Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Say Adieu to the Tampa Bay Area's Longest-Running Jazz Gig

The Garden Restaurant in downtown St. Petersburg, just around the corner from Jannus Landing, is closing this Sunday.

And with it goes the longest-running jazz gig in the Tampa Bay area, held down by ex-Ellington trombonist Buster Cooper.

That's sad news, in a region where jazz gets precious little support, from performing arts halls or nightclubs. The bright side: Cooper will continue leading a band on Friday and Saturday nights, this time at Jo-Jo's, across the street from the Garden.

For the lowdown on the shutdown, and a look back at Buster's career (along with a video clip), check out Luis Perez's story in today's St. Petersburg Times.


headless hornman said...

Hey Philip,

Did you see that the Garden is not closing after all?


Philip Booth said...

No, I didn't see that.
THANKS for the alert, Paul. I'll make note of it on the blog.