Venice’s Centennial Park swings once again with this popular series of free Sunday afternoon concerts showcasing some of the region’s top jazz artists.
(Sarasota, Florida) The Jim Wellen Quartet kicks off the Jazz Club of Sarasota’s 2014 Joy of Jazz concert series, January 19, 2014, 2 p.m., in Centennial Park in downtown Venice. The concert is free but donations are accepted in support of the Jazz Club’s scholarship fund. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. For more information, call 941-366-1552 or visit www.jazzclubsarasota.org. The series is sponsored by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.
Originally from the New York/New Jersey area, tenor saxophonist Jim Wellen has since made his mark on the local jazz scene, where he performs to critical acclaim with the area’s top pianists, bassists and drummers. Jazz blogger Ken Franckling called Wellen an, “excellent mainstream tenor player,” who is “always a treat to hear.” Wellen’s quartet will include Mac Chrupcala on piano, Al Hixon on drums and Dave Trefethen on bass, along with a surprise special guest. In keeping with the open-air venue and the series’ joyous theme, Wellen and his ensemble will offer up a program of light-hearted tunes from the Great American Songbook that are “sure to evoke sunny days, good times and lots of smiles,” says Wellen.
The Joy of Jazz series continues in February and March with local favorites, The Venturas, February 9, 2014, 2 p.m., and the buoyant sounds of Tom Ellison and Hip Pocket, March 9, 2014, 2 p.m.
“This Sunday afternoon series is a double treat,” says Jazz Club of Sarasota board member and series producer Bill Beckman. “It’s a perfect way to come out and enjoy our great climate and swinging 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, 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.