Hot Nights Cool Jazz Concert Series at The Bass Museum of Art 6/15/12 – 7/27/12

Hot Nights Cool Jazz Concert Series
Friday, June 15 through Friday, July 27 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Bass Museum of Art
2100 collins avenue
miami beach, fl 33139

The four-week summer series will run every other Friday evening and will feature some of the best contemporary Jazz artists in South Florida.

Hot Nights Cool Jazz is free for museum members and $10 for non-members.
Jazz Happy Hour offers complimentary beverages courtesy of Rex-Goliath Wines. Seating is limited.

– June 15 – Jason Hainsworth Quartet
Saxophonist Jason Hainsworth will perform with piano, upright bass and drums. Concert will feature both original compositions and jazz standards in a swinging, modernjazz style.

– June 29 – Brian Murphy Trio
The Brian Murphy trio, consisting of Murphy on piano, John Yarling on drums and Chuck Bergeron on bass. The will be performing both original materials and selections from the American Songbook.

– July 13 Fernando Ulibarri Quartet
Guitarist/composer Fernando Ulibarri will perform with a quartet consisting of piano, bass, drums and guitar. Original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards will be showcased that evening.

– July 27 – Gary Campbell/Mike Gerber Duo
Two of the most respected musicians in South Florida, saxophonist Campbell and pianist Gerber will be performing both original compositions and jazz standards.

The ever-popular happy hour and jazz night kicks off on June 15 with a performance by Jason Hainsworth Quartet, featuring both original compositions and jazz standards in a swinging, modern jazz style. This quartet emphasizes contemporary jazz while recognizing the rich history of jazz ensembles. Saxophonist Jason Hainsworth will perform with the piano, upright bass and drums. Since his childhood in Houston, Texas, Hainsworth has forged his talents performing professionally in New Orleans, Atlanta and New York, where he performed with and learned from many of today’s Jazz luminaries, including Ellis Marsallis, Victor Goines, Todd Coolman, Gary Smulyan, Marcus Printup, Wycliff Gordon, Kevin Bales, Rodney Jordan, Bill Peterson, Russell Gunn, and Leon Anderson, to name a few. In addition to his outstanding and memorable performances, Hainsworth is a talented composer and an inspiring educator. While performing with his own quartet, he continues to cultivate a vibrant jazz program as the Director of Jazz Ensembles and saxophone instruction at Broward Community College in Davie, Florida.

On June 29, the series continues with the Brian Murphy Trio. With Brian Murphy on piano, John Yarling on drums and Chuck Bergeron on bass, the group will perform both original materials and selections from the American Songbook. Murphy is an internationally acclaimed pianist, composer and arranger who has recorded and performed extensively in Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Japan and the United States with many of the world’s renowned Jazz artists including Wynton Marsalis, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Buddy DeFranco, Diana Krall, PaquitoD’Rivera, Woody Shaw, Dave Liebman, Bob Berg, Wycliffe Gordon and Duffy Jackson, along with Blues greats Jimmy Witherspoon, Albert Collins and Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson.

The Fernando Ulibarri Quartet will follow on July 13 with guitarist and composer Fernando Ulibarri, who will be accompanied by the piano, bass and drums in a performance featuring original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards. An active performer, composer and educator in the South Florida music scene, Ulibarri moved from his native Costa Rica to Boston where he graduated from Berklee College of Music. After working professionally in the New England area, he moved to Miami to attend FIU where he earned a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance.

The series will conclude on July 27 with a performance by the Gary Campbell/Mike Gerber Duo. Two of the most respected musicians in South Florida, saxophonist Campbell and pianist Gerber perform both original compositions and jazz standards. Gary Campbell is a saxophonist and composer who began his musical career in his hometown of Indianapolis where he was introduced to the “Naptown” jazz community. After brief stints in Miami and Indiana, Campbell migrated to New York City where he was active in the innovative, energetic and notorious loft scene in the 60’s and 70’s. Gary is now a well-recognized and sought-after jazz education in both the United States and Europe. Campbell has presented original works with artists John Abercrombie, Jan Hammer, Michael Moore, Bobby Moses and many others. Campbell’s counterpart, Mike Gerber, began playing the piano at just two and a half years-old and has continued to wow audiences as a legally blind performer for 50 years. After devoting his youth to performing classical music around his native St. Louis, Missouri, Gerber discovered jazz in his late teens and developed a love for improvisation that flourishes today. A mainstay in the South Florida jazz community off since 1969, Gerber is admired for his dazzling, speedy bursts.

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