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Jazz Cabaret Supper Club

The Jazz Night at the Old IGA just got better for the 2015-2016 season...Paul and Tammy Foster, owners of Ginnys & JaneE's and their staff will be serving a delicious three course meal as part of the ticket price of $32.00.

This will now be a complete night out with food, camaraderie and great jazz.

Reservations are necessary and choice of entree will be made at that time as well as a reserved table,

Doors will open at 6 PM with dinner served at 6:30 PM. Concert at 7:30 PM

The Jazz Night at the Old IGA dates are:

December 19, 2015
January 23, 2016
February 20, 2016
March 21, 2016

Really look forward to seeing you all make it a party!

Encaustic and Wearable Art for sale!

I've some neat encaustic paintings, 8x8x1.5 and 12x12x1.5 for sale as well as some one-of-akind wearable art pieces.

This work may be viewed by appointment only: call 941-778-1075 or email me at:

Hope to hear from you and set up a visit to my studio here in Anna Maria, FL November-March.

CD Release Celebration! - January 19, 2015

We will be celebrating the release of my newest CD, You, recorded in Manhattan with Alan Broadbent, piano; Harvie S, bass; and Eliot Zigmund, drums on Friday, January 23, 2015 at Jazz Night at the Old IGA at Ginny & Jane E's in Anna Maria.

Billy Marcus on keyboards and Don Mopsick on bass will back me on a wonderful program of jazz standards. Billy and Don will be performing many instrumental offerings as well…and they really cook!

The CD, You, will be available at the gig.

Review: CD, You, Scott Yanow - December 10, 2014

   “Diane Linscott led a full life before she even thought of becoming a singer. After attending a Jazz in July workshop and learning directly from Sheila Jordan and others, she realized that she had the expressive abilities along with the voice to succeed. While she lives in Maine, she performs in Sarasota, Florida each winter and has sung throughout the New England area. She has also recorded a series of rewarding CDs of which You is the most recent. Pianist Alan Broadbent (who of course does not record with just anyone), bassist Harvie S and drummer Eliot Zigmund form a sympathetic and inspiring trio that perfectly fits behind the singer. The emphasis on You is on upbeat love songs taken at either slow or medium tempos. Ms. Linscott fully understands the words that she interprets and really digs into such classics as “I’m In Love Again,” “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was,” “If I Should Lose You” and “Something’s Gotta Give,” showing how the lyrics are still timeless and contemporary, at least when sung by a vocalist of her caliber. Diane Linscott is very much a story teller and You (available from is full of stories that one should hear.”
SCOTT YANOW, Los Angeles based American jazz reviewer, historian and author

New CD Now On CDBABY - December 10, 2014

My new CD, You, is now up online at CDBABY.

Here's the site to click on to hear sound clips from the CD and read reviews and album notes…and if you're so inclined write a review of the album should you buy it and enjoy it…it's always a help and greatly appreciated.
You may also purchase the CD directly from me by sending a check for $17.00 to:

Diane Linscott at P.O. Box 284, Anna Maria Florida.

This price includes shipping.

Thanks…and hope you will take the time to take a listen!

Jazz Night in the Mural Room 2014 - June 25, 2014

It's a new season for Jazz Night in the Mural Room at the Castine Inn, Castine, Maine.

We'll be having open night Monday, July 7, 2014 from 8-10 PM. Full season scheduled is posted in the Calendar section.

Accomplished, veteran jazz pianist Rick Dostie will be featured on keyboard with the marvelous Wells Gordon on bass.

Ticket price is ten dollars.

Reservations recommended: call the Castine Inn at 207-326-4365

The performance will again be in the jazz cabaret format for a fun, casual and intimate listening experience. We will do two sets with a break in between for visiting and chatting with friends and the musicians.

Gerry Wright, top-notch jazz pianist, will be making three appearances during season.

There will be other guest appearances throughout the series. Tune requests will be welcomed in advance by emailing me at in advance of the night you will be attending.

The Inn will be making a full bar, snack trays and desserts available for purchase before and throughout the performance.

