Spyro Gyra headlines the opening event of the Jazz Club of Sarasota’s 2023 – 24 season on Friday, Oct. 13 at the Circus Arts Conservatory at 2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota.
Spyro Gyra has long been known to its peers in the contemporary jazz world as a “well oiled road machine” due to its relentless schedule of 48 years of performing. To date, they have logged more than 10,000 shows on six continents and released 35 albums, garnering platinum and gold records along the way. The evening promises to be another special evening for Sarasota jazz and music lovers.
Kicking off the event at 6 p.m. is the Jeremy Carter Quartet. In the 2019 Sarasota Jazz Festival, Carter’s Quartet wowed audiences on the festival’s contemporary jazz stage. Widely believe to be the next “hot rising jazz artist” to emerge from the St. Petersburg scene, Jeremy plays a lyrical and soulful saxophone which runs the full range from a straight-ahead classical style, to blues, to a more progressive vibe and contemporary flavor.
Spyro Gyra includes Lionel Cordew and Jay Beckenstein, Chris Fischer, Julio Fernandez and Scott Ambush.
Tickets start at $60. There is a 20% discount for Jazz Club of Sarasota members. Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com
The Jazz Club of Sarasota began as the brainstorm of Hal Davis, who retired to Sarasota in 1978 with his wife, Evelyn. Hal was president of a Manhattan advertising agency and began his public relations career in the publicity department of CBS. He handled the big bands of the era and managed Benny Goodman’s tours of Asia, Europe and the Soviet Union.
When he came to Sarasota, he saw that there was an orchestra, opera and theatre…but something was missing – jazz. He and Evelyn invited people over to listen to music in their apartment – and that’s how it started.
The Jazz Club of Sarasota is one of the largest and most active jazz organizations in the U.S. For more about the club, visit www.jazzclubsarasota.org