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Sheryl Lee Ralph Presents Divas Simply Singing! Philadelphia On August 20, 2016

SherylLeeRalphSheryl Lee Ralph and The Divinely Inspired Victoriously Aware, D.I.V.A Foundation will celebrate its 2nd annual staging of DIVAS Simply Singing! in Philadelphia after 26 consecutive years in Los Angeles. This highly anticipated and much respected community health service charity concert began in the fight against HIV/AIDS. It now adds mental wellness, heart disease, diabetes and HepC and other life threatening diseases. The Foundation with the support of  Commissioner Sue Slawson and The Dell Theatre, will bring together some of the industry’s most talented artists and Divas to address the need for Health and Wellness awareness. A strong community is a healthy community.

The details are as follows:  DIVAS SIMPLY SINGING! Philadelphia, Saturday, August 20, 2016.
Dell Music Center, 2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive,  Philadelphia,  PA  19132  Doors open at 6pm; show to  7pm. Here is a sample video of the performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VwSSb_wTF4&feature=youtu.be  http://www.ticketmaster.com/Divas-Simply-Singing-tickets/artist/839859.  The MUSIC DIRECTOR: Henri Mc Millian Jr. and the MUSIC By: The Urban Guerilla Orchestra.

About The D.I.V.A. Foundation

The D.I.V.A. Foundation is a national not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1990 by honored AIDS activist and award winning actress, Sheryl Lee Ralph because of her deep concern for the lack of attention given to HIV/AIDS and it potential to become a health risk not only for men but women and children. DIVAS Simply Singing! was created as a loving memorial to the many friends she lost to AIDS as an original company member of DreamGirls on Broadway. The event utilizes the arts as a vehicle to raise awareness, funds  and erase stigma. After 25 years, DIVAS Simply Singing! continues to be the longest consecutive running musical AIDS benefit in the country and “One of the most highly anticipated HIV/AIDS benefits in Los Angeles.” DIVAS Simply Singing! serves as a loving beacon of hope, a constant voice in the dark for those infected and affected by HIV/ AIDS. Sheryl Lee Ralph has simply dared to care when others remained silent.

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Singer Leigh West coming to you city soon in 2016

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Photo used with permission Leigh West.

Leigh West is truly a new breed of artist. She really is because she is a well-developed self-created rock star in the making. She has been playing the piano since she was 3 years old and has a four octave vocal range. In addition, she creates catchy melodies that float above unusual chord progressions with gritty baselines. Her music can only be defined as a hypnotic yet energetic sonic experience. As a classically trained pianist she was awarded 2nd place nationally for her original compositions. After years of classical songwriting Leigh West broke from music to pursue filmmaking. During that time, she encountered God who told her she was to be a rockstar. West began writing music again but this time on guitar instead of piano. In college at the University of Colorado Boulder she devoted herself to pop, teaching herself to record and engineer from her dorm room.

As a result, she released her 1st Demo “Free The Robot” under the artist name LiLi, inspired by K-pop sensation 2NE1. After college Leigh West moved to LA where she continued to develop as a songwriter-producer. She played local shows to extremely receptive crowds.Thinking back on her past performances West recalls “The audience always cheered for an encore …at every show. That really encouraged me.” In 2013, she moved back to Denver to form West Alan LLC., a licensing company to promote her own music and other local bands to her contacts back in LA. She also hosted and co-created a television series for Comcast Entertainment Television dedicated to promoting local artists.

Her debut single “Hello Estella” has received radio play on college radio across the nation as well as almost 40,000 views on YouTube. In 2016, she has decided to hit the road. Leigh West opened for AMZY, SF1 and Midnight Club on May 6, 2016 at The Gothic Theater.

For her first U.S. Tour in June 2016, she starts on the West Coast and soon will announcing dates for her East Coast leg of the tour. This original and groundbreaking young singer is talented with the vocals and the musical ability to continue to create memorable songs. Fan can check out Leigh West on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter to discover when she plans to come to a city near you

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Highlights from the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival in May 2014

606f21c9b0946a826267bc255179c894The Apollo Theater recently celebrated the fourth annual Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival from May 4 – 10 in 2014 with a series of performances and special events featuring some of the finest talent in contemporary Jazz. The event was organized by the Apollo Theater, Harlem Stage, and Jazzmobile in collaboration with Columbia University and I was fortunate enough to attend on the final two nights on Friday, May 9th and Saturday, May 10th.

