This popular jazz concert series showcases the region’s top jazz performers
(Sarasota, Florida) The Jazz Club of Sarasota’s “Jazz at Two” 2012-2013 concert series continues in November with the Terry Myers Quartet (December 7, 2012); the Billy Marcus Trio (December 21, 2012); and Marc Maninno (December 28, 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 Terry Myers Quartet, performing on Dec. 7, 2 p.m., consists of Terry Myers on saxophone, Jeff Phillips on keyboards and bass pedals, and Dave Pruyn on drums. Considered one of the nation’s top reed players, Terry Myers has performed with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Ray Charles, Chubby Jackson, Louis Bellson, Bob Haggart, Jake Hanna, Butch Miles and many jazz greats, Myers led the Artie Shaw Orchestra when former leader, Dick Johnson, was on hiatus. In 1992, he was invited to form and lead a “Tribute to Benny Goodman” orchestra, which performed successfully for many years throughout the country.
The Billy Marcus Trio follows on December 21, 2 p.m. The group features Billy Marcus on piano, Mark Neuenschwander on bass and Steve Bucholtz on drums. Billy Marcus has played with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, The Bill Evans Trio, The Horace Silver Quintet, McCoy Tyner, Maynard Ferguson, Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins. In 1982, Marcus was named “Miami’s Best Musician” by Miami/South Florida Magazine. Marcus is a regular performer at jazz festivals around the world.
Finishing the month is the Marc Maninno Jazz Quartet appearing on December 28 at 2 p.m. The quartet consists of Marc Maninno on guitar, George Mancini on trombone, John Miller on bass and Bob Lunergan on drums. Maninno is the director of jazz studies at State College of Florida and also teaches jazz guitar, jazz history, and jazz improvisation there. He is also the conductor of the SCF Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo. Maninno freelances Florida, performing as a solo classical and jazz guitarist at weddings, special events and for area theaters.
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.