South Florida Dominican Jazz Festival

Jazz with Dominican accents hit Miami

South Florida Dominican Jazz Fest
By Fernando Rodriguez
Alex Diaz (courtesy of Fiesta Sunset Jazz, Dominican Republic)
By Fernando Rodriguez
Alex Diaz & His Merengue Jazz (Divertido con Jochy, Dominican Republic)
By Fernando Rodriguez
Josean Jacobo
By Fernando Rodriguez
Josean Jacobo & Tumbao (Santo Domingo Jazz Festival at Casa de Teatro, Dominican Republic)
By Fernando Rodriguez

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This coming month of October, during the celebrations of Hispanic Month, Landestoy Enterprises and Jazz en Dominicana will be presenting a totally new and exciting concept from the Dominican Republic: The South Florida Dominican Jazz Fest.

The South Florida Dominican Jazz Fest is a multicultural event that will unite the best Jazz that is currently being made by native musicians in the Dominican Republic as well as Dominicans living abroad.

On Friday, October 19th, Miami will witness the Jazz proposals from the land that gave Merengue & Bachata to the rest of the world!!!

Exciting presentations by two groups that are based in the Dominican Republic and New York City. They will play various genres of Jazz in fusions with the rich native rhythms of the Dominican Republic.

For one complete evening, jazz lovers from Miami and all over the State of Florida will be able to fully enjoy the best talents from the Dominican Republic and the United States. South Florida Dominican Jazz Fest will also be broadcast, via livestreaming, to thousands of people in the Internet and through all social media, such as Facebook and Twitter in order to reach music lovers worldwide.

The bands that will be performing are considered top performers locally and internationally – the mix of styles will make for an exciting and electrifying feet stomping jazz concert!!!

The first group: Josean Jacobo & Tumbao, is a quartet of excellent young tigers from the Dominican Republic that plays mostly original compositions that are placed in the new genre ¨Latin Jazz Nouveau¨; playing Straight-ahead Jazz, Latin, Afro-Dominican Fusions (rhythms such as Merengue, Pambiche, Palos, Gaga and others in excellent fusions with jazz). This group has played in the Gwadloup Festival (Guadeloupe); World Jazz Circuit Latin America, Santo Domingo Jazz Festival and Las Terrenas Jazz Festival, amongst others.

The second group is Alex Diaz & his Merengue Jazz. A sextet of very well known jazz musicians from New York, under the leadership of Dominican Conga player Alex Diaz. Alex has played with Tito Puente, Mario Rivera, Mario Bauzá, Dizzy Gillespie and many more. His format is that of successfully marrying jazz and merengue in a very tasteful way – taking jazz standards into merengue rhythms and tempos, and vice-versa.

The venue chosen for the event is CUBAOCHO Art & Research Center, a rich hispanic heritage will surround a beautiful evening of Jazz which will make it into the ideal scenario for the concert. All this will make it a prime place for sponsors to strut their wares.

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