As the Fox reopens, Tampa's jazz scene transforms
If you listened hard one weekend earlier this month, you could hear it above the pounding dance music, the pop tunes and bad '90s cover songs blaring from Ybor City bars and clubs.
There came a sound more instrumental, classic.
It was jazz. Real jazz. From the area’s inaugural Ybor Jazz Festival.
At the same time, contractors were dusting off an old landmark jazz club 7 miles away in preparation for its resurrection last week.
The Fox jazz club reopened under new ownership last week in Tampa’s West Shore area. (That's singer Ashley Locheed performing with the Kym Purling Quartet recently.) Since 1986, the Fox was the jazz hangout, a refined setting that attracted the area’s celebrities and athletes with a piano shaped bar, life-sized Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra dummies, lockers for VIPs and waiters in tuxedos. There was always live music. Tuesday nights broke out into jazz jam sessions.
Justin George recently spent some time in the Tampa Bay jazz community. Click here for his story. And if you're in the mood for some live jazz, check out one of these events:
Friday: Jazz singer Denise Moore with the Kym Purling Quartet, 10 p.m., Fox jazz club, 5401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, $5-$10.
Sunday: Jazz guitarist Larry Coryell and pianist Kenny Drew Jr., 3 p.m., Hillsborough Community College Performing Arts Center, E Palm Avenue and N Avenida de Republica de Cuba, Tampa, $30, $5 for students with ID.
Photo: Scott McIntyre, tbt*