14th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival will be held on February 23rd, 2019
Tickets are on sale now
PLEASE NOTE TICKETS WILL NOT MAIL OUT UNTIL EARLY DECEMBER 2018.
The line-up for Wine & Jazz 2019 is COMPLETE!
We are thrilled to announce performances by…
Gerald Albright, Sax Pack and Matt Marshak
Unlike his last visit several years ago, he’ll be solo this time around, so we will experience a full 90-minute set of his major hits, as well as tracks from his latest album.
One of the biggest stars of R&B, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz, Gerald Albright has earned his reputation as a “musician’s musician.” Born in Los Angeles, he began piano lessons at an early age. Albright’s love of music picked up considerably when he was given a saxophone that had belonged to his piano teacher. By the time he enrolled at the University of Redlands, he was already a polished saxophonist. Albright decided to switch to bass guitar after he saw Louis Johnson in concert.
A few months after graduating from college, he joined jazz pianist/R&B singer Patrice Rushen. Later, when the bass player left in the middle of a tour, Albright replaced him and finished the tour on bass guitar. During the ’80s, Albright became a highly requested session musician, playing on albums by a wide variety of artists – including Anita Baker, Ray Parker, Lola Folana, Atlantic Starr, Olivia Newton-John, the Temptations and Maurice White. He also toured extensively with Les McCann, Jeff Lorber, Teena Marie, the Winans, Marlena Shaw, Quincy Jones, and Whitney Houston, among many others.
Albright also went on to record numerous successful solo albums for Atlantic Records. Two albums hit #1 on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Chart and were nominated for GRAMMY® Awards in 1989 and 1990. Phil Collins asked him to front a Big Band in 1998, and they toured together. The two of them also recorded one of Albright’s tunes, “Chips N’ Salsa” on Collins’ Big Band Project, entitled A Hot Night In Paris. Later that year, Albright released Pleasures of the Night with Will Downing on Verve Forecast, which hit #1 on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart as well. MORE
The Sax Pack
The Sax Pack is a smooth jazz group featuring 3 saxophone players, Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Kim Waters The members of the band Jeff, Steve and Kim each have 20 individual smooth jazz radio hits and have sold tens of thousands of albums The Sax Pack released two CDs, “The Sax Pack” and “The Pack is Back” on Shanachie Records. MORE
Born and raised in Long Island, NY, Matt Marshak’s earliest influences were rock and blues, including BB King, Joe Satriani, and Jimi Hendrix. He studied guitar with three different local guitar gurus: Joey Casciano, Mike Orioles, Richard Rabatin. All three were very influential in shaping Matt’s sound. In college, Matt performed some duet saxophone/guitar straight ahead jazz gigs and explored soul/roots music rhythm guitar. After college, Matt played in rock bands performing in the New York City area. On one evening, guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple took in a show and praised Matt’s unique guitar style. MORE
Our line-up is now complete and we are very excited to have such a phenomenal and talented bill!
Mark February 23rd 2019 as a date not to be missed.
Tickets for our 14th Annual Wine and Jazz Festival are already being snapped up.
Purchase here or call 941-639-3720.
Now in its 14th year, the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce has proudly produced the annual award-winning Wine and Jazz Festival every February. Each year, the Chamber strives to add new artistry and dynamics to the event, to encourage festival-goers to return year after year, which they do diligently, filling our hotels, restaurants, retail shops and streets. This show will be spectacular with high-energy performers from beginning to end. Tickets for the event can now be purchased online. We suggest booking early.
On February 23, 2019, the annual Wine and Jazz Festival will be celebrating its 14th anniversary. This festival has received all types of accolades over the years and has brought such amazing acts as Ramsey Lewis, The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, Peter White, Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, David Benoit and, of course, festival favorite Mindi Abair.
“2019’s festival will again be something special. A true celebration to honor those who have made the festival what it is today,” said John Wright, President of the The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, organizers of the event.
VIP tickets include complimentary food hamper, presented by a selection of local restaurants, seven complimentary beverage tickets per VIP ticket, a welcome bag containing your souvenir beer and wine glasses, seated (at tables), stage front seats and dance area, and a special meet n’ greet to meet those artists who are able to attend the Friday night (February 23rd) wine party.
Premium Tickets include a reserved seat in a special section behind VIP and 4 complimentary drink tickets, along with. Separate check-in facilities.
REGULAR ADMISSION TICKETS
Regular tickets for 2019 include entrance and a souvenir bag containing a beer and wine glass. Food and beverage may be purchased in the park. Tickets are $65 per person if purchased before 1/31/19, and $75 per person after 1/31/19. Beverage tickets will be available for purchase outside the check-in area before the show, and inside the park, during the show.
So… plan your weekend around the 14th Annual Wine and Jazz Festival to be held on February 23th, 2019. Book early to avoid disappointment. There is no doubt that tickets will be in very high demand and sections will sell out very quickly.
The park will open at (approximately) 12.30pm; the first act will take the stage at 1pm. Enjoy beautiful, waterfront views and amazing sounds – making for a perfect afternoon in Punta Gorda. (Our only “disclaimers” are, sadly, no pets, no alcohol to be brought inside and definitely no coolers. If you are bringing a shade umbrella, PLEASE be courteous and not block those behind you.)
All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
It simply keeps getting BETTER…
For any questions, please call us on 941-639-3720 during office hours.