34TH ANNUAL SARASOTA JAZZ FESTIVAL AT A GLANCE
(Visit jazzclubsarasota.org or call 366-1552 for more information.)
THURS., FEB. 20, 3:30 p.m.
John Lamb and Kitt Moran – Former Duke Ellington bassist John Lamb was the recipient of the Jazz Club of Sarasota's 2013 Satchmo Award for his outstanding contributions to jazz over the past five decades. Vocalist Kitt Moran was handpicked by Merv Griffin to become the first and only chanteuse-in-residence at his casino in Atlantic City. Lamb and Moran will be joined by Elaine Jerome, widow of renowned bandleader Jerry Jerome. The Landings Racquet Club, 4910 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
SUN., FEB. 23, 1-4 p.m.
Jazz in the Park concert at Phillippi Estate Park – This free outdoor concert returns at the picturesque Sarasota park. The concert will kick off with a performance by one of the best bands of the Jazz Club's High School Jazz Festival, followed by the Jeremy Carter Quartet. Bring a blanket or chair; no coolers. Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail.
MON., FEB. 24, 10 a.m.
Special screening of "'Round Midnight' with commentary by Michael Royal – Bertrand Tavernier's 1986 musical drama film stars Dexter Gordon, François Cluzet and Herbie Hancock. Martin Scorsese, Philippe Noiret and Wayne Shorter also make cameos. Hancock won an Oscar for his original score. Pianist and vocalist Michael Royal will provide commentary. Tickets are $5. Burns Court Cinema, 506 Burns Lane, Sarasota.
MON., FEB. 24, 5:30 p.m.
"Inside the Rhythm Machine" with Henry Ettman – This free multimedia presentation of video and audio jazz performances, hosted by veteran jazz drummer Henry Ettman, provides an "under-the-hood" look at how jazz rhythm sections have evolved, and the way they provide the foundation and fire for the jazz soloists and bands they support. Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
TUES., FEB. 25, 3 p.m.
High School Youth Clinic and performances with Charlie Bertini and Jeff Phillips – Festival headliners Charlie Bertini and Jeff Phillips will lead a jazz clinic with performances by and with high school jazz students at Riverview High School. This free event is open to the public. Riverview High School, One Ram Way, Sarasota.
TUES., FEB. 25, 7:30 p.m.
The Charlie Bertini Quintet – The versatile trumpeter has backed up such legends as Henry Mancini, Johnny Mathis, Liza Minnelli and Ray Charles. He will be joined by Eddie Metz Jr. on drums, Jeff Phillips on keyboards, and Charlie Silva on bass. Tickets: $30; $25 for Jazz Club members, $5 students with ID. 365-2494; theplayers.org.
WED., FEB. 26, 6:15-10:30 p.m.
Jazz Trolley & Pub Crawl – Live jazz at a variety of venues, including:
Hotel Indigo: Melanie Massell
Marina Jack: The Venturas
Darwin's on 4th: Katt Hefner
Blue Rooster: Mark Gould
The Gator Club: Skip Conkling
Salute!: Al Hixon
Caragiulos: Mike Markaverich
Senior Friendship Center: Betty Comora
Trolleys depart from the parking lot of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the trolley.
THURS., FEB. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Peter and Will Anderson – The twin brothers and sax players have performed with Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, the Village Vanguard Orchestra and Michael Feinstein. They're joined by drummer Stephen Bucholtz, bassist John Lamb and guitarist Alex Wintz. $30 general admission, $25 club members, $5 students with ID. 365-2494; theplayers.org.
FRI., FEB. 28, 7:30 p.m.
The Alexis Cole Quintet with John DiMartino and Eric Alexander – $35 general admission, $30 club members, $5 students with ID. 365-2494; theplayers.org.
SAT., MARCH 1, 7:30 p.m.
Dick Hyman and Ken Peplowski – The festival closes at the Players Theatre with a concert dedicated to the memory of Jerry Roucher, who died on Oct. 21, 2013. Roucher was president of the Jazz Club from 1990-2000 and winner of the Satchmo Award in 2000. At this show, Peplowski will be presented with this year's Satchmo Award. $40 general admission, $35 club members, $45 VIP seating, $5 students with ID. 365-2494; theplayers.org.