Tampa Jazz Notes: SPC Jazz Fest; Ira Sullivan; Wynton & the LCJO

It’s encouraging to see several good jazz shows on the calendar for the first quarter of 2012 around the Tampa Bay area (at the same time, there seems to be a steady shrinkage of regular  opportunities for local jazzers to play paid gigs at local venues).

On the way:

Jan. 26-28 — 4th Annual SPC Jazz Festival: St. Petersburg College prof and trombonist/composer David Manson has assembled another strong lineup, this time with an emphasis on Brazilian and Latin strains of jazz.

  • Thursday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m. — Alfredo Rivero Trio (guitarist Rivero, left, bassist Yovanny Roque and drummer Patrick Hernly) & La Lucha (pianist John O’Leary, bassist Alejandro Arenas, drummer Mark Feinman) with singer Jun Bustamante
  • Friday, Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m. — Singer Kathy Kosins with the Helios Jazz Orchestra
  • Saturday, Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m.  — O Som do Jazz (Manson, Arenas, Feinman, Rivero, singer Andrea Moraes Manson, saxophonist Austin Vickrey, and David Kubillos) and pianist/composer Antonio Adolfo (pictured, left), a recipient of 5 Latin jazz awards from the Latin Jazz Corner for his new CD, Chora Baiao.
  • Saturday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  — Brazilian music workshop, led by Adolfo

All events will be held at the college’s  St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus Music Center, 6605 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Admission is $10 at the door for each event; for more information, visit the official site or call (727) 341-7984

Sunday, Feb. 12, 3 p.m. — Ira Sullivan (right, below; my video clip from the Bob Seymour tribute): The great trumpeter, saxophonist and flutist Ira Sullivan, making his 16th appearance in a concert presented by the Tampa Jazz Club, plays HCC’s Mainstage Theatre.

He’ll be joined by several of his favorite Tampa Bay area musicians — pianist Michael Royal, bassist Richard Dreler, and drummer John Jenkins. Admission is $25, $20 for Tampa Jazz Club members, and $10 for students with ID.  For more information, visit the Tampa Jazz Club site, or call (813) 253-7695. The Theatre is at the corner of Palm Avenue & 14th Street (Republica de Cuba) in Ybor.

Saturday, March 10, 8 p.m. — Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra: The trumpeter, composer, and bandleader, probably the world’s best-known jazz musician, brings his superb 15-piece big band to the Straz Center’s Carol Morsani Hall. In addition to Marsalis, the group may include the following musicians (subject to change): Ryan Kisor, Marcus Printup, Kenny Rampton, trumpets; Vincent Gardner, Elliot Mason, Chris Crenshaw, trombones; Sherman Irby, Ted Nash, Walter Blanding, Victor Goines, Joe Temperley, saxophones and woodwinds; Dan Nimmer, piano; Carlos Henriquez, bass; Ali Jackson, drums.

Tickets start at $33.50, The Straz is at 1010 North MacInnes Place in Tampa. For more information on the show, call (813) 229-7827 or click here.

Other notable jazz shows in the next few months:

Friday, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m.  — Stan Hunter Group, Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Murray Theater, Clearwater, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 14, 8 p.m. — Diana Krall, Ruth Eckerd Hall

Feb. 25, 8 p.m. — Jane Monheit, Ruth Eckerd Hall,

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