The 14th Annual Jazz-By-the-Bay festival to be held at Oaks-By-the-Bay Park in St. Andrews on Oct. 17th and 18th will feature ten hours of jazz over two days performed by six jazz bands playing a variety of jazz styles.
1000 Beck Ave
Panama City, FL 32405
This year’s festival is dedicated to the late Dr, Ralph Peterson, a long-time member and supporter of the Gulf Jazz Society, sponsors of Jazz-By-The-Bay. The festival, as usual, is free and open to the public.
Headlining the festival will be the Minneapolis-based Barbary Coast Dixieland Show Band, a nationally acclaimed ensemble that has played everywhere from the Mississippi paddlewheel boats and the Minnesota State Fair, to Nagasaki, Japan, and in prestigious jazz festivals throughout the United States. Following its appearance at Jazz-By-The-Bay, the band will be featured at the Sun Coast Jazz festival at Clearwater FL in November.
Other artists scheduled at the festival are guitaist and vocalist Jimmy Ward and his Trio: Latin flautist and vocalist Stephanie Pettis and her Rio ensemble: Tallahassee pianist Bill Peterson and his Trio: the Pensacola State College Jazz Band; and popular vocalist Mike Stone and his Trio doing the Sinatra songbook.
The Barbary Coast Dixieland Show Band is made up of seven talented musicians who play 18 instruments. Led by left-handed banjo/guitar player Dick Petersen, the band includes Tom Andrews on drums, clarinet, and vocals; Jim ten Bensel on trombone, cornet, drums, and vocals; Russ Peterson on trumpet, trombone, sax, clarinet, flute, bass, and vocals; Steve Pikal on bass, trombone, and piano; and, finally, Dick Ramberg on clarinet and the Panhandle’s own Bobby van Deusen on piano.
This group of versatile musicians, who occasionally swap instruments on stage without missing a note, will have your feet tappin' from their very first set! In 1984 the band began playing for church services. Over the years since they started, they have participated in worship services at churches throughout the nation. The band's commitment to this Musical Ministry usually involves 40 to 42 Sundays annually.
The band will perform the day after the festival on Sunday, Oct. 19th St. Andrews United Methodist Church 2001 West 11th Street for a10:00 a.m,. church service.