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Island Jazz begins new season at three venues

By Staff | Dec 21, 2010

Island Jazz

Island Jazz is back and the band will open the season with three performances right after Christmas.

Island Jazz features Harry Reiner on trumpet, Gene Federico on guitar and vocals, and Tom Cooley on drums. Many of the Island Jazz regulars, including Rusty Kupsaw (bass), Louis Pradt (reeds and flute), Babe Van De Velde (tenor sax), and Bill Johns (bass), are island residents or former island residents.

Island Jazz Dixie will play your Dixieland favorites at Ellington’s Restaurant and Jazz Club, located at 1244 Periwinkle Way, beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 28. All proceeds to the band will go to local charities and service organizations. For reservations, call 472-5555.

On Sunday, Jan. 2, at BIG ARTS, located at 900 Dunlop Road, for your listening pleasure, Island Jazz will present the first of their regular Sunday concerts in the Boler Garden, beginning at 3 p.m. This is the band’s sixth season at BIG ARTS. Seating is limited, so bring your beach chairs. All concerts and parking are free. Don’t miss this island musical tradition.

Then on Monday, Jan. 3 at the Sanibel Community House, located at 2173 Periwinkle Way, please join Island Jazz Dance Band for the first of the season’s Monday night dinner-dances at Sanibel’s historic community center. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., followed by dancing at 7 p.m. For dinner reservations, call 472-2155. You do not have to attend the dinner to attend the dance. Walk-ins are welcome.

Mark your calendars for the following Island Jazz events:

• BIG ARTS Sunday afternoons (beginning at 3 p.m.): Jan. 2 and 23; Feb. 6, 13 and 20; March 13 and 27; April 3, 17 and 24.

• Sanibel Community House Monday night dances (following dinner at 6 p.m.): Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; Feb. 7 and 14 (Island Jazz Big Band); March 7, 14, 21 and 28; April: To be announced.

• Ellington’s (beginning at 7 p.m.): Dec. 28; Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Bringing the gift of music to the people, Island Jazz is the most technically precise and grammatically correct band on the island. For more information, call the band’s denmother, Tom Cooley, at 472-8568.