Monday, February 3, 2014

South Florida Jazz Presents Jeff Berlin Trio w/ Othello Molineaux February 8, 2014

Jeff Berlin Trio
w/ Special Guest
Othello Molineaux

Saturday, February 8, 2014 ~ 8pm

South Florida JAZZ announces that steel drum legend, OTHELLO MOLINEAUX, will join electric bass guitar virtuoso JEFF BERLIN and his trio. An internationally acclaimed performer, Othello is world-renowned on his instrument. He has had a storied career alongside Jaco Pastorius and also Monty Alexander, but also has played extensively with Jeff Berlin. The band features pianist-acoustic bassist Richard Drexler and drummer Mike Clark, formerly a member of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters band. And now, Mr. Molineaux will add his special dimension to the band.

Pre-concert musical entertainment will be provided in the courtyard in front of the Miniaci Performing Arts Center from 7:00 – 7:45 PM by the WDNA Jazz Bootcamp Ensemble, ages 11-17 under the direction of performer-educator Nicole Yarling.

South Florida’s premier modern jazz organization is thrilled to present The Jeff Berlin Trio with Special Guest Othello Molineaux on Saturday, February 8, 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


Jeff Berlin is a virtuoso of the electric bass. Simply put, he is considered by many to be the finest bass guitar player in the world. Noted for his fluid, lyrical playing, he was also a pioneer of “slap bass” when he brought this percussive style of bass playing in 1979 to an entirely new audience on the tune cryptically named “5G!” Jeff also pioneered the two-handed tapping technique. In a sense, he is the Stanley Jordan of the bass guitar. While known as a major innovator through his incisive playing through recordings and performances for more than three decades, legendary electric bassist Jaco Pastorius actually regarded Jeff as a better soloist; and Marcus Miller told people that he wanted to be “the black Jeff Berlin.”

Berlin’s numerous credits include eight highly acclaimed solo records. The most recent is Low Standards, the sequel to High Standards, and could be the greatest bass album of all time. The title relates to Jeff’s penchant for puns. The album employs Jeff’s long-time confederate Richard Drexler, doubling on acoustic bass when Jeff is soloing (amazingly!) and then seamlessly switching instruments and playing extraordinary piano solos while Jeff plays time! This is ground never covered before and it is stunning. Drums? Oh, yes, there are drums. Mike Clark, best remembered for his contribution to Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters band, plays spectacularly with the trio. His playing is crisp and hip, locking tightly with the bass(es).

A special guest on this date is steel drum (pan) master, Othello Molineaux, a long-time associate of these players and also a close friend and mainstay in the bands of bass legend Jaco Pastorius and pianist Monty Alexander. Othello is world-renown. While the steel drum might evoke Calypso music, with Othello, it is pure jazz.

Many have said that they have never heard anyone play with Jeff’s melodic fluidity. He is making new fans all the time, while his playing continues to influence a new generation of bass players. His teaching continues to inspire and advance players wishing to know about the language of their art. Jeff Berlin is a master.

Jeff Berlin – electric bass guitar
Richard Drexler – piano and acoustic bass
Mike Clark – drums
Othello Molineaux – steel drums

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

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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