A Jazz Event at “Emmet’s Place”

Live, from THesis Hotel 

When the pandemic hit, jazz performances – like most live events involving an audience – went online. Among those who kept the genre alive with “live” streaming was jazz prodigy (and Miami native) Emmet Cohen. From his apartment in Harlem, the jazz pianist and composer broadcast live sessions to an audience that grew to tens of thousands. “His is the most successful live streaming event in the world of jazz,” says Rick Katz, executive director of the Miami Jazz Co-op. “He is one of the real up and coming stars in jazz.” 

This month THesis Hotel will host one evening as “Emmet’s Place,” using a cadre of national jazz artists in town for the annual Jazz Cruise. Starting at 7 pm on Sunday, January 16, the hotel’s ballroom will become an impromptu nightclub, with two sets. The first will feature Shelly Berg, Dean of UM’s Frost School of Music, where Cohen was a student. Berg, himself a wizard on piano, will be joined by jazz singer Tierney Sutton and clarinetist Ken Peplowski. The second set will feature Cohen on piano, with James Morrison on trumpet and Wycliffe Gordon on trombone. Both groups will be backed by Russell Hall (bass) and Kyle Poole (drums), from the Emmet Cohen Trio. 

Jazz Event
Shelly Berg
Jazz Event
Wycliffe Gordon
Jazz Event
James Morrison

Brent Reynolds, the CEO of NR International, which owns and operates Thesis and the Paseo building where it resides, says the jazz night is another way to engage the surrounding community. “The premise around THesis was to create a cultural hub that continuously reinvents itself. Jazz fits right into that.” 

Live From Emmet’s Place Sunday Jan. 16, 7 pm
Thesis Hotel.
1350 S. Dixie Hwy
Tickets: www.miamijazz.org 

By: Andrew Gayle