“In a world where entertainment has become transient and the performer with the most outrageous outfit garners instant accolades, it’s sometimes difficult to get attention for music that really matters. So any event that celebrates “serious” music — jazz in this case — begs attention.
Jazz’s roots reach back to the beginning of the last century. Its mainstays — George Gershwin, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, and too many more to name — are considered great American masters, artists whose creativity, imagination, and foresight allowed their music to make an indelible imprint on world culture.
“Jazz is a true American art form that this country shared with the world,” says Carmen Cartiglia, creator and executive producer of the Miami Beach Jazz Festival. He’s gathered an impressive array of artists from Israel, Australia, Latvia, France, Brazil, and Austria to illustrate this year’s festival theme, the “International Sound of Jazz.”
“The joy of jazz has been shared throughout the world, and in each place it goes, something new is added to the mix,” Cartiglia says. “There’s an old saying: ‘If you love something, let it go, and it will eventually come back to you.’ That’s how this music is. We gave it to the world, and it came back more enriched and vibrant than ever.”“