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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.

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.

Tickets available at the door. $25 members / $30 non-members

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.

Dick Hyman and Ken Peplowski - A SYMPHONY OF BROADWAY - with a 47-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 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

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.

The Jazz Cruise

All Our Jazz and a Taste of New Orleans! Since 2001, The Jazz Cruise has presented the very best straight-ahead jazz in the world. With nearly 100 jazz musicians on the ship, 2018 is no exception. Adding spice to The Jazz Cruise ‘18 is our newest port of call, New Orleans! For 27 hours, the sounds, tastes and excitement of New Orleans will be ours for the taking, featuring special events, concerts, restaurant offerings and tours. The Jazz Cruise plus New Orleans! Now that is a jazz duet! BOOK NOW

Peter and Will Anderson

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice, 1971 Pinebrook Road, Venice, Florida 34292

“You dudes are the future. You have made my soul smile!” (Quincy Jones)        “These guys flood the room with joy” (Seattle Times) ”Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone,” (New York Times) Washington, D.C. natives Peter and Will Anderson were drawn to jazz at a very young age. While still teenagers, they toured The United Kingdom, performed on Capitol Hill, and were featured on television. Endorsees of D’Addario woodwind products, Peter and Will attended Juilliard in New York City, where they currently reside. They’ve performed with jazz greats James Moody, Hank Jones, Clark Terry, Frank Wess and Benny Golson.

Harry Allen with Wycliffe Gordon, Ed Metz, Rossano Sportiello, Nicki Parrott, and Stephanie Nakasian

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

*Co-produced with the Venice Institute for Performing Arts

Wycliffe Gordon was named Downbeat Magazine’s Critics Choice Award Best Trombone 2016, 2014, 2013 and 2012 and Downbeat Magazine’s Critics Choice “Rising Star Award” 2014 He is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and former member of Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

"Harry Allen's playing is nothing less than perfect" - John Pizzarelli

"Rich and Satisfying when he's balladeering, mind blowing when he's cooking" - Martin Richards, Jazz Journal

Nate Najar's Jazz Holiday with Chuck Redd, Jeff Rupert, John Lamb, Mark Feinman, and James Suggs

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

Nate Najar's Holiday Jazz Special has become a popular holiday tradition. This year, Nate has put together another stellar band, starting with sax master, Jeff Rupert, and young Lion, James Suggs on trumpet.

Also featured, will be the great vibraphonist, Chuck Redd. Redd has toured and recorded with such artists as Mel Tormé, Bucky and John Pizzarelli, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Dick Hyman, and Monty Alexander. Jazz at Lincoln Center audiences recently experienced his exquisite playing when he performed alongside Bucky Pizzarelli and Ken Peplowski.

The critics and cognoscenti agree: jazz guitarist Najar’s virtuosity exudes a dynamic and truly intoxicating elegance. His artistry evokes a modern and progressive attitude that perpetuates the legacy of the great Charlie Byrd.

Al Hixon with All -Star Line Up

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice, 1971 Pinebrook Road, Venice, Florida 34292

Master drummer and entertainer, Al Hixon, has put together a superb ensemble featuring an all -star line up with former bass player for Duke Ellington, John Lamb, setting the pace. Also featured will be young lion, James Suggs, on trumpet, veteran Dick Reynolds on piano, and the beautiful, soulful,l jazz vocalist, Synia Carroll.

Bud Leeds Ensemble

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Venice, 1971 Pinebrook Road, Venice, Florida 34292

Clarinetist, Bud Leeds, has been acclaimed as “a 21st Century Renaissance Man” in a recent international jazz publication. He is president emeritus and vice-chairman of the Jefferson Legacy Foundation. He has also participated in White House ceremonies and played his clarinet in venues throughout the U.S., India, Nepal and several European countries, while serving as Director of the International Development Council and Chair of the World Congress on Philanthropy. Mr. Leeds interesting character and experience shine through in his playing making his concerts a season favorite.

Bud Leeds Ensemble - Member Discount Ticket

Dave Morgan Trio

Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Avenue, Venice, Florida

  • This concert is produced by the Venice Institute for Performing Arts

Dave decided in the early nineties that he wanted to breakout on his own and focus on the music of his heart. He wanted to sing tunes that he felt personally drawn to and he wanted to study vibraphone seriously in order to have another musical voice. He has performed with the Bluefield State Big Band and been on the road with the Russ Morgan and Frankie Lester and the Don Edwards Orchestras and has performed extensively at jazz festivals with his own group. This concert is a special treat for those who appreciate a truly fine jazz vibraphonist.

Patricia Plus Two

Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Avenue, Venice, Florida

  • This concert is produced by the Venice Institute for Performing Arts

In 1962, Sarah Vaughan recorded "Sarah Plus Two" with Barney Kessell on guitar and Joe Comfort on double bass. Patricia Dean is performing a concert in tribute to that marvelous and historical recording, with Dave Trefethen on guitar and Don Mopsick on double bass. Patricia Dean is one of the few artists in jazz who plays drums and sings, and does both at an exceptional level.

Dick Hamilton Jazz Quartet

Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Avenue, Venice, Florida

  • This concert is produced by the Venice Institute for Performing Arts

Dick Hamilton moved to Florida after an impressive 45-year career as a studio musician, composer and arranger in L.A. and Hollywood. Now he has put together a stellar line up and program to keep south county jazz fans swinging this summer.

The Four Freshmen

Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota, Florida 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." Tickets available soon.

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