Friday, January 18 • 7:30 p.m. • Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center
(Sarasota, Florida) The Jazz Club of Sarasota presents jazz vocalist and bassist, Nicki Parrott, pianist Rossano Sportiello, and drummer Eddie Metz Jr. in concert, Friday, January 18, 7:30 p.m., at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 North Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. If purchased before January 15, tickets are $25 for Jazz Club members; $30 for non-members. Tickets are $35 at the door; and $10 for students. For information and tickets, call 941-366-1552.
Award-winning jazz pianist Rossano Sportiello was born in Vigevano, Italy, and began studying the piano at the age of 9. By 16, Sportiello was performing professionally at jazz venues in the Milan area. In 1992, he joined one of Europe’s historic jazz bands, the “Milano Jazz Gang,” touring with the group throughout Europe until the end of 2000. In the same year, Rossano met legendary jazz pianist and educator, Barry Harris, who became a mentor and good friend. Since then, Sportiello has performed with the world’s finest jazz luminaries, including Slide Hampton, Barry Harris, Dan Barrett, Bucky Pizzarelli, Warren Vache, Bob Cranshaw, Howard Alden, , Joe La Barbera, Scott Hamilton, Jake Hanna and Dick Hyman. For more information, visit www.rossanosportiello.com.
Nicki Parrott, vocalist, bassist and songwriter, came to the United States from Australia in 1994 to study with the acclaimed bassist, Rufus Reid, at William Patterson College. Since 2000, Parrott has performed with such notable musicians as Les Paul, Billy Taylor, Dick Hyman, Terri Thornton, Holly Hoffman, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Warren Vache, Jr., and Jose Feliciano. Parrot has also performed in several Broadway shows, including Avenue Q, Imaginary Friends, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Summer of ’42 and Jekyll and Hyde. “There’s a great story about Nicki when, one night she was asked to substitute as a bass player for Les Paul at The Iridium in Manhattan,” says George Allgair, a Jazz Club of Sarasota board member and organizer of this event. “To the chagrin of the regular bassist, Les asked her to become his permanent bass player. She stayed with him for 10 years until his death in 2009. Nikki is an inspired entertainer whose enthusiasm is evident in every performance she gives.” For more information, visit www.myspace.com/nickiparrott.
With more than 30 years experience as a professional musician, Eddie Metz Jr. continues to record with jazz greats and play at jazz festivals and events around the country. He has performed with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Sammy Davis, Jr., Rosemary Clooney, Woody Allen, Patti Page and many more celebrated musicians. For more information, visit www.eddiemetzjr.com.
For more information about the Jazz Club of Sarasota, call 941-366-1552, or visit www.jazzclubsarasota.org.
About the Jazz Club of Sarasota
The Jazz Club of Sarasota’s mission is to promote, preserve, present, 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.