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An Evening of Big Band Jazz

The Jazz Club of Sarasota presents the Sarasota Jazz Project in concert with vocalist June Garber, November 8, 7:30 p.m., at Riverview High School Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, in Sarasota. Tickets are $20 for Jazz Club members and $25 for non-members. Students are free.

     Garber has lit up concert halls, theaters and jazz festivals throughout her long performing career in Canada and the United States. She moved to Sarasota in 2012 and has performed at various venues and festivals, including the Ringling International Arts Festival, Sarasota Jazz Festival and Selby Gardens’ concert series.

     Founded in 2010, the 17-piece Sarasota Jazz Project features some of the area’s best musicians, including professionals, who have performed with top bands and jazz musicians around the world. These talented all-stars play both standards and original compositions, creatively arranged in a uniquely contemporary big band style. “What makes the Sarasota Jazz Project unique is how we play standard tunes with a modern jazz flair,” says George McLain, the group’s manager.

     While perpetuating the beloved big band sound of such luminaries as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Glen Miller, the Sarasota Jazz Project also emphasizes the work of such great modern composers and arrangers as Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Quincy Jones and Gil Evans. Perhaps the most distinctive element of the Sarasota Jazz Project repertoire is its great collection of popular music and standards arranged in new and exciting jazz settings by the very best current musical arrangers in the world, including George Stone, Brad Morey, Gary Urwin, Ed Vizinho, Don Schamber and John Clayton.

For more information about the Jazz Club of Sarasota and tickets for this event, call 941-366-1552, or visit

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