Sixteen (16) performances by world-renowned Jazz greats and local Jazz favorites will take place at venues throughout Miami Beach. From an exclusive night with Grammy-nominated legendary Jazz pianist Monty Alexander to Mambo Night with the Big 3 Palladium Orchestra’s first-ever appearance in Miami, the 2023 South Beach Jazz Festival brings a weekend full of fabulous music to our shores. To purchase tickets and view the complete schedule, please visit sobejazzfestival.com/tickets.
- OPENING NIGHT: Monty Alexander with Luke Sellick & Jason Brown.
Thursday, January 5 at Faena Theater.
Grammy-nominated, legendary pianist Monty Alexander headlines Opening Night at the sumptuous, jewel box Faena Theater. Monty’s style includes a range of Jazz and Jamaican musical experiences — the Great American Songbook, the blues, gospel and bebop, calypso and reggae. His endless melody-making, effervescent grooves and sophisticated voicing always delight a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message, making him an American Jazz classic. His recently released album, Love Notes, couples his passion for music with his extraordinary piano playing and the intimacy of his wonderful vocals.
- SOCIETY JAZZ NIGHT: South Florida Jazz Orchestra directed by Chuck Bergeron with special guest star Grammy-nominated Nicole Henry.
Friday, January 6 at The Bass.
Enjoy cocktails, mingle and stroll the museum galleries — all while delighting in the sensational big band music of the South Florida Jazz Orchestra led by bassist Dr. Chuck Bergeron. Featuring our own region’s top jazz musicians, the band swings with pulsating energy propelled by outstanding charts and arrangements that showcase brassy instrumentals and scintillating big band Jazz including a guest appearance by Power Access Scholarship winner, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Eva Carizza. Powerhouse Grammy-nominated Jazz vocalist Nicole Henry joins as the special guest star for the evening. Among the Jazz world’s most acclaimed performers, Nicole possesses a potent combination of dynamic vocal abilities, impeccable phrasing, and powerful emotional resonance. The event is sponsored by Organika Vodka and Baires Grill.
- MAMBO NIGHT IN MIAMI BEACH: Big 3 Palladium Orchestra, featuring Tito Puente Jr., Tito Rodriguez Jr., and Machito Jr.
Saturday, January 7 at the Miami Beach Bandshell.
In a rare opportunity, The legendary music of Tito Puente, Machito and Tito Rodriguez comes to the historic Miami Beach Bandshell for the Big 3 Palladium Orchestra’s South Florida premier. Embodying the spirit of the original and performing the electrifying music of these three celebrated bandleaders, composers, and the fathers of Latin Jazz, their sons, second generation, world- class artists, Tito Rodriguez Jr., Machito Jr., and Tito Puente Jr., alternating as band leaders in an exciting and competitive format, with a 17-piece orchestra, including original band members, take you back to the great, renowned Palladium Ballroom in New York City, in a concert infused with the energy of modern day Miami. The Big 3 Palladium Orchestra brings you the best Latin Jazz this side of Havana!
Many of the South Beach Jazz Festival performances are free and held outdoors. The festival is proud to offer two full days of exciting free concerts on Lincoln Road from international Jazz greats to a showcase for the next generation of Jazz talent.
- POWER ACCESS MAIN STAGE: Sammy Figueroa, Mike LeDonne’s Groover Quartet, Wendy Pedersen Quintet, Gafieira Rio Miami and More. Sunday, January 8 on Lincoln Road.
Seven performances jazz up 1100 Lincoln Plaza all day with a series of free performances from Latin Jazz great Sammy Figueroa presenting A Tribute to Cal Trader, world-renowned Jazz pianist, and Hammond organist Mike LeDonne, to South Florida favorite Wendy Pedersen, inspirational locals, to a fabulous festival finale by Gafieira Rio Miami, an authentic Brazilian Big Band that fuses samba, jazz and funk with a powerful 5-piece horn section, plus bass, guitar, drums, percussion, and vocals. The full line-up includes: The Spirit of Goodwill Band, Power Access Scholarship winner Marnel Jean, Inspirational vocalist Aristide Reinoso, Wendy Pedersen Quintet, Sammy Figueroa presents A tribute to Cal Tjader, Mike LeDonne Groover Quartet, and Gafieira Rio Miami.
- JAZZ FOR TOMORROW STUDENT STAGE: The Next Generation of Jazz. Talent. Saturday, January 7 at Lincoln Road.
Six of South Florida’s top student Jazz organizations perform all afternoon with free performances in addition to Talk and Q&A and a Kiddos Master Class in the morning for a day of Jazz curated by renowned musician and educator Nicole Yarling. The full lineup includes Bill Pettaway Jr., South Florida Center for Percussive Arts, JECC Jazz Bootcamp Ensemble, Broward College Jazz Combo, Frost Alternative String Ensemble, Miami Beach Senior High School Hi Tide Jazz Band, and Young Musicians Unite Jazz Collective.
In addition to the exceptional musical talent performing, the SBJF is excited to introduce a virtual panel discussion on disability and the arts.
- DISABILITY PRIDE IN THE ARTS PANEL DISCUSSION. Friday, January 6. Virtual Event.
Featuring Mike LeDonne, founder of NYC Disability Pride Parade and R. David New, founder of Power Access and the South Beach Jazz Festival. Moderated by Leticia Latino, host, Back 2 Basics Podcast. Advocates from disability and arts organizations will join Mike, David and Leticia for a fascinating conversation.
David New, Founder & Artistic Director of the South Beach Jazz Festival and President of the Power Access Board of Directors:
“Unforgettable and internationally renowned talent combined with highly acclaimed local artists will create a diverse musical lineup that features local, regional and global talent. I am excited to see our festival grow and reach new audiences every year.”
Please visit SobeJazzFestival.com/tickets to purchase tickets and more information.
About The South Beach Jazz Festival
The South Beach Jazz Festival is produced by Power Access, a 501(c)3 non-profit humanitarian organization. The festival takes place in multiple venues throughout Miami Beach over four days in January. The mission of disability awareness, access, and inclusion is celebrated through a festival that takes pride in presenting world-renowned artists from the entire spectrum of jazz including traditional, contemporary and Latin as well as cutting edge acts. Many of the performances are free and outdoors. All are open to the public. The sounds of jazz enliven the city all weekend long providing residents and guests to Miami Beach a time to enjoy, listen and learn. “From Disability to Serendipity.”
The South Beach Jazz Festival is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor, Board of County Commissioners, City of Miami Beach, the Cultural Affairs Program and the Cultural Arts Council. This project is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes).
Thank you to our Partnering Sponsors: Merrill, A Bank of America Company * The Lincoln Road Business Improvement District * The City of Miami Beach