President's Newsletter
September 2019
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Ed Linehan, President

Welcome To The Start of The Jazz Club's 40th Anniversary Season!
Inside This Newsletter
New JCS Board Members

Membership Campaign & New Member Cards

South County Jazz Club Closes Its Doors

Fall Issue: "Sounds Magazine"

2020 Scholarship Campaign

The Jazz Cruise &
Blue Note At Sea

Fall Events:
* Jazz At Two
* Shelly Berg Trio
* Masquerade Party
* Jazz On The Water
* Giving Hunger The Blues
* Monday Night Cabaret
* Jazz Trolley Pub Crawl

Sarasota Jazz Festival
Changes on the Jazz Club's Board
Board of Directors

Ed Linehan
George McLain
  Vice President
Peter Anderson
  President Treasurer
Mark Gruder
Prince Knight
Don Levine
Carlos Pagan
Nancy Roucher
Debbie Silver
Taylor Wald
Dave Walrath
Lenore Walsh
Bob Weitz
We are very happy to announce three new members to The Jazz Club’s Board of Directors. They are Mark Gruder of Sarasota; Debbie Silver of University Park; and, Taylor Wald of Bradenton.

Each has been an active member in recent years. Debbie is also a “Lifetime”member of The Jazz Club. We look forward to their leadership as Board members.

We are less happy to share that we recently lost a Board member. Lori Aberle Gentile has taken a full time position with the Women's Resource Center of Sarasota as their new Regional Director of Client Services. Our loss is certainly their gain. We thank Lori for her many leadership contributions to The Jazz Club and we wish her well in her new position.
Membership! Membership! Membership!
22 New Members Join This Summer!
The Club Now at 718 Members
That's an increase of 281 new members since last December. We still have a way to go to achieve our Goal of 1,000 Members by our 40th Festival in March 2020
Is It Your Time To Renew Membership?
If you are a JCS member you should have recently received a letter with your new Membership Card and unique Member Code.

That RED four-letter code is important because that's what you need to obtain your discounts on many Jazz Club events.
The other important information on your card is your Membership Type and your Annual Renewal Date. About 400 of our current members are scheduled to renew now in September or October, and about half of you have already responded to the letter and have renewed. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Each month we will send out renewal reminders, and if you should forget to renew on time we will allow about a one month grace period before we deactivate the member code. If you should renew late your Renewal Date DOES NOT CHANGE.

If you are a member but you did not receive a letter and a new member card please send us a note with your name(s), full postal address and your best email address. Send it to:

Or Mail it to our office at 330 S. Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

Do You Want To Renew Now?
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South County Jazz Club
Closes Its Doors

We need to share with you some very unfortunate news. It was with shock and
deep regret that we learned earlier this summer that the South County Jazz Club was
ending its operation. Frankly, this serves as a wake-up call to all volunteer organizations
whose purpose is to preserve and promote Jazz in our local communities.
We were pleased to learn that jazz concerts may continue to be privately produced in the "south county" area. We look forward to learning more about that and we pledge to support those efforts in any way that we can.

South County’s decision also underscores our own struggles at The Jazz Club of Sarasota and the concerns that we have for our future. It points to the critical importance of our membership campaign, which now stands at 718 members, up from 437 last December. We need to
reach 1,000 members this year to help secure The Jazz Club of Sarasota for another 40 years. With your help we will do just that!

We invite and encourage former South County Jazz Club members to consider joining the Jazz Club of Sarasota. Membrship information can be found below at the end of this newsletter.
Fall Issue:
"Sounds Magazine"
You will soon be able to read the latest version of our Jazz Club magazine on the club website. Hard copies will be available while they last in the club office and at many of our events.

The cover story features our 2019 Scholarship winners. With lots more inside!

We want to thank editor Susan Leavis and all those that contributed to the issue for their fine work!
2020 Scholaship Campaign Begins
Help us reach our $25,000 Goal for 2020!
The purpose of the scholarship program of the Jazz Club of Sarasota is to further an understanding of jazz and to develop performance skills in the field of jazz. Residents of Southwest Florida, who are high school seniors or current college students, will be considered for one of our merit scholarships. College students may reapply for a scholarship each year of undergraduate study. Applications may be submitted electronically or via mail and must include audition performances, statement of goals, and recommendations. Applications will be available January 1st on the Jazz Club website and the submission deadline is April 1st.

