Local Chart-Topping Sax-Man Headlines Jazz Holiday

Thousands expected at this weekend's free festival in Clearwater's Coachman Park

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (October 13, 2010) - The sound of warm breezes rustling majestic palm trees won't be the only thing echoing through Clearwater this weekend. 

Celebrating its 31st year, the renowned Clearwater Jazz Holiday returns to Coachman Park, Thursday through Sunday, October 14-17, for four days of free live jazz.

The annual festival that draws tens of thousands of doting fans has featured wildly popular acts including Tony Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Kenny G.

This year's lineup features fifteen of the jazz world's finest, including Dr. John & the Lower 911, Norman Brown and Soulive.

Local favorite and Billboard chart-topper Eric Darius (pictured) will headline Sunday's roster of performers, which also includes the Ruth Eckerd Hall/Clearwater Jazz Holiday Youth Jazz Band. The saxophonist released his fifth album earlier this year.

Gates open tomorrow at 4:30 pm, with seventeen-year-old Jarred Armstrong kicking things off at 5 pm. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

Here is a rundown of this weekend's acts:

Thursday, October 14
4:30 pm: Gates Open
5 - 6 pm: Jarred Armstrong
6 - 8 pm: Little Feat
8:30 - 10 pm: Dr John & the Lower 911

Friday, October 15
4 pm: Gates Open
5 - 6:30 pm: The Organic Trio
7 - 8:30 pm: Kyle Wolverton
9 - 11 pm: Norman Brown's Storming Jazz with Brenda Russell & Jessy J

Saturday, October 16
2 pm: Gates Open
2:30 - 4 pm: O Som Do Jazz & Helios Jazz Orchestra
4:30 - 5:30 pm: Sean Chambers & Friends
6 - 7 pm: Level 10
7:30 - 8:45 pm: Tizer featuring Lao Tizer, Chieli Minucci & Karen Briggs
9:15 - 10:45 pm: Soulive
10:45 pm: Fireworks presented by Homeowner's Choice Inc. 

Sunday, October 17
2 pm: Gates Open
2:30 - 3:30 pm: REH/CJH Youth Jazz Band w/ Eric Darius
4 - 5:30 pm: Mark Barrios
6 - 7:30 pm: Jonathan Fritzen
8 - 10 pm: Eric Darius featuring Lalah Hathaway

In addition to the sweet sounds of the weekend, the third annual Clearwater Jazz 'N Art Walk takes place Saturday and Sunday along Cleveland Street. Magnificent art of all mediums will be on display from 10 am to 5 pm and available for purchase.

For more information on the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, visit http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/content/clearwater-jazz-holiday-201...

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