September 2013, Volume 17, Number 3

Cultural Spotlight


Hitting a High Note

Spreading through Downtown Miami like the melody of the Pied Piper, the music of MDC’s Jazz at Wolfson Presents concert series draws people from the College community and beyond to its monthly performances by renowned jazz artists. Now in its 16th season, this year’s lineup promises to continue packing audiences at Wolfson Auditorium, where the public is invited to enjoy free concerts by exciting, contemporary musicians. The artists in this year’s talented group are Grammy Award nominees and have played with some of the greatest jazz musicians of past and present, including Dizzy Gillespie and Wynton Marsalis.

Stellar Acts

Opening the season later this month is MDC’s own Jazz Faculty Quintet, featuring saxophonist Ed Calle, guitarist Mike Di Liddo, pianist Jim Gasior, bassist Rick Doll and drummer Rodolfo Zuñiga, who will delight listeners with both original works and selections from jazz legends.

October will usher in the sounds of Jared Gold on the B-3 organ, while November will feature both MDC alumnus Aaron Lebos on guitar and MDC’s exceptional music students in the Wolfson Jazz Ensembles. One of the great drummers of our time, Ignacio Berroa, will take the stage in December.

Audiences will have much to look forward to well into 2014 as Jazz at Wolfson Presents continues with vocalist Lisanne Lyons in January and Chris Dingman on vibraphone in February. The Wolfson Jazz Ensembles return in March, followed by acclaimed pianist Lynne Arriale. The season closes with legendary saxophonist Lou Donaldson.

“The caliber of artists showcased through Jazz at Wolfson Presents is astounding, and I’m proud that we have been able to keep the bar so high for 16 years,” said concert series founder and Director Dr. Mike Di Liddo. “It’s very rewarding to know that MDC is able to bring such a cultural enrichment to the local community – at no cost – and expose both jazz lovers and jazz neophytes to some of the most acclaimed musicians of our day.”

Jazz Under the Stars

Music lovers can also get a dose of jazz greatness at the Jazz Under the Stars event at Kendall Campus, which will be headlined this year by Grammy Award-winner Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Hundreds flock to this annual, open-air event, which will bring several other great acts to the stage.

— AMS


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