The Jazz in the Gardens 2018 music festival will be held at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on March 17-18. Comedian and radio personality Rickey Smiley will host the popular music fest, which will return for its 13th year. The two-day festival will feature a stellar line-up of jazz, R&B, and funk artists, and attendees will want to see them all, but here are five “must-see” artists at Jazz in the Gardens in 2018.
1. Anita Baker announced a farewell concert tour via Twitter on New Year’s Day, so fans should see the R&B artist while they have the chance. The Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter will be turning 60 in Jan., so she has announced her plans to retire after her three-decade career that includes Billboard hits “Giving You The Best That I Got,” Sweet Love" and “Just Because.”
2. Smokey Robinson is a Grammy-winning Motown legend as a singer, songwriter, and producer. He has released dozens of Top-40 hits over his career, including “Tears of a Clown,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” “I Second That Emotion” and “You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me.” Robinson was awarded the prestigious Library of Congress Gershwin Award in 2016, according to PBS. You won’t want to miss seeing this living legend perform live at Jazz in the Gardens.
3. Fantasia shot to fame as the winner of the third season of televised talent competition “American Idol” in 2004. The R&B singer has received 12 Grammy nominations and won the award for her hit “Bittersweet,” Fantasia’s top Billboard hits include “I Believe,” “Truth Is,” “When I See U,” “Free Yourself” and “Baby Mama.”
4. Chaka Khan is a 10-time Grammy winner, whose list of award-winning hits includes “Disrespectful,” “What’s Going On,” “The Woman I Am,” “I’ll Be Good to You,” “Tell Me Something Good” and “I Feel for You.” Catch the performance by this sweet soul diva at Jazz in the Gardens in 2018.
5. Trombone Shorty, whose name is Troy Andrews, is a New Orleans musician heavily influenced by the famous Treme neighborhood in which he was born and raised, according to an interview on Straight. The grandson of R&B pioneer Jesse Hill plans to keep the sound of Big Easy jazz alive for another generation. His top Billboard hits include “For True,” “Say That to Say This” and “Parking Lot Symphony.”
Tickets for Jazz in the Gardens are currently available on AXS, so purchase your tickets now and make plans for a great weekend of jazz music.