Pompano Beach Arts has announced that VIP tickets are sold out for the much-anticipated second annual Jazz Fest Pompano Beach taking place Friday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023. General Admission tickets are still available.

The headlining act for Friday night’s concert on the Great Lawn by the beach is the 13-time Grammy Award-nominated jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra.

Performing Saturday afternoon in Old Town Pompano Beach is a stellar selection of jazz artists, including Nanny Assis, Fanni Sárközy, Yanier Horta, Julio Montalvo and the Fabulous Dixie Kings, and the FIU Jazz Big Band with the FIU Student Vocal Studio. The headliner, six-time Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist David Sanborn is topping off this incredible Saturday lineup.

Visit pompanobeacharts.org/jazzfest for ticket information.

" We are honored to bring these world-class musicians to our city. During this two-day 'jazz-takeover' of Pompano Beach, we will showcase almost every style of jazz. This event is a tremendous opportunity to enjoy incredible music and explore the beauty of our city! "

- Ty Tabing, Cultural Affairs Director

DAY ONE

Spyro Gyra

Friday, Jan. 20, 2023 | 7 – 10pm | Great Lawn by the Beach
VIP/$65 | General Admission/Free | RSVPs requested

Spyro Gyra has long been known to its peers in the contemporary jazz world as a “well-oiled road machine” due to its relentless schedule of 48 years of performing. They have logged over 10,000 shows on six continents and released 35 albums, garnering platinum and gold records along the way. Spyro Gyra rose from humble beginnings in Buffalo, New York, in 1974 to their current international prominence in jazz. Every year, they continue to exhibit how to remain among a relative handful of artists who will be able to say that they have worked constantly in their 50-year career in the year 2024. Their energy and joy in concert match their unmatched musicality.

DAY two

Saturday, Jan. 21 | 2 – 10pm | Old Town, 41 NE First St., Pompano Beach
VIP/$65 | General Admission/Free | RSVPs requested
Tamara G. from 101.5 LITE FM Florida will host Day 2 of the Jazz Fest

The Lineup

Fanni Sárközy - 12pm

Fanni Sárközy is a multi-award-winning pianist, singer, and composer, proficient in jazz and classical music and highly regarded in her native Hungary. Her composition “No Time to Lose” won the Grand Prize at the International Songwriting Contest in France. In 2012, she won the Best Jazz Album of the Year in Hungary’s Fonogram Awards (often dubbed the “Hungarian Grammys”) with the Mrs. Columbo Band.

Yanier Horta - 1:30pm

Cuban-born Grammy-nominee Horta is a versatile saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, and composer. His music has been featured in recordings, festivals, and world tours. He has shared studios and stages with great artists, including Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Ricardo Arjona, Juan Gabriel, Aymee Nuviola, Francisco Céspedes, Luis Enrique, Cristian Castro, Manuel Mijares and many more. Since 2008, Horta has also been a Music Director for Miami television, with stints on Esta Noche Tu Night and El Show de Alexis Valdés, both hosted by Alexis Valdés, and El Arañaz, hosted by Omar Moynelo.

FIU Jazz Big Band and FIU Student Vocal Studio - 1-3pm

The FIU Studio Jazz Big Band is one of the most visible artistic groups at Florida International University. With major performances annually both as a featured group and with world-renowned guest artists, the band has been internationally recognized as one of the premier college jazz ensembles in the world. The FIU Student Vocal Studio will accompany the band under the direction of Dr. Lisanne Lyons.

Julio Montalvo & The Fabulous Dixie Kings - 3pm

Montalvo is one of the leading trombonists from Cuba. Collaborating with The Fabulous Dixie Kings, he brings his magic to meld seamlessly with authentic traditional New Orleans Dixieland jazz music at its finest. The Fabulous Dixie Kings create toe-tapping, swinging and infectious music that creates a fun, upbeat and immersive atmosphere. Their repertoire includes all the classic Dixieland standards and New Orleans jazz favorites!

Nanny Assis - 4:30pm

Assis is a Brazilian-American percussionist, singer, composer, and guitarist based in New York City. He has collaborated with many renowned musicians, including Janis Siegel, Vinicius Cantuária, Eumir Deodato, Joao Donato, Kenny Baron and Paul Simon. In both 2011 and 2017, he received the prestigious Brazilian International Press Award as “Best Singer of the Year.” Assis is also a composer of the musical Rio Uphill, with 16 original songs that fuse Brazilian music such as samba, forró and funk carioca with contemporary musical theater, rock and rap. The show was a 2021 Richard Rodgers Award finalist, presented Off-Broadway in 2020 in The York Theatre Company’s Developmental Reading Series and in the 2019 ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop led by Stephen Schwartz.

Six-time Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Saxophonist

David Sanborn - 8-9:30pm

Universally known as one of the most iconic saxophonists of the current age, David Sanborn is a jazz musician at heart but has transcended genres and musical boundaries throughout his entire career. Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight gold albums and one platinum. He continues to be one of the most active musicians of his genre and an inspiration to countless other musicians.

