Miami Dade College’s(MDC) Arts and Philosophy Department continues its successful live jazz series, Jazz at Wolfson Presents, with Miami-raised drummer Andrew Atkinson at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami.

Atkinson’s drumming draws on the seductive beats of his native Jamaica, the percolating rhythms of his childhood home Miami and the world of jazz that has beckoned and captivated him in all his travels. An MDC alumnus, he has become one of the most in-demand young drummers in Miami, playing with all types of bands and groups. With the reggae-ska band The Monjees, Atkinson got his first taste of life on the road while performing on the 2002 Warped Tour and opening the James Brown SunFest. He stuck close to jazz and played gigs with luminaries, such as Randy Brecker, Oz Noy, Arturo Sandoval, Danilo Pérez, and Donald Harrison. In 2006, all of his influences came together to form the Andrew Atkinson Quartet, which later released a debut album, Keep Looking Forward.

Since moving to New York, Atkinson has continued playing with standout artists in the industry, including Grammy winner Gregory Porter. His Jazz at Wolfson performance is in honor of Black History Month.

MDC’s Jazz at Wolfson Presents features monthly live performances that run from September through April. The concerts are free and open to the public.