Monday, January 6, 2014

South Florida Jazz Presents Kenny Garrett in Concert January 11th, 2014


Saturday, January 11, 2014 ~ 8pm

South Florida JAZZ presents the eight-time and current DownBeat Magazine Poll-winning alto saxophonist KENNY GARRETT and His Quintet. This is the first Florida engagement for this particular aggregation, although Mr. Garrett has previously played for SFJ at the Hollywood Jazz Festival. Mr. Garrett’s newest recording, Pushing The World Away, has just been nominated for a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Album.

Pre-concert musical entertainment will be provided in the courtyard from 7:00 – 7:45 PM by an all-star student ensemble derived from Palm Beach and Broward County school bands.

South Florida’s premier modern jazz organization is thrilled to present The Kenny Garrett Quintet on Saturday, January 11, 2014, 8:00 PM. This concert will take place at the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center on the Nova Southeastern University campus, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr Blvd, Davie 33314. Tickets are $40 ($15 for students) and can be purchased from the Broward Center box office by calling 954.462.0222, option #4 in Broward; or online at

Alto saxophonist, composer and bandleader Kenny Garrett has been at the forefront of the modern mainstream of jazz for more than three decades. While many are quick to note his nearly five-year association with Miles Davis from 1987 -1991, his career didn’t begin or end with Miles. Nor was his ascension a function of conservatory training, but rather his extraordinary innate ability honed in the cauldron of the Detroit jazz scene of the 1970s, albeit after the vibrant years of the prior two decades that churned out an enormous number of jazz luminaries.

Kenny Garrett's father was a carpenter who played tenor saxophone as an avocation in the family’s hometown, Detroit. Kenny got his first saxophone as an eight-year-old. He had the good fortune to study and perform with Detroit trumpet legend Marcus Belgrave, who helped launch the careers of many other young locals. Kenny was recruited into the Duke Ellington orchestra (under Mercer Ellington’s direction) before he had finished high school. He joined the band the summer after graduation and stayed for three and a half years. Meanwhile, he added the soprano and baritone saxophones and flute to his arsenal and was encouraged by members of the Ellington orchestra to compose original music, a superb talent that he was just discovering he possessed.

Garrett also was given the invaluable opportunity to perform and record with the band that launched so many careers, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, as well as with prominent trumpeters Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw. Throughout his distinguished career, he has explored and played a variety of music including dates with Sting and hip-hop artist Q-tip. He believes it is part of musical growth to experience myriad styles from home and around the globe.

In addition to leading his own band, Kenny Garrett remains in high demand. He won a Grammy® with Chick Corea’s Five Peace Band in 2010 and 2012 Mack Avenue Records release as a leader, Seeds from the Underground, received Grammy® nominations in the Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo categories; and it won the German Phono-Academy’s ECHO Award for Saxophonist of the Year. His 2013 release, Pushing The World Away, has been nominated for the Best Jazz Instrumental Album Grammy® this year.

Kenny Garrett – alto and soprano saxophones, flute
Vernell Brown – piano
Corcoran Holt – acoustic bass
McClenty Hunter – drums
Rudy Bird – percussion

South Florida JAZZ, in its 22nd year, as the principal purveyors of modern jazz in the region since 1992, formally announces its new season schedule. All eight performances will be held at the Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr Blvd on the Nova Southeastern University campus in Davie. The focus of the organization remains steadfastly on presenting artists of national and international repute under the aegis of Artistic Director Ron Weber and the world-acclaimed vibraphonist/educator Gary Burton, Artistic Advisor, who believe this lineup is potentially the strongest in the organization’s history.

Tickets to all concerts can be purchased from the Broward Center box office at 954-462-0222; toll-free at 877-311-SHOW, online at or

Tickets: $40; students $15; $300 eight-concert subscription
All seating is reserved
Free parking courtesy of South Florida JAZZ

2014 Concerts

February 8, 2014 – JEFF BERLIN TRIO with Richard Drexler and Mike Clark
A virtuoso of the electric bass, Jeff Berlin is considered to be amongst the finest bass guitarist soloists in the world. His current trio is remarkable in its versatility with noted drummer Mike Clark (from Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters band) and pianist-bassist Richard Drexler. This band really must be seen to be believed!

Will Calhoun won two Grammy Awards and became famous as a drummer of the rock group Living Colour. Will returns to his jazz roots with his core trio that features the virtuosic bassist Charnett Moffett and keyboard star, Marc Cary, augmented by tenor saxophone rising star Marcus Strickland and trumpeter Brian Lynch – all big dawgs in the jazz scene and it shows in this energetic band.

April 12, 2014 – BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO
One of the most lyrical and intimate voices of contemporary jazz piano, Brad Mehldau has forged a unique path, which embodies the essence of jazz exploration, classical romanticism, and pop allure. With his trio featuring bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard, he is now amongst the most famous and regarded fixtures in modern music with supreme confidence in his deconstruction of varied source material.

May 10, 2014 – DIANE SCHUUR
Vocalist Diane Schuur has built a stellar career by embracing not only traditional modern jazz repertoire and the American Songbook, but also contemporary pop and even some country music with her distinctively jazz flavoring. Her various collaborations have resulted in numerous #1 Billboard chart ratings and two Grammys in five nominations. Deedles’ multi-octave voice, to say the very least, is unique.

Grammy Award winner Christian McBride, who comes from the Ray Brown tradition, is a chameleonic virtuoso both of the acoustic and electric bass, stands tall among his peers, doing things that never have been done on the instrument before. His trio that features emerging stars, pianist Christian Sands, and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr, is dazzling!

Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council

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