2019 - 2020 Season Artists Series

2019-2020 Season Kickoff Performance

Please join Charlotte County Jazz Society for a Wednesday, September 25th afternoon appearance at JD’s Bistro & Grille, 1951 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, to kick off our jazz season for 2019-2020. This year we are fortunate to bring jazz artists pianist Billy Marcus from St. Petersburg and bassist Don Mopsick from Cape Coral for a duo concert from 2-4 pm, at a ticket price of $10 per person.

Billy Marcus, son of the great ‘stride’ pianist, Marie Marcus, began his professional career in 1968 in the Boston/Cape Cod area where he worked with iconic cornetist Bobby Hackett. In 1974, Marcus moved to Miami where he formed his own quartets and quintets, performing at all of Miami and South Florida’s major festivals. (He has played ‘residency’ engagements in New York, Boston, France, and recently at the Ritz Carlton in Shanghai, China. He has appeared at dozens of major jazz festivals including ones at Toronto and Monterey) Recently, Marcus was inducted into the South Florida Music Hall of Fame.

Don Mopsick began his musical career as a teenager in his hometown of Linden, NJ, performing on trumpet and bass guitar. (His first professional gigs were with Rosemary Clooney around Boston in 1972. A graduate of Manhattan School of Music in 1977 with a degree in Tuba Performance, he moved to Ft. Myers and began double bass study at the U. of Miami. In 1991, Mopsick joined the Jim Cullum Jazz Band in San Antonio, recording hundreds of hours for the Riverwalk Jazz public radio series, and touring with them in the US and abroad.) Don has played concert dates all over Florida, performing with the best musicians in the state. Current weekly jazz gigs include bands led by Dan Miller, Dan Heck and Roy Gerson.

Tickets for what will be an extraordinary jazz performance may be obtained by writing a check for $10 a ticket made out to CCJS and sending to Connie Gean, 447 Blossom Ave., Port Charlotte, 33952. Your tickets will be waiting for you at JD’s door on the day of the performance. Seating is limited, so reserve tickets early. For questions or additional details, contact Connie at 941-235-9482 or CCJS president 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 brochure

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 ap- pearance 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

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.


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.