south beach jazz festival artist lineup


This one-of-a-kind event features Grammy Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated artists performing throughout some of the finest venues in Miami Beach.

Dr. Ed Calle

Around the globe, Calle is a renowned musician, composer, orchestrator, scholar, professor, and leader. Throughout his legendary career, Calle has become one of the most recorded saxophonists in history appearing on more than 1,200 albums, almost 9,000 singles, and countless television and movie soundtracks with artists ranging from Frank Sinatra and Celia Cruz to Sylvester Stallone and Andy Garcia. With five GRAMMYs, he is clearly one of the world’s most respected, dazzling, prolific, and versatile musical artists. He also performs with his Big Band wich includes Miami’s finest established artists. For more information on this artist, please visit


Oriente’s signature sound features funky, guitar driven tumbaos, blazing harmonic brass, and explosive Afro-Latin percussion – fusing Cuban roots with Blues, Jazz, Caribbean and Brazilian influences. Their first New Orleans concert at world famous Snug Harbor Jazz Club created a major buzz, attracting local musicians and world class audiences excited by their new Cuban roots fusion. All full-time artists, Oriente’s band members have played, recorded and toured with a wide range of stylists and legends including Mongo Santamaria, Celia Cruz, Jaco Pastorius, Willy Nelson, Babatunde Olatunji, “Cachao” Lopez, Yanni, Candido Camero, Luis Enrique, Isaac Delgado, Mandrill, Yma Sumac, Anders Osborne, Big Chief Monk Boudreau, Jimmy Riley, Willie Stewart, Kirk Joseph, Patrice Fisher and many more. For more information about Oriente, please visit

Ricky Williams

Singer & songwriter, his mix of Smooth Jazz, R&B and Soul has stirred deep feelings among his fans who keep coming back for more. He has performed with such stars as Don King, Rick James, Barry Gibb, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson & Prince VIP Parties. His music career took off when he was booked at such notable clubs as The Village Gate in Greenwich Village, The New Cotton Club and many after hour clubs in New York City. To his many credits, he wrote “Misty Morning” for Ollie Woodson’s album, one of the original Temptations. He played Clavinet for Super Star Bennie King for his album “Super Natural”. Ricky has played with Bette Midler, Peter Niro, Roy Ayers, Sister Sledge, and  Luther Vandross. For more information on Ricky Williams, please visit 

Michael Gerber

Mike Gerber took to the piano when he was just two and a half years old. Nearly 65 years later, the keyboardist (blind since birth) never ceases to wow audiences when he attacks the ivories. After devoting his youth to performing classical music around his native St. Louis, Gerber discovered jazz in his late teens and developed a love for improvisation that flourishes today. A mainstay in the South Florida jazz community, where he’s played since 1969, Gerber is admired for his dazzling, speedy bursts.Now working toward a master’s degree in jazz studies at Florida International University, Gerber keeps busy gigging in area clubs and hitting the occasional concert or jazz festival across North America.

Karina Iglesias

Karina Iglesias’ sound mirrors the diverse musical and cultural influences that have shaped her character and forged her individuality as an artist. With a style equally informed by rhythm & blues, boleros, gospel and hip-hop Karina delivers her performances with the intimacy of a deep soul crooner and the conviction and drive of a dauntless female singer/songwriter. In 2013, Karina was a contestant on NBC’s #1 Hit TV Show, The Voice. She made it to the Top 16 on the Live Shows. She was originally on Adam Levine’s team but was later stolen by Shakira after her epic performance of “Its a man’s, man’s, man’s world” which turned into a YouTube sensation. With her highly-focused artistic vision, rich cultural background and proclivity for harnessing a wide range of production techniques, Karina Iglesias brings forth a strong element of innovation and heralds a much-needed return to the authenticity of pure soul music. For more information about Karina Iglesias, please visit

Luis Mario Ochoa

With roots in Cuban popular music, Ochoa’s emotive voice and delicate touch on a nylon-stringed guitar, exhibit a change from Latin jazz standards. Ochoa has been hailed for his “…fire, finesse and authenticity” (Jazz Times) and for creating “…high caliber Latin jazz [that] cooks” ( “Luis Ochoa has an exceptional voice. His soaring tenor rises above the horns and percussion, delivering the lyrics with sincerity and power.” –  Jazz Improv Magazine. For more information about Luis Ochoa, please visit

Felipe Lamoglia

Felipe Lamoglia is a Grammy Award-winner Artist, a Saxophonist, composer, and arranger from Cuba. He also has been twice Grammy nominated with his work on “PASEO” by Gonzalo Rubalcaba and The New CUBAN Quartet, and also on the Album “CODES” by Ignacio Berroa, both albums released by Blue Note Records. He also collaborated and toured with Grammy-winning artist Arturo Sandoval. Says Billboard: “Mr. Lamoglia seems to be one of the first tenor sax players from Cuba to really have some direct influence from Coltrane, but with a particular language based on the Afro-Cuban traditions.” In addition to Rubalcaba and Berroa, he has performed with Dafnis Prieto, Paquito D’Rivera, Carlos Henriquez, and more. For more information about Felipe, please visit

