Complete Guide to the Inaugural Pompano Beach Jazz Fest

April 15 – 16, 2022

Hitting All the Right Notes

Jazz Fest Pompano Beach Welcomes Powerhouse Performers

Richard Rosser

The City of Pompano Beach has put together a pitch-perfect lineup of jazz legends and legends-in-the-making for the first-ever Jazz Fest Pompano Beach. The musical takeover will enliven the city and cement Pompano Beach’s status as a hub for stellar entertainment and events. For two unforgettable days, an award-winning list of powerhouse performers will be energizing audiences with their masterful musical talents.

This two-day world-class jazz festival will feature a robust lineup of performers – from local legends to Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning jazz masters – including a beach opening night concert and all-day and evening concerts at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center.

Starting on Friday, April 15, 2022, our opening night headliner, Arturo Sandoval, will perform at The Great Lawn on the beach, with Master of Ceremonies Grammy Award Winner Nestor Torres with special guest NYC vocalist Ashley Pezzotti, with both VIP and free seating available. This opening concert, nestled in between restaurants, shops, and stunning ocean views, will be memorable.

On Saturday, April 16, 2022, at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, you will enjoy a full day of outstanding seasoned and emerging Jazz artists on the Arts Plaza, culminating inside the theater at 8 pm with our second night headliner, Cécile McLorin Salvant hosted by Tamara G of 101 Lite FM.

“The City of Pompano Beach is honored to welcome this stellar lineup of jazz greats to our community,” said Mayor Rex Hardin. “Jazz Fest Pompano Beach will be a truly magnificent experience for anyone who loves music. Whether you are a jazz aficionado or a casual fan, this festival has many opportunities to immerse yourself in the excitement of live performances by the masters of the genre. Having our first jazz festival is also an exciting milestone for the City, as it allows us to showcase our stunning beachfront and the beautiful Pompano Beach Cultural Center. We are looking forward to this impressive festival and to sharing it with our residents and friends throughout South Florida.”

Jazz Fest Pompano Beach is a partnership with KCC Productions, a well-known concert and festival production company, and the festival’s sponsors include Pompano Beach Magazine, John Knox Village, Gold Coast Jazz Society and the Pompano Beach Arts Foundation.

The festival experiences will include four stages, up-close-and-personal performances, opportunities to meet the artists, food trucks, and festival vendors. This jazz festival will deliver an outstanding event featuring great music for the jazz enthusiast and casual fan alike.

The Event will take place — Rain or Shine!

Arturo Sandoval

The list of accolades for Friday night’s headliner could fill this entire magazine! Sandovalis one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, and has been seen by millions at the Oscars, at the Grammy Awards, and the Billboard Awards.
He has been awarded 10 Grammy Awards and nominated 19 times; he has also received 6 Billboard Awards and an Emmy Award. The latter for his composing work on the entire underscore of the HBO movie based on his life, For Love orCountry, that starred Andy Garcia. There are not many people who have a film made about their life while they are still alive, but Sandoval’s story is just that inspiring!

Sandoval was born in 1949 in a town outside Havana. A prodigious talent he began playing music as a child dabbling with percussion instruments and piano until he discovered the trumpet.

“I used to love playing percussion…little congas and whatever I could get my hands on,” he stated. “In Cuba, it was practically impossible to get a hold of any instruments, so when I was 10 years old, my aunt brought me a small horn she got from a friend, and I was just so thrilled to have a real instrument. It was very challenging. The first trumpet teacher I went to in Cuba told me to play for him, and since I have never played before, he immediately told me to throw the horn away and give it up. That day, at 10 years old, I walked all the way home crying the whole way. That’s when I decided I wasn’t going to let him discourage me, and I embarked on my journey as a trumpet player. The trumpet is one of my loves, the piano is definitely up there too!”

Arturo Sandoval Photo by Arturo Sandoval

Despite the restrictions in Cuba, Sandoval went on to develop an outstanding career, establishing the OrquestaCubana de Musica Moderna in 1967. Then in 1977, he met jazz icon Dizzy Gillespie and that relationship would alter the course of his life and his music.
It was while on a tour in 1990 with the United Nations Orchestra, at Dizzy Gillespie’s invitation, that Sandoval and his family were able to defect the communist country and embark on a new life in the United States. The film depicts the extraordinary chain of events surrounding his defection.

“I am very proud of this film,” said the 2013 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. “I was very thankful that HBO asked to do the film and more-so, that they were willing to tell the real story of what I went through and what many have gone through (and still do) living in Cuba. I was also so happy to write the underscore for the film, which I won an Emmy for Best Composer.”