The Mural Room in the Castine Inn is a special room and we hope to make it a special evening of music for you. We really appreciate your support of live music and the venues who support the musicians who perform this genre.

New CD. You, Available Soon - June 25, 2014

My latest CD, You, recorded in Manhattan at Sear Sound with Alan Broadbent, piano; Harvie S, bass; and Eliot Zigmund, drums is being manufactured by DiscMakers and will be available soon.

Track listing:
1. Gypsy In My Soul
2. Beautiful Love
3. I'm In Love Again
4. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
5. If I Should Lose You
6. I'm All Smiles
7. The Island
8. Don't Ever Leave Me
9. It's A Most Unusual Day
10. Something's Gotta Give
11. On My Way To You

A wonderful collection of jazz standards-up-tempo, ballads, Bossa Novas, and a waltz or two.

You may order a copy at this time by emailing me directly at or it may be purchased by mid-July at my Jazz Night in the Mural Room Series at the Castine Inn.

JAZZ NIGHT at the Old IGA by SUN staff writer, Tom Vaught - December 9, 2013

ANNA MARIA - Song stylist DIane Linscott, a winter resident of Anna Maria, who performs throughout the country, will continue to help keep jazz alive on the Island.

Linscott, whose voice and style are reminiscent of jazz great Ella Fitzgerald, is teaming up with Ginny and Jane E's owners Tammy and Paul Foster for a unique show at the iconic consignment store/coffee house/eatery at 9807 Gulf Drive.

"We're calling it Jazz Night at the Old IGA," she said.  We're hoping people come out to support this live music."

Anna Maria Island has a plethora of live music on any given night for the enjoyment of tourists to experience the ambiance of the island. Quite naturally there is more "Margaritaville" than jazz, but Linscott feels there are plenty of people who love and respect the jazz genre as well.

"We want this to be a listening experience one finds in a jazz club where the focus is on the music.  This is the format I have come to prefer. It's just one kind of the many types of venues where musicians perform." she said.

Linscott, a regular at Ginny and Jane E's from the beginning, said, "Ginny and Jane E's has always been a must see to people who come here. It had never occurred to me to perform jazz here, but Paul bought one of my CD's, liked what he heard and approached me about playing there. Now it feels like a perfect fit and venue for jazz."

"Eddie Tobin will be at the keyboard and joining me on some vocals and John Lamb, who worked with Duke Ellington for a number of years, will be on bass for the special Christmas show on Saturday, December 21 at Ginny and Jane E"s. We will be performing two sets of Christmas and holiday standards."

The owners of Ginny & Jane E's are excited to host this type of music event.  "We're trying to have a nice place where people can have a glass of wine and listen to music," Paul Foster said.  "We normally have music in the background but this performance will be the center of attention."

There will be a ticket price for the Jazz Night at the Old IGA.

Linscott got into music late in life due to a 20-year bout with agoraphobia.  In her early 50's, she received a scholarship to the Jazz in July workshop at the University of Massachusetts where BillTaylor was guest director.  After attending this workshop with a number of jazz greats, she formed Diane Linscott and Her Trio and began performing in New England. Se wintered and gigged in Mexico for several years and then Sarasota, performing with many of the great musicians in the area.

Linscott, who lives and works in Maine summers, is a composer and lyricist who also fashions wearable art, painting as well as  actively involved in several other art mediums.  Her wearable art and other mediums have been exhibited in solo and group shows  and galleries in Maine, Massachusetts, Florida, Mexico and New Zealand. Recently she has started "giving back" by mentoring young singers and artists in Maine and Florida.

She has been coming to Anna Maria Island for 16 winters performing in the Greater Sarasota area with a six-year run at the former Bistro at Island's End.

New Jazz Series in Anna Maria, Florida - May 15, 2012

Tuesday Night Jazz at The Village Cafe in Anna Maria was a sellout every event this past season.

