Programming for the 2014-15 season of Miami’s “Jazz Roots” concert series has been announced by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and promoter Larry Rosen. Six programs are planned, beginning in November and concluding in April 2015, with all concerts taking place at the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall. Programs include a tribute to Ray Charles; a holiday show starring Ramsey Lewis, with Gregory Porter and Lisa Fischer; the music of Cuba, America and the world with Arturo Sandoval, Willy Chirino and Amaury Gutierrez; Black History Month with vocalist Dianne Reeves; a Broadway show starring Michael Feinstein and Christine Ebersole; and Jazz Appreciation Month starring vocalist Al Jarreau and saxophonist David Sanborn. Program details follow below.
JAZZ ROOTS: GEORGIA ON MY MIND: CELEBRATING RAY CHARLES
Take 6, Clint Holmes, Nnenna Freelon, Kirk Whalum, Shelly Berg, University of Miami Frost School of Music Henry Mancini Institute Big Band and the Miami Mass Choir
November 7, 2014 at 8 p.m.
JAZZ ROOTS: CELEBRATION!
Ramsey Lewis, Gregory Porter and Lisa Fischer
December 19, 2014 at 8 p.m.
JAZZ ROOTS: AN EVENING WITH ARTURO SANDOVAL AND FRIENDS
Arturo Sandoval, Willy Chirino, Amaury Gutierrez, University of Miami Frost School of Music Henry Mancini Institute Big Band
January 9, 2015 at 8 p.m.
JAZZ ROOTS: SOUL 2 SOUL
Dianne Reeves and special guest Phil Perry
February 20, 2015 at 8 p.m.
JAZZ ROOTS: JAZZ MEETS BROADWAY
Michael Feinstein, Christine Ebersol and the University of Miami Frost School of Music Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra
March 20, 2015 at 8 p.m.
JAZZ ROOTS: JAZZ LEGENDS
Al Jarreau and David Sanborn
April 24, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Jazz Roots also features Jazz Roots: Sound Check, described in a press release as “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.”
Visit Arsht Center for up-to-date information for details and schedules.