Pinecrest Garden’s 2015-16 Jazz Season

Performance Series Kicks Off October 24

A line-up of world renowned jazz artists will perform at Pinecrest Gardens’ monthly concert series, kicking off on October 24 with Ed Calle and the 305 All-Star Big Band. Also appearing will be Jazz Master Branford Marsalis, Grammy Award-winner Doc Severinsen, Maria Rivas, Loston Harris, the Carmen Lundy Quintet, and the Vinicius Cantuaria Quintet.

Through the generosity of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and special funding from title sponsor, South Motors, four of this season’s Jazz Series artists will also participate in a special program entitled South Motors Gen-Next Jam, a music mentorship program. Gifted jazz students from the New World School of the Arts High School will be given the unique opportunity to learn from and play with Brandford Marsalis, Carmen Lundy, Vinicius Cantuaria and Doc Severinsen on Pinecrest’s Banyan Bowl stage. The workshop series, held on select Sundays, will be open to the general public and other students for observation free of charge.

Known as South Florida’s Cultural Park, Pinecrest Gardens is a one-of-a-kind venue nestled in 20-acres of botanical gardens and winding paths. Its 500-seat amphitheater under a geodesic dome offers state-of-the-art acoustics and sound and has become a favorite stage for local and international jazz performers.

Purchase your 7-concert subscription at Pinecrest Garden’s “Select-A-Seat Event on Sunday, August 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Subscriptions can be purchased at the event for $130 – $155 or by calling ticketing services at 1-877-496-8499. Enjoy mimosas and croissants, stroll to the Banyan Bowl to for your choice of the best seats in the house!

Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Road Road, Pinecrest, FL 33156 – 305-669-6990.

2015-2016 Jazz Season Performance Schedule:

October 24, 2015
Ed Calle presents Mamblue: The 305 All-Star Big Band

Known for his extraordinary ability to play bebop, Latin and contemporary jazz and pop, Calle can be heard on literally hundreds of recordings both as a sideman and soloist. He appears on Grammy Award-winning albums by Frank Sinatra, Vicky Carr, Arturo Sandoval and Jon Secada and on numerous television and motion picture soundtracks.

November 7, 2015
An Evening with Branford Marsalis

In his first appearance at the South Motors Jazz Series, National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and renowned three-time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Branford Marsalis brings his extraordinary quartet for an evening of sizzling hot jazz. One of the most revered instrumentalists of his time, Branford has led a dizzying array of jazz ensembles from big bands to quartets and has been a frequent soloist with classical ensembles. He has performed with many of the jazz giants, including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Sonny Rollin; composed the soundtrack to Mo’Better Blues; and was the original bandleader for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

December 12, 2015
Maria Rivas Home for the Holidays

Maria Rivas skillfully combines American and Latin Jazz rhythms with both lively and sentimental music from around the world. She interprets her music in English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese and performs her own blend of traditional standards. Maria’s unique sound is an intoxicating combination of classic American jazz, pop and blues with just the right splash of Latin accents. She has performed to rave reviews before large audiences in North America, Europe (including the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival), Latin America and Asia.

January 9, 2016
Loston Harris Sings the Great American Songbook

For more than a decade Loston has headlined at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan’s Upper East Side along with cabaret and jazz greats that include Bobby Short, Eartha Kitt, Elaine Stritch and John Pizzarelli. His list of CDs have all launched with rave reviews and his fifth release, Swingfully Yours, features swinging arrangements of timeless standards from the Great American Songbook. Loston has toured and recorded with jazz superstars Wynton Marsalis and Marcus Roberts. Frank Sinatra, Bobby Short and Nat King Cole can rest comfortably knowing that Loston Harris is keeping the flame alive.

February 13, 2016
Carmen Lundy Quintet

Carmen Lundy began her professional career in Miami as a jazz vocalist and composer when there were very few young, gifted and aspiring jazz vocalists on the horizon. Over four decades later, Ms. Lundy is celebrated throughout the world for her vocal artistry and is highly regarded for her jazz innovation. Her 14th album “Soul to Soul” features all original compositions and has been met with great fanfare. She travels to Pinecrest Gardens’ stage from Los Angeles along with her world renowned quintet for an evening of some of the best jazz this city will ever hear.

March 12, 2016
Vinicius Cantuaria Quintet plays Jobim

The graceful Brazilian guitarist and singer Vinicius Cantuária, whose professional career began as a composer and drummer with Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil among others, moved to New York in 1994 and became immersed in a downtown scene that found him mixing it up with musicians as varied as Bill Frisell, Laurie Anderson and Brad Mehldau, as well as leading his own contemporary Brazilian jazz bands. This wonderful quintet will perform a mix songs by the prolific composer Antonio Jobim that will include classics like “Chega de Saudade,” “A Felicidade” and “The Girl from Ipanema”.

April 9, 2016
Doc Severinsen & The New World School of the Arts Jazz Band

“Heeeeeeeere’s Johnny!” That lead-in followed by a big band trumpet blast, was the landmark of late night television for three decades. The “Johnny” was Johnny Carson, the announcer was Ed McMahon and the bandleader was the great Doc Severinsen. A Grammy award winner, Doc has made more than 30 albums—from big band to jazz-fusion to classical. Today, Doc has not lost his flair for the outrageous fashion statement or his trademark wit. But his gregarious nature has never interfered with the fact that he has been one of the greatest trumpeters and musicians of the last 60 years, respected in the worlds of classical music, jazz, big band and in the end, has transcended his celebrity and rejoiced in his remarkable ability to simply play his trumpet!

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