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Jazz Club of Sarasota presents February "Jazz at Two" concerts
Jazz Club of Sarasota presents February "Jazz at Two" concerts

Sarasota, Florida -- The Jazz Club of Sarasota's "Jazz at Two" 2012-2013 concert series continues in February with Skip Conkling's Dixie Mix, Sarasota Jazz Project, The Venturas and Diane Linscott & Company.

The series, which was founded in 2001, showcases the region's top jazz performers on Fridays, 2-4 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, 3975 Fruitville Road, Sarasota.

Tickets are $7 for Jazz Club members and $12 for non-members. A portion of ticket sales is directed to the Jazz Club's scholarship program. For more information, call 941-366-1552 or visit www.jazzclubsarasota.org.

The February Jazz at Two series kicks off on Friday, Feb. 1, 2-4 p.m., with Skip's Dixie Mix, featuring Skip Conkling on drums, Joe Bruno on trumpet, Keith Carman on piano, Bill Carmichael on clarinet, Fred Dinse on tuba and Mike Evans on banjo. 

The series continues on Friday, Feb. 8, 2- 4 p.m., with the Sarasota Jazz Project. Founded in 2010, this 17-piece ensemble features some of the area's best musicians, including professionals who have performed with top bands and jazz musicians around the world. The group's repertoire features the big band music of past luminaries like Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Glen Miller, as well as the work of such modern composers as Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Quincy Jones and Gil Evans. Their distinctive style stems from their performance of standard jazz favorites arranged in new and exciting ways that are meant to preserve and expand this uniquely American musical art form.

Next up in the series is The Venturas, Friday, Feb. 15, 2- 4 p.m. Named after the instrumental rock band The Ventures, the group was initially formed in 1996 by singer-guitarist Greg Poulos, bass player and vocalist J.P. Coley and drummer Art Siegel. The trio has played a novel mix of jazz, blues and surf music since 2000. With the addition of singer Ally Couch and keyboardist Eddie Tobin in 2004, The Venturas has expanded and honed its diverse repertoire to become an ongoing favorite on the local music scene.

The February series concludes with Diane Linscott & Company, Friday, Feb. 22, 2- 4 p.m. Hailed as a "top-notch singer" with a style that embodies the skill and warmth of vocalists from jazz's golden age, Linscott will be joined by Eddie Tobin on piano, Mark Neuenschwander on bass and Johnny Moore on drums. Their program will feature jazz standards from the Great American Songbook taken off of Linscott’s latest CD release, "You Are There."

For more information about the Jazz at Two and the Jazz Club of Sarasota, call 941-366-1552, or visit www.jazzclubsarasota.org.