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A&E BRIEFS Michael Royal will perform on LeBarge on May 4. Contributed photo by Carol LoRicco The Jazz Club of Sarasota will present its pop- ular Jazz on the Water cruise on Sunday, May 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. aboard LeBarge, which departs from Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota, the club has announced. "Guests will enjoy the swinging sounds of the Michael Royal Trio with Michael Royal on keyboards, Johnny Moore on drums and Michael Ross on bass," a news release notes. Tickets are $30 for Jazz Club members and $35 for non-members. Snacks and beverages will be available for sale; guests are requested not to bring coolers, the release adds. Boarding will begin at 2:30 p.m. For tickets, call 366-1552. Pianist and composer Royal "is considered to be a pioneer in the establishment of jazz in Florida," the release says. He "developed his own unique idiom for the piano, merging classical influences of Ravel and Debussy with the sounds of John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk and Bill Evans," it points out. Royal has performed at major jazz venues around the world, and with such acclaimed jazz and pop artists as Clifford Jordan, George Morrow, John La Porta, The Count Basie Orchestra, Ira Sullivan and Mark Murphy, the release adds. "The jazz cruise has been a favorite for more than 10 years," says Dave Walrath, president of the Jazz Club of Sarasota, in the release. "What better way to enjoy a beautiful spring day than by sailing around Sarasota Bay while enjoying the sounds of exceptional jazz?" For more information about the Jazz Club of Sarasota, call 366-1552, or visit JAZZ CLUB TO PRESENT JAZZ ON THE WATER CRUISE MAY 4

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