Miami Downtown Jazz Festival

The MIAMI DOWNTOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL will offer daylong free music in several locations in Downtown Miami on Friday, February 24, 2017, during scattered times from 12 pm – 9 pm at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center Plaza, History Miami, Miami Dade College, the Olympia Theater, Gesu Catholic Church, and the Southeast Financial Center Plaza, free music on Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 11 am – 6 pm at Tina Hills Pavillion in Bayfront Park and the main ticketed event from 6 pm – 11 pm at the Bayfront Park Ampitheater with NEA Jazz Masters Paquito D’Rivera and Hubert Laws, plus Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, and Chico Pinheiro. Almost 30 bands with over 200 local, national, and international musicians will perform, including Grammy® Award-winning Bryan Lynch, Dafnis Prieto, Kevin Mahogany, and Dr. Ed Calle, plus Brenda Alford, Sammy Figueroa, Ira Sullivan, Othello Molineau, Emmet Cohen, Tal Cohen, SPAM Allstars, Nicole Yarling, Felipe Lamoglia, and many more.

For over thirty years WDNA 88.9FM Public Radio has seen the Jazz community in South Florida grow and evolve into what it is today—a vibrant multigenerational, multicultural community that believes that music—all music, not just Jazz, is an intrinsic part of our lives and should be shared and taught.  Since our music is Jazz, the inaugural MIAMI DOWNTOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL will be just a sampling of the outstanding men and women who make music in Miami and all over the world. We hope you enjoy them!

This Festival would not have been possible without the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Knight Arts Challenge, funding the best ideas for engaging and enriching communities through the arts.  Thank you! 

About WDNA

WDNA 88.9FM is South Florida’s only prime time Jazz, Latin jazz and world beat music station. For over 35 years, WDNA has consistently served up some of the best music in a non-commercial manner. WDNA is regarded as one of the most reputable stations in the country and is heard worldwide – via the Internet. Although WDNA programs primarily jazz and Latin jazz on weekdays, the station also has award-winning world beat music shows on the weekends including the Reggae Ride and Café Brazil.

The station also has an active relationship with all the major local universities as well as a music scholarship program for middle, high school and college students.  The WDNA Jazz Gallery is a venue for music performance, film screenings, conferences, and community gatherings.

WDNA’s programs are made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the State of Florida, Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment of the Arts, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Children’s Trust, corporate sponsorship, and the individual listeners and supporters of WDNA 88.9FM Public Radio.

Board of Trustees:  Cecil Persaud, Ed Blanco, Manny Salas, Héctor Gutiérrez, Jim Gasior, Luis Wifredo Fernández, Viviam María López, Ben Fernández, Carole Ann Taylor

Regular office hours:    9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday.

Phone:  305-662-8889, studio line: 305-444-7889

Website:  www.wdna.org


Media Credentials/Volunteers: Maggie Pelleyá, mpelleya@wdna.org

Sponsorship information: Howard Duperly, hduperly@wdna.org

Membership and individual Sponsors: Sarah Cruz, scruz@wdna.org

Vendor information: Bee Gamzu, bgamzu@gmail.com

Technical/Production: Mark Guardia, mguardia@wdna.org

 It is the policy of WDNA 88.9FM Public Radio and the Miami Downtown Jazz Festival to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Our Venues are accessible. To request any accommodation to attend any Miami Downtown Jazz Festival presentation, please contact 305.662.8889 or mpelleya@wdna.org, at least 15 days ahead of the date of the show you may wish to attend to initiate your request.