KCC Productions presents Jana Herzen & Charnett Moffett

At the Van Dyke, April 16

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Kimberly Chmura

Many jazz aficionados only know Jana Herzen as the founder and president of the acclaimed Motéma Music record label. What many may not realize, however, is that Ms. Herzen, whose initial professional life was in the theater, is a seasoned performer and instrumentalist with quite a talent for writing and performing. Now, on the dawn of Motéma’s tenth anniversary of ‘promoting artists of power an distinction’, Herzen will at last release a new album of her own powerful and distinctive music: her sophomore release, Passion of a Lonely Heart, available now. Her influences range from Maria Muldaur, Leonard Cohen and Bob Marley to Miles Davis, Joe Pass and Leonard Bernstein and beyond. Herzen and Moffett’s interactions on Passion of a Lonely Heart have a conversational feel. Her guitar comping and understated leads are complimented by his remarkably pianistic playing, as he simultaneously articulates rhythm, harmony and lead lines on his bass throughout the set with a great deal of grace. With eleven CD’s as a leader, over 200 recordings as a sideman and countless performances at jazz venues around the world, Charnett Moffett has earned a reputation as one of the most virtuosic, dependable and innovative musicians in jazz.

The Van Dyke Café, long one of Miami's premiere jazz venues, is located at 846 Lincoln Road in South Beach. For more info, visit thevandykecafe.com or call KCC at 305-332-2623.

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