Monday, March 7, 2011

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Presents 'Jazz Roots: Three Generations Of Divas'

Now celebrating its fifth anniversary season, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and Larry Rosen present "Jazz Roots: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series – Three Generations Of Divas" on March 18 at 8 pm in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center.

Dianne Reeves
This concert brings onstage, together for the first time, three of today’s most celebrated jazz singers spanning three generations: Dianne Reeves, respected as the reigning queen of female jazz vocalists; honey-voiced songstress Jane Monheit, the multi-Grammy nominee who is bringing the golden age of jazz standards to a new generation; and introducing 16-year-old singing sensation Nikki Yanofsky, who recently rose to international stardom wowing audiences when she sang the theme song for the opening of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Tickets range from $25-$130 and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling 305-949-6722, or online at

In the tradition of jazz icons such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan, this Jazz Roots program places the spotlight on three of the most talented contemporary vocalists on the jazz scene today.

“While each artist in her own right is a devoted keeper-of-the-flame of this beloved American music, each one also brings a fresh, dynamic approach, showing the evolution of this treasured genre,” said M. John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center.

Dianne Reeves is the voice of this era and the most decorated jazz singer of recent years. The four-time Grammy winner is the only singer to win the vocal category for three consecutive recordings in any singing category. Her virtuosity, improvisational prowess and unique jazz and R&B stylings have garnered Reeves international acclaim on the jazz circuit and beyond.

A multiple Grammy Award nominee, jazz singer Jane Monheit has mastered the art of remaking the familiar into something fresh and innovative with a rare combination of wit, grace, and deep emotion. Since being chosen as a finalist in the 1998 Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute’s vocal competition, she has become one of the world’s premier vocal interpreters and all around musical talents. Her lifelong passion and the genre with which she identifies most are the jazz standards of the Great American Songbook.

Sixteen-year old Montreal-born singing sensation Nikki Yanofsky was seen by millions when she sang for the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Her single, "I Believe," which was the official song for the Olympics, immediately shot to number one on the Canadian charts. She is the youngest singer ever to appear on a Verve Records release, and at her tender age, is already a veteran of the jazz circuit, having toured with famed composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch, performed with the legendary Count Basie Orchestra, and headlined the most prestigious international jazz festivals.

Heralded by Quincy Jones as “the most important new concert and educational jazz series in America!,” Jazz Roots has the unique distinction of being the only major jazz series in America that has sold-out every one of its concerts since inception.

See highlights and video for the Jazz Roots series at

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