Al Downing Jazz 50th anniversary celebration with Danny Bacher

Award-winning singer, saxophonist, songwriter, and entertainer, Danny Bacher, headlines the third annual Palladium Jazz Awards on Jan. 16 at 4 p.m.

ST. PETERSBURG — Award-winning singer, saxophonist, songwriter, and entertainer, Danny Bacher, headlines the third annual Palladium Jazz Awards on Jan. 16 at 4 p.m. This year the awards show celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association.

Bacher makes hot jazz and pop with influences from Louis Prima and Mel Torme. In a 2020 Jazz Times’ readers’ poll, Bacher was chosen as one of the top three jazz vocalists, Kurt Elling and Gregory Porter.

Alvin Downing (1916–2000) was the founder of the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association

Danny will appear as part of a quintet, featuring Alejandro Arenas (bass), Rick Costa (drums), John O’Leary (piano), and James Suggs (trumpet).

The Al Downing Jazz All-Stars will open the show. An open jam session will follow the performance in the Side Door, led by La LuchaJohn C. O’Leary on piano, Alejandro Arenas, bass, and Mark Feinman on drums. No tickets are required for the jam session.

The Palladium Jazz Awards will be presented at intermission. After the show, food trucks will be in the parking lot, and folks attending the jam session can bring their food into the Side Door.

Visit for ticket information. The Palladium is located at 253 Fifth Ave. in downtown St. Pete.

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