Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Jazz Roots at Arsht Center in Miami Opens w/ Superstar Talent Tribute to Leonard Bernstein

 November 9, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra celebrate America’s
 greatest cultural superstar.

The 11th anniversary season of JAZZ ROOTS begins with a centennial celebration of America’s greatest and most loved classical music superstar, Leonard Bernstein. A genre-busting genius who composed symphonic, keyboard, musical theater and ballet masterpieces; conducted the world’s greatest orchestras; recorded dozens of best-selling, GRAMMY®-winning albums and nurtured the love of classical music in millions of Americans through his groundbreaking television specials, Bernstein has been honored and celebrated this year by arts organizations, festivals and venues throughout the world. The JAZZ ROOTS concert will feature some of the 20th century’s most iconic music reinterpreted and re-imagined for today. The evening will include performances by Grammy Award winner Jon Secada, vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway, saxophonist Kirk Whalum, The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and others.

With a career spanning over two decades, three GRAMMY® Awards, 20 million albums sold in English and Spanish, and starring roles on Broadway, JON SECADA is one of the first bilingual artists to have international crossover success. With a soulful, romantic voice, he is recognized as an international superstar by both fans and peers alike. Beyond his own hits, Secada is widely recognized for his impeccable producing and songwriting skills, collaborating with Gloria Estefan and creating countless popular songs for superstars such as Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin. Secada is also widely recognized for his philanthropic activism, assisting various charitable groups all over the world through his personal organization, Jon Secada Charities, and in 2016 he was named Humanitarian of the Year by The Muhammad Ali Foundation. ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY is one of the leading champions of the great American Songbook, having made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. Her unique singing style blends jazz and traditional pop, making her a mainstay in concert halls, theaters and jazz clubs as well as in the recording studio, on television, and in film. Callaway is a Platinum Award-winning writer whose songs are featured on seven Barbra Streisand CDs. The only composer to have collaborated with Cole Porter, she has also written songs with Carole King, Rolf Lovland and Barbara Carroll to name a few.

Soulful, passionate, stirring...these are the words most often used to describe the music of KIRK WHALUM. Forged from his Memphis gospel roots and his 1980s initiation into the thriving Houston nightclub scene, his big, rich tenor saxophone sound is unmistakable. Whalum is the recipient of three Dove Award nominations, an NAACP Image Award nomination and two Stellar Awards - gospel music’s highest honor. A 12-time GRAMMY® nominee, Kirk won his first Grammy in 2011 for Best Gospel Song “It’s What I Do” featuring Lalah Hathaway. For decades he has been an in-demand session player for top artists like Barbra Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones and most notably, Whitney Houston. It’s his sax heard on her mega-hit, “I Will Always Love You.”

UM’s Frost School of Music HENRY MANCINI INSTITUTE ORCHESTRA is a highly-acclaimed ensemble comprised of a full orchestra (strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion), plus a full jazz band (saxophones, trombones, trumpets), rhythm section instruments (piano, guitar, bass, drums) and world percussion.


December 7, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Cecile McLorin Salvant, Renee Rosnes, Melissa Aldana, Anat Cohen,
Noriko Ueda, Allison Miller and Ingrid Jensen—a stunning ensemble
 of powerful women in jazz today!

January 18, 2019 at 8 p.m.
An extraordinary quartet led by Joshua Redman, who The New
York Times described as “one of the most visible jazz musicians
of the last 15 years!”

February 8, 2019  at 8 p.m.
Will Downing, Nona Hendryx, Nicholas Payton, Quiana Lynell and
Andy Faber Jazz Orchestra present a concert inspired by one of
 America’s great novelists, author of Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison.

March 8, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Christian Scott, Terrace Martin, Derrick Hodge, Justin Tyson, Taylor
McFerrin and Robert Glasper, an all-star ensemble, blur genre lines
and inspire “a new generation of jazzers” (Rolling Stone).

April 12, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Sergio Mendes, three-time Grammy® Award-winning producer, composer,
keyboardist, and vocalist returns to the Arsht Center for a great evening
of bossa nova and samba.

The Arsht Center is thrilled to announce the 11th season of
JAZZ ROOTS which brings jazz legends from around the
globe to our own Knight Concert Hall - acclaimed as one of
the most acoustically superb concert halls of our age!

John S. and James L. 
Knight Concert Hall
at the
Adrienne Arsht Center
for the Performing Arts
1300 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132
Box Office (305)949-6722

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