It isn't often that Hernando residents can listen to some of the area's top musicians and singers perform at a single show.
But that will be the case Sunday when the Hernando Jazz Society kicks off its 2013-14 season with a Big Band Bash featuring the Hernando Jazz All Stars at the Wellington Clubhouse.
"This only happens once, maybe twice a year," said Bill McLoughlin, the jazz society's publicity chairman. "It's hard to get them all together, but they really put on an excellent show."
The Hernando Jazz All Stars features Mike Hafer on piano, Paul Hafer on bass, Steve Koch on drums, vocalist Lorri Hafer, Nelson Dellamaggiore on alto sax, Lou Mauro on tenor sax, Tom Damato on trumpet and Jay Leaman on trombone. Other singers, including Eddie Lawrence and Kim Evans, may also perform.
This season will include a few changes for the jazz society. While shows and jams still will be on the second Sunday of each month through May, they now will start later, at 2 p.m.
'There is a new structure to allow more open jam sessions," said Lawrence, president of the jazz society. "We really hope to draw more local musicians to come and perform."
While the season offers jazz musicians an opportunity to perform and enthusiasts a chance to dance to old-time hits, Lawrence said an important mission of the society is to raise money for student scholarships.
Each year, the group offers at least three $500 scholarships to local students to further their musical ambitions. Much of the support comes from membership fees, which are $50 per person and include free admission to all shows.
The society currently boasts more than 100 members, Lawrence said, but once had more than 200. He stressed the importance of attracting younger people.
"Our goal is to keep this type of music — swing and jazz — alive," Lawrence said. "And it can only be done by introducing it to the youth."
People do not have to be musicians to join. They need only to appreciate the music.