I used to associate Jazz with urban culture. Although I love playing Jazz in the garden, it is too sophisticated to have a rustic appeal. Jazz also keeps on changing, yet it stays the same. The irony is heard through Jazz fusion artists and bands like Joni Mitchell, Pat Metheny, Spyro Gyra, and Acoustic Alchemy. When Gregory Porter croons, you are always reminded by posh cafes and restaurants after the rain. Jazz has a slickness that’s also stainless steel. Yet a part of Jazz has an organic feel, especially where it came from. With various fusions decades later, one can’t deny it’s appeal and affinity with the natural world. You can hear this is the breezy grooves of Bossa Nova and the Gypsy Jazz of Django Reinhardt.
Decades later, Jazz came to the Miami Gardens. It paved the way for artists to showcase their talents. It is at home with Miami’s seaside ambiance and the natural greenery around it. This whole festival of music gave birth to Jazz in the Garden.
What Is It?
As of this writing, Jazz in the Gardens is 14 years old. This annual crowd drawer continues to make headlines, through the big names that come to perform on it. When you go to the festival, you will hear styles like R&B, soul, jazz, hip-hop, funk, and they are all part of the Jazz umbrella. Another thing to remember is that this festival is hosted by radio personality Rickey Smiley, who has millions of followers and therefore helps draw the crowd. People who go to this festival can also take many attractions like golfing, shopping, beaches, 5-star restaurants, and nature. This festival aims to highlight diversity, culture, and art through different genres of music. Based on the reviews, Jazz in the Garden is always a fantastic annual event, and people who’ve been there since its first launch continue to go there yearly.
Jazz In The Garden: Early Performers
In its early stage, Jazz in the Garden was already massive. Artists like Charlie Wilson, Al Jarreau, Gladys Knight, En Vogue, El DeBarge, and Branford Marsalis performed in the event. These were highly publicized in the United States.
Jazz In The Garden: Massive Crowd Drawer
Because of the big names, it features in its events, Jazz in the Garden is a heavy crowd drawer. It attracts Jazz enthusiasts not just within the United States but also the world over. The low-key festival is always a success, thanks to the organizers who can get things in the right place. The good thing about having great organizers is that the listeners know what kind of music they will hear when they go to this event. While it is true that Arena Rock creates a lot of noise and draws the majority of the white audience, Jazz in the Gardens is more diverse. Hence, you don’t even have to be a hardcore Jazz fan to appreciate the music you hear in this festival. Most of the songs are those that you already heard everywhere due to their mainstream appeal.
March 14 – 15, 2020, lineup has been announced. Performers who will appear are Mary J Blige, Jill Scott, Charlie Wilson, SWV, and many more. The next year’s festival promises fresh music and new faces in the genre.
Jazz in the Garden is becoming a global phenomenon. It is backed by streaming services, social media, and TV, the festival continues to attract old and young listeners. Hence, this is also an excellent vehicle for African American music to shine, amid a beautiful venue, and even leisure opportunities.