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Monday, May 28, 2007

LaRue Nickelson Quintet|3 June 2007

Published by Matthew Wengerd at 2:35 PM

Guitarist LaRUE NICKELSON’S QUINTET
presented by
Tampa Jazz Club
on
Sunday, June 3, at 6:00pm
at
The Gorilla Theatre, 4419 N. Hubert Avenue, Tampa
(813) 879-2914
www.gorillatheatre.com
cost
$15 / Jazz Club members $12 / Students $5
personnell
LaRue Nickelson|guitar
Jeremy Powell|saxophone
Patrick Bettison|piano_harmonica
Mark Neuenschwander|bass
Steve Davis|drums
about
Nickelson is jazz guitar instructor at USF, and a member of the Jazz Surge and the Michael Ross Quartet. This concert will spotlight his original material, with a hand-picked band of some of the area’s finest players.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

myspace mentions

Published by Matthew Wengerd at 9:52 AM

There's no denying it; myspace is taking over the world. While some of the links supplied here are provided elsewhere, this space is devoted solely to Tampa Jazz myspace pages. Add all of these as friends and let us know if there are other myspace pages you think we should add.

Performers


Bands

Venues

Resources

Monday, May 21, 2007

Tom Stewart Jazz Trio - Friday, May 25, 2007

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 9:09 AM


The Tom Stewart Trio will be performing at PJ's Coffee and Wine Bar, 411 South Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL 33765, this Friday, May 25, 2007, from 8-10 pm. Click here for location.

Mark Neuenschwander will be playing bass. Sava Boyadjiev will be on drums. As always, the music will be all-original. Admission is free.



Visit www.stewartjazz.com for more information. Or go to http://www.pjscoffee.com/ to visit PJ's website.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Venue Profile #1 - City Fish Seafood Grill and Chophouse

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 10:56 PM

Venue Profile #1

City Fish Seafood Grill and Chophouse


















Welcome to City Fish Seafood and Chop House in beautiful downtown Oldsmar. Fueled by their mutual passion for quality food, veteran restaurateurs The Fragale Family have set out to create a dining experience you are sure to remember.

Click here for the menu and location.

Jazz:
City Fish offers great food and a great atmosphere for any evening. The house band, called The Mars' Trio, plays every Thursday and Saturday nights from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. and features saxophonist Richard Van Voorst, bassist Alejandro Arenas, and drummer Mark Feinman. The group performs many different styles of jazz from Be Bop, Hard Bop, and Modern Jazz, to playing show tunes, and even the occasional Pop or Classical tune with a jazz twist. You might hear music from Cole Porter and Rogers and Hammerstein, to Miles Davis, or even Joni Mitchell and the Police as well as many original compositions.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Call for Reccomendations

Published by Matthew Wengerd at 6:48 AM


In addition to jazz event listings in West Central Florida, we at www.tampajazzscene.com will be spotlighting CDs and concerts through reviews as well as local jazz artists. If you know a jazz artist in the Tampa Bay area you think we should profile, please email us and let us know.

We want to hear from you!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Meet an Author

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 9:00 AM

Hi my name is Rich Van Voorst and I'm a grad student at the University of South Florida as well. I just finished a Masters in Jazz Composition and I'm currently going back for a third year to complete a Masters in Saxophone Performance. As Matt said, the point of this blog is to hip people to all the goings on in the straight ahead jazz scene in the greater Tampa area. We will focus on straight ahead jazz and stay away from the smooth jazz scene for the most part. Not to say that there is anything wrong with smooth jazz, but this blog serves to offer a solution to the many comments that we hear like "I can't really find any other jazz except smooth jazz." We hope you all enjoy it and we look forward to seeing you at upcoming shows.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Mayfaire in Lakeland

Published by Matthew Wengerd at 12:47 PM

mwt 04.04.07 012matthewwengerdtrio and Bendelow Road will be playing at Lakeland's Mayfaire by the Lake this weekend. Mayfaire is an excellent outdoor arts festival on Lake Morton in Lakeland, FL. mwt and Bendelow Road are the only jazz groups performing, but there will be other excellent performers and dozens of artists' booths. Stop by and say hello if you can make it!




matthewwengerdtrio
Saturday, May 12, 2007
1:00pm - Mayfaire by the lake
mwengerd|b
rvvoorst|ts
rmarsh|d

