Veronica Swift and the Jazz Professors - Jeff Rupert, Richard Drexler, Marty Morrell, and Ben Kramer

Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota Florida

South County Jazz Club presents Veronica Swift, age 22, who is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene. In the fall of 2015, she won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. The Jazz Professors are all professors in the Jazz Studies program at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. They include Jeff Rupert on sax, Ben Kramer on bass, and Marty Morrell on drums. These mentors have performed and recorded with a wide variety of celebrated jazz artists.

Dick Hyman and Ken Peplowski - A SYMPHONY OF BROADWAY - with a 35-piece orchestra

Venice performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave, Venice, FL 34285

*Co-produced with the Venice Institute for Performing Arts

Dick Hyman's career, which began in the 1950s, has included playing with just about every performer you can imagine, recording more than 100 albums in his own name and perhaps as many as 1,000 others with the likes of Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis and Andre Kostelanetz. He was also orchestrator for the hit Broadway musical Sugar Babies and composer/arranger/conductor for a host of Woody Allen films, including Zelig, Broadway Danny Rose, Stardust Memories, Radio Days, Bullets Over Broadway and more.

“Ken Peplowski is arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist” Russell Davies, BBC2

Ken Peplowski has recorded approximately 50 CDs as a soloist, and close to 400 as a sideman – some of the artists he’s performed/recorded with include Charlie Byrd, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops, Hank Jones, Peggy Lee, Bill Charlap, Woody Allen, Benny Goodman, and Madonna. He travels at least half of every year, playing clubs, concert halls, colleges, and pops concerts. He has headlined the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, the Blue Note, and Dizzy’s Club amongst many other venues.

“Mr. Peplowski sounds the way (Benny) Goodman might if he had kept evolving, kept on listening to new music, kept refining his sound, polishing his craft, and expanding his musical purview into the 21st century.”

– Will Friedwald in The Wall Street Journal, December 2012

Bossa Nova All Stars - Nate Najar, Chuck Redd, Harry Allen, and Maucha Adnet

Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave , Venice, Florida 34292

  • Co-produced with the Venice Institute for Performing Arts

This is the real deal for Brazilian jazz. Maucha Adnet was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has toured and recorded extensively with the iconic Carlos Jobim. Each musician shares an expertise in this music, and is internationally recognized for expanding the worlds of jazz and Latin music. Come enjoy Brasilian jazz performed by those who know it best.

Night of Gypsy Jazz by the Hot Club of SRQ

Venice Art Center, 390 Nokomis Ave South, Venice, FL 34285

"Reputably the most swinging, versatile and refined Gypsy Jazz ensemble in the South"... Malcolm Chrupcala

Experience Gypsy Jazz deeply rooted in the style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. This music simply swings, brimming with beauty and romance. A masterful interpretation of the style the French call "Jazz Manouche" and "Le Jazz Hot" circa 1934-1948.

Hot Club of SRQ ensemble is a cooperation of classically trained virtuoso's and jazz masters with a passion for Parisian Jazz, Rumba Flamenco, Be Bop, Bossanova, Samba, Tango, Afro Cuban and the American songbook. Performers will include Keven Aland, on violin, Jon McLaughlin on rhythm guitar, Nikola Baltic on guitar, and Don Mopsick on up-right bass.

Ticket information to come.

The Four Freshman

The Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota, FL 34238

From the moment they step on stage The Four Freshmen will get your heart pounding and your feet moving. With pure energy and great songs from the past and the present, the Freshmen deliver a world of music that will send some listeners back to the bygone era of their youth, while introducing others to a brand of vocal harmony entertainment that is surely to leave them wondering "Why haven't I gone to see them earlier?" One thing is for sure. When you go to a Four Freshmen concert you will not forget it.