Monday, September 5, 2011

South Florida JAZZ 2011-12 Season Schedule Announced

20th Season Celebration to Feature
Paquito D’Rivera

South Florida JAZZ, coming off its most successful season, and the principal purveyors of modern jazz in the region since 1991, formally announces its new season schedule. All 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 gently guided by the world-acclaimed vibraphonist/educator Gary Burton. The artists who have performed for South Florida JAZZ over the years represent an absolute who’s-who of the jazz world. Weber and Burton think this lineup could be the strongest yet, which is a bold assertion following the outstanding artists of the recently concluded season.

Subscriptions and individual 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

Platinum Subscriber Membership - $300 per person includes:
  • Subscription to all seven concerts beginning November 19, 2011 with admission to the South Florida JAZZ 20th Anniversary celebration, a party and concert featuring the internationally acclaimed Paquito D’Rivera Quintet with special guest pianist Tony Madruga
  • Gourmet reception at 6:00 PM in the DeSantis Courtyard Atrium precedes the concert in the Miniaci Performing Arts Center with live music by the New World School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble and Live Art by LEBO
  • Preferred seating – you select your seat for season
  • Personalized South Florida JAZZ membership card
  • Members-only gifts and benefits
  • Ron’s CD of the Month recommendations by email

Platinum Membership - $150 per person includes:
  • Admission to the South Florida JAZZ 20th Anniversary Celebration featuring the acclaimed Paquito D’Rivera Quintet with special guest pianist Tony Madruga
  • Gourmet reception at 6:00 PM in the DeSantis Courtyard Atrium precedes the concert in the Miniaci Performing Arts Center with live music by the New World School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble and Live Art by LEBO
  • Member's 25% discount on 2012 series concert tickets
  • Preferred seating – you select your seat for all concerts
  • Personalized South Florida JAZZ membership card
  • Members-only gifts and benefits

Paquito D'Rivera Quintet  -  $50 (orchestra); $40 (balcony); $20 students
SFJ member's orchestra price $40 (please call box office 954.462.0222) 
2012 concert tickets: $40 non-members;  $30 SFJ members; $15 students under age 25


November 19, 2011 – 8:00 p.m.
South Florida JAZZ 20th Anniversary Celebration & Concert*
Paquito D’Rivera Quintet with Special Guest Tony Madruga

A Cuban-born child prodigy, Paquito D’Rivera has dazzled the music world for his entire career. A clarinet and saxophone virtuoso, Mr D’Rivera has flourished in the classical and jazz worlds and collected 10 Grammy Awards and an NEA Jazz Master award along the way. He is an international musical ambassador and was a founding member of Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna and the acclaimed, groundbreaking band Irakere in his homeland before taking the world by storm for the last three decades. His quintet is superb. South Florida piano phenom Tony Madruga will make a guest appearance with his mentor Mr D’Rivera.

Paquito D’Rivera – clarinet and alto saxophone
Diego Urcola – trumpet, flugelhorn, and valve trombone
Alex Brown – piano
Oscar Stagnaro – electric bass
Mark Walker – drums

*Please see above ticketing information for this concert.

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January 14, 2012 – 8:00 p.m.
The best in West Coast jazz comes to South Florida in the form of a new Los Angeles-based organ trio comprised of the hippest of contemporary jazz musicians. Saxophonist, composer and arranger Bob Mintzer, still the principal voice of Yellowjackets, brings together drumming icon Peter Erskine (Weather Report, Yellowjackets) and Larry Goldings, simply one of the greatest keyboard players of his generation. They plow new musical ground with original music written by the players. This band really swings!

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February 11, 2012 – 8:00 p.m.
The Franco-American pianistic dynamo, Jacky Terrasson, arrives in Florida for the first time and with a new trio. Jacky, a 1993 Thelonious Monk Competition winner, has garnered acclaim and awards in America and France for two decades. Following the first of his 10 Blue Note recordings, The New York Times Magazine named Jacky as "one of 30 artists, 30 and under, most likely to change American culture for the next 30 years." Terrasson’s 2010 Concord Jazz debut, Push, is a gem of vibrant pianism that opens up a new door onto his extensive jazz vocabulary and effervescence

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March 10, 2012 – 8:00 p.m.
Carol Saboya, the beautiful and enchanting girl from Ipanema with the sweet voice and impeccable intonation, is the daughter of pianist-composer-arranger Antonio Adolfo, one of Brazil’s most revered performers and educators. This rare South Florida appearance comes after the 2011 release of Chora Baiao, which follows in the footsteps of their Latin Grammy-nominated 2010 CD Lá e Cá/Here and There. This band returns by demand after their sensational 2009 concert for South Florida JAZZ.

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April 14, 2012 – 8:00 p.m.
Jazz music should be fun and Matt Wilson, the clown prince of drumming makes it ebullient, entertaining, and eminently delightful. No drummer has ever expressed the pure joy of making music and had the abundant talent of Matt Wilson or has been this sought after, as his resume obviously displays. Add the pure trumpet of Terell Stafford, the versatility and originality of organist Gary Versace, and the solid propulsion of bassist Martin Wind and you have Arts & Crafts - a band with a groove and a style of its own.

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May 12, 2012 – 8:00 p.m.
featuring Antonio Sanchez with Special Guest Stefon Harris
Tenor saxophonist David Sanchez (Puerto Rico), pianist Edward Simon (Venezuela), and spectacular drummer Antonio Sanchez (Mexico) are Latin musicians who play jazz, rather than musicians who play Latin jazz, a major distinction. While the music might be flavored by their heritage, it definitely will be serious, original jazz. Forget labels. Stefon Harris, Jazz Journalists Association Mallet Player of the Year, appears as a special guest, which means the band will be en fuego!

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June 9, 2012– 8:00 p.m.
For the past 10 years The Bad Plus have created an uncompromising body of work by shattering musical convention. The New York Times said the band is "better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post-'60s jazz and indie rock." Few jazz groups in recent memory have amassed such acclaim, and few have generated as much controversy while audaciously bucking musical trends. While the bulk of their output has been originals, they have famously deconstructed covers in the pop, rock, electronic and classical idioms. Their belief in a band ethos and "avant-garde populism" has placed them at the forefront of a new instrumental music movement resulting in ever-larger audiences.

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

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