Friday, October 25 • 7:30 p.m. • Holly Hall Experience the high-energy sounds of the Sarasota Jazz Project with the inspired voices of June Garber and Joseph Ephraim. Vocalist June Garber is praised by critics for her “smile that can melt melancholy and a sincerity that makes every lyric sparkle.”
(Sarasota, Florida) The Jazz Club of Sarasota presents the Sarasota Jazz Project in concert with guest vocalists June Garber and Joe Ephraim, Friday, October 25, 7:30 p.m., at Holly Hall at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 North Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. Tickets are $20 for Jazz Club members; $25 for non-members. For information and tickets, call 941-366-1552 or visit www.jazzclubsarasota.org.
With her sizzling voice and megawatt smile, June Garber has lit up concert halls, theaters and jazz festivals throughout the course of her rich and lauded stage career. A native of South Africa, Garber moved to Toronto, Canada, in 1976, where she embarked on a performing career that included theater, singing, television and film. She also formed her own eight-piece band that toured the U.S. and Canada. After a 15-year hiatus, Garber returned to performing in 2004, this time with an emphasis on jazz. Garber was soon booked solid, with critics labeling her as one of Canada’s “jewels of jazz.” Fellow Canadian crooner Ori Dagen has hailed Garber for her ability to perform with “a smile that can melt melancholy and a sincerity that makes every lyric sparkle.” Her CD, “Here’s to You,” was one the Top 5 Jazz picks on CBC and was named one of the Top 15 Jazz Albums for Canadian airplay. Garber moved to Sarasota in 2012, where she has become a star in the regional jazz scene, appearing at the Ringling International Arts Festival, the Sarasota Jazz Festival, the Selby Gardens Concert Series and at area venues.
Another relative newcomer to the area, singer and vocal stylist Joseph Ephraim has toured extensively throughout the U.S., performing alongside such notable comedians as Henny Youngman, Don Adams, and Andy Kaufman. After years of nationwide touring, Ephraim now makes his home in Plant City, Florida. With his confidence and infectious style, Ephraim has quickly become a favorite of area jazz enthusiasts. He just released his latest CD, “Don’t Push, Don’t Pull,” recorded live at Swing Town with the TK Express Jazz Orchestra.
Founded in 2010, the 17-piece Sarasota Jazz Project features some of the area’s best musicians, including professionals who have performed with top bands and jazz musicians around the world. These talented all-stars play both standards and original compositions, creatively arranged in a uniquely contemporary big band style. “What makes the Sarasota Jazz Project unique is how we play standard tunes with a modern jazz flair,” says George McLean, the group’s manager and vice president of the Jazz Club of Sarasota.
While perpetuating the beloved big band sound of such luminaries as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Glen Miller, the Sarasota Jazz Project also emphasizes the work of such great modern composers and arrangers as Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Quincy Jones and Gil Evans. Perhaps the most distinctive element of the Sarasota Jazz Project’s repertoire is its great collection of popular music and standards arranged in new and exciting jazz settings by the very best current musical arrangers in the world, including George Stone, Brad Morey, Gary Urwin, Ed Vizinho, Don Schamber and John Clayton.
“We’re thrilled to join the refined, high-energy sounds of the Sarasota Jazz Project with the inspired voices of June Garber and Joseph Ephraim, consummate professionals who both shine in a big band setting,” says McLean. “This promises to be a grand evening of swinging big band jazz!”
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, jams, lectures, and the annual Sarasota Jazz Festival.