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St. Pete’s Premier Jazz Organization

For over 50 years, Al Downing Jazz has been dedicated to promoting Jazz, its origin and it’s evolution as an original American art form in our hometown of St. Petersburg and the Tampa Bay Community.

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Jazz Sings the Blues, Feat. the Scotty Wright Quintet

The Scotty Wright Quintet will perform a varied program of the blues, seen and heard and felt from a jazz perspective, with source material provided by: BB King / Charles Brown / Willie Dixon / Robert Johnson / Charlie Parker / Duke Ellington / Buddy Johnson

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Audience Feedback Survey!

We want to hear from you! TIA for taking a moment to share your feedback with us on how ADTBJA can continue to share great jazz in our community.

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Monday Night Jazz Jam

Tampa Bay's authentic Jazz Jam happens every Monday night at The Hangar Restaurant and Flight Lounge! Hang out, grab a drink, enjoy or even get up and jam with us! Our seasoned host, Dwayne White, artfully guides the evening to bring a night of killer jazz tunes for all.

Al Downing Jazz Scotty Wright St. Petersburg FL best jazz music Tampa Bay Sarasota Florida Gulf Coast concert

Jazz Sings the Blues, Feat. the Scotty Wright Quintet

The Scotty Wright Quintet will perform a varied program of the blues, seen and heard and felt from a jazz perspective, with source material provided by: BB King / Charles Brown / Willie Dixon / Robert Johnson / Charlie Parker / Duke Ellington / Buddy Johnson

Al Downing Jazz St. Petersburg FL best jazz music Tampa Bay Sarasota Florida Gulf Coast concert 50th Major Alvin J. Downing Bunny Downing Anniversary

Audience Feedback Survey!

We want to hear from you! TIA for taking a moment to share your feedback with us on how ADTBJA can continue to share great jazz in our community.

Al Downing Jazz Jam St. Petersburg FL best jazz music Tampa Bay Sarasota Florida Gulf Coast concert

Monday Night Jazz Jam

Tampa Bay's authentic Jazz Jam happens every Monday night at The Hangar Restaurant and Flight Lounge! Hang out, grab a drink, enjoy or even get up and jam with us! Our seasoned host, Dwayne White, artfully guides the evening to bring a night of killer jazz tunes for all.

Jazz music is America’s past and its potential, summed up and sanctified and accessible to anybody who learns to listen to, feel, and understand it. The music can connect us to our earlier selves and to our better selves-to-come. It can remind us of where we fit on the time line of human achievement, an ultimate value of art.

~Herbie Hancock

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About Our Founder, Al Downing

Alvin “Al” Joseph Downing was the founder of the organization now know as Al Downing Jazz. An influential jazz musician and teacher, Downing made significant contributions to the jazz community in Florida. He was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen and became the first Black Commissioner of the St. Petersburg Housing Authority in Florida, as well as the first Black performer in the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra.

Membership Has Its Benefits

We rely on the generous support of our community, and especially our loyal Members, to provide educational opportunities, college scholarships and exceptional jazz concert experiences throughout St. Petersburg. And membership has its perks, including special member pricing on select concerts, members-only events and more!

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Partners & Sponsors

American Stage St. Petersburg
Clearwater Jazz Holiday
First Night St. Petersburg
Florida Humanities Council
The Hangar Restaurant
Manhattan Casino
Palladium at St. Petersburg College
City of St. Petersburg
St Pete Arts Alliance

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