It’s the summer slowdown, with just a few major jazz shows — including the recently announced concert by great Latin percussionist Poncho Sanchez — scheduled for the Tampa Bay area during the Sweaty Season.
Friday, May 24 — Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band AND The Smooth Latin Groove AND Gil Machin, Friday Morning Musicale, Tampa, 6 p.m.
Friday, May 24 — Nate Najar Trio (with Chuck Redd and John Lamb), “Blues for Night People” (tribute to Charlie Byrd), Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg, 8 p.m.
Friday, June 7 — Kurt Elling (right) AND Whitney James, Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg, 8 p.m.
Friday, June 7 — Dave Koz ”Summer Horns” with Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot,Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 22 – Bob James AND David Sanborn, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 23 – Chick Corea AND Bela Fleck, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, 8 p.m. (rescheduled from March 24)
Friday, Sept. 13 – Gato Barbieri AND Gil Machin, Friday Morning Musicale, Tampa, 6 p.m.
October 17-20 – Clearwater Jazz Holiday (lineup TBA)