Two events led by notable jazz personalities and a screening of the film, ‘Round Midnight, have been added to a festival lineup that includes the Alexis Cole Quintet, the Charlie Bertini Quintet, the Anderson Brothers and the legendary Dick Hyman.
In addition, saxophonist and clarinetist Ken Peplowski will be awarded this year’s Satchmo Award for his outstanding contributions to jazz during the March 1st concert, which is dedicated to the memory of former Jazz Club president Jerry Roucher.
(Sarasota, Florida) Three new events have been added to the 34th annual Sarasota Jazz Festival’s all-star lineup. In addition, one of the festival concerts will be dedicated to the memory of Jerry Roucher, 10-year president of the Jazz Club. The three new events include a free jazz performance within a historical context by John Lamb, double bassist and former member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and vocalist Kitt Moran. Their special guest is Elaine Jerome, widow of renowned bandleader Jerry Jerome (February 20, 3:30 p.m., Landings Racquet Club, 4910 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota). The second event features a screening of the award-winning film, ’Round Midnight, starring Dexter Gordon portraying a musician slowly losing his battle with alcoholism. Pianist and vocalist Michael Royal, who has collaborated with such jazz greats as Ira Sullivan, Mark Murphy and the Count Basie Orchestra, will provide commentary (February 24, 10 a.m., Burns Court Cinemas, 506 Burns Lane, Sarasota. In the third new event, “Inside the Rhythm Machine,” veteran jazz drummer and educator Henry Ettman hosts a free multimedia presentation using video recordings, illustrations and discussion to illuminate the nuts-and-bolts of how pianists, bassists, drummers and .guitarists function as a unit to provide the underpinnings and support for jazz ensembles (February 24, 5:30 p.m., Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota). This year, festival organizers have also added a free youth clinic with jazz performances at Riverview High School, led by festival headliners Charlie Bertini and Jeff Phillips (February 25, 3 p.m., Riverview High School).
The 2014 Sarasota Jazz Festival is sponsored by The Jazz Cruise and by Sarasota County Tourist Development tax revenues. This year’s festival lineup includes rising young jazz vocalist, Alexis Cole, and her celebrated all-star quintet; the Anderson Brothers, saxophonists of choice for such greats as Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Jimmy Heath and Michael Feinstein; and the Charlie Bertini Quintet, with stellar trumpeter Charlie Bertini at the helm. The festival concludes in grand style with a performance by world-renowned pianist and composer Dick Hyman and lauded saxophonist and clarinetist Ken Peplowski. Peplowski will be awarded this year’s coveted Jazz Club of Sarasota’s Satchmo Award for his outstanding contributions to jazz and Jerry Roucher will be remembered. Evening concerts are at 7:30 p.m. at the Players Theatre, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Concert tickets are available at the Players’ box office at 941-365-2494, or online at www.theplayers.org. For updates, group prices and more information about the 34th annual Sarasota Jazz Festival, call 941-366-1552, or visit www.jazzclubsarasota.org.
The 2014 Festival at a Glance
(Visit www.jazzclubsarasota.org or call 914-366-1552 for updates and added events.)
Thursday, February 20 § 3:30 p.m.
Jazz performance by John Lamb and Kitt Moran
Former Duke Ellington bassist John Lamb was the recipient of the Jazz Club of Sarasota’s 2013 Satchmo Award for his outstanding contributions to jazz over the past five decades. Vocalist Kitt Moran was handpicked by Merv Griffin to become the first and only chanteuse-in-residence at his casino in Atlantic City. At this free event, the duo will present musical selections within a context that traces the history of jazz. They will be joined by Elaine Jerome, widow of renowned bandleader Jerry Jerome. The Landings Racquet Club, 4910 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-366-1552 or visit www.jazzclubsaraosta.org.
Sunday February 23 § 1- 4 p.m.
Jazz in the Park concert at Phillippi Estate Park
This popular, free outdoor concert returns for another afternoon of great jazz in an inspired setting at beautiful Phillippi Estate Park. The concert will kick off with a performance by the one of the best bands of the Jazz Club’s High School Jazz Festival, followed by the Jeremy Carter Quartet. Bring a blanket or chair; no coolers. Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-366-1552 or visit www.jazzclubsaraosta.org.
Monday February 24 § 10 a.m.
Special screening of ‘Round Midnight with commentary by Michael Royal
The 34th annual Sarasota Jazz Festival takes a cinematic twist with this special screening of ‘Round Midnight,’ Bertrand Tavernier’s wistful and tragic portrait of the Paris jazz scene of the 1950s. Herbie Hancock won an Oscar for his original score and the film, recognized as one of the best in the world of jazz, garnered 13 awards and eight additional nominations internationally. Pianist and vocalist Michael Royal, who has collaborated with such greats as Ira Sullivan, Mark Murphy and the Count Basie Orchestra, will provide commentary. Tickets are $5. Burns Court Cinema, 506 Burns Lane, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-366-1552 or visit www.jazzclubsaraosta.org.
