Miami Dade Colleges (MDC) Arts and Philosophy Department continues its successful jazz series, Jazz at Wolfson Presents, at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 3, with the sultry sounds of saxophonist Mike DiRubbo.
His rhythms have been described as deep, dark, and immense with a machete edge. DiRubbo arrived in New York two decades ago, and has, since then, reigned supreme as one of the most durable and dynamic musicians of his generation. Hes worked with jazz stars including Tony Reedus, Larry Willis, Eddie Henderson, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Dwayne Burno, Peter Washington, Carl Allen, John Hicks and Cecil Payne. A composer, bandleader, and educator, he also has seven critically-acclaimed CDs as a leader.
On his instrument, DiRubbo has it all: from Benny Carters mastery of melody and Johnny Hodges ballad mellow tones to Charlie Parkers light-speed fluency. But what truly sets DiRubbo apart from the rest was his apprenticeship under the legendary alto saxophonist and educator Jackie McLean.
MDCs Jazz at Wolfson Presents features live performances that run monthly from September through April. The concerts are free and open to the public.