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Jazz Encounters


JIM GASIOR - piano


Two of South Florida’s most enduring and favorite performers, vocalist Wendy Pedersen and pianist Jim Gasior, present an evening of jazz. Enjoy music from their album We Two, offering new interpretations of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, the Gershwin brothers and brand new arrangements.

Jim Gasior, Interim Dean of Music at New World School of the Arts, holds a BM (1992) in Studio Music and Jazz Performance and an MM (2002) in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Miami. As the director of NWSA High School Jazz Ensemble, Jim led the group to numerous national successes including performing/competing at the Essentially Ellington competition eight times.

Wendy Pedersen is one of South Florida’s favorite performers. Her high-energy vocal delivery, with deep, convincing emotion has been impacting audiences for many years. A graduate of the University of Miami’s Studio Music and Jazz Vocal program, Wendy has won many awards including the Southern Bell/Pace “Jazz Artist of the Year” and a Miami New Times “best vocalist”.

Young musicians are invited to play along some of the best musicians around, in an informal setting and with the common purpose of establishing a relationship around music and its history. It’s also a lot of fun!  Be good at your instrument and be ready to play.  Be part of the audience or join in. Nicole Yarling leads the session.

FREE for Students 18 and under
FREE for WDNA Members (Free admission is only for name(s) listed on membership record).

$15 General Admission

Concerts take place at the WDNA JAZZ GALLERY, 2921 Coral Way in Miami. For more information, call (305) 662-8889.