September 10, 2013 — Coral Gables — Celebrating its 30th Anniversary Season this October, the University of Miami Frost School of Music’s acclaimed Festival Miami proudly presents a phenomenal lineup of diverse jazz artists/ensembles scheduled to perform during its month-long Festival in October 2013. The jazz concerts are featured as part of the Festival’s Jazz and Beyond series and will take place at UM’s Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, 1314 Miller Drive on the Coral Gables campus. Additional Festival themes include Great Performances, Music of the Americas, and Creative American Music.
Festival Miami’s Jazz and Beyond series kicks off with the inimitable blues-funk legend Dr. John & The Nite Trippers on October 5, performing works from such Grammy Award-winning projects as Locked Down, Tribal, and City that Care Forgot. A pianist, guitarist and actor, Dr. John’s music combines blues, pop, jazz as well as zydeco, boogie-woogie and rock. On October 11, the Frost Studio Jazz Band, under the direction of Stephen Guerra performs a high-energy tribute to multi-Grammy winning singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby -- a Frost School of Music alumnus -- featuring new arrangements of music from throughout his illustrious career. (Note: This concert date has been changed from October 10, as originally announced, to October 11.)
Then, on October 24 the incredible four-time Grammy nominated jazz vocalist – recently named “Rising Star” female vocalist in DownBeat’s Critics Poll – Karrin Allyson will perform with the DownBeat Student Award-winning Frost Jazz Vocal Ensemble (JV1). The next night, October 25, Festival Miami will present the music of composer-orchestrator-arranger Vince Mendoza who has earned six Grammy Awards and 25 Grammy nominations with such artists as Björk, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Bobby McFerrin, Sting and Joni Mitchell. His music is often described as abstract impressionism—a sophisticated blend of chamber music and jazz, a la Gil Evans. Here, Mendoza pairs up with the Frost Concert Jazz Band and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra for an amazing concert of original works in both big band and orchestral settings.
Rounding out its Jazz and Beyond offerings, Festival Miami presents bassist extraordinaire Christian McBride and his crowd-pleasing jazz trio on October 30, performing highlights from their brand new debut album, Out Here. A three-time Grammy Award winner, and co-director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, McBride has worked with the best of the very best in jazz, R&B, and pop including Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, James Brown, Sting, and Queen Latifah, to name a few. While at Festival Miami, the Christian McBride Trio will mentor the new freshman Stamps Jazz Quintet, who will also perform. The Stamps Jazz Quintet are five top-recruited jazz musicians selected for a special four-year full scholarship program at Frost, made possible through the generosity of the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation.
Festival Miami concludes its 2013 season in collaboration with Jazz Roots—A Larry Rosen Jazz Series with Jazz Roots: Pink Panther at 50. This spectacular concert staged on November 1 at the beautiful Adrienne Arsht Center celebrates the 50th anniversary of the iconic film, The Pink Panther, and its composer—the musical genius Henry Mancini, who is renowned for his memorable film and television scores. This tribute program features an all-star roster of special guest artists, backed by the University of Miami Frost School of Music's extraordinary Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. Guest soloists include international superstar Jon Secada; sultry vocalist and Grammy nominee Monica Mancini—daughter of the late Mancini; Nicole Henry, the powerhouse vocalist heralded by the Huffington Post as “this generation's First Lady of Jazz” and the Miami debut of New York based French singer Cyrille Aimee, who recently took top prize in the first-ever Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition. Tickets through the Arsht Center Box Office at 305-949-6722 or online at http://www.arshtcenter.org
Additional concerts for jazz enthusiasts during Festival Miami include: Opening Night featuring Gloria Estefan performing highlights from her new album, The Standards, on October 1; Brazilian vocalist/guitarist Paulinho Garcia on October 17; and Latin jazz icon Arturo Sandoval on October 26.
Festival Miami -- South Florida’s premier live music festival—annually presents unique programming by a diverse blend of award-winning performers in a variety of genres who showcase their artistic prowess alongside astounding students and faculty artists from the Frost School of Music. More than 25 concerts and events are organized into four themes: Great Performances, Jazz and Beyond, Music of the Americas, and Creative American Music.
For the Festival’s 30th Anniversary Season, special artwork has been created by young, up-and-coming Miami artist Alexander Mijares -- who has wowed the local and national art world with his stunning paintings and sculpture – which will be featured on all of the Festival’s promotional materials.
About Festival Miami
Festival Miami has set a precedent over the last 29 years by providing a series that blends artistically and culturally diverse music with educational opportunities. The festival offers 20-30 concerts each season, providing for people of all ages the chance to be enriched by live musical performances. It is unrivaled in its scope of musical presentations and is known throughout South Florida, the U.S., and the international community for its cultural contributions while expanding academic opportunities and cultural enrichment to all of South Florida and its visitors.
The Festival’s concert series features the Frost School’s widely known artist-faculty and student ensembles, and an educational mission that includes children’s concerts, master classes, lectures, forums, and concerts that highlight historically significant events.
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