Photography courtesy of Power House Media Group
My first experience at Jazz In The Gardens can be summed up in these next few words “Can’t wait until next year!” Music, art, fashion, food and black business for two straight days of fun reminiscent of a family reunion. Performances from Jill Scott, Robin Thicke, The Roots, LL Cool J and more were the talk of the town this year during the 2017 Jazz In The Gardens Music Festival. While most of us came for the headlining performances – Robin Thicke was everything I dreamed of and more – we were all pleasantly surprised by the amount art and culture practically overflowing from the MUCE Art Village.
For those who don’t know the JITG music festival is held annually in the City Of Miami Gardens and boasts some of the hottest names in music and business. Music and art lovers alike travel from all 50 states to enjoy R&B and Jazz culture in the family reunion atmosphere, so it’s kind of a big deal. In partnership with the GMCVB‘s Art of Black Miami, MUCE curated the largest installation of art, music, poetry and fashion ever to hit Jazz In The Gardens. Centered on music with strong African American influences, the exhibition focused on works that reflect the movement of jazz and R&B music. As a recognition of Women’s history month, the exhibition also included work that explores feminine beauty and strength.