Pinecrest Gardens’ annual jazz series goes virtual

In the past 10 years, the annual jazz series at Pinecrest Gardens has become a beloved tradition for jazz lovers in Miami and South Florida. This year, in spite of the pandemic, music lovers can take a virtual trip to Pinecrest Gardens to enjoy world-class acts through JazzAid Live from the Banyan Bowl—while supporting a worthy cause.

A percentage of the proceeds of ticket sales to JazzAid Live from the Banyan Bowl will be donated to Chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen, an organization that uses the power of food to heal and strengthen communities through times of crisis and beyond.

“We are determined to keep the music alive this season by using technology to broadcast our stellar lineup of world-famous jazz musicians directly into the homes of everyone across the globe,” said Pinecrest Gardens Executive Director Alana Perez. “By fundraising for World Central Kitchen, we are able to serve a dual purpose, which is to also provide food relief for those communities and individuals that have been impacted the most by the coronavirus pandemic. We encourage music lovers of all ages to buy a single show or purchase the series and share these wonderful concerts with friends and family in the safety and comfort of their own homes.”

The two-hour concerts will be livestreamed by a five-camera concert production crew on site at the Banyan Bowl, bringing the concerts to a wider audience. Tickets are $15 for individual performances and $100 for all eight shows. Check out the stellar lineup below and click here for tickets.


Oct. 17
Jon Secada
Multi-Grammy Award-winning vocalist Secada has sold 20 million albums and has written songs for stars such as Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and Gloria Estafan.

Nov. 14
Arturo Sandoval
The Cuban trumpeter was the protege of Dizzy Gillespie and has been recording for more than 30 years, during which time he’s won four Grammy Awards and been nominated for 12 Grammys.

Dec. 12
Kurt Elling
The jazz vocalist has been called “the standout male vocalist of our time” by the New York Times and has earned eight Jazz Journalists Association awards for Male Singer of the Year.

Jan. 16
Glenn Miller Orchestra (featured image above)
Returning to the Banyan Bowl is the band that continues to celebrate the sounds of legendary bandleader Glenn Miller. Eighteen musicians and singers perform Miller’s multiple hits of the 1930s and 1940s.

Feb. 13
Wycliffe Gordon
Named “Trombonist of the Year” eight times by the Jazz Journalists Association, the acclaimed musician performs New Orleans jazz with Grammy Award Winner Dafnis Prieto conducting the Frost Concert Jazz Band.

Feb. 27
Grace Kelly
The saxophonist, singer and composer has been a featured artist with Jon Batiste’s House Band for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and is the 2018 & 2019 grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

March 13
Joey Alexander Trio
The 17-year-old pianist has stunned the jazz world with his artistry and is the youngest musician ever nominated for a Grammy Award in a jazz category.

April 10
The Manhattan Transfer
The vocal group celebrates its 48th anniversary in 2020, continuing to delight with their blend of pop, jazz, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, swing and a cappella music.

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