This past weekend, from October 15-17, 2010, Sunny Isles Beach hosted jazz lovers from across Florida and the United States to their Third Annual Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest. The Jazz Fest was a three day, multivenue event that featured an international line-up of jazz stars. Produced by the City of Sunny Isles Beach in partnership with the Sunny Isles Beach Tourism and Marketing Council, the weekend brought the extraordinary and diverse sounds of jazz for all attendees to enjoy while benefiting Joshua’s Heart Foundation (www.joshuasheart.org) and the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation (www.mchf.org).
The Jazz Fest weekend began on Thursday, October 14th with an Evening VIP Poster-Unveiling Party at the Trump International Resort, located at 18001 Collins Avenue. This year, the poster was designed by local artist, Joel Grunzweig and auctioned off to benefit Joshua’s Heart Foundation and the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation (www.mchf.org).
The Festival officially kicked off on Friday, October 15th from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. with a sizzling performance by pianist and composer, Tony Sona at the elegant Jazz Club in the Acqualina Resort & Spa, located at 17875 Collins Avenue.
Headlining the festival on Saturday, October 16th, was an electric performance by one of the most recorded saxophonists in jazz history, Ed Calle and his all-star Jazz band, which took place at the spectacular Samson Oceanfront Park, located at 17425 Collins Avenue. Calle enticed the crowd with a unique combination of smooth rhythmic sounds and upbeat notes. Opening for Ed Calle, was the Afro-Cuban Jazz band, Oriente, followed by legendary saxophonist extraordinaire, Jesse Jones, JR. and a soothing serenade by talented songstress, Yvonne Brown.
Guests in the VIP area enjoyed reserved seating and food compliments of the Newport Beachside Resort. The general public had plenty of space on the great lawn for lounge chairs and blankets under the starlit sky. All evening attendees also enjoyed a wide selection of food and beverages from James Barbeque and Epicure Market. The bar featured wine and beer from Barefoot Wine, Polar Beer and Grolsch; with all proceeds benefiting Joshua’s Heart Foundation and the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation.
The final event of the Festival was a sumptuous Sunday brunch on Sunday, October 17th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. featuring the soothing sounds of Grammy Nominee, Troy Roberts at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort, located at 16701 Collins Avenue.
The Jazz Fest was made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, The Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor, Carlos Alvarez, the Board of County Commissioners, Commissioner Sally Heyman, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, Around Town Magazine, Barefoot Wine, Polar Beer, Continental Group, Miami Dolphins, Adrienne Arsht Center, The Sunshine Jazz Organization, Atlantic Broadband, Solis, Epicure Market, J. Milton & Associates, Calvin, Giordano & Associates, INC., Trump International Beach Resort, Newport Beachside Resort and Acqualina Resort.
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