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Free Jazz Concerts in Venice for the 6th Year!
The Jazz Club of Sarasota is pleased to announce it has received a grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation for the sixth consecutive year to provide free outdoor jazz concerts in Venice starting in January 2014. With several jazz bands providing the music, hundreds of area music lovers will be able to again enjoy an afternoon of family enjoyment at the Centennial Park in Venice. Gulf Coast and the Jazz Club of Sarasota will present the Joy of Jazz series on week-ends in January, February and March. Dates will be announced later this year.
About Gulf Coast: Together with its donors, Gulf Coast Community Foundation transforms our region through bold and proactive philanthropy. Gulf Coast is a public charity that was created in 1995 through the sale of the Venice Hospital. Since then, it has welcomed more than 500 charitable funds established by generous donors and invested more than $148 million in the community through grants in the areas of health and human services, education, civic and economic development, arts and culture, and the environment. Learn more at GulfCoastCF.org.
The Jazz Club of Sarasota Presents
Tom Ellison and Hip Pocket
In a “Joy of Jazz" Concert
March 9, 2 p.m.
Centennial Park in 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 visitwww.jazzclubsarasota.org. The series is sponsored by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.
Tom Ellison took up the saxophone at age seven, and by 12 had already played his first professional gig, performing with his father's band. That concert sparked Ellison's lifelong passion for live performance and marked the beginning of an illustrious musical career that has included performing with such greats as Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini, Woody Herman, Aretha Franklin, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Four Tops and the Temptations. Ellison stayed busy in Rochester, New York's music scene for years before moving to Venice in 2010, where he quickly joined the Suncoast's flourishing jazz circuit. He is a member of several regional ensembles, including the Naples Jazz Orchestra, the Ken Loomer Big Band and the Sarasota Jazz Project Big Band, and has performed with the Venice Symphony Orchestra and the Naples Philharmonic. In 2012, Ellison joined forces with pianist Matt Bokulic, bassist Don Mopsick and drummer Chuck Parr to form Hip Pocket, which has quickly become a popular fixture on the area jazz scene.
"We're pleased to close out another successful Joy of Jazz season with the inspired sounds of Tom Ellison and Hip Pocket," says Jazz Club of Sarasota board member and series producer Bill Beckman. "These four musicians present a wealth of musical experience, as well as some of the best interpretations of classic and contemporary jazz around. It's going to be another swinging Sunday afternoon in Centennial Park!"
Jazz Club of Sarasota Presents
From Russia with Love:
Friday, March 28th, 7:30 p.m.
The Neo-Bop Soundsof Valery Ponomarev with Valerie Gillespie and Friends
Virtuoso trumpeter and former member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Valery Ponomarev is joined by John Lamb, Valerie Gillespie, Judi Glover and Ian Goodman for an all-star evening of exceptional sounds.
"The first great jazz trumpeter to emerge from the Soviet Union. . .an exciting hard bop player with a wide range and a powerful sound. . ."Scott Yanow, "Trumpet Kings"
The Jazz Club of Sarasota welcomes Russian jazz trumpeter Valery Ponomarev, in performance with former Duke Ellington bassist John Lamb, saxophonist Valerie Gillespie, pianist Judi Glover, and drummer Ian Goodman,
Holley Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 North Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. Tickets are $25 for Jazz Club members; $30 for non-members and $10 for students. For information and tickets, call 941-366-1552.
Russian trumpeter Valery Ponomarev is revered by fans and jazz critics alike for his gritty yet clean neo-bop style that recalls the approach of his idol, Clifford Brown. Ponomarev is probably best known for being Wynton Marsalis' predecessor in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, with whom he performed at major concert halls, clubs and festivals around the world. As a solo artist, Ponomarev has completed tours of Australia, China and Europe, including a special tour with Harold Land featuring the music of Clifford Brown. In 1990, Ponomarev returned to his native Russia after a 17-year absence to participate in the First International Moscow Jazz Festival. Since then, he has traveled regularly to Russia, accompanied by such American jazz greats as Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Bobbie Watson, James "Sid" Simmons, Bradford Leali, Vincent Lewis, Sean McGloin, and Evelyn Blakey. Ponomarev was featured in the documentary movie Frozen In Amber, which explores the contributions of Russian ex-patriots to art and the performing arts in the United States. Ponomarev was also the subject of Messenger From Russia, a documentary covering his life and career that was broadcast on National Geographic Today. Ponomarev continues to tour and record with his group "Universal Language."
"We're excited to be providing this rare opportunity to see one of the greatest, and most unique jazz trumpeters of our time, performing with a stellar group of musicians," says Dave Walrath, president of the Jazz Club of Sarasota. "It promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience!"