Seaside Sessions – Christian Scott and Hailu Mergia

Concerts & Performances
Date Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7:00 pm Organization Rhythm Foundation Categories Concerts & Performances
Place North Beach Bandshell Address 7275 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach Phone 305-672-5202 Website

The Rhythm Foundation invites you on a musical odyssey with Seaside Sessions, a series of three concerts featuring innovative jazz, international music, and fresh new sounds at the open air North Beach Bandshell in Miami Beach. Second concert features Christian Scott and Hailu Mergia with opening set by Aaron Lebos Reality. Christian Scott, the New Orleans-raised, Berklee-educated, Manhattan-based trumpeter’s music is rooted in tradition but it is also part of the modern world, musically and politically. Scott hangs on to what is still relevant in jazz’s legacy and mixes it up with a bag of twists: hip hop, rock, ambient, funk, Afrorock and the reassertion of jazz-as-protest. Scott is not the only young musician traveling this road, but the music he is creating may be the most magnetic around. Scott calls it “stretch music.”’ (All About Jazz review). Audiences worldwide agree. Christian Scott is making major musical waves – he was the break-out sensation at last year’s Jazz Fest. Keyboard and accordionist Hailu Mergia was a major star in 1970’s Ethiopia, presiding over the country’s leading instrumental jazz ensemble Walias Band. In 1981 members of Walias including Hailu used the first ever US tour of an Ethiopian music group to escape the dictatorial Mengistu regime. Tickets are $25 advance / $30 at the door.Children under 6 admitted free.

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