A Palmetto Bay musical tradition is returning to the Deering Estate with a performance by a South Florida jazz veteran, county officials announced.
On June 17, keyboardist, vocalist and steel pan player Hal Roland will kick off the historical archeological and environmental preserve’s annual Summer Cabaret Concert Series with a solo live performance. This is the first of three monthly showcases featuring local musicians to be held inside the estate’s Stone House Ballroom, a release from Miami-Dade County stated.
Roland, who has spent more than 30 years writing, playing, producing and broadcasting music, has recorded and performed across the globe with artists including Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Barry Gibb, Jon Secada and Liza Minelli, according to his WDNA.org profile.
A former University of Miami music professor, he hosts “Latin Jazz Quarter” on WDNA-FM (88.9) and is the program director for the internet radio station, Jazz Radio Miami, the Deering Estate’s website stated.
“I look forward to doing some great music,” he said during a phone interview. “I always enjoy communicating with people about jazz and about improvisational music, which is what this format is going to be; it’s a little bit of playing and a little bit of talking.”
Wine, soft drinks and water will be available at a cash bar inside the ballroom, and hors d’oeuvres will be served during the performance. However, Deering Estate Marketing Specialist Cathy Guerra said attendees can bring any outside food or drink they’d like.
“We often have people come in with picnic baskets and a bottle of wine,” she said on the phone.
Tickets, which cost $25, have been reduced in number this year from 100 to 85 to better accommodate tabled seating and avoid overcrowding, but, said Guerra, the atmosphere of each concert will be the same as it’s been for more than a decade. Audience members, she said, will be encouraged to engage the performers in a conversation between songs, ask questions and, if they feel inspired to do so, get up and move to the music.
“It’s very intimate, and there have been times where people stand up and they start dancing right there,” Guerra said. “It’s a very unique setting—it’s not your average large theater or arena—and the artist is right in front of you, talking throughout the concert.”
On July 22, also according to Deering Estate’s website, multi-award winning duo Davis and Dow will return to the checkerboard-floored ballroom to treat concertgoers to their inventive guitar-and-vocals takes on classic and contemporary jazz compositions.
And on August 26, vocalist Yoli Mayor—dubbed by many as “the Cuban Adele”—will sing with to-be-determined musical accompaniment. Mayor’s audition for NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” aired on May 30. Judge Simon Cowell referred to her as “the dark horse” of the competition.
“They’re all very talented local performers—seasoned and up-and-coming,” said event curator Cliff Walker, over the phone. “It’s very eclectic—not just one style—but it does have the tendency to have jazz or improvisation in it. You come here, it has a nice vibe and everybody’s sitting around having some brie, drinking some wine and discussing the music the artist just played. It’s a very nice summery thing to do.”
For more information, visit http://deeringestate.org/summer-cabaret or call 305-235-1668, ext. 233.