Where to catch live jazz in Pinellas

Forget the naysayers who only look back and not around them. Jazz is very much alive in Tampa Bay. Its history and tradition continue thrive on both sides of the bay, as so does a spirit of forward momentum.

In Pinellas, we’ve been fortunate to see the growth of the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival and Palladium‘s Side Door jazz concerts as well as some other notable open jam nights happening on both sides of the bay. Here’s a rundown on where you can sway with other local hepcats:


Avant Garde Jazz Night at the Gallerie 909

First Saturday of the month, 7 p.m.

909 22nd St. S., St.ξPetersburg

Catch an exquisite freeform performance with the elegance of traditional jazz but none of the standards. Horn player Rick Adams and drummer Edward Burrows headline the intimate, eclectic gallery with eye candy to spare. Adams and Burrows also do street performances most Friday nights on Third Street and First Avenue North (outside Starbucks). $10 donation.

Al Downing Jazz Jam at Hangar Lounge, Albert Whitted Airport

540 First St. S.E., St. Petersburg

First Monday of the month, 8-10 p.m.

Trumpeter Dwayne White and a rhythm section back up all interested musicians and vocalists. It’s where you might spot a veteran performer sitting in and hobnobbing with a former mayor or other politico. Vocals, instrumentals and a blend of styles can be enjoyed week to week.

Rubyäó»s Elixir

Hiram Hazley and Le Jazz Trio

With Special Guest Anthony Castellano

Thursdays 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy some “straight-ahead jazz” at a joint that strives forŒæa retro-lounge ambiance, hearkening back to the night clubs of bigŒæcities in the ’40s and ’50s. Classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned are served; stogies are a staple.

The Tom Kats Jazz Orchestra at the Blue Parrot

Mon, May 22, 8-10:30 p.m.

Blue Parrot, 85 Corey Circle, St Pete Beach, (727)368-9619 äó_

Kick it old school with big band on the beach. The Tom Kats Jazz Orchestra features several experienced instrumentalists who mix standards and contemporary arrangements.

Jazz Night at Clearwater Yacht Club

Wednesday, May 17, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Enjoy sunsets and Intracoastal breezes with smooth jazz styling; happens monthly.

Jazz Night at Iberian Rooster

Wed., May 31, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

455 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

Vessoul open the night followed by It Factor Band. Special guest is trumpeter Will Haynes.

Jazz Wednesdays at Mandarin Hide

231 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, (727)231-4007

Catch the Ray Biscoglia Trio withξNate Najarξwhen not on tour.

Palladium Side Door

June 15, 8 p.m.

253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg

Nate Najar and guitarist Chip Henderson present “Swing Guitars!” with John Lamb on bass and Mark Feinman on drums.Œæmypalladium.org.

For more listings, visitξjazzbluesflorida.com/West-Central.

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