The Sarasota Orchestra is celebrating some of the greatest composers and performers of 20th century American jazz this weekend. A program called "Satchmo, Fats and the Duke" features, as one might expect, the hits of Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller and Duke Ellington.
The concert is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
Trumpeter/vocalist Byron Stripling, artistic director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, has appeared as a guest artist with dozens of orchestras around the country. He put the show together and is the featured soloist.
"We'll pay homage to the music of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Fats Waller," Stripling wrote in a statement. "Now, I'm not gonna give everything away, but if you like songs like 'Sweet Georgia Brown,' 'What A Wonderful World,' 'It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing,' 'Honeysuckle Rose' and Ain't Misbehavin',' this is the concert for you. To people around the world, their music represents the heart and soul of America. This concert will demonstrate the artistic power of these American icons while showcasing the spirit of joy they brought to every performance."
Details: 8 p.m. March 28-29 Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $32-$69. Information: 941-953-3368, www.vanwezel.org.
-- Marty Clear