Sandoval’s relationship with Dizzy Gillespie became the basis for the book, “Dizzy Gillespie, the Man Who Changed my Life from the Memoirs of Arturo Sandoval” by Robert Simon.

“Yes, meeting Dizzy changed my life, just as music did,” stated Sandoval. “It was with his help that I was able to get political asylum and move to the U.S. with my family. He afforded me the greatest freedom as well as more personal and professional opportunities that I could have ever wished for! I was very fortunate to meet and then play and tour with Dizzy. It’s a truly marvelous thing to meet your hero, and then form a relationship and a bond with him. He was my mentor, my friend, my teacher and is still an inspiration to me every day.”

Sandoval’s love and respect for his mentor also resulted in one of his many Grammy wins, for the album, Dear Diz, Everyday I Think of You.

Arturo Sandoval Photo by Arturo Sandoval

His struggles while in Cuba and since his defection have given him more energy and strength, urging him to accomplish and surpass his childhood dreams. Filled with a virtuoso capability, he desires nothing more than to share his gift with others who feel the same intense adoration for music as he does. One frequently speaks of Arturo Sandoval’s virtuoso technical ability or his specialty in high notes, but for those who have witnessed him on the piano, lyrically improvising a ballad, or have had the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of his music, through his compositions from the most straight-ahead jazz, Latin jazz or classical, knows that Sandoval is one of the most brilliant, multi-faceted musicians of our time.

Sandoval is also a renowned classical musician, performing regularly with the leading symphony orchestras from around the world. He has composed his own “Concerto for Trumpet & Orchestra,” which can be heard on Arturo Sandoval: TheClassical Album. He has also performed with the foremost orchestras in the country as well as abroad, and recorded John Williams’Trumpet Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra. His classical artistry has earned him the respect and admiration from the most prestigious conductors, composers and symphony orchestras worldwide.

Arturo Sandoval’s versatility can be heard on recordings with a diverse array of musical stars including Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Woody Shaw, Michel Legrand, Josh Groban, Tony Bennett, Bill Conti, Stan Getz, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Rod Stewart and Alicia Keys amongst many others. He has also performed with John Williams and the Boston Pops, and in the Super Bowl with Tony Bennett and Patti LaBelle.

Arturo Sandoval Photo by Arturo Sandoval

In addition, his musical compositions have graced many movie soundtracks including his Grammy-nominated work, “Mambo Caliente” from the hit film, Mambo Kings. He also was commissioned by the Kennedy Center to compose the music for the ballet “Pepito’s Story,” “Soul Possessed,” as well as “Oman O Men,” and “The Chocolate Hot Nutcracker,” choreographed by Debbie Allen.

Achieving this musical diversity is something Sandoval attributes to his consistent practicing of his artform.“You know, I just never stop practicing, that’s the secret!” he said. “I am truly a lover of music, so I try to express myself in every way I can. Sometimes I just want to blow the horn, other times I want to sit at the piano and compose, write a song, write lyrics, or teach. As long as you have the inspiration, it’s about practicing and being consistent and determined to follow the passion.”

For Sandoval, his love of performing for a live audience propels him to keep excelling and experimenting!

“I am very lucky that I get to travel around the world and do what I love,” he said.“Not only for me, but it’s such a wonderful thing to be able to bring my music to audiences worldwide. Yes, it’s tiring, I’m getting old! Haha! But no matter how old I get, I feed off of the energy of the people I play for, and that keeps me energized and excited for the next show.”

Arturo Sandoval Photo by Arturo Sandoval

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Cécile McLorin Salvant, is a composer, singer, and visual artist. The late Jessye Norman described Salvant as“a unique voice supported by an intelligence and full-fledged musicality, which light up every note she sings”. Salvant has developed a passion for storytelling and finding the connections between vaudeville, blues, folk traditions from around the world, theater, jazz, and baroque music. Salvant is an eclectic curator, unearthing rarely recorded, forgotten songs with strong narratives, interesting power dynamics, unexpected twists, and humor. Salvant won the Thelonious Monk competition in 2010. She has received Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album for her 3 latest albums, “The Window”, “Dreams and Daggers”, and “For One To Love”, and was nominated for the award in 2014 for her album “WomanChild”.

In 2020, Salvant received the MacArthur fellowship and the Doris Duke Artist Award.

