November 2011, Volume 15, Number 5

Cultural Spotlight


Spellbinding Jazz Returns to MDC

Music is captivating South Florida audiences once again at two Miami Dade College campuses as they host another season of not-to-be-missed jazz concerts.

Latin Stars Light Up Stage

Kendall Campus’ annual Latin Jazz Fest morphs this fall into Jazz Under the Stars with an evening featuring some of the most celebrated names in jazz. Highlighting the event are Grammy winner and visiting professor Jon Secada, as well as saxophonist extraordinaire Jesse Jones Jr. Another highlight of the performance is MDC Professor Ed Calle, who has appeared on Grammy-winning albums by Frank Sinatra, Vicky Carr, Arturo Sandoval and Secada.

Award-winning jazz pianist and composer Silvano Monasterios will perform songs from his 2011 release, Unconditional. MDC Professor and bassist Matt Bonelli, who toured with the Bee Gees, also will take the stage.

Daytime Delights

At least once a month and often at noon, Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Auditorium becomes a sanctuary of sound thanks to the 2011-12 season of Jazz at Wolfson Presents. Featuring internationally recognized musicians, the series provides a sublime and stimulating escape for daytime dwellers of Downtown Miami.

The season began with the MDC Faculty Jazz Ensemble, consisting of Calle, guitarist Mike Di Liddo, pianist Jim Gasior, bassist Rick Doll and drummer Rodolfo Zúñiga. In October, saxophonist Mike Rossi also took the stage.

The Wolfson Jazz Ensembles offer a smorgasbord of styles. In the fall, Grammy-winning trumpeter Brian Lynch brings his versatile style to the Wolfson Auditorium, while piano dominates the winter months with performances by Kemuel Roig, Arturo Sandoval’s principal pianist, on Dec. 7, and renowned jazz pianist Michael Orta, playing Jan. 18. Drummer Nate Smith lays down the beat on Feb. 15, Nicole Yarling harmonizes voice and violin on March 21 and seasoned vibraphonist Dick Sisto caps off the series on April 18.

— MR


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