FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 12, 2018
Hosted by legendary percussionist and Grammy nominee Sammy Figueroa and curated by award-winning record producer Rachel Faro, the Faena Theater presents a monthly series of jazz concerts through the summer. Headliners include Allan Harris, Christian Sands, Matthew Whitaker, Jazzmeia Horn, Sammy Figueroa and Mirella Costa.
“I see this series as a rare opportunity to experience some of today’s most outstanding emerging jazz artists in the remarkable setting of the Faena Theater. I’m extremely proud to grace this beautiful venue with such an exceptional line-up. These artists are wildly talented, they are the future super-stars of jazz and this might be the last time you’ll be able to catch some of these artists in such an intimate venue – you won’t want to miss one of these evenings! Please join me in welcoming these great artists to the Faena Theater.”
— Sammy Figueroa
The series kicks off this Wednesday May 16th
with the warm and wonderful voice of Allan Harris. Aptly described by The Miami Herald
as an artist whose talent resonates “the warmth of Tony Bennett, the bite and rhythmic sense of Sinatra, and the sly elegance of Nat ‘King’ Cole”, Harris will be singing selections from his new album “The Genius of Eddie Jefferson.”
FAENA SUMMER JAZZ SERIES – FULL LINEUP
Wednesday May 16that 9 PM
Brooklyn-born and Harlem-based, Allan Harris has steadily developed his reputation as one of the finest vocalists of his era. His ten albums cover a broad range of contexts, from the romance of Nat King Cole to the historical importance of ‘black cowboys’. He has brought his honey-toned voice and swinging arrangements to prestigious international festivals in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, as well as the 2012 Olympics in London. At home he has appeared at New York’s Lincoln Center and Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center and has received numerous awards,including the New York Nightlife Award for “Outstanding Jazz Vocalist” (which he won three times), the Harlem Speaks “Jazz Museum of Harlem Award,” and the DownBeat Critic’s Poll Award for “Rising Star Vocalist.” www.allanharris.com
Wednesday June 20that 9 PM
Five-time GRAMMY nominee and singularly talented pianist Christian Sands is slated to soon become a household name among jazz artists and enthusiasts alike. Influenced by a range of musical styles, from Afro-Cuban rhythms and hip-hop beats, to jazz and dirty blues, Christian takes the listener through his own personal story of self-discovery and exploration of new musical territory. Christian will perform tracks from his debut Mack Avenue Records album, “Reach” co-produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Al Pryor and famed bassist Christian McBride, setting the stage for a night of truly immersive jazz performance. www.christiansandsjazz.com
SAMMY FIGUEROA introduces MIRELLA COSTA
Wednesday July 25that 9 PM
Percussionist Sammy Figueroa has long been known as one of the great musicians of the world, having appeared on countless albums with musicians such as Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, David Bowie and Mariah Carey. His own albums have received two Grammy Nominations. Sammy is also a jazz radio personality, known for his impeccable taste. Sammy is pleased to introduce the fabulous young Brazilian singer Mirella Costa, who received a full scholarship at Berklee School of Music and has already collaborated with artists such as Milton Nascimiento and Armando Manzanero. The evening will be a tribute to Elis Regina, the great Braziian singer.
Wednesday August 15that 9 PM
Blind since early childhood, at just 17 years old this gifted musician has achieved international acclaim for his awe-inspiring talent and has performed across the world in impressive venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Harlem’s Apollo Theatre where, at age 10, he opened for Stevie Wonder. Matthew has also charmed millions through his television performances on NBC’s “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and Fox’s “Showtime At The Apollo”, on which he won first place. www.matthewwhitaker.net
Wednesday September 26that 9 PM
Winner of both the Thelonious Monk Vocal Jazz Competition and the Sarah Vaughn Vocal Jazz Competition, Jazzmeia Horn is considered by many to be the greatest female jazz vocalist of her generation. Since she opened last year’s inaugural Faena Summer Jazz Series she’s been nominated for a Grammy and has appeared throughout the world at every major jazz festival. www.theartistryofjazz.com
ABOUT THE FAENA THEATER
Designed by Oscar-winning film director Baz Luhrmann, the Faena Theater is a remarkable jewel placed in the setting of one of Miami Beach’s most beautiful hotels. Inspired by Europe’s historic opera houses with its gold-leaf and red velvet décor, the theater’s acoustics and sightlines are flawless, making it an elegant and comfortable place to spend an evening hearing great jazz.