Miami Beach Jazz Festival is in it’s third consecutive year, and as always brings an eclectic array of jazz artists from around the world. The event runs from Jan. 25, 2016 – Jan. 30, 2016 and features several kick-off events and concert-series, in a variety of new locations due to its quick growth.
Jazz music is serious yet rich and vibrant, leaving an impression on both young and old. Jazz’s roots reach back to the beginning of the last century. It first made it’s emergence in New Orleans more than 100 years ago, but its roots can be found in the musical traditions of both Africa and Europe. Many people view jazz as a wonderful union of African and European music. The music genre rose to popularity mainly due to mainstay artists including Miles Davis, George Gershwin, Ornette Coleman, and too many other great masters to name. Their passion, creativity and foresight drove the unique music genre to become part of a world culture.
This years festival consists of an incredible array of international talent. The majority of the headlining events are scheduled for the last week of January, 2016. Due to the festival’s rapid growth, there are several kick-off events and concert-series being held in other parts of the city. Jazz fans can see an impressive array of artists from France, Israel, Australia, Brazil, Latvia, and Austria which illustrates the year’s theme, the “International Sound of Jazz.”
Some of the most noteworthy performers include:
Daniel Zamir, an Israeli alto saxophone player with strong spiritual ties and influence. In 2000, his debut album, Amen, became the bestselling jazz album of all time in his country. The album was instrumental in introducing jazz music to a mainstream audience in Israel.
Joe Carter is a world-renowned jazz performer who fuses his influences into a style he calls “samba jazz,” blending the improvisational aspects of North American jazz with the rhythmic styles of Brazilian bossa nova, samba, and choro.
Australian James Morrison composed and performed the opening song at Sydney’s 2000 Olympic Games. He is a widely recognized composer and trumpeter who’s talents encompass other areas such as soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, trombone, clarinet, bass trumpet, tuba, euphonium, double bass, piano and guitar.
This year Miami Beach Jazz Festival’s closing-night event won’t take place in the island city. The global themed event “A World of Jazz,” will feature musicians from Latvia, Brazil, Austria, Israel, and the United States. The final event will take place Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Olympia Theater (174 E. Flagler St., Miami). Tickets cost $45 for general admission and $150 for VIP, which includes mezzanine seating, valet parking, access to an open bar, and a gift bag. Call 305-374-2444 or visit olympiatheater.org.
Miami Beach Jazz Festival was founded by Carmen J. Cartiglia in 2013, and has since grown to encompass not only a week of performances, but also a week-long training program for student musicians 13 years and older called the Miami Beach Jazz Academy. For more information about the academy or a list of events, visit their website.