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1st ANNUAL SOUTH BEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL: DECEMBER 7-11, 2016 DIANE SCHUUR, RAUL MIDON, DR. ED CALLE & MAMBLUE, AND MANY MORE!

“Each musical performance will showcase the artistry of at least one person with a disability. The sheer talent of the artists will promote the festival’s dual goal, to entertain, and to define others by ability rather than disability.”

The First Annual South Beach Jazz Festival (www.sobejazz.com) will take place throughout various venues in Miami Beach December 7 through December 11, 2016, with many of the events free and open to the public. Performances will take place at the Colony Theatre, on stages set up throughout Lincoln Road, at Hotel Astor and Rare.

Presented by Power Access, the South Beach Jazz Festival is an event unlike any other, “Each musical performance will showcase the artistry of at least one person with a disability,” according to David New, who conceived the event. “The sheer talent of the artists will promote the festival’s dual goal, to entertain, and to define others by ability rather than disability. The festival is all about bringing our community together through the universal sound of music.”

Now age 46, David lost his sight 15 years ago and was rendered paralyzed from the waist down for two years. Since that time, he has been a staunch advocate for people with disabilities, especially with his ongoing efforts with the City of Miami Beach. Through his Miami Beach-based companies, Ability Explosion, Access Now and Power Access, David has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of people with disabilities, including the “Dining in the Dark” and Biz-Ability events.

The South Beach Jazz Festival presents 16 jazz artists over the course of four days, with performances produced by KCC Productions. The Colony Theatre and Rare will host ticketed concerts, with free performances on stages at Euclid Circle and 1111 Lincoln Road. Information and tickets are available at www.sobejazz.com.

Wednesday, December 7

Opening VIP Cocktail Party (By Invitation Only), featuring The Lenard Rutledge Ensemble

Thursday, December 8

8 pm The French Caravan, Hotel Astor, 956 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

Friday, December 9

8 pm Raul Midón Trio, Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Saturday, December 10 – Euclid Circle, Main Stage

1 pm Dr. Ed Calle Jazz Ensemble

2:45 pm Ricky Williams Quartet

4 pm Oriente

5 pm Mike Gerber Trio

6 pm Luis Mario Ochoa Ensemble

8:15 pm Karina Iglesias & The Nu Thang

9:45 pm Felipe Lamogila, featuring Afro-Cuban Beats

Saturday, December 10 – 1111 Lincoln Road Stage

1:00 pm The French Horn Collective

2:45 pm Rolando Grooscors Ensemble

4:30 pm Wendy Pedersen Quartet

Sunday, December 11

11:30 am Jazz Brunch, with Reuben Hoch Chassidic Jazz Project

Rare, 4101 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach

4 pm Diane Schuur & Dr. Ed Calle’s Grammy Award Winner Mamblue Big Band

Colony Theatre

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT! The public is invited to support Power Access and Ability Explosion so that more programs and events can be presented to create awareness of the needs of people with disabilities. Raffle tickets to win a $500 gift certificate from Lululemon are available for purchase on the website (www.sobejazz.com) for $5 each, or three for $10. The drawing will be held on December 12, and all proceeds benefit Power Access, Inc. and the South Beach Jazz Festival. In addition, a GoFundMe page is available where people can make donations – www.gofundme.com/sobejazz.

Sponsors for the event include 1111 Lincoln Road, 8025 Promo, Ability Explosion, Access Now, Atlantic Broadband, City of Miami Beach, Curro Industries, Elite Tent, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Jameck Development, Kersten Communications, Lincoln Road Business Improvement District, Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Outfront Media, Power Access, Segafredo, South Beach Animal Hospital, Spris, WDNA, Whole Foods and WLRN.

For further information on tickets, sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, go to www.SoBeJazz.com or call (786) 607-JAZZ.

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About the Founder, David New

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Sixteen years ago, a rare disease rendered David New deaf, blind and paralyzed from the waist down. Rejecting his doctors’ terminal diagnosis, defying all odds, David learned to walk again and gradually regained his hearing, though he did not regain his sight.  Multi-talented, he has since become a steadfast advocate for people with disabilities, creates works of art in glass, founded several companies and non-profits, and has embarked on a new venture, the South Beach Jazz Festival, December 7 – 11, 2016.

As a fundraiser for Power Access, David’s non-profit organization, the South Beach Jazz Festival is an event unlike any other. “Each musical performance will showcase the artistry of at least one person with a disability,” said David. “The sheer talent of the artists will promote the festival’s dual goal, to entertain, and to define others by ability rather than disability. The festival is all about bringing our community together through the universal sound of music.”

David was born and raised in Philadelphia and began his university studies at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He continued his education at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. An artist at heart, David worked in his family’s furniture business while creating his own interior design firm, R. David New Interior Design. He relocated to South Florida in 2002 and continued pursuing his passion for art and design.

David works tirelessly to break down barriers and to educate people about living and working with people with disabilities.  He is currently chairman of the Miami Beach Disability Access Committee and president and chief promoter of Power Access Inc. and Ability Explosion®. He also serves as president of the Miami Beach Council of the Blind, an affiliate of the Florida Council and the American Council of the Blind. In 2012, David took over Access Now Inc. which is an advocacy organization for enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“As a visual artist my whole life, I was missing a component. I had to rethink everything. I got more involved in the community. I started new organizations and non-profits,” adds David.

Through Power Access and Access Now, his two non-profit organizations, David provides programs and produces experiential events centered around building awareness of the challenges faced by people with disabilities, including Dining in the Dark, Disability Awareness Day and the South Beach Jazz Festival.

David recently reignited his lifelong passion for creating art when he learned about a new 3-D laser technology for creating laser-edged glass sculptures, a perfect medium for his visionary mind and imagination. He was introduced to the machinery, serendipitously located in Miami – the only one of its kind in the country. He designs the concept, the imagery, dimensions, and presentations, as well as the polished stainless steel bases and glass specifications. David’s work has been exhibited in art galleries, and he has plans to open a gallery in Miami Beach.

PURCHASE EVENT TICKETS

PURCHASE RAFFLE TICKETS*

*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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PURCHASE HOMEMADE DOG TREATS**

**Made with love using only pure ingredients: peanut butter, whole wheat flour, eggs, and pumpkin pureé. For a donation of $10, you will receive one bag of dog treats.

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