(Sarasota, Florida) The Jazz Club of Sarasota’s November “Jazz at Two” 2013-2014 concert series continues with stellar pianists Tony Castellano, Jr. (November 15, 2013); and Billy Marcus (November 29, 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.
Tony Castellano, Jr. (performing Friday, November 15, 2 p.m.), 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.
The November Jazz at Two series closes with the driving, sonorous sounds of pianist Billy Marcus, Friday November 29, 2 p.m. Marcus began his professional career in Massachusetts, where he worked with the late Buddy Hackett. He moved to Miami in 1974, where Miami/South Florida Magazine later named him as “Miami’s Best Musician”. Marcus has recorded several albums and has also toured internationally. In concert, he has appeared with or opened for such greats as the Buddy Rich Big Band, Woody Herman, Grover Washington, Spyro Gyra and Ramsey Lewis. Hailed by critic Sam Hirsch as a virtuoso, Marcus is sure to make the piano swing with his “rhapsodic riffs, tinkling tunes and gargantuan energy.”
Dave Walrath, president of the Jazz Club of Sarasota, is especially enthusiastic about the talent and depth of experience of these two 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.