piano, Dave Trefethen on bass at
JD’s Bistro & Grille in Port Charlotte
1951 Tamiami Trail

(941) 255-0994.
Reservations recommended.
John Russo, vocal performer:  7 p.m. Every Thursday,

The Starlite Room, 1001 Cocoanut Ave., Sarasota.  8p.m. New Years Eve. Reservations:
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

Friday, January 1
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. 
Solo Piano with Frank Weder: 5-8- p.m. Every Friday and Saturday. Sandpiper Grille,1702 South Pebble Beach Blvd.Sun City Center. 813-634-7900.
Debbie Keeton: 6 p.m. Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 S. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota;  941-921-3400.
Synia Carroll & Billy Marcus: 7-10 pm
Every Friday!. Fandango Mediterranean Cafe. 1812 S. Osprey. 941-954-5400
Tommy Goodman Trio: 7:30 p.m.Every Friday. Tommy on keys, Bill Carmichael on reeds and Bruce Wallace on bass. Burns Court Cafe, 401 S. Pineapple Ave. 941-312-6633.
Eddie Tobin: 7 p.m. With Tom & Judy Renaud. Amore by Andrea.
555 Bay Isles Pkwy,

Longboat Key. Reservations: 941-383-1111

SAX IS FINE AT DVINE’S with Leslie DeCosta: 8-11 p. .m. D’Vines Wine & Gift Emporium, 701 JC Center Court, Port Charlotte. (941) 627-WINE (9463) Dvine’s

Saturday,January 2
Solo Piano with Frank Weder: 5-8- p.m. Every Friday and Saturday. Sandpiper Grille,1702 South Pebble Beach Blvd.Sun City Center. 813-634-7900 
Debbie Keeton: 6 p.m. Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 S. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota; 941-921-3400. 
Jazz : Every Saturday evening, 7-9 PM, at the Burns Court Cafe, 401 S. Pineapple Ave. Tel. 941 312 6633. Come enjoy the good music, food and atmosphere.
Eddie Tobin: 7:30 p.m. Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen.  326 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota.
Mike Markaverich Piano & Vocals: 7:30-11 p.m. Euphemia Haye, 5540 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Longboat Key, FL, 941-383-3633. 
John Russo, vocal performer.  8 p.m. Every Saturday, The Starlite Room, 1001 Cocoanut Avenue, Sarasota.  Reservations:  941-702-5613

Sunday, January 3               
Al Hixon’s Jazz Quartet for Sunday Brunch @ the Sandbar: 10:30 a.m. until?? Matt Bokulic, Bruce Wallace, Rodney Rojas & Dave Morgon on drums. Visit the sunny sands of Anna Maria Island at 100 Spring Ave. You never know who might show up!
Shelly Torman Jazz Brunch: 11-2.: Vocals and flute. Ophelia’s On The Bay. 9105 Midnight Pass Rd.,Siesta Key. 941-349-2212.
Eddie Tobin with Bob Dewart Band: 2-5 p.m. American Legion. 2000 75th st. W. Bradenton. 
Joe Thayer: 6:00 p.m., Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 S. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota; 941-921-3400. 
The All That Jazz Quintet: 6:00-9:00 p.m. Every Sunday with James Williams on piano, Bob Miner on saxophone, Joe Bruno on trumpet, Joe Bruno, Jr. on  bass and Shawn Doolitle on drums.  Cassariano Italian Eatery, 313 West Venice Ave. Venice.
Sarasota Jazz Jam:

6-9 p.m.
 Eddie Kinder, keyboard and sax,
John DeWitt, bass; L.
A. Davis, drums,vocals.  Virtuosos to jazz newbies welcome.
The Starlite Room, corner of 10th Street and Cocoanut Avenue,
 Bass, drums, keyboard and P.A. system provided.
Shari Morningstar & Jerry Eckert: 

9 p.m.
Every Sunday.  Amore 555 Bay Isles Parkway, Longboat Key, FL 34228 * 941-383-1111
Eddie Tobin: 7:00 p.m. Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen.  326 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota.
Debbie Keeton Jazz Quartet: 7-10 p.m. Mattison’s City Grille, 1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota. 941-330-0440.  
Mike Markaverich Piano & vocals: 7:30-11 p.m. Euphemia Haye, 5540 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Longboat Key, FL, 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, January 4

