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|Tampa Jazz Club and
HCC Visual and Performing Arts Series
Whitney James &
The Jack Wilkins Ensemble
Sunday, December 10; 3:00
1411 E. 11th Avenue
Bay Area jazz favorites WHITNEY JAMES and JACK WILKINS
will get together at the next Tampa Jazz Club concert, with
the focus on the classic collaboration between song stylist
Nancy Wilson and Tampa-born saxophone legend
Cannonball Adderley. The Sunday afternoon concert, on
December 10 at 3:00, takes place in the Mainstage Theatre
at HCC/Ybor City, and is part of the HCC Visual &
Performing Arts Series.
Like jazz devotees everywhere, both Whitney and Jack are
lifelong fans of the original 1961 recording, which featured
such favorites as ‘Save Your Love for Me,’ ‘A Sleepin’
Bee,’ and the Nat Adderley piece, ‘The Old Country.’ An
added bonus will be new music that Wilkins has composed
for the occasion, custom-made for the remarkable band
featured in the Ybor City concert.
Whitney James has gained an avid following through her
distinctive sound, creative choice of repertoire, and
captivating stage presence. She has been called upon to
sing challenging roles for jazz orchestral composers Maria
Schneider and Rufus Reid, and her schedule this fall
includes a Tribute to Barbra Streisand, and performing as
part of the 20-piece Florida Bjorkestra during the Et
Cultura Festival in St. Petersburg.
The longtime Director of Jazz Studies at USF, saxophonist
Jack Wilkins released his 6th cd, ‘The Banff Project,’ earlier
this year. The music was premiered in a live
performance/film event in USF’s Monday Night Jazz series.
This concert will mark Jack’s return from spending the Fall
semester on a prestigious Fulbright Award as Research
Chair at the School of Creative & Performing Arts at the
University of Calgary in Alberta.
The band joining Whitney and Jack is stellar, featuring
guitarist LaRue Nickelson, trumpeter James Suggs, bassist
Patrick Bettison, and drummer Walt Hubbard. The
combination of new interpretations of the Nancy
Wilson/Cannonball Adderley classics, and new music
written for this hand-picked band, promises to be a rare
treat for the Tampa jazz audience.