Emerging Artists join The 6th Annual “Jazz In The Gardens” Johnny Holliday, Jahfe, Dayve Stewart & Sy Smith join 10 National Acts


Four of the most gifted emerging local artists join the star-studded line-up of the 6th Annual “Jazz in the Gardens” Hosted by Michael Baisden taking place at Sun Life Stadium on March 19th and March 20th. Emerging artists Johnny Holliday, Jahfe, Dayve Stewart and Sy Smith will be joining headliners The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald & Ernest Isley, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Charlie Wilson, Al Jarreau, Lalah Hathaway, Bobby Brown/Johnny Gill/Ralph Tresvant aka “Heads of State”, Gladys Knight, EnVogue, Musiq Soulchild, and Branford Marsalis.

Every year “Jazz in the Gardens” is proud to give emerging and local artists an opportuntiy to share the stage with super-star performers in an effort to celebrate up and coming talent that show incredible promise on the way to their own stardom. Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson comments “The City of Miami Gardens and “Jazz in the Gardens” believes that “if we can’t do it first class, we don’t do it at all”. With that said, we know our four emerging artists are “first class” additions to an already stellar line up. Sometimes the next star in music is single performance away from achieving their dreams, and we hope that “Jazz in the Gardens” will be that break”.

Jazz in the Gardens, a two-day weekend festival is now in its sixth year and has grown to be one of the top cultural events in America. The jazz festival delivers a diverse mix of music genres that range from jazz, R&B, Caribbean and African sounds. Having something to offer all music admirers at an affordable price the 6th Annual “Jazz in the Gardens” is expected to exceed ticket sales, enjoying an attendance of almost 50,000.

Ticket on sale now with prices starting at just $45, through the Sun Life Stadium Box office, www.jazzinthegardens.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

For more information on the highly-antici-pated 6th Annual “Jazz in the Gardens hosted by Michael Baisden” go to www.jazzinthegardens.com or contact the City of Miami Gardens at 1-877-640-5299. All media inquiries should be directed to Circle of One Marketing at 305.576.3790.

About City of Miami Gardens

The City of Miami Gardens was incorporated on May 13, 2003 as the 33rd city in Miami-Dade County. At a population of approximately 110,000, it is the third largest city in Miami-Dade County. Miami Gardens is a solid, working and middle class community of unique diversity. It is the largest predominantly African- American municipality in the State of Florida and boasts many Caribbean and Hispanic residents. The City hosted the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl, the 2010 NFL Pro Bowl™ and Super Bowl XLIV™. This is the second time that the City has hosted the Super Bowl under Mayor Shirley Gibson’s Leadership. Recently the City of Miami Gardens dropped 5 places from 35th in crimes being committed in metropolitan areas to 40th in the nation according to CQ Press of Washington, D.C., who publishes the annual Crime in Metropolitan American report. The City attributes this achievement to its successful implementation of its own Police Department. To learn more about the City of Miami Gardens, go to www.miamigardens- fl.gov.

About the Artists

Not the everyday jazz musician and artist, Johnny Holliday is also an active duty member of the military. Holliday is a tri-fecta of jazz talent that includes singing and playing both the trumpet and saxophone. His last performance included a World Tour of 14 Countries and 44 States with the Air Force’s Show band Tops in Blue as well as full music concerts all over the United States and the Middle East while he was deployed for duty. When Holliday performs both his military duties and his music he does so with passion. He believes that through his music he can encourage people and help lighten the burdens of those around him. Holliday has been stationed at Homestead Airforce Base since 2008 and has performed at Marlins, Dolphins, Heat and Hurricane games, NASCAR races and the 2010 Super Bowl Kick-Off Party.

Jahfe’s smooth fusion of roots reggae with rocking dub-hop represents the power of the youth and the wisdom of roots culture, the music of Jahfe not only reflects the city’s diverse music scene but also the true ability of conscious music to connect to people of all backgrounds. Band members represent a diverse international background of home countries and cultural roots- Haiti to Spain, Israel to Cuba, Czech Republic to Morocco to all over the US. The band is comprised of some of the hardest working musicians in Miami; Jahfe has shared the stage with Damian, Stephen, Julian and Ky-Mani Marley, Steel Pulse, Buju Banton, Capleton, Collie Buddz, Midnite, Toots and the Maytals, Pato Banton, Nas, Maxi Priest, Johnny Dread, Cultura Profetica and many other great artists. Collectively the band has worked with such artists as Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Ky- Mani Marley, The BlackOut Movement, Thievery Corporation, Paul Fakourie, Karl Pitterson and many other great artists. The members of Jahfé take every chance to speak out against the injustices that plague the world today, and have been featured in documentaries about domestic violence, and worked to increase awareness about the Darfur genocide and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Jahfé’s music is filled with references to the prejudices that take place every dayhunger, poverty, disease, rape and the hatred between nations and their peoples that tear humanity apart.

Musician, Dayve Stewart, picked up the saxophone at age of eleven, initiating his rise to new heights in the music industry. Passionate and versatile, he is currently on tour with the legendary Mr. Al Green, which has already taken him all over the US, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe. His first touring engagement with “I Can’t Stop Lovin’ You, dedicated to the late great Ray Charles. Over the course of his still early career, Dayve’s name has become increasingly familiar among top jazz musicians. Based in Tallahassee, Florida by way of Tampa, Dayve leads his own band of talented musicians collectively named Dayve Stewart and The Vibe, who are now at work on their second album entitled, Feels So Good, a tribute to his loyal fans. When talking about his music he says this: “I think the most important thing to me as far as my music is concerned, is the mood it creates, the impression it leaves, that one moment it helps you recall. And the vibe. “It is all about the vibe.”

The Underground Queen of R&B and Soul, Sy Smith, is an Emmy nominated one-stop shop for singing, songwriting, producing, acting and preforming. Her contributions to the underground soul scene includes three critically-acclaimed CDs’, “The Syberspace Social,” “Psykosoul Plus,” and “Conflict,” her live concert DVD, “Worship At The Temple,” and several music videso that have been in international rotation on networks like BETJ, Centric TV, LOGO and VH1 Soul. Her songwriting credits include tunes for Santana, Mya, Me’shell and Macy. She has also shared the stage with the likes of DJ Quick, N’degeocello, Chris Botti, Macy Gray, Eric Benet, Brandy and Whitney Houston to name a few. Currently, Smith is getting ready to release her 4th studio album and released its first single, “Truth” in July 2010.

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