Whitney James Quartet: Fall in Love with Jazz
Nov
1
8:00 PM20:00

Whitney James Quartet: Fall in Love with Jazz

Fall is Whitney's favorite season.  This concert will pay tribute to everything that makes Fall beautiful.  It will feature original arrangements of jazz songs that pay tribute to this most colorful and cozy season.  Some of the songs performed will be Autumn Nocturne, Lullaby Of The Leaves, September In The Rain and When October Goes and many more.  Join Whitney and her quartet La Lucha: Alejandro Arenas on bass, John O'Leary on piano and Mark Feinman on drums with LaRue Nickelson on guitar.  Join us for an evening of jazz falling for Fall and all its colors.

 

 

 

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Tribute to Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley
Aug
16
7:30 PM19:30

Tribute to Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley

Whitney is thrilled to join Jack Wilkins saxophonist, composer and Director of Jazz Studies at USF as they pay tribute to vocalist Nancy Wilson and saxophonist Cannonball Adderley and their famous record Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley.  The concert will also feature trumpeter James Suggs, guitarist LaRue Nickelson, bassist Patrick Bettison and drummer Walt Hubbard. 

In addition to the music recorded by Nancy and Cannonball, Jack will be premiering new music he has written for this tribute concert.  Join us for a great evening of jazz!

For tickets visit The Palladium Theatre website. 

 

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James & James: By Request
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

James & James: By Request

Vocalist Whitney James and jazz trumpeter James Suggs return by popular demand, reprising their dazzling 2017 Side Door James & James performance!  The duo will perform, as the title suggests, songs requested by prior audience requests.  James & James will be joined by La Lucha - John O'Leary on piano, Alejandro Arenas on bass and Mark Feinman on drums.  Join us for a night of great jazz with this new James & James concert! 

For ticket information visit:  The Palladium website

 

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Whitney joins The Zach Bornheimer & Cathy Lopez Jazz Ensembles
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

Whitney joins The Zach Bornheimer & Cathy Lopez Jazz Ensembles

Come out for a night of great jazz featuring the music of bandleaders and composers Zach Bornheimer and Cathy Lopez at The Roberts Recreation Center in St. Pete.  The music will feature Mark Feinman on drums, John O'Leary on piano, Alejandro Arenas on bass, James Suggs on trumpet, Gumbi Ortiz on percussion, Paul Gavin on drums, LaRue Nickelson on guitar and Whitney James on vocals.

There will be two sets of music featuring Cathy Lopez Ensemble first with original tunes and classic jazz compositions and second set will feature Zach Bornheimer's Ensemble playing Zach's originals and covers of classic jazz tunes.  Whitney will be a featured vocalist during both sets.

 

 

 

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The Florida Bjorkestra:  Madonna & George Michael
Apr
15
6:00 PM18:00

The Florida Bjorkestra: Madonna & George Michael

The Florida Bjorkestra presents the music of Madonna and George Michael, with lots of gender-fluidity, a 15-piece band with original arrangements, video projection and tons of fun! Brian Baez sings Madonna and Jamie Perlow sings George Michael.  As a longtime member of The Florida Bjorkestra Whitney is happy to be joining this concert as part of the vocal ensemble. 

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Mar
9
7:30 PM19:30

Whitney Co-Hosts The 38th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival

Whitney is thrilled to be co-hosting* the second evening of the 38th Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival Friday, March 9th with Ken Peplowski.  This year's theme is "World of Jazz" the evening will feature: 

Set 1 - Diego Figueiredo, guitar, Chiara Izzi, vocalist; Jimmy Greene, saxophone
Set 2 - Kristian Leth Trio, Houston Person, saxophone; Graham Dechter, guitar

For ticket info.  Visit Jazz Club of Sarasota website

*Whitney will not be singing for this event, co-host duties only. 

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Whitney with Chuck Wansley & The Helios Jazz Orchestra
Feb
24
8:00 PM20:00

Whitney with Chuck Wansley & The Helios Jazz Orchestra

The St. Petersburg Jazz Festival presents The Helios Jazz Orchestra featuring Whitney James and Chuck Wansley at The Palladium Theatre, Saturday, Feb 24th. 

Take two great singers and add a roaring, 17-piece jazz big band. That's a recipe for an outstanding jazz concert!

Chuck Wansley began his professional singing and performing career at age 18 on an extended world tour with Up With People. In the early 80s he signed first with Prism Records and then Motown, as a founding member of the urban techno band WARP-9, performing live and producing two albums. Chuck then moved to Los Angeles and matured into a dynamic performer, easily conveying a range of musical styles from Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick, to Fatboy Slim and Maroon 5. Chuck has performed from Connecticut to Napa, Los Angeles to Paris & Prague, along with numerous solo appearances in Japan.

Whitney James spent about a decade performing on both coasts of the country before she went to New York to record “The Nature of Love.” When her debut album came out in 2010 it was if a new vocalist had appeared on the jazz scene. Jazz critics loved it!  The reviews led to James being featured last year on the popular NPR program “Piano Jazz: Rising Stars” with host Jon Weber accompanying her on piano. Marian McPartland, the 95-year-old Grammy-winning jazz pianist-composer and original host of “Piano Jazz,” had read about James’ debut album, acquired a copy and then suggested the producers spotlight her. 

The Helios Jazz Orchestra is a 17-piece jazz big band directed by David Manson.  The group has been featured twice on the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Ybor Jazz Fest and is ensemble-in-residence at St. Petersburg College. Presented by EMIT and the Palladium Theater.
 

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The Al Downing Jazz Association Presents : Whitney and Synia - Singin' & Swingin'
Jan
5
8:00 PM20:00

The Al Downing Jazz Association Presents : Whitney and Synia - Singin' & Swingin'

The Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association is thrilled to start 2018 with a concert featuring jazz vocalists Whitney James & Synia Carroll. Whitney & Synia will be Singin’ & Swingin’ with Alejandro Arenas on bass, James Suggs on trumpet, John O’Leary on piano and Mark Feinman on drums at the American Stage Theatre. This special evening of jazz will feature Whitney and Synia singing original duet arrangements of their favorite jazz standards such as You Don’t Know What Love Is, Comes Love, Happy Days Are Here Again and many more.

While the concert will have a nice collection of duets, it will also allow the ladies room for solo performances with St. Pete’s favorite rhythm section La Lucha featuring the talented James Suggs on trumpet. Whitney and Synia are thrilled to be working together for the first time. Their diverse influences and styles are a wonderful compliment to each other and has made for an exciting collaboration. Join us for Whitney & Synia Singin’ & Swingin’ Friday, January 5, 2018 at American Stage.

 

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Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley Tribute
Dec
10
3:00 PM15:00

Nancy Wilson & Cannonball Adderley Tribute

Whitney is thrilled to join saxophonist, composer and Director of Jazz Studies at USF the fantastic Jack Wilkins for this Tampa Jazz Club Concert.  Whitney and Jack will paying tribute to vocalist Nancy Wilson and saxophonist Cannonball Adderley and their famous record Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley.  The concert will also feature trumpeter James Suggs, guitarist LaRue Nickelson, bassist Patrick Bettison and drummer Walt Hubbard. 

In addition to the music recorded by Nancy and Cannonball, Jack will be premiering new music he has written for this tribute concert.  Join us for a great afternoon of jazz!

For tickets visit Tampa Jazz Club website.

 

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