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Poncho Sanchez and Nicole Henry Headline Jazz Under the Stars at Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus Nov. 2

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Grammy-winning conga player Poncho Sanchez

Miami, October 18, 2012 - Grammy-winning conga player Poncho Sanchez and sultry jazz vocalist Nicole Henry will headline this year’s Jazz Under the Stars concert at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Kendall Campus, co-presented with MDC Live Arts performing arts series. The concert will take place at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2. All proceeds will benefit students pursuing degrees in music, theater and dance at the campus.

Sanchez will perform pieces from his latest album, Chano y Dizzy! The concert will pay homage to two of his most prominent influences and legends in the world of jazz, conga drummer and composer Chano Pozo, and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Songstress Nicole Henry will join Sanchez with her powerful voice that has established her as a peerless interpreter of jazz and pop standards, transcending genre boundaries. The MDC Jazz Vocal Ensemble will round out this magical evening.

Now in its sixth year, Jazz Under the Stars is a musical celebration for the entire family. Past performers include Jon Secada, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, Albita, Los Herederos, and more.

MDC Live Arts is an initiative of MDC’s Cultural Affairs Department, created in 1990 as Cultura del Lobo. MDC Live Arts continues a long legacy of bringing unique, diverse performances from around the world to South Florida. The mission is to present the newest, most challenging contemporary and culturally specific work being created in the U.S. and abroad, with an emphasis on the Americas, and to present work that is reflective of our multi-ethnic community. Our series brings exceptional national and international performing artists to the region and provides opportunities for extensive community engagement through residency activities within the eight-campus college system, and through partnerships with other local arts providers.


Jazz Under the Stars Concert Featuring Poncho Sanchez and Nicole Henry

  • WHEN: Friday, Nov. 2, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • WHERE: MDC Kendall Campus, Fred Shaw Plaza 11011 SW 104 St.

Tickets are $12 for the general public. Free admission for MDC students with valid ID.

To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit

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Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
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