Dan Montgomery “Storyteller” CD Pre-Release Show (Wynwood Live)

Wynwood Live is a new concert series at Wynwood Cafe & Lounge featuring some of Miami’s finest musical and visual artists. Come enjoy great music, artwork, food, drinks, and cocktails in the heart of the Miami art district.

Before the show, from 5-7pm enjoy our Happy Hour featuring 50% off on cocktails, beer, and wine.

Student Special: Quesadilla and Corona for $10

The Dan Montgomery Quintet is an exciting, energetic ensemble comprised of some of the greatest musicians Miami has to offer. Dan’s music is rhythmically engaging yet singable, drawing from a myriad of influences including the Brian Blade Fellowship Band, Tigran Hamasyan, Julian Lage and many others. The group’s debut album “Storyteller” will be released on May 10th, and will be available on Amazon music, iTunes and more.
featuring:
Dan Montgomery – bass
David Leon – alto sax
Melvin Butler – tenor sax
Martin Bejerano – piano
Evan Hyde – drums

Alex Weitz Group (Wynwood Live)

Wynwood Live is a new concert series at Wynwood Cafe & Lounge featuring some of Miami’s finest musical and visual artists. Come enjoy great music, artwork, food, drinks, and cocktails in the heart of the Miami art district.


Before the show, from 5-7pm enjoy our Happy Hour featuring 50% off on cocktails, beer, and wine.


Student Special: Quesadilla and Corona for $10


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“what (Alex Weitz Group) projects together is something you (really, REALLY) don’t often find… total comfort with each other, and an extreme dedication to pleasing the listener who wants more than “just another tune”… totally unique phrasing and a most graceful style”


-Contemporary Fusion Reviews


“ It is impossible not to be knocked out by the sheer creative firepower of the artist.”


-Raul Da Gama, The Jazz Word


Saxophonist and composer Alex Weitz began his career in Arizona as a member of the award-winning Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band, versing himself in the music of its namesake and the classic repertoire of Count Basie. This foundation in swing distinguished him early on as an artist who knows that, to architect a sustainable future, one must mine raw materials from the past. Tapping the roots of tradition in the Southwest gave him more than enough minerals to sustain his relocation to the Southeast, where he studied at the prestigious University of Miami Frost School of Music. While there, he completed his undergraduate studies in Jazz Saxophone Performance and graduate studies in Studio Jazz Writing, gaining invaluable mentorship and experience as a member of the Henry Mancini Institute Jazz Septet under famed trumpeter Terence Blanchard. With Blanchard’s encouragement, Weitz strengthened his personal voice, and then some, emerging from the Miami program with an in-depth knowledge of composition that imbues his originals with robust, memorable melodies and structural integrity. Since graduating, Alex’s primary musical focus has been on performing, composing, and producing music with his ensemble, the Alex Weitz Group. 

Felipe Lamoglia (Latin Jazz)

Felipe Lamoglia is a saxophonist, composer and arranger, Born and educated in Cuba.

He contributed as arranger, composer and co-producer for Arturo Sandoval’s Grammy-Winner album in 2008, Rumba Palace”

Felipe performed regularly with Trumpet Master Arturo Sandoval from 2001 to 2009 participating in major jazz festivals in United States and Europe, including JVC, Playboy, Newport, Heineken Jazz, Red Sea, and venues such as Blue Note, Iridium, Jazz Standard, Yoshi’s, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, and more.

He also have been two times Grammy nominated with his work on “PASEO” by Gonzalo Rubalcaba and The New CUBAN Quartet, and also on the Album “CODES” by Ignacio Berroa, both albums released by Blue Note Records.

Felipe Lamoglia has performed and recorded with musical giants such as Conrad Herwick, Edsel Gomez, Raul de Souza, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Ignacio Berroa, Davis Sanchez, Miguel Zenon, John Patittuchi, Ed Simon, Horacio Hernandez “El Negro”, Hiovanni Hidalgo, Carlos Henriquez, Eldar Djangirov, Dafnis Prieto, among many others.

At the moment he is touring and working with his Quintet at the most relevant jazz clubs in Miami, Chicago, New York City, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Nicole Yarling Quartet (Wynwood Jazz Sessions)

“To a certain extent, Nicole Yarling defies definition. Her myriad of personal influences have created a product that begs attention across the board — no one genre can keep her. Nicole is a rich velvet voice embroidered with technical skill and personality to boot!”

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, a musical household laid the groundwork for Nicole’s career. She was inspired very early by her father, who played jazz organ and piano, and her father’s records, which all made an impact on Nicole’s musical tastes: Artists such as Etta Jones, Miles Davis, Stuff Smith, J.J. Johnson and Sonny Rollins, the Beatles and Motown classics were in regular rotation. Aside from the familial influences, Nicole’s education is extensive and ongoing, ranging from a BA in Music from Baruch College, to a Masters in Music Education at Columbia University, as well as private training in composition, arranging, voice and violin.

