Jazz music is enjoying something of a revival throughout many parts of the country, and West Palm Beach apartment residents can experience the fruits of it live and for free on the third Friday of every month!
Jazz on the Palm, which is held at the Meyer Amphitheater at Centennial Square, is an excellent way to enjoy the incomparable West Palm Beach waterfront and the serenading notes of jazz music at the same time. With an idyllic setting, talented jazz musicians, and a family-friendly atmosphere, the event has a lot going for it.
About Jazz on the Palm
Organized by the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation’s Division of Community Events, Jazz on the Palm is a monthly event showcasing talent from a range of jazz styles. Taking place from 8 PM to 10 PM in the beautiful and spacious Waterfront Commons at Centennial Square, the free event is open to music lovers of all ages.
Situated right on the water and in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, the Waterfront Commons at Centennial Square is a hard venue to beat. The drive to the venue is breathtaking, hugging the Grassy Waters Preserve and several of the lakes for which the Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach are known. In addition to being spacious, the Meyer Amphitheater at Waterfront Commons offers acoustics that enhance the music played.
The Next Jazz on the Palm Performers
Scheduled for Friday, August 15, the next Jazz on the Palm performance will feature Afro-Peruvian jazz sensation Kiki Sanchez and Cuban jazz singer/songwriter Elaine Hernandez. A masterful piano player, Sanchez has performed throughout the Americas. His work mixes the soul of latin Jazz with stellar tropical beats, all of which feel right at home in southeastern Florida. Lyrical, soulful, and highly talented, Hernandez has a powerful and commanding stage voice that impresses and inspires any jazz music lover.
Planning for Your Jazz on the Palm Experience
In 1988, the late Jazz great J.J. Johnson was quoted as saying, “Jazz is restless. It won’t stay put and it never will.” This commentary is evidenced first-hand by the month-to-month variation in rhythm, instruments, and performance style of the artists featured at Jazz on the Palm. The one thing that stays constant is the atmosphere, which is always family-friendly and comfortable. The next time you plan to attend Jazz on the Palm, invite friends or family members to feel the music with you. If you love jazz music, this event is an one you should attend regularly. You will also want to keep your eyes peeled for information about the inaugural Palm Beach Jazzfest, which will be November 22, 2014.
If jazz music is not something you really feel, Jazz on the Palm is only one of several diverse waterfront entertainment options you can enjoy in West Palm Beach. If you live in a Palm Beach Gardens or West Palm Beach apartment home, other fun and free activities you can indulge in regularly on the water include yoga, zumba, and modern dance lessons.
Of the jazz performances you have seen, do you have a favorite? Share a bit about your experience below!