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Ellington's Jazz Bar & Restaurant, Sanibel Island

937 East Gulf Drive
Sanibel Island , Florida
Tel: 239 472 0494's insider take:

Think New York supper club on a Gulf Coast barrier island. Ellington's is very sexy, with black tablecloths over white, a dance floor, and a white Yamaha grand piano that's been signed by jazz greats, including Dave Brubeck, Sweet Georgia Brown, Mindy Abair, and Johnnie Mae Dunson, one of the first female jazz percussionists. Heavy hitters perform here: Dan Miller, a trumpet player who toured for years with Harry Connick, Jr., plays on weekend nights, and the annual New Year's Eve Gala brings the Brubeck Brothers Quartet (sons of Dave Brubeck). The food's great, too—spiced-rubbed grouper, filet mignon, pistachio dusted duck, and other crowd-pleasers.

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