Nicole’s notable talent has a virtue all its own, but it would be remiss not mention the late great vocal legend, Joe Williams. Joe “discovered” Nicole through a series of events, and adopted her as his very own project. He recognized this diamond in the rough, gleaming through, and began to invest in seeing Nicole rise to the top. “Joe Williams Presents Nicole Yarling at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild” was born as a result. It also captures a moment in history which can never de duplicated: “Joe Williams Presents…” was to be Joe’s final recording. Sadly, Joe passed away before he could see the actual release of his final work of art. Joe intended to escort Nicole to the highest limits, much in the same way Count Basie did for him in the late fifties. Count Basie had once supported Joe Williams at his first solo engagement by having the marquee read “Count Basie Presents Joe Williams.”

It can be boldly stated, however, that Ms. Yarling’s talent has a strength all its own, to forge ahead on Joe’s intended path. Joe Williams’ torch certainly won’t die out, as it has been graciously passed along to one Nicole Yarling, or as Joe might have said; the “Darling Ms. Yarling.” Nicole has completed a yet-to-be published manuscript entitled, “Here’s to Life: A Celebration of Joe Williams” in honor of her mentor.

Ms. Yarling realized the valuable gifts given to her. She knows that the best way to keep these gifts is to share them with others. She applies her knowledge today at Florida Memorial University as an Assistant Professor, and Director of Popular Music where she recently received the honor of “Teacher of the Year” and “Scholar of the Year” in her division. In addition, she served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami, teaching voice and composition and directing the R&B Ensemble for six years.

With her creativity, performance, teaching and encouragement she aids in establishing strong artistic community ties. As a mentor, she established a concert series six years ago called Jazz Encounters, at radio station WDNA in Miami. She has participator as both adjudicator and performer for the prestigious Young Arts organization based in Miami for the past eight years. She recently began a coaching stint along with Ms. Betty Wright for Little Dreamers, an organization established by Phil Collins to help young performer fulfill their dreams. In Ft. Lauderdale, Nicole serves as Educational director and host of a monthly jazz jam for young musicians, First Friday Jam, sponsored by the Gold Coast Jazz Society. The Jazz Journalists of America acknowledged her efforts when she received the Jazz Hero Award for 2015. And in 2016, she was inducted into the South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame.

Tal Cohen Trio (Wynwood Jazz Sessions)

Tal Cohen’s unique piano style owes its roots to the Jewish folk songs and classical music he played in his formative years growing up in Gedera, Israel. Cohen moved to Perth, Australia at the age of 16. He later continued his music studies at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where he completed a Bachelor degree, Honours and Masters degree in Jazz Performance

One of the highlights of Tal’s career occurred in 2014 when he received a call from Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard to play a show with his Quintet at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. Blanchard also invited him to perform with the “Terence Blanchard Quintet” at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz Festival. Later that year, Cohen appeared at the 2014 Perth Jazz Festival alongside acclaimed New York saxophonist Greg Osby. In 2014 Tal was also named the grand prize winner of the Barry Harris National Jazz Piano Competition.

In July, Cohen was named the winner of the exclusive Australian Freedman Fellowship Award. The nomination for this award culminated in a final performance at the Sydney Opera House. Tal Cohen was also recently signed an endorsement contract with Nord (a popular Swedish keyboard company).

Rodolfo Zuniga Quintet (Wynwood Jazz Sessions)

After moving to the U.S. from his native country of Costa Rica, Rodolfo Zuniga has become one of the most in demand drummers and educators in the South Florida music scene. He has two albums(“Surfaces” and “North Star”) as a leader with this working quartet and most recently he has expanded this group into an Octet that features vocals and a string trio. Currently Rodolfo keeps a busy schedule as a professor at Florida International University,  Broward College and Miami-Dade College as well as touring the world with different jazz groups, and as the drummer for the  renowned latin star Julio Iglesias.
On this occasion, Rodolfo will bring forth a new project that pays tribute to one of his main influences and musical inspirations,The Dave Holland Quintet. After transcribing and carefully studying Dave Holland’s career, this project has put together a program that features a wide range of styles within Holland’s vast and prolific musical contribution. This evening features a stellar quintet from the Miami jazz scene:
Angelo Izzo-Alto and Soprano Saxophone
Javier Nero-Trombone
Errol Rackipov-Vibraphone
Eric England-Contrabass
Rodolfo Zuniga on Drums.

Ashley Pezzotti (Wynwood Jazz Sessions)

Ashley Pezzotti is a vocalist currently living in Miami, Florida. Ashley has performed with Grammy award winning artists including Keith Urban, Latin singer Juanes, Chick Corea, Delfeayo Marsalis, Vampire Weekend, and Arturo Sandoval.

Born in Queens, New York, Ashley discovered her love for music when her Dominican father would sing her classic Spanish songs to sleep. It became apparent that this fascination of music would continue to grow exponentially over time, and at the young age of 4 years old Ashley began her musical journey by taking classical voice lessons.

