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'Jazz Roots' finale concert to be broadcast on PBS

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Jazz lovers who missed, or simply wish to relive, last year's memorable Jazz Roots season finale will be able to do so this weekend when the program is nationally broadcast on PBS.

"Jazz and the Philharmonic," the one-of-a-kind concert featuring a star-studded roster of award-winning jazz and classical artists performing iconic compositions by legendary composers, was a show-stopper when it was performed last year at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

The concert featured a roster of multiple Grammy-winning artists, including some that are Oscar winners as well. They included Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, Dave Grusin, Terence Blanchard, Mark O'Connor and Shelly Berg. Metropolitan opera star Eric Owens, classical pianist Elizabeth Joy Roe, and choreographer and dancer Desmond Richardson also performed. They were accompanied by the UM Frost School of Music's Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra.

The concert will be broadcast beginning this Friday, Feb. 28 and aired in PBS markets around the country. In addition, a CD/DVD of the concert was released by Okeh records earlier this week.

The concert, conceived by music producer Larry Rosen, represented a historic collaboration of four major national organizations; the National YoungArts Foundation, the University of Miami's Philip and Patricia Frost School of Music, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and Jazz Roots.

The program will air in most markets, including South Florida, on Friday at 9 p.m. Check your local program listings for details.

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