This popular jazz concert series showcases the region’s top jazz performers
(Sarasota, Florida) The Jazz Club of Sarasota’s “Jazz at Two” 2014 concert series welcomes the new year with the Dick Reynolds Quartet (January 3, 2014); Eddie Tobin (January 17, 2014); the Jerry Eckert Trio (January 24, 2014); and vocalist Kitt Moran (January 31, 2014). Founded in 2001, the Jazz at Two series 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.
The series opens its 2014 season with the Dick Reynolds Quartet, January 3, 2 p.m., featuring Reynolds on piano, Johnny Moore on drums, David Pruyn on trumpet and vocals and Dave Trefethen on bass. Reynolds was a house pianist at Chicago’s renowned Mr. Kelley’s nightclub and has performed with such notables as Mel Tormé, Carmen McRae, Sara Vaughn and many others. Reynolds also had his own commercial studio in Chicago where he wrote, filmed and recorded commercials for such industry giants as United Airlines and McDonalds. The quartet’s Jazz at Two program will include popular jazz standards as well as favorites from the Great American Songbook.
A perennial favorite amongst area jazz enthusiasts, pianist and vocalist Eddie Tobin is known for his versatility on the piano and a resonant singing voice that has been likened to that of a male Diana Krall. Tobin lived in Nashville for 15 years and played with the Forester Sisters and Brenda Lee and opened for Kenny Rogers. He spent seven years as pianist, conductor and music director for Engelbert Humperdinck. Tobin has performed at such prestigious venues as the London Palladium, the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles and the Kremlin Palace in Moscow. Tobin brings his talents to Jazz at Two on January 17, at 2 p.m.
The January 2014 series continues with the Jerry Eckert Trio, January 24, 2 p.m., featuring Jerry Eckert on piano, Dave Hubbell on bass and Rich MacDonald on drums. Eckert grew up playing the piano, and while jazz is undoubtedly his first love, his playing is also infused with a pleasing trace of the classical music that Eckert favored early on in his musical career. Eckert was a pianist and arranger for the USAF Air University Band, and served as music director for such notables as John Davidson, Kate Starr, Donald O’Connor, Frank Gorshin and Bobby Vinton. After a 33-year career as a public school teacher, Eckert now devotes his time to performing regularly and is a popular fixture on the area jazz scene.
The January Jazz at Two series closes with the sultry sounds of vocalist Kitt Moran, who will be performing with her husband Mike on the piano and Dominic Mancini on bass, January 31, 2 p.m. Moran’s captivating stage presence and powerful musical abilities have made her a favorite of New York jazz critics. She and husband Mike are regulars on the New York City jazz club circuit, performing at such venues as Michael’s Pub, the Village Vanguard, The Blue Note, and Shanghai Jazz. Moran has opened for Jay Leno, Rodney Dangerfield and Jackie Mason and performed with a number of others. She also recorded with Rosemary Clooney, John Pizzarelli, Ron Carter, Harry Allen and many other greats of the jazz world.
Dave Walrath, president of the Jazz Club of Sarasota, is pleased to bring these nationally recognized musicians to Jazz at Two audiences. “We’re fortunate to have so many top-flight musicians from around the country who now call the Gulf Coast their home, and we’re proud to be able to regularly showcase them with our Jazz at Two series.”
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.