The Suncoast Jazz Festival will go virtual for its 30th anniversary in 2020. Until this year, the event has been held every November at the Sheraton and Marriot hotels on Sand Key in Clearwater.
This year, the festival will transition to a virtual experience with jazz, swing, big band, blues, banjos, Zydeco and dancing.
From Friday through Sunday, November 20 – 22, performances will stream on Facebook Live, YouTube and on www.SuncoastJazzFestival.com at no charge, thanks to anticipated generous support from sponsors and individual donors, thereby ensuring that all musicians will be compensated for their performances.
Interested individuals can still contribute to cover the musicians’ fees via www.SuncoastJazzFestival.com.
Performers will include favorites from past years:
Professor Cunningham Does Barcelona
Dave Bennett Quartet
Heather Thorn and Vivacity
La Lucha, featuring James Suggs
Ed Metz Trio, featuring Rossano Sportiello and Nicki Parrott
Johnny Varro Trio, featuring Ed Metz and Mark Neuenschwander
Tom Rigney and Flambeau
Bakey and Betty (Paul and Theresa Scavarda)
Tarpon Springs High School Jazz Ensemble
Nate Najar and Friends, featuring Daniela Soledade, John Lamb, Jean Boldouc, Jeff Rupert and Randy Sandke
The Suncoast Jazz Classic, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. To join their mailing list, www.suncoastjazzfestival.com/contact-us/newsletter-sign-up.
Feature photo by Jens Thekkeveettil on UnSplash