In event partnership with Lizzie and Michael Vannthraser, owners of The VIllage Cafe, I developed the Tuesday Night Jazz. The cafe offered an optional fine buffet from 6-7:30 PM: Music downbeat at 7:30 for two sets with one intermission.

A very lucky chic singer, most Tuesdays found me working with Michael Royal on keyboards with a rotating roster of fabulous bassists including Mark Neuenschwander, Billy Pillucere, and John Lamb, and Johnny Moore, drums.

Other top-notch musicians who performed there with us were Billy Marcus, keyboards; Tom Carabassi, Steve Bucholtz drums.

The Vannthrasers were great to work with and the staff was superb. Our plans are to start up again on my return in November.

The event turned out to be a fun party where the camaraderie of music lovers got to eat and schmooze with old and new friends and then have an opportunity to really listen to the music. It was a good musical experience for audience and musicians alike.

I'm grateful for the overwhelming support and we look forward to seeing you all in the 2012-2013 season!

2012 STELLA'S OPENING - May 15, 2012

I will be starting my weekly summer gig schedule at Stella's in Castine, opening Thursday, June 28.

Rick Dostie will be on keyboards and Don Carmichael, bass. We'll be doing the standards, taking requests.

Wells Gordon will be guest bassist on July 12 and August 9.

I plan to have occasional guest artists join the trio from time to time.

Your support keeps us playing...we hope and look forward to seeing you there.

Call 207-326-9710 for reservations.




CHARLIE PRAWDZIK, 1939-2010 - November 12, 2010

Many of you know that Charlie Prawdzik was diagnosed with ALS in February, 2010. Sunday morning, October 31, Charlie succumbed to a heart attack...I got the call on my way to Florida Sunday somewhere in South Carolina on Interstate 95.

I’ve known for several weeks he was unable to do our November 19 concert because of his condition. Intellectually, I was prepared: Emotionally I’m dealing with the reality and struggling - as is usual - to reaffirm once again that it is a gift to feel so deeply about some one or some thing and is worth the pain of loss.

I connected with Charlie twelve years ago in the beginning of my singing career. When I moved to the Sarasota area I sought him out...well, I was simply seeking the best accompanist... and that accompanist was named Charlie Prawdzik.

One night at our first gig together at Bistro at Islands End in Anna Maria, I called for the tune “What’ll I Do”...counted it off :” One - two, one, two, three, four...

”Charlie looked up from the piano and said quietly...”That’s a waltz, you know.”

I said, “Yes, I know...So? “

“You counted it off in 4/4”, he said gently.

“So?” “I’ll sing it correctly” I said pleasantly, flailing my hand in the air....”Just play it.”

He smiled, played it...I sang it as a waltz. He had what I lacked myself; the technical aspects...but he knew I sang it from my heart and that was good enough for Charlie... We connected that night. We became musical soul mates. We were always each other’s accompanists: He listened. I heard.

All of you receiving this email are also connected to Charlie through our music - our gigs, concerts and recordings...and many knew him personally.

What some of you might not know about is his own fabulous recording, “Dreamworld” , a collection of elegantly performed standards plus two original compositions, “Cantique”, and the title tune, “Dreamworld”.

Check it out on: We are fortunate to have this available.

You’re the best, Charlie Prawdzik. We’ll always be connected...but your buddy misses you...Diane, November 5, 2010.

Love Wants to Dance with Harry Allen available - May 21, 2010

My latest recording, Love Wants to Dance with Harry Allen is available now. I've not put it on CDBABY yet...but it can be purchased directly from me by emailing me at:

or by calling:

Stellas Season Begins - May 21, 2010

We start Thursday, July 1 at Stella's, 7-10PM for the season. Rick Dostie,keyboards;and Don Carmichael,bass.

I hopefully will have returned to Boston the night before, June 30, from a few weeks in Provence and Paris with family. Going to miss my favorite weeks here...but. hey, can't have everything.

Digital paintings - June 4, 2009

I've added one of my digital paintings and will add more from time to time.