Bendelow Road
Sunday, May 13, 2007
12:00pm - Mayfaire by the Lake
dlunsford|ts,as
kguira|tb
nbagwell|p
mwengerd|b
rmarsh|d

Monday, May 7, 2007

Creating a Scene

Published by Matthew Wengerd at 4:29 PM

As a student/employee involved in jazz at the University of South Florida, I am constantly getting asked where our patrons can see jazz other than University-related concerts. The truth is, there aren't myriad options in the Tampa Bay area. We at www.tampajazzscene.com will do everything in our power to chronicle as many straight-ahead jazz hits in the area as we can (disclosure: we will include our own gigs and you may see a lot of them - we have the most intimate knowledge of our own calendars), but we need you to do your part.

Conscientious jazz consumers will always go out of their way to thank the venues hosting live jazz. If you see a hit in a hotel, bar, or club and enjoyed it, take a moment to write or call management and thank them. If a venue discontinues live jazz, politely remind them how much you enjoyed it and (if it's true) that live jazz is a factor in determining where you go out for the night.

Additionally, let locations who aren't hosting live jazz know that you would enjoy it if they would begin to. Many proprietors are willing to give anything a try to get customers in the door and keep them there.

As musicians, listeners, educators, and fans, it is our responsibility to build a jazz scene in the Tampa Bay area. Make sure to say thanks to the musicians, too!

Polk County Steady Hits

Published by Matthew Wengerd at 4:20 PM

This page is a synopsis of steady (nightly, weekly, or monthly) jazz hits in Polk County. Our goal is to make this list comprehensive. If you know of a straight-ahead jazz hit in Polk County, let us know; we will update this page as we become aware of new events. Always check with the venue before heading out.

Check out steady hits in other counties: Hillsborough County, Pasco/Hernando Counties, Pinellas County, Sarasota/Manatee Counties.

***Temporarily Cancelled***
Who: Bendelow Road
Where: Lakeland Steak and Ale
5125 S. Florida Ave|Lakeland
When: Last Saturday of the Month
Phone: 863.646.1416
Notes: Featuring www.tampajazzscene.com founder, Matthew Wengerd.
***Temporarily Cancelled***


Who: matthewwengerdtrio
Where: Starbucks|North Lakeland
3801 US Hwy 98 N
When: Third Thursdays|6:30-8:30pm
Phone: 863.859.4738
Notes: In front of Target

Pasco/Hernando County Steady Hits

Published by Matthew Wengerd at 4:18 PM

This page is a synopsis of steady (nightly, weekly, or monthly) jazz hits in Pasco and Hernando Counties. Our goal is to make this list comprehensive. If you know of a straight-ahead jazz hit in Pasco/Hernando Counties, let us know; we will update this page as we become aware of new events. Always check with the venue before heading out.

Check out steady hits in other counties: Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, Polk County, Sarasota/Manatee Counties.

None yet. Comment to let us know who's playing!

Sarasota/Manatee County Steady Hits

Published by Matthew Wengerd at 4:16 PM

This page is a synopsis of steady (nightly, weekly, or monthly) jazz hits in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Our goal is to make this list comprehensive. If you know of a straight-ahead jazz hit in Sarasota/Manatee Counties, let us know; we will update this page as we become aware of new events. Always check with the venue before heading out.

Check out steady hits in other counties: Hillsborough County, Pasco/Hernando Counties, Pinellas County, Polk County.

None yet. Comment to let us know who's playing!

Hillsborough County Steady Hits

Published by Matthew Wengerd at 4:00 PM

This page is a synopsis of steady (nightly, weekly, or monthly) jazz hits in Hillsborough County. Our goal is to make this list comprehensive. If you know of a straight-ahead jazz hit in Pinellas County, let us know; we will update this page as we become aware of new events. Always check with the venue before heading out.

Check out steady hits in other counties: Pasco/Hernando Counties, Pinellas County, Polk County, Sarasota/Manatee Counties.

Who: The Mars' Trio
Where: Westchase Starbucks
10118 Montague Blvd.|Tampa, FL
When: Every other Friday night
Phone: 813.926.4430
Notes: Featuring www.tampajazzscene.com founder, Rich Van Voorst.

