Big Band sounds of NWSA High School Jazz Ensemble with powerhouse vocalist Wendy Pedersen, launch th

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NWSA High School Jazz Ensemble,
accompanied by Jazz legend Wendy Pedersen
launch the 2009 PGA Golf Tour Miccosukee

MIAMI--- Powerhouse jazz vocalist Wendy Pedersen joins the New World School of the Arts High School Jazz Ensemble in concert to launch this year’s PGA Golf Tour   Cristhian Mora, saxophonistMiccosukee and its nationwide coverage. The 20-piece big band will perform classic to contemporary big band sounds accompanied by the soulful and swinging jazz vocal styles of Wendy Pedersen. Concert takes place on Saturday, October 10 at 6:00 PM at the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club, 6401 Kendale Lakes Drive, Kendall. Admission is free and open to the public.

“Wendy possesses a mastery of soulfulness – she’s a living and singing encyclopedia of jazz vocalists. Her interpretations of the American songbook are saturated with the history of jazz as well as the stamp of her own creativity,” assures Jim Gasior, Dean of Music, and Jazz and Instrumental Studies Associate Professor at NWSA. Gasior will be directing the Jazz Ensemble performance under the stars – “the perfect setting,” he comments, “to relax and enjoy the exhilarating sounds of jazz.”

Wendy Pedersen’s 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 began her singing career in high school and found her “jazz” calling very early in life while influenced by her mother’s old vinyl records. Among her many accolades are the Southern Bell/Pace “Jazz Artist of the Year” and a Miami New Times “best vocalist”. Wendy Pedersen’s discography includes several DC’s including her brand new release, “Under the Influence”.

Under the direction of James Gasior, director of NWSA’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band, numerous jazz students have been recognized on a national scale.  Among their most recent honors, the Jazz Ensemble participated in the Thelonious Monk Institute national Peer-To-Peer Jazz Education Program earlier this year, joining other students from across the nation. In addition, these fine jazz musicians had the honor of representing South Florida as they participated in Jazz Studio, a music series initiative held at The White House during last spring.

New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.

For more information about New World School of the Arts, visit nwsa.mdc.edu, or contact the Music Hotline at 305-237-7855.

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DSC_6838: Cristhian Mora (featured), David Leon

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