Diane Schuur

Long regarded as one of Contemporary Jazz’s leading vocalists, Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant. Born in Tacoma, Washington in 1953, Schuur was blind from birth; but she was gifted with perfect pitch and initially taught herself piano by ear. She later received formal piano training at The Washington State School for the Blind, which she attended until she was 11 years of age. Nicknamed “Deedles” as a child, she grew up surrounded by the world of Jazz embraced by both of her parents: Her father was an amateur pianist, and her mother kept a formidable collection of Duke Ellington and Dinah Washington albums in her home. Not surprisingly, Dinah Washington is often listed as Schuur’s major vocal influence, and she learned the iconic singer’s “What a Difference a Day Makes” while she was still a toddler. She also developed her own rich, resonant vocal style at a very young age. With a distinguished recording career that spans three decades, including two Grammy awards (Timeless and Diane Schuur and The Count Basie Orchestra on GRP Records), as well as three additional GRAMMY® nominations, Schuur’s music has explored almost every corner of the 20th Century musical landscape. Her musical collaborations include the aforementioned Count Basie Orchestra, Barry Manilow, B.B. King, Ray Charles, and Jose Feliciano, among countless others. These collaborations have resulted in numerous #1 Billboard Chart recordings, including Pure Schuur and Heart to Heart with B.B. King; Ms. Schuur has appeared on PBS and many other television specials…as well as a very special visit to the beloved TV show, Sesame Street. Diane has been invited to perform at The White House on multiple occasions and was one of the select musical guests invited to perform for Stevie Wonder at the Kennedy Center Honors when he received his prestigious award. She continues to tour and perform extensively at major concert halls and venues around the world. Ms. Schuur has recently recorded an homage to two of her very important mentors, Frank Sinatra, and Stan Getz. The CD, entitled I Remember You (With Love To Stan and Frank) will be released on June 10, 2014, and will also commemorate her “official” discovery 35 years ago by Stan Getz at the 1979 Monterey Jazz Festival. For more information about  Diane, please visit

Raul Midón

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón has earned renown as one of the most distinctive and searching voices. He is “a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus,” according to The New York Times. Midón has collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder, along with contributing to recordings by Jason Mraz, Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg and the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s She Hate Me. The New Mexico native, blind since birth, has released seven albums since 1999, including the hit studio productions State of Mind (Manhattan/EMI, 2005), A World Within a World (Manhattan/EMI, 2007) and Synthesis (Decca/Universal, 2009). Midón’s most recent release is the captivating CD/DVD Invisible Chains – Live from NYC. Attuned listeners can hear the inspirations of Donny Hathaway and Richie Havens in his work, as well as Sting and Paul Simon. But Midón’s questing musicality makes him, as the Huffington Post put it, “a free man beyond category.”

A vibrant presence on screen, Midón can be seen in the documentary on Hancock’s star-studded album Possibilities, and he is featured collaborating with soul icon Bill Withers in the documentary Still Bill. Midón has also demonstrated his progressive techniques by performing the series of “TED Talks.” Ever since being told by some when he was a child that his blindness meant that “you can’t do this, you can’t do that,” Midón has lived a life devoted to shattering stereotypes. His forthcoming album has the singer-guitarist adding producer-engineer to his portfolio of talents, with special computer software for the blind enabling him to engineer sessions on his own in his home studio. This project – which includes collaborations with Withers, R&B singer-songwriter Lizz Wright, Cameroonian jazz bassist Richard Bona and Grammy-winning jazz singer Dianne Reeves – underscores why People magazine called Midón “an eclectic adventurist.” For more information about Raul, please visit

The French Caravan

The French Caravan is a sophisticated, lively powerhouse quintet from Miami.

The group consists of Alfredo Rivero and Hari Salazar both guitarists with many years of knowledge in Gypsy Jazz; accordionist Alex del Sol, playing this marvelous instrument since his childhood; upright bassist Miguel Gomez who is a well-known person in the jazz circle; and our featured singer, Leyna Sadki, who has performed at the Microsoft Theater in L.A., performing a tribute to Edith Piaf. She was the finalist in THE VOICE Spain. She speaks and sings fluently in four Languages: English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

All five Artists come from diverse backgrounds but their love for Swing Jazz brought them together and this lineup of musicians has been developing an organic style together and honing their skills on both large stage performances and small. Ever since the creation of The French Caravan, the band has performed in the hottest clubs and venues in the city, its last performance was this year’s Bastille Day celebration 2016 at Seaspice, The French Riviera on the Miami River.

Wendy Pedersen

Wendy Pedersen is one of South Florida’s favorite performers. Her high-energy vocal delivery, with deep, convincing emotion has been impacting audiences for many years.

Rolando Grooscors

Rolando Grooscors is a rare find on today’s jazz scene: a unique voice that strengthens and expands the jazz idiom with sensitivity, clarity, and uncompromising integrity. Rolando’s warm, expressive tones and impeccable phrasing have been delighting audiences wherever he goes.

French Horn Collective

The French Horn Collective is an energetic and progressive band that performs an eclectic variety of Gypsy Jazz, Swing, and modern original French music throughout South Florida.

The Chassidic Jazz Project

The Chassidic Jazz Project was created by Drummer, Reuben Hoch, in order to bring the music of Jewish culture to a broader audience. The group’s unique sound consisting of the synthesis of jazz and chamber music has appealed to audiences worldwide. Particularly captivating is the addition of viola and cello to a traditional jazz quartet consisting of saxophone, guitar, bass, and drums. The CJP is world music at its best!

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*Winner will receive a $500 gift certificate from Lululemon. Drawing will be held on Dec 12, 2016. Winner will be contacted. All proceeds benefit Power Access, Inc. and the South Beach Jazz Festival. Tickets are one for $5, or three for $10.



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