June 2011, Volume 15, Number 3

Cultural Spotlight

Martin Bejerano
Martin Bejerano

Jazz Series Captivates Audiences

Gary Mayone
Gary Mayone
Nicole Henry
Nicole Henry

Each year South Florida’s music scene gets a huge boost from the Jazz at Wolfson Presents series, Miami-Dade County’s only continuously running jazz series. The concert series, which is free to the public, was founded in 1998 by MDC jazz studies professor Dr. Michael Di Liddo and inspired by MDC’s Lunchtime Lively Arts concert series of the 1970s.

This season’s series featured such outstanding jazz luminaries as the vibraphonist Gary Mayone, an iconic member of the South Florida music scene; vocalist Nicole Henry, who is known worldwide for her inspirational songs and whose performance coincided with Women’s History Month; and saxophonist Don Braden, whose performance coincided with Black History Month. Running from September through April, Jazz at Wolfson Presents featured a wide range of jazz styles, including swing, hard bop, cool, modern, Latin, fusion and avant-garde.

“One of the things that made the season so much better was the newly renovated auditorium at Wolfson Campus,” Di Liddo said. “Artists commented on how good it sounded, and audiences said it was beautiful and comfortable.”

The season wrapped up with a performance by jazz pianist Martin Bejerano, who is a native of Miami. His debut CD Evolution/Revolution, released in May 2007, reached No. 9 on the Jazz Week Jazz Album Chart, which lists the top 50 jazz albums based on airplay. 

“It was a great season with a nice variety of performers,” Di Liddo said. “We are now planning for our 14th season, which will include another series of 10 talented and exciting performances.”

— JD

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