The largest traditional jazz festival in the state of Florida comes to the Gulf Coast on Friday, November 22 and continues through Sunday, November 24. The 23rd Annual Suncoast Jazz Classic takes place locally in Clearwater. The Sand Key Resort and Marriott Suites on Sand Key host a crowd of about 5,000 over the three days.
“It’s a Dixie and Swing Thing” as traditional jazz and swing fill the air. Over 20 bands are slated to play in several venues from gulfside to ballroom. The festival showcases professional musicians from all over the United States as well as aspiring young musicians from the community. You can view the full list of Suncoast Jazz Classic bands and performers here.
The three days of the Jazz Classic are jam-packed with musical performances and activities. Festival-goers will find a little bit of everything from Dixieland, to Trad, to show band, to rock-a-billy, to big-band Swing, to Blues, to Cajun/Zydeco, to new TRADitions smooth. Special events during the festival include a Swing Dance Party at the Marriott on Friday night, “Flight” of the Pianos, Poolside Parasol Parade, Jam Sessions, and Sunday Morning Gospel. You can view the full schedule of events for the Suncoast Jazz Classic for a complete listing of activities, times, locations and performances.
Tickets for the Suncoast Jazz Classic include options for Weekend Badges, Four Day Badges (which include a Thursday night gala), and Benefactor Badges (which include a Thursday night gala and preferred seating at the main venues).
It’s a wonderful time of year to be vacationing on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Beach vacation rentals on Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores offer you the best of both worlds: pristine beaches away from the crowds combined with close access to all of your favorite things to do in Clearwater, Tampa and beyond. The weather is gorgeous and the white sandy beaches and warm Gulf of Mexico waters welcome you.
Let us know if you’ll be attending the Suncoast Jazz Classic. We’d love to hear from you. We hope to see you on our beaches and in our local towns in the near future. Consider booking a Thanksgiving or Christmas getaway to the Gulf Coast this year. It’s something to think about!
*Photo credit: Suncoast Jazz Classic.