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Jazz Encounters

Second Friday of the Month

Second Friday of the Month

Waldron Dunkley II

Friday, September 11, 2015 – 8:00 p.m.

Waldron Dunkley, II – trombone

Jerry Jerome – drums

Portia Lundy – bass

Zack Bartholomew - piano

Florida’s best-kept secret, Waldron E. Dunkley II, has unraveled into an infamous musical performer, talented composer, and multi-faceted instrumentalist.  And if that wasn’t enough, Waldron’s vast talents have expanded into teaching others how to perfect that wondrous joy known as “playing music”.

Of Bahamian and Jamaican descent via loving parents, Waldron grew up in Florida, developing an interest in playing instruments while at Scott Lakes Elementary School. During his middle school years, Waldron joined the school band, but it was later at Miami Central Sr. High School that Waldron truly recognized his talents and fully honed in on his musical capabilities by accepting the position of bass trombone player in the school’s Symphonic Band.  Waldron graduated high school successfully, but not without being awarded the “Louis Armstrong” award in Jazz.

Waldron majored in the art of music and obtained an Associates of Music In Performance in 2010 (MDBC), next he earned his Bachelors of Jazz Studies in Performance (FSU), and then pressing forward he obtained a Masters in Jazz Studies in Performance (FSU). He taught and directed the Jazz Chamber Ensemble and the Jazz Repertoire Ensemble at FSU.  He was also a professor of Jazz History (Part 1 & 2) at FSU and often gave private lessons to students in high school and college.  As a well-known freelancer, his repertoire consists of jazz combos, reggae and soca bands, Junkanoo, small chamber ensembles, R&B and soul performances, brass bands, church performances and singing.

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 the show.

FREE for Students -18 and WDNA Members/$15 General Admission

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