Monday February 24 § 5:30 p.m.
“Inside the Rhythm Machine” with Henry Ettman
This free multimedia presentation of video and audio jazz performances, hosted by veteran jazz drummer Henry Ettman, provides an “under-the-hood” look at how jazz rhythm sections have evolved, and the way they provide the foundation and fire for the jazz soloists and bands they support. Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, call 941-366-1552 or visit www.jazzclubsaraosta.org.
Tuesday, February 25 § 3 p.m.
High School Youth Clinic and performances with Charlie Bertini and Jeff Phillips
Festival headliners Charlie Bertini and Jeff Phillips lead a jazz clinic with performances by and with high school jazz students at Riverview High School. This free event, open to the public, comprises a mini-concert by the area’s next generation of jazz musicians, with commentary and presentations by this duo of veteran musicians. Riverview High School, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota; 941-366-1552. For +more information, call 941-366-1552 or visit www.jazzclubsaraosta.org.
Tuesday, February 25 § 7:30 p.m.
The Charlie Bertini Quintet
One of the most versatile and respected trumpeters in the industry, Charlie Bertini has backed up such greats as Henry Mancini, Johnny Mathis, Liza Minnelli and Ray Charles. Bertini recorded 12 albums with Bill Allred’s Classic Jazz Band and produced more than 55 albums for other artists. He will be joined by Eddie Metz, Jr. on drums, Jeff Phillips on keyboards, and Charlie Silva on bass. $30 general admission § $25 club members § $5 students with ID. Tickets are available through the Players Theatre, 941-365-2494, or online at www.theplayers.org.
Wednesday, February 26 § 6:15-10:30 p.m.
Jazz Trolley & Pub Crawl
Jazz Trolley Night is back! Hop on board the trolley for a spirited evening on the town with great libations and live jazz at a variety of venues. The roster includes stops at:
- Hotel Indigo: Melanie Massell
- Marina Jack: The Venturas
- Darwin’s on 4th: Katt Hefner
- Blue Rooster: Mark Gould
- The Gator Club: Skip Conkling
- Salute!: Al Hixon
- Caragiulos: Mike Markaverich
- Senior Friendship Center: Betty Comora
Trolleys depart from the parking lot of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance; $20 at the trolley; 941-366-1552. For tickets and information, call 941-366-1552 or visit www.jazzclubsaraosta.org
Thursday, February 27 § 7:30 p.m.
Peter and Will Anderson
Twin brothers Peter and Will Anderson are one of the most extraordinary jazz duos performing today. Their virtuosity has made them the saxophonists of choice for such stars as Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, the Village Vanguard Orchestra and Michael Feinstein. They’re joined by drummer Stephen Bucholtz, bassist John Lamb and guitarist Alex Wintz. $30 general admission § $25 club members § $5 students with ID. Tickets are available through the Players Theatre, 941-365-2494, or online at www.theplayers.org.
Friday, February 28 § 7:30 p.m.
The Alexis Cole Quintet with John DiMartino and Eric Alexander
A favorite in jazz and cabaret venues of New York City, singer Alexis Cole has been called one of the great voices of today. Her singing has been compared to that of such classic jazz chanteuses as Sarah Vaughn and Anita O’Day. Cole is joined by an all-star group of some of today’s top jazz artists, including saxophonist Eric Alexander and pianist John DiMartino. $35 general admission § $30 club members § $5 students with ID. Tickets are available through the Players Theatre, 941-365-2494, or online at www.theplayers.org.
Saturday, March 1 § 7:30 p.m.
Dick Hyman and Ken Peplowski at the Players Theatre
Dedicated to the memory of Jerry Roucher
The 2014 Sarasota Jazz Festival closes in grand style with a performance by two giants of jazz in a concert dedicated to the memory of Jerry Roucher, who died on October 21, 2013. Roucher was president of the Jazz Club from 1990 to 2000 and winner of the Satchmo award in 2000. Dick Hyman is a composer, arranger and musical director for television, theater and movies and has written the scores for many Woody Allen movies and the John Patrick Shanley movie Moonstruck. This great artist teams up with clarinetist and saxophonist extraordinaire, Ken Peplowski, whose playing has been hailed as “magic” by none other than the late Mel Tormé. Peplowski will be presented with this year’s Satchmo award for his outstanding contributions to jazz at this concert, following in the footsteps of 26 other Satchmo winners—all of them musicians except for Jerry Roucher and jazz promoter George Wein. $40 general admission § $35 club members § $45 VIP seating § $5 students with ID. Tickets are available through the Players Theatre, 941-365-2494, or online at www.theplayers.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.