Senior Friendship Center 1-3 PM
Dance and Listen to your favorite Jazz standards by the Bruno Connection featuring Joe Bruno Sr, Joe Bruno Jr, Bill Carmichael, John Young and Lenny Balestreri. Senior Friendship Center, 1888 Brother Geenen Way. ph: 955-2122.
Kitt Moran: 5:30-8:30 p.m  Allegro Bistro every Monday with Mike Moran, Dominic Mancini and Dane Hassan. 
1740 East Venice Avenue, Venice, FL 941-484-1889
Al Hixon’s Jazz Jam 6:30 p.m. With Dave Morgon on drums, John Lamb on bass and Billy Marcus on keys. No cover and no mins!
15 South, St. Armands. 941-388-1555.
John Russo, vocal performer: 6-9 p.m. Every Monday. The Starlite Room, 1001 Cocoanut Ave., Sarasota.  941-702-5613.
Studio Kitchen Jazz Sextet: 6-9 p.m.

Chef Jim Copening on bass, Lane Ruise on drums, Jim Martin on piano, Mark Mitchell on flute and sax, Jerry York on percussion, and Nick Haas on guitar.
Arts & Eats Restaurant & Gallery
Located in the heart of Bradenton’s Village of the Arts. 1114 12th St. W. 941-201-6647.

Art Hecker All-Stars: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Bill Carmichael, sax, flute and clarinet; Dick Hamilton, piano; John DeWitt, bass; and Art Hecker, drums.  Mamma Onesti’s, at the corner of Tamiami Trail and Bayshore Gardens Parkway, Bradenton.  941-756-8100
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: 7:30p.m. Euphemia Haye, 5540 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Longboat Key, FL, 941-383-3633

Tuesday, January 5

Skip’s Dixie Mix: 1-3 p.m.  Cabaret-style and dancing. Senior Friendship Center, 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota. 941-955-2122. 
Jazz at the Boatyard: 5-8 p.m. Every Tuesday. Featuring Keith Carmen, piano; Tony Martin, drums; Bob Gates, sax.  1500 Stickney Pointe Rd.,Sarasota. 941- 921-6200
Dane Hassan Quartet: 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.
Synia Carroll & Bill Buchman: 6:30-9 pm. Every Tuesday! Amore by Andrea
555 Bay Isles Parkway, LBK. 
Joe Thayer: 6-9 p.m. Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 S. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota; 941-921-3400. 
Renesito Avich: 7-9 p.m. Latin Jazz every Tuesday. Burns Court Cafe, 401 S. Pineapple Ave.. 941-312-6633.
Eddie Tobin: 7:30p.m. Euphemia Haye, 5540 Gulf of Mexico Dr. Longboat Key, FL, 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,January 6

Wednesday, December 30th, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy a sunlight serenade.  Browse through the market while listening to John’s medley of songs from the Great American Songbook.
Betty Comora, Piano with Mike Evans on Banjo and Dick Poland, bass.

Friendship Center in Sarasota. A drum set is on site and ready for action.
Michael Ross Duo: 7:30-9:30. 
Burns Court Cafe, 401 S. Pineapple Ave. 941-312-6633

Kitt Moran Quartet with Mike Moran, Dominic Mancini & Dane Hassan.

 6:30 p.m. J.D.’s Bistro and Grill, 1951 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte; 941-255-0994. Reservations recommended.
Eddie Tobin: 7 p.m.With Tom & Judy Renaud
 Amore by Andrea. 555 Bay Isles Pkwy. Longboat Key. Reservations: 941-383-1111  

Michael Royal Solo Piano: 7:30-11 p.m. 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.

WSLR 96.5 




Afro-Cuban Jazz Edition:  

Alt Tuesdays 10a-12p

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

Bebop and Beyond:  Sat 3-5pm

Bop and Beyond concentrates on music in the Jazz idiom, from the mid-1940’s to the present.  Each program features the original works of Bop masters such as Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, 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.

 Big Bands/Standards and Jazz




Jazz All Night Every Night: 9 p.m. 

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, Mike Cornette, Whitney James, Mark Feinman, and Richard Jimenez — present the jazz classics along with the best new releases every hour, all night long. We hope you’ll check out the playlist 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.


Saturday Night Jazz with Bob Seymour:
9 p.m.


Host Bob Seymour brings you great jazz music that you will not find anywhere else on the radio dial. You are invited to take a journey into jazz!  Check the WUSF website to see what’s on this week.


Saturday: Jazz Night in America with Christian McBride: 8 p.m. 

Jazz Night in America is the next generation of jazz programming from NPR Music, WBGO, Jazz at Lincoln Center and clubs across America. This multi-platform show is hosted by Christian McBride, a multiple Grammy award-winning musician. The program features storytelling with concert performances, connecting jazz enthusiasts and potential new fans with artists and venues – and each other – through weekly, one-hour broadcasts and an array of 26 live signature videocasts and on-demand video of jazz events from today’s great artists and venues.


