Part Of The South County Jazz Series at The Glenridge Performing Arts Center
Jan 18, 2014 at 8:00pm & Jan 19, 2014 at 2:00pm
[January 3, 2014- Sarasota, FL] With sold out concerts in Sarasota the last several years running, spectacular banjoist and vocalist Cynthia Sayer returns to town for two shows only in January 2014. Appearing as part of the South County Jazz Series, Cynthia Sayer’s Hot Jazz Trio will perform on Saturday, January 18 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, January 19 at 2:00 pm at The Glenridge Performing Arts Center on Palmer Ranch, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota. Tickets $20 General/$15 GPAC and Jazz Club Members. Reservations strongly recommended! Call (941) 552-5325 or visit www.GPACTIX.com.
Sayer’s power trio includes internationally acclaimed jazz clarinetist Alan Vaché and string bassist Jay Mueller (for Saturday’s concert) and Alan Vaché and string bassist Don Mopsick (for Sunday’s concert). Both concerts on are co-sponsored by the South County Jazz Club.
Contemporary, edgy, and soulful, Cynthia Sayer breaks all the banjo player stereotypes as she single-handedly brings the 4-string banjo to the forefront of jazz. Celebrated as the top 4-string banjoist in the world today and praised for her “drive and virtuosity” by the New York Times, Cynthia is a founding member of Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band with whom she played and toured for over 10 years. Her solo career has taken her well beyond these New Orleans roots as a dynamic performer, instrumentalist and vocalist, and whose eclectic, swing-based shows embody the rarely heard range and versatility of the 4-string jazz banjo. Sayer tours worldwide, and has played with many leading jazz, popular & roots artists, including Bucky Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Wynton Marsalis, Marvin Hamlisch, John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Charlie Giordano (Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band), Andy Statman, Tony Trischka, and others. Recent press includes being featured in the June 2013 issue of the premiere jazz publication, Downbeat Magazine, and appearing on the popular NPR show “Piano Jazz” as well as the nationally broadcast TV & Radio show, “Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour.” Her much-anticipated new album, JOYRIDE, is receiving rave reviews.
Alan Vaché is a renowned jazz clarinetist who appears in concert and at festivals in the USA and abroad. A former member of the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, Alan has appeared with them at Carnegie Hall and on PBS TV’s “Austin City Limits.” They also shared the stage with jazz luminaries such as Benny Goodman, Pete Fountain, Joe Venuti, Teddy Wilson, Scott Hamilton, Bob Wilber, and many others. Alan performed on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor, and was a regular performer on PRI’s “Riverwalk – Live from the Landing,” from 1987-1992. In 1993 he moved to Orlando, Florida to perform at various Orlando attractions including Walt Disney World and Church Street Station, and continues to tour regularly. Vaché has made numerous recordings, including for the prestigious jazz label, Arbors Records.
Jay Mueller is currently a Staff Musician at Walt Disney World, and is well known for his multi-instrumental talents on many brass instruments. His many credits include touring with Ringling Bros Circus Band, playing with the Florida Symphony Orchestra, and also for numerous Broadway shows. Jay is very active in all styles of music performance and spends a large portion of the year touring, playing jazz festivals, and recording with many top groups including Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band.
Don Mopsick, bassist for the acclaimed Jim Cullum Jazz Band for about two decades, played with them nightly at The Landing jazz club, toured, and recorded hundreds of hours for the Riverwalk Jazz public radio series. He has also played Florida concert dates with many top artists such as Howard Alden, Mousey Alexander, Mose Allison, Bill Allred, Dan Barrett, John Bunch, Pete Christleib, Al Cohn, Buddy DeFranco, Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski, Bob Rosengarden, Ira Sullivan, Clark Terry, Warren Vaché Jr., Joe Wilder and many others. Don moved to the region a couple of years ago and is in much demand by the area’s top players, and also continues to tour and play many festivals and concerts.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see this trio live in concert! Tickets on sale now!
Glenridge Performing Arts Center is open to the public, providing the greater Sarasota area with a chance to regularly experience spectacular performances from jazz to classical and theater to barbershop. For additional information on The Glenridge please visit theglenridge.com and for tickets visit www.gpactix.com
About The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch:
The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch is the nation’s first Life Fulfilling Community, focusing on lifelong learning and optimum health for members coupled with the security of long-term care and rehabilitation services. The multi-million dollar Glenridge Performing Arts Center, distinguished among area performing halls with its picturesque setting and elegant yet modern interior, plays a huge role in Glenridge’s community model, providing members with an opportunity for continued involvement in the arts. Residents can enjoy performances year-round or get involved in whatever way suits their talents, like singing, acting, building sets or managing the house.