Jazz in the Park (Photo: Jazz Club of Sarasota)
Dick Hyman (Photo: Carol LoRicco)

Sarasota Jazz Festival: 40 Years of Jazz

March 8, 2020
to
March 14, 2020

Sarasota Municipal Auditorium (Primary Venue)

801 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34236
United States

The Jazz Club of Sarasota marks its 40th anniversary with its biggest festival ever! 

The events take place in various Sarasota County venues from March 8-14, 2020. Ken Peplowski—whom BBC dubbed "arguably the greatest living jazz clarinetist”—returns for a third year as music director for the mainstage concerts. 

“Since it’s a big anniversary, we’re presenting an overview of the best of straightahead jazz going on now,” says Peplowski.

Musicians

The Manhattan Transfer has been selected to headline the milestone event. Other jazz stars include Dick Hyman, Clairdee, Houston Person, Charles McPherson, Russell Malone, and festival band La Lucha.

New This Year

This year the Jazz Club has added four new events:

  • Two Master Classes, one taught by Janis Siegel of The Manhattan Transfer and the other by acclaimed trumpeter and educator Terell Stafford.
  • A fifth stage for its Jazz Party, now offering a reduced admission price.
  • A Founders Luncheon honoring the Hal and Evelyn Davis family.

In a significant change of venue, the festival’s mainstage concerts will be presented in the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium with several other concerts staged at venues within a short walking distance of the Auditorium and a master class at Fogartyville Art Center. Other long-established festival events will be held in their traditional venues at Philippi Estate Park, Burns Court Cinema, and night clubs in downtown Sarasota.

Schedule

SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 12-4 pm: JAZZ IN THE PARK. Outdoor Concert with three bands . 

Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

Admission: FREE.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11, 5:30 pm: 23rd ANNUAL PUB CRAWL BY TROLLEY• 5 trolleys • 11 venues • 11 bands

Admission: $20 members, $25 nonmembers; day of event, $30 (plus processing fees for all credit card purchases).


THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 9:30 am–noon: JAZZ GOES TO THE MOVIES—Enjoy a live jazz mini-concert that introduces the critically acclaimed documentary, KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON. Burns Court Cinema, 506 Burns Court, Sarasota, FL 34236.

Admission: Members, $10; Nonmembers $15 (plus processing fee). Day of event, tickets available only at the door: $20.


THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 6:00 pm: VIP OPENING RECEPTION. Bayfront Community Center, 803 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Admission: ONLY by VIP tickets. Tickets available at SarasotaJazzFestival.org


THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 7:30 pm: MAINSTAGE CONCERT FEATURING DICK HYMAN. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Admission: $45-$80 (plus processing fee), $10 member discount. All tickets $10 more on day of event.


FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 9:00 am–Noon: JAZZ GOES TO THE MOVIES—Enjoy a live jazz mini-concert that introduces the critically acclaimed documentary, KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON. Burns Court Cinema, 506 Burns Court, Sarasota, FL 34236.


FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 7:30 pm: MAINSTAGE CONCERT, FEATURING CLAIRDEE. Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Admission: $45-$80 (plus processing fee); $10 member discount. All tickets $10 more on day of event.


***NEW THIS YEAR*** SATURDAY MARCH 14, 9 am-noon: TERELL STAFFORD MASTER CLASS. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Admission: Adults, $20.00 (+$2.79 fee); School Students, $5.00 (+$1.90 fee); School Band Directors, $5.00 (+$1.90 fee). Sales end on Mar 14, 2020. Tickets are available at SarasotaJazzFestival.org


***NEW THIS YEAR*** SATURDAY, MARCH 14, Noon-1:30 pm: JANIS SIEGEL MASTER CLASS. Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota.

Admission: Adults, $20.00 (+$2.79 fee); School Students, $5.00 (+$1.90 fee).


SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 12:00-5:00 pm: JAZZ PARTY. 1 TICKET, 5 JAZZ-THEMED STAGES, 12 BANDS


SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 7:30 pm: MAINSTAGE CONCERT FEATURING THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER; PRESENTATION OF THE SATCHMO AWARD. Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Admission: $65-$100 (plus processing fee); $10 member discount. All tickets $10 more on day of event.