Jewel Box Concerts at the Thomas Center Kick Off with World-Class Jazz Bassist


The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, in cooperation with Shakerag Culture Center, Inc., is pleased to announce the first of the Jewel Box Concerts at the Thomas Center Saturday, Sept. 20. The concert will feature composer/conductor/virtuoso bassist Terry Plumeri leading his jazz quartet. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 at the door.

Terry Plumeri has been described as "one of the best jazz bow bassists in the world," and "one of the most innovative bassists in the history of jazz." The multi-platinum and gold record recording artist has performed and recorded with such jazz greats as Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Quincy Jones, Frank Sinatra, Shirley Horn, Roberta Flack, Joe Williams and Woody Herman. His more notable jazz performances include the Newport, Monterey and Montreux Jazz Festivals. Plumeri has also written the music to 57 feature films, including scores for MGM, Universal, CBS and NBC.

The Jewel Box Concerts at the Thomas Center are a new series of multi-genre musical events staged in the historic Thomas Center’s Spanish Court. They will feature a spectrum of national and international touring artists from folk to classical and from jazz to bluegrass, with special holiday shows and surprise guests.

The Jewel Box Concerts at the Thomas Center are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

The Thomas Center Galleries are located at 302 NE Sixth Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601. For additional information, please contact Russell Etling, interim cultural affairs manager, at or 352-393-8532, or contact Joseph Saccocci from Shakerag Culture Center, Inc. at or 352-373-5514.