Thursday, August 24, 2006

Hot jazz at a cool new club

South Florida has a conflicted relationship with jazz music. Jazz elders such as organist Lonnie Smith live here, and between WDNA-FM and WLRN-FM's Evening Jazz, there's plenty of jazz on the airwaves. But to see it live in these parts is another matter. The O'Hara's clubs in Broward County and the Van Dyke in South Beach can only book so many acts, and the local jazz societies have had mixed results bringing in audiences. But the arrival of Arturo Sandoval Jazz Club (6710 Collins Ave; 305-403-7565) inside the Deauville Beach Resort on Miami Beach is cause for hope. Founded by and named for the expatriate Cuban trumpeter, the club is making a commitment to live jazz with local, national and international acts. Japanese pianist Keiko Matsui plays there on Friday and Saturday, and the rest of Sandoval's summer slate makes no concessions to our hot, sleepy off-season -- not with highly regarded performers such as Lynne Arriale (Sept. 1), Alex Acuna (Sept. 8), The Bad Plus (Sept. 9, 10) and Sandoval himself (Sept. 20) on tap. More info at
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