October 15, 2017
updated November 7, 2017
 Peg Pluto, JCS President
Announcing The Jazz Club of Sarasota's 38th Music Season!

Dear Jazz Club of Sarasota members and friends, it is my sincere pleasure to share with you a truly stunning new season of Jazz here in Sarasota. I think you will find that this season continues many of our most popular events while also introducing a number of new venues and innovative programs.
October Marks The Beginning
The season kicks off on Wednesday, October 18, with our annual "Oktoberfest Jazz Trolley & Pub Crawl" ! This year's Crawl will include musicians and vocalists performing at seven of our favorite venues. Later that week the Club's very popular " Jazz At Two" series will begin on Friday October 20th with a rousing Jam Session that will include many of the wonderful local musicians featured over the 22 weekly performances in the series. We end the first month of the season with an exciting new Jazz Club partnership with the "Giving Hunger The Blues Music Festival" on Saturday, October 28. We are proud to be co-producing the festival's first ever Jazz On The Bay Stage  and to lend our support to this important benefit festival that supports the needs of children in our community.
Three Special Evening Concerts
This year the we will feature three very special evening concert events: On Friday, December 1, Greta Matassa , seven-time Northwest "Vocalist of the Year" will perform with Joe Delaney, piano; Clipper Anderson, bass; internationally renowned Jeff Rupert, tenor sax; and Mark Feinman, drums. This concert will be at the Shriner's Hall, a new Jazz Club venue this season.
(See ad below.) 

Our second evening concert will be on Saturday, Jan 13, with Bill Charlap . One of the world’s premiere jazz pianists, he has performed with many leading artists of our time including among others, Phil Woods, Tony Bennett, Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis. The venue for this event has not been confirmed. Visit the JCS website for updated information.

Our third evening concert will double as a Valentine's Dinner on Wednesday, February 14, featuring Adrian Cunningham . An international performer,
Adrian now lives in NYC where he has performed at the Blue Note, Smalls, Birdland, 55 Bar, Apollo Theatre, Fat Cat, Dizzy's Club (Lincoln Center) and the hallowed Village Vanguard; This concert will be at the Shriner's Hall . Adrian will be accompanied by Nate Najar, guitar; John Lamb, bass; and Greg Caputo, drums.
(See ad below.) 
38th Annual Jazz Festival in March
This year's festival is a game changer! New format, new location, and with this year's theme,
"A World of Jazz," many new musicians! 

We have been so fortunate to have Ken Peplowski as this year's Director of Music!!!

You will find all the festival details, including videos of a number of artists, on the Master Calendar below!
Jazz Club of Sarasota
2017-18 Master Calendar of Events
October
Oktoberfest Jazz Trolley and Pub Crawl
Wednesday, October 18  6-10 PM
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 2nd floor at the Starlite Room, Linda Baker with Eddie Tobin 1st floor at the Starlite Room, Bill Buchman at Fogartyville.
Wristband is required to enter venue and ride trolley . $20 (advance) $25 (day of event). For Tickets information click the link below:


Jazz At Two Kick-Off
Al Hixon's Jazz Jam
Friday, October 20  
2-4 PM
Jazz at Two starts with a swingin' jazz jam to kick off the series. Al Hixon 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. .


Tickets available at the door only. Members $10. Non-members $15.
Jazz At Two 
The Billy Marcus Trio
Friday, October 27 
2-4 PM


Tickets available at the door only. Members $10. Non-members $15.
Giving Hunger The Blues Music Festival
with the Jazz On The Bay Stage
Saturday, October 28
11:30 am to 9:30 pm
The Jazz Club of Sarasota
is pleased to co-produce the first Jazz on The Bay Stage at this year's festival!
Outdoors Rain or Shine at the
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Benefit Festival Supports Children in Need in Sarasota County

Two Stages - 15 Performing Acts
Food & Beverage Vendors

VIP & General Admission Tickets
Children Under 12  FREE

JAZZ Club of Sarasota Discounts
VIP Discount Code - BAY217
Gen. Adm. Discount Code - JAZZ5
General Admission Ticket Holders
Remember To Please To Bring Your Folding Chairs!
Jazz On The Bay Stage

Sarasota Jazz Project
Booker H. S Jazz Ensemble
Tom Carabasi Samba Jazz
Michael Ross Quartet
Synia Carroll & Billy Marcus Trio
Renesito
Hot Club SRQ
Gumbi Ortiz & New Groove City
Marion Meadows
Rhythm and Blues Stage

