2019 - 2020 Season Artists Series

Acoustic guitarist Nate Najar and Brazilian singer Daniela Soledade will dig into the intimate, quiet, beautiful moments in bossa nova.

Get ready for an afternoon of Jazz Samba

Join CCJS on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at The Grill at 1951 for a special, intimate matinee performance celebrating the intersection of jazz and Brazilian music, a hybrid that took the world by storm in the early 1960s. Acoustic guitarist Nate Najar and Brazilian singer Daniela Soledade will dig into the intimate, quiet, beautiful moments in bossa nova. These Tampa Bay-area musicians have interesting legacies that meet at that musical cross pollination.

Soledade’s debut recording, the Najar-produced A Moment of You (Blue Line Music, 2019), features a range of bossa nova gems, some original songs and Brazilian versions of jazz standards. The singer’s late grandfather, Paulo Soledade, was a composer and collaborator with Brazilian music legends Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinícius de Moraes and Baden Powell. Her father, Paulinho Soledade, a singer, guitarist and composer, worked as a producer and partner with Ivan Lins and Gilberto Gil. The young Daniela spent time in top studios in Rio de Janeiro, observing and performing with her father. She studied flute at the Music Conservatory Villa Lobos in Rio at age 14, and continued immersing herself in music after moving to Florida at 16.

Najar is a virtuoso guitarist who has led his own bands and toured with Acoustic Alchemy. He is a disciple of the late Charlie Byrd, the finger-style guitarist who first brought the sound of Brazilian jazz to the United States with his early 1960s recordings with tenor saxophonist Stan Getz. While Najar’s imaginative playing is steeped in Byrd’s tradition, he has also absorbed pother musical influences, including classical, bebop and fusion. His own recordings include 2012’s The Nate Najar Trio Remembers Charlie Byrd (2012), Aquarela Do Brasil (2014), This is Nate Najar (2016) and Under Paris Skies (2018), which explored his love of French jazz and pop.

This limited-seating concert at The Grill at 1951, a CCJS community partner, is from 2 to 4 p.m. Food and beverages will be available from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sign up early to ensure you have a seat at this 100-seat venue at 1951 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte.

Tickets are $10 each, obtained by writing a check to CCJS and mailing it to Connie Gean, 447 Blossom St., Port Charlotte FL 33952. Your tickets will be waiting at the door, starting at 12:30 p.m. on the day of the performance.

For questions, contact Connie Gean at 941-661-0634 or Dave Nims at 941-743-9511.

Welcome back after a happy summer.  This season presents a great program. You can download our 2019-2020 Concert Series brochure in pdf format here

2019-2020 Concert Series Schedule

Allen Vache Quartet

The Allen Vache Quintet kicks off the 2910-2020 Concert Series

Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, 7 pm

Allen Vache Quintet

Clarinetist Allen Vaché will make his fourth appearance here with a five-piece group.
Best known for his work with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, which performed regularly on Na- tional Public Radio, Vaché is now a featured performer at a wide array of international jazz festivals and venues. Vaché played with the Jim Cullum Jazz Band of San Antonio, Texas for 17 years, moved to the Orlando, Florida area in 1993, has recorded many albums as leader, and traveled extensively through Ger- many, Austria, England, Scotland, Ireland, Ita- ly, Poland, France and Israel.
He continues to work as a freelance artist in concerts and festivals in the U.S. and around the world.

Johnny Varro

Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, 7 pm

Johnny Varro and his Swing Seven

Johnny Varro has performed with a verita- ble Who’s Who of Swing Era greats includ- ing Bobby Hackett, Eddie Condon, Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins Jonah Jones, Yank Lawson, the Jim Collum Jazz Band and Pee Wee Russell.
For several years he was the pianist for the Jackie Gleason show and has toured with The Dukes of Dixie. The Swing Sev- en is a recording project that has contin- ued over many years. Appearing with him in November will be his Florida version of the band doing arrangements from these recordings.

Craig Christman With Stardust Memories Big Band

Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, 7 pm

Craig Christman With Stardust Memories Big Band

The Stardust Memories Big Band is the culmination of a life-long dream for Craig Christman. His earliest musical influences came from his father, who frequently played big band records. He is versatile in all styles of music.

Eddie Metz and the International Trio

Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, 7 pm

Eddie Metz and the International Trio

With over 30 years experience as a professional musician, Eddie Metz Jr. is well versed in many styles including Big Band, Show Band, Dixieland, Swing, Rock and Roll’, Rhythm & Blues’, Top 40 and Circus. He continues to ex- pand his career with Studio recordings, Jazz Festivals, Jazz Parties and Cruises, as well as many private events throughout the year. His band features bassist & singer Nicki Parrott and pianist Rossano Sportiello.

The Roy Gerson Swingtet

Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, 7 pm

The Roy Gerson Swingtet

Roy Gerson has brought a refreshing 1940s bite of the Big Apple to Southwest Florida. The jazz pianist and bandleader has appeared in over a dozen movies.

Diego Figuiredo Trio

Monday, March 9, 2020, 7 pm

Diego Figuiredo Trio

Diego Figueiredo is an extraordi- nary star among the world’s great- est jazz guitarists. His superb tech- nique, timing and imagination have made him one of the hottest inter- national names right now. He has unique skills and his concerts have been a great success in more than 60 countries around the world.

Hamilton-Martin Quartet
Rick Howard Quartet

Monday, April 13, 2020, 7 pm POSTPONED until further notice

Double Concert:
Hamilton-Martin Quartet
Rick Howard Quartet

Rick Howard’s fifty plus years of guitar playing and vocalizing have put him into every situa- tion and every musical genre.

Both Hamilton & Martin are com- posers, arrangers, orchestra leaders and musicians who play a wide variety of instruments.

This concert is POSTPONED until further notice, and may be rescheduled at a later date, if possible.


For Ken Franckling’s reviews of recent series concerts, visit:  “Ken’s Blog”

CCJS members will be admitted FREE with membership card and the public is welcome for only $20 per person.

Doors open at 6:30 and concerts begin at 7:00 pm at the William H. Wakeman, III Cultural Center Theater, 2280 Aaron St., Port Charlotte.

Ticket office 941-625-4175 X 221. For more information call our CCJS hot line 941-766-9422.

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