2018 Jazz Festival Committee
Ken Peplowski
Music Director
Ed Linehan
Managing Director

Peg Pluto
Development/Fund Raising

Prince Knight

Sandy Livon

Volunteer Coordinator

George McLain


Gene McGowan
Stage Manager

Nancy Roucher
Talent Coordinator

Jazzlinks is an integrated arts experience illustrating the role of African Americans in U.S. history through music and theatre. Actors visit classrooms, become the iconic figures in African-American history and jazz and share their stories, including instances of discrimination they encountered in spite of their fame. They also respond (in character) to questions from students. A culminating performance brings the full ensemble back to each school, featuring a vibrant show of music, dance, and poetry.

This program was developed through a collaboration of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, The Jazz Club of Sarasota, and the Sarasota County School District.

For more information contact Joey James at 941.366.1505, ext. 104.

JCS 2017-2018 Season

The Jazz Club's Newest Partnership!

Fighting Hunger in Our Community

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Music Committee
Nancy Roucher

Darrell Ayers

Carolyn Curry

Rosemary Heller

Don Levine
Ed Linehan

Gene McGowan
Dave Walrath

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Four Decades of Festival History & Satchmo Awards

Named in honor of Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, the Satchmo Award, is the highest honor of The Jazz Club of Sarasota and is presented for “Unique and Enduring Contributions to the Living History of Jazz…  Our Original Art Form.” The plaque was designed by Frank Eliscu, who designed the famed Heisman Trophy.
Sponsored by the Harold and Evelyn R. Davis Memorial Foundation.


Check Out the Jazz Club Season

Over Fifty Live Performances!


Published three times each year.

1981-1990          1991-2000

Become A Sarasota Jazz Club Member & Support the 2018 Scholarship Drive

Support Live Jazz!
Your support is vital so that we may continue to present to you the best in Jazz entertainment. It also helps us provide scholarships to our youth that want to continue jazz studies in college. In addition to helping to support and promote  Jazz, your membership entitles you to reduced admission to most of our events, our  Newsletter and weekly emails of jazz happenings in the area.  Membership runs September 1 through August 31, 2018.

Carline Ash
Office Manager

Susan Leavis


Brad LoRicco

Social Media/Website

Carol LoRicco
Club Photographer

Jo Morello

Public Relations

Continues in Sarasota-Manatee High Schools

Board of Directors
Peg Pluto
Ed Linehan
Vice President
George McLain
Gene McGowan

Dave Walrath*
Immediate Past President
Peter Anderson

Prince Knight
Don Levine
Sandy Livon

Volunteer Chair
Nancy Roucher*

Lenore Walsh
Bob Weitz

Scholarship Chair
Honorary Board

Dick Hyman
Bob Seymour*

*Life Members

Presenting the Best in Jazz Entertainment on Florida's Gulfcoast

The Jazz Club of Sarasota, one of the largest and most active jazz clubs in the United States, is dedicated to preserving and promoting jazz, America’s original musical art form. Founded in 1980 by the late Hal Davis, the former publicist for Benny Goodman, the Jazz Club has approximately 600 members and is growing. The Club presents over 50 events throughout the year, including the Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival, for over 35 years, which is one of the major US jazz festivals. 

The Jazz Club presents concerts and events at various locations throughout the area. Some of the events presented include the Jazz at Two concert series which begins in mid October and continues on most Fridays to mid April. Other events presented and promoted by the Club include an Evening Concert Series with performances by national and international jazz artists and the Joy of Jazz concerts, which is a Free outdoor concert series in downtown Venice.
The annual Sarasota Jazz Festival  is a week long festival that features free concerts in the park, the downtown Sarasota Jazz Trolley Night, evening concerts and other special events. The festival showcases many of the finest jazz artists on the Gulfcoast as well as national and international performers.

In addition, the Club partners with other organizations, such as, Arts Center Sarasota, the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and the Baltimore Orioles to present programs that benefit Arts and Education. This year the Club was happy to partner with the organizers of the annual "Giving Hunger The Blue" festival, which raises funds to support the Mayors Fund To Feed The Hungry Program. The Club co-sponsored the addition of the "Jazz On The Bay" stage at this year's festival.