November 2014, Volume 18, Number 4

Cultural Spotlight

Eddie Palmieri
Eddie Palmieri and his salsa orchestra perfromed at Kendall Campus' Jazz Under the Stars concert.

All That Jazz

Jazz lovers flocked to Kendall Campus earlier this fall for the ever-popular Jazz Under the Stars concert, presented by the College and MDC Live Arts.

This year’s event featured the dynamic, world-renowned Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra headlining, with performances by MDC faculty and students. Palmieri, a nine-time Grammy Award winner known for his charisma and astute arranging skills, has a musical career spanning more than 50 years as a bandleader of salsa and Latin jazz orchestras.

This annual outdoor event brings together students, faculty, alumni and the community for a great cause, with all proceeds benefiting MDC students pursuing degrees in music, theater and dance at the campus. Now in its eighth year, Jazz Under the Stars has featured some of the biggest names in Latin music and jazz, including Jon Secada, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, Albita, Los Herederos, Poncho Sánchez, Arturo O’Farrill and more.

Jazz at Wolfson Presents

MDC offers multiple outlets to experience superb jazz music and talent, especially through its Jazz at Wolfson Presents music series, which has been offering free monthly concerts to the Downtown Miami community for 17 years.

The 2014-15 season opened with a lively performance by the College’s own acclaimed MDC Jazz Faculty Quintet, comprising saxophonist Dr. Ed Calle, guitarist Dr. Mike Di Liddo, pianist Jim Gasior, bassist Gary Thomas and drummer Rodolfo Zúñiga. These great musicians and educators offered up inventive renditions of classic songs including Amazing Grace and Henry Mancini’s Moon River, in addition to an original work by Thomas and Zúñiga. In October, World Music 5 showcased their global, acoustic sound with songs that blended Afro-Latin and Caribbean rhythms and European harmony. Later this month, audiences can enjoy two great Jazz at Wolfson Presents performances, with both the Wolfson Jazz Ensembles and jazz pianist and composer Andy LaVerne scheduled to take the stage.

— AMS


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