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The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County Presents the
2013-2014 Season of


The Groundbreaking Concert Series that Originated at the Arsht Center
Continues to Bring the Brightest Stars in Jazz to Miami
 
 Featuring:
CHRIS BOTTI

PAT METHENY UNITY GROUP

AARON NEVILLE AND THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND

ALL-STAR TRIBUTES TO HENRY MANCINI AND ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM

THE JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS

and introducing…

RISING VOCAL SENSATION CYRILLE AIMÉE

SUBSCRIPTIONS $160-$790* FOR SIX CONCERTS

MIAMI, FL, April 29, 2013 – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and Larry Rosen proudly announce the extraordinary lineup for the sixth consecutive year of the highly acclaimed JAZZ ROOTS – A Larry Rosen Jazz Series. Currently celebrating its fifth anniversary in the 2012-2013 season, the jazz and educational series originated at the Arsht Center and has been instrumental in establishing Miami as a world-class jazz capital. JAZZ ROOTS has sold out more than two dozen concerts since its inception, and is now presented at major performing arts centers in five cities across the country.

The stellar 2013-14 JAZZ ROOTS season begins in November 2013 and runs through April 2014 in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, featuring six diverse programs and spotlighting the most sought-after jazz artists on the scene today. From the marvelous legacy of the brilliant composer/conductor HENRY MANCINI and the timeless tunes of the legendary ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM to the artistic innovations of the inimitable jazz virtuoso PAT METHENY and young, prize-winning jazz vocal phenomenons, this season’s concerts highlight the greatest moments in the history of jazz as well as explore how this dynamic art form is evolving today.

JAZZ ROOTS 2013-2014 series subscriptions, which include tickets to all six performances, are on sale to the public beginning April 29 with seating priority given to renewed subscriptions. Subscriptions range in price from $160-$790* and can be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at arshtcenter.org. Single tickets, if available after the subscription campaign ends, start at $25.

“More than 50,000 South Florida jazz fans, including 5,000 Miami-Dade students, have filled the Knight Concert Hall over the past five years to experience the myriad styles of jazz -- from swing and bebop to funk and Latin jazz, and beyond,” said John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “This year’s JAZZ ROOTS season once again features an all-star roster of jazz  icons: Neville, Jobim, Marsalis, Metheny, Botti and two Miami natives - Cécile McLorin Salvant and Nicole Henry, further demonstrating the Center’s commitment to showcasing the work of local talent,” Richard added.

“From inception, the JAZZ ROOTS series focused on presenting concerts and education programs based on the rhythms of West Africa and thereby defining the music of the Americas. This season, we are presenting world-class, award-winning artists and musical styles from Brazil, New Orleans, and all points across America,” said producer Larry Rosen. “Equally important to our mission is to create opportunities for Miami based artists and Miami based music organizations. To date, we have incorporated UM’s Frost School of Music, FIU’s big band, YoungArts alumni, and we have partnered with Miami-Dade public schools to bring unique music experiences to students in our community at an unprecedented level. Additionally, we have documented many of our concerts which are now available across the planet on TV, internet, CD, iTunes, DVD, YouTube, and in books. Through JAZZ ROOTS, we are spreading the creative force of Miami to all points across the globe.”

The concert lineup for the JAZZ ROOTS 2013-2014 six-concert season in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall is as follows:

Adrienne Arsht Center, the University of Miami Frost School of Music, and Festival Miami present
JAZZ ROOTS – A Larry Rosen Jazz Series: PINK PANTHER AT 50 - CELEBRATING HENRY MANCINI
Tom Scott, Monica Mancini, Jon Secada, Shelly Berg, Nicole Henry, Cyrille Aimée, and The University of Miami Frost School of Music’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra
November 1, 2013 at 8 p.m.
John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall

The 2013-2014 Sixth Anniversary JAZZ ROOTS season kicks off with a spectacular concert celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the iconic film, The Pink Panther, and its composer -  the musical genius HENRY MANCINI, who is renowned for his memorable film and television scores. This one-night-only tribute program celebrates MANCINI’s career in an unprecedented multi-media setting with music and film projections from the composer’s hit films and TV shows, including The Pink Panther, Peter Gunn, Days of Wine and Roses, Hatari, Charade, Mr. Lucky, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and many more. The concert features an all-star roster of special guest artists, backed by the University of Miami Frost School of Music’s extraordinary HENRY MANCINI INSTITUTE ORCHESTRA. Guest soloists include international superstar JON SECADA; sultry vocalist and Grammy nominee MONICA MANCINI - daughter of the late MANCINI; the powerhouse vocalist heralded by the Huffington Post as “this generation’s First Lady of Jazz” NICOLE HENRY; and the Miami debut of New York based French singer CYRILLE AIMÉE, who recently took top prize in the first-ever Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition. Also on the bill are multi-Grammy winning saxophonist TOM SCOTT and Grammy nominated jazz arranger and Dean of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music Shelly BerG on piano. This special show will close the Frost School of Music’s annual Festival Miami celebration.

