The Betsy South Beach Announces Winter/Spring Jazz Line Up
The Betsy Hotel announces an outstanding jazz line up for Winter/Spring 2022 – with nine weekly live performances featuring regional, national, and international jazz pianists including Tal Cohen, Jim Gasior, Wilkie Ferguson III, Ryan Ellis, Allen Paul, David Attelan, Brian Murphy, Markus Gottschlich, Marc Irwin, Danny Mixon, Trenton Klaz, Beau Cornelius, and Michael Eckroth. Pianists play from 6 to 11 PM Sunday thru Thursday, and til midnight on Friday and Saturday. Book a table for dinner here.
Vocalists are featured on ‘Third Thursdays’ from 7 to 9 PM in partnership with Miami Beach’s monthly Culture Crawl. Headlining is legacy vocalist Carole Anne Taylor with pianist Brian Murphy, on February 17, March 17, April 21, and May 19, from 7 to 9 PM. The Betsy Hotel is host to the longest running jazz series in Miami, with a jazz performance space situated at a Steinway grand inside the lobby.
Patrons find performers that define the jazz piano genre broadly, from traditional to eclectic to multicultural and experimental. ‘The Betsy is, hands down, my favorite place to play. Sometimes when the place gets rocking, I look up from the piano and see people dancing… ,’ noted Australian-Israeli pianist Tal Cohen. Cohen is a regular in The Betsy’s line up, along with more than a dozen others who play in a curated rotation. Despite COVID, The Betsy’s jazz program has endured with precautions taken to ensure the safety of performers and guests. You'll be able to learn more about each artist from the hotel's event calendar at: https://www.thebetsyhotel.com/calendar
Underscoring The Betsy’s commitment to jazz and the visual arts, guests can take in a new exhibition by Leonor Anthony entitled, SOUNDS OF FREEDOM (https://bit.ly/3rvTC6w). Born in Havana, Anthony is a Miami-based multidisciplinary artist with studios in the Hague, Netherlands and Brooklyn, New York. The exhibition features work from Anthony’s recent collaboration with photographer Roberto Pollilo called SOUNDS OF FREEDOM, which focuses on the transcendent nature of jazz and how it represents the American experience, democracy, equality, and the hope of free people. The exhibition is located in the BoardRoom Gallery in the Hohauser Wing through April 30. Betsy exhibitions are curated by Betsy Hotel co-owner Lesley Goldwasser.
NATIONAL JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH 2022
The Betsy Hotel is pleased to join with jazz presenters across the country this April in celebrating National Jazz Appreciation Month. To that end, the hotel will also present The Betsy's 10th annual Overture to Overtown (OTO) Festival co-produced in 2022 with jazz vocalist Carole Anne Taylor, which will conclude on April 30th - International Jazz Day. For reference on the program’s mission and history watch The Betsy’s virtual 2020 OTO Festival (https://bit.ly/3AOV5YU), an online 4-part series of performances and policy conversation about Miami and environs as one of the important stops on the historic jazz touring highway, also featuring memorable performances.
With the goal of introducing Miami Beach listeners to the best in visiting artists, and building on its success with The Betsy Writers Room (an artist residency program at The Betsy Hotel that has hosted more than 1000 visiting creatives in the last decade - https://bit.ly/3tADMKs), The Betsy’s jazz artists in residence will receive free room-and-board, and up to 2 paid bookings as part of the Hotel’s highly respected jazz program. Visiting artists already booked in (as of Jan 15, 2022) for National Jazz Appreciation Month include pianists Danny Mixon, Marc Irwin, and Charu Suri.
You can check out The Betsy's Jazz program in a video featuring Wilkie Ferguson III on the keys. Wilkie is part of a rotation of 12+ pianists who perform in jazz programming 9 times a week at The Betsy Hotel. https://fb.watch/aCVoWjtqSt/