Fans of Larry Rosen's "Jazz Roots" series know that, although all the concerts will be remarkable, there will be one concert each season that goes beyond the norm, by bringing together an array of jazz legends for one night. This year's concert event takes place Jan. 11 and is entitled "Jazz and the Philharmonic."
"This is a dream show. If someone said 'make a wish,' these are the musicians that I would bring together, and now I will have them all here, performing under the banner of the 'Jazz Roots' Fifth Anniversary season," said Rosen, who established the series five years ago.
"Larry has curated a week long festival of music that will be performed in two hours. It is a stunning accomplishment," said John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, where the concert will be performed.
The bill also includes acclaimed trumpeter Terence Blanchard, violin virtuoso Mark O'Connor, regarding artist and pianist Shelly Berg, operatic base baritone Eric Owens and classical pianist Elizabeth Roe. Celebrated modern dancer Desmond Richardson will host the event.
They will be backed by the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music, and young musicians from YoungArts, an organization dedicated to nurturing young talent.
"Whether it's greats like Henry Mancini or Dave Grusin or Terence Blanchard, I needed a theme large enough to encompass them all. Since jazz has a lot of classical components, 'Jazz at the Philharmonic' seemed perfect," Rosen said.
This is the first time that the Arsht Center, the Frost School of Music and YoungArts has collaborated on an event. YoungArts recently moved from Washington, D.C. to its new home in Miami. Owens, Roe and Richardson are YoungArts alumni.
Those not fortunate enough to attend the concert should not despair, as it will be taped for inclusion in a PBS YoungArts special. "When you put this much time and effort into a concert, it's a shame if it's over in one night, so this event will have a life beyond this one evening," said Rosen.
Tickets range from $25 to $150 and are still available.
More info: Adrienne Arsht Center