Sunday Piano Jazz with Marian McOartland: 8 p.m.

For more than 30 years, Marian McPartland brought us illuminating visits with artists from the jazz world and beyond. These hours of music and conversation form a rich broadcast legacy only Marian could have created. It’s an invaluable archive we sample from every Saturday evening on WUSF, your NPR station.




Sunday, January 10
2-4 p.m.

Skip’s Dixie  Mix   
Centennial Park in downtown Venice.  The concert is free but donations are accepted in support of the Jazz Club’s scholarship fund. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. For more information, call 941-366-1552 or visit www.jazzclubsarasota.org
The series is co-sponsored by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.


JD’s Chef has created an elegant pre-fixe menu of sumptuous dishes worthy of the year’s biggest celebration. JD’s New Year’s line-up will include two separate seatings.
From 5:30 to 8:30, The Kitt Moran Trio will perform with Kitt Moran on Vocals, Mike Moran on Piano and Dominic Mancini on Bass.
Seating begins at 5:00p.m. for the first show. Reservations before 7:00p.m. will have a 2 1/2 hour dining time with complimentary Champagne upon arrival!
The second seating will begin at 8:45p.m.with the Danny Sinoff Trio. Reservations after 8:45p.m. will receive complimentary Champagne at midnight.
Get your reservations as soon as possible as this is filling up quickly.
A deposit of $50.00 per person is required when making your reservation. Deposit is refundable up till December 20th. After December 20th, deposit is non-refundable.Check out the NEW YEAR’S EVE MENU it’s amazing!

Sunday, January 3
12-2 p.m.
Mike Pignotti (drums), Dick Hamilton (piano and horns), Peter Innocenti (bass), 
John Wheatly (saxes), and Jim Martin (trumpet and flugelhorn).
 The Halfshell Seafood House on the corner of Honore and University.
5231 University Pkwy.   Ph: 952-9400 

Sunday, January 3, 6pm
Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center

With a voice praised as “a deep contralto as smooth and dark as the richest espresso” (Jazz Times, November 2007,) award-winning jazz vocalist Alexis Cole has made an impressive impact on audiences ever since she first took the stage as a teenager.

Winner of the 2007 Jazzmobile competition and an award recipient of the Montreux Jazz Vocal Competition, Alexis was cited as “a rising star in the jazz world” by Hot House Magazine.  Cole will perform at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center on Sunday, January 3 at 6pm.
Advance tickets are $15.  Tickets on the day of the show are $20.  Advance tickets are available at www.wslr.org or by calling 

The Savory Swing Band
The Savory Swing Band
In Concert
Sunday, January 3, 2016
St. Andrew United Church of Christ, Sarasota
“Swinging in the New Year.”  The Savory Swing Band gets 2016 off to a swinging start by presenting a Double Concert benefiting All Faiths Food Bank Sunday, January 3, at 3:00 p.m. in St. Andrew United Church of Christ, 6908 Beneva Rd., Sarasota.
Joe Bruno and his Dixieland Hot Dogs along with Dick Hamilton’s West Coast Jazz Sextet will play great music from the ’40’s, ’50’s and ’60’s. It’s a concert everyone can enjoy.
Tickets are $10.00 each, and proceeds go to All Faiths Food Bank to replenish its food supplies depleted during the holiday season. Canned food will be accepted at the concert.
Tickets may be ordered in advance by calling 941-346-2248 and must be picked up and paid for at the door at least 20 minutes before the concert begins. The church’s parking lot entrance is on Curtiss Ave., one block north of Gulf Gate Drive.
For more information, call Robert Heaton at 941-346-2248.

Jazz at First Church  
Trio: Tommy Goodman, piano; Dominic Mancini, bass; Johnny Moore, drums
Start the year off right withJim Wellen on saxophone bringing his uniquely
luscious sound  to join with 
The Jazz Trio. 
For additional information ~ First United Methodist Church (955-0935); www.firstsrq.com
Free – Donations Appreciated

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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Visit our website at www.jazzclubsarasota.org to process online or call the office at 941-366-1552 Wed.-Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. . As a member you receive discounts at most concerts!!


  The 11th annual Jazz Festival at Sea

The Jazz Cruise is the Major sponsor for the Annual Jazz Club of Sarasota Jazz Festival!

Contact Golden Anchor Travel at 941-922-4070 to reserve your cabin today!

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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