For those who may not know, the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival honors the extremely rich legacy of jazz in the uptown New York City community and the neighborhood’s continued role as a place to showcase new jazz talent. Over the past four years, the festival has become a staple of the New York City and Harlem cultural calendar and showcases a range of today’s top artists and emerging musicians with concerts and events at venues across Harlem.

On Friday, at the Apollo Music Cafe, the audience was treated to the sounds of Lakecia Benjaminand Sound Squad. During her powerful set, she was joined by the Motéma All-Stars to pay tribute to the iconic venue “Small’s Paradise” with a night of jazz, funk, and soul. Small’s Paradise, located at 2294½ Seventh Avenue near 135th Street, was one of the most successful and best-known nightclubs in the history of Harlem, and the most prestigious club owned by an African American.

With her deep jazz roots and strong command as a talented saxophonist, Lakecia has become an in demand player, arranger, and section leader she has been involved in and invited to work on projects with high profile names in music such as: Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Macy Gray, The Roots, and Anita Baker.

On Saturday, night, I experienced the Sounds of the New Orleans band Water Seed. The smooth jazz sounds and vocals pumped up the crowd. During the set, they added a few pop favorites along with funk and a bit of gospel.

Both nights were a spectacular experience for the audience as well as myself which is sure to leave them anticipating next year’s Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival event.

Jazzmobile, Inc. Celebrates 2014 Harlem Shrines Jazz Festival

2c8b80953e7adb3d3e1ff85dfbf2b853The Apollo Theater, Jazzmobile and Harlem Stage do it again as they prepare for the 2014 Harlem Shrines Jazz Festival. This year they are presenting some of today’s hottest jazz artists at the fourth annual Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival (HJSF), May 4 – 10, with a series of swinging events at the newly-renovated Minton’s, Ginny’s Supper Club, The Riverside Theatre and MIST Harlem.

Jazzmobile‘s HJSF events include a salute to the Savoy Ballroom with a tribute to Lindy Hop dancer extraordinaire Frankie Manning featuring The Harlem Renaissance Orchestra plus lecture/dance demonstrations with the Cecil Bridgewater Big Band; a discussion on Charlie Parker with authors Stanley Crouch and Professor Farah Jasmine Griffin;the Jazzmobile Vocal Competition Kick-Off; and Minton’s Playhouse: New Legends on the Bandstand, honoring the legendary birthplace of bebop with alto saxophonists Antonio Hart and T.K. Blue, pianist Christian Sands, singer Charenee Wade and a live recording session featuring drummer T.S. Monk and his Sextet.

Co-founded by NEA Jazz Master, pianist/educator/broadcaster Dr. Billy Taylor and former arts patron Daphne Arnstein, Jazzmobile has been a HJSF partner/presenter – along with The Apollo Theatre and Harlem Stage, York – since the festival’s inception. Together, this terrific triad – in collaboration with Columbia University in the City of New – fulfills the festival’s mission to pay tribute to the panorama of the Harlem Renaissance-era jazz clubs, speakeasies, supper clubs, cabarets, dance halls and churches that gave birth to modern and Latin jazz, which laid the foundations for R&B, soul, salsa and hip-hop. The seven-night salute includes stellar presentations throughout Harlem’s 21st Century venues, featuring emerging and established artists, panel discussions, dances, films and more.

