Thursday, January 14, 2021

South Florida JAZZ Virtual Concert Series Begins Saturday with John Daversa Quintet

2021 Digital Season Schedule Announced

Jan 16, 2021 • 8:00 p.m. EST
John Daversa Quintet

The John Daversa Quintet plays "CUARENTENA: With Family at Home," magical music reflecting the times that the world currently finds itself.

South Florida JAZZ, the premier presenter of modern jazz in the region, goes virtual this season with a livestream performance by multiple Grammy-awarded trumpeter, composer and arranger John Daversa, accompanied by literal instrumental all-stars: internationally renowned pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, virtuoso bassist Carlo De Rosa; drummer extraordinaire Dafnis Prieto, and veteran, stellar percussionist Sammy Figueroa. The band will feature original , nearly magical compositions, predominantly penned by Mr. Daversa, reflecting the times we currently live in. The concert is titled "CUARENTENA: With Family at Home."

February 20, 2021 • 8:00 p.m. EST
Joe Locke Subtle Disguise

Vibist Joe Locke showcases his newest band, Subtle Disguise,
 featuring mostly original compositions for the project/band.

Vibraphonist Joe Locke is a six-time recipient of the Jazz Journalists Association’s “Mallet Instrumentalist of the Year” award and has won numerous further accolades and polls. In 2016 he was honored with induction into the Music Hall of Fame in his hometown, Rochester, New York. He remains an active clinician and educator both in the United States and in Europe, and holds the prestigious title of Honorary Associate of London’s Royal Academy of Music. Mr. Locke is a prolific composer and has recorded mostly as leader, but also with stellar artists around the globe.

Joe Locke – vibraphone
Jim Ridl – piano and keyboards
Lorin Cohen – acoustic and electric bass
Samvel Sarkisyan – drums

March 20, 2021 • 8:00 PM EDT
Dan Tepfer (Solo Piano)
“Bach to the Future"

The astonishing pianistic and technological talent of Dan Tepfer will be on display as he follows the arc of J.S. Bach and his impact on modern jazz in “Bach to the Future,” an incredible journey.

Dan Tepfer is one of this generation’s most extraordinary and brilliant talents, earning an international reputation as a pianist-composer and AI innovator with wide-ranging ambition and individualism. By looking at his tour schedule, it’s impossible to predict what Dan will do next. He has performed around the world with some of the leading lights in jazz and classical music, spending a decade as sidekick to the late, legendary alto saxophonist, Lee Konitz, and then becoming a favored accompanist to soprano RenĂ©e Fleming.

Whether it is his extraordinary original and improvisational expressions of Bach’s Goldberg Variations/ Variations or the ingenious intersection between science and art in Natural Machines, Dan Tepfer unfailingly thrills and astounds.

April 17, 2021 • 8:00 p.m. EDT
David Kikoski Quartet 
featuring Eric Alexander

The New Jersey pianist has had a long career as one of the area’s swingingest pianists. His band features NY all-stars with renowned tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, bassist Joe Martin and the incomparable drummer, Billy Hart.

One evening on a gig, pianist David Kikoski was told by his saxophonist, “man you are in ‘K-Mode’ tonight.” David loved the reference immediately. Subsequently, that sobriquet evolved into “Kayemode” as it became not just the title of a 2016 album, but also the name of his band. It is true that Kikoski can frequently get into that hard-core beast-like state of effervescent, muscular swing.

On this date, along with preferred rhythm section mates Joe Martin on bass and the splendid, venerable drummer, Billy Hart, is tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, who has been a South Florida JAZZ favorite for several years, now making his fourth appearance. Alexander is one of the most respected and also prolific artists on the jazz scene.

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