Miami Nice Jazz Festival rocks "French Week Miami" 2012

“French Week Miami” 2012, a month designed to promote French colors in South Florida, will kick off this year with “Miami Nice Jazz Festival”, the first edition of its kind in the United States: Oct. 26-28, 2012.

This festival is an extension of the internationally celebrated Nice France Jazz Festival, one of the largest and most significant jazz events in Europe. Nice France Jazz Festival is also the oldest jazz festival in the world and has seen the biggest names of its genre such as the talents of Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, and Louis Armstrong.

Miami and Nice have been twin cities since 1963 and share many similarities. These two seaside cities, known for having an excellent reputation in tourism, culture, and recreation, will now also be united by music through “Miami Nice Jazz Festival”.


A spectacular line-up of multi-award winning jazz masters will perform October 26th through the 28th.
The program will feature an eclectic mix of straight ahead and Latin jazz, performed by some of today’s preeminent jazz artists, several of whom have close ties to France.


  • Beloved Grammy winning vocalist and host of NPR’s JazzSet Dee Dee Bridgewater (Festival Ambassador) will headline the Friday, October 26 concert.
  • Also performing Friday will be acclaimed bassist/composer Kyle Eastwood’s band and the Florida International University Big Band, featuring vocalist Sally Night
  • On Saturday, October 27, the legendary nine-time Grammy winning pianist/bandleader Eddie Palmieri and his Latin Jazz Band will thrill audiences with his signature style on a program that also features internationally renowned French drummer Andrea Ceccarelli and his band Troc, featuring Alex Ligertwood (former lead singer of Santana), as well as Jannick Top, Amaury Filliard and Julian Mazzariello.
  • Friday night will also showcase the talents of The South Florida Jazz Orchestra with Chuck Bergeron, featuring Nicole Henry.
  • The jazz grooves of local ensembles from The Frost School of Music at University of Miami and Florida International University will animate the Gusman Center during a pre-concert cocktail reception at 7:00 p.m. to be held in the theatre lobby each night beginning at 7:00 p.m, followed by the concert at 8:00 p.m.


  • Concert-goers can continue the jazz celebration just a few blocks away at the official Miami Nice Jazz Festival “After Party” Jam Session at Avenue D, hosted by Roxanne Vargas of NBC 6. Admission to the club is free for Miami Nice Jazz Festival ticket buyers (with MNJF wristband; available in the theatre lobby at the concert).
  • In honor of the three-day Festival, a “Sunday Afternoon Jazz Garden Party” will be hosted at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables on October 28, as well as the “8 Hands Culinary Experience,” which will bring the flavors of the French Riviera to the hotel’s flagship fine dining restaurant, Palme d’Or.

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*French Week Miami was founded by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Miami and is organized in partnership with the Consulate General of France in Miami.

Article published on Oct. 23, 2012.

Last modified on 29/10/2012

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