Certified Diva Mary J. Blige Added to Jazz in the Gardens 2012; But Where's Our R&B Pervs?

Just before Christmas, Chanukkah, and Kwanzaa hijacked our editorial focus, we here at Crossfade checked up on the annual Jazz in the Gardens music fest. And unfortunately, we were kinda bummed.

We referred to the lineup as "lackluster." We complained about Kenny G's saxophone sucking. We called for some divas and a couple of R&B pervs à la R. Kelly.

Luckily, the JIG staff swung into action, announcing the addition of Ms. Mary J. Blige, a multiple Grammy winner who's been officially certified by VH1's Divas.

As gushingly described by Divas master of ceremonies, former Law & Order: LA star, and one-time Oscar nominee Terrence Howard, she is "one of the greatest singers of all time! ... The Queen of R&B! The one, the only, the thoroughly magnificent Mary J. Blige."

Jazz in the Gardens 2012 Lineup

In order of appearance

Saturday, March 17

-Ramsey Lewis' Electric Band*

-Doug E. Fresh*



-Jill Scott

Sunday, March 18

-Nicole Henry

-Kevin Eubanks*

-Kenny G

-Patti LaBelle

-Mary J. Blige*

*New additions

Of course, we aren't as insanely stoked over Ms. Blige as unabashed fanboy Terry Howard. But we'll admit to being mildly excited.

Still, though, we wanna know: Where's our R&B pervs?

Jazz in the Gardens 2012. Saturday, March 17, and Sunday, March 18, 2012. Sun Life Stadium, 2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens. One-day tickets cost $45 to $175 plus fees and two-day passes cost $75 to $350 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Visit jazzinthegardens.com.

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