Friday, July 28, 2023

Faena Theater's Jazz Series Season Finale (Rescheduled from June) w/ Big Chief Donald Harrison August 2, 2023

Big Chief Donald Harrison

Wednesday, August 2, 2023 | 8pm
Big Chief 
Donald Harrison

In keeping with Faena’s commitment to delivering unparalleled event offerings and experiences, on June 7, 2023 the Jazz Series at the Faena Theater is honored to close out their fifth season with NEA Jazz Master Big Chief Donald Harrison.  An accomplished saxophonist and composer arranger, Harrison is fluent in all languages of music: fusion, bebop, funk, R&B, hip hop, contemporary classical and of course the music of his native New Orleans.

Donald Harrison has been called ‘a one-man jazz festival’ as his show takes us through the history of jazz, each piece invoking the masters from Scott Joplin to Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Eddie Palmieri.  Harrison and his band have an uncanny ability to bring back the sound of each of these jazz giants while never sounding derivative or academic.  Coursing through the show is Harrison’s compelling storytelling, ending with a genuine Mardi Gras Indian zydeco jam.  Members of the audience are encouraged to get up and dance!

In addition to being honored by the National Endowment for the Arts, Donald Harrison has also received an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music and was titled Person of The Year by Jazziz Magazine.  Most importantly he is officially the Big Chief of the Congo Square Nation Afro-New Orleans Cultural Group, having inherited the title from his father, Donald Harrison Sr.   Harrison has participated in groups with many other great artists, including Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Roy Haynes, Eddie Palmieri, Dr. John, Lena Horne, McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Dr. Lonnie Smith, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Notorious BIG.   He also appeared as himself in eleven episodes of the HBO Series ‘Treme’ and in Spike Lee’s documentary ‘When The Levees Broke.”

Harrison’s most recent album release, the epic “Congo Square Suite” is being hailed by critics, music lovers and musicians as an engaging musical masterpiece the touches the heart and moves music in a beautiful new direction.  

Come join us for this final concert of our 2023 season.  It’s been a great few months for jazz at the Faena and in Miami Beach, with sold-out shows and a lot of great music.  We’re looking forward to continuing this tradition and will be announcing next year’s lineup soon.

For tickets to see Big Chief Donald Harrison on Wednesday, August 2nd click HERE.

Faena Theater at
Faena Hotel Miami Beach
3201 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140
MAP (786)559-6016

Reservations & More Information:
Tickets start at $55. 
For more information, call +1 786 655 5742
Open to guests of all ages.
Check-in time starts 45 minutes prior to show time 
For group reservations and series information, please call Faena Theater Sales at + 1 786-559-6016 or email

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