Jesse Jones, Jr., appearing The Hampton House, Miami, Friday.
When saxophonist Jesse Jones Jr. takes the stage at The Hampton House, Friday, as part of the “Jazz in the House” series, he will be putting the spotlight back on a remarkable piece of Miami history. Giants once walked around on this place, but time and economic and social changes turned splendor into dust — almost.
Dilapidated and slated for demolition in 2000, it was saved by the efforts of dedicated local activists, declared a protected historical landmark in 2002 and restored after a multimillion, mostly county-funded effort.
It opened reborn as the Historic Hampton House Cultural Center in May 2015.
Jazz was the sound of the original House. It’s only fitting that now, that the two-story yellow building in the corner of Northwest 27th Avenue and 42nd St. is back, jazz is calling.