Ashley continued to study music throughout high school and attended Miami Arts Charter School, a visual and performing arts magnet school. In her time there, she was 1 of 8 vocalists in the nation selected to participate in the GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles (in 2013 and again in 2014) where she was given the opportunity to perform at the Official Grammy After Party, the Official Grammy Nominee party, and the American Country Awards on national television. She was also named a YoungArts winner for Jazz Voice in 2013, and was named a YoungArts winner for Popular Voice in 2014.

Over the years, Ashley has been given the opportunity to study under incredible musicians including Grammy Award winner Plácido Domingo, Cyrille Aimée, Kenny Barron, Branford Marsalis, Cheryl Bentyne, Kevin Mahogany, and Julie Silvera. Ashley is currently studying Jazz Vocal Performance on a full tuition scholarship at The University Of Miami Frost School Of Music where she has been given the opportunity to continue her growth as a young artist.

Alex Weitz Group (Wynwood Jazz Sessions)

Saxophonist and composer Alex Weitz began his career in Arizona as a member of the award-winning Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band, versing himself in the music of its namesake and the classic repertoire of Count Basie. This foundation in swing distinguished him early on as an artist who knows that, to architect a sustainable future, one must mine raw materials from the past. Tapping the roots of tradition in the Southwest gave him more than enough minerals to sustain his relocation to the Southeast, where he studied at the prestigious University of Miami Frost School of Music. While there, he completed his undergraduate studies in Jazz Saxophone Performance and graduate studies in Studio Jazz Writing, gaining invaluable mentorship and experience as a member of the Henry Mancini Institute Jazz Septet under famed trumpeter Terence Blanchard.

With Blanchard’s encouragement, Weitz strengthened his personal voice, and then some, emerging from the Miami program with an in-depth knowledge of composition that imbues his originals with robust, memorable melodies and structural integrity. The classical rigor of those melodies is just as evident in the way he improvises around them.

 Since graduating, Alex’s primary musical focus has been on performing, composing, and producing music with his ensemble, the Alex Weitz Group. March of 2013 saw their debut release Chroma, and after a long-awaited return his sophomore record Luma is set to be released in March of 2017.

Weitz has been invited to appear at such topflight venues as the Kennedy Center with Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead, the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Frost Concert Jazz Band, the Arsht Center with George Benson’s “Inspirations,” the Tucson Jazz Festival with Jimmy Cobb, Gusman Hall with Jeff “Tain” Watts and Dave Liebman, the Azamara Journey as a member of the Journey Orchestra, the Telluride Jazz Festival with the Telluride Youth All-Stars, and numerous local venues with his own group and as a sideman.

In recognition of his excellence, Weitz received DownBeat’s Outstanding Undergraduate Soloist award of 2013, as well as recognition from ASCAP as an outstanding young jazz composer, and in 2014 his original “Song for Peace” was featured as the theme song for the Swedish documentary Bettan’s Taxi.

The upcoming year is already looking to be a breakout one for Weitz, and with the release of Luma it’s only a matter of time before discerning ears will awaken to his unmistakable voice.

Alex Weitz Group (Wynwood Jazz Sessions)

Saxophonist and composer Alex Weitz began his career in Arizona as a member of the award-winning Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band, versing himself in the music of its namesake and the classic repertoire of Count Basie. This foundation in swing distinguished him early on as an artist who knows that, to architect a sustainable future, one must mine raw materials from the past. Tapping the roots of tradition in the Southwest gave him more than enough minerals to sustain his relocation to the Southeast, where he studied at the prestigious University of Miami Frost School of Music. While there, he completed his undergraduate studies in Jazz Saxophone Performance and graduate studies in Studio Jazz Writing, gaining invaluable mentorship and experience as a member of the Henry Mancini Institute Jazz Septet under famed trumpeter Terence Blanchard.

With Blanchard’s encouragement, Weitz strengthened his personal voice, and then some, emerging from the Miami program with an in-depth knowledge of composition that imbues his originals with robust, memorable melodies and structural integrity. The classical rigor of those melodies is just as evident in the way he improvises around them.

 Since graduating, Alex’s primary musical focus has been on performing, composing, and producing music with his ensemble, the Alex Weitz Group. March of 2013 saw their debut release Chroma, and after a long-awaited return his sophomore record Luma is set to be released in March of 2017.

Weitz has been invited to appear at such topflight venues as the Kennedy Center with Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead, the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Frost Concert Jazz Band, the Arsht Center with George Benson’s “Inspirations,” the Tucson Jazz Festival with Jimmy Cobb, Gusman Hall with Jeff “Tain” Watts and Dave Liebman, the Azamara Journey as a member of the Journey Orchestra, the Telluride Jazz Festival with the Telluride Youth All-Stars, and numerous local venues with his own group and as a sideman.

In recognition of his excellence, Weitz received DownBeat’s Outstanding Undergraduate Soloist award of 2013, as well as recognition from ASCAP as an outstanding young jazz composer, and in 2014 his original “Song for Peace” was featured as the theme song for the Swedish documentary Bettan’s Taxi.

The upcoming year is already looking to be a breakout one for Weitz, and with the release of Luma it’s only a matter of time before discerning ears will awaken to his unmistakable voice.