Jazz, cars roll into Tioga on Saturday

The smooth jazz group Gruv Therapy will close the rescheduled Gainesville Jazz Festival, which starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at Tioga Town Center. (Courtesy of Gruv Therapy)

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

Postponed from last week due to rain, the 11th Gainesville Jazz Festival has regrouped and revamped for this Saturday at Tioga Town Center, where it will now share the day with the 2013 Tioga Car Show.


If you go:

2013 Tioga Car Show
What: Fundraising event for the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation features a variety of cars, monster trucks and a silent auction
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Tioga Town Center, 105 SW 128th St.
Cost: Free
Info: Tiogacarshow.com.

11th Annual Gainesville Jazz Festival
What: Rescheduled performance presented by the Gainesville Friends of Jazz
When: 6-11 p.m. Saturday
Where: Tioga Town Center, 105 SW 128th St.
Cost: Free
Info: Gnvfriendsofjazz.org

Each event should complement the other, with the second annual car show featuring automobiles of many makes and models from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the jazz festival closing the day with four acts offering vibes from fusion and Gypsy jazz to mainstream/Latin and smooth jazz from 6 to 11 p.m.

“I think it’s pretty cool,” says Marty Liquori, executive director of the jazz festival and vice president of the Gainesville Friends of Jazz, which presents it.

“I kind of look at it that a lot of people like cars and jazz, and it might bring in more out-of-town people who say, ‘Hey, it’s worth getting a hotel room in Gainesville because you could spend the whole day at this thing.’”

Along with hot rods, antique cars and exotic autos, the car show will feature a monster truck demonstration at noon and a revving of the engines at 2 p.m. Blues act Little Mike and the Tornadoes performs at 11 a.m. and a silent auction will raise funds for the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation, co-sponsors of the event with Tioga Town Center.

Following the car show at 6 p.m., the jazz festival offers a slightly revamped schedule with four of the five acts scheduled last week performing Saturday.

The Zac Chester Quartet, featuring the Gainesville pianist, opens the show at 6 p.m. followed by sets of Gypsy/Django Reinhardt-influenced sounds from Hot Club de Ville at 7 p.m., mainstream/Latin jazz from the Ben Champion Quartet at 8 p.m. and a closing set of smooth jazz from Gruv Therapy at 9 p.m.

(The previously scheduled Little Jake and the Soul Searchers won’t appear Saturday due to a previously scheduled commitment.)

Organizers hope Saturday’s postponed event will draw a much larger crowd than may have braved the bad weather last week. “We estimate we would have had maybe 100 to 200 people [last Saturday]. whereas on a nice day, we’re looking at 1,500,” Liquori says.

Contact Entertainment Editor Bill Dean at 374-5039 or at bill.dean@gvillesun.com, and follow on Twitter @SceneBillDean.

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