Jazz Thursday – August

Thursday, August 10

5:30 pm - 8 pm

Free for Members | $20 Not-Yet Members

Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza

Join us for live jazz at Sarasota Art Museum, hosted by the Jazz Club of Sarasota, with extended hours in the galleries, Bistro, and SHOP! Sip on refreshing cocktails and enjoy small bites in the Bistro.

Each second Thursday of the month features a different style of jazz–from straight-ahead to free jazz, bebop to swing–programmed in partnership with Jazz Club of Sarasota. Galleries are open until 7:00 pm on Jazz Thursdays.

Jazz Thursday activities:

  • Enjoy The James Suggs Group’s performance on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.
  • Grab dinner and drinks at Bistro, which opens at 5 pm, serving a special evening menu, beer, wine, and cocktails.
  • Explore the exhibitions in our galleries, with hours extended to 7 pm.
  • Treasure hunt in SHOP all evening!

Check-in begins at 4:30 pm, and seating opens in the Plaza at 5 pm.

For guest safety, personal chairs are not permitted on-site.

Food and Beverage are available for purchase on-site through the Bistro. Please refrain from bringing outside food and beverage.

Members always receive their 10% discount in SHOP.
Members receive their 10% discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages in Bistro.

Please bring your membership card with you, as proof of membership is required for complimentary members’ entry.

The James Suggs Group

ABOUT James Suggs

James Suggs began playing the trumpet at nine years of age. At fifteen, he started playing professionally with jazz groups in the Northeast Ohio area. At sixteen, James was selected to tour with THE CONTINENTAL SINGERS where he toured Switzerland, Holland, Germany and the US. James attended Youngstown State University in Ohio. In his junior year, he was selected to perform with a jazz quintet at three conservatories in Beijing, China.

Between 2000 and 2006, James was employed for six contracts with Norwegian and with Royal Caribbean cruise ships.
In 2005 he toured and recorded with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and then with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
Later that year, he moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina where he played professionally, taught privately, and toured all over the world with Argentine bands for 8 years.

Throughout his career, James has had the distinct honor of sharing the stage with such musical legends as Kenny Burrell, Jason Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Rosanno Sportiello, The Emmet Cohen Trio, Maria Schneider, Sean Jones, Billy Hart, Frank Foster, Allen Vizutti, Robin Eubanks, Eric Alexander, The Jeff Hamilton Trio, Chuck Mangione, John Lamb and Bob Brookmeyer among others.
He has performed for audiences in notable venues such as The House of Blues in Orlando, FL., B.B. King’s in New York City, Yoshi’s in San Francisco, The Howard Theatre in Washington D.C., Thelonious in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and at Ronnie Scott’s and The Clapham Grand both in London, England.

In 2015 he was awarded the Best of the Bay’s “Best Jazz Transplant”.

In May of 2018, James received a Masters Degree in music- jazz performance from the University of South Florida.
His first album under his name, was recently released on Arbors Records. “You’re Gonna Hear From Me”, was recorded in the summer of 2018 at the legendary Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey and features jazz giants- Lafayette Harris, Lewis Nash, Peter Washington, and jazz legend Houston Person on saxophone as well as album producer.

James Is currently a professor at the University of South Florida, where he teaches jazz trumpet and leads jazz ensembles.

James Suggs is a B&S/Buffet Crampon Artist.

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