Two-day world-class jazz festival featuring a robust lineup of performers – from local legends to Grammy Award-winning jazz masters!
The 2023 Jazz Fest Pompano Beach will take place from January 20th to 21st, with over a dozen fabulous concerts – including a beach opening night concert and all-day and evening concerts at Old Town Pompano Beach. In addition to world renowned headliners on both the opening and final nights, the lineup features an eclectic and diverse cast of Grammy Award-winners, burgeoning jazz superstars and a slew of South Florida’s finest talent. There's something for everyone at the immersive “jazz takeover” of Pompano Beach in January. Festival experiences will include up-close-and-personal performances, artist conversations, multiple outdoor stages with seasoned and emerging artists, as well as drink, food and art vendors.
RSVP is required for security and safety planning! When you arrive, visit the Registration Booth with your electronic ticket and you will receive your wrist band. Chairs and blankets are welcome!
Ticket options include VIP and Free General Admission
VIP tickets include:
Our opening night headliner, to be announced October 1st, will perform at the Great Lawn on the beach, and is a 13-time Grammy nominated jazz fusion band. With both VIP and free seating available, this opening concert, nestled in between restaurants, shops, and stunning ocean views, will be unforgettable.
Born in Brooklyn, bandleader Jay Beckenstein grew up listening to the music of Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins and Dizzy Gillespie, and started playing the saxophone at age seven. Beckenstein attended the University at Buffalo, starting out as a biology major before changing to music performance. During summer breaks, he and an old high school friend, keyboardist Jeremy Wall, played gigs together back on Long Island. Wall attended college in California, and after both graduated, Beckenstein stayed in Buffalo’s thriving music scene, where Wall eventually joined him.
Spyro Gyra has long been known to its peers in the contemporary jazz world as a “well-oiled road machine” due to its relentless schedule of 48 years of performing. To date, they have logged more than 10,000 shows on six continents and released 35 albums, garnering platinum and gold records along the way. Spyro Gyra rose from humble beginnings in Buffalo, New York in 1974 to their current international prominence in the jazz world. Every year, they continue to exhibit how to remain among a relative handful of artists who will be able to say that they have worked constantly in their 50-year career in the year 2024. Their energy and joy in concert match their unmatched musicality.
The festival experiences will include multiple stages, up-close-and-personal performances, opportunities to meet the artists, food trucks, jazz bar and festival vendors. This jazz festival will deliver an outstanding event featuring great music for the jazz enthusiast and casual fan alike.
Tamara G. from 101.5 LITE FM Florida will be hosting:
• FANNI SARKOZY
An internationally recognized, highly trained pianist, singer and music educator who is equally proficient in jazz, pop and classical music. Born into a family of musicians, Fanni began her piano studies at the tender age of 6. She graduated with honors at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary with a major in piano in 2004. While teaching classical piano at the Academy’s jazz faculty since 2007, Fanni has also achieved international recognition as keyboardist/vocalist and songwriter of the smooth jazz / fusion group Mizar and Mrs. Columbo.
• YAINER HORTA
A Grammy Nomenee, versatile saxophonist, multi- instrumentalist, band leader and composer (born September 10, 1982 in Cuba). Throughout his career, his work has been present in recordings, festivals and world tours with great artists such as: Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Ricardo Arjona, Olga Tañon, Jorge Luis Chacin, Denisse de Kalafe, Habana Abierta, Valeria Lynch, and among others more.
• DIXIE KINGS
An authentic traditional New Orleans Dixieland jazz band that creates toe-tapping, swinging and infectious music to perfect fun, upbeat atmosphere for any occasion; ceremonial, corporate or social. The Fabulous Dixie King's repertoire includes all the classic Dixieland standards and New Orleans jazz favorites. Flexibility of size and instrumentation is a hallmark of Fabulous Dixie, from five to seven pieces are the most popular sizes for the band, but larger, smaller or anywhere in between sounds great.
• NANNY ASSIS
A Brazilian- American singer, percussionist, composer, producer and guitarist Based in NYC Area. In 2011 and 2017 , he was the recipient of the prestigious Brazilian International Press Award as “Best Singer of the Year.” He is a composer of the new season NYC-Based Musical “Rio Uphill”. His albums are titled Brazilian Vibes, Double Rainbow and Honey and Air. Assis has shared the stage with Requinte Trio, Vinicius Cantuária, Eumir Deodato, Joao Donato, Kenny Baron and Paul Simon.
• FIU Student Vocal Studio, under the direction of Dr. Lisanne Lyons
Florida International University's music students benefit from working in a conservatory-style atmosphere alongside internationally celebrated performers and composers, scholars, and teachers, who are dedicated to inspiring and mentoring the next generation of music leaders. The school has educated hundreds of performers, scholars, and music educators, many of whom are now leaders in their respective fields across the state of Florida and around the world. Housed in the Wertheim Performing Arts Center since 1996, we attract internationally acclaimed musicians and scholars every year to present masterclasses and guest lectures, or to perform side-by-side with our students and faculty artists.
T MARK RUFFIN from SIRIUS XM Jazz Radio will be hosting:
• Headliner: Grammy Award-winner David Sanborn
Universally known as one of the most iconic saxophonists of the current age, David Sanborn is a jazz musician at heart, but has transcended genres and musical boundaries throughout his entire career. Rolling Stone says, ‘Among the great saxophonists of the past four decades, David Sanborn has earned an identity all his own. He’s jazz, he’s funk, he’s soul, he’s pop, he’s blues, he’s rock. Most remarkably, he excels in each of these genres with a voice that is forceful and tender, sensuous and subtle.’ Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight gold albums and one platinum. He continues to be one of the most active musicians of his genre and an inspiration to countless other musicians.
Returning to his passion for jazz, Sanborn recently assembled a stunning program of straight-ahead jazz tunes for his new quintet. Looking forward to sharing his approach and interpretation on stages soon, Sanborn is excited to collaborate and feature a band of saxophone, trombone, keys, bass, and drums.
Jazz Fest Pompano Beach is the creation of the City of Pompano Beach’s Cultural Affairs Department. The City is committed to developing Pompano Beach’s reputation as a cultural hub and an economic powerhouse.
When you become a sponsor of this signature event you will share in our vision to create an environment where arts, culture and community thrive. This is a rare opportunity to connect with the affluent jazz loving demographic and showcase your brand at the prime event locations which include the magnificently redeveloped beachfront.
This high-profile event will be promoted through a comprehensive marketing program which will include television, radio, digital, social media and print campaigns.
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