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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.
NO JAZZ AT TWO FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH.
JOIN US FRIDAY MARCH 7th at 2 p.m.
John DePaola Trio
A freelance trumpeter for over 20 years, John DePaola has performed with such greats as Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra Jr., Tony Bennett, Peabo Bryson, and the Temptations. He has also played with the touring companies of major Broadway musicals and with several symphony orchestras.
For his Jazz at Two appearance DePaola will be joined by Ian Goodman on drums and Jeff Phillips on piano and foot-pedal bass. The trio will perform a wide variety of favorites for jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as uncovered gems Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker, Miles Davis and others.
Unitarian Universalist Church
3975 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota
$7 JCM - $12 Guest
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!"