“JAZZ ROOTS is the most important concert and educational jazz series in America… This series is simply imperative!” - Quincy Jones
The Arsht Center is thrilled about the appointment of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music Dean Shelly Berg as Artistic Advisor for the groundbreaking series. A world-renowned musician, composer and educator, Berg has been involved as a collaborator on JAZZ ROOTS since its inception. The Arsht Center invited Berg to expand his role to include assisting with creative direction for the series following the passing in 2015 of JAZZ ROOTS co-founder and co-creator Larry Rosen, with whom Berg also collaborated for many years.
The ninth season of JAZZ ROOTS will continue with five musically diverse concerts each starring some of the most celebrated headliners in the music industry today!
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PIANO TITANS: CHICK COREA & GONZALO RUBALCABA, SOLOS & DUETS
CHICK COREA, GONZALO RUBALCABA
FEBRUARY 24, 2017
A DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, 22-time GRAMMY® winner, and keyboard virtuoso Chick Corea has attained living legend status after five decades of unparalleled creativity. Gonzalo Rubalcaba is a world-renowned solo jazz and classical pianist and Latin GRAMMY® Award-winner. Corea and Rubalcaba will each perform solos and the evening will end with a piano duet.
LIVING LEGENDS: BRANFORD MARSALIS QUARTET WITH SPECIAL GUEST KURT ELLING
BRANFORD MARSALIS QUARTET, KURT ELLING, CARMEN LUNDY
MARCH 17, 2017
The Branford Marsalis Quartet will be joined by guest vocalist Kurt Elling in a singular collaboration of musical forces. The tight-knit working band featuring Marsalis on saxophones, Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass, and Justin Faulkner on drums rarely invites other musicians into the folds of their nearly telepathically cohesive unit, and Elling’s deep jazz vocabulary, technical versatility, and outstanding intonation will enable the band to perform a variety of material in astonishing new ways.
FROM MA RAINEY TO MILES DAVIS: A BLUES JOURNEY
STEVE MILLER, JIMMIE VAUGHAN, MIKE FLANIGIN, SHELLY BERG
APRIL 7, 2017
When the music of Ma Rainey meets Miles Davis, expect the realms of blues and jazz to be out of this world. Originally developed for and performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center this past season, renowned blues-rock guitarist, multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter, 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and life-long jazz fan, Steve Miller hosts a wide-ranging musical-and-beyond revue with special guests; Jimmy Vaughan on guitar, Mike Flanigin on the Hammond B3 organ and JAZZ ROOTS artistic advisor Dean Shelly Berg on piano. From his distinctively recognizable guitar and vocals, to engaging commentary, high energy jamming, and much more, the evening promises surprises and high-level performances. Having learned his first chords at age five from his godfather Les Paul, how to play lead guitar from T-Bone Walker at age nine, and then working with the best Bluesmen in Chicago – Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy, and Paul Butterfield – Miller has incorporated his affinity for the blues into such hits as “The Joker,” “Fly Like An Eagle,” and “Jet Airliner.”