Jazz at Wolfson Presents is the only continuously running jazz series in Miami-Dade County, offering a free, year-long jazz concert series to residents, students and music lovers of all ages. The series was founded in 1998 by jazz studies professor Dr. Michael Di Liddo and inspired by MDC's Lunchtime Lively Arts concert series of the 1970s.
Running from September through April, Jazz at Wolfson Presents has featured live performances from world-renowned jazz artists such as bassist and Jazz Humanitarian Award winner Rufus Reid; saxophonist and educator Jamey Aebersold, an inductee into the International Association for Jazz Education's Jazz Hall of Fame; four-time Grammy- nominated guitarist Mike Stern; and saxophonist James Moody, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master. Additional artists include drummers Nate Smith, Ed Soph, Adam Nussbaum and Danny Gottlieb; violinist Sara Caswell; saxophonists Eric Alexander, Don Braden and Bobby Watson; trumpeters Ira Sullivan, Scott Wendholt, Barry Ries, Terell Stafford and Jim Rotondi; pianists Dan Haerle, Mike Gerber, Andy LaVerne and David Hazeltine; bassists Lynn Seaton and David Friesen; and vocalists Wendy Pedersen and Kate Reid. The series features a range of jazz styles, including swing, hard bop, cool, modern, Latin, fusion and avant-garde.