Rolling Stone has stated, “Among the great saxophonists of the past four decades, David Sanborn has earned an identity all his own. He’s jazz, he’s funk, he’s soul, he’s pop, he’s blues, he’s rock. Most remarkably, he excels in each genre with a voice that is forceful and tender, sensuous and subtle.”

Tamara G. from 101.5 LITE FM Florida will host the Saturday afternoon performances, and T. Mark Ruffin from SIRIUS XM Jazz Radio will host headliner David Sanborn’s show.

Festival experiences will include up-close-and-personal performances, artist conversations, multiple outdoor stages with seasoned and emerging artists, as well as drink, food, and art vendors.

Six-time Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Saxophonist

David Sanborn - 8-9:30pm

Universally known as one of the most iconic saxophonists of the current age, David Sanborn is a jazz musician at heart but has transcended genres and musical boundaries throughout his entire career. Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight gold albums and one platinum. He continues to be one of the most active musicians of his genre and an inspiration to countless other musicians.

Rolling Stone has stated, “Among the great saxophonists of the past four decades, David Sanborn has earned an identity all his own. He’s jazz, he’s funk, he’s soul, he’s pop, he’s blues, he’s rock. Most remarkably, he excels in each genre with a voice that is forceful and tender, sensuous and subtle.”

Tamara G. from 101.5 LITE FM Florida will host the Saturday afternoon performances, and T. Mark Ruffin from SIRIUS XM Jazz Radio will host headliner David Sanborn’s show.

Festival experiences will include up-close-and-personal performances, artist conversations, multiple outdoor stages with seasoned and emerging artists, as well as drink, food, and art vendors.

An Interview with David Sanborn

BY RICHARD ROSSER

I wanted to interview David Sanborn after reading his Wikipedia page. His discography starts with a list of his 22 albums — certainly prolific but not newsworthy.

Then begins his resume of work as “sideman,” a new term for me that refers to someone who works with another musician or group but not as a regular member. Sanborn has worked with some of the most celebrated musicians, including David Bowie, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, James Taylor, Sting, Carly Simon, Eric Clapton, and the list goes on.

Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” — that thunderous sax on that iconic rock song — oh yeah, that was David Sanborn.

Six Grammy Awards, eight gold and one platinum albums, and he’s recorded many television show theme songs, most notably the one for “L. A. Law.”

You can tell I was impressed at this point.

Then the movie soundtracks like the “Lethal Weapon” films and television performances like “Saturday Night Live” as a regular band member and many years as a regular guest member of Paul Shafer’s band on “The David Letterman Show” in the 90s.

This guy sounded like someone worth speaking with. So I accepted the offer from the publicist to chat on the phone.

Several days later, I received a text message “Can you speak with David Sanborn . . . preferably within the next half hour.”

I said yes and set up my laptop and recorder in my car, and he called several minutes later and greeted me with his soft, low-toned voice.

First, he did not display one ounce of attitude or ego. For all his fame, experience and success, he was a genuinely lovely person to get to know.

I started with the fundamental question of how he became so successful with so many collaborations withso many legendary musicians. “I make a point of picking great musicians that are at the top of their game,” was his simple answer.

“After I did that a few times, I kept getting calls for more work, and that has been my career for a long time, I guess.”

“They heard something in my playing that they thought would work well with what they were doing at the time,” summarized Sanborn about many of the small and big-name acts he played with over five decades.

I think he was being very modest with that answer. When great musicians feel the need for a saxophone in their music, they can call a lot of talented players. Sanborn is at the top of a short list of the best sax players ever.

Born in Tampa, he was raised in St. Louis, where he suffered from polio for eight years. His doctor recommended the saxophone because it would exercise his lungs. We didn’t discuss much about his personal life, but he spent a lot of time living in New York City, where he still has an apartment, but his wife and two chihuahuas live in the countryside more these days.

We discussed his upcoming show in Pompano Beach. “I try to pick music to play that is appropriate for the audience and venue . I try to find music that would fit. I do not spend a lot of time analyzing why people come to see me play, but I’m grateful they do.”

I pushed a little for him to explain why my readers who are unfamiliar with him, should consider attending his show on the beach in January.

“My wish is that they would be pleasantly surprised. When I see a performance, I want to be surprised. I like to hear something new or in a new way. I would hope they will hear the passion in how I and the band I’ve assembled play for audiences.”

I had time for one last question, so I went for the “Surely you must have a good story to share after so many years performing with literally some of the biggest names in music, television and movies.

He did not disappoint me with his answer, but I can only share a quick overview.

“In 1972, The Rolling Stones asked me to tour with them. That was a huge tour with an insane number of fans at every tour venue. Because of the crowds, all of us went from our guarded floor of the hotel to the limos or buses, then to the stadium, the back on the bus, then to the airport — day after day, week after week.”

He described the wild, intense and surreal world of life on the road with one of the biggest bands ever at the height of their popularity. I promised I would not repeat several of the things he told me.

I do not think his performance in Pompano Beach in January will be quite the same as a Stones concert. Still, I think I will appreciate listening to and watching his performance, knowing that I am watching one of our country’s finest artists of his kind.

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