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Jazz Holiday sparkles with big names

In less than a week, Coachman Park will be filled with the sights and sounds of the 29th annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday. Headliners for this year's festival are Tony Bennett, Joe Sample, David Sanborn, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Patti Austin. Here's the schedule:

Thursday, Oct. 16

5 p.m. — Gates open.

5:30-6:30 p.m. — BK Jackson.

7-8 p.m. — Kyle Eastwood Band.

8:30-10 p.m.— WSJT 94.1 welcomes Tony Bennett.

Friday, Oct. 17

4 p.m. — Gates open.

4:30-5:30 p.m. — Karen Benjey.

6-7:15 p.m. — Stefon Harris & Blackout.

7:45-9 p.m. — MarineMax welcomes Joe Sample.

9:30-11 p.m. — MarineMax welcomes David Sanborn.

Saturday, Oct. 18

2:30 p.m. — Gates open.

3:45-5 p.m. — Ken Loomer Big Band.

5:30-6:45 p.m. — Grace Kelly Quintet.

7:15-8:45 p.m. — Brubeck Brothers Quartet.

9:15-10:45 p.m. Mercedes-Benz welcomes Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

10:45 p.m. — Fireworks presented by Sandpearl Residences.

Sunday, Oct. 19

1 p.m. — Gates open.

1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. — REH/CJH Jazz Youth Band with Billy Norris.

3-4:15 p.m. —The Venturas.

4:45-6 p.m. — Eldar Djangirov Trio.

6:30-8 p.m. —Joey DeFrancesco Trio.

8:30-10 p.m. — Bright House Networks welcomes Patti Austin and the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Orchestra.

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Memories of Tony

Tony Bennett will headline the opening night of the Clearwater Jazz Holiday on Oct. 16. At 82, the jazz and popular music legend has performed around the world for decades. Perhaps you have a favorite memory about him whether you've seen him in concert before or not. If so, we'd like to hear about it as we get ready to preview his appearance. Please send your Tony Bennett memories by noon Tuesday via e-mail to or by regular mail to 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756. Or you can drop it off at the Times' office at the Court Street address.

Jazz Holiday sparkles with big names 10/09/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 9, 2008 5:31pm]
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