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Monday, March 30, 2009

Jazz in the Gardens 2009 a HUGE Hit!

Still recouping from a PHENOMENAL Jazz in the Gardens weekend in the beautiful city of Miami Gardens!

The weekend began on Friday with the VIP reception at the Seminole Hardrock Casino. I was fashionably late, as usual. When I arrived I was greeted by throngs of beautiful sun-kissed people.

With the sweet sounds of the live band’s jazz rendition of Waiting in Vain playing in the back, I felt at home. As I grabbed a glass of Pinot Grigio from the open bar and made my way through the swaying crowd, I spotted a few familiar faces. Effortless conversation ensued.

By the end of the evening, I was engaged in an impromptu photo shoot with the most beautiful women in the room.

Saturday and Sunday were spent at Dolphin Stadium, graciously hosted by The Fly Jock himself, Tom Joyner.

The shows went off without a hitch. With a line-up featuring - Erykah Badu, Common, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Angelique Kidjo, Kenny G, and Babyface to name a few, would you expect anything less?

My only complaint – the anal Security Nazis, as I call them. Talk about taking your job too seriously! They practically bum rushed the stage demanding fans return to their seats... and this was in the PRIME seating area.

Who ever heard of a seated audience during a Silly E. Badu concert? I was a bit perturbed, to say the least.

I was trying to get my dance on… trying to vibe with my peoples during Ms. Badu’s set! Instead, most were seated at the demand of the SN’s, content with nodding their heads. It’s a concert people, not a church service, Geez!

Sunday’s performance by the anal SN’s was much better. It’s seems someone informed them that the PRODUCTION itself was to be orchestrated, NOT the enjoyment of the audience. But, I digress.

Did some running around backstage with beautiful Bevvy of NYC. Love her! Fabulous girl, indeed.

The VIP or the Baller Section, as TJ called it, is where it was at! It was more of a “Mix and Mingler” than a sit and watch section. The beautiful people of south Florida showed off their latest flowy fashions and exchanged jovial conversation.

All and all, the weekend was a HUGE success by all accounts. The PR, Media and Marketing was handled by the fabulous Circle of One Marketing and Ms. Suzan McDowell.

CONGRATS goes out to everyone involved in Jazz in the Gardens 2009. Looking forward to an even better 2010! Mark your calendars!

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