Dr Michael White’s New Orleans Quartet in Collins Park 2/19/17

Dr Michael White’s New Orleans Quartet in Collins Park
Sunday, 02/19/2017 – 03:00 pm – 06:00 pm
Collins Park
2100 Collins Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33179
Cost: Free

February 19 from 3 to 6 pm: Global Arts Project, Inc. and the Collins Park Neighborhood Association open their 2017 season with a celebration of Mardi Gras by Dr. Michael White’s New Orleans Quartet. This is the first of five FREE Artscape concerts for the 2017 season in Collins Park, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.

Dr. Michael White has been instrumental in keeping alive the New Orleans jazz tradition of his ancestors, some of whom were among the earliest jazz musicians. A professor of Spanish and African American Music at Xavier University in New Orleans, White has become well known on the jazz scene. He performs, writes and lectures on jazz, and is among a very few current clarinetists to develop an original authentic interpretation of the exciting New Orleans style.

He has been widely acknowledged as an expert in the field of traditional New Orleans jazz, and currently serves as a commissioner of the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. He has coordinated, performed in and hosted numerous jazz programs for Jazz at Lincoln Center, several universities and many other organizations. In addition to touring worldwide with his own Original Liberty Jazz Band and other groups at major concert halls and festivals, he has appeared in numerous documentaries, films and interviews. White has performed and/or recorded with noted musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Lionel Hampton and Marcus Roberts. He has played on numerous highly acclaimed recordings, including his own critically acclaimed Crescent City Serenade and New Years at the Village Vanguard.

Dr. White has been given numerous awards and recognition for his contributions, including the rank of Chevalier of Arts and Letters by the French Government in 1987 and a National Heritage Fellowship Award by the National Endowment of the Arts in 2008.

The afternoon will open with a performance by Dr Ed Calle’s student jazz ensemble, and there will be a farmer’s market as well hosted by The Market Company. Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, the LeRoy Schecter Foundation.

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