FAENA LIVE ANNOUNCES THE 5th ANNUAL JAZZ SERIES AT THE FAENA THEATER
Faena Live is thrilled to welcome the return of the annual Faena Jazz Series, once again curated and produced by Grammy nominated producer Rachel Faro. In keeping with Faena's commitment to delivering unparalleled offerings and experiences, jazz lovers from South Florida and beyond are invited to enjoy the sounds of great jazz at the intimate and glamorous Faena Theater at Faena Hotel Miami Beach.
Presenting today's greatest emerging and established jazz artists since 2014 (with a couple of years off for the pandemic), our 2023 lineup is particularly fascinating with superstar players such as Al Di Meola, emerging stars such as Laufey, a strong showing of woman artists for March's Woman's History Month and musical tributes to the music of New Orleans and the Sephardic communities of Spain and South America.
The series kicks off on January 25th with a performance by guitar great Al Di Meola and closes on June 17th with NEA Jazz Master and New Orleans icon Chief Donald Harrison.
Season tickets for all seven concerts are available at a discount and hotel packages are possible for those who wish to combine an evening of jazz with a day at the beach and a night at the #2 best hotel in the USA, according to Condé Nast.. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.faenatheater.com or call +1 786-655-5600.
FAENA JAZZ SERIES 2023 - FULL LINEUP
AL DI MEOLA
Wednesday January 25th, 8 PM
The Faena Jazz Series is honored to open our fifth season with guitar hero Al Di Meola. Di Meola needs no introduction – he is well-known as one of the world's greatest musicians and a virtuoso of the highest order. A prolific composer and prodigious six-string talent, Di Meola has amassed over 20 albums as a leader while collaborating on a dozen or so others with the likes of the fusion supergroup Return To Forever (with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White), a celebrated acoustic guitar trio featuring fellow virtuosos John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia, and the Rite of Strings trio with bassist Clarke and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. And while his dazzling technique on both acoustic and electric guitars has afforded him regal status among the hordes of guitar lovers who regularly flock to his concerts, the depth of Di Meola's compositions along with the soulfulness and inherent lyricism of his musical expression have won him legions of fans worldwide.
Wednesday February 15th, 8 PM
Catch her while you can! Icelandic-Chinese singer/songwriter Laufey's star is rising so fast it's hard to keep up, with appearances on Jimmy Kimmel, a vast following on social media (over 26 million listeners to her single on Spotify!), sold out shows all over the world and Billie Eilish and Will Smith counting as her fans. A hopeless romantic, her delicate music and wistful and ironic lyrics are perfect for a Valentine's Day date, so let's keep the romance going for an extra day. Only 24 years old, this Berklee graduate combines a Gen Z sensibility with a genuine jazz talent. Come hear Laufey with your other half and fall in love again.
SARA GAZAREK & THE SHELLY BERG TRIO
Wednesday March 1st, 8 PM
We kick off Woman's History Month with Sara Gazarek, who is considered by many to be one of the premier jazz singers of her generation. A multiple Grammy nominee, an educator and the premier protegée of singer Kurt Elling, she combines extraordinary vocal technique with conscious lyrics and sense of human warmth that is hard to resist. Accompanying Sara will be her good friend pianist Shelly Berg and his trio. A jazz star and Grammy winner in his own right, Shelly Berg is recognized as an exquisite accompanist to jazz singers and as Dean of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami is a highly influential force in the world of jazz altogether.
Wednesday March 15th, 8 PM
The Faena Jazz Series continues its tradition of presenting recent winners of the Sarah Vaughn International Jazz Vocal Competition - in past years Jazzmeia Horn, Veronica Swift and Samara Joy all debuted at the Faena as emerging artists, We are now very proud to invite the 2021 winner of the competition, Gabrielle Cavassa. California-born and currently New Orleans-based, Gabrielle's voice evokes influences ranging from Billie Holiday and Amy Winehouse to hip hop and Italian opera. As a songwriter, she confronts challenging topics and sings as though she's sharing stark personal diary entries with the world. This is your chance to see another rising star in an intimate setting.
ETIENNE CHARLES & TRACES
Wednesday April 12th, 8 PM
Trinidad-born trumpet player Etienne Charles is a performer, composer, and storyteller, who is continuously searching for untold stories and sounds with which to tell them. A Guggenheim Fellow, in 2022 he was commissioned to compose and perform his composition 'San Juan Hill' with the New York Philharmonic for the opening of New York's Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall. A recent addition to the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, Charles brings his special project, Traces, to our series. Traces follows the journey of Sephardic music from the Middle East to Europe and to Latin America. Joining Etienne on this fascinating journey are three masters from three cultures: Venezuelan national treasure cuatro master Jorge Glem, innovative French cellist/composer Vincent Ségal, and Israeli/Argentine bassist/composer Or Barelet.
Wednesday May 10th, 8 PM
Shayna Steele is a powerhouse vocalist who is bound to shake the rafters of the Faena Hotel. A consummate jazz singer, she began her career in musical theater, appearing on Broadway in shows such as Rent and Hairspray and going on to sing backup with superstars Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna, and Bette Midler before stepping out on her own as a solo artist. Her album 'Watch Me Fly' hit #3 on the U.S. iTunes Jazz Charts and her self-penned song "Gone Under" from the same album was recorded by Snarky Puppy with Shayna for their 'Family Dinner' album resulting in almost 2 million views on YouTube. She is a regular guest artist with Grammy winning trumpeter Chris Botti and continues to tour throughout the world singing her own original music.
BIG CHIEF DONALD HARRISON
Wednesday, June 7th, 8 PM
NEA Jazz Master saxophonist and composer Donald Harrison closes out the season with a show rich in New Orleans tradition and modern jazz. Harrison is an accomplished player of jazz, soul and funk in addition to his work as a contemporary classical composer. He's recorded and performed with Roy Haynes, Art Blakey, Eddie Palmieri, Lena Horne, McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham and Dr. Lonnie Smith and has been a mentor to artists as diverse as The Notorious Big, Jon Batiste, Trombone Shorty, and Esperanza Spaulding. He's also appeared in HBO's 'Treme', Jonathan Demme's film 'Rachel Getting Married', Marvel's 'Luke Cage' and Spike Lee's 'When The Levee Broke'. Descended from a long lineage of New Orleans' Mardi Gras Indians, he is the official Big Chief of Congo Square in New Orleans. We guarantee that a show with Chief Donald Harrison won't just be great music, it will be a highly entertaining educational experience on the roots and journey of American jazz with New Orleans as its cradle and source.
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