Cabaret By the Bay: Whitney James


WHITNEY JAMES pairs incredible vocal skills with intimate, meaningful interpretations. She brings to the bandstand a flawless intonation, a broad range of colors, sounds, and an instrumentalist’s sensibility. She trained in opera and musical theater before focusing on a career in jazz and became a protégé of master jazz vocalists Jay Clayton and Sheila Jordan. Early in her career, she opened for Nina Simone and Betty Carter as well as pop giants Earth, Wind & Fire and Macy Gray. She was featured on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz Rising Stars on NPR hosted by Jon Weber in 2012. Her album, The Nature of Love has been acclaimed by US and International jazz press. She currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Jazz Vocal Performance at University of North Texas. To learn more, visit her website at

Cabaret by the Bay is an ongoing a series of intimate performances held in the Grand Foyer. Doors open at 7 p.m., and very limited seating is available. Patrons are encouraged to reserve tables early, as previous events sold out well in advance.

Two-top tables are $40 for and four-top tables are $80. Tables will be spaced out to ensure proper social distancing while patrons enjoy an evening of live music and a Sarasota sunset. Temperatures will be taken upon arrival and hand sanitizer stations are placed throughout the facility in easily accessible locations. Drinks and light appetizers by Mattison’s at the Van Wezel will be available for purchase in advance and at the event. These items are not included in the price of the table reservation.

(limited quantities available day of event)

Delivery from Mattison's City Grille is available.
Prices include tax.

Holiday Cookies & Fudge Bites ($16.05)
—Three cookies and three fudge bites served with hot chocolate, marshmallows and a candy cane

Margherita Pizza ($17.12)
—Fresh mozzarella, chopped tomatoes, fresh basil

Appetizer Sampler ($17.12)
Two pieces of each:
Goat Cheese Bruschetta: Marinated tomatoes and pesto goat cheese on crostini with basil olive oil and aged balsamic drizzle
Mini Mama's Meatballs: Beef and pork meatballs, fresh ricotta, San Marzano tomato sauce
Ratatouille Stuffed Mushrooms: Zucchini, yellow squash, roasted red peppers, mushrooms (GF, vegan)
Mini Crab Cakes with habanero remoulade

All beverages are served tableside.

FOR YOUR SAFETY: Cabaret Protocols

At the present time, the City of Sarasota requires the use of face coverings on City property (both indoor and outdoor) under City Ordinance 20-5329. Exemptions to the ordinance are outlined within the ordinance.

Masks/face coverings must be worn until the patron has reached their assigned table. Should a patron need to leave their table for any reason, they must wear their face covering until they’ve returned to their table. Patrons will be required to use the dedicated aisleway to maintain distancing from other tables when leaving their tables.

Hand sanitizer stations will be accessible throughout the facility and event spaces (i.e. lobbies upon entry and grand foyer where event is taking place). Patrons must use hand sanitizer prior to entering the facility.

We will be using a fogging machine to mass disinfect all areas with an environmentally responsible PathoCide sanitizer/disinfectant. Per PathoSans, this is “99.999% effective at killing bacteria within seconds” (PathoSans 2020). These areas will be fogged both prior to and following the event.

High touch areas will be disinfected throughout the event, including door handles, handrails, elevator call buttons, counters, etc.

Bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected prior to the event, as well as routinely throughout the event. Bathrooms will require limited capacity to encourage social distancing in smaller spaces.

All tables will be socially distanced (6’ minimum) from each other and staff will be encouraging social distancing protocols for all persons.

Dedicated ingress and egress doors will be assigned to maintain flow of socially distanced traffic.

Mattison's Bayside at the Van Wezel

Park. Dine. Delight.

Van Wezel dining in the Grand Foyer before the show!

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