Branford Marsalis leads a socially conscious lineup at South Beach Jazz Festival

Branford Marsalis headlines the South Beach Jazz Festival. Photograph by Eric Ryan Anderson.

The second annual South Beach Jazz Festival is creating a social statement in addition to brilliant music. Each of its shows will feature at least one performer with special needs, with the hope of demonstrating that disabilities don’t keep people from doing amazing things.

“The idea is to create an interactive event with the audience,” said festival president David New, who is blind, “and maybe give a little understanding of people with disabilities along the way.”

Headliner Branford Marsalis kicks things off on January 5 at the Colony Theater, and performances continue at various venues through January 7.


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