Tampa Bay jazz trumpeter James Suggs made himself heard in 2018

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click to enlarge James Suggs, playing Clearwater Jazz Holiday at Coachman Park in Clearwater, Florida on October 22, 2018. - Marlo Miller
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James Suggs, playing Clearwater Jazz Holiday at Coachman Park in Clearwater, Florida on October 22, 2018.


James Suggs: You’re Gonna Hear From Me Like the classical scene, Tampa Bay’s jazzers were a little neglected in 2018. While strong showings from perennial favorites like Nate Najar, La Lucha and John O’Leary were highlights on the calendar, this late in the game release from James Suggs swooped in to seal the deal and leave us swooning over the trumpeter’s unpredictable melodic ideas, unique phrasing and ridiculous breath control plus his ability to wrangle the all-star band (soul and jazz sax legend Houston Person, pianist Lafayette Harris, bassist Peter Washington and Lewis Nash on drums) that backs him on the 61-minute creative joyride.

Scroll through a slideshow of 2018's best Tampa Bay music releases or see and sample all of them here. Call your local record store to see if it is carrying the release.

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Ray Roa

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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