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Updated: 02/19/2014 08:00:01AM

The 2014 Sarasota Jazz Festival is here

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The festival concludes in grand style with a performance by lauded saxophonist and clarinetist Ken Peplowski.


This year’s festival lineup includes rising young jazz vocalist, Alexis Cole, and her celebrated all-star quintet.

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Three new events have been added to the 34th annual Sarasota Jazz Festival’s all-star lineup. In addition, one of the festival concerts will be dedicated to the memory of Jerry Roucher, 10-year president of the Jazz Club. The three new events include a free jazz performance within a historical context by John Lamb, double bassist and former member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and vocalist Kitt Moran. Their special guest is Elaine Jerome, widow of renowned bandleader Jerry Jerome (Feb. 20, 3:30 p.m., Landings Racquet Club, 4910 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota).

The second event features a screening of the award-winning film, “Round Midnight,” starring Dexter Gordon portraying a musician slowly losing his battle with alcoholism. Pianist and vocalist Michael Royal, who has collaborated with such jazz greats as Ira Sullivan, Mark Murphy and the Count Basie Orchestra, will provide commentary (Feb. 24, 10 a.m., Burns Court Cinemas, 506 Burns Lane, Sarasota.

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