Free Outdoor Jazz Festival In South Beach!
What a fabulous day of music this was – world-class artists and all free under partly sunny skies! This was the Second Annual South Beach Jazz Festival and the music was fantastic!
(Note: Apologies to the wonderful artists – I put this aside and came back to it four months later so half is a real review and the rest is only photos.)
First up was Carlos Averhoff, Jr., a Cuban jazz saxophonist who has become a friend (and was the reason I traveled to this festival).
He – and the other three artists – played full sets, which I especially enjoyed because I was able to truly immerse myself in the music. It had been a while since I heard him play songs from Iresi, his first release, and I am excited for his next album, from which he played a few numbers.
He was backed by three fabulous musicians – Jim Gasior on keyboard, Nestor del Prado on bass, and Phoenix Rivera on drums. All were given solos which gave the audience a chance to know how talented they all are.
Next up was the Glyn Dryhurst Dixieland Jazz Band.
This six-piece band grabbed the attention of passers-by who lingered for most of the set. The music was lively and recognizable to many.
Next up was The Rachelle Coba Band. (And here is where I stopped writing four months ago.)
Last was Carlos Puig, who is an incredible trumpet player. I saw him at a tribute to Carlos Averhoff, Sr. and was incredibly impressed then. I am more impressed after seeing him in this setting.
I truly love the Cuban jazz scene in Miami and wish I lived closer.
Posted on May 19, 2018, in concert photos, concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged Carlos Averhoff Jr., Carlos Puig, Cuban jazz, Glyn Dryhurst Dixieland, jazz, Miami, Rachelle Coba Band, South Beach, South Beach Jazz Festival. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.