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Joy of Jazz - Bill Buchman "Art of Jazz"

Centennial Park Gazebo, Venice Ave, Venice, FL

Joy of Jazz at the Venice Gazebo is a FREE concert and is co-sponsored by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Bill Buchman, jazz and blues performer and an award winning artist, studied piano at the NE Conservatory of Music, receiving his Bachelor and Master of Music. Bill's "Art of Jazz group features top players doing inspiring contemporary jazz, latin, boogie woogie, blues, New Orleans swing and more." Sextet features Dave DeWitt, Peter Barenbregge, Lenny Balistreri, Rob Fors and Benetsito Campoverde on the congas.

Jazz at Two - Kitt Moran Quartet

Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL

Kitt and Mike Moran performed in the top jazz clubs in NYC and New Jersey including many Atlantic City casinos. Kitt was a regular at Merv Griffin’s Resorts Hotel for eight years. They perform regularly in Sarasota, Venice and Port Charlotte. The quartet also features Dominic Mancini, bass & Dane Hassan, drums. Kitt is also a playwright and an award winning artist.

Bill Charlap Trio with special guest Dick Hyman

Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. The Jazz Club of Sarasota's First Evening Concert for 2018, with piano great Bill Charlap. Joining Bill will be critically acclaimed artists, Kenny Washington, drums and Peter Washington, bass. Also, ther will be a special appearance by Dick Hyman at the concert. Tickets: $35 (members) $40 (non-mbrs) www.brownpapertickets.com

Jazz at Two - Skip Conkling & Dixie Mix

Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL

Skip's Dixie Mix plays some of your Dixieland favorites with that New Orleans swing. Also some jazz standards and music from the American Songbook. Vocalist Nancy Pastore joins Skip Conkling, Mike Evans, Marv Luckett, John DeWitt, Keith Carman, Joe Bruno Sr and Harley Sommerfeld

Jazz at Two - JC Scholarship Recipients

Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL

Blake Bennett, Donald DiStefano, Joshua Platt, Patrick Daut and John Medico, five of the 2017 Jazz Club Scholarship winners perform in concert and jazz jam format with a core trio featuring Isaac Mingus, Johnny Moore and Steve Martinucci. Come and support these fine young musicians; the future of Jazz. Donations to the Jazz Club Scholarship Fund help make the scholarships possible.

Jazz at Two - Synia Carroll with Billy Marcus Trio

Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL

Synia draws her inspiration from the jazz legends of the 40s, 50s, 60s. Hints of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and Nancy Wilson can be heard whether singing a ballad or up tempo swing number. Joining Synia is the Billy Marcus Trio featuring Billy Marcus on piano, Don Mopsick, bass and Stephen Bucholtz, drums.

Jazz at Two - Sarasota Jazz Project Band

Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL

Big band jazz at its best with one of the finest big bands in the Bay area. Led by co-founder George McLain, the band has some of the finest musicians in the area; professional musicians with long resumes and careers in performing with top-name bands and well known jazz musicians.

Jazz at Two - GREG ABATE with Michael Royal

Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL

Greg Abate on sax and flute, is a composer and international recording artist. He has traveled the globe performing with top jazz artists. He played concerts and festivals throughout the USA, Canada, in the UK, in Europe and in Moscow and Georgia, Russia.

Michael Royal has performed extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He has collaborated with many artists, includin g Red Rodney, Mel Lewis, Clifford Jordan, John LaPorta, Larry Coryell, Ira Sullivan, Mark Murphy and many others.

Greta Matassa in Concert

Shriner's Hall, 600 N. Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL

Greta Matassa, one of the top jazz vocalists in the Seattle area has been named Northwest "vocalist of the year" seven times. She has performed at Dizzy's Club at Lincoln Center and in New Orleans and has recently toured Russia, Singapore, Hawaii and Japan. Joining Greta are Clipper Anderson, bass; internationally renowned Jeff Rupert, tenor sax and Mark Feinman, drums.

December 1 - 7:30 pm Tickets: $35 - $40 http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3099907

Jazz at Two - BILL BUCHMAN "Art of Jazz" Sextet

Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL

Bill Buchman's "Art of Jazz" features top players doing inspiring contemporary jazz and latin, swing, boogie woogie, and blues, New Orleans and more." Bill studied piano at NE Conservatory of Music receiving his BM & MM. He has played with Jo Jones, Bobby Hackett, Red Callender, John LaPorta, and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, among others. Bill has performed in the USA, France, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark. Also an abstract artist and teacher, he has been featured on WEDU's Gulf Coast Journal

Jazz at Two - DAVID PRUYN Quartet

Shriner's Hall, 600 N. Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL

New Orleans native, David Pruyn is a multi talented musician playing drums and trumpet, also sings. During a career spanning over 40 years, he has worked in musical theatre (including Broadway), studios, TV, film, with big bands, cruises, clubs and concert stage. He has worked with as long list of top jazz artists and performs with big bands and concert orchestras in venues, such as, Ruth Eckerd Hall and the Van Wezel backing artists like Jack Jones, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, Jr, Manhattan Transfer, Michael Feinstein and Harry Connick, Jr, among others.