Fogt's Music Allstars
Ship of Fools
Rock Soul Radio
Kettle of Fish
Rev. Barry Funktastic
RJ Howson & Friends
Albert Castiglia
John Nemeth
November
Jazz At Two 
Eddie Tobin
Friday, November 3 
2-4 PM

Tickets available at the door only. Members $10. Non-members $15.
Join us for a delightful cruise on Sarasota Bay with LeBarge Tropical Cruises and live jazz. Cruise departs from the Sarasota Bayfront. Snacks and beverages available for purchase.
Jazz on the Water Cruise
Matt Bokulic Quartet
Sunday, November 5
Boat departs at 2 PM


Tickets $35.00; call (941)366-1552
Jazz At Two 
Valerie Gillespie
Friday, November 10 
2-4 PM

Tickets available at the door only. Members $10. Non-members $15.
Food & Beverages Available!
Jazz At Two 
David Pruyn Quartet
Friday, November 17     
2-4 PM   
Special New Location
Shriner's Hall
Tickets available at the door only. Members $10. Non-members $15.
Jazz At Two 
Bill Buchman Sextet 
Friday, November 24 
2-4 PM

Tickets available at the door only. Members $10. Non-members $15.
December
Evening Concert Performance
Greta Matassa
Saturday, December 1
7:30 pm at Shriner's Hall

Greta Matassa has been voted "Northwest Vocalist of the Year" by Earshot Jazz seven times in 15 years! She has been a mainstay on Seattle's jazz stages for many years and with her recent successful dates at New York's Dizzy's Club at Lincoln Center and tours in Russia, Singapore, Hawaii, Japan and New Orleans. Greta's sound is now reaching new audiences.

Greta will be joined by a powerful quartet featuring Clipper Anderson on acoustic and electric bass, Joe Delaney on piano, Jeff Rupert on saxophone and drummer Mark Feinman.
Greta Matassa - Gershwin Medley
Jazz Club of Sarasota Members $35  (+ tax & service fee)   
Non-members $40 (+ tax & service fee)
Jazz At Two 
Greg Abate with
       Michael Royal        
Friday, December 8 
2-4 PM

Tickets available at the door only. Members $10. Non-members $15.
Jazz At Two 
Sarasota Jazz Project
Friday, December 15    
2-4 PM

Tickets available at the door only. Members $10. Non-members $15.
Jazz At Two 
Synia Carroll with
  The Billy Marcus Trio
Friday, December 22 
2-4 PM

Tickets available at the door only. Members $10. Non-members $15.
Jazz At Two 
Jazz Club 
  Scholarship Recipients
Friday, December 29    
2-4 PM

Tickets available at the door only. Members $10. Non-members $15.
January  - Happy New Year!
Jazz At Two 
Skip Conkling's Dixie Mix
Friday, January 5 
2-4 PM


Tickets available at the door only. Members $10. Non-members $15.
Evening Concert Performance
Bill Charlap Trio
Saturday, January 13
Event Venue Not Yet Confirmed
Bill Charlap Trio. Jazz San Javier 2015
Bill Charlap, one of the world’s premiere jazz pianists, has performed with many leading artists of our time including among others, Phil Woods, Tony Bennett, Jerry Mulligan, Wynton Marsalis and Dick Hyman. Bill will be accompanied by Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums. Both are critically acclaimed jazz artists in their own right.
Jazz At Two 
Kitt Moran
Friday, January 19 
2-4 PM

Tickets available at the door only. Members $10. Non-members $15.
Joy Of Jazz Series - Venice, FL
Bill Buchman
Sunday, January 21    
2-4 PM

FREE Outdoor Concert
Bring Your Folding Chairs!
Jazz At Two 
La Lucha
Mark Feinman, John O'Leary & Alejandro Arenas
Friday, January 26 
2-4 PM

Tickets available at the door only. Members $10. Non-members $15.
February  
Jazz At Two 
Mary Rademacher Reed
Friday, February 2    
2-4 PM

Tickets available at the door only. Members $10. Non-members $15.
The Jazz Cruise*
"All Our Jazz & A Taste Of New Orleans"
February 3-10 2018     

  1. Special Dining, Shows & Tours In New Orleans; Exclusive to JCS Members
  2. Luxury Bus Transportation to and From Sarasota Area
  3. Special JCS Onboard Event

Be Sure To Say You Are A Jazz Club Of Sarasota Member When Reserving Your Rm.


