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|TAMPA JAZZ CLUB WRAPS UP 2017-18 SEASON
Another Year of Memorable Music at HCC/Ybor City and USF Concert Hall
With a seriously swinging Sunday afternoon concert by Harry Allen’s ‘Four Others’ at
HCC/Ybor City’s Mainstage Theatre on April 8, the Tampa Jazz Club wrapped up a season of
memorable shows for the 2017-18 season. In addition to the Ybor City concerts, the Tampa
Jazz Club is proud to team up with the USF School of Music to present the five concerts in
the Monday Night Jazz Series at the USF Concert Hall. All that’s left this spring is the
awarding of the annual Vic Hall Jazz Scholarship (see details below).
The noted jazz writer Ken Franckling called the Harry Allen Four Others show 'one of the
most memorable concerts I've heard this year.'
And writing about the previous TJC concert at HCC, featuring Fred Johnson with the
Michael Ross Quartet, Scott Hopkins wrote 'this performance was simply as good as it gets.'
(and check out those photos!)
Earlier in the season at the Mainstage Theatre, Whitney James and the Jack Wilkins
Ensemble teamed up for a tribute to the Cannonball Adderley/Nancy Wilson recordings;
Nate Najar & John Lamb did a beautiful acoustic duet concert; and trumpeter James Suggs
led the Bop Legacy Band, featuring special guest Gumbi Ortiz, celebrating the Dizzy
In January, the Ybor City and USF Series came together with concerts on consecutive days.
Billed as The Tampa Jazz Guitar Summit, it featured two of the greats in the jazz world:
Dave Stryker at HCC, and Peter Bernstein the following evening at USF's Monday Night Jazz.
The monthly Monday Night series continues a long and proud history of more than two
decades. The jazz orchestra, Jazz Ensemble I, had a great season, and performed with
acclaimed guest conductors John Clayton in November, and John Beasley (with his
Grammy-nominated 'Monkestra' arrangements) in February. Pianist/composer Steve Allee
made a return visit with the orchestra, and with faculty artists, in March, and the season
began with an Art Blakey Birthday Tribute, with the USF Faculty Jazz Ensemble featuring
famed drummer Eddie Metz, Jr.
"Jazz performances of this caliber are possible only with the support of Jazz Club members,
and the listeners who come out and enjoy our concerts," said Bob Seymour, president of
the Club's Board. "And a big thanks to our partners, Keith Arsenault and his staff at
HCC/Ybor City, and the USF School of Music, along with those who help spread the word --
WUSF, 89.7's All Night Jazz and WMNF's Colors of Jazz, and the writers at Creative Loafing
and the Tampa Bay Times."
Many thanks for your support of the music, and of our annual scholarship efforts. The
deadline for the Vic Hall Jazz Scholarship is May 25, and the application and details can be
found at the site: tampajazzclub.com.
And join us for another great season at both venues next year!