Thousands expected at this weekend's free festival in Clearwater's Coachman Park
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (October 12, 2011) - The sound of warm breezes rustling majestic palm trees won't be the only thing echoing through Clearwater this weekend.
Celebrating its 32nd year, the renowned Clearwater Jazz Holiday returns to Coachman Park, Thursday through Sunday, October 13-16, 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 16 of the jazz world's finest, including Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Maceo Parker and Kevin Eubanks, of The Tonight Show Band fame.
Four-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves (pictured) will headline Sunday's roster of performers, which also includes the Ruth Eckerd Hall/Clearwater Jazz Holiday Youth Jazz Band.
Gates open tomorrow at 4:30 p.m., with local smooth jazz outfit, Global Affect, kicking things off at 5 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.
Here is a full rundown of this weekend's acts:
Thursday, October 13
4:30 p.m. - Gates Open
5 - 6 p.m. - Global Affect
6:30 - 8 p.m. - Kevin Eubanks
8:30 - 10 p.m. - Johnson Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLP welcomes Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Friday, October 14
4 p.m. - Gates Open
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Valerie Gillespie Ensemble
6 - 7:15 p.m. - Gerald Clayton Trio
7:45 - 9 p.m. - Miss Tess & The Bon Ton Parade
9:30 - 11 p.m. - UBS Financial welcomes Brian Culbertson
Saturday, October 15
1:30 p.m. - Gates Open
2 - 3:15 p.m. - Jazz Juvenocracy
3:45 - 5 p.m. - Whitney James
5:30 - 6:45 p.m. - LaRue Nickelson Group
7:15 - 8:45 p.m. - Sammy Figueroa & The Latin Explosion
9:15 - 10:45 p.m. - Crabby Bill's welcomes Maceo Parker
10:45 p.m. - Fireworks presented by Homeowners Choice, Inc.
Sunday, October 16
2:30 p.m. - Gates Open
3 - 4 p.m. - Ruth Eckerd Hall / Clearwater Jazz Holiday Youth Jazz Band with Kym Purling
4:30 - 5:45 p.m. - Mike Markaverich Trio
6:15 - 7:45 p.m. - Christian McBride & Inside Straight
8:15 - 9:30 p.m. - Solace Insurance welcomes Dianne Reeves
For more information on the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, visit http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/article/clearwater-jazz-holiday-201...
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