13th Annual Jazz in the Gardens (JITG) the incredibly popular festival that has been dubbed “the fastest growing jazz and R&B festival in the U.S.” Fans experienced the ultimate festival event featuring the world’s top artists from the R&B, soul, jazz, hip-hop, and funk genres. Hosted by nationally syndicated radio personality, Rickey Smiley, JITG presented world class line-up to over 50,000 attendees at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
Gracing the stage were the incomparable Chaka Khan, Fantasia, Joe, and the soulful voices of Grammy award winning songstresses Anita Baker, who recently announced that her farewell concert series will commence in March. Iconic soul legend Smokey Robinson made his first ever Jazz in the Gardens appearance, along with gospel sensation Tasha Cobbs Leonard. Back by popular demand were The Jazz in the Gardens All Stars with this year’s lineup including Walter Beasley, Avery Sunshine, and Pieces of a Dream. The first JITG Loves the 90’s portion of the festival featured Salt n Pepa, Kid n Play, Trick Daddy and Biz Markie. Rounding out JITG, guests enjoyed an array of American and Caribbean cuisine, and indulge in a unique shopping experience with a marketplace of artwork, handbags, clothing and memorabilia.