The Jazz Club of Sarasota is extremely pleased to kick-off its 40th anniversary season with The Shelly Berg Trio in concert at Holley Hall in Sarasota. In addition to Shelly Berg the trio includes bassist Mark Neuenschwander and percussionist Ian Goodman. The Jazz Club is very grateful to Michael Lazaroff, President of Entertainment Cruise Productions, for his sponsorship of Shelly Berg’s appearance.
The evening will begin with a short set by local jazz artists Alejandro Arenas - bass, Mark Feinman - drums, John O’leary - piano (La Lucha), with Jeremy Carter - saxophone and Synia Carroll - vocals.
Shelly Berg is a Steinway piano artist and five-time Grammy-nominated arranger, orchestrator, and producer. His album projects Gershwin Reimagined: An American in London (Decca Gold), The Deep (Chesky), The Nearness of You (Arbors), Blackbird (Concord) and The Will (CARS) are critically acclaimed. Berg earned three Grammy nominations in the Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) category with jazz singer-lyricist Lorraine Feather and international superstar Gloria Estefan, and a fourth Grammy nomination as co-producer of Gloria Estefan: The Standards (Sony). He earned his fifth Grammy nomination as co-arranger of “I Loves You Porgy / There’s a Boat That’s Leavin’ Soon for New York” from the album Rendezvous (2018) featuring jazz singers Clint Holmes and Dee Dee Bridgewater with The Count Basie Orchestra. Recent projects include recording and/or performing with Tony Bennett, Seal, Lizz Wright, Andra Day, Clint Holmes, Renée Fleming, and Arturo Sandoval. He is also the host of a monthly radio show Generation Next on Sirius XM, music director of The Jazz Cruise, and artistic advisor for the Jazz Roots series at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.
An award-winning educator with 39 years of leadership in higher education, Shelly Berg is Dean and Patricia L. Frost Professor of Music at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami.
Concert is sponsored by Entertainment Cruise Productions, operator of Blue Note at Sea (844)768-5157 and The Jazz Cruise (888)852-9987.
Tickets go on sale September 1.