November 2 § LeBarge
(Sarasota, Florida) The Jazz Club of Sarasota presents another one of its popular “Jazz on the Water” cruises, Sunday, November 2, 2-4 p.m., aboard LeBarge, which departs from Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota. Guests will enjoy the swinging Dixieland sounds of The Greg Nielsen Quartet with Nielsen on trombone, Howie Smith on tuba, Bobby Tees on cornet and Dean Fernald on keyboard. Tickets are $30 for Jazz Club members; $35 for non-members. Snacks and beverages will be available for sale; guests are requested not to bring coolers. Boarding begins at 1:30 p.m. Space is limited. For tickets, call 941-366-1552.
A native of Michigan, Greg Nielsen spent many years teaching and performing in Detroit. A multi-faceted brass musician, Nielsen has performed on trombone with such greats as Slide Hampton, Nancy Wilson, the Four Tops, Cab Calloway, Ramsey Lewis and many others. Nielsen performed in Florida for several years before returning to music education as an instructor at Booker Middle School, where he has inspired and cultivated aspiring young musicians for more than 27 years. He is also in top demand as a performer, sharing the stage with such names as Nat Adderley, Al Cohn, Bobby Shew and other notables. Nielsen also performs locally with the Sarasota Jazz Project.
“The jazz cruise has been a favorite for more than 10 years,” says Dave Walrath, president of the Jazz Club of Sarasota. “It’s a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon—cruising beautiful Sarasota Bay while taking in some great Dixieland 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, jams and the annual Sarasota Jazz Festival. The organization also sponsors free “Joy of Jazz” concerts in Venice every year.