Tampa Bay's three-day Suncoast Jazz Festival kicks off Friday on Sand Key

For the first time ever, a 'Legends of Jazz' set will also go down.

John Lamb, who'll play and be honored during Suncoast Jazz Festival this weekend in Clearwater Beach, Florida. - MARLO MILLER
MARLO MILLER
John Lamb, who'll play and be honored during Suncoast Jazz Festival this weekend in Clearwater Beach, Florida.
WUSF 89.7-FM may have decided that its listeners don’t need jazz, but local promoters have kept the genre alive.

Sand Key’s popular, nonprofit Suncoast Jazz Festival—set for Friday-Sunday Nov. 18-20 near Clearwater Beach—is among those devoted to preserving the scene and hosts its three-day jazz holiday this weekend when it takes over five ballrooms in two hotels (The Sheraton and Marriott) for dozens of scheduled performances.

The agenda is packed starting with Friday’s opening poolside parasol parade, plus late night swing dance and jam session sets. Saturday’s festivities go from 10 a.m. all the way past midnight before Sunday recovery kicks off with jazz brunches and an afternoon barbecue with New Orleans trumpeter Kermit Ruffins.

As expected an all-star cast of local favorites is part of the programming, which also includes, for the first time ever, a celebration featuring “Legends of Jazz” bassist John Lamb, pianist Johnny Varro and saxophonist Houston Person.

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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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