2021-2022 Season of Jazz Roots at The Adrienne Arsht Center

The 2021-2022 season features a world premiere performance by jazz legend Chucho Valdés and five extraordinary, curated evenings of live music that celebrate everything from Latin jazz, American jazz masters and the brightest local stars in a series that was made for Miami.  The Arsht Center is ready to welcome back jazz lovers safely, and EFG returns as the presenting sponsor for Jazz Roots 2021-2022.

“The 2021-2022 JAZZ ROOTS season was worth the wait. We welcome you back to Jazz Roots with a season of celebrated jazz artists giving unparalleled performances in a series of distinctive concerts,” said Liz Wallace, vice president of programming for the Arsht Center.  

“This season of Jazz Roots may be the most exciting yet, and exemplifies the vision of the series founder, Larry Rosen,” said Frost School of Music Dean and JAZZ ROOTS artistic advisor Shelly Berg. “We are curating and presenting programs that are new and unique to Miami, with a some of the world’s greatest and most compelling artists, reflecting the diversity of cultures in our special community. JAZZ ROOTS is a celebration of and for Miami.

JAZZ ROOTS 2021-2022 presents six incomparably moving and diverse evenings of jazz, featuring top headliners and exciting new artists. The series kicks off on November 5, 2021, when legendary jazz pianist Chucho Valdés presents the world premiere of “The Creation.” The show was specially commissioned by the Arsht Center and explores the story of creation according to the Regla de Ocha, the Afro-Cuban religion known as Santería.  The series gets festive on December 17, 2021, when Grammy winner Dianne Reeves rings in the end-of-year holidays with Miami pianist Brandon Goldberg and his trio as her opening act. JAZZ ROOTS continues into 2022 when vocal powerhouse Ledisi honors the legendary singer and civil rights icon Nina Simone on January 14, 2022; followed by guitarist and composer Pat Metheny and an eclectic gathering of emerging young artists on February 18, 2022; and all-star ensemble SFJAZZ Collective performs original compositions reflecting on the past year and current times. The series culminates as Grammy winner Luciana Souza sings songs by some of Brazil’s most popular songwriters together with Grammy-winning composer-arranger-conductor Vince Mendoza and The Frost Concert Jazz Band, on April 8, 2022 with opening act John Daversa Quintet. Jazz Roots: Sound Check also makes its return in the 2021-2022 season with a unique behind-the-scenes musical experience for Miami-Dade County high school jazz students.


JAZZ ROOTS 2021-2022 is presented by the Arsht Center with generous support from presenting sponsor EFG. EFG is a global private banking group headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, with regional headquarters in Miami, and the presenting sponsor of other global jazz events, including the EFG London Jazz Festival and EFG Lugano Estival Jazz.


Sanjin Mohorovic, Head of EFG’s Americas Region said, “We are delighted to partner with the Arsht Center for this season’s Jazz Roots, such a welcome part of our international jazz portfolio. The past year has really demonstrated the importance of the arts and music in all our lives and the power they have to bring us together. We are proud to be part of such an exciting line up.”

JAZZ ROOTS 2021-2022 is also presented with generous support from Baldwin Richardson Foods, Quint Family Foundation, Alan and Diane Lieberman and Steinway & Sons, the official piano of the Adrienne Arsht Center. WDNA 88.9 FM is a media sponsor. 


While the protocols are evolving, the Adrienne Arsht Center is working in collaboration with federal, state, city and county health authorities and medical advisors from FIU Academic Health System to further guide our plans and welcome you back for Jazz Roots season with safety and health as a priority. The Arsht Center has already made updates – such as digital ticketing, touchless fixtures, enhanced air filtration and an increased number of hand-sanitizing stations – and will share further enhanced safety protocols with plenty of time prior to your first arrival at the Center. All updates will also be shared at arshtcenter.org/covid-19. We’ve been working hard to ensure that when you return to the Arsht Center, your experience is better than ever!


Jazz legend celebrates his 80th birthday with an extraordinary summation of an extraordinary career

Friday, November 5, 2021



Five-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves

with opening act Brandon Goldberg Trio

Friday, December 17, 2021


Vocal powerhouse Ledisi honors the legendary singer Nina Simone

Friday, January 14, 2022



Grammy-winning guitarist and composer Pat Metheny

With James Francies and Joe Dyson

Friday, February 18, 2022


Featuring Lizz Wright, Chris Potter, David Sanchez, Etienne Charles,
Warren Wolf, Edward Simon, Aneesa Strings, Kendrick Scott

Friday, March 25, 2022



Grammy-winning Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza and multi-Grammy Award winning composer-arranger-conductor Vince Mendoza and the Frost Concert Jazz Band

With opening act John Daversa Quintet

Friday, April 8, 2022

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