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Sarasota Jazz Festival to Be Held April 2-9

Jazz festival season is approaching, with dates for Cape Town, Panama and Nebraska already announced, and now the 26th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival is set to join the pack. The festival will take place in Sarasota, Fla. from April 2-9 and will feature performances from artists including Chick Corea (pictured), Dick Hyman, Marian McPartland, Ramsey Lewis, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Pete Fountain, Dukes of Dixieland and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Sponsored by the Jazz Club of Sarasota and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the eight-day festival will host an array of both free and ticketed events, indoor and outdoor concerts and this year will also feature two jazz lectures illustrated with film clips. Comedian Mort Sahl, who spent his early years performing in night clubs with the likes of Dave Brubeck and Stan Kenton, will host the festival.

During the festival, the Jazz Club will also award its highest honor, the Satchmo. The award will be presented during the festival’s opening concert, “A Tribute to New Orleans” with the Dukes of Dixieland and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, to clarinetist Pete Fountain. The Jazz Club created the award, a plaque designed by Heisman trophy designer Frank Eliscu, in 1987 and past recipients include Marian McPartland, Dick Hyman and Bucky Pizzarelli.

More information and a complete schedule are available at the Jazz Club’s website.

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