Garden Music Series

October 14 2018 to November 4 2018 · 1:00pm  – 3:00pm

The Garden Music Series at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is proud to present an eclectic variety of local and international musical artists who perform music of nearly every style and musical genre, both vocal and instrumental.  From classical pianists to folk, country, latin and world music, jazz and standards to rock and roll, pop and soul, there is something for everyone.  Artists often interpret covers of well know songs in addition to performing original material with repertoire that spans the styles and sounds of current hits to the early 20th century.  Garden Music Series guests are offered a world-class outdoor concert experience along with beautiful views and relaxing walks through the Gardens.

FREE with admission. No discounts before 3 PM. 

Please do not bring any outside food or beverages.  You are welcome to bring your own lawn chairs or blankets.  Please note that parking and seating is limited and available on a first-come, first served basis.  

TROLLEY WILL BE AVAILABLE 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. from Sarasota Friendship Center (1888 Brother Geenen Way


Led by extraordinary drummer, Bryan Post, the Ocean’s Eleven Big Band plays an extensive repertoire of favorites from the Big Band and Swing era which includes the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Buddy Rich, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey and Louis Armstrong as well las tunes by contemporary artists.

With amazing vocalist, John Rinell singing songs from the Sinatra songbook, the audience will experience an unforgettable show!



October 21   – JAKE SIMPSON

Jake Simpson twice (2003 and 2004) won the top honors in the Adult Singer category on CBS’s Star Search with his powerful high tenor voice and three-octave range.  His sound has been influenced by Stevie Wonder, Steve Perry, Donny Hathaway and the classic style of Sam Cooke.

Jake has recorded, written and performed with a multitude of artists including Grammy Award-winning songwriter Desmond Child, Grammy Award-nominee Adam Lambert, NBC’s The Voice finalist Frenchie Davis, Grammy Award-nominee Taylor Dane, Grammy Award-winner Paula Cole and most famously on The Oprah Winfrey Show with the legendary Stevie Wonder.

Mr. Simpson performed with Earth, Wind & Fire, broadcast on NBC (and featured on NBC Nightly News), performed with Tony Award-winner Jennifer Holiday at the prestigious Rainbow Room in NYC and sold out the Hilton Universal City in Los Angeles three years in a row with Pop star Belinda Carlisle.

Jake is an OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network star, has produced and recorded two albums, maintains a busy tour schedule and is currently in the studio writing new songs for a forthcoming album.  His music is available on iTunes and CD Baby.

Kenneth Crouch was destined to be a pianist.  Influenced by artists such as Herbie Hancock, Josef Zawinul, Frederic Chopin, Igor Stravinsky and Walter Hawkins.  As a sought after musician, Kenneth has performed and recorded with B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Dr. Dre, Kelly Clarkson, Chaka Kahn, En Vogue, George Clinton, Lenny Kravitz, Lionel Richie, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Sheila E., Taylor Hicks, Whitney Houston, Natasha Bedingfield, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton and Bonnie Raitt to name a few.

For seven years, Kenneth was the Musical Director for Latin Icon Marc Anthony.  As an accomplished Musical Director, he has worked with some of the best talent in the industry including Destiny’s Child, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Lopez, BabyFace, Brandy, Brian McKnight, Robin Thicke, Fantasia, Lauryn Hill and more.  Kenneth has also produced for artists such as Mariah Carey, Brandy, Barry White, Nancy Wilson and others.

Mr. Crouch has appeared on numerous television shows which include; The Tonight Show, Michael Forever The Tribute Concert on CBS, Regis and Kelly, Saturday Night Live, The View, BET Awards, Dancing With The Stars, Marc Anthony HBO Special, The Grammy Awards, Mad TV and many more.

Enjoy an afternoon of fresh and soulful arrangements from the American Songbook and classic Jazz & R&B Standards.  Expect to hear your favorite songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Journey and more!


October 28   – CAROLE J. BUFFORD

Carole J. Bufford explores the change in the musical landscape from 1965 to 1975 in Come Together:  When the 1960’s met the 1970’s, featuring music made famous by Cher, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel, Dusty Springfield, Otis Redding, Linda Ronstadt, Creedence Clearwater Revival and more.  Come Together explores the ever-changing music industry in one of the most exciting, controversial, and impactful ten years our country has ever seen.

“The real thing:  you know it when you see it… ” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times 

“Her voice, bright yet sensual, soared… Bufford threw herself into each number;  her exuberance and sense of humour won us over from the outset.” – Clive Davis, The Times (UK)

A recipient of the Nightlife, Bistro, and BroadwayWorld Awards for Outstanding Vocalist, Carol has become one of the most sought after young performers on the American jazz and cabaret scene.  She recently enjoyed a highly praised 10 month solo run at New York’s Birdland Jazz Club and a monthly residency at Feinstein’s/54 Below. She has been featured in Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook series at Jazz at Lincoln Center as well as numerous Pops performances with orchestras across the country.  Carole’s debut album, All By Myself, is now available.


November 4   – HOT CLUB OF SRQ

The Hot Club of SRQ ensemble is a cooperation of classically trained virtuosos and jazz masters that have worked together professionally for over 10 years, drawn together by a mutual passion and admiration for “Hot Club” style music and Gypsy Jazz.  They draw musical inspiration from around the globe and have a passion for performing Parisian Jazz, Rumba Flamenco, Be Bob, Bossa Nova, Samba, Tango, Afro Cuban, and the American songbook. While Hot Club of SRQ pays homage to the creators and masters of the “Hot Club” sound, they have forged and developed their own unique sound.

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Event Details

This event is running from 14 October 2018 until 4 November 2018. It is next occurring on October 14, 2018 1:00 pm

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