Jazz at Two - VALERIE GILLESPIE ENSEMBLE

Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL

Valerie is an accomplished vocalist, influenced by Diana Krall, Nancy Wilson, Shirley Horn, Carmen McRae, and Diane Shuur. A multi talented musician, she also plays soprano, alto, tenor and baritone sax, flute, piccolo and clarinet; all extremely well. Ms. Gillespie has played with national icons Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, Rosemary Clooney, George Burns, Ben Vereen, Joan Rivers, Ray Charles, Jon Faddis, Steve Allen, Anthony Newley, Natalie Cole & Michael Feinstein. She traveled with the Xavier Cugat Orchestra in the US and Japan. She also performs with the Florida Orchestra and with big band orchestras at Ruth Eckert Hall and the Van Wezel PAC. Valerie is also on the music faculty staff at the University of South Florida. Concert features Jody Marsh, piano; Steve Boisen, bass; Dave Rudolph, drums

Jazz on the Water Cruise - Matt Bokulic Quartet

LeBarge Tropical Cruises, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236

Tickets will be available at the boat. Cash or check preferred.

Join us for a delightful cruise on Sarasota Bay with LeBarge Tropical Cruises with live jazz. Cruise departs from the Sarasota Bayfront. Snacks and beverages available for purchase. Matt Bokulic quartet with Steve Martinucci, g; Mike Van De Mark, b; & Greg Caputo, dr. Matt is one of the finest pianists in the Bay are and the Director of the Players School of Music in Clearwater. Tickets $35.00 call (941)366-1552.

Jazz at Two - EDDIE TOBIN and Friends

Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL

Always entertaining Eddie Tobin, keyboard and vocals. Former pianist/conductor for Englebert Humperdinck and area favorite always gives his audience a fine show. Eddie has performed for many years on keys and vocals for the Venturas. He performs at Euphemia Haye on LBK, Terrace at Surf Club (St Armands), at Amore (downtown) and other area venues. His group will feature Mark Gould, sax; Tony Martin, drums and bass TBA

Giving Hunger The Blues and Jazz On The Bay Music Festival

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Outdoors at the Van Wezel Performaning Arts Hall , 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Fl

21st Annual Giving Hunger the Blues & Jazz on the Bay

Welcome to Giving Hunger The Blues, Sarasota's Preeminent Music Festival. Starting at 12:00 PM (with gates opening at 11:30 so you can grab your spot on the bay) and going through 9:30 PM, rain or shine. Giving Hunger the Blues is proud to present a full day of local, regional and national music on two stages and a selection of the area's most delicious restaurants and food vendors and retail businesses.

LIVE MUSIC is always the main attraction at Giving Hunger the Blues, which always brings phenomenal talent to please the always happy crowd. Previous artists over the years include names such as AC/DC's Brian Johnson, The Allman Brothers Band's Dan Toler, and Rick Derringer, just to name a few.

Our mission is to feed, protect and nurture the kids in our community by providing meals to families in need, especially during the holiday season. Established by the Generoso Foundation in 1996, Giving Hunger the Blues has generated more than $1.6 million with all proceeds of this year’s event going to the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program and the Generoso Foundation.

Ticket Pricing:

General Admission: $20.00 (In Advance) $25.00 (At Gate)

VIP Tickets: $75.00 ($65 for Sarasota Jazz Club members)

The VIP package includes exclusive VIP seating areas for both the Blues and Jazz stages including comfortable “chill lounge” seating. VIP’s will also receive special wristbands for 4 VIP beverages (wine, beer and/or specialty GHTB cocktails from our VIP specialty cocktail menu) and a served dinner catered by renowned Mattison’s catering.

Stay tuned for special Giving Hunger the Boos Halloween Party and GHTB general admission and VIP packages.

Come join us Rain or Shine for a full day of fantastic fun for a fantastic cause! To Find out more visit us at www.givinghungertheblues.org

Jazz at Two - Jazz Jam w/ Al Hixon Trio

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Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL

Jazz at Two gets off to a rousing start with a swingin' jazz jam to kick off the Jazz at Two Series. Special thanks to Al Hixon for helping the Jazz Club set up this special opening to this season's Jazz at Two. Al brings his Monday Jazz Jam trio regulars, John Lamb and Billy Marcus for this performance. A number of area musicians and vocalists have been invited to sit in at this closed jam session.

Jazz at Two Concert Series

Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL

Jazz at Two begins Oct 20 and continues on most Fridays until April 13. The series will present some national and international renowned artists as well as many of the top local performers. See the Jazz at Two page for complete listing. Tickets available at the door. Members $10. Non-mbrs $15.

Oktoberfest Jazz Trolley & Pub Crawl

Various Venues, Downtown Sarasota, Sarasota, FL

PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE AT 941-366-1552 AND LEAVE A MESSAGE WITH NAME AND NUMBER TO REACH YOU AND SOMEONE WILL RETURN YOUR CALL. SOME VENUE CHANGES AND SOME PERFORMERS MOVED. Matt Bokulic at Mandeville Beer Garden, Synia Carroll at Blue Rooster, Al Hixon at Salute, Mark Moultrup at The Coolinary, Skip Conkling at Amore, Robbie Rose at Starlite, 2nd floor, Linda Baker w/Eddie Tobin at Starlite, 1st floor, Bill Buchman at Fogartyville. Wristband is required to enter venue and ride trolley. $20 (advance) $25 (day of event ).

Jazz Club of Sarasota Scholarship Fund Concert

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Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Ctr, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota, FL 34236

The 2017 Jazz Club of Sarasota Scholarship Fund Benefit Concert. Performance by The Old Souls. The event benefits the Jazz Club of Sarasota Scholarship Foundation. Tickets $20(advance) & $25(at the door). Purchase from WSLR Radio (941)894-6469 https://wslr.org/event/old-souls-jazz-club-benefit/ TICKETS NOW ON SALE