Jazzmobile’s HJSF shout-out to the golden age of jazz starts with the immortal Minton’s Playhouse, the after-hours joint where musicians relaxed and jammed when they were finished with their “legitimate” gigs. Run by saxophonist and musician’s union rep Teddy Hill, the club was born in the Hotel Cecil on West 118th Street. It’s no wonder that Ralph Ellison wrote that Minton’s Playhouse was where “Dizzy Gillespie found his own trumpeter voice … Kenny Clarke worked out patterns of his drumming style; where Charlie Christian played out the last creative and truly satisfying moments of his brief life … where Charlie Parker built the monument of his art; [and] where Thelonious Monk formulated his contribution to the chordal progressions and the hide-and-seek melodic methods of jazz,” all of which led to the creation of bebop. Minton’s Playhouse, the time-defying temple-of-tempo-and-tone, operated for several decades until it closed in 1974. Former Time Warner, Inc. executive Richard Parsons reopened it as Minton’s Restaurant in 2013.

For more information on the Harlem Shrines Jazz Festival, visit their website at: http://harlemjazzshrines.org.

Africa Now Music Fesitval at the Apollo Theater on April 4 and 5 2014 in Harlem

ab82bc4a29d35f6da23c68549057e522The legendary Apollo Theater does it again by engaging their crowd with yet another fabulous experience in Harlem, New York. This time, in collaboration with World Music Institute, the Apollo team presented the Annual Africa Now Music Festival which is a four–day music event spotlighting today’s African music scene.

This occasion marked the second annual festival and featured a very powerful and impressive lineup of artists who have drawn upon their roots for inspiration – and transplanted them onto the global music landscape. Africa Now was anchored by a blow-out concert on April 5th set on the legendary Apollo stage featuring: Malian songstress Fatoumata Diawara; Senegalese trio Les Frères Guissé; and reggae/Afrobeat collective Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. Just as the main stage concert ended, another began at the Apollo Music Cafe and Soundstage featuring world renowned singerAzania. Opening for Azania was Baja and The Dry Eye Crew.

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As part of the Apollo’s 80th anniversary season, Africa Now Festival further establishes the legendary Theater’s longstanding role as a creative catalyst for Harlem, New York, and the nation and as a platform for culturally diverse artists.

Along with the music festival, the Apollo Theater recently announced the public phase of a $20 million fundraising campaign to extend the nonprofit institution’s role in fostering artistic innovation, supporting emerging artists, and deepening its engagement with audiences locally, nationally, and internationally. The 21st Century Apollo Campaign supports the growth of a variety of programmatic initiatives, including the Africa Now Festival. The Theater is currently celebrating its 80th anniversary season.

dd1b531b14487ef9a3204444deb15be6For more information on the Apollo Theater and upcoming events, visit: Apollo Theater Box Office which is located at 125th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues or call 212-531-5305. Also, visit the Apollo Theater website at: https://www.apollotheater.org/.

2013 Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival Calendar

b7fabeadaaff4506c0a3a9f09a56cf00Renewing their partnership for the third year, the Apollo Theater, Harlem Stage and Jazzmobile, Inc., in collaboration with Columbia University, have joined forces to present the Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival from May 6 – 11, 2013. These cultural organizations will present a series of concerts and events to celebrate the rich legacy of jazz in the uptown community while bringing both established and emerging artists to famed Harlem venues. This year, the festival will pay tribute to The Alhambra Ballroom, the Apollo Theater, The Baby Grand, Minton’s Playhouse, Clark Monroe’s Uptown House, Showman’s Jazz Club, the Sugar Cane Club and the Cotton Club. In addition to concerts at jazz shrines throughout Harlem, festival events will take place at Harlem Stage Gatehouse, Cowin Auditorium at Teacher’s College and Ginny’s Supper Club.

Monday, May 6, 2013
5:00 pm – Columbia University presents Harlem Jazz Shrine Dialogues: Cotton Club
in Black & White and Ann Petry: The Street – Harlem in the 1940s. Cowin Theater
at Teachers College. Free.

10:30 pm -Jazzmobile presents Minton’s Playhouse: Legends on the Bandstand featuring Late Night with Jimmy Heath and Antonio Hart. One drink/appetizer minimum. Doors open at 10:00 pm. Ginny’s Supper Club at Red Rooster Harlem.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

8:30 pm – Apollo Theater presents Showman’s Late Night Jazz with Lakecia Benjamin & Soul Squad. Limited seating. Standing room available. Two drink minimum per set/per person. Free soul food appetizers are available. Showman’s Jazz Club.

