Deering Cabaret Concert features Wendy Pederson and Jim Gasior

Summer-concert-13The Deering Estate at Cutler’s Cabaret Concert Series features intimate concerts inside the historic Stone House Ballroom.

The concert on Saturday, July 27, will feature Wendy Pedersen and Jim Gasior. The concert on Saturday, Aug. 31, will feature Ariel Pocock.

All concerts begin at 8 p.m. and the main gate opens at 7 p.m. It is recommended to arrive early for preferred seating. Guests are welcome to bring refreshments and snacks to enjoy during the show.

Tickets are $20. Limited seating is available and advance tickets are recommended. Tickets can be purchased online for an additional fee or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668, ext. 233.

Wendy Pedersen is one of South Florida’s favorite performers. Her 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, Pederson began her singing career in high school, but her earliest memory is poring through her mom’s record collection, practically wearing out the vinyl on Elton John and Beatle’s records. Eventually, her heart found its way to jazz and it has felt like home ever since.

Pianist Jim Gasior is a jazz educator based in South Florida who performs regularly with Ed Calle, Wendy Pedersen, Fernando Ulibarri and Aaron Lebos.

Having taught at the New World School of the Arts (NWSA) for more than 10 years, Gasior is an inspiration to his students and the ensembles that have excelled under his direction. New World School of the Art’s Jazz Ensemble has repeatedly been honored as a finalist band at the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington competition in New York City. In addition, students of the NWSA jazz program have been regular recipients of Student Music Awards by DownBeat magazine.

Gasior has performed with jazz greats such as Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson, Slide Hampton, Terell Stafford, Robin Eubanks, Duffy Jackson and the Jaco Pastorious Reunion Band as well as pop and Latin music artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Alih Jey, Smokey Robinson, Jose Feliciano, Raul Diblasio, Jane Oliver and Ben Vereen.

The Deering Estate at Cutler, a Miami- Dade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72Ave. in Palmetto Bay. For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, visit www.deeringestate.org

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