Clearwater Jazz Holiday 2012
Coachman Park
301 Drew St.
Clearwater, FL 33769
(727) 461-5200

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Dates: Thursday, October 18th through Sunday, October 21st
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The 33rd annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday spotlights another incredible lineup of all-star virtuoso musicians. This is a four-day jazz concert extravaganza performed on stage at Coachman Park while relaxing to smooth jams, warm gulf breezes and a magnificent Florida sunset.

Over the years, the event has featured the most talented artists of the genre, and this year is no different.


Thursday’s opening-night lineup kicks off with ‘The Piano Lady’ Carol Stein and Friends at 5 p.m., Maia Sharp at 6:30 p.m. and headliner Bonnie Raitt at 8:30 p.m.

Bonnie Raitt: Although well-received as an American blues singer and virtuoso slide-guitar player, Bonnie Raitt enhanced her incredible talents with crossovers into country, folk rock and jazz. Some of her most recognized compositions include “Nick Of Time,” “Something To Talk About,” “Love Sneakin’ Up On You” and the heartfelt “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Bonnie Raitt has received nine Grammy Awards in her illustrious music career. She performed a duet with Alicia Keys at the “54th Annual Grammy Awards” in 2012 honoring Etta James. Her latest album, “Slipstream,” was released on her own record label, Redwing Records. It’s Bonnie’s 19th album and her return to studio recording for the first time in seven years.

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Friday’s lineup features Common Ground Reunion at 5 p.m., Down To The Bone at 6:30 p.m. and headliner Mindi Abair & Friends featuring Jeff Golub and David Pack at 8:30 p.m.

Mindi Abair: Born in nearby St. Petersburg, Florida, Mindi Abair is an American smooth jazz saxophonist/singer/songwriter with an incredible Top 40 resume. She’s recorded or toured with Aerosmith, Duran Duran, the Backstreet Boys, Mandy Moore, Keb’ Mo’, Lee Ritenour, Teena Marie, John Tesh, Jonathan Butler and Peter White, to name just a few. Mindi made the move from pop to jazz in 2003. Some of her hits include “Lucy’s,” “True Blue,” “Bloom,” “Stars” and “Smile.” Her latest release is called “In Hi-Fi Stereo.” Mindi Abair has also been featured on “American Idol” with Phillip Phillips.


Saturday afternoon begins with Pat Close & The Groove at 2 p.m., El Nino Garcia and The Latin Knights at 3:45 p.m., Tia Fuller Quartet at 5:30 p.m., Kurt Elling at 7:15 p.m. and headliners Esperanza Spalding Radio Music Society at 9:15 p.m. There will be fireworks to follow at 10:45 p.m.

Esperanza Spalding: An American multi-instrumentalist most recognized as a jazz bassist and singer, Spalding won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2011. She was the first jazz artist to win that award. She performed at the “84th Academy Awards” in 2012 singing Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World.” Spalding was heavily influenced by double-bassists Ron Carter and Dave Holland. Esperanza’s album “Chamber Music Society” was the number-one selling contemporary jazz album of 2011. Her latest and fourth studio album is called “Radio Music Society.”


On Sunday, the closing-day festivities begin with Ruth Eckerd Hall/Clearwater Jazz Holiday Youth Jazz Band at 2:30 p.m., The Cave Dwellers featuring the Reinhardt Brothers at 4 p.m., Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds at 5:30 p.m. and headliners The Avett Brothers at 7:30 p.m.

The Avett Brothers: This band made its national television debut on “Late Night with Conan O’ Brien.” The Avett Brothers were named “the Artist to Watch of 2009” by Rolling Stone Magazine. The most anticipated album, “I and Love and You,” peaked at number 16 on Billboards 200 best selling albums, number eight in best-selling digital albums, number seven in rock albums and number one in folk albums. The Avett Brothers have made appearances on “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and were spotlighted on the PBS series “Austin City Limits.” The group appeared on the “53rd Grammy Awards” with Mumford and Sons and Bob Dylan, performing the song “Maggie’s Farm.” Their sixth and most recent album is entitled “The Carpenter.”

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