Nellie McKay
Amy T. Zielinski

JVC Jazz Festival

Spread out over five days and numerous venues, this year's JVC Jazz Festival boasts a truly impressive list of talent. The main concert, which takes place at the Jackie Gleason Theater Friday, June 3, is a smooth jazz blowout featuring Norman Brown, Chris Botti, Raul Midon, Peabo Bryson, Brenda Russell, and Everette Harp. But the real action is taking place elsewhere. José Conde y la Ola Fresco, an acclaimed New York ensemble that frequently appears in these parts, returns for a gig at the Van Dyke Café. Most impressive is a free concert at the National Hotel Thursday, June 2, with Nellie McKay, the twenty-year-old cabaret performer whose charming debut, Get Away from Me, was one of last year's most critically acclaimed albums. It's unbelievable an artist of her caliber is performing for free; I suggest you get there early. The JVC Jazz Festival takes place from Wednesday, June 1, through Sunday, June 5, at various locations throughout Miami Beach. For more information, check out


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