Matte or glossy prints of my digital paintings are available for sale in several sizes. Also available double matted for extra fee. Please email me at if you are interested.
Diane Linscott

Back at Stella's - June 4, 2009

Starting June 25, 2009, I'll be back at Stella's every Thursday night for the season with my trio. Rick Dostie will be on piano and scat duo's with me, and Don Carmichael on bass...with visiting musicians from time to time.

Stella's has a wonderful, creative new chef this summer who will be presenting Bah's entree's as well as many of his own creations, I'm sure.

To add to your overall dining experience, we intend to have a super time musically and hope you'll be there to enjoy it with us. Tune requests are always welcome.

This year the hours will be 8 PM-11PM.

Recording dates with Harry Allen completed - March 6, 2009

March 3, 4, 2009 were the recording dates with Harry Allen. We had a good session and I plan to release the new CD, Love Wants To Dance, in 2010.
My pianist here in Sarasota, Charlie Prawdzik, performed beautifully-as did Billy Pillucere and Mark Neuenschwander on bass; Johnny Moore, drums; and Dave Trefethen on guitar.

An added treat to the mix this time around was Chris Pegis on cello who for years was first chair of the Florida West Coast Symphony. Chris now freelances and is Founder and Artistic Director of Amici Chamber Players.

Also on the recording for a couple tunes is world-reknown trombonist, John Allred.

New Recording In March with Harry Allen - January 2, 2009

Diane will be recording a new CD with Harry Allen on tenor sax in March, 2009 at Audio Images. Charlie Prawdzik will be on piano;Billy Pillucere, and
Mark Neuenschwander, bass; Johnny Moore, drums; and Dave Trefethen, guitar.

Diane Linscott at The Vinoy New Year's Eve - December 17, 2008

Diane Linscott will perform with The Billy Pillucere Quartet at The Vinoy in St. Pete, December 31, 2008.

NEW VENUE-ZORIA, SARASOTA - December 3, 2008

Starting Sunday December 14 I'll be at Zoria Sundays, 6:30-9:30 PM. It's a great restaurant and with your support we can make it a season venue. Check my calendar for location and information. Hope to see you'll love this venue. Charlie Prawdzik will be on the grand piano.

Diane Linscott Trio - August 4, 2008

I will be appearing every Thursday night, 7-10 PM at Stella's in Castine July, August, September, and into October with Rick Dostie, piano, and Don Carmichael, bass along with ocassional guest artists. Reservations are strongly recommended. Call 207-326-9517

My Wearable Art - August 4, 2008

I've added photos of my wearable art on my website and you may view my work by clicking on Photos. I will be adding work from time to time. Some of the images have been sold...but I will start to put on more images soon. If you are interested in any of the one-of-a-kind pieces please contact me at

Contributions to Jim Howe Memorial Scholarship - August 4, 2008

The inaugural concert for the Jim Howe Memorial concert at Minsky Hall, School of Performing Arts, University of Maine took place July 19, 2008. I want to thank Gerry Wright, Mike Bennett, and Mark Neuenschwander who donated their talents and gave a fabulous performance. Many in attendance were old friends from the Bangor area and they were thrilled with the caliber of the musicians and the concert.

Peter Taylor, a close friend of Jim's, was there with boxes of Jim's recordings which he sold at intermission and donated the proceeds to the scholarship. Peter was such a help to me in producing the concert for Jim's scholarship.

Stuart Marrs, Music Department Head opened the concert with information on the scholarship, and Danny Williams, Planned Giving Officer of the University of Maine Foundation provided information for donating to the fund. Both were a great help in establishing the fund.

Many of Jim's relatives were in attendance and all enjoyed the concert and are enthusiastic about the scholarship in Jim's name.

Donations may be made at any time to:
University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469-5792. Make check payable to Jim Howe '69 Memorial Scholarship.

Interview on MPBN in Portland, ME with Tom Porter - July 18, 2008

Wednesday, July 9, 2008, Tom Porter interviewed me about the upcoming Jim Howe Memorial Scholarship Concert at Minsky Hall at the School of Performing Arts, University of Maine, Orono. Selections from my newest CD, Once Upon A Summertime were played. The Maine Things Considered interview may be heard online at MPBN, Audio-on- demand and typing Diane Linscott in the Search browser.

