Dominican Jazz Festival Returns to Miami

The South Florida Dominican Jazz Fest 2014 kicks off on Friday, October 17, featuring the best Dominican and Dominican-American jazz musicians such as Dominican-American jazz musician Luis Disla & Prophecy and Sandy Gabriel & POP Jazz Ensemble, considered one of the best sax players of the Dominican Republic. Other guest artists: Tito Puente Jr., and Colombian pianist Milton Salcedo.

This third annual jazz festival will be held at the Macumba Night Club, situated on NW 36th Street, Doral, a trendy spot known for its excellent presentation of world-class musicians.

This year the festival will be dedicated to Dominican percussionist Guarionex Aquino, considered to be one of the country’s most important jazz musicians. The festival’s successful programs during 2012 and 2013 encouraged the Office of the Mayor of Miami to distinguish the event organizers for the excellent programming. For more information: www.sfdominicanjazzfest.com.

PERFORMING GROUPS

Luís Disla & Prophecy

Dominican born Luis Disla, and now a Florida resident, is a well-known producer, arranger, composer, instrumentalist, saxophonist and music professor. He will perform with Tito Puente, Jr.

Disla has successfully mastered several music genres, specifically contemporary jazz where he has created his own particular style. His work has been nominated for various Grammy awards. He has performed with music greats Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Mario Bauza, Juan Luis Guerra, Tropicana All Stars, Israel Lopez (Cachao), Carlos Santana, Wyclef Jean, Nestor Torres, Armando Manzanero, Jose Luis Rodriguez “El Puma,” and Mexican romantic ballad singer José José, to name but a few.

Sandy Gabriel & POP Jazz Ensemble

This well-known Dominican saxophone player is an excellent creative instrumentalist and composer. Sandy Gabriel is also a well-accomplished conductor and musical director. He is scheduled to perform with Colombian pianist Milton Salcedo.

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