Manhattan Casino to host free Jazz Jams on Sunday nights

Back in its heyday, St. Petersburg's Manhattan Casino hosted jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Sarah Vaughn.

Then it fell silent during a time of urban blight, only to be reborn again as a community space in August 2013.

Now its halls will be filled with the sounds of jazz again as the Casino hosts a Sunday Jazz Jam, sponsored by the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association.

The first one kicks off Sunday from 6-9 p.m. with some of the area's best musicians. In addition to Sunday's house band, many area greats such as Buster Cooper, John Lamb, Ronald Gregg and others will be in attendance, meaning there's a good chance they will be drawn into the jam session.

Admission is free. Light food will be provided by Sylvia's Queen of Soul Food restaurant. Bar service will also be available. The Manhattan Casino is at 642 22nd St. S in St. Petersburg.

Manhattan Casino to host free Jazz Jams on Sunday nights 06/06/14 [Last modified: Friday, June 6, 2014 3:13pm]

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