10:00 pm – Apollo Theater presents Showman’s Late Night Jazz with Lakecia Benjamin & Soul Squad. Limited seating. Standing room available. Two drink minimum per set/per person. Free soul food appetizers are available. Showman’s Jazz Club.

11:30 pm – Apollo Theater presents Showman’s Late Night Jazz with Lakecia Benjamin & Soul Squad. Limited seating. Standing room available. Two drink minimum per set/per person. Free soul food appetizers are available. Showman’s Jazz Club.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

7:30 pm – Jazzmobile presents Minton’s Playhouse: Legends on the Bandstand featuring Junior Mance Trio and Christian Sands Trio. One drink/appetizer minimum. Ginny’s Supper Club at Red Rooster Harlem.

7:30 pm – Harlem Stage presents Celebrating the Sugar Cane Club of Yesteryear featuring ERIMAJ and Fabian Almazan. Harlem Stage Gatehouse.

8:30 pm – Apollo Theater presents Showman’s Late Night Jazz with Bill Easley.Limited seating. Standing room available. Two drink minimum per set/per person. Free soul food appetizers are available. Showman’s Jazz Club.

10:00 pm – Apollo Theater presents Showman’s Late Night Jazz with Bill Easley.Limited seating. Standing room available. Two drink minimum per set/per person. Free soul food appetizers are available. Showman’s Jazz Club.

11:30 pm – Apollo Theater presents Showman’s Late Night Jazz with Bill Easley. Limited seating. Standing room available. Two drink minimum per set/per person. Free soul food appetizers are available. Showman’s Jazz Club.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

10:00 am – Jazzmobile presents Jazz in the First Person: Fun with “The Duke” – Lecture, Lunch, Swing. Jazz historian/author/musician Loren Schoenberg hosts this performance, talk and interactive session for youth. Free. For Middle School students by invitation. The Alhambra Ballroom.

12:00 pm – Jazzmobile presents Swingin’ Seniors. Lunch and performance hosted by Loren Schoenberg. Free. For Senior Citizens by invitation. The Alhambra Ballroom.

6:30 pm – Apollo Theater presents Live Wire: Harlem’s Music Legacy, a discussion hosted by John Reddick. Free with registration. Apollo Theater.

7:00 pm – Serenade by Jazzmobile Vocal Competition Winner. Doors open at 6:00 pm. The Alhambra Ballroom.

7:30 pm – Harlem Stage, paying tribute to Clark Monroe’s Uptown House, presents Marc Cary Celebrates Abbey Lincoln with “Moseka House: The House That Abbey Built.” Abbey Lincoln’s former pianist Marc Cary interprets Lincoln’s compositions in solo and with his Focus Trio. Harlem Stage Gatehouse.

8:00 pm – Jazzmobile presents A Night of Swinging with the Cab Calloway Orchestra, a Big Band Dance Party. Cash Bar/ Food Available for purchase. The Alhambra Ballroom.

8:30 pm – Apollo Theater presents Showman’s Late Night Jazz with Patience Higgins & Sugar Hill Quartet. Limited seating. Standing room available. Two drink minimum per set/per person. Free soul food appetizers are available. Showman’s Jazz Club.

10:00 pm – Apollo Theater presents Showman’s Late Night Jazz with Patience Higgins & Sugar Hill Quartet. Limited seating. Standing room available. Two drink minimum per set/per person. Free soul food appetizers are available. Showman’s Jazz Club.

11:30 pm – Apollo Theater presents Showman’s Late Night Jazz with Patience Higgins & Sugar Hill Quartet. Limited seating. Standing room available. Two drink minimum per set/per person. Free soul food appetizers are available. Showman’s Jazz Club.

Friday, May 10, 2013

7:30 pm – Harlem Stage, paying tribute to Clark Monroe’s Uptown House, presents Marc Cary Celebrates Abbey Lincoln with “Moseka House: The House That Abbey Built.” Abbey Lincoln’s former pianist Marc Cary accompanies vocalists Keith Ailer, Maggie Brown, Pyeng Threadgill, and Imani Uzuri as they pay homage to Ms. Lincoln. Harlem Stage Gatehouse.