JAZZ ROOTS – A Larry Rosen Jazz Series: JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS AND SPECIAL GUEST CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT – BIG BAND HOLIDAYS
December 20, 2013 at 8 p.m.
John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall

The world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and its esteemed Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis will perform a glorious program of holiday big band favorites, with special guest vocalist CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT – the sensational 23-year old Miami native who won the 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition. SALVANT’s ability to refract the styles of such iconic performers as Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Valaida Snow with 21st century freshness, expressivity, and soulfulness gives new meaning to MARSALIS’ mantra “all jazz is modern.”

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is known for its stylistic authenticity and its stellar performances of choice instrumental arrangements from the books of such key swing era units as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, and Tommy Dorsey. The remarkably versatile orchestra, comprising 15 of today’s finest jazz soloists and ensemble players, was formed as Lincoln Center’s resident orchestra in 1988. Featured in all aspects of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s programming, the orchestra performs and leads educational events in New York, across the U.S. and around the world; in concert halls; dance venues; jazz clubs; public parks; and with symphony orchestras; ballet troupes; and local students. Under the direction of Pulitzer Prize winning composer/trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, the orchestra spends over a third of the year on tour, and can also be heard through its weekly national radio programs, global television broadcasts, and numerous recordings.

JAZZ ROOTS – A Larry Rosen Jazz Series: AN EVENING WITH CHRIS BOTTI
January 17, 2014 at 8 p.m.
John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall

This evening features a crowd-pleasing program headlined by Platinum-selling jazz trumpeter CHRIS BOTTI, who earned a Grammy Award this year for “Best Pop Instrumental Album” for his recording Impressions.Throughout his storied career, BOTTI has created a series of recordings that have made him a virtual genre-of-one in the realm of contemporary jazz while at the same time capturing the attention of the pop music world. The charismatic performer made his initial splash on the pop music scene during his stint with Paul Simon's band, and later achieved international notoriety as a featured soloist on Sting's Brand New Day world tour. Since then, BOTTI has thoroughly established himself as one of the important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world, playing to packed houses worldwide and selling more than three million albums. The star trumpeter has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre, and he has earned both critical acclaim and mainstream appreciation for a succession of bestselling albums. This performance is being underwritten by Sue Miller on behalf of the Miller Family Foundation.

JAZZ ROOTS – A Larry Rosen Jazz Series: PAT METHENY UNITY GROUP
February 7, 2014 at 8 p.m.
John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall

South Florida is in for a once-in-a-lifetime musical experience when the PAT METHENY UNITY GROUP makes its Miami debut in February. A 20-time Grammy Award winner, PAT METHENY’s versatility as an artist is almost nearly without peer on any instrument. Throughout his 40-year career, he has continued to re-define the genre by utilizing new technology and constantly working to evolve the improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument. He has performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich to Ornette Coleman to Herbie Hancock to Jim Hall to Milton Nascimento to David Bowie. METHENY has won countless polls as "Best Jazz Guitarist" and awards, including three gold records, as well as Grammy Awards in a variety of categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo and Best Instrumental Composition.

The PAT METHENY UNITY GROUP offers a platform for the guitar wizard to showcase the broad spectrum of work that he has created as a bandleader over the years in one all-star ensemble. The Group features a new quintet from the guitarist, with longtime collaborative drummer Antonio Sanchez, legendary sax-man Chris Potter, bassist Ben Williams, and multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi as the most recent addition. The program will include highlights from the guitarist’s award-winning recordings as well as the new ensemble’s highly-anticipated 2014 release.

 

JAZZ ROOTS – A Larry Rosen Jazz Series: NEW ORLEANS
Aaron Neville and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band
March 14, 2014 at 8 p.m.
John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall

New Orleans’ reigning prince of R&B and soul, AARON NEVILLE, and its world famous DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND will bring the essence and spirit of the birthplace of jazz to Miami as they take concert-goers on a musical journey through New Orleans style jazz, blues, and funk.

