September 2012, Volume 16, Number 4

Cultural Spotlight

Music to Jazz Lovers’ Ears

Coming off a successful season marked by standing-room-only performances, MDC’s popular Jazz at Wolfson Presents Visiting Artist Series is entering its 15th season on a high note, presenting another exciting and varied schedule of monthly performances by renowned jazz artists.

Setting the tone in the fall’s first performance is the MDC Jazz Faculty Quintet. Featuring saxophonist Ed Calle, guitarist Mike Di Liddo, pianist Jim Gasior, bassist Rick Doll and drummer Rodolfo Zúñiga, performances of original works and selections from jazz repertoire by these experienced musicians are never to be missed.

In October and November, the saxophone will warm up audiences with performances by MDC alumnus Hery Paz and internationally famed saxophonist Richie Cole. Also in November, MDC’s exceptional music students in the Wolfson Jazz Ensembles will show off their mastery in an evening concert.

Then, in December, the series will showcase jazz pianist and New World School of the Arts Professor Jim Gasior.

Audiences have plenty to look forward to well into 2013 as Jazz at Wolfson Presents continues with bassist John Goldsby taking the stage in January, Dr. Lonnie Smith on the Hammond B-3 Organ in February, the Wolfson Jazz Ensembles and singer Angela Hagenbach in March and guitarist Randy Bernsen closing out the series in April.

A Downtown Treat

Free and open to the public at MDC’s Wolfson Auditorium in Downtown Miami, Jazz at Wolfson Presents offers students, faculty and the local community a unique venue to enjoy high-quality jazz performances by respected contemporary jazz musicians. Equally important, music students gain invaluable experience by performing before live audiences of hundreds of people.

“It’s hard to believe that we’re beginning our 15th season,” said Jazz at Wolfson Presents Founder and Director Dr. Mike Di Liddo. “It’s been wonderful to have so many terrific jazz artists come to Wolfson Campus to perform for MDC’s students, faculty, staff and the community. I’m looking forward to the next 15 years.”

Jazz All Around

The annual Jazz Under the Stars event, which draws hundreds to Kendall Campus for a lively evening of entertainment outdoors, will take place on Nov. 2. This year, musicians will include Grammy-winning conga player Poncho Sánchez, Cubano-Be Cubano Bop and vocalist Nicole Henry.

At North Campus, audiences will soak in the music of jazz legends in the Saxophone Masters Series, led by two-time Latin Grammy nominee Dr. Ed Calle, who chairs the Department of Arts & Philosophy. Greats whose music will be featured include John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Gato Barbieri, Michael Brecker, Sonny Rollins and David Liebman.

— MR

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