Jazz By The Bay – Saturday

Saturday’s entertainment starts at 1:30pm with Mike Levine and His Latin Band. Mike is an extremely talented and “in demand” pianist/keyboardist, composer and producer on the Miami Jazz Scene.   In 2021 he released his latest album “JUST CHILLIN” where he was joined by the likes of guitarist Steve Oliver anf flautist Nestor Torres. Mike has performed with such luminaries as Pat Matheny,Mel Torme, David Sanbord and the Jaco Pastorius Big Band. Joining Mike on stage will be Victor Payano on sax and flute, Jimmy Medina, percussion, Tom Latenseron Bass, and Pete Weyner on drums.

At 3:00PM  Stephanie Nakassian & Company.  Ms. Nakassian will be joined by the Mike Levine Latin Band  for her encore performance at the 21 ANNUAL JAZZ BY THE BAY FESTIVAL.   




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AT 4:45PM The Sean Dietrich Trio presents his unique style and sound that sets him apart from the others. He is capable of playing straight ahead or musical satire.  Sean has received national recognition for his musical and vocal talents – placing in the Phillips National Piano Competition, performing on NPR< PBS< and other prominent venues with some of the finest musicians in the world.  He is also a bestselling storyteller and author with more than two dozen books and a print blog called ‘SEAN OF THE SOUTH”

Rounding out Saturday’s festival will be Cheryl Jones and Company starting at 6:30pm.   As the Musical Director for Jones and Company as well as lead singer, primary songwriter, wife of the bassist and mother of the trombone player, music seeps into every aspect of Cheryl’s life – and that’s how she likes it.The eldest of five children, Cheryl was raised in the midst of the golden age of Detroit music. Weekly family jam sessions were a common occurrence when she was growing up. When Cheryl’s siblings – all musicians themselves – come to visit, they often  join Jones and Company on Stage.

Sunday is devoted to the young jazz students in Bay County.  One of the missions of the Gulf Jazz Society for 25 years has been to further the Jazz music training of the music students in our middle and high schools.  We give scholarships to promising Jazz music students every year.  This year we awarded $3,000 with the financial help of several precious benefactors… $500 each to six students so they could attend a one week summer jazz band camp.  A recipient of one of those grants several years ago, Andrew Tench is graduating from the Frost School of Music and will become a member of the prestigious United States Air Force band based in Washington, DC.

Our schedule for Sunday afternoon starts at 1:00pm with the Jesse Reese Arnold High School Jazz Combo, then followed by the Arnold High School Jazz Orchestra/band.

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