South Beach Jazz Festival – bocaratonobserver.com

Sixteen performances by world-renowned jazz greats and local jazz favorites will perform at venues across Miami Beach. From an exclusive evening with legendary Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Monty Alexander to Mambo Night in Miami Beach featuring the Big 3 Palladium Orchestra’s first-ever appearance in Miami, the 2023 South Beach Jazz Festival brings a weekend full of fabulous music. on our shores. Grammy-nominated legendary pianist Monty Alexander headlines opening night on January 5 at the lavish Faena Theater. On January 6, sip cocktails, mingle, and wander the galleries of the museum on bass, while reveling in the sensational music of the South Florida Jazz Orchestra big band led by bassist Dr. Chuck Bergeron with the special guest Nicole Henry. In a rare occasion, Tito Rodriguez Jr., Machito Jr. and Tito Puente Jr. perform with a 17-piece orchestra at the Miami Beach Bandshell for Mambo Night in Miami Beach on January 7. On January 8, seven performances jazz up 1100 Lincoln Plaza all day with a series of free performances by Latin Jazz great Sammy Figueroa featuring A Tribute to Cal Trader, world-renowned jazz pianist and Hammond organist Mike LeDonne, at the South Florida favorite Wendy Pedersen, inspiring locals, to a fabulous festival finale by Gafieira Rio Miami, an authentic Brazilian Big Band that fuses samba, jazz and funk with a mighty 5-piece brass section, more bass, guitar, drums, percussion and vocals. On the afternoon of January 7, six of South Florida’s top student jazz organizations perform all afternoon with free performances in addition to Talk and Q&A and a Kiddos Master Class in the morning for a day. jazz organized by renowned musician and educator Nicole Yarling. In addition to outstanding musical talent, the SBJF is thrilled to present a virtual panel discussion on disability and the arts featuring Mike LeDonne, Founder of NYC Disability Pride Parade, and R. David New, Founder of Power Access and the South Beach Jazz. Festival.

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Willie J. Johnson