The Jazz Club of Sarasota’s fifth annual High School Jazz Festival celebrates the talents of young, area musicians.
(Sarasota, Florida) The Jazz Club of Sarasota is pleased to announce the fifth annual High School Jazz Festival, January 24, 7 p.m., at Riverview High School, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota. Admission is free to this non-competitive festival showcasing the talents of musicians from Booker High School, Manatee High School, Riverview High School, Sarasota High School and Southeast High School. For information, call 941-366-1552. The event is sponsored by The Jazz Cruise and the Jazz Club of Sarasota.
“If you’re wondering about the future of jazz, the answer is right here at this festival—the only one of its kind on Florida’s west coast,” says festival coordinator and Jazz Club of Sarasota board member, Gordon Garrett. “Every year audiences are amazed at the talent and high level of musical ability demonstrated by these young jazz performers. They are indeed the future of jazz—the ones who will keep the flame burning.”
This year the festival moves to Riverview High School, under the guidance of Riverview High School associate music director and Jazz Club board member, Norm Vagn. The lead musician mentor for this year’s festival is George McClain, leader of the Sarasota Jazz Project big band and another Jazz Club of Sarasota board member. McClain will be onstage to offer real time insight and advice to the young musicians, many of whom receive Jazz Club of Sarasota scholarships to continue their studies in jazz while in college.
“Sponsoring events like this is a big part of the Jazz Club of Sarasota’s mission,” says Garrett. “It’s a perfect fit with our scholarship program, which has presented thousands of dollars of scholarships to local young musicians over the past 16 years.”
McClain agrees. “It is a real privilege to work with these outstanding young artists,” he says. “This festival is a great way to support them and the future of jazz. I encourage anyone who loves jazz to come see them perform.”
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.