Jazz in the Gardens to feature Poetry & Film

Jazz in the Gardens

The Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival is coming back to Miami Gardens with a bang!  As usual, JITG will bring some of the hottest, most talented performers in music, such as Jill Scott and Common, and welcome hip-hop performers who are heavily influenced by jazz, like The Roots and LL COOL J feat. DJ Z-TRIP,” said Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert. “In our twelfth year, we feel positioned to evolve and reach across generations and genres to take Jazz in the Gardens to the next level.”

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Jamiie Foxx and Kevin Hart behind stage at Jazz in the Gardens Miami 2014. -Photo Augutus Laurencin

Boasting an annual attendance of over 70,000 music fanatics from all over the United States and the Caribbean Islands, the City’s signature event will also showcase local artists along with an array of tropical food vendors and a buzzing Marketplace. On both Saturday and Sunday, doors to the Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival will open at 3 p.m. and the show will start at 4 p.m.

As the fastest growing jazz & R&B festival in America moves to celebrate its twelfth successful year, the City of Miami Gardens is excited to announce the lineup for the Annual Jazz in the Gardens (JITG) Music Festival, taking place on March 18th and March 19th, 2017 at the newly named Hard Rock Stadium (347 Don Shula Drive, Miami Gardens, FL 33056). Tickets are on sale now at www.jazzinthegardens.com

This year’s performances will feature three-time Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Jill Scott, legendary hip hop artist LL COOL J feat. DJ Z-TRIP, socially conscious rap pioneer Common, smooth crooner Robin Thicke, hip hop legends The Roots, up and coming soul singer Andra Day, jazz royalty Herbie Hancock, sultry bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding, queen of the “Miami Sound” Betty Wright, funk music innovator Morris Day & The Time, the JITG All-Stars Chante Moore, Will Downing & Marion Meadows and gospel sensation Smokie Norful! Once again, JITG will be hosted by the hilarious radio personality Rickey Smiley, host of the popular nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show.

Miami Gardens’ Residents Alex Hibbert and Jaden Piner,  part of the amazing Moonlight ensemble, were two students from Miami Norland Middle School’s Theater Magnet program. The Miami-based movie, won the coveted Academy Award for Best Picture.  It is said that opportunity is when luck and preparation meet and for Hibbert and Piner, luck and preparation came in the form of their theater instructor Tanisha Cidel.

Cidel, a Miami Gardens’ native, began her own theatrical journey at Miami Norland Middle School. She has come full circle from Norland to New World School of the Arts, to Florida A&M University to Florida International University and landing back at the school where it all began.

According to Cidel, “the arts are what she knows and loves.”  The City is grateful that she wants to impart her knowledge with our students in Miami Gardens.

The City of Miami Gardens is extremely proud of our three Miami Gardens’ Residents who have made being great their goal.  From teaching to acting, Cidel, Hibbert and Piner have placed this City on the map for theatrical talent.

On Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the City’s premiere event, Jazz In The Gardens Music Fest, Mayor Oliver Gilbert will present the Key to the City to Alex Hibbert, Jaden Piner and Mrs. Tanisha Cidel not just for the Oscar win but for being an example that the sky is the limit.  Not only did they dream big, they finished big!

For details about the special presentation, contact publicaffairs@miamigardens-fl.gov or call 305.914.9071.

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