Music in the Park concert draws hundreds of attendees

first_imgMiss Gia Wyre sings at Music in the Park. At right, Jean Caze plays the trumpet and conch shell at the concert. (Photos by Armando Rodriguez/Miami-Dade County) MIAMI GARDENS – More than 400 residents packed into the Betty T. Ferguson Amphitheater for Music in the Park on December 7 in Miami Gardens. The audience clapped their hands and tapped their feet as Jean Caze and South Florida gospel songstress Miss Gia Wyre captivated the crowd during the free semiannual concert sponsored by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, the Sunshine Jazz Organization, Miami Gardens Councilman Erhabor Ighodaro, and the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Department. “We had such an amazing lineup,” Commissioner Jordan said. “I was thrilled to feature jazz, soul, and gospel music at this Music in the Park concert.”Concertgoers grooved to the smooth tunes of Jean Caze Presents Amédé featuring the jazz trumpeter who showcased his conch shell trumpet skills. Caze paid tribute to his native country Haiti with an instrumental and improvisational performance. The trumpeter, often compared to Miles Davis, also paid tribute to the late Melton Mustafa Sr.For the second part of the show, Miss Gia Wyre showed off a wide repertoire, singing gospel, R&B, soul, and blues. The crowd sang along as she performed her rendition of “Yes Jesus Loves Me,” Ray Charles’ “Night and Day,” Luther Vandross’ “Never Too Much” and Jill Scott “He Loves Me.” The next Music in the Park concert is scheduled for May 3.last_img read more

Adam Silver encouraged by NBA players meeting with referees in effort to ease tension

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSilver also addressed the $50,000 fine assessed to Lakers president Magic Johnson in the wake of comments he made praising Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.“There is not always a simple, bright line,” Johnson said. “Context is everything. It’s one thing when you’re asking a coach a question about an opposing team right after a game. It’s another issue when a general manager or president of basketball (operations) sort of gratuitously issues a statement that is complimentary of a star player.”The two met on Friday, Silver said, and after that détente the sides “certainly understand each other.”Last summer, the league fined the Lakers $500,000 for tampering with Paul George when he was still with the Indiana Pacers.“In essence, what we’ve said to him, and it’s a clear message to other team executives, is ‘stop talking about star players on other teams,’” Silver said. “There’s a plenty of other issues they can address. And there is sensitivity around it throughout the league.” LOS ANGELES — Adam Silver said the NBA’s players and referees have taken important steps toward an improved relationship after the sides met Saturday to air their grievances.“I think it’s fantastic that, and a great statement about this league,” the NBA commissioner said, “that these important stakeholders … think it’s important enough, and they have an obligation to the game, where they should be sitting down and talking to each other.”The sides have been at odds for much of the season, with ejections on the rise and star players increasingly earning fines for their complaints about officials. The mini-summit was announced last month as part of an effort to open the lines of communication and ease the tensions“I’ve never thought this was just about ratcheting up fines,” Silver said. “There’s a larger issue in play here, and almost one that’s a little societal in (that) we owe it to young people, fans who are watching. We owe it to young people who get enormous satisfaction out of sports to see that we truly can get along and be respectful and empathetic.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more