Jazz Legends Hit the Stage in Pompano Beach

The two-day inaugural Jazz Fest will feature renowned artists like Dee Dee Bridgewater, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, and more

Pompano Beach Arts will host the city’s inaugural Jazz Fest, featuring a dynamic lineup of music icons, January 28-29. The star-studded festival kicks off at The Great Lawn along the beach for an evening concert with ten-time Grammy-winner Arturo Sandoval on January 28, at 8 pm.

Day two is an immersive musical extravaganza at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center. During the afternoon, the center’s ArtsPlaza will fill with the sounds of legendary artists including Sammy Figueroa, Bryan Lynch, Magela Herrera, Ashley Pezzotti, in addition to emerging and student artists under the direction of Grammy Award-winning professor Dr. Ed Calle. In the evening, Grammy- and Tony Award-winner, singer Dee Dee Bridgewater will take the stage inside the center’s theater. VIP tickets for the performances are $65 and general admission to the festival is free. RSVPs via the website are requested. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets. 

“Jazz Fest Pompano Beach is an extraordinary opportunity to experience some of the greatest musicians of our time,” said Phyllis Korab, Director, Cultural Affairs Department. “We are honored to invite jazz lovers, from all over South Florida and beyond, to enjoy our City’s amenities and participate in this inaugural event.”

Read up on the event’s full lineup below:

Arturo Sandoval
Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval

Friday, January 28, 8 p.m.

Jazz Fest Pompano Beach kicks off on Friday evening at the city’s beachfront. 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 set of original music with homages to legends including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Clifford Brown. A limited number of VIP tickets ($65) are available for this event $65.

Jazz Fest on the ArtsPlaza

Saturday, January 29, 12-6 p.m.

On Saturday, the festival heads downtown to the Pompano Beach Cultural Center’s ArtsPlaza, which will bustle 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 Dr. Ed Calle.

Magela Herrera, 12 p.m.

Magela Herrera grew up between her family’s deep ties to a large set of unique traditions influenced by West African and European 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 Nick Ruechel
Brian Lynch. Photo by Nick Ruechel

Brian Lynch, 1:30 p.m. 

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 like Hector LaVoe and Lila Downs; and pop luminaries such as Prince.

Ashley Pezzotti, 3 p.m.

Ashley Pezzotti is a vocalist based in Miami. At just 21 years old, Pezzotti has already performed with Grammy-winning artists like Keith Urban, Juanes, Chick Corea, Delfeayo Marsalis, Vampire Weekend, and Arturo Sandoval.

Sammy Figueroa, 4:30 p.m.

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

Latin Grammy Award-winning Nestor Torres’ rhythmic and mellifluous flute sound remains unparalleled. He has collaborated with Gloria Estefan, Kenny Loggins, Dave Mathews, Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente, Michael Camilo, Paquito D’ Rivera, and Arturo Sandoval, and has performed with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and New World Symphony Orchestra.

Dee Dee Bridgewater
Dee Dee Bridgewater

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Saturday, January 29, 8 p.m.

Three-time Grammy® Award-winning jazz artist and legendary theatre star Dee Dee Bridgewater headlines the final concert of the Pompano Beach Jazz Fest inside the theater of the Pompano Beach Cultural Center. The Tony Award winner, known for her role as Glenda the Good Witch in The Wiz, has garnered global acclaim for her incomparable style and ability to mesmerize audiences with her signature renditions of jazz, pop, and Broadway favorites. 

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