Whitney James' Jazz Valentine
Feb
14
8:00 PM20:00

Whitney James' Jazz Valentine

A night of music for lovers and jazz lovers. Celebrate Valentine’s night with Whitney James for her Annual Jazz Valentine concert at The Palladium’s intimate Side Door. James and her band will set the mood for love with a repertoire that includes timeless love songs like “You Taught My Heart To Sing,” “Make Someone Happy,” “In A Sentimental Mood,” “Lilac Wine” and “My Funny Valentine.” The Whitney James Quintet features LaRue Nickelson on guitar and La Lucha Trio – Alejandro Arenas on bass, John O’Leary on piano and Mark Feinman on drums. If music be the food of love, play on!
 
James pairs incredible vocal skill with intimate, meaningful interpretations. She brings flawless intonation, a broad range of colors and sounds, and an instrumentalist’s sensibility to the bandstand. Her 2010 debut album, The Nature of Love spent four months on the jazz charts and was widely hailed by U.S. and International jazz press. In 2012, James was chosen as one of the top twelve ‘Rising Stars’ in the world of jazz and was featured on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz Rising Stars on NPR hosted by Jon Weber. Tune into WUSF 89.7 FM to listen to James as a host on All Night Jazz Sunday evenings.
 
La Lucha is Alejandro Arenas, on bass, John O’Leary on piano and Mark Feinman on drums. The band createa music that transcends genres and classifications and was awarded Creative Loafing’s “Best of the Bay Jazz Ensemble” in 2013, 2014 & 2015.
 
LaRue Nickelson is a jazz guitarist and composer who has performed with Chick Corea, Peter Erskine, Jeff Berlin, Ira Sullivan, Ingrid Jensen, Don Braden, Rufus Reid, Sheila Jordan, David Leibman, Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge, among others, and recorded with Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge, The Michael Ross Quartet, Greenwich Blue, Shawn Ashby, Kristen Lomholt, Mark Gould, and Cory Christiansen. Nickelson has 40 compositions to his credit. His first solo project Dark Water reached critical jazz acclaim.

For tickets visit The Palladium online.

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Swing into Spring Concert at Peace Memorial Church
Mar
10
3:00 PM15:00

Swing into Spring Concert at Peace Memorial Church

Whitney will be joined by La Lucha for “Swing into Spring” a Jazz Concert Series at Peace Memorial Church from 3 - 5 PM. Some of the Spring themed jazz standards performed will be It Might As Well Be Spring, Spring is Here, Up Jumped Spring and more favorites! Join us for a wonderful afternoon of jazz in the gorgeous Peace Memorial Church.

Visit Peace Memorial Church for more information. 

 

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Whitney James Quartet
Jan
14
7:30 PM19:30

Whitney James Quartet

Whitney is thrilled to be kicking off the new Monday Night Jazz Series for the Sarasota Jazz Club. She will be joined by La Lucha featuring Alejandro Arenas on bass, John O’Leary on piano and Mark Feinman on drums. They will be playing music from the Great American Songbook and “New Standards”.

For tickets and information please visit Sarasota Jazz Club.

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Whitney & Synia - Singin' & Swingin' II
Jan
12
8:00 PM20:00

Whitney & Synia - Singin' & Swingin' II

The Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association is thrilled to start 2019 with a concert featuring jazz vocalists Whitney James & Synia Carroll. Whitney & Synia will be Singin’ & Swingin’ II with Alejandro Arenas on bass, John O’Leary on piano and Mark Feinman on drums at the American Stage Theatre, and joined by special guest saxophonist, Daniel Jordan. This special evening of jazz will feature Whitney and Synia signing original duet arrangements of their favorite jazz standards. 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. Whitney and Synia are thrilled to be returning to American Stage for their second annual collaborative concert. Their diverse influences and styles are a wonderful compliment to each other and has made for an exciting collaboration.

For tickets please visit American Stage.

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Whitney sings with La Lucha and LaRue Nickelson
Nov
4
7:30 PM19:30

Whitney sings with La Lucha and LaRue Nickelson

Whitney and La Lucha featuring LaRue Nickelson play the Timucua White House in Orlando, FL. 

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 qunitet 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.

For more info. visit Timucua Arts Foundation.

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Whitney James Quintet: Fall in Love with Jazz
Nov
1
7:30 PM19:30

Whitney James Quintet: 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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