“Each musical performance will showcase the artistry of at least one person with
a disability. The sheer talent of the artists will promote the festival’s dual goal,
to entertain, and to define others by ability rather than disability.”
The First Annual South Beach Jazz Festival (www.sobejazz.com) will take place throughout various venues on Miami Beach December 7 through December 11, with of the events free and open to the public. Performances will take place at the Colony Theatre, on stages set up throughout Lincoln Road, at Hotel Astor and Rare.
Presented by Power Access, the South Beach Jazz Festival is an event unlike any other, “Each musical performance will showcase the artistry of at least one person with a disability,” according to David New, who conceived the event. “The sheer talent of the artists will promote the festival’s dual goal, to entertain, and to define others by ability rather than disability. The festival is all about bringing our community together through the universal sound of music.”
Now age 46, David lost his sight 15 years ago and was rendered paralyzed from the waist down for two years. Since that time, he has been a steadfast advocate for people with disabilities, especially with his ongoing efforts with the City of Miami Beach. Through his Miami Beach-based companies, Ability Explosion, Access Now and Power Access, David has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of people with disabilities, including the “Dining in the Dark” and Biz-Ability events.
The South Beach Jazz Festival presents 16 jazz artists over the course of four days, with performances produced by KCC Productions. The Colony Theatre and Rare will host ticketed concerts, with free performances on stages at Euclid Circle and 1111 Lincoln Road. Information and tickets are available at www.sobejazz.com.
Following is the event lineup:
Wednesday, December 7
Opening VIP Cocktail Party (By Invitation Only), featuring The Lenard Rutledge Ensemble
Thursday, December 8
8 pm The French Caravan, Hotel Astor, 956 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
Friday, December 9
8 pm Raul Midón Trio, Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Saturday, December 10 – Euclid Circle, Main Stage
1 pm Dr. Ed Calle Jazz Ensemble
2:45 pm Ricky Williams Quartet
4 pm Oriente
5 pm Mike Gerber Trio
6 pm Luis Mario Ochoa Ensemble
8:15 pm Karina Iglesias & The Nu Thang
9:45 pm Felipe Lamogila, featuring Afro-Cuban Beats
Saturday, December 10 – 1111 Lincoln Road Stage
1:00 pm The French Horn Collective
2:45 pm Rolando Grooscors Ensemble
4:30 pm Wendy Pedersen Quartet
Sunday, December 11
11:30 am Jazz Brunch, with Reuben Hoch Chassidic Jazz Project
Rare, 4101 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach
4 pm Diane Schuur & Dr. Ed Calle’s Grammy Award Winner Mamblue Big Band
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT! The public is invited to support Power Access and Ability Explosion so that more programs and events can be presented to create awareness of the needs of people with disabilities. Raffle tickets to win a $500 gift certificate from Lululemon are available for purchase on the website (www.sobejazz.com) for $5 each, or three for $10. The drawing will be held on December 12, and all proceeds benefit Power Access, Inc. and the South Beach Jazz Festival. In addition, a GoFundMe page has been set up where people can make donations – www.gofundme.com/sobejazz.
Sponsors for the event include 1111 Lincoln Road, 8025 Promo, Ability Explosion, Access Now, Atlantic Broadband, City of Miami Beach, Curro Industries, Elite Tent, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Jameck Development, Kersten Communications, Lincoln Road Business Improvement District, Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Miami Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Outfront Media, Power Access, Segafredo, South Beach Animal Hospital, Spris, WDNA, Whole Foods and WLRN.
For further information on tickets, sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, go to www.SoBeJazz.com or call (786) 607-JAZZ.