Latin Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, composer, and Miami Dade College professor, Dr. Ed Calle (above), sensationalizes with original tunes during the first-year festival.
Incomparable jazz drummer Art Blakey once said that “jazz washes away the dust of everyday life.” After Hurricane Ian posed a precipitous threat to our Aventura neighborhood before engulfing our west Florida sister cities in torrential weather conditions, locals are seeking fall solace– and sunshine– in the form of musical concerts enabling them to escape the stark realities of recent weeks, and a chance to simply dance the night away.
Residents seeking to get swept away by entertaining interludes should look no further than the Aventura Jazz Festival– the inaugural music extravaganza taking place at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (AACC) on Friday, October 21, 2022 and Saturday, October 22, 2022. Produced by Lion Tribe Group on the heels of Hispanic Heritage Month, the early-weekend performances offer an opportunity for the audience to sway to the sensual Bossa Nova sounds of Brazil while shimmying to the rhythms of Rio de Janeiro's hotspots through acoustic guitar selections, sonic stimulation, and family-driven collaborations punctuated by a renown Latin Grammy Award-winning saxophonist.
“We are excited to host this event and provide support through our Arts Access Program,” said Jeff Kiltie, general manager of AACC. “I am personally excited to have more jazz in Aventura at the Arts & Cultural Center. It is a programming strand that has been under-represented over the years, so we hope that these two amazing concerts with incredible artists like Rose Max and Ramatis Moraes, and Negroni’s Trio, will bring fans of jazz and great music to the Center.” Scheduled performers are as follows:
ROSE MAX & RAMATIS MORAES
Friday, October 21, 2022 | 8:00 pm (ET) | Purchase Tickets Here
Rose Max and Ramatis Moraes moved to the United States from Rio de Janeiro City in 1993 and are known worldwide as two of the premier Samba and Bossa Nova performers. Legendary classical guitarist and bass player Moraes has won the International Brazilian Press Award for being the “Best Brazilian Musician and Musical Producer Residing and Performing in the USA.” Known for her sultry vocal delivery and nuanced interpolations of sound, Max received the International Brazilian Press Award for “Best Female Brazilian Singer Residing and Performing in the USA.” The local fan favorites have also racked up accolades from the Miami New Times, including a 2003 nod for “Best Female Vocalist of the Year” award for Max and recognition for the duo as “Best Lounge Act” in 2005.
NEGRONI’S TRIO WITH SPECIAL GUEST, DR. ED CALLE
Saturday, October 22, 2022 | 8:00 pm (ET) | Purchase Tickets Here
Weaving a soundscape of Latin jazz and trendy jazz fusion techniques, three-time Latin Grammy-nominated performers Negroni’s Trio is composed of a father-son team– José Negroni (keyboards and piano) and Nomar Negroni (percussion)-- which also includes South Florida bassist, Josh Allen. The Trio will be joined by Latin Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and composer, Dr. Ed Calle, who has shared the stage with musical luminaries such as Celia Cruz and Frank Sinatra, and currently serves as a full-time music professor at Miami Dade College.
Kiltie urges residents to purchase tickets for this first event of its kind in Aventura. “We encourage guests to get their tickets soon and would love to see capacity crowds dancing in the aisles. I am hopeful that this first annual Aventura Jazz Festival will only grow and become a regular yearly celebration at our beautiful performing arts center,” said Kiltie. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.aventuracenter.org, or by phone at (877) 311-7469 or (954) 462-0222. Customers interested in inquiring about group sales should call (954) 660-6307.
LOVE, AVENTURA. A column celebrating the heart, soul, and culture of our community. Read the article in the October 2022 edition of The Aventura Digest Newspaper here.