January 10, 2014 • 7:30 p.m. • Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center
(Sarasota, Florida) The International Jazz Trio, featuring vocalist and bassist Nicki Parrott, pianist Rossano Sportiello, drummer Eddie Metz Jr. and special guest, saxophonist Harry Allen, return to Sarasota on Friday, January 18, 7:30 p.m., at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 North Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. Tickets are $25 for Jazz Club members; $30 for non-members and $10 for students. There is a $5 discount on tickets purchased before December 20, 2013. For information and tickets, call 941-366-1552.
Nicki Parrott, vocalist, bassist and songwriter, came to the United States from Australia in 1994 to study with the acclaimed bassist, Rufus Reid, at William Patterson College. Since 2000, Parrott has performed with such notable musicians as Les Paul, Billy Taylor, Dick Hyman, Terri Thornton, Holly Hoffman, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Warren Vache, Jr., and Jose Feliciano. Parrot has also performed in several Broadway shows, including Avenue Q, Imaginary Friends, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Summer of ’42 and Jekyll and Hyde. “There’s a great story about Nicki when, one night she was asked to substitute as a bass player for Les Paul at The Iridium in Manhattan,” says George Allgair, a Jazz Club of Sarasota board member and organizer of this event. “To the chagrin of the regular bassist, Les asked her to become his permanent bass player. She stayed with him for 10 years!” For more information, visit www.nickiparrott.com.
Award-winning jazz pianist Rossano Sportiello was born in Vigevano, Italy, and began studying the piano at the age of 9. By 16, Sportiello was performing professionally at jazz venues in the Milan area. In 1992, he joined one of Europe’s historic jazz bands, the “Milano Jazz Gang,” touring with the group throughout Europe until the end of 2000. In the same year, Rossano met legendary jazz pianist and educator, Barry Harris, who became a mentor and good friend. Since then, Sportiello has performed with the world’s finest jazz luminaries, including Slide Hampton, Barry Harris, Dan Barrett, Bucky Pizzarelli, Warren Vache, Bob Cranshaw, Howard Alden, Joe La Barbera, Scott Hamilton, Jake Hanna and Dick Hyman. For more information, visit www.rossanosportiello.com.
With more than 30 years experience as a professional musician, Eddie Metz Jr. continues to record with jazz greats and play at jazz festivals and events around the country. He has performed with Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Sammy Davis, Jr., Rosemary Clooney, Woody Allen, Patti Page and many more celebrated musicians. For more information, visit www.eddiemetzjr.com.
Saxophonist Harry Allen has performed at jazz festivals and clubs worldwide and frequently tours the U.S., Europe and Asia, performing with the likes of Rosemary Clooney, Jay Geils, Harry “Sweets” Edison, John Pizzarelli and many others. Allen is also an award-winning recording artist and has recorded with such music industry luminaries as Tony Bennett, James Taylor and Sheryl Crow. Martin Richards of Jazz Journal magazine called Allen “rich and satisfying when he’s balladeering,” and “mind-blowing when he’s cooking!” For more information, visit www.harryallenjazz.com.
“This is a rare opportunity to see four great, compelling and innovative jazz artists on the stage together,” says George Allgair. “It promises to be an evening of jazz to remember!”
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, events, lectures and the annual Sarasota Jazz Festival.