(Sarasota, Florida) The Jazz Club of Sarasota’s “Jazz at Two” 2012-2013 concert series continues in November with the Dick Reynolds Quartet (November 2, 2012); the Rodney Rojas Quartet (November 9, 2012); and Melanie Massell Music & All That Jazz (November 30, 2012). The series, which was founded in 2001, showcases the region’s top jazz performers on Fridays, 2-4 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Tickets are $7 for Jazz Club members and $12 for non-members. A portion of ticket sales is directed to the Jazz Club’s scholarship program. For more information, call 941-366-1552.
The Dick Reynolds Quartet, appearing in concert on Friday, November 2, 2 p.m., will perform mainstream jazz and standards. Reynolds was a house pianist at the renowned Mr. Kelly’s nightclub in Chicago in the 60s and played for Mel Tormé, Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughn, and many more great artists. Reynolds later started his own commercial studio in Chicago. His quartet consists of Reynolds on piano; Dave Trefethen on bass; David Pruyn on trumpet, drums and vocal; and Greg Nielsen on trombone.
The Rodney Rojas Quartet follows on Friday, November 9, 2 p.m. Rojas is considered one of the most talented and soulful musicians in the region, playing sax and clarinet with a power and creativity that draws audiences in. With more than 30 years of professional experience, Rojas has performed with a host of greats, from Don Rickles to Doc Severinsen. He’s also played with the Florida Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Concert Band, and the Lakeland Symphony. Rojas will be accompanied on alto sax by Billy Marcus on piano; Mark Neunschwander on bass; and John Jenkins on drums.
The Melanie Massell Music & All That Jazz band concludes November’s Jazz at Two concerts on November 30, 2 p.m. Song stylist and vocalist Melanie Massell has opened for Chris Botti, David Sanborn, Jennifer Holiday and a host of other great artists. “Melanie delivers every song with the smoothness of a pearl, the richness of Godiva and the explosion of TNT—all at once,” says George Allgair, co-producer of the Jazz at Two series and a Jazz Club board member. With thousands of performances under her belt, Massell was nominated “Outstanding Jazz Artist” and “Best Jazz Act.” She holds a Guinness Book of World Records title as a performer in the “World’s Longest Concert by Multiple Artists” in 2010. Accompanying her will be Dave Mankes on piano and vocals; Kirk Reyes on bass; Sonny Shake on drums; and Chuck Weirich on trumpet. The group will play songs from the Great American Songbook.
Allgair says that the series is funded by the Jazz Club of Sarasota and ticket revenues. But this year, he says, the Jazz Club is “actively seeking individual and business sponsors to help defray costs. If you’re a jazz aficionado and want to keep jazz flourishing in our area, give us a call!”
For more information about the Jazz Club of Sarasota, call 941-366-1552, or visit www.jazzclubsarasota.com.
About the Jazz Club of Sarasota
The Jazz Club of Sarasota’s mission is to promote, preserve, and educate people about jazz, the original American art form. Founded in 1980 by the late Hal Davis, the club presents ongoing concert series, events, lectures and the annual Sarasota Jazz Festival.