Throughout his illustrious career, AARON NEVILLE has moved seamlessly back and forth between solo work and his role in the first family of New Orleans music, The Neville Brothers. His first hit single was the landmark “Tell It Like It Is,” which sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc. The beloved crooner went on to win Grammy Awards for his triple-Platinum  collaboration with Linda Ronstadt Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind. His most recent recording, My True Story, represents a culmination of the soul/R&B legend’s 40-plus year career.

A national treasure, the DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND is heralded with revolutionizing the New Orleans brass band style by incorporating funk and bebop into the traditional New Orleans style and extending the music from the Big Easy into the 21st century. This horn-funk powerhouse has stood the test of time and developed a deep following through 35 years on the road. The band has performed and/or recorded with David Bowie, Elvis Costello, the Black Crowes, Widespread Panic, and other major artists, and has toured over 30 countries on five continents.

JAZZ ROOTS – A Larry Rosen Jazz Series: A TWIST OF JOBIM – A TRIBUTE TO ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM
Lee Ritenour, Daniel Jobim, Luiza Jobim, Dave Grusin and special guest Joao Bosco
April 11, 2014 at 8 p.m.
John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall

In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month in April, the grand finale concert of the JAZZ ROOTS 2013-14 season will celebrate the phenomenal artistry of ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM – the prolific Brazilian composer/musician who introduced bossa nova to the world with “The Girl from Ipanema.” One of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century, JOBIM’s bossa nova style influenced and inspired his contemporaries as well as musicians today. Miami will be transformed into Rio when two generations of JOBIM’s family, including his daughter/singer LUIZA JOBIM and grandson/pianist DANIEL JOBIM, along with Brazilian vocal star JOAO BOSCO perform extraordinary renditions of time-honored tunes from the JOBIM songbook such as “Desafinado,” “Corcovado,” “Dindi,” “Waters of March,” and “Chega de Suadade,” many of which have been recorded by the international royalty of popular music. Also featured on this historic concert will be the multi-Platinum guitar master LEE RITENOUR, who started his professional career with Brazilian music legend Sergio Mendes, plus Academy Award-winning composer/arranger and pianist DAVE GRUSIN. Longtime artistic collaborators RITENOUR and GRUSIN have recorded several projects together, including the Grammy-winning Brazilian album, Harlequin, and the multi-artist tribute recording, A Twist of Jobim.

JAZZ ROOTS A Larry Rosen Jazz Series was co-created by the Adrienne Arsht Center in 2008 in collaboration with music industry entrepreneur Larry Rosen, and is currently celebrating its fifth anniversary season. As part of this groundbreaking series, the Arsht Center has presented a rich variety of thematically-based concerts exploring the spectrum of jazz. With six concerts annually, the series has featured hundreds of the greatest living jazz artists/ensembles on the scene today, in addition to introducing Miami audiences to rising stars and local talent. JAZZ ROOTS has showcased every unique style and incarnation of jazz  – from Latin jazz and fusion to bossa nova and straight ahead, as well as presented tribute programs honoring American icons Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.  Since its inception, the series has drawn more than 50,000 jazz lovers to the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall for memorable evenings with such jazz superstars as George Benson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Paquito D’Rivera, Michael Feinstein, Dave Grusin, Keith Jarrett, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, and Sonny Rollins, as well as world-class ensembles, including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, the Count Basie Orchestra, and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Miami has never before seen a jazz series of this magnitude and success. Quincy Jones has heralded JAZZ ROOTS as “the most important new jazz and educational series in America!” This history-making series has sold-out more than two dozen concerts since it was launched five years ago.

JAZZ ROOTS also features JAZZ ROOTS: SOUND CHECK, an in-depth educational partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools which has brought approximately 5,000 high school music students to the Center for a complimentary and unique behind-the-scenes experience including: a pre-concert sound check; a Q&A session with featured artists followed by a workshop with a local jazz expert that will highlight the music, the artistic process and the practical skills needed for a career in the arts; and free entry to the evening’s performance. The Jazz Roots education program is made possible in part by individual contributions from members of the Jazz Education Encore Circle.

WPBT Channel 2 and WLRN 91.3 FM are media sponsors of JAZZ ROOTS. The JAZZ ROOTS series is also sponsored in part by Steinway & Sons, the official piano of the Adrienne Arsht Center.

*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Visit www.arshtcenter.org for up-to-date information for details and schedules.


