November 16-18, 2018 Clearwater Beach, FL
Contact Us: 1-727-248-9441

About Us

Suncoast Classic Jazz, Inc.

is a Florida not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation

For 25 years, we have been presenting our annual Suncoast Jazz Festival, which is dedicated to preserving and promoting jazz, the only true American art form.

The festival provides opportunities for both professional musicians from all over the United States as well as aspiring young musicians from our community to perform and share their music with enthusiastic and very appreciative audiences in Clearwater, FL. Clearwater Jazz… ahhh.

Because of the generosity of a lot of individual sponsors and attendees, Suncoast Classic Jazz Inc. has been able to give back to the community yearly in the form of financial assistance……. to both individual young musicians as well as bands and local schools.  Over the years, contributions total nearly $100,000.

Continuing support will ensure the future of the festival and scholarship program.  Come join the ranks of our sponsors and loyal fans, enjoy a terrific weekend of jazz on Florida’s Suncoast, and help us keep this terrific tradition alive…………….this is your legacy to the future of traditional jazz.

Mission Statement

Suncoast Jazz Classic, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation………is dedicated to preserving jazz (the only true American art form) through an annual festival and events throughout the year, providing opportunities for aspiring young musicians of our community to perform, and giving back to our community in the form of financial assistance to young musicians, bands and schools.

The City of Clearwater

has officially proclaimed November 18-20, 2016 as Suncoast Jazz Classic Weekend!
Keep Jazz alive in Clearwater.


Clearwater-Centennial-Logo-webIn 2015, Suncoast Jazz Classic 25th Silver Jubilee” was sanctioned by the Committee and has formally received the “Official Centennial Event” designation. The Clearwater Centennial commemoration promises to be a year of celebration, reflection, and newfound appreciation of Clearwater’s most important cultural and historical treasures.

Board of Directors

Treasurer: Patric Beauchamp

Secretary: Sandi Greco

Fundraising: Fran Bartlett

Promotions: Michelle Book

Ambassador Club & Promotions: Jim and Mary Schalow

Sound and Technical: Paulette Pepper

Community Outreach: Jim & Dani Sullivan

Badge & Ticket Sales: Leann Beauchamp

Board Advisors: Kirk & Bev Merrett, Steve Lightburn

Directors Emeritus: Shirley Wimpfen, Dave Fanning, Charlie Jacobs, and Maxine Kelly – Society Liaison

Festival Administration

Assistants to the Director: Susan Fuller and Wayland Linscott

Promotions Secretary: Linda Campi

On-Site Operations: Kirk Merrett; Assistant: Helen Hartman

Signage: Bev Merrett

Hospitality Room Chairmen: Operations – Linda Androvich, Asst. to Chairman – Charlotte Hull

Venue Volunteers: Alice Wallace

Photographers: Gary Bookout, Tara Vincent

Videographer: Eric DeVine

All Things Technical: Press, Marketing, Webmaster/Online Ticket Sales, Facebook, Eblasts, Office Administration: Laurean Callander, Red Palm Marketing

Our festival is 100% completely indoors, spanning the ballrooms between the Sand Key Sheraton & Marriott.