Suncoast Classic Jazz, Inc.

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

For 28 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 & Canada 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

The City of Clearwater officially proclaims our weekend as Suncoast Jazz Festival Weekend each year.


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

Assistant Director: Kirk Merrett

Treasurer: Bev Merrett

Secretary: Carolyn Hooper

Promotions: Michelle Book

Sound and Technical: Paulette Pepper

Community Outreach: Jim & Dani Sullivan

Ticket Sales: Cheryl Champagne

Youth Activities Chairman: Joe Wall

Development: Pam Brachman

Directors: Leann Beauchamp and Patric Beauchamp (also serving as Program Sales and Office Assistant)

Directors: Rachel Domber

Jazz Society Liaison: Dave Fanning (also serving as Office Assistant)

Board Advisors: Nate Najar, Bob Seymour, Mike Cornette

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

Festival Administration

Assistants to the Directors: Susan Fuller and Wayland Linscott

Promotions Secretary: Linda Campi

On-Site Operations: Kirk Merrett

Signage: Bev Merrett

Hospitality Suite Chairmen: Sally Westover

Venue Volunteers: Alice Wallace

Sound and Technical: Paulette Pepper

Youth Activities Chairman: Joe Wall

Promotions: Michelle Book

Ticket Sales: Cheryl Champagne

Parking Lot Volunteer Chair: Brad Parliman

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