Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest

Gasparilla JazzFest

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**Due to construction and Super Bowl LV, hosted in Tampa in 2021, Gasparilla JazzFEST will resume in 2022! **

Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla and EventFest are excited to announce that Smooth Jazz artist NAJEE will headline the 1st Annual Gasparilla JazzFEST on Sunday, January 26, 2020 in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park…. a new addition to the Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest in downtown, Tampa.

Gasparilla JazzFEST will feature live entertainment from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 26, 2020. JazzFEST is family friendly and FREE to attend. There will be several vendors and food trucks on site, each with a variety of brunch options available to purchase.

Gasparilla JazzFEST will offer a VIP Brunch Ticket, featuring a fully catered buffet from 11am – 2pm, lounge experience and two complimentary drink tickets. VIP Brunch Tickets are $65 each and are available exclusively from EventFest at or by calling Gasparilla Tickets (813) 251-8844.

“We are delighted to add the Gasparilla JazzFEST and Sunday Brunch to our 2019  Seminole Hard Rock Gasparilla Pirate Fest schedule” said Darrell Stefany, President of EventFest and Project Manager for Tampa’s signature Gasparilla Community events (Children’s Gasparilla and Gasparilla Pirate Fest). “With construction in downtown reducing our Pirate Fest stages on Saturday, the expansion to include Sunday became a logical addition to our Gasparilla festivities” said Stefany. “While our guests come for the Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates on Saturday, they’ll come out on Sunday for the music, and we are thrilled to have NAJEE headlining our Sunday JazzFEST this year!” Stefany added.

2018 Menu Included:

Assorted Breakfast Pastries

Bagels & Cream Cheese

Smoked Salmon Display

Fresh Fruit & Cheese Display

French Toast Bananas Foster

Eggs Benedict – the Ybor Classic Benedict (poached egg over toasted Cuban bread, topped with roast pork, hollandaise and parsley)

Scrambled Eggs


Cheese Grits

Chicken Marsala

Mashed Potatoes

Seasonal Vegetable Medley

Cuban toast

Café Con Leche and Coffee

Gasparilla JazzFEST Entertainment Schedule in 2019 Included:

10:00 a.m. –   12 p.m.             Jeanette Harris and Althea Rena
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.            NAJEE
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.             Omari Dillard

Note: Artist and stage management by Jazz Tyme Productions

About Jeanette Harris: Jeanette Harris is the scintillating saxtress of smooth jazz. She understands that energetic and captivating performances matched with uplifting and inspiring vibrations in the music are the platinum recipe for success. Fans already recognize her for her popular cover of Stevie Wonder’s “All I Do,” which hit Billboard’s smooth jazz singles chart. Classically trained in both sax and piano, a graduate of Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music, and the saxophonist for the late, great Teena Marie’s final year of touring, Jeanette has weathered the fiercest challenges to bring the world her own brand of soulful vibes.  She recorded with guitarist Norman Brown (featured on her 2011 release “Saxified”), wrote for Gerald Albright and has been blessed to perform at many well-known Jazz Festivals and Jazz Rooms in the United States, Japan, Germany and London. Jeanette’s favorite place to be is performing on the stage and she is grateful for the wonderful opportunities she’s been blessed with and looks forward to many more.

About Althea Rena: Born December 25th in Detroit, Michigan, she began her musical journey at the tender age of four. She studied classical music while attending Howard University and later gained musical inspiration from the accomplishments of Yusef Lateef, Ian Anderson, and her father (one of Motown’s original Funk Brothers) Dezie McCullers. She has since developed her own creative style.

Her fifth project, “In The Flow”, was a collaboration with Grammy award winning producer Michael Broening, with whom she cowrote the title track. “In The Flow” reached number one on both the Billboard Chart and the Smooth Jazz Chart. Althea René made history by becoming the first flute player to ever reach the number one spot on the Billboard Chart.

About NAJEE: Grammy nominated saxophonist and flautist, Najee has made a career following his heart and keen musical intuition by pushing musical boundaries, all of which have made him an international pioneer in the music industry. Having collaborated with everyone in the music business from Prince and Quincy Jones to Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Herbie Hancock, Najee’s technical agility, grace, compositional prowess, unbridled passion and fearless genre bending have made him one of the most sought-after musicians of his generation. With two Platinum and four Gold albums under his belt, Najee is an icon whose musical vision spawned an entire new genre by fusing the music close to his heart (R&B and Jazz).

About Omari Dillard:  Born outside Chicago, but raised in the Tampa Bay area, Omari Dillard is a musical force to be reckoned with. He began playing piano at the tender age of 8, and by the age of 11, he decided he wanted to play violin instead (I mean, what growing boy wants to take piano lessons from their school’s principal anyway?). From big festivals to weddings, and private parties/engagements, Omari has wooed audiences nationwide. Classically trained, with a contemporary style, Omari delivers harmonious sounds with versatility in genres like R&B, jazz, hip hop, rock, pop, country, and gospel. His sultry sound makes this musician one of the most captivating around! In his free time, Omari loves to give back to the community by visiting schools and inspiring kids of all ages to pursue what came to be his passion in life: music.