9:00 pm – Apollo Theater presents Showman’s Late Night Jazz with Doris Spears. Limited seating. Standing room available. Two drink minimum per set/per person. Free soul food appetizers are available. Showman’s Jazz Club.

10:00 pm – Apollo Theater presents Tribute to The Baby Grand with vocalist Lezlie Harrison. Apollo Music Café.

11:00 pm – Apollo Theater presents Showman’s Late Night Jazz with Doris Spears. Limited seating. Standing room available. Two drink minimum per set/per person. Free soul food appetizers are available. Showman’s Jazz Club.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

11:00 am – Apollo Theater presents Family Showtime: The Sounds of Sarah Vaughan
featuring Rosena Hill Jackson, Jason Jackson and the Jack & Hill Trio. Apollo
Theater.

3:00 pm – Apollo Theater presents Geri Allen & Friends Celebrate the Great Jazz Women of the Apollo featuring Geri Allen & Timeline Tap Quartet, Dianne Reeves, Terri Lyne Carrington, Lizz Wright, Tia Fuller, Karen Malina White, Marvin Sewell, Dormeshia and Afro Blue. Staged by S. Epatha Merkerson, narrative by Farah Jasmin Griffin with Deejay Val Jeanty. Apollo Theater.

8:00 pm – Apollo Theater presents Geri Allen & Friends Celebrate the Great Jazz Women of the Apollo featuring Geri Allen & Timeline Tap Quartet, Dianne Reeves, Terri Lyne Carrington, Lizz Wright, Tia Fuller, Karen Malina White, Marvin Sewell, Dormeshia and Afro Blue. Staged by S. Epatha Merkerson, narrative by Farah Jasmin Griffin with Deejay Val Jeanty. Apollo Theater.

9:00 pm – Apollo Theater presents Showman’s Late Night Jazz with Mel Davis. Limited seating. Standing room available. Two drink minimum per set/per person. Free soul food appetizers are available. Showman’s Jazz Club.

11:00 pm – Apollo Theater presents Showman’s Late Night Jazz with Mel Davis. Limited seating. Standing room available. Two drink minimum per set/per person. Free soul food appetizers are available. Showman’s Jazz Club.

*Schedule and Artists Subject to Change

For more information visit the website at Harlem Jazz Shrines.

Riverside Theatre to Honor Grammy Winning Soul and Gospel Singer Cissy Houston

974228c769e9b64b706a1810a9a9bdc5In celebration and recognition of women who have made a difference in the world through their chosen art form, The Riverside Theatre announced it has selected Dr. Cissy Houston as the recipient of the 4th Annual Women of Excellence in the Arts Award. This year’s event will take place at the Theatre (91 Claremont Ave., bet. 120th & 122nd St.), on Friday, April 26, starting at 7:00 p.m. (preceded by a special reception at 6:00 p.m.), where Houston will discuss her book, “Remembering Whitney.” Co-Chairs for this very special evening are R&B singers Chuck Jackson and Smokey Robinson!

 “Cissy Houston is a celebrated and incredible talent whose experiences and contributions to the arts are immeasurable,” said Robin Bell-Stevens, Executive Director of The Riverside Theatre. “TheRiverside Theatre is honored to have her participation in this year’s event and we look forward to her sharing her wealth of knowledge and experience with us on April 26.”

Dr. Cissy Houston is a Grammy-winning soul and gospel singer, and mother of late superstar Whitney Houston. She gained fame as part of the Drinkards, a family gospel group, and revolutionized the “Background Industry” as the founder and leader of Sweet Inspirations, a well-respected vocal group who provided background vocals for such artists as Luther Vandross, Wishbone Ash, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, and Elvis Presley. She later enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist. Dr. Houston grew up in Newark, New Jersey, where she raised her family and still lives in the area.

The evening’s discussion will be hosted and moderated by WABC-TV news anchor Lori Stokes, who has received numerous awards for her reporting on social issues, in particular stories affecting women and children. Stokes has received many honors throughout her career including a total of 9 Emmys; the George P. Foster Peabody Award for her September 11, 2001 coverage of the World Trade Center attack; and she has been named a “Woman of Influence” by Commerce magazine.

