Tampa Jazz Calendar: La Lucha, Nate Najar, John Lamb, more

Two Tampa Bay area-based jazz artists with new CDs are playing special concerts in coming weeks.

La Lucha, the longrunning trio with pianist John O’Leary, bassist Alejandro Arenas, and drummer Mark Feinman, is celebrating the release of the band’s decidedly funky “Pa’lante” album with a show tonight at the Palladium in St. Petersburg. Check out Ray Roa’s piece on La Lucha in Creative Loafing, and the trio’s recent interview on WFTS-TV.

Meanwhile, guitarist Nate Najar is in the UK, touring in support of his well-received new album, “Under Paris Skies,” and headed to the Palladium for a show on Oct. 4.

And John Lamb, the former Ellington bassist, will play with the USF Faculty Jazz Ensemble Oct. 1 at the USF Concert Hall in Tampa. The show is part of the USF Monday Night Jazz Series.

On the way:

  • Friday, Sept. 14 — La Lucha (album release). Side Door at the Palladium, St. Petersburg, 8 pm. Link
  • Saturday, Sept. 15 — Jazz in the Bay. Water Works Park, Tampa, 1 pm. Link
  • Thursday, Sept. 27 — Basia. Capitol Theatre, Clearwater, 8 p.m. Link
  • Monday, Oct. 1 — John Lamb with USF Faculty Jazz Jazz Ensemble. USF Concert Hall, Tampa, 7:30 pm. Link
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2 — Helios Jazz Orchestra with Belinda Womack. Side Door at the Palladium, St. Petersburg, 7:30 pm. Link
  • Thursday, Oct. 4 — Nate Najar (album release). Side Door  at the Palladium, St. Petersburg. 7:30 pm. Link
  • Thursday, Oct. 11 — Stanley Jordan with Raul Midon. Central Park Performing Arts Center, Largo, 7:30 pm. Link
  • Thursday, Oct. 18 — Clearwater Jazz Holiday*: Mindi Abair & the Boneshakers, Adam Hawley, more, 3:45 pm. Link
  • Friday, Oct. 19 — Clearwater Jazz Holiday*: Danny Kusz, more, 4 pm.
  • Friday, Oct. 19 — Clearwater Jazz Holiday after party: Allon Sams, Danny Kusz, Betty Fox, Alex Harris, more, Capitol Theatre, Clearwater 10:30 pm. Link
  • Saturday, Oct. 20 — Clearwater Jazz Holiday*: Lao Tizer Band featuring Chieli Minucci, Karen Briggs & Nelson Rangell, Clearwater Jazz Collective (La Lucha, Tom Carabasi, Jeremy Carter, Valerie Gillespie, John Lamb, Mark Moultrup, Nate Najar, LaRue Nickelson, Gumbi Ortiz, Jamie Perlow, James Suggs and Butch Thomas), more, 2 pm.
  • Sunday, Oct. 21 — Clearwater Jazz Holiday*: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Marcus Miller, REH/CJH Youth Band, more, 1:30 pm.
  • Sunday, Oct. 28 — Synia Carroll & Fred Johnson, HCC Mainstage Theatre, Ybor City, 3 pm. Link
  • Tuesday, Oct. 30 — O Som Do Jazz with Jose Valentino Ruiz. Side Door at the Palladium, St. Petersburg, 7:30 pm. Link
  • Monday, Nov. 5 — Terell Stafford, USF Concert Hall, Tampa, 7:30 pm. Link
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6 — U.S. Navy Band Commodores. Straz Center, Tampa. Link
  • Tuesday, Nov. 20 — Helios Jazz Orchestra: “License to Thrill.” Side Door at the Palladium, St. Petersburg, 7:30 pm. Link
  • Saturday, Nov. 24 — Dave Koz & Friends with Mindi Abair, Jonathan Butler and Keiko Matsui. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, 8 pm. Link  
  • Wednesday, Dec. 5 — Brian Setzer Orchestra. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, 8 pm. Link
  • Saturday, Dec. 8 — Manhattan Transfer and Herb Alpert. Capitol Theatre, Clearwater, 8 p.m. Link
  • Sunday, Dec. 9 — Peter White with Rick Braun & Euge Groove. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, 7 pm. Link
  • Friday, Dec. 14 — Kenny G. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, 8 pm. Link 
  • Sunday, Jan. 13 — Jack Wilkins/James Suggs: Tribute to “Kind of Blue,” HCC  Mainstage Theatre, Ybor City, 3 pm. Link
  • Friday, Feb. 15 — Herbie Hancock. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, 8 pm. Link

*Listing only the jazz artists on the bill. For the full schedule, click here.

Send Tampa Bay area jazz concert listings to jphilipbooth@hotmail.com

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