When we look at the grand scheme of Miami’s musical buffet, strewn across a diverse table-setting filled with an array of decadent sounds, Jazz may not be the first genre to come to mind. Your eyes and hands may reach for the more spicy Latin rhythms or trendy urban beats, but Jazz has been a staple in the city’s musical history since before the Latin fusion came about.
Local staple Ball & Chain housed Jazz greats like Count Basie, Chet Baker, and Billie Holliday, setting the stage for the now behemoth of a Jazz conservatory at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. It may be quietly perched and absorbing evolutions from on high, but Jazz has never left, and the truth is, it’s making a comeback in our city. A new generation of powerful musicians and vocalists are taking it upon themselves to modernize the genre, stripping it down and making it accessible to all ear-types. One such voice, standing out among the masses, is Jahzel Dotel, poised for the sonic tasting.
Dotel is a local natural talent, self-taught in both her vocal experience and musical tastes; dipping her toes deeply into Jazz at an early age. With a well-chiseled soprano as her sharpest tool, she blends the sounds from an eclectic collection of inspirations like Ella Fitzgerald, Sade, and Norah Jones with the modern productions in her original music. Most of the music she creates is expanded from her Spanish poetry, drawing out the most profound phrases and developing lyrics as she goes along.
Jahzel is also a regular at hotspots like El Tucan and Tamarina, where she seduced the audiences’ attention with her tangible intensity and enigmatic stage presence. She attacks music the way she approaches her yoga practice, with balance and a collected inner strength that inspires all who witness it. This genuine persona was one of the standout reasons why the Kickstarter campaign for her debut album exceeded its goal, manifesting the now Leftovers oeuvre into fruition. A smooth Jazz album with a hint of Bossa flare, Leftovers is a clean first start for a budding musician – oozing maturity and promise in every note.
She will be unveiling the album in its entirety on Thursday, April 28th at The Wynwood Yard, accompanied by friends and featured performers, with a few tricks up her sleeve. Miami’s first culinary incubator space will be transformed into a Jazz club for the night, smoky and intimate just the way it should be. Jahzel has invited fellow musicians and brilliant talents from Litus Music and Satori Sounds, plus tap dancers and star vocalists to join her on stage for a heartfelt community jam. Make sure not to miss the celebration of local music, head to theprismmusicgroup.eventbrite.com for more information.
Listen here: http://www.jahzelofficial.com/music/