Jazz in The Gardens is on their 12th year? Add another amazing music festival to the books.
– review of the 2-day festival at Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Gardens).
It’s been a wonderful weekend here in South Florida – Nevertheless here at the 12th Annual Jazz In The Gardens Music Festival. Who knew one’s weekend would be filled with excitement and love. JITG2017 is one music festival I will never forget. Big name artists like the beautiful Jill Scott (Highlight of the night – She stole the show), Robin Thicke (Where ever he goes he takes the show and every women’s heart), Herbie Hancock (Legend; Man Day one was so amazing! Oh you thought that was it? Morris Day & The Time gave a marvelous performance, especially when they tore up the stage-performing Walk. Then there was a back-to-back performance by the American saxophonist Marion Meadows (Who’s Performance and Suit was “MARVELOUS”), Then the Beautiful Chante Moore, to finish it off was Will Downing –With him performing one of his greatest hits called Home.
However, I cannot forget Betty Wright, oh no I can’t! I must say this woman brought the roof down with her performance – performing one of her greatest hits, Clean Up Women. Every woman in the crowd stood up and danced their butts off. Betty Wright and her gorgeous Afro made her fans so happy and left them with a performance that they will never forget.
Another day was just what everyone wanted, afterall there is no way a huge festival full of great music, scrumptious food and happy people can be done in just one day. Getting things underway, the festivalgoers were pleased to see Grammy-winning Reverend Smokie Norful return to the festival. Littered with accolades such as being a pastor, a park ranger and obviously as a composer/vocalist, the man didn’t miss a beat. Now the artist that I really was glad to see was the ever-talented Esperanza Spalding. Donning the stage with a stunningly loud outfit, she just seemed at peace as her hair flowed freely in the wind as she performed. Following her performance was The Roots. Man O’ Man they gave JITG such a great performance with stunning individual skills carried out by vocalist Black Thought, Tuba Gooding Jr and drummer Questlove. I’m not sure I could think of anybody that does it better? Only at Jazz in The Gardens, yes only here I tell you.
Throughout the night, the beautiful Andra Day made our hearts melt, especially during her inspirational smash hit Rise Up. It was truly angelic. Next, Common destroyed the stage, delivering an outstanding performance himself with popular tracks Black America Again and The People. While the fans were obviously elated, they were also excited to learn that his family lives in Florida and were joining them in the crowd.
Closing the show was the top dawg, the legendary LL Cool J aka Ladies Love Cool James. Performing staples like Momma Said Knock You Out and everyone’s favorite Doin It,’ everybody was out of their seats…just baffled.
Can’t wait to see what’s in store next year.