GJS next event March 21, 2023

The Gulf Jazz Society March 21st event at Alice’s Restaurant 1000 Bayview in St. Andrews-Panama City will feature Suzanne Stewart, a seasoned musician/vocalist who has been performing in the Emerald Coast area for 25 years.  

Suzanne studied at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia and was stationed at Fort Ord, 7th Infantry Division (L) Band near Monterey, California and also with the 6th US Army Band at the Presidio of San Francisco.  She was delighted to have performed for dignitaries such as President George H.W. Bush, Vice President Dan Quayle, General Colin Powell, Tony Bennett and others.

Suzanne left the Army in 1991 and returned home to Panama City, FL. She attended Gulf Coast College and got her AA in General Education.  Suzanne got a full scholarship for Jazz Vocal Studies at the famed University of North Florida Jazz Program founded by Rich Matteson, jazz baritone player, who also founded the jazz program at North Texas State University  She was privileged to have attended clinics with jazz artists such as Dianne Reeves, Joe Henderson, The Count Basie Band, Herbie Hancock, and more.

Suzanne continues to play jazz in the Panhandle area and currently appears at Harrison’s Kitchen and Bar on the Panama City Marina every Sunday for their Jazz Brunch.  She can also be found every other Friday evening a the Havana Nights Cuban Restaurant on Highway 231.

Suzanne was a founding member of the Gulf Jazz Society in1996 along with Douglas Hough, Wallace Crawford, and Kim Miller.

Suzanne will be accompanied by three-time Grammy winner Steve Gilmore on Bass, Dr. Jill Wofsey on Piano and Brent Purcell on Drums.

Please check out Suzanne’s Facebook page VIBE for more information.

Doors for early diners open at 4pm at Alice’s Restaurant, music starts at 6:30pm.  Admission for Gulf Jazz Society members is only $10 and for non-members it is $15.  Membership renewals and applications for new members will be available at the event. 

The Gulf Jazz Society has been bringing real jazz events to the Bay County area for over 25 years.   Funds to make this possible come from memberships and the door fee. 

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