SAVE THE DATE!
Multiple Locations in Pompano Beach
This two-day world-class jazz festival will feature a robust lineup of performers – from local legends to Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning jazz masters – including a beach opening night concert and all-day and evening concerts at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center. Starting on Friday, January 28, our opening might headliner, Arturo Sandoval, will perform at the Great Lawn on the beach, with both VIP and free seating available. This opening concert, nestled in between restaurants, shops, and stunning ocean views, will be memorable. On Saturday, January 29th, at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, you will enjoy a full day of outstanding seasoned and emerging Jazz artists on the ArtsPlaza, culminating inside the theater at 8 pm with our second night headliner, Dee Dee Bridgewater.
The festival experiences will include four stages, up-close-and-personal performances, opportunities to meet the artists, food trucks, jazz bar and festival vendors. This jazz festival will deliver an outstanding event featuring great music for the jazz enthusiast and casual fan alike.
The lineup features an eclectic and diverse cast of Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winners, burgeoning jazz superstars and a slew of South Florida’s finest talent. There's something for everyone at the immersive “jazz takeover” of Pompano Beach in January.
The world-renowned Grammy and Emmy award winning jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer will be bringing his cool vibes to the Great Lawn on Pompano Beach with a spectacular set of original music and homages to the iconic sounds of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Clifford Brown. (Ashley Pizzotti will open for Arturo, only performing a couple of songs as a promo for Saturday’s ArtsPlaza stage and Arturo requested this.)
Friday, January 28, 2022 l 8 – 9:30 pm
The Great Lawn
Dee Dee Bridgewater
This three-time Grammy® Award-winning jazz artist is a legendary theatre star, winning a Tony Award for her role as Glenda the Good Witch in The Wiz. This incomparable performer will be gracing the stage at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center mesmerizing the audience with her classic renditions of jazz, pop and Broadway favorites.
Saturday, January 29, 2022 l 8 – 9:30 pm
Pompano Beach Cultural Center
Saturday, January 29, 2022
Noon – 6 pm
Ashley Pezzotti is a vocalist currently living in Miami, Florida. At the young age of 21 years old, Ashley has already performed with Grammy award winning artists including Keith Urban, Latin singer Juanes, Chick Corea, Delfeayo Marsalis, Vampire Weekend, and Arturo Sandoval.
A vital force and emergent legend within both the hardcore straight ahead and Latin Jazz communities, Grammy© Award
Winner Brian Lynch is as comfortable negotiating the complexities of clave with Afro-Caribbean pioneer Eddie Palmieri as he is swinging through advanced harmony with bebop maestro Phil Woods. A honored graduate of two of the jazz world’s most distinguished academies, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and the Horace Silver Quintet, he has been a valued collaborator with jazz artists such as Benny Golson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Charles McPherson; Latin music icons as diverse as Hector LaVoe and Lila Downs; and pop luminaries such as Prince.
Magela Herrera grew up between two worlds: one her family’s deep ties to a large set of unique traditions influenced mostly by west African and European; the other the years she spent learning and studying classical music at the Conservatory of Music in her native Havana.
She is an afro-Cuban flautist vocalist and composer who holds a Master in Jazz/improvised music performance and a Bachelor degree from the Norwegian Academy of Music. Throughout her career, Herrera has toured worldwide developing a unique timbre, phrasing technique, rhythm and melodic skills on the flute. She
has also evolved as a pianist, vocalist, arranger and composer leading her own projects.
Sammy Figueroa has long been regarded as one of the world's great musicians. As one of the music's
leading percussionists he has played on countless records and is well-known for his versatility in a multitude of musical styles. Besides playing with some of the world's greatest pop stars, such as David Bowie, Chaka Khan and Mariah Carey, Sammy has also played with a multitude of distinguished jazz artists including Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, George Benson, and many, many more.
Standing on the shoulders of flute giants from worlds as diverse as Rampal & Galway in Classical Music; Richard Egues' Cuban Charanga style; rocker Ian Anderson's Jethro Tull; Herbie Mann and - most influential of all - Hubert Laws as pioneers of Jazz Flute, Latin Grammy Award winning Nestor Torres' rhythmic and mellifluous flute sound remains apart in a class all by itself. His 14 recordings as a soloist; 4 Latin Grammy nominations, one Grammy nomination and one Latin Grammy Award; collaborations with diverse artists such as Gloria Estefan, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mathews, Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente, Michael Camilo, Paquito D' Rivera and Arturo Sandoval; as well as performances with the Cleveland, Singapore, and New World Symphony Orchestras among many others, are testament to the remarkable journey of an Artist who continues to grow and enrich the lives of those who experience his talents.
His CD “This Side Of Paradise” won the Latin Grammy award in the Pop instrumental category,
presented on September 11, 2001. This great achievement - and its timing - proved to be a
major turning point for Torres.
Saturday, January 29, 2022
2 – 6 pm
Stay tuned as we make more announcements for the line-up and the schedule.