MIAMI, Fla. – The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC) welcomes all jazz enthusiasts to the fifth annual “Sankofa Jazz Fest” featuring Nicole Henry, the Zach Bartholomew Quartet, Carole Ann Taylor and CriStyle Renae on Saturday, April 6 from 2 – 7 p.m.
The event is open to the public with free general admission on the grounds of the historic center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave., at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Moonlight Way in the heart of Liberty City.
Reserved seating also is available for $10 per seat. General admission reservations can be made and and reserved seating tickets can be purchased at sankofajazz2019.eventbrite.com.
Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Food will be available for purchase from a variety of vendors. No outside food, beverages or coolers allowed.
For more information about tickets or vendor opportunities, call 305-638-6771 or visit ahcacmiami.org.
“‘Sankofa Jazz Fest’” is a celebration with engaging performances that showcase incredibly talented and authentic jazz musicians,” said Marshall Davis, AHCAC managing director.
Concert headliner Nicole Henry is a former South Florida resident whose passionate, soulful voice and heartfelt charisma has earned her a Soul Train Award for “Best Traditional Jazz Performance” and three Top 10 U.S. Billboard and HMV Japan jazz albums.
Zach Bartholomew is an award-winning pianist, composer and music educator chosen as one of five finalists to compete in the highly acclaimed Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition, winning third place in 2016 and 2017.
Carole Ann Taylor, the recipient of a fiveyear contract from Duke Ellington in 1970, has performed with Lionel Hampton, Cedar Walton, Buck Clayton, Buddy Tate and South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame recipients Pete Minger, Eric Knight, Billy Rolle, Jimmy Crawford, Don Mosely and Ray Ray.
South Florida native CriStyle Renae’s musical style embodies soul, passion and power. “Why Me,” her debut single has received rave reviews nationally and worldwide via digital music outlets and internet radio.
“The sounds of jazz are part of the heritage and cultural fabric of African American communities,” Davis said, “and our center takes pride in promoting and fostering this unique and diverse art form in a family-friendly festival.”