Join us under the tent at the bayfront for classic jazz with the Don Mopsick All Stars. This event is free of charge with your RIAF performance ticket stub, regular Museum Admission or Art After 5 Admission. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Bassist Don Mopsick hails from Linden, New Jersey. He attended the Manhattan School of Music, and upon graduation in 1977 relocated to Ft. Myers FL. After a move to Orlando in 1983 he found himself in demand statewide, playing jazz concerts in Orlando, Tallahassee, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Sarasota, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Daytona and elsewhere. For the Jazz Club of Sarasota--during its 1980s leadership under founder Hal Davis--Mopsick played concert dates with Mousie Alexander, Don Lamond, Bob Rosengarden, Warren Vaché Jr., Scott Hamilton, John Bunch, Dick Meldonian, Ira Sullivan, Spanky Davis, Joe Wilder, Don Goldie and Ken Peplowski. He's also appeared at other jazz societies with Dick Hyman, Ralph Sutton, Terry Gibbs, Flip Phillips, Howard Alden, Richie Cole, Red Rodney, Buddy DeFranco and many others.
In 1991 Mopsick joined the Jim Cullum Jazz Band based at the Landing jazz club in San Antonio, TX and appeared weekly on the popular "Riverwalk Jazz" series on public radio. While with Cullum, Mopsick toured the US and abroad and recorded radio shows at The Landing with Dick Hyman, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Clark Terry, Kenny Davern, Benny Carter, Bob Wilber, Milt Hinton, Ralph Sutton, Harry Allen, Joe Williams, “Sweets” Edison and many other greats of jazz. Since his return to Southwest Florida in 2010, Mopsick has played local concert dates with Peter Appleyard, Aaron Weinstein, Bucky Pizzarelli, Giacomo Gates, Johnny Varro Swing 7, Russell Malone and others. In 2013 he took part in a concert at the Sarasota Opera House featuring the music Dick Hyman composed for motion pictures such as "Moonstruck," "Purple Rose of Cairo," etc. The concert also premiered a new Hyman composition "Bottle it Up," which also featured the Sarasota-based Gloria Musicae choral group.
Drummer/vocalist Patricia Dean is a Tampa, Florida, native. She played her first professional job with her father and brother when she was 14. Through the years, Dean has worked with Nat Adderley, Ira Sullivan, Herb Jeffries, Bobby Militello, Manfredo Fest, Giacomo Gates, Kenny Drew Jr., Harry Allen, and last year with the husband and wife team of singer Stephanie Nakasian and pianist Hod O'Brien. The late John LaPorta once said to her… “your two and four is so deep.”
Currently, Dean's talents as a rock-steady, supremely swinging drummer and wold-class jazz vocalist are very much in demand all along the Southwest Coast of Florida and beyond. Reviewer Bruce Klauber, in Jazz Times, wrote of Dean’s CD, You Go to My Head “A talent like this — especially at this point in jazz history — comes along very, very rarely.”
Pianist Billy Marcus, who now lives in St. Petersburg, is the son of the great “stride” pianist Marie Marcus. Billy began his professional career in 1968 in the Boston/Cape Cod area where he worked with the iconic cornetist Bobby Hackett. In 1974, Marcus moved to Miami where he formed his own jazz combos. He did regularly-scheduled live broadcasts on radio and television and performed at all of Miami and South Florida’s major festivals. In 1982, Marcus was named Miami’s Best Musician by Miami/South Florida Magazine. Recently, Marcus was inducted into the South Florida Music Hall of Fame.
Marcus has played “residency” engagements in New York, Boston, France, Switzerland, and recently at the Ritz-Carlton in Shanghai, China and 18 months at the Grand Hyatt in Dubai U.A.E. He’s appeared at dozens of jazz festivals including: North Sea Jazz Festival Netherlands, Bern Jazz Festival Switzerland, Toronto Jazz Festival Canada, Monterey Jazz Festival California, New Orleans Jazz Festival Louisiana, Miami Jazz Festival Florida, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Washington. Leading his own house band, he backed up Scott Hamilton, Al Grey, James Moody, Jack Sheldon, Pepper Adams, Mark Murphy, Eddie “Clean-head” Vinson, Kai Winding, Terry Gibbs, Richie Cole, Buddy DeFranco and many more.
Trombone virtuoso Herb Bruce hails from Louisville, KY and spent many years in Nashville performing for Boots Randolph, the Nashville Brass, and The Jack Daniels Silver Comet Band. He has toured worldwide with Spiritual to the Bone and the premiere Salvation Army Brass bands. He's also performed with show orchestras like: Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Bob Hope, Wayne Newton, Nelson Riddle, Jimmy Dorsey, Liza Minelli, The Four Freshman, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Amy Grant, Al Hirt, Burt Bacharach, Bernadette Peters and Les Brown. Currently Herb enjoys an active career as a first-call free-lance artist. He travels throughout the state playing shows and concerts and leads his own bands in the West Florida area. Herb plays a custom-made trombone of his own design.