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 JAMES VARNADO born in New Orleans, LA, began playing drums in the Baptist Church. James has toured and shared bookings with such music greats as Ted Nugent, Thin Lizzy (Tommy Aldrich), Santana, Peter Frampton, ZZ Top and BB King to name a few. James has had the pleasure to tour 19 times in the United States to South America and Europe. James continues to be blessed by being on stage playing and living a life of doing what he loves to do, music..