MIAMI BEACH – The Bass Museum of Art resumed its celebrated HOT NIGHTS COOL JAZZ concert series through Friday, July 27 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The four-week summer series will run every other Friday evening andwill feature some of the best contemporary Jazz artists in South Florida.
On June 29, the series features the Brian Murphy Trio. With Brian Murphy on piano, John Yarling on drums and Chuck Bergeron on bass, the group will perform both original materials and selections from the American Songbook. Murphy is an internationally acclaimed pianist, composer and arranger who has recorded and performed extensively in Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Japan and the United States with many of the world’s renowned Jazz artists including Wynton Marsalis, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Buddy DeFranco, Diana Krall, PaquitoD’Rivera, Woody Shaw, Dave Liebman, Bob Berg, Wycliffe Gordon and Duffy Jackson, along with Blues greats Jimmy Witherspoon, Albert Collins and Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson.
The Fernando Ulibarri Quartet will follow on July 13 with guitarist and composer Fernando Ulibarri, who will be accompanied by the piano, bass and drums in a performance featuring original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards. An active performer, composer and educator in the South Florida music scene, Ulibarri moved from his native Costa Rica to Boston where he graduated from Berklee College of Music. After working professionally in the New England area, he moved to Miami to attend FIU where he earned a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance.
The series will conclude on July 27 with a performance by the Gary Campbell/Mike Gerber
Duo. Two of the most respected musicians in South Florida, saxophonist Campbell and pianist Gerber perform both original compositions and jazz standards. Gary Campbell is a saxophonist and composer who began his musical career in his hometown of Indianapolis where he was introduced to the “Naptown” jazz community. After brief stints in Miami and Indiana, Campbell migrated to New York City where he was active in the innovative, energetic and notorious loft scene in the 60’s and 70’s. Gary is now a well-recognized and sought-after jazz education in both the United States and Europe. Campbell has presented original works with artists John Abercrombie, Jan Hammer, Michael Moore, Bobby Moses and many others. Campbell’s counterpart, Mike Gerber, began playing the piano at just two and a half years-old and has continued to wow audiences as a legally blind performer for 50 years. After devoting his youth to performing classical music around his native St. Louis, Missouri, Gerber discovered jazz in his late teens and developed a love for improvisation that flourishes today. A mainstay in the South Florida jazz community off since 1969, Gerber is admired for his dazzling, speedy bursts.
The series is free for museum members and $10 for non-members. Jazz Happy Hour offers complimentary beverages courtesy of Rex-Goliath Wines. Seating is limited.
About the Bass Museum of Art
Located in Miami Beach, the Bass Museum of Art offers a dynamic year-round calendar of
exhibitions exploring the connections between contemporary art and works of art from its
permanent collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, sculpture and textiles and newly
opened Egyptian Gallery. Artists’ projects, educational programs, lectures, concerts and free
family days complement the works on view. Founded in 1963 when the City of Miami Beach
accepted a collection of Renaissance and Baroque works of art from collectors John and Johanna
Bass, the collection was housed in an Art Deco building designed in 1930 by Russell Pancoast.
Architect Arata Isozaki designed an addition to the museum that doubled its size from 15,000 to
35,000 square feet between 1998 and 2002. Most recently, the museum selected internationally
acclaimed Oppenheim Architecture + Design to lead its first phase of design and renovation tied
to the 2010 completion of Miami Beach’s highly anticipated Collins Park. Oppenheim redesigned
and relocated the museum’s arrival area to flow from and into the new park on Collins Avenue.
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