Lee Ritenour

Aaron Neville –
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Monterey

Chris Botti
Photo Credit: Fabrizio Ferri

Pat Metheny
Photo Credit: Jimmy Katz

High-resolution photos are also available at www.arshtcenter.org/press and www.mediafire.com/arshtcenterphotos

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council and the City of Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, as well as the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from local, state and national foundations, as well as private contributions to the Adrienne Arsht Center Foundation through corporate and individual giving, Visionary Society membership and the Encore Circle major gifts programs.
 

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About the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is one of the world’s leading performing arts organizations and venues. Made possible by Miami-Dade County’s largest ever public/private-sector partnership, the Center is home to the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy. In addition, numerous South Florida arts organizations perform in its theaters regularly. Since opening in 2006, the Center has emerged as a leader in offering and presenting innovative programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity, as a catalyst for development in Miami, and as a host of impactful community outreach and education programs.

Designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the venue is comprised of the 2,400-seat Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, the 2,200-seat John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, the black box Carnival Studio Theater, a restored Carnival Tower, the Peacock Foundation, Inc. Studio, the Peacock Foundation, Inc. Education Center and the outdoor Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts. Events impresario and restaurateur Barton G. Weiss brought his signature style to the Center in 2009 with Prelude by Barton G, a full-service upscale restaurant.

Visit www.arshtcenter.org for more information.
About Larry Rosen
Larry Rosen: musician, producer, executive producer, and music industry entrepreneur. Mr. Rosen is the Chairman of Larry Rosen Productions, Inc., Chairman of JAZZ ROOTS, LLC, co-creator and producer of JAZZ ROOTS - A Larry Rosen Jazz Series, co-founder of GRP Records, and co-founder and past Chairman of N2K, Inc. (NASDAQ). Mr. Rosen is the creator and producer of the PBS television series LEGENDS OF JAZZ, and is the creator and producer of multi-media TV series RECORDING: the History of Recorded Music, with hosts Quincy Jones and Phil Ramone.

Mr. Rosen is the producer/executive producer of over 350 albums, of which 80 have been nominated for GRAMMY Awards, winning 33 GRAMMYS, as well as numerous award winning film/video productions and television specials. Mr. Rosen and multi-GRAMMY and Academy Award winning pianist/composer Dave Grusin co-founded GRP Records, the award winning contemporary jazz label featuring major artists, Chick Corea, Diana Krall, Patti Austin, BB King, Dave Grusin, Ramsey Lewis, Arturo Sandoval, Diane Schuur, Michael Brecker, Kevin Eubanks, Spyro Gyra, Lee Ritenour, Gary Burton, Dave Valentin, John Patitucci, Larry Carlton, David Benoit, Tom Scott, Gerry Mulligan, The GRP All-Star Big Band, Yellowjackets, Rippingtons, among others. GRP Records, known as “The Digital Master Company” was the first non-classical company in America to release CDs, and was instrumental in the launching of the CD format.

Mr. Rosen received the Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in New media and Entertainment, the GRAMMY Governor Honor Roll, he serves on the boards of the Dave Brubeck Institute, The Music for Youth Foundation, The Frost School of Music Steering Committee, and with Dave Grusin is the founder of the National Foundation for Jazz Education.  For more information visit www.larryrosen.com and www.jazzroots.net.


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Editors’ Picks
AUGUST 2011

By BOBBY REED
Various Artists,
Jazz Roots: The Music Of The Americas
(Sony Masterworks Jazz)
Looking for a double-CD primer that surveys nearly the entire history of jazz? One ambitious and easily accessible option is Jazz Roots: The Music Of The Americas. It includes 36 tracks covering the vast period of 1916–2008. Listening to the entire 147 minutes of music in one sitting is a wild ride, with a few abrupt bumps, but then again, it would be impossible to devise a perfectly cohesive mixtape that summarizes nearly a century. As an addition to an individual’s music library, however, it’s hard to argue with the merits of any collection that offers Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag,” Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five’s “West End Blues,” Billie Holiday’s “God Bless The Child,” Duke Ellington’s “Take The ‘A’ Train,” and Miles Davis’ “So What,” plus cuts from Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Weather Report. The proceedings get extremely too smooth for my taste toward the end of disc 2 (where both Kenny G and Chris Botti pop up), but no act is represented by more than one song, so it’s easy enough to skip around the tracks. This package is the result of a collaboration between the Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium and Larry Rosen, who created and produced the concert/educational series called Jazz Roots. Kudos to Rosen for educating fans about Afro-Cuban sounds by highlighting Machito, Tito Puente and Tiempo Libre. Also, any youngsters who’ve never heard Benny Goodman’s “Sing, Sing, Sing” (recorded at Carnegie Hall in 1938) might be forever transformed by its titanic infectiousness
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