JazzFest coming to Island next week

JazzFest coming to Island next week
Island favorite Koko Ray Hansen will join the Gulf Drive Duo for JazzFest. - Submitted

ANNA MARIA – The 16th Annual JazzFest will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 3-5 p.m. at the Sandbar restaurant, 100 Spring Ave.

JazzFest features the Gulf Drive Duo, with Bil Bowdish on flute, sax and vocals and Karen Jones on vocals, along with guest artists Mark “Guitar” Miller and Koko Ray Hansen. While the duo performs in various styles at numerous locations in the area, this presentation will focus on pieces with a jazz flavor.

JazzFest Gulf Drive Duo
Performers for the jazz fest include the Gulf Drive Duo of Bil Bowdish and Karen Jones. – Submitted

Special guest star Miller is known as a guitar player’s guitar player and one of the best blues artists around. He is scheduled to perform during the first set, followed by local Island favorite Hansen in the second set playing two saxophones at the same time – harmony on one and melody on the other.

Sponsors are The Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus & Orchestra (AMICCO), Gulf Drive Duo, Sandbar restaurant and The Anna Maria Island Sun. After expenses, all proceeds from JazzFest go directly to AMICCO to ensure future concerts for the community.

Tickets to JazzFest are on a first-come, first-served basis and are available for purchase at the Anna Maria Island Chamber, 5313 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, or online. Tickets are $10 per person before noon Feb. 12 and $15 at the door, if there are any available. The Sandbar will provide refreshments for an additional charge.