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, of a French mother and Haitian father, she started classical piano studies at 5, sang in a children’s choir at 8, and started classical voice lessons as a teenager.

Salvant received a bachelor’s in French law from the Université Pierre-Mendes France in Grenoble while also studying baroque music and jazz at the Darius Milhaud Music Conservatory in Aix-en-Provence, France.

THE FULL JAZZ FEST LINE UP

Arturo Sandoval Photo by Outlook Traveller

Arturo Sandoval

Friday, April 15 | 8pm

Jazz Fest Pompano Beach starts making waves Friday evening at the City’s stunning beachfront. The recently redeveloped area now boasts world-class restaurants, a new Hilton hotel and the stunning Fisher Family pier. The Great Lawn will be the site of the concert by Arturo Sandoval with special guest vocalist Ashley Pezzotti and Master of Ceremonies Grammy® Award-Winner Nestor Torres.

A world-renowned trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval will perform a spectacular set of original music with homages to legends including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Clifford Brown. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for this event $65. General Admission is free, guests are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets, and RSVPs via the website are requested.

Cultural Center’s Arts Plaza photo by NV2A Group

Jazz Fest on the Arts Plaza

Saturday, April 16 | 12 pm – 6 pm

On Saturday, the festival heads Downtown, as the Pompano Beach Cultural Center’s Arts Plaza comes to life with two stages, food trucks, a jazz bar and festival vendors. A stellar line-up of musicians will be hitting the high notes for the enjoyment of jazz enthusiasts and casual fans alike. In addition, there will be meet-n-greet opportunities and a Student Stage, featuring exceptional musicians from Miami Dade College, under the direction of Grammy Award-winning Dr. Ed Calle. General Admission is free, guests are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets, and RSVPs via the website are requested

Saturday Afternoon Artists Scheduled:

Magela Herrera photo by Magela Herrera

Magela Herrera

Saturday, April 16 | 12:00 PM

Magela Herrera grew up between two worlds: one her family’s deep ties to a large set of unique traditions influenced mostly by west African and European; the other the years she spent learning and studying classical music at the Conservatory of Music in her native Havana. She is an Afro-Cuban flautist and vocalist who has toured worldwide developing a unique timbre, phrasing technique, rhythm and melodic skills on the flute.

Brian Lynch photo by Grammy

Brian Lynch

Saturday, April 16 | 1:30 PM

Trumpeter Brian Lynch is a vital force and emergent legend within both the hardcore and Latin Jazz communities. The multi-Grammy® Award winner has been a valued collaborator with jazz artists such as Benny Golson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Charles McPherson; Latin music icons as diverse as Hector LaVoe and Lila Downs; and pop luminaries such as Prince.

Ashley Pezzotti photo by South Beach Jazz Festival

Ashley Pezzotti

Saturday, April 16 | 3:00 PM

Ashley Pezzotti is a vocalist currently living in Miami, Fla. At the young age of 21 years old, Ashley has already performed with Grammy® award-winning artists including Keith Urban, Latin singer Juanes, Chick Corea, Delfeayo Marsalis, Vampire Weekend, and Arturo Sandoval.

Sammy Figueroa photo by Latin Jazz Network

Sammy Figueroa

Saturday, April 16 | 4:30 PM

Sammy Figueroa has long been regarded as one of the world’s great musicians. As one of the music’s leading percussionists he has played on countless records and is well-known for his versatility in a multitude of musical styles. Besides playing with some of the world’s greatest pop stars, such as David Bowie, Chaka Khan and Mariah Carey, Sammy has also played with a multitude of distinguished jazz artists including Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Quincy Jones, George Benson, and many, many more.

Dee Dee Bridgewater Photo by Hernan Rodriguez

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Saturday, April 16 | 8pm | $65

composer, singer, and visual artist. The late Jessye Norman described Salvant as“a unique voice supported by an intelligence and full-fledged musicality, which light up every note she sings”. Salvant has developed a passion for storytelling and finding the connections between vaudeville, blues, folk traditions from around the world, theater, jazz, and baroque music. Salvant is an eclectic curator, unearthing rarely recorded, forgotten songs with strong narratives, interesting power dynamics, unexpected twists, and humor. Salvant won the Thelonious Monk competition in 2010. She has received Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album for her 3 latest albums, “The Window”, “Dreams and Daggers”, and “For One To Love”, and was nominated for the award in 2014 for her album “WomanChild”. In 2020, Salvant received the MacArthur fellowship and the Doris Duke Artist Award.

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