2023 Jazz In The Gardens Closes Out a Dyanamic Sweet 16th Year
Updated: Mar 20
This past weekend, the internationally acclaimed Jazz in the Gardens Music (JITG) Festival celebrated its 16th year on a “sweeter level” of highlighting Black music and culture at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Over 28,000 people traveled to Miami Gardens to enjoy the popular festival, enjoy live performance by dynamic R&B, neo-soul, reggae, and gospel musical talents, and the exquisite cuisine that only South Florida has to offer.
Photos by Ed Satterwhite
Hosted by the City of Miami Gardens, the two-day event featured exciting performances by headliners Erykah Badu and Jill Scott along with other A-list artists like Jodeci, Ari Lennox, Keyshia Cole, El Debarge, Sean Paul, Mike Phillips, the Adam Blackstone Experience, and Chandler Moore, with actor and comedian Deon Cole serving as master of ceremonies. Beat box legend Doug E. Fresh made a special backstage appearance.
Photos by Greg Reed
Additionally, local talent, including April Raquel, Deep Fried Funk Band, DJ Nasty & Bo Weezy, DJ Tight & She-J Hercules, Larry Dogg, Lavie, and Ronnie VOP performed on JITG’s 2nd stage throughout the festival.
The 2023 Jazz in the Gardens Festival was made possible by sponsors: Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Bank of America, Volkswagen, Calder Casino, Amscot, AARP, Horus, Tootsies, Aetna, Miami Dade Economic Advocacy Trust, Southern Glazers Wine & Spirit, and more.
Photography by Dee Dee Cee
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The City of Miami Gardens will celebrate its 20th anniversary of incorporation in 2023. With a population of approximately 113,000, it is the third largest city in Miami-Dade County. Miami Gardens is a solid professional community of unique diversity. It is the largest predominantly African American municipality in Florida and boasts thousands of Caribbean and Hispanic residents. The City is the home of the Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Dolphins football team, University of Miami Hurricanes football team, Orange Bowl football game, 2020 Super Bowl, Miami Tennis Open, the Miami Dolphins Training Facility and home of the Formula One Miami Grand Prix Race. The City has demonstrated steady growth in the areas of community and economic development and has gained a reputation for being a premier destination in South Florida. Miami Gardens is a 2020 All-America City, www.miamigardens-fl.gov.