Miami, September 7, 2022 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) The Department of Arts and Philosophy celebrates the 25e birthday of his popular Jazz at Wolfson presents, the longest running free jazz series in Miami-Dade County. The 2022-23 season will begin at noon, Wednesday, September 14, with NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Jamey Aebersold, at the MDC Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. The series will continue through April 2023 with monthly concerts that are free and open to the public. The concerts will also be broadcast live.
“The fact that we’ve stayed strong for 25 years, delivering significant jazz performances, has been, I believe, a truly wonderful thing for the community, MDC and jazz music.” said Dr. Michael Di Liddo, program director and MDC jazz faculty member.
This series is funded in part with support from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Board of Cultural Affairs, Miami-Dade County Mayor, and County Board of Commissioners through the Cultural Grants Program Hannibal Cox Jr.
Concerts are held in person at the Wolfson Campus, 300 NE 2n/a Avenue, building 1, auditorium (room 1261). The concerts are also available live on www.mdc.edu/livestream.
Check out the 2022-23 Jazz at Wolfson Presents season below:
Wednesday, September 14, noon
For over 60 years, Aebersold has been a leader in jazz improvisation and jazz education. His famous week-long summer jazz workshops have been held in seven countries and his jazz quartet has presented dozens of programs that encourage students to play music and make healthy lifestyle choices. He has produced 133 Play-A-Longs jazz books/audios. Aebersold is the recipient of the 2014 AB Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy, given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the appreciation, knowledge and advancement of jazz.
MDC Jazz alumni
Wednesday, October 19, noon
Made up of some of the most celebrated music graduates from the Wolfson Campus Department of Arts and Philosophy, MDC Jazz Alumni includes pianist Kemuel Roig, saxophonist Hery Paz and guitarist Richard Padron. These amazing musicians will come together to perform several original compositions. They will be accompanied by musicians from the MDC’s jazz faculty, Ludwig Afonso on drums and Gary Thomas on bass.
Wolfson Jazz Ensembles
Tuesday, November 1, 5:40 p.m.
The Wolfson Jazz Ensembles consist of three groups of exceptional music students. The band Horace Silver takes its name from the legendary pianist and composer of the 1950s and 1960s. The band Blue Note pays homage to the famous jazz label with many groundbreaking recordings. Both bands help young musicians develop by showcasing a wide range of jazz styles. The program’s most mature group, the Hard Bop Jazz Ensemble, included some of South Florida’s finest up-and-coming musicians. Over the years, the ensemble has performed at jazz festivals in Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands. The group received low beat magazine award in composition and performance.
MDC Jazz Faculty Quintet
Wednesday, November 2, noon
Individually heralded as some of South Florida’s finest musicians, the MDC Jazz Faulty Quintet features Grammy-winning saxophonist Ed Calle, guitarist Mike Di Liddo, pianist Jim Gasior, bassist Gary Thomas and drummer Ludwig Afonso. As diverse musicians with varying musical backgrounds, their performances project a mix of styles that perhaps only come together with jazz.
Wednesday, December 7, noon
Gasior is a Miami-based pianist and jazz teacher. He has performed and/or recorded with international pop artists and groups – Ricky Martin, Kelly Clarkson, Alih Jey, Chayanne, Jose Feliciano, Little Richard, Smokey Robinson, as well as jazz artists – Benny Golson, Slide Hampton, Freddie Hubbard , Terell Stafford, Patti Austin, John Fedchock, Duffy Jackson, Jason Marsalis, Donald Harrison, Robin Eubanks, Jeremy Pelt, Jay Leonhart and the Jaco Pastorius Reunion Big Band. He is a senior associate professor of jazz and instrumental studies at the New World School of the Arts, where he is director of the nationally award-winning NWSA High School Jazz Ensemble.
Wednesday, January 18, 2023, noon
Grammy-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Floyd began his career traveling the world accompanying Ray Charles on piano and organ. He has also toured nationally and internationally as organist for the Grammy Award-winning Dr. John. He was the star pianist occupying the chair of the great late Count Basie accompanying his world famous orchestra for six years. Floyd is currently making guest appearances with Maceo and is also featured with Byron Stripling, collaborating with some of the most distinguished orchestras including the Boston Pops, Rochester Philharmonic and Detroit Symphony.
Aaron Lebos and Abstract Citizen
Wednesday, February 15, 2023, noon
Abstract Citizen is guitarist/composer Aaron Lebos’ new band. The band’s genre can be categorized as “Modern Jazz” and all of their music was originally written in response to the pandemic. Lebos hails from Miami and has been an active member of the music scene since he was 16 years old. He performs with some of South Florida’s biggest names including Nicole Henry, Spam All-Stars and Nu Deco Ensemble. In recent years, the band has performed at Miami hotspots, Lagniappe House, Fish House, Heartland, and started touring. The band’s debut album was released earlier this year.
Wolfson Jazz Ensembles
Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 5:40 p.m.
The Wolfson Jazz Ensembles consist of three groups of exceptional music students. The band Horace Silver takes its name from the legendary pianist and composer of the 1950s and 1960s. The band Blue Note pays homage to the famous jazz label with many groundbreaking recordings. Both bands help young musicians develop by showcasing a wide range of jazz styles. The program’s most mature group, the Hard Bop Jazz Ensemble, included some of South Florida’s top emerging musicians. Over the years, the ensemble has performed at jazz festivals in Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands. The group received low beat magazine award in composition and performance.
Wednesday, March 15, 2023, noon
Fedchock’s illustrious career in jazz spans four decades. A sought-after performer and writer in New York, Fedchock’s multifaceted talents have led him to become one of New York’s top jazz artists. His critically acclaimed John Fedchock New York Big Band became a landmark band featuring Fedchock’s trombone and arrangement, as well as the band’s featured soloists. The group’s recordings have appeared in the Top Ten of Jazz Radio and it is twice nominated for the GRAMMYs for instrumental arrangement.
Wednesday, April 5, 2023, noon
A critically acclaimed performer, author and teacher, Riley has worked with the world’s greatest jazz musicians for over 40 years. A four-time GRAMMY award winner, he has performed on hundreds of recordings and in major venues with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Woody Herman, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Bob Mintzer, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band , the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra , and many more. Riley is the author of The art of bop drumscurrently published in five languages, Beyond bop battery, The Jazz Drummer’s Workshop and the DVD The master drummer.
For more informationplease visit https://www.mdc.edu/jazzatwolfson/.