Jazz Roots Series Announces 2011-2012 Season

Performances at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami to feature performances by Wynton Marsalis, Larry Harlow and more

Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton "Play the Blues" at Jazz at Lincoln Center
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Irvin Mayfield performing with his group at 1st anniversary of his Jazz Playhouse club in New Orleans
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Sergio Mendes
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Starting from November 2011 to April 2012, the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County presents the fourth year of the concert series Jazz Roots: A Larry Rosen Series. Produced by Larry Rosen, co-founder of GRP Records, it will be performed in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall.

Performances by esteemed jazz ensembles, including Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and its Music Director Wynton Marsalis, the series covers jazz from the streets of New Orleans to the music of George Gershwin and Larry Harlow’s La Raza Latina: A Salsa Suite. This season looks at jazz and its changes through time. In an interview with JazzTimes in 2010, Rosen said, “It’s a story. It’s about the drums that came from Africa to become the music of the Americas. It’s the roots of Brazilian music, the roots of Cuban music, the roots of calypso, the roots of blues, jazz and rock. That’s the overall umbrella.”

On November 4, 2011, the show opens for this six-concert season with the Jazz Meets Gershwin concert. The themes for the other concerts include Down in New Orleans, Larry Harlow’s La Raza Latina: A Salsa Suite, Blues & Soul, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and a Night in Rio.

Here is the complete schedule of events in the series:

November 4, 2011

Adrienne Arsht Center, Larry Rosen and the University of Miami Frost School of Music present

JAZZ ROOTS: JAZZ MEETS GERSHWIN

Michael Feinstein, Terence Blanchard and the University of Miami’s Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, Dave Grusin, Denyce Graves, Mark O’Connor and Shelly Berg

December 9, 2011

JAZZ ROOTS: DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS

Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Marcia Ball, Kermit Ruffins, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indians

January 20, 2012

JAZZ ROOTS: LARRY HARLOW’S LA RAZA LATINA: A SALSA SUITE

Featuring Larry Harlow, Adonis Puentes, Luisito Rosario, Emo Luciano, Armando Peraza, Candido Camero, Bobby Sanabria, Alfredo de la Fe, Federico Britos, Gabriel Fonseca, Ben Lapidus, Andy Harlow, Ico Manzanero Dancers, and The Mario Ortiz All Star Band

February 17, 2012

JAZZ ROOTS: BLUES & SOUL

The Robert Cray Band and Shemekia Copeland

March 9, 2012

JAZZ ROOTS: JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS

April 13, 2012

JAZZ ROOTS: A NIGHT IN RIO

Starring Sergio Mendes

with very special guest Eliane Elias

For more information on the series, you can visit their website.