Begin Valentine’s Day weekend with Latin Jazz All- Stars Concert

What better way to kick-start Valentine’s Day weekend than indulging your loved ones and their hip-swinging dance moves to an unforgettable night of live Latin music at one of Miami-Dade’s premier parks, that’s both family-friendly and easy on the wallet.

Mark your calendar for Friday, Feb. 12, as the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, in partnership with Target, presents another fun and free Noches Tropicales concert night at beautiful Tropical Park.

All ages will enjoy this live “Latin Jazz All-Stars” concert led by four-time Latin Grammy-nominee and world-renowned pianist José Negroni. The concert starts at 8 p.m. and offers open field seating and a real dance floor. In addition to the free admission, parking also is free.

Concert goers are advised to wear comfortable dancing shoes and bring along a blanket, lawn chairs and their favorite picnic snacks to better enjoy the festivities.

The master pianist also will serve as music director for the concert, leading an equally virtuosic cast of musicians that will include his son Nomar Negroni (Grammy-nominated drummer); Josh Allen (bassist); Sammy Figueroa (Grammy-winning percussionist); Ruben Caban (trombonist); Dante Vargas (Grammy-winning trumpeter); Dr. Ed Calle (Grammy-winning sax player); Jenny Love (vocalist), and Luz Anjela (vocalist).

Hailing from Puerto Rico, José Negroni has garnered world-wide recognition in the world of jazz. A mentee of the legendary multi-instrumentalist salsa and Latin Jazz great Papo Lucca, Negroni’s music career spans more than 20 years as an accomplished pianist and composer and includes a long-time post as director for Sony Music Publishing.

In 2002, he founded the band “Negroni’s Trio.” The father and son team of Negroni and Nomar, a gifted drummer, along with a rotating cast of guest bassists, has included such talents as John Benítez, Marco Panascia, Michael Bordelon, Jonathan Estes, and others. Their sound is an exciting fusion of jazz, classic lyricism and Afro-Latin rhythms.

The band has recorded and performed with some of the biggest names in music, from Arturo Sandoval and Jon Secada to Gloria Estefan and Julio Iglesias. They have toured and performed at top concert venues throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

Among Negroni’s Trio’s numerous accolades are four Latin Grammy nominations for the albums Negroni Piano +9 (2015); On The Way (2013); Just Three (2010), and Piano/Drums/Bass (2005). Other albums receiving rave reviews have included Father and Son (2009), Negroni’s Trio Live (2007) and Naturaleza Nature (2003).

This is the second of three concerts in the free 2015-2016 Noches Tropicales concert series at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th St. The season’s line-up wraps up with a Tropical Salsa concert by Conjunto Progreso on Apr. 1.

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