The Riverside Theatre was founded on the belief that the arts can be a transforming power in peoples’ lives. The Theatre has presented a diverse range of programming including original music, dance productions, film premieres, musicals and plays. Since its founding in 1960, the Theatre has become well known for exposing audiences to arts from many cultures, and to supporting emerging artists of all disciplines.

Tickets to attend The Women of Excellence in the Arts event honoring Dr. Cissy Houston are $45, with limited availability. The ticket price includes a copy of Cissy Houston’s book, “Remembering Whitney.” For more information and tickets, please visit www.TheRiversideTheatre.org or call (212) 870-6784.

The Riverside Church is an interracial, interdenominational and international church built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1927. The 1,200-member Riverside Church in Morningside Heights has a rich tradition of providing a forum for important civic and spiritual leaders. Past speakers include: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President William J. Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Fidel Castro, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela.

Anthony Hamilton with special guests Eric Benet & Marcus Canty ay DPAC

5b1b8d03d7e925edfc688ff85f5e3ffdThe spring is here and the summer is just around the corner. It’s time to enjoy the lovely weather and attend a few summer concerts. Soul fans are in for a treat when the Soulful Summer Tour featuring Anthony Hamilton with special guests Eric Benét and Marcus Canty come June 8 as part of Cool Summer Nights at DPAC.

Fans began paying attention to Anthony Hamilton in 2002, when he sang the infectious hook on the Nappy Roots’ “Po’ Folks.” That performance netted the singer the first of 10 Grammy® nominations for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. More recently, his arresting voice provided the perfect accompaniment to Jill Scott’s earthy vocals on the captivating duet “So in Love.” Their dynamic pairing also set a record: 18 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Urban AC chart. His fourth studio album, Back to Love, debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling over 63,000 copies in its first week. This was his follow-up to the 2008 gold-certified, No. 1-debuting album, The Point of It All.
The Charlotte, N.C. native’s resume also includes performing a virtual duet of “Buon Natale” alongside Nat King Cole for The Nat King Cole Holiday Collection and a cameo appearance in the 2007 Oscar®-nominated film American Gangster starring Denzel Washington. Hamilton also performed that soundtrack’s lead song, the Diane Warren-penned “Do You Feel Me,” while his songs “Struggle No More” and “Can’t Let Go” appeared on the Daddy’s Little Girls soundtrack.

R&B crooner, songwriter and actor Eric Benét has successfully released six albums and was also nominated for a 2012 Grammy® Award for “Best Traditional R&B Performance” for his single “Sometimes I Cry.” He has also been active as an actor and most recently starred in his first lead role in the feature film Trinity Goodheart. Additionally, Eric had a recurring role on the television program For Your Love (1998–2002) and made his film debut alongside Mariah Carey in Glitter (2001).

Marcus Canty is the 21-year-old who won the hearts of America on Fox’s XFactor talent show. In 2009, Canty was chosen over hundreds of high school seniors across the nation by the National Foundation for Advancement In The Arts – YoungArt (which recognizes and supports America’s most talented 15 to 18-year-olds in the visual, literary and performing arts), and was inducted into the organization.

All guests require a ticket, regardless of age. No one under the age of 5 admitted into the theater, and children must be able to sit quietly in their own seat without disturbing other guests.

To better serve DPAC Concert Fans in our primary market area, online sales to this event will be restricted to residents of North Carolina. Online orders by residents outside of this approved sales area will be canceled without notice and refunds given. If you live outside of the approved sales area or are using a credit card with a billing address outside of the approved sales area, you can still purchase tickets by calling the DPAC Ticket Center at 919.680.2787.

Michael Baisden to host 8th Annual Jazz in the Gardens Music festival in Miami

Since its 2006 inception, Jazz in the Gardens has consistently delivered a dynamic mix of musical genres including Jazz, R&B, Neo-soul and World Beat sounds ...

