September 2016, Volume 20, Number 4

Cultural Spotlight

All the Right Notes

Launching another dynamic season of stellar jazz performances, MDC’s Jazz at Wolfson Presents continues its tradition of bringing renowned musicians to campus to educate students and provide a unique cultural experience to the people of Downtown Miami.

“Now in its 19th 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, who founded and directs the series.

The new season opens with MDC’s celebrated Jazz Faculty Quintet comprised of Latin Grammy-winning 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 is Latin percussionist Sammy Figueroa, considered one of the world’s greatest musicians with a career spanning over 30 years. He’s played with great artists in many genres, from Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins to David Bowie and Blues Traveler.

November will usher in the sounds of the Wolfson Jazz Ensembles, featuring three groups of exceptional student performers, followed by bassist David Friesen, who is listed as one of the 20 most influential bass players in the history of jazz.

Prolific guitarist John Hart takes the stage in December, showcasing why he is one of the most versatile and sought-after musicians on the jazz scene today.

On the heels of this exciting performance is world-renowned organist/pianist Mike LeDonne on the B-3 organ in January and award-winning alto saxophonist Michael Thomas in February.

The Wolfson Jazz Ensembles return in March, followed by vocalist Roxana Amed, one of the most important voices in Argentine music.

Critically acclaimed performer, author and teacher John Riley will bring the season to a dramatic close in April on the drums.

To learn more, visit www.mdc.edu/jazzatwolfsonpresents. All performances are free and open to the public.

2016-2017 Season at a Glance

MDC Jazz Faculty Quintet Sept. 21, 2016
Sammy Figueroa, Latin percussion Oct. 12, 2016
Wolfson Jazz Ensembles Nov. 8, 2016
David Friesen, bass Nov. 9, 2016
John Hart, guitar Dec. 7, 2016
Mike LeDonne, B-3 organ Jan. 18, 2017
Michael Thomas, alto sax Feb. 15, 2017
Wolfson Jazz Ensembles March 14, 2017
Roxana Amed, voice March 15, 2017
John Riley, drums April 5, 2017

— AMS


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