JB Scott’s Swinging Allstars, Giacomo Gates, the Terry Myers Orchestra and Four Freshmen are some of the jazz greats headlining the 33rd edition of this renowned festival.
(Sarasota, Florida) The Jazz Club of Sarasota presents the 33rd annual Sarasota Jazz Festival, March 3-10, 2013. This year’s festival lineup includes such jazz greats as JB Scott and his Swinging Allstars, Giacomo Gates, Four Freshmen and a Benny Goodman Tribute by the Terry Myers Orchestra. The four evening concerts are at The Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets for each concert are listed below. New this year is a special three-concert package (for the March 5, 7 and 8 concerts) for $90 general admission; $75 for Jazz Club members. For group prices or more information about the 33rd annual Sarasota Jazz Festival, call 941-366-1552, or visit www.jazzclubsarasota.com.
“This year’s festival offers a lively week of non-stop, top-notch jazz,” says Dave Walrath, president of the Jazz Club of Sarasota. “We have a stellar lineup of Grammy-nominated and award-winning artists participating. The popular outdoor concert and Jazz Trolley are back and, this year, we’ve added the After Glow Dinner Dance—a festive way to cap off a week of truly outstanding music!”
The Sarasota Jazz Festival is sponsored, in part, by Sarasota County Tourist Development tax revenues. Concert tickets are available at The Players’ box office: 941-365-2494, or online at www.theplayers.org. For group prices, After Glow Dinner Dance tickets or more information about the 33rd annual Sarasota Jazz Festival, call 941-366-1552, or visit www.jazzclubsarasota.com.
The 2013 Festival at a Glance:
Sunday March 3 § 2-4 p.m.
Free “Jazz in the Park’ Concert at Phillippi Estate Park
Enjoy an afternoon of great jazz in an inspired setting. Headlining this year’s free outdoor concert is the Kenny Loomer Jazz Quintet with Loomer on drums, Tony Castellano Jr. on keyboards, Tom Parmerter on trumpet, Austin Vickrey on tenor sax, and Bruce Wallace on bass. Bring a blanket or chair; no coolers, please! Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota § 941-366-1552
Tuesday, March 5 § 7:30 p.m.
J.B. Scott’s Swingin’ Allstars at the Players Theatre
J.B. Scott’s Swingin’ Allstars returns with its versatile repertoire of original songs and jazz classics of the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. Led by virtuoso trumpeter J. B. Scott, this group of high-level professional musicians features vocalist Lisa Kelly, banjo/guitarist Ken Calhoun, trombonist Dave Steinmeyer, clarinetist Jim Snyder, bassist Rick Ravelo, and drummer Eric Mason. $30 general admission § $25 club members § $10 students · 941-365-2494
Wednesday, March 6 § 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Jazz Trolley Night
The Trolley is back! Enjoy libations and spirited music on this tour of popular local venues, including Hotel Indigo, the Hyatt Hotel, the Gator Club, Senior Friendship Center, Tommy Bahama’s and more. Ticket prices will be determined at a later date. Visit www.jazzclubsarasota.org for updates.
Thursday, March 7 § 7:30 p.m.
Giacomo Gates at the Players Theatre
Winner of the 2012 Downbeat Critics Poll’s “Rising Star Male Vocalist,” and lauded as one of the most extraordinary singers working in jazz today, Giacomo Gates will be performing with an all-star ensemble featuring pianist Mac Chrupcala, drummer/vocalist Patricia Dean and bassist John Lamb. $35 general admission § $30 club members § $10 students § 941-365-2494
Friday, March 8 § 7:30 p.m.
A Tribute to Benny Goodman presented by the Terry Myers Orchestra at the Players Theatre
Experience jazz history and join Terry Myers and his orchestra in this tribute celebrating Benny Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall concert—an event that elevated swing to national prominence. $40 general admission § $35 club members § $10 students § 941-365-2494
Saturday, March 9 § 7:30 p.m.
The Four Freshmen at the Players Theatre
Fresh off the release of its latest recording, “Love Songs,” this multiple Grammy-nominated male vocal quartet brings its legendary harmonic jazz arrangements to the Players Theatre. $40 general admission § $35 club members § $10 students § 941-365-2494
Sunday, March 10 § 5 p.m. cocktails, 6 p.m. dinner
After Glow Dinner Dance at Marina Jack (2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota)
Enjoy dinner, dancing and more top-notch jazz at one of Sarasota’s finest restaurants. A great way to close out the festival! $50 pp § Cash bar § 941-366-1552