Friday, September 27, 2019

A season warm-up for Charlotte County jazz fans

While its formal 2019-20 concert season doesn't start until October 14, the Charlotte County Jazz Society whetted the appetites of about 90 members and prospective members on Wednesday, September 25.
Billy Marcus, Don Mopsick

Pianist Billy Marcus and bassist Don Mopsick performed for CCJS at the matinee event at JD's Bistro and Jazz Club in Port Charlotte, FL.The pair are frequent collaborators, although this was Marcus' first CCJS appearance.

Marcus, a South Florida jazz powerhouse for decades, cut his jazz teeth in Massachusetts. His mother, Marie Marcus, was a renowned stride pianist. She was considered the Queen of Cape Cod Jazz. 

Billy Marcus

Marcus worked extensively in Miami for three decades before relocating to St. Petersburg about 10 years ago.

Mopsick, a New Jersey native, is one of the busiest bass players in the region (have Prius, will travel). He played in the Texas-based Jim Cullum Jazz Band for 19 years before relocating to Cape Coral. 

Performances by cornetist Cullum's classic jazz band at The Landing in San Antonio, were broadcast on Public Radio International's Riverwalk Jazz series from 1989-2012. The band's 400-plus broadcast shows are archived at Stanford University. Cullum died last month at age 77.

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