In 2002, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History designated April as Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM), to promote jazz through concerts, lectures, educational materials, and exhibitions. Each year organizers select a theme and featured musician with 2016 dedicated to the exploration of jazz itself is a form of democracy – as a form of communication and as an equalizer – and celebrating the legacy of musician and bandleader, Benny Carter.
During the month of April, and throughout the 36-week Friday Night Sound Waves free live music series, Jazz and its different forms including, Roots, Reggae, Latin, Funk, Gospel, Afro-Cuban and Blues, aim to entertain area locals and global visitors, from the young to the young-at-heart.
“One of our goals with Friday Night Sound Waves was to connect our community through music, as it truly is one of the few things that transcend age and background,” said series producer, Arianne Glassman. “Jazz was born in America, but it speaks a global language; our JAM Series and future Jazz performances aim to highlight all those voices.”
The 4-date Friday Night Sound Waves JAM series opens Friday, April 1, with a performance by two-time Latin Grammy® Award winning musician, Dr. Ed Calle and his band. One of the most recorded saxophonists in history with over 1,200 credits, Calle currently tours the globe as a featured soloist with The World Music 5, Miami Saxophone Quartet, 14 Jazz Orchestra and the South Florida Jazz Orchestra, as well as with fellow Grammy award-winners, Arturo Sandoval, the Negroni’s Trio and the Miami-based Afro-Cuban Funk band, PALO!. Calle will perform with PALO! for the series closing performance on November 18.
The JAM Series continues with the April 8 performance by Electric Piquete, named “Best Latin Band” by Miami New Times in 2009 and 2015, and best known for its interpretations of Latin and jazz standards, which combine jazz, rock, funk, fusion, old-school salsa and R&B.
April 22, marks a return to the Hub for the swinging Chicago-style Blues band, Joel DaSilva and the Midnight Howl, who performed during the inaugural 2015 Summer series and closes on April 29 with the internationally renowned jazz-saxophonist, Jesse Jones, Jr. Details on an artist Jam for JAM to celebrate International Jazz Day during the April 29 performance, will be announced, and encourage local jazz musicians to come out for an improvisational ‘jam session’ at the Hub during the set breaks.
Featuring some of South Florida and the region’s best musical talents, performing an eclectic range of genres including Jazz, Blues, Country, Latin Fusion, Top 40, Reggae, World and Classic Rock, Friday Night Sound Waves takes place every Friday from 5:30pm to 8:30pm through November 18th at the Hub, situated on the sand at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A.
The Free Live music series received major funding by the Fort Lauderdale Beach Business Improvement District. Along with series sponsors, the Fort Lauderdale Beach CRA, Pepsi Bottling Company, Mist TWST, The Beach 102.7 FM and 104.3 FM The Shark, nightly performance sponsor include the It’s Better on the Beach Restaurant Group, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and the Central Beach Alliance, area homeowner’s and business associations, and The Las Olas Association. For complete details and full line up, visit www.FridayNightSoundWaves.com.