Wednesday, December 3, 2014

MUSIC IN THE PARK! Friday Dec 5th FREE CONCERT in Miami Gardens!

The Sunshine Jazz Organization
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan
And Miami Gardens Councilwoman Felicia Robinson
Proudly Present....

Friday, Dec 5th from 6:30pm-9pm

The Sunshine Jazz Organization is proud to continue our co-sponsorship with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan and City of Miami Gardens Councilwoman Felicia Robinson by bringing a diverse lineup of live music to the public through Music in the Park, a FREE community concert series presented at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreation Complex Amphitheater. On Friday, December 5th from 6:30pm-9pm join us for a world class group from New York City with Miami roots, “The Rodney Kendrick Trio featuring vocalist Rhonda Ross”, plus music by local favorites from BNS Entertainment.

Pianist Rodney Kendrick grew up in Miami in a musical family. His mother Juet is a gospel singer and father is James “Jimmy Kay” Kendrick, a pianist who worked with saxophonists Illinois Jacquet, Sonny Stitt and Sam Rivers. At 18 Kendrick began touring with R&B and funk acts including Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes and James Brown. At 21 he moved to NYC and began to focus on jazz. He played with artists incl Freddie Hubbard, Terence Blanchard and Clark Terry and in the ‘90s served as Abbey Lincoln’s musical leader for 7 years. He has also recorded and produced several albums.  Rodney and Rhonda are the main features in the December issue of Jazz & Blues Florida.

Neo-Soul Jazz Stylist, Rhonda Ross has an uplifting and resonant voice, unique phrasing and authenticity to her art. As the only child of Diana Ross and Motown Founder Berry Gordy, Rhonda's music is based in Black-American traditional jazz. In 1994 she married and began a musical collaboration with jazz pianist and composer Rodney Kendrick. Through him, Rhonda commenced studying with the late jazz great Abbey Lincoln.  She headlined President Obama’s 2nd Inaugural Ball, and received rave reviews at The Hollywood Bowl.  Recent performances include Montreal Int’l. Jazz Festival, Wolf Trap, and The Theater at Madison Square Garden. 

This bi-annual, free concert event brings all ages together under the stars for a wonderful evening of listening, dancing, and enjoying live music. Music in the Park takes place at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreation Complex – Amphitheater, offering plenty of seating and free parking - 3000 NW 199th Street, Miami Gardens, FL 33056. For information call (305)474-3011. 

SJO programming is presented with support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs 

and Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.
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