February 2013, Volume 17, Number 1

Cultural Spotlight

Jazzing It Up

There is nothing quite like jazz to warm a winter chill. At Miami Dade College, it’s on tap and piping hot.

A beloved annual ritual for Miami jazz lovers, the Jazz Under the Stars concert brought thousands to Kendall Campus once again on a beautiful evening to enjoy live jazz performances in the great outdoors by renowned artists including Latin percussionist Poncho Sánchez and enchanting singer Nicole Henry, as well as MDC’s own talented students.

Sax in the Spotlight

The new Saxophone Masters Series at North Campus has been bringing back the classics with concerts celebrating the works of Gato Barbieri, Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter and King Curtis. Featuring Grammy-nominated saxophonist and MDC North Campus Chair of Arts and Philosophy Dr. Ed Calle in company with seasoned jazz artists, the series gives the local community a chance to enjoy – free of charge – the music they love while educating students about jazz greats.

“From Coltrane to Barbieri and beyond, these saxophonists have entertained and inspired audiences and a wide variety of artists in the worlds of pop, rock and soul music around the globe,” said Calle. “Given that some of these legends are no longer with us and that others are difficult to engage, the concerts give excellent artists the opportunity to study and share the great traditions made by these masters in an acoustically perfect and beautiful performance space.”

The series continues through the spring at the state-of-the-art William and Joan Lehman Theatre with concerts highlighting the works of Stanley Turrentine, Michael Brecker, John Coltrane and Steve Grossman, among other great artists.

Bringing the Best

The ever-popular Jazz at Wolfson Presents Visiting Artist Series continues its 15-year legacy of bringing some of the country’s greatest jazz talents to MDC this season at no cost to its faithful audience of students and the community at large. Energized in the fall by the vibrant performances of saxophonists Hery Paz and Richie Cole, pianist Jim Gasior and bassist John Goldsby, the series gives audiences lots to look forward to with the arrival of Dr. Lonnie Smith on the B-3 organ, celebrated vocalist Angela Hagenbach and guitarist Randy Bernsen.

“The series is a good way for jazz students to get exposed to jazz musicians active in their field and see their faculty performing alongside them,” said MDC Professor Dr. Mike Di Liddo, who kicked off the season on the guitar with the Wolfson Jazz Faculty Quintet with Calle, Gasior, bassist Rick Doll and percussionist Rodolfo Zuñiga. “The visiting artists then work with the students, something that is often a once-in-a-lifetime event for the students. In an age when live music performance is at an all-time low, events of this type are truly a valued experience.”

— MR

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