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Jazz in the Gardens 2010

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Jazz in the Gardens 2010

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MIAMI, Fla. – Music lovers from all over the world migrated to South Florida for a weekend of fun, dance and soul at the 5th annual Jazz in the Gardens concert held at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. The two-day event, which was brought to you by South Florida’s own Circle of One Marketing, Saunders Entertainment Group, and the City of Miami Gardens kicked off on Friday, March 19th until the 21st.

This year’s lineup helped generate a sold out crowd at Sun Life with performances by Grammy Award winning R&B guru’s Mary J. Blige and John Legend. Fans also caught a glimpse of piano-playing vocalist, Robin Thicke.

Other top performers included Grammy Award nominee Teena Marie,  ‘90’s R&B/Pop super group Boys II Men, Eric Roberson, new artist Melanie Fiona and saxophonist David Sanborn.

Marie opened her set with “I’m Just a Sucker for Your Love”, a duet with the late Rick James that earned her first top 10 R&B hit 30 years ago. At age 54, Marie made sure fans from her generation, and ours, knew their history as she dazzled the crowd with her riveting moves and funk-a-delic stage presence. She also paid a tribute to James by performing “Fire and Desire” another of the duets the two created.

What would an event in Miami be without the world witnessing some of its own local talent? Up and coming saxophonist John Saxx, Rachel Brown and K’Jon represented the region while Kawan Debose, Cassandra Wilson, Jovie and legendary Jazz musician Joe Sample also shared the stage with the event’s superstars.

The event also helped its local artists catch a sneak peak of their dreams, in live form.

“This is one of the highlights of my career,” said Saxx. “To perform on the same stage as Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Boyz II Men is an absolute blessing for me. It also encourages me to push harder at what I do and maybe one day I can headline an event like this.”

Local radio personality Tom Joyner hosted the event, while Grammy award-winning producer Bryan Michael Cox kept the crowd on its feet in between acts with his DJ skills.

Aside from the display of mesmerizing music, the crowd also had the opportunity to witness another form of magic. The Universoul Circus. Although we only got a small taste of what this unique demonstration of music, comedy and soul had to offer, we were certainly left with a lasting impression of the group. For those living in the state’s south region, the group will be performing at Sun Life Stadium next week. If you live outside the area, we encourage you to check out their website and see when they will be bringing their magic to you.

Despite the crowd-pleasing talent that the Circle of One team put together for its guests, the weekend still belonged to its top performers, John Legend, Robin Thicke and Mary J.

“My wife and I are avid music fans and appreciate its culture,” said Stephen Shaw, a native of England who brought his wife to the event as a gift for their anniversary. “We loved Teena Marie and Rick James way back when and too see Teena tonight was amazing. The trip was well worth it.”

Thicke took the stage first and immediately went to work, performing “Lost Without U,” and “Magic” from his platinum selling album, The Evolution of Robin Thicke; along with “Shakin it for Daddy” off his new album Sex Therapy.

Although Thicke’s performance had all the women screaming at the top of their lungs, he still something for the fellas to join in to. At the end of his performance, the R&B singer paid a small tribute to rapper Lil Wayne by performing Wayne’s hit single “A Milli”.

One of the most anticipated acts of the weekend was the performance of the “Queen of Hip Hop and R&B” Mary J. Blige. Blige, a native of New York, did not disappoint her fans in Miami as she graced the stage with her beauty, elegance and, oh yea, her spine-tingling voice. She also had the fashion heads at the event spinning, while rocking a dark blue, one shoulder cat suit and glitter-covered multi colored boots.

Mary performed some of her classic hits, including “What’s the 411”, “Real Love” and “Sweet Thing”. However, none of which touched the crowd, and herself, as much as her song from the Academy Award winning film “Precious” called “I Can See in Color”. The devastating diva broke down in tears during the song, while developing somewhat of a personal and emotional connection with her audience.

The performances by Blige, Thick and Marie were, without a shadow of a doubt, electrifying to say the least. The crazy thing is that was only Saturday’s performaces.

Legend, along with Boyz II Men and Melanie Fiona, wrapped up the event on Sunday. The city of Miami Gardens, and its guest’s, received another delightful treat from the team.

“I think this was one of the best year’s they had,” said Patience Bryant, a South Florida resident. “They had a great lineup last year, but seeing Mary was beyond unbelievable.”

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