Contributions Level
The Jazz Cruise & Blue Note At Sea
We have 87 Jazz Club of Sarasota members booked on The Jazz Cruise. The most in recent years!
Jan. 25 - Feb. 1
We have 13 Jazz Club of Sarasota members booked on the Blue Note At Sea. We hope to add lots more!
Friday Oct. 11
Jazz At Two
Kickoff Event with Al Hixon Trio & Guests
Expanded to 25 Friday Afternoon Performances
Unitarian Universalist Church
3975 Fruitville Rd
Tickets Sold Only at the Door - More Information on JCS Website
$10 JCS Members / $20 Non-Members
Saturday Oct. 26
Shelly Berg Trio
Season Kickoff Evening Concert
Holley Hall Performance Theater
Sponsored By Entertainment Cruise Productions
Operators of The Jazz Cruise and Blue Note At Sea
Performing with Shelly Berg is
bassist Mark Neuenschwander and percussionist Ian Goodman.

The evening will begin with a short set by local jazz artists Alejandro Arenas - bass, Mark Feinman - drums, John O’Leary - piano,
Jeremy Carter - saxophone and Synia Carroll - vocals.

Monday Oct. 28
Masquerade Party
Court Cabaret Theater
at Florida Studio Theater

Ticket $65
Buffet Dinner
Two Complimentary Drinks

Music By
 Eddie Tobin
 Tom Carabasi Quartet

Costumes Required
Prizes Will Be Awarded
Tickets Available Soon - Limited to 75 Quests
This is a Privately Sponsored Fund Raising Event for The Jazz Club of Sarasota
Visit The Jazz Club Website for Ticket Updates
Sunday Nov. 3
Jazz on the Water
Tickets Available Now!
Fri./Sat. Nov. 15 & 16
Giving Hunger The Blues
This event is Not Produced or Managed by
The Jazz Club of Sarasota
Tickets Available Soon
Visit The Jazz Club Website for Ticket Updates
Monday Nov. 25
Monday Night Jazz Cabaret
10 Performance Series
John C. Court Cabaret at Florida Studio Theatre
Corner of First Street & Cocoanut Avenue
Performances at 7:30 PM
Full Bar and Dinner Menu at 6:30 PM
Sponsored by Lenore Walsh
Only Season Subscriptions
On Sale Now!
Single Events Tickets Go On Sale November 1st!

Available in Two Groups:

Group A - First Five - $165
Nov 25, Dec 9 & 23, Jan 6 & 27

Group B - Second Five - $165 
Feb 10, March 2, 16 & 30, Apr 27

Wednesday Dec. 4
Jazz Trolley Pub Crawl
Tickets Available Soon
Visit The Jazz Club Website for Ticket Updates
2020 Jazz Festival
March 8 - March 14

Festival Presenting Sponsor
Entertainment Cruise Productions
Operators of The Jazz Cruise and the Blue Note At Sea

Main Stage Events At The Historic, Art Deco
Ken Peplowski
Ken Peplowski will once again serve as Festival Music Director curating a star-studded lineup of players and vocalists for our enjoyment.

The Manhattan Transfer
Dick Hyman
Russell Malone
Charles McPhearson
Houston Person
Terell Stafford
Alejandro Arenas
Mark Feinman
John O'Leary

The Manhattan Transfer
Cheryle Bentyne, Alan Paul, Janis Siegel, Trist Curless
And Their Band!
Photoshoot w/ Marco Glaviano
Saturday Theme Stage Performances to be held at adjacent Holley Hall, Cohen Hall, The Arts Center and The Bayfront Room.
1 Ticket Buys You - 4 Stages - With 8 Bands
Noon to 5:00 PM
Blues Stage
Bobby Blackmon
Betty Fox

Contemporary Stage
Art Seigel
Jeremy Carter

Classic Stage
   Katt Hefner
   Randy Sandke

Latin Stage
   Frankie Pineiro
   Gumbi Ortiz

The Festival will include our traditional FREE Sunday Jazz in the Park concert; a great lineup of local groups for the Wednesday night Trolley Pub Crawl ; Thursday, Friday and Saturday Night Main Stage Concerts ; 3 High School Jazz Band competition winner performances; a Jazz Film/Live Performance event at Burns Court Cinema; and our very popular new 4 Jazz Theme Stages on Saturday afternoon.
Additional Anniversary Events are Being Planned!
Festival Tickets Will Go On Sale September 15th
Visit The Jazz Club Website For Updates
Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues
TWO Good Reasons to become a
Jazz Club Member Today.

  1. Help The Jazz Club of Sarasota achieve its mission of preserving and promoting jazz, America’s original musical art form. Ticket sales cover only 60% of the cost of producing all the events listed above.
  2. Enjoy up to $350 is reduced MEMBER ticket fees to Jazz Club Events. The more you attend the more you save.

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For a Full 12 Month Membership!
281 New Members Since December 2019!
We currently have 718 Members on our way to 1,000!
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