Celebrating over 30 years of live jazz...


Founded in 1983, the mission of Gainesville Friends of Jazz is to support, promote and increase public awareness, interest, participation and education in jazz, America's music.

Next concert...

Joe Donato Quartet - August 14, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Gainesville, FL - Gainesville Friends of Jazz proudly presents the Joe Donato Quartet.  They will be performing on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship located at 4225 Northwest 34th Street in Gainesville.  Scott Koons, President of Gainesville Friends of Jazz, is the producer for the concert.

Joe Donato, on saxophone, is a performer, band leader, composer, and lyricist.  He is a graduate of the prestigious University of Miami Jazz Studies Program.  Joe is recognized as one of the most active and innovative musicians working in the field of jazz today.  He has toured throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.  His recordings include For Friends and Live at the Tuscany.  Joe has played with such jazz greats as Art Blakely, Dizzy Gillespie, Jack Jones, Carmen McRae, Arturo Sandoval and Nina Simone.

Marty Liquori, on guitar, is a long-time Gainesville resident who took up performing late in life after decades of being a jazz listener.  He can be heard around town playing the music of Django Reinhardt known as Gypsy jazz.

Vic Donnell, on keyboard, is a first call player for north Florida.   After many years on the Miami music scene playing all genres of music, Vic relocated north only to find he was busier than ever.

Clyde Connor, on drums, is a resident of Gainesville and a University of Florida Professor. For a decade, he was the drummer for the United States Navy Commodores Jazz Band in Washington D.C.  He is the drummer of choice for a number of bands that have appeared at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival and the Jacksonville Jazz Festival Piano Completion.

Join us for a great evening of live jazz, in a smoke-free environment.  All tickets at the door. 

Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Ticket prices are $20 for general admission, $15 for Gainesville Friends of Jazz members and $10 for students.

Funding provided in part by
the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs and
a Tourist Development Grant from
the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners
in conjunction with the Tourist Development Council.