By Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (Knight Concert Hall) in Miami is hosting the Beachtone Jazz Festival on June 15th, starting at 8PM. The festival features multiple Grammy winner Eliane Elias, Yamandu Costa and Sammy Figueroa with special guests Chico Pinheiro and Mirella Costa.
Promoted as an event ‘to enliven the Miami music scene’, the Beachtone Jazz Festival is combining some of the top Jazz, Latin Jazz and Brazilian artists of our time at the Adrienne Arsht Center for one day.
Brazilian pianist/vocalist Eliane Elias has had nine Grammy nominations and her album ‘Made In Brazil’ won the Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album. Her next album, a set of romantic classics recorded in Brazil and at London’s Abbey Road, is due for release in September 2019.
Multiple Grammy nominated percussionist Sammy Figueroa is a local favorite. After playing with performers like Miles Davis, Mariah Carey and David Bowie in New York, Figueroa moved to South Florida and has been performing with international talent here ever since.
Joining Figueroa will be acclaimed Brazilian jazz guitarist and Grammy winner Chico Pinheiro and young Brazilian singer, Mirella Costa, winner of the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation Award and a recent graduate from Berklee School of Music.
The Beachtone Jazz Festival is the dream-child of Fernando Cutait, a São Paulo-based producer and a graduate of Berklee School of Music. “It’s been my dream to present a jazz festival in Miami for over six years. One day I woke up and said to myself that the time has come,” said Cutait.
The Beachtone Jazz Festival welcomes music lovers and jazz fans of all ages to enjoy. Ticket prices range from $55 to $135 and can be found at the Arsht Center box office or the Arsht Center’s website.