Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 5:40 p.m. and
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 5:40 p.m.
Wolfson Campus Auditorium
300 N.E. Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132
Building 1, Room 1261
The Wolfson Jazz Ensembles consist of three groups of exceptional students. The Horace Silver group takes its name from the legendary pianist and composer of the 1950s and ’60s. The Blue Note group pays tribute to the famed jazz record label of numerous groundbreaking recordings. Both groups help young musicians develop by presenting a wide range of jazz styles.
The program’s most mature group, the Hard Bop Jazz Ensemble, has included some of South Florida’s finest emerging musicians who have performed at major jazz festivals in Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands. The group has received DownBeat magazine awards in 2003 and 2007. In 2009, the Hard Bop Jazz Ensemble performed at the North Texas Jazz Festival and received five awards, including Outstanding Soloist, Outstanding College Group and the coveted Outstanding Musician of the Festival.
Notable alumni from these groups include DownBeat award-winning saxophonist Rocky Yera, saxophonist Hery Paz and DownBeat award-winning pianist Kemuel Roig. Drummer Omar Tavarez and bassist Leo Brooks have performed extensively with international recording artist Pitbull.
All three groups offer an evening of diverse jazz styles that have been greatly explored through intense individual practice and group rehearsals.