A fair number of restaurants still offer jazz entertainment for their patrons year-round and there are concert gigs if you look for them.
The first such jazz event was a Thursday, June 22 concert by Dick Hamilton's quartet, which featured the leader on keyboard and trombone, guitarist Steve Martinucci, bassist John DeWitt and drummer Johnny Moore. All four musicians are based in Sarasota.
Their fare included a wide range of jazz staples and material from the Great American Songbook.
|Dick Hamilton & Steve Martinucci
The Venice-based South County Jazz Club now holds several of its major concerts at VPAC (three are scheduled in the 2017-2018 season) and helped the Institute with the programming for this new summer series. The remaining concerts feature drummer-singer Patricia Dean's trio (with bassist Don Mopsick and guitarist Dave Trefethen) on Thursday, July 20, and vibraphonist Dave Morgan's trio on Thursday, August 10.
|Johnny Moore, John DeWitt, Dick Hamilton, Steve Martinucci