Friday, February 7, 2020

South Florida JAZZ Season Continues Feb 15, 2020 w/ the Dynamic Nestor Torres

Season and Individual Tickets
Now On Sale!

Saturday, February 15, 2020 ~ 8pm
Nestor Torres

Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, dynamic flautist Néstor Torres resided in Miami for many years and currently lives in California. Néstor has retained his Caribbean roots, while exploring jazz in its many forms with intriguing fusions with other genres. While his early inspirations were Dave Brubeck, Tito Puente and Cal Tjader, his early heroes were the classical flute icons Jean Pierre Rampal and his "man with the golden flute" (literally) successor, James Galway. Beyond them, his influences include Cuban legend Richard Egües, and jazz greats Herbie Mann and Hubert Laws.

His playing always incorporated a smorgasbord of Latin jazz, pop, straight-ahead jazz, and classical styles. After high school, the family moved to New York with dreams of finding work with the profusion of Latin jazz bands. He honed his classical skills afforded by higher education obtained at the New School in New York and then jazz flute at the New England Conservatory, ultimately graduating from Berklee College of Music. He migrated back to New York and paid his dues gaining experience in the professional arena, including appearances with Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri.

He moved to Miami, where he was immediately accepted into the city’s vibrant salsa and jazz scene, performing regularly at festivals and clubs in South Florida. His passion for music education led to an FIU faculty position and honorary doctorate degrees from Barry University (Miami) and Carlos Albizu University (San Juan, Puerto Rico and Miami).

In 1990, at age 34, Néstor suffered potentially career-ending injuries in a devastating boating accident. The long, arduous recovery changed him spiritually and he was most fortunate to regain his health and the physical skills required for his chosen profession.

Torres’s music is an exotic mix of styles that takes the listener through a thoroughly unique approach to American, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban jazz. His work has been recognized by a Grammy® nomination, four Latin Grammy nominations, and a Latin Grammy Award.

Bailey Hall at Broward College
3501 Davie Road, Building 4
Davie, FL 33314 

South Florida JAZZ, South Florida’s premier jazz organization, in partnership with Bailey Hall, announces another world-class lineup for its third season at the elegant Broward College venue with state-of-the-art sound.

Bailey Hall is located on the A. Hugh Adams Central Campus at 3501 SW Davie Rd. in Davie and offers free parking. SUBSCRIPTION TICKETS and INDIVIDUAL TICKTETS are available online by visiting or contacting the Bailey Hall box office at (954) 201-6884. The box office and phone lines are open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 7:00 p.m. until curtain time.  All performances commence at 8:00 p.m. 


Saturday, March 21, 2020 ~ 8pm
Jazzmeia Horn concert on Mar 21 has 
been canceled due to Covid-19 risk
to the public and the musicians.
Subsequent concerts in this 2020 series
will be dealt with on an individual basis.

Jazzmeia Horn
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Jazzmeia Horn became a New Yorker while attending the New School. Possessing a luminous gift that the late great Jon Hendricks called "... one of the best voices I've heard in over 40 years," the 2015 Thelonious Monk Competition winner is a rising jazz superstar. Her 2017 debut, A Social Call, was nominated for a Grammy® Award and voted the best jazz vocal debut in the 2017 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll.

Saturday, April 25, 2020 ~ 8pm
Celebrating Charlie Parker
The Javon Jackson Quintet featuring Donald Harrison
There is only one individual who unquestionably revolutionized jazz, taking it from the bouncy, danceable Swing Era to searing Bebop. That was Kansas City-born alto saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker. His impact on the emerging art form was astounding and breathtaking, creating an extraordinary improvisational style and even an iconoclastic lifestyle that changed music and individual expression forever. The band paying tribute to Bird includes saxophonists Javon Jackson and Donald Harrison, pianist George Cables, bassist Gerald Cannon, and drummer McClenty Hunter.

Saturday, May 16, 2020 ~ 8pm
Christian Sands Trio
Christian Sands was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Like many accomplished performers, he began piano lessons at the age of four. He comments that "I grew up with [the piano] in the house, in the classroom and on stage, so it has always been a huge part of my life." As a teenager he was mentored by the legendary Billy Taylor. He then went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music. Upon graduation, he joined acclaimed bassist Christian McBride's Inside Straight band and also McBride's trio. Christian now leads his own band full-time.

Saturday, June 13, 2020 ~ 8pm
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Over the course of a multifaceted career, Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater reached the upper echelon of vocalists, putting her unique spin on standards, as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-structuring jazz classics. A fearless explorer and keeper of tradition, the three-time Grammy-winner won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee. In addition, in 2017, Ms Bridgewater was the recipient of the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship, the highest award our nation bestows upon jazz artists.

Funding for South Florida JAZZ is provided in part by grant from 
the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as 
recommended by the Broward Cultural Division.


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