Jazz artists swing into S. Florida

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Ev­ery­one north of Hills­bor­ough County wants to win­ter in South Florida, jazz mu­si­cians in­cluded. And, as ever, res­i­dents of Palm Beach, Broward and Mi­ami­Dade reap the ben­e­fits. Here are a hand­ful of up­com­ing jazz con­certs that should en­tice area au­di­ences with mu­sic as re­fresh­ing as the evening air.

When Paul McCart­ney sug­gests that you record an al­bum of his songs, the apt re­sponse is “On it, mate!” Jazz gui­tarist and crooner John Piz­zarelli re­ceived just such a re­quest from Macca a cou­ple of years ago. The re­sults can be found on his 2015 re­lease “Mid­night McCart­ney,” a ro­man­tic stroll through Sir Paul’s postBea­tles out­put reimag­ined for a late-night jazz hang.

The son of jazz-gui­tar great Bucky Piz­zarelli, John, 55, grew up idol­iz­ing the Bea­tles. In 1998, he recorded “John Piz­zarelli Meets the Bea­tles,” a jazzy dip into the Fab Four song­book. Then, in 2012, McCart­ney re­cruited Piz­zarelli to play on his Grammy-win­ning stan­dards al­bum “Kisses on the Bot­tom.” He later sent the gui­tarist a note sug­gest­ing he record “a few of my songs that are lesser known.” So, in ad­di­tion to jazz ren­di­tions of hits such as “Silly Love Songs” and “My Love,” Piz­zarelli in­ter­prets ob­scu­ri­ties such as “Heart of the Coun­try” and “Junk.” His so­phis­ti­cated gui­tar craft and in­ti­mate vo­cals are well-suited to the Royal Room at the Colony Ho­tel in Palm Beach, where Piz­zarelli is per­form­ing with his quar­tet at 8 nightly through Satur­day. Tick­ets cost $100-$120. Call 561-659-8100 or go to TheRoy­alRoom.com.

Ja­son Marsalis, who will turn 39 on Fri­day, also hails from jazz roy­alty. His father, New Or­leans pi­anist El­lis Marsalis, raised a fam­ily of jazz stars, namely, Ja­son and older sib­lings Wyn­ton, Bran­ford and Delfeayo. Al­though Marsalis made his name as a mas­ter­ful drum­mer with pi­anist Mar­cus Roberts and with his own Los Hom­bres Calientes, he’s also an ac­com­plished vi­bra­phon­ist who has recorded since 2009 on the in­stru­ment. On his lat­est al­bum, “Heirs to the Cres­cent City,” Marsalis plays mostly drums and a smat­ter­ing of vibes on a set of tunes he com­posed for Sascha Just’s New Or­leans doc­u­men­tary “Heirs.” With de­cep­tive ease, he puts a mod­ern spin on the tra­di­tional jazz, pa­rade mu­sic and R&B for which his home­town is revered. And while he can tat­too a Mardi Gras rhythm on a drum kit that will have you shout­ing, “Eh la bas!” his chim­ing vibes brim with crys­talline beauty. Marsalis’ Vibes Quar­tet will per­form 8 p.m. Satur­day at the Arts Garage in Del­ray Beach. Tick­ets cost $25-$40. Call 561-450-6357 or go to Arts­Garage.org.

Drum­mer Jack DeJohnette has played on ground­break­ing ses­sions with John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Keith Jar­rett. A na­tive Chicagoan, he also par­tic­i­pated in the de­vel­op­ment of that city’s for­ward-think­ing As­so­ci­a­tion for the Ad­vance­ment of Cre­ative Mu­si­cians. For his lat­est show, the 2015 Down­beat Read­ers’ Poll win­ner teams up with for­mer child prodigy Savion Glover, a tap dancer of for­mi­da­ble skill who held his own along­side Gre­gory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. in the 1989 movie “Tap.” Among the most melodic drum­mers in jazz, DeJohnette fash­ions so­los on his kit that are songs unto them­selves, mes­mer­iz­ing au­di­ences with color and dy­nam­ics. Glover’s lanky ath­leti­cism rou­tinely drops jaws, and he and DeJohnette spur each other on to feats of rhyth­mic bravado. The pair, who will per­form 8 p.m. Satur­day at the South Mi­ami­Dade Cul­tural Arts Cen­ter in Cut­ler Bay, will be joined by Mi­ami tap­meis­ter Mar­shall Davis Jr. and friends. Tick­ets cost $20-$40; $5 for stu­dents. Ear­lier in the day, at 2 p.m., Glover and DeJohnette will par­tic­i­pate in a free lecture and demon­stra­tion. Call 786-573-5300 or go to SMD­CAC.org.

Reign­ing Ham­mond B- 3 champ Joey DeFrancesco rou­tinely wrecks the house with light­ning runs and sonic thun­der. Yet an­other for­mer prodigy, the son of Philly jazz or­gan­ist Papa John DeFrancesco toured and recorded with Miles Davis just out of high school. DeFrancesco also sings and plays pi­ano and trum­pet beau­ti­fully, which he show­cases on “Trip Mode,” his most re­cent record­ing. Of course, his wiz­ardry on the Ham­mond re­mains cen­tral, as he sets his cab­i­net speaker aswirl on a set com­pris­ing mostly orig­i­nal ma­te­rial. With Dan Wil­son on gui­tar and Ja­son Brown on drums, the Joey DeFrancesco Trio will per­form 8 p.m. March12 at the Miniaci Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter in Davie. Tick­ets cost $40; $10 for stu­dents. Call 954-462-0222 or go to South­Flori­da­Jazz.org.

Fresh off her Grammy win for Best Jazz Vo­cal Al­bum, Ce­cile McLorin Sal­vant will re­turn to her na­tive Mi­ami next month. With her se­cond U.S. re­lease, the in­tro­spec­tive “For One To Love,” the 26-year-old singer con­tin­ues to live up to the ac­co­lades she’s re­ceived since win­ning the Th­elo­nious Monk In­ter­na­tional Jazz Com­pe­ti­tion in 2010. Sal­vant is a riv­et­ing per­former, dis­play­ing re­mark­able syn­ergy with pi­anist Aaron Diehl’s trio and earn­ing fa­vor­able com­par­isons to Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan. Find her April 2 at the South Mi­ami Dade Cul­tural Arts Cen­ter in Cut­ler Bay. Tick­ets cost $30-$50.

JEAN-PIERRE DODEL/COUR­TESY

Ce­cile McLorin Sal­vant is sched­uled to per­form April 2 at the South Mi­ami Dade Cul­tural Arts Cen­ter.

HART­FORD COURANT/COUR­TESY

John Piz­zarelli will ap­pear Fri­day and Satur­day at the Colony Ho­tel in Palm Beach.

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