Archive for August 22, 2012

What started as a 10-day series of jazz concerts held on the back of a flatbed truck and at venues all around the City of Clearwater, has evolved into a major international jazz festival and draw for tens of thousands of visitors. Now in its 33rd year, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday is a world-class gathering of the some of the greatest talents and greatest fans of jazz. The event takes full advantage of its home in Clearwater, Florida, offering music and art against the backdrop of warm breezes, brilliant sunsets and one of the world’s greatest beaches, on the Gulf of Mexico.

Over its 32 year history, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday has featured such legendary talents as Tony Bennett, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Mann, Dave Brubeck, Tito Puente, Stephan Grappelli, Stan Getz, and the Count Basie Orchestra, to name only a few. Today’s most popular and innovative jazz stars have also made stops in Clearwater, including Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Al Dimeola, Kevin Mahogany, Hiroshima, Julian Coryell, the Rippingtons, Spyro Gyra, Acoustic Alchemy, Herbie Hancock, Paquito D’Rivera with New York Voices, Rick Braun, The Neville Brothers, Branford Marsalis, Stanley Clarke – Bela Fleck – Jean-Luc Ponty, Koko Taylor , Boney James, Kenny G, Manhattan Transfer, Buckwheat Zydeco, George Benson, Joe Sample, David Sanborn, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Patti Austin, Natalie Cole, Medeski Martin & Wood, Peabo Bryson, Norman Brown, Jeff Lorber, Marion Meadows, Al Jarreau, Chris Botti, Soulive, Dr. John, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Brian Culbertson, Maceo Parker, Trombone Shorty, Kevin Eubanks and Dianne Reeves.

2012 Schedule:

Thursday, October 18

4:30pm Gates Open
5:00pm – 6:00pm – Carol Stein and Friends
6:30pm – 8:00pm – Maia Sharp
8:30pm – 10:00pm – Bonnie Raitt

Friday, October 19th

4:30pm Gates Open
5:00pm – 6:00pm – Common Ground Reunion
6:30pm – 8:00pm – Down To The Bone
8:30pm – 11:00pm – Mindi Abair & Friends featuring Jeff Golub and David Pack

Saturday, October 20th

1:30pm Gates Open
2:00pm – 3:15pm – Pat Close & The Groove
3:45pm – 5:00pm – El Nino Garcia and the Latin Knights
5:30pm – 6:45pm – Tia Fuller Quartet
7:15pm – 8:45pm – Kurt Elling
9:15pm – 10:45pm – Esperanza Spalding Radio Music Society
10:45pm Fireworks

Sunday, October 21st

2:00pm Gates Open
2:30pm – 3:30pm – Ruth Eckerd Hall / Clearwater Jazz Holiday Youth Jazz Band
4:00pm – 5:00pm – The Cave Dwellers featuring the Reinhardt Brothers
5:30pm – 7:00pm – Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds
7:30pm – 9:30pm- The Avett Brothers

** Schedule and Artists subject to change

Coachman Park, 301 Drew St, downtown Clearwater, Florida