In what can only be explained as a case of the people speaking and the venue listening, it seems that at least, for the month of May, jazz is back in its full smoky glory to South Beach's Jazid. It kind of makes sense, doesn't it?
KCC Production's Kimberly Chmura's a one-woman whirlwind in the local jazz scene and she's been behind a small but strong resurgence of jazz in South Florida with some notable productions occurring in museums and at The Van Dyke Café. This could end up being more of a social experiment with the pedestrian and younger demographical nature of the clientele at Jazid or maybe not; let's hope not. Let's hope this takes off, because social experimentation on South Beach makes me kinda queasy.
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Tonight Felipe Lamoglia brings his Afro-Cuban roots via his accomplished Quintet with a set bordering on nuances of jazz across the ages and the soothing tropical sounds of Brazilian music. The man's got a Grammy for his work on Sandoval's Rumba Palace album so you know you're in for a treat! Jazid always has cool drink specials and jazz will be heard again in Washington Avenue, even if it's just on Tuesday nights during May. Check a video out after the jump.