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,