Four-day Suncoast Jazz Festival kicks off Thursday at Clearwater Beach

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If you’re a local jazz fan, this weekend has been stuck on your calendar since Suncoast made the initial lineup announcement over the summer. The Brubeck Brothers make their festival debut this weekend, and while the lineup has long focused on classical jazz (2021 includes tracks from local legends bassist John Lamb and trumpeter James Suggs), more than a few gaps appear. in the ranks of more than two dozen acts are expected to appear thanks to La Lucha, percussionist Jason Marsalis, plus punch from Brazilian singer-songwriter Daniela Soledade and Nate Najar (pictured).

Suncoast Jazz Festival sets, including jam sessions, take place in five indoor halls and ballrooms at the Sheraton and Marriott on Sand Key. Masks are strongly recommended and each participant will be required to provide negative results from a COVID-19 test performed within 72 hours of presentation at the festival or proof of vaccination.

31st Annual Suncoast Jazz Festival with the Brubeck Brothers / Jason Marsalis / Dick Hyman / James Suggs / John Lamb / Nate Najar / Daniela Soledade / more. Thursday-Sunday, November 18-21. $ 30 and more. Sheraton and Marriott on Sand Key, Clearwater Beach.

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Willie J. Johnson