Who: The Mars' Trio
Where: Howard|Moody Starbucks
711 South Howard St|Tampa, FL
When: Every other Wednesday night
Phone: 813.250.9223
Notes: Featuring www.tampajazzscene.com founder, Rich Van Voorst.

Who: The Michael Ross Quartet
Where: 717 South
717 South Howard|Tampa, FL
When: Wednesdays, 7.3-10.3p
Phone: 813.250.1661
Notes:

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Pinellas County Steady Hits

Published by Matthew Wengerd at 3:43 PM

This page is a synopsis of steady (nightly, weekly, or monthly) jazz hits in Pinellas County. Our goal is to make this list comprehensive. If you know of a straight-ahead jazz hit in Pinellas County, let us know; we will update this page as we become aware of new events. Always check with the venue before heading out.

Check out steady hits in other counties: Hillsborough County, Pasco/Hernando Counties, Polk County, Sarasota/Manatee Counties.

Who: The Buster Cooper Trio and Friends
Where: The Garden
217 Central Ave|St. Petersburg
When: Friday and Saturday Nights, 9p-1a
Phone: 727.896.3800
Notes: USF bassist (and friend) Alejandro Arenas is often seen here.

Who: The Larry Camp Trio
Where: The Garden
217 Central Ave|St. Petersburg
When: Wednesdays, 7.3p-10p
Phone: 727.896.3800
Notes:

Who: Skyway Jazz
Where: Tommy's Blue Room
6101 Gulf Blvd | St Pete Beach
When: Saturday Nights, 8p-11p
Phone: 727.360.1820
Notes:

Friday, May 4, 2007

Meet an Author

Published by Matthew Wengerd at 7:23 AM

BR 03.31.07 037Hello. My name is Matthew. You'll find me writing here from time to time about the Tampa Bay jazz scene. You may not think there's a lot going on here, but there is; you just have to know where to look.

If you've made it this far, you know exactly where to look.

As a point of introduction, I am a graduate student at the University of South Florida. I am studying jazz bass with Mark Neuenschwander and classical bass with Dee Moses. I am a graduate assistant for the Center for Jazz Composition and work part time for WUSF radio. I teach applied bass at Southeastern University. I do the majority of my writing at 104 weeks, my Grad School blog, and have a rarely-updated website here.

Look for me around the area (I live in Lakeland) and stop by often. Things will be moving quickly around here.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

The Tampa Jazz Blog

Published by Matthew Wengerd at 3:21 AM

Your source for information on jazz in the Tampa Bay area. Started by Rich Van Voorst and Matthew Eli Wengerd in the Spring of 2007.

LaRue Nickelson Quintet|3 June 2007

Guitarist LaRUE NICKELSON’S QUINTET
presented by
Tampa Jazz Club
on
Sunday, June 3, at 6:00pm
at
The Gorilla Theatre, 4419 N. Hubert Avenue, Tampa
(813) 879-2914
www.gorillatheatre.com
cost
$15 / Jazz Club members $12 / Students $5
personnell
LaRue Nickelson|guitar
Jeremy Powell|saxophone
Patrick Bettison|piano_harmonica
Mark Neuenschwander|bass
Steve Davis|drums
about
Nickelson is jazz guitar instructor at USF, and a member of the Jazz Surge and the Michael Ross Quartet. This concert will spotlight his original material, with a hand-picked band of some of the area’s finest players.

myspace mentions

There's no denying it; myspace is taking over the world. While some of the links supplied here are provided elsewhere, this space is devoted solely to Tampa Jazz myspace pages. Add all of these as friends and let us know if there are other myspace pages you think we should add.

Performers


Bands

Venues

Resources

Tom Stewart Jazz Trio - Friday, May 25, 2007


The Tom Stewart Trio will be performing at PJ's Coffee and Wine Bar, 411 South Belcher Road, Clearwater, FL 33765, this Friday, May 25, 2007, from 8-10 pm. Click here for location.

Mark Neuenschwander will be playing bass. Sava Boyadjiev will be on drums. As always, the music will be all-original. Admission is free.



Visit www.stewartjazz.com for more information. Or go to http://www.pjscoffee.com/ to visit PJ's website.

