Looking Ahead: A Southwest Florida jazz preview
Here’s a preview of some of the more interesting jazz events in
the Sarasota to Naples territory from now through March. There are also a
couple of Tampa Bay-area listings for those of you who don’t mind driving a few
miles more to hear great music.
February 3 – Singer-pianist Freddy
Cole (Nat’s brother) guests with The Naples Jazz Orchestra,
Cambier Park, Naples. 7 p.m.
February 5 – The Dukes of Dixieland,
Daniels Pavilion, Artis Naples.
6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
- Sunday, February 9 – Pat
Metheny Unity Group, Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, 7 p.m.;
- Monday, February
10 – Naples-based singer Jebry (Judy Branch) and
her band, and pianist Mike
Markaverich’s trio are the double bill at this Charlotte County Jazz Society’s
Artists Series concert, Charlotte Cultural Center in Port Charlotte. 7 p.m.
February 14 – Singer Tony Bennett is
at the Van Wezel in Sarasota, and at Artis
Naples’ Hayes Hall on Sunday,
February 16. Both concerts are 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, February
18 – Jonathan
Batiste and the Stay Human Band, Straz Center’s Ferguson Hall,
Tampa, 8 p.m.
February 22 – Ninth annual Punta Gorda Wine
& Jazz Festival. This smooth jazz event features St.
Petersburg native Mindi Abair
(for the sixth straight year), Richard
Elliott (for the second consecutive year), and the closing act tandem
of Gerald Albright and Norman Brown, Laishley Park, Punta
Gorda 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Local mainstream jazz musicians at this otherwise
instrumental pop event will be featured at the third annual jazz brunch at
the Isles Yacht Club on Sunday the 23rd. They include
Greg Nielsen, trumpeter Bob Zottola, saxophonists Gilly DiBenedetto and Bill
Rignola, pianist Matt Bokulic, bassist Dominic Mancini and drummer Rich
Ianuzzi. Brunch tickets must be purchased at the Punta Gorda Chamber of
Commerce or through its website.
- Feb 23 – March 1 – 34th annual Sarasota Jazz
Festival. It opens with a free afternoon concert at Phillippi
Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Bring a blanket or a chair,
but no coolers. Major concerts at
The Players Theatre: Tuesday, February 25 – trumpeter Charlie Bertini’s
quintet; Thursday, Feb. 27 – The Anderson Brothers; Friday, February 28 – Singer
Alexis Cole; Saturday. March 1 – pianist Dick Hyman and clarinetist Ken
March 2 – Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli team up for Straighten Up and Fly Right, a Nat
King Cole tribute show, Hayes Hall, Artis
Naples. 7 p.m.
|John Pizzarelli Jr.|
March 15 – Jim Cullum’s Riverwalk
The South County Jazz Club’s concert
series at the Glenridge
Performing Arts Center, Sarasota. 8 p.m.
March 16 - Bayshore Cultural and Performing Arts Center’s Jazz on
the Green concert series presents guitarist Steve Uscher’s
group. Edison State College Collier Campus, 7007 Lely Cultural Parkway,
Naples. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Free. 2 p.m.
March 19 – New York-based guitarist Peter
Bernstein is special guest with the Naples Philharmonic Jazz
Orchestra. Daniels Pavilion, Naples, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
March 24 – Singer Carmen Bradford guests
with The Naples Jazz Orchestra,
Cambier Park, Naples. 7 p.m.
A few local restaurants (including J.D.’s in Port
Charlotte and The Roadhouse in Ft. Myers) offer jazz steadily, and there will
be a variety of varied afternoon concerts sponsored all season by the Jazz Club
of Sarasota and South County Jazz Club.
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