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The Jazz Cruise

Experience the greatest jazz festival at sea with your SCJC friends!

Harry Allen's Four Others

Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota Florida

Internationally renowned tenor sax player Harry Allen, a frequent and popular performer in our area, has recreated the famous Four Brothers sound of the Woody Herman Band for this special. Harry, Lew Del Gatto and Jeff Rupert will bring their tenors, with Mike Brignola on baritone sax. They’ll be accompanied by Riverwalk Jazz veteran Don Mopsick on bass, long-time Bill Evans drummer Marty Morrell, and Richard Drexler on piano. This star-studded concert is not to be missed!

Stephanie Nakasian

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

World- class singer Stephanie Nakasian will make her third appearance for the club, accompanied by Richard Drexler piano, Don Mopsick bass and Dave Pruyn drums. She first hit the scene with Jon Hendricks and Company, and it has been straight ahead ever since.
She has been a frequent guest artist with the Jim Cullum Band on the internationally syndicated Riverwalk Jazz show. She portrayed herself on the show with Dick Hyman for tributes to composers Hoagy Carmichael and Walter Donaldson. She continues to appear at several international festivals and national music education conferences, and sang with notables such as Harry Allen, Wycliffe Gordon, Nicki Parrott, Urbie Green, Pat Metheny, Clark Terry, Scott Hamilton, Hank Jones, Roy Haynes and Annie Ross. Stephanie currently teaches voice at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia and the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Randy Sandke Quintet

Venice Presbyterian Church, 825 The Rialto, Venice, FL 34285

Our area had a great stroke of luck when brilliant trumpeter Randy Sandke moved from New York to make his home in Venice. Sandke has performed at festivals, clubs, and concerts around the world, toured Europe over forty times and performed extensively throughout Japan, the U.S., Canada, and India. Randy has recorded over twenty albums as a leader. Among the artists with whom he has recorded are Benny Goodman, Kenny Barron, Dick Hyman, Mulgrew Miller, Bill Charlap, Eric Reed, Frank Wess, Ray Anderson, Chris Potter, Sweets Edison, Flip Phillips, Scott Hamilton, Wycliffe Gordon, Warren Vache, and Mel Lewis. Singers include Mel Torme, Jon Hendricks, Rosemary Clooney, Cab Calloway, John Pizzarelli, Gregory Hines, Art Garfunkel, Barbara Carroll, Dr. John, Karrin Allyson, Susannah McCorkle, as well as appearances with Diane Reeves, Sting, Elton John, Billy Joel, Bette Midler, James Taylor, Chaka Khan, Ruth Brown, Billy Eckstine, and Joe Williams.

For the South County Jazz Club concert at the Venice Presbyterian Church, Sandke will be accompanied by Peter Barenbregge on sax, Joe Delaney piano, Don Mopsick bass and Dave Pruyn drums.

Danny Sinoff Trio

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

With Patricia Dean on drums and Scott Smith on bass.

"Sinoff is always a treat. His Sinatra-like vocals dig mightily into the Great American Songbook, particularly Sinatra covers. While he is a fine singer, and has a strong following in that regard, I find his piano solos even more enjoyable as he takes familiar material to unexpected places."

~ Ken Franckling Jazz Critic, Author/Photographer, Jazz in the Key of Light

Nate Najar's Jazz Holiday

Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota Florida

Nate is one of the most popular players ever to appear before the South County Jazz Club. One of the nation’s most prominent nylon string guitarists, his career and audience continues to grow and grow. For the 2018 version of his annual jazz holiday, Nate appears with his trio, John Lamb on bass and Mark Feinman, drums, with very special guests: James Suggs, trumpet; and New York City jazz star Adrian Cunningham on sax, clarinet and flute.

Paul Duffy Quartet

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

The wildly talented vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Paul Duffy, has been performing since he was a small child in a circus family. In his native Ireland, he would walk across the tightrope while playing the sax. He is one of the most charming, engaging, and soulful performers found anywhere. Paul will be accompanied by Patrick Bettison on bass and harmonica with Johnny Moore on Drums.

Bobby van Deusen

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

Robert van Deusen, a Philadelphia native, began his musical training at age 7. Precocious from a very early age, he started picking out tunes by mimicking the family player piano. Classically trained, he attended Whetstone School of the Performing Arts in Columbus, Ohio, graduating with distinction. Further studies at Capital University, Ohio State, Eastman, and Curtis helped develop the dazzling technique that became a trademark of his playing style.

After turning pro in 1976, Bobby toured the Midwest, playing clubs, piano bars and providing concerts. Moving South in 1985 led him to the Rosie O’ Gradys Dixieland Band, and gigs in New Orleans with Pete Fountain, Al Hirt, and The Dukes. He performed with the Delta Queen Steamboat Company for 5 years, perfecting his stride and ragtime styles.

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

2018 - 2019 Season

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