Pinecrest Gardens Hosts The Big Gig Music Workshops By Outstanding Artists 3/11/12

Pinecrest Gardens Hosts The Big Gig Music Workshops By Outstanding Artists
Sunday March 11, 2012
Pinecrest Gardens
11000 SW 57th Avenue
Pinecrest, FL
Applications are available at, where further information can also be found, or call 305-669-6942.

The program is part of a four-day workshop, with Theater on February 25, Dance March 10, and Visual Arts March 18. Registration for this workshop is at 9 AM; the workshops start at 10. The morning sessions will be devoted to working with faculty in their specific instrument group breakaway sessions in the various instruments and will be devoted to reading music, improvisation and original composition. In the afternoon Tito Puente Jr, will work with larger groups leading them all to a final performance in the Banyan Bowl.

Sunday, March 11, sees the gathering of several of Miami’s best musicians leading workshops for other musicians in the area, concluding with a performance in the afternoon. The day is part of The Big Gig, a series of four workshops in Theater, Dance, Music, and Visual Arts. They are free to all students with a teacher-approved application. The music workshops, produced by KCC Productions, will be led by Tito Puente, Jr., on timbales. Tito is on a passionate mission, determined to nurture the musical legacy left by his father. Crowds lured to a venue by the father are returning to see the son — and to once again participate in the high voltage celebration that takes place on stage.

On piano will be Marlow Rosado. From salsa to rock, from merengue to hip-hop, from bachata to reggaeton, producer/composer/pianist Marlow Rosado has had his musical hand in all of it. A native of Puerto Rico, he is a salsero at heart, but has successfully written, played and produced hits in a variety of musical styles for some of the most renowned artists in Latin music.

Latin percussion will be organized by Rafael Solano. Born in the Dominican Republic, Rafael Solano moved to Miami and became part of the evolving Latin music scene. He has performed throughout the United States, Africa, Europe and Latin America. He has collaborated with numerous artists, such as; Paquito D’Rivera, Placido Domingo, Vic Damon, Chayanne, Grace Jones, Ricky Martin, Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Luis Enrique, Roberto Perera, Nestor Torres, and Daniela Mercury to name a few.

Trumpeter Ray Chicalo leads the workshop in that instrument. Ray has been a music teacher in the Dade County Public School system for twenty-one years. Ray has performed with various artist, including Roberto Torres, Chayanne, Jose Luis Rodriguez and Celia Cruz throughout Europe, Latin America, and has also works as a freelance musician and private music teacher in the South Florida area for over 20 years.

On drums will be Rodolfo Zuniga. Rodolfo was drummer for the concert jazz band at FIU. With this group he has performed with such guest artists as Paquito D’ Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Sam Rivers, Diego Urcola, and Kevin Mahogany. Currently teaching at Miami-Dade’s Wolfson Campus, he is an active sideman with people like Gary Campbell, Michael Gerber, Alex Norris, Othello Molineaux and Ira Sullivan.

Saxophonist Tom McCormick has been an active musician, educator, composer and arranger for over thirty years. He has performed throughout North America, Europe, Japan, South America and the Caribbean. Some of the artists Tom has performed or recorded with include Donna Summer, KC and the Sunshine Band, Jimmy Buffet, the Temptations, Ira Sullivan, Mongo Santamaria, Arturo Sandoval, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the South Florida Jazz Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, and the MIami Symphony.

Mike Gold leads the clarinet and flute workshop. Mike  is one of those “jewels” in today’s  music entertainment world.  Musical  director, clarinet and sax  player,  he has been working with music  since an early age in the New York area. Since   moving  to Florida  in 1975 he has been a regular in  many  of the  high end venues, and has been featured at the White House under Lyndon Johnson with the Peter Duchin Orchestra. He is currently playing a tribute to Benny Goodman which is receiving overwhelming standing ovations all over  Florida.

Agustin Conti on bass is in high demand as an electric bassist and music educator, maintaining a successful private teaching studio and leading his trio and other projects. He is proficient in many different genres, specializing in jazz and South American styles.

The brass workshop will be led by trombonist Dante Luciani, who is coordinator of the Jazz Brass program at UM’s Frost School of Music, and conducts the award-winning Frost Concert Jazz Band (CJB). Formerly the lead trombonist and soloist with the Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson Orchestras, Luciani has performed with various artists, including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ben Vereen, Burt Bacharach, Natalie Cole, Anthony Newley, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker, and Paquito D’Rivera.

Recently admitted to Boston’s prestigious Berklee School of Music, guitar prodigy Julian Harris, received a Blues Foundation scholarship to attend Berklee last summer for jazz performance. Julian has played such events as the Homestead RibFest, opening for Blue Oyster Cult and Joan Jett, the Miami Dolphins Stadium for fan appreciation day, Gusman Hall at the University of Miami for a Led Zeppelin tribute, and the historic Tobacco Road for a night of rock. Playing both the blues and jazz. He has since played with Miami’s top blues and jazz musicians such as Darryl Raines, Papa Joe, Paul Allen, Eugene Timmons, Joe Donato, and many more.

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