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Sunday, January 31, 2010

2010 St. Petersburg College Jazz Festival

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 7:08 PM


2010 SPC Jazz Festival


St. Petersburg College hosts its second annual SPC Jazz Festival with three evenings of world class jazz including:

Thursday, Feb. 4, 7:30p.m.
Big Band Big Bang!
Helios Jazz Orchestra with Dale Williams & Sasha Tuck

Friday, Feb. 5, 7:30 PM
Hot Latin Jazz!
Guisando Caliente
with Kenny Drew, Jr., Frankie Pineiro, Jeff Rupert, John Jenkins & Mauricio Rodriguez

Saturday, Feb. 6, 7:30 PM
Jazz on the Edge!
solo bassist John Lindberg & The Powell Brothers Quintet
with Jonathan Powell, Jeremy Powell, LaRue Nichelson, Alejandro Arenas & Ian Goodman

Friday, January 29, 2010

The Mars Trio at Bonefish Grill the first Wednesday of Every Month

Published by Rich Van Voorst at 7:01 PM

The Mars Trio will be performing the first Wednesday of every month at Bonefish Grill in Carrollwood on N. Dale Mabry, beginning Wednesday February 3rd. They will be playing three sets beginning at 8:00pm. Come on out and enjoy a few drinks, some Bang-Bang Shrimp and some great Jazz!




The Mars Trio was formed in 2004 by bass player Alejandro Arenas, drummer Mark Feinman and saxophonist Richard Van Voorst. At the time, all three were students at the University of South Florida in the Jazz program. The group began by playing together for the purpose of researching, studying, and learning new music, but soon a passion sparked among the members as they discovered the freedom and adventurous nature of the acoustic trio orchestration. The trio found itself in high demand and thus solidified itself as a working band in the West Florida area, while developing into a passionate artistic endeavor for the members.

In August of 2007, Steve Davis stepped into the drum chair and the group took a new turn. While still keeping the original principles of the group intact, the different approach that Steve brought to the table took the group in new directions in improvisation, interaction, as well as some new and interesting repertoire. Following a short hiatus in 2008, the trio reformed in 2009 with drummer and composer Jose Cochez joining the group. Jose brings a fresh approach with an emphasis on spontaneity and conversation between the musicians.

The Group Performs many different styles of music from Be Bop, Hard Bop, and Modern Jazz to show tunes, as well as pop or Classical tunes with a jazz twist. You might hear music from Cole Porter, Rogers and Hammerstein, and Miles Davis, as well as The Police, Jimmy Buffett, and Van Morrison.

The Mars Trio plays restaurants, clubs, private parties, concerts and festivals and more. We can perform and tailor any type of music for any event, in any space. The repertoire is tailored to meet any and all needs, and we work closely with each employer to develop the desired ideal experience for our audience.

The Mars Trio is a also proponent of new music and always welcomes original compositions and arrangements from composers desiring to have their music performed.

2010 St. Petersburg College Jazz Festival


2010 SPC Jazz Festival


St. Petersburg College hosts its second annual SPC Jazz Festival with three evenings of world class jazz including:

Thursday, Feb. 4, 7:30p.m.
Big Band Big Bang!
Helios Jazz Orchestra with Dale Williams & Sasha Tuck

Friday, Feb. 5, 7:30 PM
Hot Latin Jazz!
Guisando Caliente
with Kenny Drew, Jr., Frankie Pineiro, Jeff Rupert, John Jenkins & Mauricio Rodriguez

Saturday, Feb. 6, 7:30 PM
Jazz on the Edge!
solo bassist John Lindberg & The Powell Brothers Quintet
with Jonathan Powell, Jeremy Powell, LaRue Nichelson, Alejandro Arenas & Ian Goodman

The Mars Trio at Bonefish Grill the first Wednesday of Every Month

The Mars Trio will be performing the first Wednesday of every month at Bonefish Grill in Carrollwood on N. Dale Mabry, beginning Wednesday February 3rd. They will be playing three sets beginning at 8:00pm. Come on out and enjoy a few drinks, some Bang-Bang Shrimp and some great Jazz!




The Mars Trio was formed in 2004 by bass player Alejandro Arenas, drummer Mark Feinman and saxophonist Richard Van Voorst. At the time, all three were students at the University of South Florida in the Jazz program. The group began by playing together for the purpose of researching, studying, and learning new music, but soon a passion sparked among the members as they discovered the freedom and adventurous nature of the acoustic trio orchestration. The trio found itself in high demand and thus solidified itself as a working band in the West Florida area, while developing into a passionate artistic endeavor for the members.

In August of 2007, Steve Davis stepped into the drum chair and the group took a new turn. While still keeping the original principles of the group intact, the different approach that Steve brought to the table took the group in new directions in improvisation, interaction, as well as some new and interesting repertoire. Following a short hiatus in 2008, the trio reformed in 2009 with drummer and composer Jose Cochez joining the group. Jose brings a fresh approach with an emphasis on spontaneity and conversation between the musicians.

The Group Performs many different styles of music from Be Bop, Hard Bop, and Modern Jazz to show tunes, as well as pop or Classical tunes with a jazz twist. You might hear music from Cole Porter, Rogers and Hammerstein, and Miles Davis, as well as The Police, Jimmy Buffett, and Van Morrison.

The Mars Trio plays restaurants, clubs, private parties, concerts and festivals and more. We can perform and tailor any type of music for any event, in any space. The repertoire is tailored to meet any and all needs, and we work closely with each employer to develop the desired ideal experience for our audience.

The Mars Trio is a also proponent of new music and always welcomes original compositions and arrangements from composers desiring to have their music performed.