The Jazz at Pinecrest concert series begins October 16
Returning for its 12th season, the jazz series at Pinecrest Gardens is a survivor of the pandemic.
Last year’s concerts were highly produced virtual experiences, with artists performing in the park and audiences scattered across the globe. This year, music lovers can return to the Banyan Bowl Amphitheater in the lush South Miami Gardens to enjoy eight shows, starting Saturday, October 16.
“Given the weird circumstances of the past year and a half, we can call this season ‘South Motors Jazz at Pinecrest Gardens: we’ve survived, we’re back and we’re better than ever,’ said Alana, director of Pinecrest Gardens. . Pérez. “We are delighted to see our Banyan Bowl come to life.”
The latest edition features a whole lineup, including The Max Weinberg Quintet, which launches the series, as well as The Count Basie Orchestra, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis and trumpeter Arturo Sandoval.
Singer Ashley Pezzotti, who grew up in Plantation and graduated from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, performed last year and is scheduled to return on February 12 with the South Florida Jazz Orchestra.
“It’s like nothing else to play where you were raised,” Pezzotti said. “I had a great time playing [last year] because, you know, there weren’t any performances.
Of course, she lacked the energy and interaction to sing in front of an in-person audience.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to make music for a live audience. I don’t take this lightly, and there is no such thing, ”she said.
Perez is happy to find her. “We wanted her to come back live on stage,” Perez said. “She was wonderful.”
The full schedule is as follows:
October 16, 2021 – The Max Weinberg Quintet
The name is perhaps more familiar to rock fans than to jazz fans, as Max Weinberg was the drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band for years. Weinberg was also known as the conductor of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien”. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Weinberg has a group of jazz musicians of the caliber of pianist David Kikoski and bassist Cameron Brown. They focus on the hard bop from the mid-1960s.
November 13, 2021 – Bob james
Another legendary musician, the progenitor of smooth jazz, Bob James, was discovered by the legendary Quincy Jones in 1963. Among his many accomplishments, including winning a few Grammy Awards, James is known as the composer of “Angela”, who was the theme song of the TV show, “Taxi”. James also founded the smooth jazz group, Fourplay. His music has been sampled by artists such as De la Soul and Redman.
December 18, 2021 – Count Basie’s Orchestra
The big band celebrated its 85th anniversary last year, still going strong after the 1984 death of its namesake founder in Hollywood, Florida. It is conducted today by Scotty Barnhart, trumpeter and associate professor at Florida State University, and includes guest singer Carmen Bradford. The orchestra released their latest album, “Live at Birdland”, in September 2021.
January 15, 2022 – Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra
Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra will start the New Year by playing old-school jazz to celebrate New Orleans’ musical heritage. Along with his late father, Ellis, and brothers Branford, Wynton and Jason, Marsalis was named the NEA Jazz Master, the highest national honor for jazz musicians. One of her latest achievements is the music for the audio drama “Shadow / Land”, about a mother and daughter selling their family hotel in New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina draws closer.
February 12, 2022 – Ashley Pezzotti and the South Florida Jazz Orchestra
February 26, 2022 – Tito Puente Jr. and his Latin Jazz Ensemble
After Pezzotti’s performance on February 12, there will be a second concert in February. Tito Puente Jr. and his Latin Jazz Ensemble appear in what is billed as a special presentation. Son of the legend of Latin music, he strives to keep the memory and music of his father alive. Puente’s February 26 show is intended to celebrate famous singer Celia Cruz, with singer Melina Almodovar.
March 12, 2022 – The John Pizzarelli trio
John Pizzarelli specializes in Great American Songbook tunes. Guitarist like his late father, Bucky Pizzarelli, he released three albums celebrating singer and pianist Nat King Cole, most recently “For Centennial Reasons” in 2019.
April 9, 2022 – Arturo Sandoval
Jazz musician Arturo Sandoval returns to South Florida to wrap up the series. Famous for his association with bebop legend Dizzy Gillespie and his escape from his native Cuba, Sandoval was even the subject of a 2000 film, “For Love or Country”, in which he was played by Andy Garcia. Grammy, Emmy and Billboard Award winner, the trumpeter has also written music for films.
South Motors Jazz Series from Pinecrest Gardens
WHEN: Starts at 8 p.m. on October 16, 2021, then continues monthly – with two in February – until April 9, 2022
OR: Banyan Bowl at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest
COST: Single tickets start at $ 45 (plus $ 5 service charge) and full memberships start at $ 215 (plus $ 10 service charge). Buy them from the website below or call 305-669-6990 for a series subscription or 305-350-0765 for single tickets.
SAFETY PROTOCOLS: Masks must be worn in the Banyan Bowl. There will also be a canine COVID-19 detection team on duty; rapid tests will be administered if necessary.
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