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 Jazz Club of Sarasota’s 2014 Joy of Jazz concert series continues with the high-energy sounds of local favorites, The Venturas, on February 9, 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.
The Venturas was formed in 2000 by John Paul “J.P.” Coley and Greg Poulos, who have been performing together since 1996. Named for the instrumental rock band, The Ventures, the first incarnation of The Venturas played a novel mix of jazz, blues and surf music. The band added vocalist Ally Couch and keyboardist Eddie Tobin in 2004 and, since then, has honed a strikingly vast and diverse repertoire covering favorite tunes from the 1930’s right on up to present-day hits. The Venturas features Couch on vocals, Coley on bass and vocals, Poulos on guitar and vocals, Tobin on keyboards and vocals and Tracey Alexander on drums. The group’s Joy of Jazz program will feature an assortment of standards and jump blues hits.
Jazz Club of Sarasota board member and series producer Bill Beckman promises an inspired afternoon of great music. “With the high energy and experienced fluidity of the Venturas, the gazebo of Centennial Park will swing throughout the afternoon!”
The Joy of Jazz series concludes in March with the buoyant sounds of Tom Ellison and Hip Pocket, March 9, 2014, 2 p.m.
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.