Venue Profile #1 - City Fish Seafood Grill and Chophouse

Venue Profile #1

City Fish Seafood Grill and Chophouse


















Welcome to City Fish Seafood and Chop House in beautiful downtown Oldsmar. Fueled by their mutual passion for quality food, veteran restaurateurs The Fragale Family have set out to create a dining experience you are sure to remember.

Click here for the menu and location.

Jazz:
City Fish offers great food and a great atmosphere for any evening. The house band, called The Mars' Trio, plays every Thursday and Saturday nights from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. and features saxophonist Richard Van Voorst, bassist Alejandro Arenas, and drummer Mark Feinman. The group performs many different styles of jazz from Be Bop, Hard Bop, and Modern Jazz, to playing show tunes, and even the occasional Pop or Classical tune with a jazz twist. You might hear music from Cole Porter and Rogers and Hammerstein, to Miles Davis, or even Joni Mitchell and the Police as well as many original compositions.

Call for Reccomendations


In addition to jazz event listings in West Central Florida, we at www.tampajazzscene.com will be spotlighting CDs and concerts through reviews as well as local jazz artists. If you know a jazz artist in the Tampa Bay area you think we should profile, please email us and let us know.

We want to hear from you!

Meet an Author

Hi my name is Rich Van Voorst and I'm a grad student at the University of South Florida as well. I just finished a Masters in Jazz Composition and I'm currently going back for a third year to complete a Masters in Saxophone Performance. As Matt said, the point of this blog is to hip people to all the goings on in the straight ahead jazz scene in the greater Tampa area. We will focus on straight ahead jazz and stay away from the smooth jazz scene for the most part. Not to say that there is anything wrong with smooth jazz, but this blog serves to offer a solution to the many comments that we hear like "I can't really find any other jazz except smooth jazz." We hope you all enjoy it and we look forward to seeing you at upcoming shows.

Mayfaire in Lakeland

mwt 04.04.07 012matthewwengerdtrio and Bendelow Road will be playing at Lakeland's Mayfaire by the Lake this weekend. Mayfaire is an excellent outdoor arts festival on Lake Morton in Lakeland, FL. mwt and Bendelow Road are the only jazz groups performing, but there will be other excellent performers and dozens of artists' booths. Stop by and say hello if you can make it!




matthewwengerdtrio
Saturday, May 12, 2007
1:00pm - Mayfaire by the lake
mwengerd|b
rvvoorst|ts
rmarsh|d

Bendelow Road
Sunday, May 13, 2007
12:00pm - Mayfaire by the Lake
dlunsford|ts,as
kguira|tb
nbagwell|p
mwengerd|b
rmarsh|d

Creating a Scene

As a student/employee involved in jazz at the University of South Florida, I am constantly getting asked where our patrons can see jazz other than University-related concerts. The truth is, there aren't myriad options in the Tampa Bay area. We at www.tampajazzscene.com will do everything in our power to chronicle as many straight-ahead jazz hits in the area as we can (disclosure: we will include our own gigs and you may see a lot of them - we have the most intimate knowledge of our own calendars), but we need you to do your part.

Conscientious jazz consumers will always go out of their way to thank the venues hosting live jazz. If you see a hit in a hotel, bar, or club and enjoyed it, take a moment to write or call management and thank them. If a venue discontinues live jazz, politely remind them how much you enjoyed it and (if it's true) that live jazz is a factor in determining where you go out for the night.

Additionally, let locations who aren't hosting live jazz know that you would enjoy it if they would begin to. Many proprietors are willing to give anything a try to get customers in the door and keep them there.

As musicians, listeners, educators, and fans, it is our responsibility to build a jazz scene in the Tampa Bay area. Make sure to say thanks to the musicians, too!

Polk County Steady Hits

This page is a synopsis of steady (nightly, weekly, or monthly) jazz hits in Polk County. Our goal is to make this list comprehensive. If you know of a straight-ahead jazz hit in Polk County, let us know; we will update this page as we become aware of new events. Always check with the venue before heading out.

Check out steady hits in other counties: Hillsborough County, Pasco/Hernando Counties, Pinellas County, Sarasota/Manatee Counties.