Jim Howe Memorial Scholarship Jazz Concert - July 16, 2008

Memorial Concert July 19 to Benefit Scholarship for Former UMaine Musician

July 3, 2008
Contacts: Diane Linscott, 326-4803; George Manlove, 581-3856

Editors' note: The following cities or towns are mentioned in this news release: Penobscot, Hanover, Orono, Winslow & Southwest Harbor, Maine, and Portsmouth and Exeter, N.H.

ORONO – Professional jazz singer, recording artist and University of Maine alum Diane Linscott has established a scholarship fund for former UMaine music major and band member Jim Howe, who died last fall.

Linscott, of Penobscot, Maine, has organized a benefit concert in Howe's memory on July 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Minsky Recital Hall, Class of 1944 Hall, to raise funds for The Jim Howe ’69 Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will be managed by the University of Maine Foundation and will benefit future UMaine music students.

Linscott will perform with members of her quartet – several of whom also are alumni of UMaine – a concert of jazz standards from the Great American Songbook and some selections from her recently released CD, "Once Upon a Summertime," on which Howe played bass. Admission is free, with an opportunity to donate to the scholarship available at the door. Part of the proceeds from CD sales at the concert will go to the scholarship fund.

"All of us in the original quartet were graduates of the University of Maine and will be performing the concert in Jim's memory – Gerry Wright, piano, Mike Bennett, drums, and I will be on vocals," says Linscott, a 1960 UMaine graduate. "Mark Neuenschwander, my bassist in Florida who worked with Jim on my newest recording will be bassist for the evening."

Howe lived in Hanover, Maine when he died at age 61 last October. He taught bass at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and ran "Sunday Jazz" at the Portsmouth, N.H. Press Room jazz club for many years, and he was a regular bassist in Linscott's quartet. Recalling his "extraordinary musicianship" and "his joy and generous smile when he made music," Linscott says she wants Howe's legacy to live on through a scholarship.

"Jim Howe was a great bassist and representative of so many superb musicians who dedicate themselves to excellence," Linscott says. "A scholarship in his name seemed a fitting tribute."

Gifts in Howe's name may be sent to the University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469-5792 or by clicking on the "Online Giving" link through the Foundation's secure website Linscott asks that donors indicate their gifts are for The Jim Howe ’69 Memorial Scholarship Fund.

All gifts received prior to July 11, will be recognized in the evening's program unless otherwise noted.

About the musicians

Diane Linscott, also a sculptor and visual artist, has served as a trustee of the UMaine Foundation, on the University of Maine Development Council, on the advisory board for the Maine Center for the Arts and as volunteer for many organizations throughout the state. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from UMaine, did postgraduate study in experimental psychology and balanced a performance schedule with 10 years of liberal studies, including music, at UMaine.

Gerry Wright, piano, of Winslow graduated from UMaine with a bachelor's degree in music education and Thomas College with bachelor's degree in business education. He taught choral music in Oakland, Maine for 27 years, and currently teaches at MCI in Pittsfield, where he is choral music instructor. He also plays for the Al Corey Band in Waterville and is the leader of the Gerry Wright Trio.

Mark Neuenschwander, known as one of the finest bass players in Tampa Bay, has performed in a variety of musical settings around the world with The 5th Dimension, Herb Alpert, Diane Schuur, Chick Corea, and is a first-call bassist for many major artists appearing in the Sarasota area. He is a faculty member in the music department at the University of South Florida, and has worked with Linscott in Florida for the past 10 winter seasons.

Percussionist Mike Bennett of Southwest Harbor, an adjunct faculty member at the College of the Atlantic, earned a music education degree at UMaine in 1993. He has been a first-call drummer for many jazz musicians who have played in Maine such as Larry Coryell, Sheila Jordan, Buddy DeFranco, Greg Abate and Anita O'Day, among others. He was a member of the world music group The Beatroots.

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