February 2014, Volume 18, Number 1

Cultural Spotlight

Redefining Cool

Sure as a drummer’s beat, MDC’s Jazz at Wolfson Presents Visiting Artists Series brought one class act after another to the College for yet another season of energizing and mesmerizing performances.

Jared Gold’s grooves on the Hammond B-3 organ were a resounding hit with students, faculty and members of the community who came to MDC’s Wolfson Auditorium to hear the renowned organist.

The series focused a spotlight on the best of MDC’s Wolfson Campus jazz students, faculty and alumni, with two hot November concerts. Guitarist Aaron Lebos, formerly a protégé of MDC Professor Dr. Mike Di Liddo and now a renowned musician, returned to his alma mater to serve up an upbeat performance of his stimulating yet cool-headed sounds.

Following Lebos, Miami Dade College’s four Wolfson Jazz Ensembles, comprised of two dozen exceptional students, showed off their talents in energetic evening performances. In December, legendary drummer Ignacio Berroa laid down his inimitable beats for an enthusiastic audience and, in the first show of the New Year, Lisanne Lyons’ silky voice filled Wolfson Auditorium in a mesmerizing January performance.

“This has been an amazing season,” said Di Liddo, who organizes the series every year. “The concerts have offered some extraordinary talent that, I believe, has significantly added to the cultural offerings of Miami Dade College and the whole community of Downtown Miami.”

Next up, vibraphonist Chris Dingman will perform in February, followed by vocalist Lynne Arriale in March and legendary alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson in the series’ final performance of the season in April.

— MR

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