September 2015, Volume 19, Number 4

Cultural Spotlight


Striking a Chord With Jazz Lovers

Jazz at Wolfson Presents is a treasure for people who live, work and study in Downtown Miami. This annual jazz series at MDC’s Wolfson Campus will embark on its new season in September with a lineup of free monthly concerts promising a stellar collection of award-winning musicians, rising stars and well-known veterans of jazz.

“Now in its 18th season, the series continues to showcase a variety of artists with unique styles celebrating our national treasure – jazz,” said MDC Professor Dr. Mike Di Liddo, series’ founder and director.

Season at a Glance

The Jazz at Wolfson Presents season opens with MDC’s celebrated Jazz Faculty Quintet comprised of Latin Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dr. Ed Calle, guitarist Di Liddo, pianist Jim Gasior, bassist Gary Thomas and drummer Rodolfo Zúñiga. They’ll perform original works and select compositions blending their diverse musical backgrounds.

Following in October, The Miami Big Sound Orchestra takes the stage. Known as Miami’s resident big band, this collaborative group from Miami’s jazz and Latin music communities combines Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music with contemporary big-band jazz, funk and soul.

In November, the Wolfson Jazz Ensembles will feature talented MDC students, followed by trumpeter Alex Norris, who has performed all over the world, including in top New York clubs with his own jazz group and many other artists.

Legendary singer/saxophonist Jimmy Cavallo will take the stage in December, paying homage to the American songbook. This pioneer of rock ‘n’ roll has been entertaining audiences for more than 60 years.

The new year ushers in the versatile talents of Pat Bianchi on the B-3 organ, followed by Adam Nussbaum on drums. Both musicians have played with a virtual “who’s who” of jazz greats while also cultivating the next generation of outstanding musicians through their teaching efforts.

The Wolfson Jazz Ensembles return in March, and later that month, the dynamic duo of pianist Jim Gasior and vocalist Wendy Pederson – two enduring personalities in the South Florida music scene – promise a memorable performance.

Closing this season’s impressive roster is baritone saxophonist and flute artist Denis DiBlasio, former musical director for Maynard Ferguson.

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Jazz Under the Stars

Jazz lovers also won’t want to miss the ever-popular Jazz Under the Stars event at Kendall Campus, headlined by Latin jazz icon Paquito D’Rivera. This 14-time Grammy winner will perform his greatest hits on Nov. 7 in a collaborative performance with MDC Live Arts.


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