Sunday, May 1, 2016

Jazz Flash News: Suncoast Jazz Classic Festival, November 18-20, 2016

A couple of days ago I received a flyer in the mail announcing the 26th Annual Suncoast Jazz Classic, which will be held in Clearwater Beach, FL, between November 18-20. Two days prior to the official opening of the festival, on November 16, the latest edition of The Four Freshmen will be appearing at the Largo Cultural Center. Performers who will be taking part in the event come from all over the U.S. and Canada, and their styles range from gypsy jazz to swing, English trad jazz, samba jazz, and even avant garde. So, as you can see, there's a little bit to please all sorts of jazz fans. Local artists such as Nate Najar, Bob Price, the Bill Alfred Classic Jazz Band, and Betty Comora ("an eclectic entertainer") will be joined by musicians hailing from New York (Ken Peplowski, The Midiri Brothers), Illinois (The Fat Babies), California (High Sierra), St. Louis (Cornet Chop Suey), Michigan (Dave Bennett Quartet), and Canada (Climax Jazz Band). The venues for most of these appearances are the Sheraton Sand Key Resort and the Marriott Suites on Sand Key, and anyone interested in more information about the festival, ticket prices, and hotel rates can access it here. If you find yourself in the Sunshine State in mid-November, this may be the event for you!

Clarinetist Ken Peplowski is one of several participants in this year's Suncoast Jazz Classic

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