***Temporarily Cancelled***
Who: Bendelow Road
Where: Lakeland Steak and Ale
5125 S. Florida Ave|Lakeland
When: Last Saturday of the Month
Phone: 863.646.1416
Notes: Featuring www.tampajazzscene.com founder, Matthew Wengerd.
***Temporarily Cancelled***


Who: matthewwengerdtrio
Where: Starbucks|North Lakeland
3801 US Hwy 98 N
When: Third Thursdays|6:30-8:30pm
Phone: 863.859.4738
Notes: In front of Target

Pasco/Hernando County Steady Hits

This page is a synopsis of steady (nightly, weekly, or monthly) jazz hits in Pasco and Hernando Counties. Our goal is to make this list comprehensive. If you know of a straight-ahead jazz hit in Pasco/Hernando Counties, let us know; we will update this page as we become aware of new events. Always check with the venue before heading out.

Check out steady hits in other counties: Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, Polk County, Sarasota/Manatee Counties.

None yet. Comment to let us know who's playing!

Sarasota/Manatee County Steady Hits

This page is a synopsis of steady (nightly, weekly, or monthly) jazz hits in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Our goal is to make this list comprehensive. If you know of a straight-ahead jazz hit in Sarasota/Manatee Counties, let us know; we will update this page as we become aware of new events. Always check with the venue before heading out.

Check out steady hits in other counties: Hillsborough County, Pasco/Hernando Counties, Pinellas County, Polk County.

None yet. Comment to let us know who's playing!

Hillsborough County Steady Hits

This page is a synopsis of steady (nightly, weekly, or monthly) jazz hits in Hillsborough County. Our goal is to make this list comprehensive. If you know of a straight-ahead jazz hit in Pinellas County, let us know; we will update this page as we become aware of new events. Always check with the venue before heading out.

Check out steady hits in other counties: Pasco/Hernando Counties, Pinellas County, Polk County, Sarasota/Manatee Counties.

Who: The Mars' Trio
Where: Westchase Starbucks
10118 Montague Blvd.|Tampa, FL
When: Every other Friday night
Phone: 813.926.4430
Notes: Featuring www.tampajazzscene.com founder, Rich Van Voorst.

Who: The Mars' Trio
Where: Howard|Moody Starbucks
711 South Howard St|Tampa, FL
When: Every other Wednesday night
Phone: 813.250.9223
Notes: Featuring www.tampajazzscene.com founder, Rich Van Voorst.

Who: The Michael Ross Quartet
Where: 717 South
717 South Howard|Tampa, FL
When: Wednesdays, 7.3-10.3p
Phone: 813.250.1661
Notes:

Pinellas County Steady Hits

This page is a synopsis of steady (nightly, weekly, or monthly) jazz hits in Pinellas County. Our goal is to make this list comprehensive. If you know of a straight-ahead jazz hit in Pinellas County, let us know; we will update this page as we become aware of new events. Always check with the venue before heading out.

Check out steady hits in other counties: Hillsborough County, Pasco/Hernando Counties, Polk County, Sarasota/Manatee Counties.

Who: The Buster Cooper Trio and Friends
Where: The Garden
217 Central Ave|St. Petersburg
When: Friday and Saturday Nights, 9p-1a
Phone: 727.896.3800
Notes: USF bassist (and friend) Alejandro Arenas is often seen here.

Who: The Larry Camp Trio
Where: The Garden
217 Central Ave|St. Petersburg
When: Wednesdays, 7.3p-10p
Phone: 727.896.3800
Notes:

Who: Skyway Jazz
Where: Tommy's Blue Room
6101 Gulf Blvd | St Pete Beach
When: Saturday Nights, 8p-11p
Phone: 727.360.1820
Notes:

Meet an Author

BR 03.31.07 037Hello. My name is Matthew. You'll find me writing here from time to time about the Tampa Bay jazz scene. You may not think there's a lot going on here, but there is; you just have to know where to look.

If you've made it this far, you know exactly where to look.

As a point of introduction, I am a graduate student at the University of South Florida. I am studying jazz bass with Mark Neuenschwander and classical bass with Dee Moses. I am a graduate assistant for the Center for Jazz Composition and work part time for WUSF radio. I teach applied bass at Southeastern University. I do the majority of my writing at 104 weeks, my Grad School blog, and have a rarely-updated website here.

Look for me around the area (I live in Lakeland) and stop by often. Things will be moving quickly around here.

The Tampa Jazz Blog

Your source for information on jazz in the Tampa Bay area. Started by Rich Van Voorst and Matthew Eli Wengerd in the Spring of 2007.