(Sarasota, Florida) The Jazz Club of Sarasota’s “Jazz at Two” 2013-2014 concert series continues in November with In the Mood, featuring vibraphonist Jack Fanning (November 1, 2013); the Patricia Dean Trio (November 8, 2013); and Tony Castellano, Jr. (November 15, 2013). 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.
Vibraphonist Jack Fanning rings in the month of November with his quartet In the Mood, featuring drummer Dane Hassan, pianist Tommy Goodman, and bassist Dominic Mancini, Friday, November 1, 2 p.m. Born in Baltimore in 1929, Jack Fanning grew up taking piano lessons from his mother and listening to the music of Lena Horne, Glenn Miller and the big swing bands of that era. By the time he was in sixth grade, he and his family had moved to the Bronx, where Fanning played drums and a valve bugle and fife in his high school’s marching band. After a long and illustrious service career that finished in California in 1972, Fanning returned to music when trumpeter Joe Ingram asked him to learn the vibraphone. With his background in piano and drums, Fanning caught on quickly and was soon performing as a vibraphonist with Ingram’s trio, as well as with other groups. In 1974, Fanning helped found the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee and also founded the Monterey Bay Hot Jazz Society, which is still going strong today. Fanning retired in 1992 and he and his wife Billie moved to Venice, where Fanning quickly became a fixture on the local jazz scene.
The Patricia Dean Trio follows on Friday, November 8, 2 p.m., with Dean on vocals and drums, Jeff Phillips on piano and Dave Trefethen on bass. Patricia Dean is that rare combination of singer and musician, able to do both at an exceptional level. Critics have noted that Dean, “is no mere singing drummer or drumming singer. As a drummer, she’s an inspiring and supremely tasteful timekeeper, accompanist and soloist. As a jazz vocalist, Dean is swinging, sensitive and, quite simply, just wonderfully musical.” A native of Tampa, Dean began singing in church at age seven and playing drums at age 11. A few years later, she was performing locally with her father and brother throughout Florida with such jazz legends as Nat Adderley, Ira Sullivan and John LaPorta. Dean has opened for George Benson, Mindi Abair and David Benoit and, most recently, performed with vocalist Giacomo Gates, bassist John Lamb and saxophonist Harry Allen. She has toured extensively with her own trio, performing on cruise ships, at country clubs and jazz festivals around the world.
The November Jazz at Two series concludes with Tony Castellano, Jr., Friday, November 15, 2 p.m. Castellano was born to be a piano player. His father is renowned jazz pianist, Tony Castellano Sr., and his mother was a singer. Castellano started playing piano at age seven and has enjoyed an illustrious career performing and touring with such greats as Ray Charles, John Lamb, Herbie Mann and Richie Cole. He has recorded many critically acclaimed and genre-hopping CDs and his comedic flair and dexterity at the piano have earned him numerous awards across several states. Hailed by critics as an “old-school lounge pianist” who is “great with cool jazz,” Castellano enjoys performing a vast repertoire—from Frank Sinatra and Dino, to Miles Davis and Billy Joel. In fact, Castellano once quipped to Billy Joel, “Billy, you’ve paid my rent the last 20 years!” Castellano performs frequently with area jazz combos, delighting audiences with his style and ability to cater to the room. In this concert, he’ll perform with Ken Loomer on drums and Franco Marino on sax.
Dave Walrath, president of the Jazz Club of Sarasota, is especially enthusiastic about the talent and depth of experience of this month’s performers. “We’ve got some great, seasoned musicians who not only grew up with jazz, but are continuing the tradition and keeping jazz fresh in our area and beyond.”
For more information about the Jazz Club of Sarasota, call 941-366-1552, or visit www.jazzclubsarasota.com.
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.