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Sasha Tuck performs Aug. 23 during the sixth annual Dinner and Jazz Series at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg.
ST. PETERSBURG - The sixth annual Dinner and Jazz Series at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg spotlights some of the best jazz in the area on Fridays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 26-August 30.

Admission is $5 for Museum members and their guests and $10 for nonmembers. Price includes admission to the exhibitions in the Hazel Hough Wing.

The series is an ideal way to celebrate the beginning of the weekend in one of the area’s most spectacular settings, surrounded by the beauty of art and nature. The talented musicians will perform in the Mary Alice McClendon Conservatory, and listeners can also mingle on the terrace overlooking the bay.

The popular and acclaimed MFA Café will be open for dinner and a “beer and wine” cash bar will be available. Table reservations are strongly recommended. Please contact the Café at 727-822-1032 or 727-896-2667, ext. 258. The Museum Store will be open until 8 p.m.

The performers

• July 26: Dan McMillion and the High Octane Quintet

A star of the Seabreeze jazz label, Dan McMillion leads these musicians who always live up to the name “High Octane.” His Jazz Orchestra recorded the Grammy-nominated CD Got the Spirit in Tampa.

• August 2: IMPROMPTU

With roots in gypsy jazz, this popular ensemble plays music ranging from bebop to bossa nova.

• August 9: New York Guitar Cats

Another audience favorite, the Guitar Cats favor contemporary jazz and modern harmonies, with bebop, blues, and rock added for good measure.

• August 16: Cannonball/Coltrane Tribute Quintet

This group pays a swinging tribute to two of the greatest jazz saxophonists ever—Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane.

• August 23: Sasha Tuck

This versatile vocalist, composer, and arranger has performed at more than 100 venues and festivals, including the Morton H. Myerson Symphony Center in Dallas. She has been influenced by greats like Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday and holds a master’s degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas.

• August 30: Stolen Idols

The tropical mood jazz of Stolen Idols will take you to gorgeous beaches, South Sea Islands, and Far East gardens—all in one night. You will never forget the journey.

Exhibitions in the Hazel Hough Wing

• Pleasure Grounds and Restoring Spaces: Photographs of our National Parks
Through Saturday, Oct. 5

• Color Acting: Abstract Works from the Permanent Collection
Opened July 6

• Masterworks from the Collection and Figure and Form: Sculpture at the MFABoth opened July 12 in the Stuart Society Gallery

The MFA is at 255 Beach Drive N.E. Admission is $10 through Sept. 30.

For more information, please call 727-896-2667 or visit www.f­ine-a­rts.o­rg.
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