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Last Friday night, over 1,600 jazz and blues fans packed the Knight Concert Hall for an unforgettable start to the 09/10 JAZZ ROOTS season. The season opener featured New Orleans legend Dr. John alongside Chicago blues icon Buddy Guy.
Dr. John started the night off with his band, the Lower 911. He treated the audience to such beloved hits as “Mama Roux” and “Right Place Wrong Time” along with songs from his recent Grammy award-winning album “City that Care Forgot”.
Following Dr. John, Buddy Guy took the stage, thrilling the audience with an exciting performance that had everyone up on their feet. At one point, Buddy Guy stepped out into the crowd, playing his guitar up through the aisles, out into the lobby, having a great time as he made his way back up to the stage. Altogether, it was an electrifying show.
Earlier that afternoon, 150 jazz students from the Miami-Dade Public School System also got a special treat when they watched the band sound check and participated in a Q&A with Dr. John’s music director, Herman “Roscoe” Ernest. The kids also learned about the history of the blues with FIU professor, Robert Grabowski, before taking their seats in the theater to enjoy the concert.
The evening marked the opening of an exciting season of JAZZ ROOTS concerts, in partnership with Bank of America, the 09/10 sponsor for the series. The concerts continue on December 4th with “An Evening with Dave Grusin” and into the spring with four more concerts including “Vocalese”, “Jazz and Soul”, “A Tribute to Frank Sinatra” and “Piano Latino”.
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