February 2015, Volume 19, Number 1

Cultural Spotlight

 

Jazzed Up for an Exciting Spring

With only four performances left this season, MDC’s Jazz at Wolfson Presents music series is set to end on a high note after welcoming a host of stellar acts to Wolfson Campus throughout the year.

February brings acclaimed drummer and Miami Dade College alumnus Andrew Atkinson to the stage. Atkinson’s drumming draws on the seductive beats of his native Jamaica, the percolating rhythms of his childhood home of Miami, and the world of jazz that has beckoned and captivated him in all his many travels.

As he finished his studies at MDC, Atkinson found himself becoming one of the most in-demand young drummers in Miami. He has played with dozens of jazz luminaries and eventually formed his own Andrew Atkinson Quartet.

Following Atkinson’s sure-to-be-rousing performance, March ushers in the sounds of MDC’s talented Wolfson Jazz Ensembles for their second show of the season. The evening performance by the ensembles, comprised of three groups of exceptional student musicians, will be followed the next day by the much-lauded Extensions vocal ensemble from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. This elite, award-winning jazz vocal ensemble requires refined musicianship and improvisation skills.

Closing the season in April is internationally lauded vibraphonist Christos Rafalides. A native of Greece, Rafalides has performed around the world and also appeared at many of New York City’s cutting-edge venues, as well as a recent performance at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts with Wynton Marsalis. He also has added his vibraphone and marimba textures to recent recordings by several international artists, including Chaka Khan.

All Jazz at Wolfson Presents performances are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.mdc.edu/jazzatwolfsonpresents.

— AMS


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