Thursday, March 13, 2014

Jazz Roots, New Orleans Style, with Aaron Neville and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band – March 14

Grammy®-winning, platinum-selling legendary soul crooner
and world-famous horn-funk powerhouse band
bring the sound of the Big Easy to Miami

“A national treasure!” – People Magazine

Friday, March 14, 2014 at 8 p.m.
TICKETS: $45 - $130
John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and Larry Rosen, together with presenting sponsor Wells Fargo, present JAZZ ROOTS: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series – NEW ORLEANS: AARON NEVILLE & THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND, Friday, March 14, 2014 at 8 p.m. in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center. New Orleans’ reigning prince of R&B and soul, AARON NEVILLE, and its world-famous DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND will bring the essence and spirit of the birthplace of jazz to Miami as they take concert-goers on a musical journey through New Orleans-style jazz, blues and funk for the second-to-last Jazz Roots concert of the season.

Tickets range from $45 to $130 and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722 or online at

Throughout his illustrious career, Neville has moved seamlessly back and forth between solo work and his role in the first family of New Orleans music, The Neville Brothers. His first hit single was the landmark “Tell It Like It Is,” which sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc. The beloved crooner went on to win Grammy Awards for his triple-Platinum collaboration with Linda Ronstadt on Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind. His most recent recording, My True Story, represents a culmination of the soul/R&B legend’s 40-plus year career.

A national treasure, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is heralded with revolutionizing the New Orleans brass band style by incorporating funk and bebop into the traditional New Orleans style and extending the music from the Big Easy into the 21st century. This horn-funk powerhouse has stood the test of time and developed a deep following through 35 years on the road. The band has performed and/or recorded with David Bowie, Elvis Costello, the Black Crowes, Widespread Panic and other major artists, and has toured over 30 countries on five continents.

“In a season of extraordinary JAZZ ROOTS concerts, AARON NEVILLE and THE DIRTY BRASS BRAND performing at our hall is the piece de resistance. These musical legends get audiences moving with the unique sounds, spirit and essence of New Orleans,” said John Richard, president and CEO of the Arsht Center.

JAZZ ROOTS co-creator and producer Larry Rosen further stated:  “Throughout our six seasons, we have strived to create a musical evening that not only entertains but educates our audience about the roots of America’s art form. With Aaron Neville and the innovative Dirty Dozen Brass Band, we have truly gone to the source!” 
JAZZ ROOTS  A Larry Rosen Jazz Series was co-created by the Adrienne Arsht Center in 2008 in collaboration with music industry entrepreneur, producer, Larry Rosen, and is currently celebrating its sixth season. As part of this groundbreaking jazz and educational series, the Arsht Center has presented a rich variety of thematically-based concerts exploring the spectrum of jazz. With six concerts annually, the series has featured hundreds of the greatest living jazz artists/ensembles on the scene today, in addition to introducing Miami audiences to rising stars and local talent. JAZZ ROOTS has showcased every unique style and incarnation of jazz – from Latin jazz and fusion to bossa nova and straight ahead, as well as presented tribute programs honoring American icons Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.  Since its inception, the series has drawn more than 50,000 jazz lovers to the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall for memorable evenings with such jazz superstars as George Benson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Paquito D’Rivera, Michael Feinstein, Bobby McFerrin, Dave Grusin, Keith Jarrett, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, and Sonny Rollins, as well as world-class ensembles, including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, the Count Basie Orchestra, and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Miami has never before seen a jazz series of this magnitude and success. Quincy Jones has heralded JAZZ ROOTS as “the most important new jazz and educational series in America!” This history-making series has been instrumental in establishing Miami as a world-class jazz capital, and is now presented at major performing arts centers in five U.S. cities.

JAZZ ROOTS also features JAZZ ROOTS: SOUND CHECK, an in-depth educational partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools which has brought approximately 5,000 high school music students to the Center for a complimentary and unique behind-the-scenes experience including: a pre-concert sound check; a Q&A session with featured artists followed by a workshop with a local jazz expert that will highlight the music, the artistic process and the practical skills needed for a career in the arts; and free entry to the evening’s performance. The Jazz Roots education program is made possible in part by individual contributions from members of the Jazz Roots Education Encore Circle, the ASCAP Foundation and Citizens Interested in the Arts.

WPBT Channel 2 and WLRN 91.3 FM are media sponsors of JAZZ ROOTS. The JAZZ ROOTS series is made possible with the generous support from series presenting sponsor Wells Fargo as well as Steinway & Sons, the official piano of the Adrienne Arsht Center.

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