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Events Calendar 

Previous events

Jazz Club Scholarship Awards Presentation

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The Starlight Room, 1001 Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

Join us at the Starlite Room, on Sunday June 4th for the Presentation of 2017 Scholarship Awards. Entertaining will be a trio from State College of Florida with performances by some of the recipients of the scholarships. The event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Please come and show your support for these deserving young musicians.

Joy of Jazz at Centennial Park, Venice

Centennial Park Gazebo, Venice Ave, Venice, FL

Free concert at the Centennial Park Gazebo. Reschedule of concert from January 22 that was cancelled due to weather. Marc Mannino Sextet featuring vocalist Shari Morningstar, Pete Carney, George Mancini, John Miller and Bob Lunergan.

Co-sponsored by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation

Jazz in the Ballpark -"Big Band Jazz Through the Decades"

Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th Street, Sarasota

Big Band Jazz at Ed Smith Stadium featuring the Sarasota Jazz Project and Michele James-Pruyn and the Swing Sisters with a tribute to the Andrew Sisters and trumpeter with David Pruyn and a tribute to Harry James. Tickets available from the Orioles box office or call 941-893-6300 or online click ticket button below.

Jazz at Two - Bruce Wallace Quartet

Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL

Special WEDNESDAY Jazz at Two with Bruce Wallace, bass; Marty Morell, vibes; Richard "Stretch" Bruyn, piano; Dave Morgan, drums. Concert will feature a tribute by Marty Morell, a member of the Bill Evans Trio for seven years, to vibist Milt Jackson.


Evening Concert - Chuck Redd and La Lucha Trio

Glenridge PAC, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota, FL

World renowned percussionist Chuck Redd and La Lucha Trio in concert. Chuck Redd has made 25 world tours and toured Japan 6 times performing with the top jazz artists. Tampa area based trio, La Lucha has performed in Spain and Italy and have been named the top jazz ensemble in the Tampa Bay area 4 consecutive years. Trio features John O'Leary, piano, Alejandro Arenas, bass and Mark Feinman, drums. Dick Hyman has chosen Mark Feinman as drummer for his Jazz All-Star bands at the last two Sarasota Jazz Festivals.

Tickets $25 - $30 call The Glenridge PAC (941)552-5325.

Joy of Jazz - Jim Wellen Quintet

Centennial Park Gazebo, Venice Ave, Venice, FL

Joy of Jazz with the Jim Wellen Quintet features Billy Marcus, keys; Dick Hamilton, trombone; John Lamb, bass; Al Hixon, drums and Jim Wellen on tenor sax. Concert will feature some classic jazz standards and music from the American songbook.

This is a FREE concert - co-sponsored by the Gulf Coast Community Foundatrion

A Salute to Jazz History - Dick Hyman & the Jim Cullum Band. CONCERT BEGINS AT 7:30 PM

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Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota

Dick Hyman with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band, featuring John Sheridan, Allan Vache, Phil Flanagan, Mike Pittsley, Kevin Hess and Jim Cullum. This ensemble is renowned worldwide for playing the classic jazz associated with King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and Bix Beiderbecke --among others--plus music by great American composers such as Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin and was featured nationally on the weekly public radio series, Riverwalk Jazz.


Jazz Festival Event - Alfred Green - talk and book signing

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Selby Library Gelbard Auditorium, 1331 1st St, Sarasota, FL

Alfred Green discusses his book "Rhythm is My Beat" - about his father Freddie Green, guitarist with the Count Basie Band. A Free Event of the 37th Sarasota Jazz Festival; book signing and discussion. Informative and entertaining talk about the legendary guitarist and his nearly 50 years with the Basie Band. Free and open to the public.

Trolley Pub Crawl - Jazz Festival

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Park at North End Van Wezel Parking Lot

PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE TUES-FRI 9-5 FOR TICKETS 8 Venues with Live Jazz. Scheduled to perform - Eddie Tobin with Linda Baker, David Pruyn Quartet, Greg Nielsen Quartet, Synia Carroll & Billy Marcus Trio, Robbie Rose Trio, Al Hixon Sextet, Skip Conkling & Dixie Mix, Matt Bokulic Trio and Bill Buchman "The Art of Jazz". Hop on and off the trolley to enjoy jazz all night.

Must have wristband to enter clubs or a $5 cover charge will be added.

Concert - Musical Biography of the legendary Dick Hyman

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Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota

Featuring Dick Hyman and seven world renowned musicians; Bill Charlap, one of the world’s premier jazz pianists and Grammy Award recipient. West Coast singer Clairdee, with her lustrous voice, soulful delivery, and scene-stealing charisma,”This woman can do it all,” LA Daily News. Houston Person, a jazz tenor saxophonist known for his distinctive sassy sound. Randy Sandke, “One of the best trumpet players around” according to the Chicago Tribune. Russell Malone, an American jazz guitarist who has worked with Jimmy Smith, Harry Connick, Jr. and Diana Krall. Mark Feinman, a sensational drummer who has toured Italy and France and major European Festivals. John Lamb, a virtuoso bassist who performed with the Duke Ellington Orchestra for over ten years. Evening will include excerpts from recordings, broadcasts and Woody Allen films.

Festival Kickoff - Jazz in the Park

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Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL

Kickoff event for the 37th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival. 3 bands - State College of Florida Jazz Ensemble, Pine View Jazz Ensemble and the Greg Nielsen Band. Free admission - Free parking No coolers please. Food trucks will be on site

Jazz at Two - Skip Conkling and Dixie Mix

Unitarian Universalist Church, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL

Come hear some of your favorites Dixieland tunes and that New Orleans Jazz sound from Skip Conkling and his Dixie Mix septet. The group features Marv Luckett, Mike Evans, Keith Carman, Tony Swain, Joe Bruno, John DeWitt, vocalist Nancy Pastore and Skip on the drums.

Joy of Jazz - Bill Buchman & the Art of Jazz

Centennial Park Gazebo, Venice Ave, Venice, FL

This free outdoor concert at the Gazebo in Venice with pianist Bill Buchman and the Art of Jazz featuring vocalist Nancy Pastore; Rob Fors, bass; Lenny Balistreri, drums and Benietsito Campoverde, congas. Co-sponsored by the Gulfcoast Community Foundation.