Miami House of Blues, Jazz and Civil Rights


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.

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New & Noteworthy. Catching up with new and recent releases



Manuel Valera Trio
The Planets

Since exploding in the New York jazz scene in the early 2000s, Cuban pianist and composer Manuel Valera has not been one to settle on just one musical path or take the safe bet. In his most recent release, The Planets, he again raises the ante.

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Eliseo Parra: Re-creating The Tradition


Eliseo Parra

Hearing the beauty, the stories and the hidden possibilities in an old, traditional song requires an unusual combination of qualities – imagination and a passion for your subject just for starters.

Few have been better at it in Spain for the past three decades than singer, percussionist, composer, and folklorist Eliseo Parra, appearing with his septet at The Gleason Room at the Fillmore, Miami Beach, Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Trained as a musician, Parra has made himself into a leading figure in the collecting, study, and performance of Spanish traditional music.

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