* Entertainment Cruise Productions
Jazz At Two 
Al Hixon
Friday, February 9    
2-4 PM

Tickets available at the door only. Members $10. Non-members $15.
Valentine's Day Dinner & Evening Concert

Adrian Cunningham
Wednesday, February 14
Shriner's Hall

The evening will begin with a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner & cocktails, topped off with a sweet surprise and even some chocolate kisses!

After dinner you will be treated to the beautiful tones of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Adrian Cunningham. An international performer,
Adrian lives in NYC, where he has performed at the Blue Note, Smalls, Birdland, 55 Bar, Apollo Theatre, Fat Cat, Dizzy's Club (Lincoln Center) and the hallowed Village Vanguard. This concert will be at the Shriner's Hall. Adrian will be accompanied by Nate Najar on guitar, John Lamb on bass, and Greg Caputo on drums.
Adrian Cunningham Quintet
Sing Sing Sing
All Tickets Include Both Dinner & Performance
Discount Tickets for Sarasota Jazz Club and Shrine Hall Members
Jazz At Two 
Tom Ellison
Friday, February 16    
2-4 PM

Tickets available at the door only. Members $10.
Non-members $15.
Jazz In The Park
Sunday, February 18 
12-4 PM

Thomas Carabasi Quartet

Westcoast Gospel Choir

North Port H.S. Jazz Band



FREE Outdoor Concert
Bring Your Folding Chairs!
Jazz At Two 
Lori Hafer
Friday, February 23    
2-4 PM

Tickets available at the door only. Members $10.
Non-members $15.
Joy Of Jazz Series - Venice, FL
Bob Miner Quartet
Sunday, February 25    
2-4 PM





FREE Outdoor Concert
Bring Your Folding Chairs!
March  
Jazz At Two 
Tony Boffa
Friday, March 2    
2-4 PM

Tickets available at the door only. Members $10.
Non-members $15.
Jazz Festival Week!
Jazz Trolley and Pub Crawl
Wednesday, March 7   
Music 6-10 PM   Trolleys start at 5:30 PM

A group of 8 fantastic venues Jazz artists to be confirmed. Visit the JCS website for updated information

Wristband is required to enter venue and ride trolley. $20 (advance), $25 (day of event). For tickets and information click the link below:

Three Jazz Trolleys Take You to Jazz Venues & Back to Free Parking Area
"A World of Jazz"     
Ken Peplowski
2018 Festival Music Director
“Ken Peplowski is arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist.”
                    Russell Davies, BBC2, 2013  

Ken has recorded approximately 50 CDs as a soloist and close to 400 as a sideman. Some of the artists he’s performed/recorded with include Charlie Byrd, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney,
Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops, Hank Jones, Peggy Lee, Bill Charlap, Woody Allen, Benny Goodman, and Madonna. Among his prestigious awards, in 2014 Ken received the Satchmo Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Jazz Club of Sarasota, for his “unique and enduring contribution to the living history of jazz.”
Thursday Evening - March 8
  2018 Jazz Festival
 See Ticket Information Below
Kristain Leth 
Denmark

 








Sinne Eeg
Denmark
1st Set:
Kristian Leth Trio
   Hans Backenroth, bass
   Ole Kock Hansen, piano
Sinne Eeg, vocalist

2nd Set:
 Kristian Leth Trio
Jimmy Greene, saxophone
Jeremy Pelt, trumpet
Sinne Eeg, vocalist
Ken Peplowski, reeds

Finale: Features Both Groups
Friday Morning - March 9 11AM
2018 Jazz Festival  
Django
Burns Court Cinema       

French film about the legendary jazz
guitarist Django Reinhardt and his struggles in German-occupied Paris.
Django Reinhardt was one of the most brilliant pioneers of European jazz and the father of Gypsy Swing. "Django" grippingly portrays one chapter in the musician's eventful life and is a poignant tale of survival. Constant danger, flight and the atrocities committed against his family could not make him stop playing.  1hr. 57min.  
  French with English Subtitles
Friday Night - March 9
2018 Jazz Festival  
 See Ticket Information Below
Ken Peplowski         Diego Figueiredo
United States           Brazil








