Legendary artists B.B. King and Buddy Guy return to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the first time since their sold out performance earlier this year on Friday, February 5 at 8 pm.
His reign as King of the Blues has been as long as that of any monarch on earth. Yet B. B. King continues to wear his crown well. At age 84, he is still light on his feet, singing and playing the blues with relentless passion. Time has no apparent effect on B.B., other than to make him more popular, more cherished, more relevant than ever. Don’t look for him in some kind of semi-retirement, look for him out on the road, playing for people, popping up in a myriad of TV commercials, or laying down tracks for his next album. B.B. King is as alive as the music he plays, and a grateful world can’t get enough of him.
On Saturday, September 19th, the auditorium of Clearwater’s Ft. Harrison Hotel was transformed into a ritzy 1940’s jazz club, for the Harlem Nights Jazz Benefit Concert. Guests decked out in 1940’s costume were treated to delicious hors d’oeuvres, and a jazz concert emceed by George Rix, the voice of smooth jazz on WSJT.
On Thursdays, beginning this week and continuing through November 19, Achieva Credit Union and the Downtown Development Board will host lunchtime concerts in Station Square Park.
This week’s concert in the park from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Cleveland Street, features the acoustic contemporary sounds of Sal Beloise. In the coming weeks, other musical genres will be featured including Latin, jazz, pop, rock, country and blues.
Come enjoy a wonderful selection of tunes from Gershwin to Count Basie as well as contemporary big band hits in the great acoustics and cool surroundings of the Peace Church sanctuary.
A Big Band Concert featuring the sizzling sounds of the Helios Jazz Orchestra will take place at 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 11th. The Helios Jazz Orchestra is known for their swing, Latin and jazz tunes. Under the baton of trombonist David Manson of SPC, this 20 piece jazz orchestra includes some of the Tampa Bay Area’s most talented instrumentalists. Band members have performed with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Henry Mancini, and Burt Bacharach.
The return of 4th Friday in Downtown Clearwater is getting more exciting. In addition to performances by Level 10 and Jose Valentino, Tampa Bay’s popular jazz radio station Smooth Jazz 98.7 in conjunction with Ruth Eckerd Hall will be on location providing entertainment prizes with drawings held throughout the night.
Nine-time Grammy® Award winner Natalie Cole returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall for the first time since her sold out performance earlier this year on Valentine’s Day with her Holiday and Hits show on Monday, December 21 at 8 pm. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 18 at noon.
Natalie Cole has enjoyed success singing R&B, traditional pop and jazz during her incredible thirty-year career. Unforgettable, her duet with her famous father, won a Grammy® for “Record of the Year.” Miss You Like Crazy and When I Fall in Love were also big hits. During her long career she has released more than 20 albums and has had numerous hit singles. In September 2008, Ms. Cole released Still Unforgettable which included the timeless standards Walkin’ My Baby Back Home (duet with Nat King Cole), The Best Is Yet To Come and Something’s Gotta Give. The album reached #8 on the U.S. R&B album charts and #1 on the U.S. Jazz charts. She was awarded her ninth Grammy® in 2009 for Best Traditional Pop Vocal album.
The Clearwater Jazz Holiday has a thirty year reputation for bringing some of the best names in jazz music to Clearwater, Florida. This year is no different. The four day festival, which is completely free thanks to donations and volunteers, will take place in Coachman Park October 15th through 18th.
Al Jarreau will headline on the opening night, which is a Thursday. Jarreau is a seven time Grammy Award winner who holds the distinction of being the only vocalist to win in three separate categories: jazz, pop and R&B. Jarreau is known for his “innovative musical expressions”. He has performed with Miles Davis and has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his musical accomplishments.
Spend your Friday night with one of People Magazine’s 50 most beautiful people, Chris Botti! The jazz trumpeter will be headlining the second night of the festival. Rising above the “Muzak” label he was branded with early on in his career, Botti has proven himself to be a versatile musician, excelling in both jazz and pop. He is one of the world’s top selling instrumental artists, and has performed with Sting, Josh Groban, Steven Tyler, Yo-Yo Ma and John Mayer to name a few.
Producer, songwriter and famed musical showman, David Foster, will be performing on the “David Foster and Friends” tour with some of his talented friends. The tour will stop at the St. Pete Times Forum on October 30, 2009 at 8:00 pm. He will perform with his friends some of the hits that have paved the way for the many artists that he has worked with over the years including Whitney Houston, Barbara Streisand, Josh Groban, Celine Dion, Michael Bublè, Andrea Bocelli, Chaka Khan, Madonna, Chicago and The Corrs. In addition to such artists as Philip Bailey from the chart-topping Earth, Wind and Fire, Oprah protégé’ Charice, Chicago’s Peter Cetera and American Idol’s Michael Johns, fans can expect surprise visits at every show.
Demi Lovato, the 16-year-old singer/actress, opened for Jonas Brothers on their sold-out “Burnin’ Up” 2008 summer tour, impressing critics and fans along the way with her powerhouse voice and musical abilities on both piano and guitar. But with her Hollywood Records debut album “Don’t Forget,” Demi throws away the textbook. Instead, she rewrites the rules, making music her way. Demi Lovato and special guest, American Idol season seven finalist David Archuleta visit the St. Pete Times Forum on Friday, July 31st at 7pm.
This fall, come enjoy the national pastime at Tropicana Fields in St. Petersburg with the Tampa Bay Rays baseball games!
Selected Saturday nights will feature a concert by a different artist. The concerts begin shortly after the end of the home game and are free with the purchase of that night’s game ticket.
Here is the home game schedule for September and October.