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Jazz Sunsets on the Bay

When:
Oct 16 & 17
@
Time:
5:00pm – 8:00pm
Included with your Ringling International Arts Festival performance ticket.
Free with Art after 5 Admission
Free with Museum Admission
Contact:
Where:
Bayfront Gardens

Join us as the sun sets on Sarasota Bay and enjoy the sounds of Heffner & Hefner. Free of charge with regular Museum  Admission, Art After 5 Admission or your RIAF performance ticket stub. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.


About Heffner & Hefner

Accomplished jazz siren, KATT HEFNER, possesses a compelling voice that ranks in the very top echelon of respected female jazz singers. On stage, Katt is truly an engaging performer who just loves to entertain. With a voice rich in strength and clarity, her melodic tones capture and mesmerize her audience. Her lyrics flow in a rare combination of beauty, voice, and poise. With a list of credits that include off-Broadway musicals, television shows, movies, CDs/ records, and concerts, she has shared the stage with such musical greats as Patti LaBelle, Al Hibler, The Temptations, Sandra Reaves, Luther Vandross, and the Bay Area's Fred Johnson, Kenny Drew Jr., and Richard Drexler.

Born in Ford City, Pennsylvania, STAN "The Man" HEFFNER is a self taught musician; a child prodigy. His high energy playing was developed by watching live performances of Jimmy McGriff at the Crawford Grille and The Hollywood Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When Stan Heffner plays the B3, it sounds like a symphony playing Mahler. The power and depth with which he plays that massive vintage keyboard is remarkable to watch and even better to listen to.

Saxophonist, composer and jazz educator, BUTCH THOMAS is a widely known and respected musician, having toured with Sting, Lenny Kravitz, the late legendary jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius, Elton John, Diana Ross, James Taylor and many others.

Guitarist VINCENT SIMS attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and has played with many recognized artists in the jazz and blues fields including Al Downing, Lucky Peterson, James Peterson, Koko Taylor, and Belinda Womack.

Drummer JOE RENDA started playing drums at the age of five. He performs all styles of jazz and has won 2nd prize in the first annual "Battle of the Beat" sponsored by the Long Island Drum Center of New York, with over 1,800 drummers competing. Joe was very active in the New York music scene, including performing in jazz clubs and off-Broadway shows.


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