Richard Elliot at Cape Sounds of Jazz & Blues

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Richard Elliot will headline this year’s Cape Coral Sounds of Jazz and Blues on Saturday, March 23 at the Coral Oaks Golf Course.
The Sounds of Jazz and Blues is the premier musical event in Cape Coral. The Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department is proud to bring some of the best talents for a night of musical magic, food, and fun. Join in the citywide celebration of jazz and blues music.
Born in Scotland and transplanted to Los Angeles at the age of 3, Richard Elliot was captivated by R&B and smitten with the Motown sound. At age 16, Elliot recalls “I watched this big man on stage. I was mesmerized. Dexter Gordon blew the first note, his huge sound blew me away.”
A young Richard Elliot polished his chops serving as a sideman for giants, including the Yellowjackets, Natalie Cole, and Motown hitmakers Smokey Robinson and the Temptations. But many first heard the saxophone virtuosity of Richard Elliot in the 1980s, as a touring musician with the Bay Area soul-funk outfit, Tower of Power.
In that time, he released his debut solo album, “Trolltown”, and the ensuing success encouraged him to make a name for himself as a solo artist. By the late ’80s, Elliot was signed to Blue Note Records, where he worked with the legendary record executive, Bruce Lundvall, an early champion of Elliot’s work.
Since then, Richard Elliot has released more than 20 albums. His list of #1 albums include “On The Town,” “Soul Embrace,” “After Dark,” “and Jumpin’ Off” and Elliot holds a consistent presence at the top of the Billboard charts. He has also enjoyed the distinction of having two releases chart simultaneously; “Chill Factor” remained on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart for over 94 weeks, with the “The Best of Richard Elliot” 26 weeks simultaneously.
Gates open at 4:30 p.m. The music starts at 5 p.m. with Jay and Jazz Masters, followed by Betty Fox at 6 p.m. Richard Elliot goes on stage at 7:30 p.m.
General admission is $25 in advance, $30 at gate if available. Organizers highly encourage bringing chairs and blankets to enjoy the show. No seats are provided for general admission guests. Beverages will be available for purchase.
Experience tickets are $50 in advance and $55 day of show. Includes buffet-style catered meal and 2 drink tabs for beer, wine, or soda. Water is included. Additional drinks can be purchased at the bar. Round table seating is provided for experience guests. No table reservations will be accepted.
The golf course is located at 1800 NW 28th Ave., Cape Coral. Tickets are available at For info or special accommodations, call 239-573-3128.


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