Buddy Guy Brings Chicago Blues to the Arsht Center

The Adrienne Arsht Center’s inaugural concert of the 2009-2010 JAZZ ROOTS season – THE BLUES will feature blues guitar icon Buddy Guy along with Dr. John & The Lower 911 on Friday, November 6, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall.

Buddy Guy is an inductee into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame, is considered the greatest living exponent of Chicago electric blues. His unique, wailing guitar sound has influenced virtually every major blues and rock guitarist from Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton. He was featured on the soundtrack of the 2008 movie “Cadillac Records” which chronicled the iconic blues label, Chess Records.

“Buddy Guy is one of the titans of the blues, straddling traditional and modern forms, as well as musical generations, and Dr. John is universally celebrated as the living embodiment of the rich musical heritage exclusive to New Orleans,” said M. John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “We are thrilled to present the talents of these legendary American artists to the South Florida community.”

JAZZ ROOTS’ in-depth educational partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools brings more than 900 music students to the Center each season for a unique behind-the-scenes experience, including a pre-concert sound check and a Q&A session with featured artists followed by a workshop with a local jazz expert that will highlight the music, the artistic process and the practical skills needed for a career in the arts. In addition, the Center has developed a curriculum which will be distributed to 800 music, English and social studies teachers throughout the MDCPS school system, potentially serving 24,000 children.

In its debut last season, the JAZZ ROOTS series was a major success, selling out all six performances and drawing more than 10,000 jazz lovers to the Arsht Center. The electrifying 2009-2010 series will once again showcase an all-star lineup of artists in a variety of programs exploring the spectrum of jazz: AN EVENING WITH DAVE GRUSIN featuring Patti Austin, Jon Secada, Gary Burton, Sammy Figueroa, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, and the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music Mancini Institute Orchestra (December 4); VOCALESE - Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices and Jon Hendricks (January 15); JAZZ and SOUL - Al Jarreau and Ramsey Lewis (February 26); A TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA - Michael Feinstein, John Pizzarelli and The Frost School of Music Mancini Institute Big Band (March 19); PIANO LATINO - Eddie Palmieri, Michel Camilo, and introducing Alfredo Rodriguez (April 16).

The JAZZ ROOTS series is presented in partnership with Bank of America.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Tickets: $25 to $125

John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall

Tickets for JAZZ ROOTS: THE BLUES range from $25 to $125 and can be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office at 305.949.6722 or online at www.arshtcenter.org.

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