Miami Nice Jazz Festival at Gusman 10/26-28/12

Miami Nice Jazz Festival From Nice, France to Miami
Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27, 2012
Gusman Theater
174 East Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33131

Tickets on sale now GusmanCenter.org.

Dee Dee Bridgewater
Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band
Kyle Eastwood
Andre Ceccarelli featuring Alex Ligertwood
South Florida Jazz Orchestra featuring Nicole Henry
FIU Bi Band featuring sally Night – more

The Miami Nice Jazz Festival (www.miaminicejazzfestival.com), an extension of Europe’s most significant and internationally celebrated jazz event, the Nice Jazz Festival (www.nicejazzfestival.fr), is proud to announce they will be launching a Miami edition this fall. The festival will call downtown Miami its home for three days beginning on October 26, 2012.

The first Miami Nice Jazz Festival is a partnership between Sister Cities Nice, France and Miami, Florida, joining forces under the leadership of the festival’s founder and CEO, Philippe Pautesta-Herder. The festival takes place at downtown Miami’s historic gem, the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts. “Downtown Miami provides the perfect backdrop for the festival as Miami is a city rich in historic heritage and culture parallel to that embodied by the festival, its musicians and its patrons,” said festival founder Philippe Pautesta-Herder.

The festival kicks off Miami French Week, a week designed to promote French culture in South Florida. “The Miami Nice Jazz Festival is the first and only jazz festival of such international significance to come to South Florida and I am extremely grateful to be a part of such an iconic occurrence,” said Philippe.

The lineup will showcase an eclectic mix of both straight-ahead and Latin jazz performances, highlighting legendary artists such as Dee Dee Bridgewater (Festival Ambassador), along with Florida debuts of bassist Kyle Eastwood, Eddie Palmieri & his Latin Jazz Band and French drummer Andre Ceccarelli featuring Alex Ligertwood ( former lead singer of Santana).

Also scheduled to perform at the festival will be the Florida International University Big Band featuring vocalist Sally Night and The South Florida Jazz Orchestra with Chuck Bergeron featuring Nicole Henry. Jazz student bands from Florida International University and University of Miami will also animate the Gusman Center each night when doors open at 7:00 p.m.

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