Beatdown Band benefit and Hempel’s big band lead this week’s best Tampa Bay jazz concerts

Both shows happen on Saturday.

click to enlarge Beatdown Band benefit and Hempel’s big band lead this week’s best Tampa Bay jazz concerts
Beatdown Band


All White Night of Jazz w/The Beatdown Band You usually have to drive out to Brandon to see the Beatdown Band play the Jazz House Supper Club, but here’s a chance to see the outfit perform just north of downtown Tampa. The show at the Tampa Heights’ Community Center is for a good cause, too, since proceeds from the event will go towards helping kids from Tampa’s Young Lions Youth Organization go on a three-day, two-night college tour. Sat., July 6, 6 p.m. $30 & up. Tampa Heights Community Center, Tampa. eventbrite.com.

Tampa Bay Jazz All Stars Jazz bassist Erik Hempel has assembled an ensemble featuring some of the best college and high-school big band players in Tampa Bay. Members hail from as far north as Pasco and as far south as Sarasota, but they’ll all coalesce in St. Petersburg for a debut performance supported by the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association. Classics by Duke Ellington and Count Basie are on the program along with some of the All Stars’ own compositions. Sat., July 6. 7 p.m. $30. Music Center at St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg. INFO.

TAMPA BAY JAZZ CALENDAR (JULY 4-10)
Thursday

July 4, Beat Down Band (Ybor City Jazz House, Tampa)

Friday

July 5, First Friday w/Matt Weihmuller's Jazz Trio (Henry B. Plant Museum, Tampa)

Saturday

July 6, Phillip "Jazz Dad" Thomas (5 Star Dive Bar, Ybor City)

Sunday

Jason Vieux (Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg)

Monday

July 8, Listen Up Film Series: Blue Note Records Beyond the Notes w/Paul Gavin Trio (Hideaway Café, St. Petersburg)

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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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