Jazz Club Of Sarasota Inc

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The Jazz Club of Sarasota, one of the largest and most active jazz clubs in the United States, is dedicated to preserving and promoting jazz, America’s original musical art form. Founded in 1980 by the late Hal Davis, the former publicist for Benny Goodman, the Jazz Club has approximately 500 members and is growing. The Club presents over 50 events throughout the year, including the Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival, now in its 39th year.

The Jazz Club presents concerts and events at various locations throughout the area. Some of the events presented include the Jazz at Two concert series which begins in mid October and continues on most Fridays to mid April. Other events presented and promoted by the Club include an Evening Concert Series with performances by national and international jazz artists and the Joy of Jazz concerts, which is a Free outdoor concert series in downtown Venice.

The annual Sarasota Jazz Festival is a week long festival that features free concerts in the park, the downtown Sarasota Jazz Trolley Night, evening concerts and other special events. The festival showcases many of the finest jazz artists on the Gulfcoast as well as national and international performers.

In addition, the Club partners with other organizations, such as, Arts Center Sarasota, the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and the Baltimore Orioles to present programs that benefit Arts and Education. This year the Club was happy to partner with the organizers of the annual "Giving Hunger The Blue" festival, which raises funds to support the Mayors Fund To Feed The Hungry Program. The Club co-sponsored the addition of the "Jazz On The Bay" stage at this year's festival.


Carline Ash