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Tropical Park kicks-off Valentine's Day weekend Latin-style, with a free ''Latin Jazz All-Stars'' concert led by four-time Latin Grammy-nominee and world-renowned pianist José Negroni on Friday, February 12

Miami-Dade Parks and Target present the event, as part of the season’s Noches Tropicales free concert series

MIAMI (January 13, 2016)

What better way to kick-start Valentine’s Day weekend than indulging your loved ones and their hip-swinging dance moves to an unforgettable night of live Latin music at one of Miami-Dade’s premier parks, that’s both family-friendly and easy on the wallet. Mark your calendar for Friday, February 12, 2016, as the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department in partnership with Target are presenting another fun and free Noches Tropicales concert night at beautiful Tropical Park. All ages will enjoy this live “Latin Jazz All-Stars” concert led by four-time Latin Grammy-nominee and world-renowned pianist José Negroni. The concert starts at 8 p.m. and offers open field seating and a real dance floor. In addition to the free admission, parking is also free. Concert goers are advised to wear comfortable dancing shoes and bring along a blanket, lawn chairs and their favorite picnic snacks to better enjoy the festivities.

The master pianist will also serve as Music Director for the concert, leading an  equally virtuosic cast of musicians that will include his son Nomar Negroni (Grammy-nominated drummer); Josh Allen (bassist); Sammy Figueroa (Grammy-winning percussionist); Ruben Caban (trombonist); Dante Vargas (Grammy-winning trumpeter); Dr. Ed Calle (Grammy-winning sax player); Jenny Love (vocalist); and Luz Anjela (vocalist).  

Hailing from Puerto Rico, José Negroni has garnered world-wide recognition in the world of Jazz. A mentee of the legendary multi-instrumentalist salsa and Latin Jazz great Papo Lucca, Negroni’s music career spans more than 20 years as an accomplished pianist and composer and includes a long-time post as Director for Sony Music Publishing. In 2002, he founded the band “Negroni’s Trio”. The father and son team of Negroni and Nomar, a gifted drummer, along with a rotating cast of guest bassists, has included such talents as John Benítez, Marco Panascia, Michael Bordelon, Jonathan Estes, and others. Their sound is an exciting fusion of jazz, classic lyricism and Afro-Latin rhythms. The band has recorded and performed with some of the biggest names in music, from Arturo Sandoval and Jon Secada to Gloria Estefan and Julio Iglesias. They have toured and performed at top concert venues throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, such as the Java Jazz Festival (Indonesia); Vivamerica Festival (Spain); Heineken Jazz Festival (Puerto Rico); and Punta Cana Jazz European Jazz Expo (Italy). Their many South Florida appearances have included such concert halls as the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts (Miami) and Broward Center for the Performing Arts (Ft. Lauderdale).

Among Negroni’s Trio’s numerous accolades are four Latin Grammy nominations for the albums “Negroni Piano +9” (2015); “On The Way” (2013); “Just Three” (2010); and “Piano/Drums/Bass” (2005). Other albums receiving rave reviews have included “Father and Son” (2009), “Negroni’s Trio Live” (2007) and “Naturaleza Nature” (2003). 

This is the second of three concerts in the free 2015-2016 Noches Tropicales concert series at Tropical Park, located at 7900 SW 40th St., Miami. The season’s line-up wraps up with a Tropical Salsa concert by Conjunto Progreso on April 1.

Miami-Dade Parks kicked off its 2015-2016 Noches Tropicales concert series with a free gala concert by Miami Big Sound Orchestra on October 16 at Miami-Dade County Auditorium.  The gala concert was sponsored by Target, Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, Bacardi and Publix Sabor. 

Noches Tropicales is produced each year by Miami-Dade Parks to bring communities closer together through the presentation of culturally diverse entertainment that is free and enjoyable for families.  Now in its 10th year, Noches Tropicales, inaugurated by Miami-Dade County Commissioner, Sen. Javier D. Souto, has showcased more than 35 evening concerts at Tropical Park that have included traditional Cuban contemporary music and zarzuelas, Argentinean tango, Brazilian Jazz, and a Spanish-language version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  More than 45,000 patrons have attended Noches Tropicales concerts since its inception in 2005.  

For more information on Noches Tropicales, the public can call Vivian Greer Digon at 305-480-1717 or 305-271-0812. Please note that in the event of rain, concerts may be cancelled. 

Sponsorship opportunities for the Gala concert are also available, with net proceeds supporting the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, a 501(c)3 established to support Miami-Dade Parks and its programming, including cultural initiatives, recreation programs, parks facilities improvements, and preservation of parks and green space. For more information on sponsorship, call 305-755-7904.

Miami-Dade Parks is a world-class parks system supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship.