Ed Linehan
August 28, 2021
"In Jazz, improvisation isn't a matter of just making any ol' thing up. Jazz, like any language, has its own grammar and vocabulary. There's no right or wrong, just some choices that are better than others"
- Wynton Marsalis
Inside This Newsletter
  • Covid-19 - Where Are We Now?
............Giving Hunger The Blues Music Festival Postponed
  • Jazz Season Scheduled to Begin in October
............Monday Night Jazz Cabaret Fall Series
............23 Jazz At Two Performances
............Sunset Jazz at the Crosley Estate
  • Get Your New Membership Card and Discount Code
  • Five Year Strategic Plan

Covid-19: Where are we now?
Giving Hunger The Blues Festival Postponed
Keb' Mo', the events headline performer, recently announced cancelation of his five stop tour of Florida including our Giving Hunger The Blues Music Festival. His decision was based upon the worsening covid conditions in Florida and the state's constraints to control for vaccination of attendees. Reluctantly, the Jazz Club has postponed the event and is actively looking for a new date after January 1st. We will keep you posted.

Board to Reassess Season Calendar
Within the next two weeks the Jazz Club Board will decide if any other adjustments need to be made to our season that begins October 18th. This time will be used to monitor covid conditions and vaccination trends and to collaborate with other local arts organizations in making policy decisions.

What Do We Know Now?
Based upon Florida State Department of Health & CDC Reports:
  • The current daily outbreak of new covid cases in the Sarasota/Manatee Region is the worse it has been since the beginning in early 2020.
  • 98.5% of people 65 or older have received at least one vaccination dose and 83.3% are fully vaccinated in Sarasota County. The numbers are 88.6% and 77.9% in Manatee County.
  • The rate of people getting vaccinated has doubled over the last ten weeks
  • The overwhelming majority of hospitalized and ICU patients continue to be unvaccinated.
It Is My Hope That The Show Will Go On With Strict Requirements.
Here’s the bottom line:
  1. We don’t want anyone to get seriously sick because they attended a Jazz Club performance.
  2. Unvaccinated people are at a much greater risk of getting seriously ill.
  3. We don’t want anyone, including those that are vaccinated, to attend one of our events if they feel uncomfortable about their exposure to risk.

Visitors to the Jazz Club Office are Require to Wear Masks To Enter. Thank You.

Jazz Season Scheduled To Begin In October

Monday October 18
Monday Night Jazz Cabaret Kicks-Off Season with Jeff Rupert Quartet at Florida Studio Theatre
.....5 Night Series Discounted Tickets Available Now
20% of Tickets Have Already Sold!
.....Individual Night Tickets Go On Sale September 15

Click Ad Below To Select Your Seats for the Fall Series
Tickets Sold Only Online Through Jazz Club Eventbrite Site
NOT Available Through FST Box Office or Jazz Club Office
Full Reimbursement in the Event of Cancelation

Friday October 22
Jazz At Two
The first of 23 Friday afternoon performances begins with Ocean's 11 Big Band with vocalist John Rinell.

All Tickets available beginning at 1:30 pm at the door on the day of the event.
Cash Only
$20 General Public / $10 JCS Members
New Membership Codes needed for 50% Discount

Wednesday October 27
Sunset Jazz at the Crosley
A benefit event to support the Jazz Club Scholarship Fund - $15 per person Donation Suggested.

Must Bring Your Own Chairs
Beverages and Snack Available for Purchase
No Food or Beverages May Be Carried In.

New Membership Cards
Five Year Strategic Plan to be Published in September
The Jazz Club Board of Directors recently approved a plan for growth and improvement over the next five years.

With the generous support of donors the full plan will be published in September. Below we have listed the plan's 15 major goals. We look forward to your support in these efforts.

★ Membership will grow from 900 to 2,500 members.
★ Annual Attendance at Jazz Club Events will ....increase by 20% each year.
★ The Annual Jazz Festival will grow to 5,000 ....attendees.
★ Newsletter distribution will increase to 5,000 ....recipients.
★ Jazz Performances will be scheduled throughout ....the entire year.
★ Students participating in Jazz Youth Programs will ....expand 20% each year.
★ The Scholarship Program will grow to $40,000 ....annual support.
★ Expand support and opportunities for Suncoast ....area musicians.
★ All Board Members will be involved in fundraising ....activities.
★ The annual budget will grow from $400,000 to one ....million dollars.
★ Corporate Sponsorship and Grants will increase to ....$200,000.
★ Individual Giving will increase to $100,000.
★ Ticket Pricing will not significantly increase.
★ Leadership and Management positions will be ....instituted.
★ A Building Plan with both office and performance ....space will be developed.
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