Houston Person
 United States
1st Set:
Diego Figueiredo, guitar
Chiara Izzi, vocalist
Jimmy Greene, saxophone

2nd Set:
Kristian Leth Trio
Houston Person, saxophone
Graham Dechter, guitar

Finale: Features Both Groups
Saturday Afternoon - March 10  
2018 Jazz Festival
 See Ticket Information Below
Ehud Asherie
Isreal

 


Akiko Tsuruga
Japan
Graham Dechter, guitar
Akiko Tsuruga, organ
Jeff Hamilton, drums
Houston Person, saxophone
Diego Figueriedo, guitar
Chiara Izzi, vocalist
Ehud Asherie, piano
Ken Peplowski, reeds
Kristian Leth Trio
Saturday Night - March 10
2018 Jazz Festival  
 See Ticket Information Below
Graham Decthter
United States





Ken Peplowski
United States
1st Set:
Kristian Leth, drums
Hans Backenroth, bass
Ehud Asherie, piano
Ken Peplowski, reeds

2nd Set:
Jeff Hamilton, drums
Akiko Tsurga, organ
Graham Dechter, guitar
Houston Person, saxophone
Hans Bakenroth, bass

Finale: Features Both Groups
2018 Festival Ticket Information
The Jazz Club of Sarasota is pleased to be holding the 2018 Festival at the beautiful new Art Ovation Hotel in the heart of the downtown Sarasota arts district! This location will offer all the fine food and beverage services of the hotel, as well as, an array of fine dining experiences throughout the area. Visiting guests wishing to stay at the hotel will also receive a special festival room rate!
Ticket Information
There are 4 Ticketed Concert Events from Thursday through Saturday. Individual Event Tickets and Full Festival Combo Tickets are available. There is also a very special VIP Combo Ticket Package. Jazz Club of Sarasota members will continue to enjoy discounted ticket prices! Special Note: Wednesday night’s Trolley Pub Crawl is ticketed separately (see above).
VIP Combo Ticket Package!
There are a limited number of VIP Combo Tickets available. The package includes preferred seating in the first few rows at all four concert performances; an Opening Night VIP Reception with the JCS Board and Festival Director of Music Ken Peplowski; a “Meet-and- Greet The Musicians” event after each of the evening concerts; Valet Parking; and a surprise or two!

    VIP Combo Ticket:
Non-Member Price - $250     JCS Member Price - $225



Two General Admission Combo Ticket Options  
Both options include Discounted Tickets and General Admission Seats:

  All Four Concerts Combo Ticket:
Non-Member Price - $180     JCS Member Price - $140

    Saturday Afternoon/Evening Only Concert Combo Tickets:
Non-Member Price - $90     JCS Member Price - $70



Single Performance General Admission Tickets  
Single Performance General Admission Seats for any of the 4 festival concerts:

  Individual Performance Ticket:
Non-Member Price - $49     JCS Member Price - $39
Charles Eckert
Jazz At Two 
Jerry Eckert
Friday, March 16    
2-4 PM

Tickets available at the door only. Members $10.
Non-members $15.
Jazz At Two 
Patrician Dean
Friday, March 23 
2-4 PM

Tickets available at the door only. Members $10. Non-members $15.
Joy Of Jazz Series - Venice, FL
Skip Conking's Dixie Mix
Sunday, March 25    
2-4 PM

FREE Outdoor Concert
Bring Your Folding Chairs!
April  
Jazz At Two 
Dave Morgan
Friday, April 6 
2-4 PM

Tickets available at the door only. Members $10. Non-members $15.
Tickets:
Jazz Club Members $35
Non-members $15.
Jazz At The Temple

Ben Sidran
Sunday,  April 8    
7: PM

Co-sponsored with Temple Beth Isreal



Jazz At Two 
Mark Moultrup
Friday, April 13
2-4 PM

Tickets available at the door only. Members $10. Non-members $15.
May
Join us for a delightful cruise on Sarasota Bay with Marina Jack II
Cruises with live jazz. Cruise departs from the Sarasota Bayfront. Snacks and beverages available for purchase.
Jazz on the Water Cruise

Bill Buchman
Sunday,  May 6    
Boat departs at 3 PM



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Sarasota, Florida 34236
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