Miami, Nov. 21, 2022 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Arts and Philosophy Department continues its popular jazz series, Jazz at Wolfson Presents, with pianist and New World School of the Arts Professor Jim Gasior, at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 7, at MDC Wolfson Campus. This and all Jazz at Wolfson Presents concerts are free and open to the public.
Gasior has performed and/or recorded with international music superstars Ricky Martin, Kelly Clarkson, Alih Jey, Chayanne, José Feliciano, Little Richard and Smokey Robinson, among others. He’s also collaborated with jazz artists Benny Golson, Slide Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, Terell Stafford, Patti Austin, John Fedchock, Duffy Jackson, Jason Marsalis, Donald Harrison, Robin Eubanks, Jeremy Pelt, Jay Leonhart and the Jaco Pastorius Reunion Big Band. Gasior performs regularly in South Florida with Wendy Pedersen, Ed Calle, Russ Spiegel, Yamit Lemoine and The Vinyl Blvd, Aldo Salvent, Fernando Ulibarri, Melton Mustafa Jazz Orchestra and others.
He is a senior associate professor of Jazz and Instrumental Studies at MDC’s New World School of the Arts (NWSA) in downtown Miami, where he also serves as director of the national award-winning NWSA High School Jazz Ensemble. The Ensemble has been a finalist in the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington competition 13 times. His students regularly receive top honors and recognition from the Downbeat Student Music Awards, GRAMMY High School Jazz Band and the National YoungArts Foundation. He is in demand as an educator and clinician and has given master classes throughout the United States. In 2021, Gasior was awarded the inaugural Ellis Marsalis Jr. Jazz Educator of the Year award from the Jazz Education Network.
Gasior holds a bachelor’s degree in studio music and jazz performance, and a master’s degree in jazz pedagogy from the University of Miami. He also has a degree in biblical and theological studies from Knox Theological Seminary and is working toward a doctorate degree in musical arts from Boston University.
MDC’s Jazz at Wolfson Presents features live performances monthly from September through April.
WHAT: Jazz at Wolfson Presents Pianist Jim Gasior
WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 7, at noon
WHERE: Wolfson Campus, Auditorium (Building 1, Room 1261)
300 N.E. 2nd Ave.
For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Di Liddo at 305-237-3930.