January 13 § Centennial Park in Venice
This popular jazz concert series in Venice showcases the region’s top jazz performers
(Sarasota, Florida) The Jazz Club of Sarasota’s Joy of Jazz concert series kicks off with David Pruyn and The Paramount Swing 6, Sunday, January 13, 2 to 4 p.m., in Centennial Park in downtown Venice. The concert is free but donations are accepted in support of the Jazz Club’s scholarship fund. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. For more information, call 941-366-1552. The series is sponsored by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.
Trumpeter and vocalist David Pruyn will appear with his band, The Paramount Swing 6, consisting of Tom Ellison playing saxes and flute, Greg Nielsen on trombone, Dick Reynolds on piano, Bruce Wallace on bass, and Rich MacDonald on drums.
New Orleans native David Pruyn is a multi-talented musician and conductor who has performed with many jazz greats, including Dick Hyman, Chick Corea, Mel Torme, Steve Lawrence, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Al Jarreau, Rosemary Clooney, Edie Gorme, the Manhattan Transfer and his hometown buddy, Harry Connick, Jr. “We’ll be playing music from The Great American Songbook,” says Pruyn, “and we’ll throw in some big band era favorites and other tunes associated with notable instrumentalists and vocalists from the true glory days of popular music.”
Pruyn says that he was “born 40 years late because I wasn’t around for the creation of some of the best music in this country’s history. I’m determined to do everything in my power to keep the music of this era in the consciousness of all those who care to listen. Anyone who has an affinity for things of real worth and validity will respond to the music we offer. These songs are works of genius, and the craft and feeling that went into their creation are just as evident today as when they were written.”
The 2012-2013 Joy of Jazz series will include two more concerts on February 3 (Venice High School Jazz Lab) and March 17 (Ron Kraemer and the Hurricanes). “It’s a perfect way to spend a weekend afternoon, enjoying the great melodies, rich harmonies and soulful rhythms of jazz,” says Bill Beckman, a Jazz Club of Sarasota board member and producer of this series.
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, 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.