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Sarasota News Leader December 20, 2013 Page 95 JAZZ AT TWO THIS MONTH CONCLUDES WITH GILLESPIE AND MILLER The Jazz Club of Sarasota's Jazz at Two 2013-2014 concert series presents the Valerie Gillespie Ensemble on Dec. 20 and the Dan Miller Quartet on Dec. 27 to finish out the month, the club has announced. Founded in 2001, the Jazz at Two series showcases the region's top jazz performers on Fridays from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, located at 3975 Fruitville Road in Sarasota, a news release explains. Tickets are $7 for Jazz Club members and $12 for non-members. A portion of the ticket sales is directed to the Jazz Club's scholarship program. Gillespie has been playing saxophone professionally since she was 14, and she has performed with such luminaries as Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, Rosemary Clooney, George Burns, Ben Vereen and Ray Charles, the release notes. Gillespie has also toured with the Xavier Cugat Orchestra throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her ensemble, consisting of Gillespie on sax and vocals, Jeff Phillips on keyboard and Dave Rudolph on drums, "is known for its energetic, crowd-pleasing blend of vocal and instrumental styles," which draws in audiences with a wide variety of familiar tunes, the release adds. The Dan Miller Quartet, featuring Miller on trumpet, Patricia Dean on vocals and drums, Don Mopsick on bass and Jerry Stawski on piano, brings together four of Southwest Florida's most accomplished musicians, the release continues. Miller and Stawski, who are colleagues in the Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra, have worked and performed with such masters as Woody Herman, Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Feinstein and Mike Manieri, the release says. Mopsick "has been in demand throughout the state since he moved to Orlando in 1983," it adds. Dave Walrath, president of the Jazz Club of Sarasota, is especially pleased with the exceptional talent and experience of the performers. "These are all top-flight musicians who have worked with some of the best in the business and we're proud to be able to showcase them to our Jazz at Two audiences," he points out in the release. For more information about the Jazz Club of Sarasota, call 366-1552 or visit PERLMAN PROGRAM WINTER RESIDENCY MARKING 10TH YEAR The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast (PMP/ Suncoast) will celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Perlman Music Program Sarasota Winter Residency Dec. 23 through Jan. 3, the program has announced. ages 12 to more than 20 who play the violin, viola, cello and bass. With a faculty including Itzhak Perlman "and some of the most gifted musical talents of our time, the PMP Sarasota Winter Residency offers an artistic and personal experience that changes students' lives The intensive, 17-day program was founded forever," the release adds. by Toby Perlman, wife of internationally acclaimed concert violinist and conductor The Perlman Music Program Sarasota Itzhak Perlman, a news release notes. It offers Winter Residency is hosted in partner"unparalleled musical training for students" ship with the University of South Florida,

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