The Rippingtons to Headline October 21 Jazz on the Green in SW Florida


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Fort Myers, Florida (19 August 2006) - Southwest Florida has come to rely on the annual Jazz on the Green concert to bring the hottest in smooth jazz talent to the region and 2006 is no exception. In keeping with their eleven year tradition of first rate line-ups, Jazz on the Green has announced that legendary jazz band The Rippingtons will headline this year's concert.

A complete afternoon and evening of smooth jazz under the stars on Saturday, October 21, will feature a stellar cast of artists, including in order of appearance:

  • Soul/jazz vocalist Maysa, whose latest CD, Sweet Classic Soul, released in February, is her fourth solo album and, according to SoulTracks.com, “reminds us of her status as one of the great soul singers of our time"

  • Saxman Euge Groove has four albums to his credit, including 2005's Just Feels Right, but you've heard him in concert or recordings with the likes of Joe Cocker, Tina Turner and Tower of Power - jazz fans are in for a knock-out show from this award-winning Billboard-charting performer

  • The Rippingtons first graced the Jazz on the Green stage in 1999 and are now embarking on a 20th anniversary tour. Founded in 1986 by Russ Freeman, the band is internationally renowned and has a lengthy list of Billboard chart-toppers and Oasis awards; their CD Wild Card debuted at #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart and the 20th Anniversary CD/DVD was just released to rave reviews

On Friday, October 20th, the Jazz On The Green weekend kicks off with a Premier Event, featuring saxophonist, Jimmy Sommers, at The Colony Golf & Country Club. One of People magazine's Top 50 most eligible bachelors, Jimmy's infectious alto sax playing has proven time and again to be a sound at once dramatic, spirited and funky, yet seductive and unabashedly romantic. This will be an evening a great food, fun and jazz music in an intimate setting. You just never know who's going to show up!

Saturday's concert will take place at Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S. in Fort Myers, Florida. Gates open at 3 p.m. and the concert begins at 4 p.m. Tickets for the 11th annual Jazz on the Green both the Friday and the Saturday events may be purchased online at www.jazzonthegreen.com. Logon and look for the box that reads, “Click here to purchase tickets online - TICKETWEB". Tickets may also be purchased via telephone by calling TicketWeb toll free at 866-486-7630. General admission tickets cost $30 for advance purchase and $40 at the gate. To enjoy Jazz on the Green in style with priority seating and refreshments, opt for the Friends of Jazz Pavilion ticket purchase at $60 per person in advance or $70 at the gate (includes admission to concert and Jazz pavilion catered by Bonefish Grill). Sign up for the Jazz e-Fan Club and instantly receive a promo code to save $5 per ticket (online sales only). Tickets for the Premier Event on Friday are in advance only and very limited seating at $85 per ticket with E-Fan discounts applicable.

Jazz on the Green is a charity concert for The Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida. Over the past nine years, Jazz on the Green has donated more than $300,000 to the hospital. Continued community support is appreciated, so please come out for a fabulous afternoon and evening of pure jazz enjoyment!

This story appears courtesy of Karen Sloan.
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