Since its 2006 inception, Jazz in the Gardens has consistently delivered a dynamic mix of musical genres including Jazz, R&B, Neo-soul and World Beat sounds …

Michael Baisden, nationally syndicated radio personality signs on as host of the 8th Annual Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival Experience #JIG8 on March 16 and 17, 2013 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.

Miami Gardens’ 8th annual two-day Jazz in the Gardens music festival at Sun Life Stadium is proud to announce as the festival host, nationally syndicated radio personality, Michael Baisden. Michael Baisden is undeniably one of the most influential and engaging personalities in radio history. His meteoric rise to No. 1 is redefining radio with the numbers to back it up. The show is nationally syndicated and is heard in over 78 markets nationwide with over eight million loyal listeners daily. His career began when he took a leap of faith to leave his job driving trains in Chicago to self-publish his book and began touring the country selling books out of the trunk of his car. Baisden, who now has four best-selling books to his credit, has hosted two national television shows and has recently produced three feature films.

 “I’m excited to be hosting the 8th Annual Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival. I had the pleasure of hosting the 2011 festival and it was an awesome experience. Each year the event gets bigger and better,” stated Michael Baisden. “I’m looking forward to inviting my listeners from around the country and the world to join me for two days of food, fun and incredible music. My goal is to make this the most successful Jazz in the Gardens Festival ever!”

Jazz in the Gardens success is attributed to the list of legends that grace the stage each year along with its incredible food, affordable tickets and Miami Gardens’ amazing March weather. For the past seven years, the festival has enjoyed unprecedented growth and has consistently delivered increases in attendance. Nearly 50,000 music lovers from the Caribbean, United States and all overFlorida attended the 2012 festival.

Tickets on sale now at www.jazzinthegardens.com, the Sun Life Stadium Box Office,www.ticketmaster.com and at Ticketmaster locations.

“Baisden is of the premiere radio personalities in the U.S. and a connoisseur of good music and great entertainment. It’s always good to have someone with his reputation, credibility, popularity and love for a really good show on our team,” said Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert.

The 2012 “Jazz in the Gardens” featured performances from legendary artists including Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Patti LaBelle, KEM, Kenny G, Doug E Fresh, Kevin Eubanks, Ramsey Lewis and Nicole Henry.

Previous years have included celebrated artists such as Erykah Badu, John Legend, Robin Thicke, the late Teena Marie, Wyclef, Babyface, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Chaka Khan, Chrisette Michele, Common, Anthony Hamilton, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Al Jarreau, Gladys Knight, The Isley Brothers, EnVogue, Lalah Hathaway, Branford Marsalis and Roy Ayers.

For more information about the 8th Annual “Jazz in the Gardens,” please call the general hotline at:(877) 640-5299 or visit www.jazzinthegardens.com. Like at www.facebook.com/jazzinthegardens, follow @jazzgardens and use the Twitter/Instagram hashtag #JIG8. Follow Michael Baisden @baisdenlive /

#BaisdenLive and like at www.facebook.com/michaelbaisdenlive.Sponsorship requests should be directed to Roane Consulting Group at (804) 506-4020 or sponsorships@jazzinthegardens.com. Food and merchandise vendor requests should be sent to vendors@jazzinthegardens.com. All media inquiries should be directed to Circle of One Marketing at (305) 576-3790.

About City of Miami Gardens
The City of Miami Gardens was incorporated on May 13, 2003, as the 33rd city in Miami-Dade County. With a population of approximately 110,000, it is the third largest city in Miami-Dade County. Miami Gardens is a solid, working and middle class community of unique diversity. It is the largest predominantly African-American municipality in the State of Florida and boasts many Caribbean and Hispanic residents. The City hosted the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl, the 2010 NFL Pro Bowl™, Super Bowl XLIV™ and will host the 2013 Orange Bowl and 2013 BCS National Championship game. Miami Gardens recently elected its second Mayor, Oliver Gilbert III. Through his leadership and that of former Mayor, Shirley Gibson, the City has demonstrated steady growth in the areas of community and economic development and has gained a
reputation for being a hot destination spot in South Florida. www.miamigardens-fl.gov.