David Pruyn and The Paramount Swing 6 in a Joy of Jazz Concert
The Jazz Club of Sarasota's Joy of Jazz concert series kicks off with David Pruyn and The Paramount Swing 6, Sunday, January 13, 2 to 4 p.m., in Centennial Park in downtown Venice. The concert is free but donations are accepted in support of the Jazz Club’s scholarship fund. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. For more information, call 941-366-1552. The series is sponsored by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.
New Orleans native David Pruyn is a musician and conductor who has performed with many jazz greats, including Chick Corea, Mel Torme, Steve Lawrence, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Al Jarreau, Rosemary Clooney, Edie Gorme, the Manhattan Transfer and Harry Connick, Jr.
Pruyn's band, The Paramount Swing 6, consists of Tom Ellison playing saxes and flute, Greg Nielsen on trombone, Dick Reynolds on piano, Bruce Wallace on bass, and Rich MacDonald on drums. They'll be performing music from The Great American Songbook with some big band era favorites thrown in.
The Jazz Club of Sarasota's mission is to promote, preserve, and educate people about jazz, the original American art form. Founded in 1980 by the late Hal Davis, the club presents ongoing concert series, events, lectures and the annual Sarasota Jazz Festival.