Jazz With Dominican Accents and Flavours Back in South Florida


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In October 2012, Landestoy Enterprises presented a completely new and exiting concept from the Dominican Republic: The South Florida Dominican Jazz Fest. A multicultural event that brought to Florida the best Jazz currently being made by musicians in the Dominican Republic as well as Dominicans living abroad.

At this event, Miami witnessed the Jazz proposals from the land that gave Merengue & Bachata to the rest of the world. Three groups that played various genres of Jazz, in fusions with the rich native rhythms of the Dominican Republic, made top quality presentations. CUBAOCHO Art & Research Center was the venue chosen for the concerts and from early in the evening an avid jazz loving audience packed the locale.

The level of success was such, that both the City of Miami, through its Mayor—Tomas Regalado, as well as the Miami-Dade County, through its Director—Joe Martinez, officially declared October 19th as ¨South Florida Dominican Jazz Fest Day¨.

The strategic Alliance between Landestoy Enterprises & Jazz en Dominicana of introducing ¨Dominican Jazz¨ to South Florida far exceeded the expectations, and, since the end of last year's event, calls and e-mails have not stopped—asking about the 2013 version.

On Saturday, October 19th, for one complete evening, jazz lovers from Miami and throughout the State of Florida will be able to once again enjoy the best talents from the Dominican Republic and the United States. Groups that are considered top performers locally and internationally—the mix of styles will make for an exciting and electrifying evening of jazz!!!

The bands that will be performing are considered top performers locally and internationally — the mix of styles will make for an exciting and electrifying foot stomping jazz concert!!!

The South Florida Dominican Jazz Fest 2013 is dedicated to one of the legends of Dominican Jazz, multi-instrumentalist Guillo Carias!

Alejandro Vargas Colita and his Caribbean Jazz Band, a Group of experienced Dominican musicians living in Miami, who under the leadership of Alejandro Vargas will be presenting various types of Dominican rhythms in a fusion with pure jazz, such as swing, bebop and others. ¨Colita¨ has placed with other notable musicians, such as Jose Antonio Molina, Jorge Taveras, Bertico Sosa, and Manuel Tejada in various stages around the World. The other members of band are: Jose Emilio Valenzuela, Eduardo Sama and Rubiel Cabrera.

Guillo Carias. This very well known Dominican musician of great experience, to whom this year´s Festival is dedicated to, will be presenting a repertoire of compositions that mean very much to him. Playing various instruments, Guillo will be accompanied by the Festival Band— Alejandro Vargas Colita and his Caribbean Jazz Band.

Alex Diaz and his All Star Jazz Band. Since the end of last year´s Festival, not a day goes by that our fans ask: ¨When is the Maestro (Alex Diaz) coming back to Miami?¨ The Dominican Conga player has played with a ¨who´s who¨ of Jazz and Latin Music, amongst others: Tito Puente, Mario Rivera, Mario Bauza, Dizzy Gillespie and many more. His format results in a fine and elegant marriage of jazz, latin jazz and Dominican rhythms, such as merengue, palo and gaga, amongst others. His latest album—Beyond 145th Street—was chosen as one of the best 12 World Music Albums of 2012 by worldmusic.com. An all star band of Latin Jazz players from New York, they are: bassist Ruben Rodriguez, drummer Diego Lopez, pianist Mike Eckroth and trumpeter Nelson Jaime will accompany Alex and saxophonist Ivan Renta.

Closing act: Pengbian Sang & Retro Jazz. After a series of successful performances in Santo Domingo that have received high praise from both critics and audiences who assisted to support this tribute to music made by Dominican composers, the South Florida Dominican Jazz Fest is proud to present this musical group from the Dominican Republic whose repertoire consists of songs from their country, interpreted in varied versions of jazz, bossa nova, latin jazz and funk, combining the beauty and elegance of the most popular Dominican compositions, in original arrangements by leader and bassist Pengbian Sang, with jazz´s harmonic depth, the sensuality of bossa and the energy and spontaneity of improvisation.

The venue chosen for the event is Avenue D Jazz & Blues on South Miami Avenue—whose specialty are Jazz & Blues events which will make for a beautiful evening of Jazz in the ideal scenario for this concert.

South Florida Dominican Jazz Fest
Saturday, 19 October 2012 8:00PM
Avenue D Jazz & Blues 8 South Miami Avenue (corner of South 1st Street)
Information in the Dominican Republic: 809-930-1840 or 829-586-9177
Information in USA: 786-286-3669.

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