SOURCE: City of Miami Gardens

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January 22, 2010 11:33 ET

Jazz in the Gardens Performing Artists Enjoy Top Accolades in Music and Film

The Highly Anticipated South Florida Festival Kicks Off With a Largely Celebrated Roster

MIAMI GARDENS, FL--(Marketwire - January 22, 2010) - The Jazz in the Gardens lineup received a boost of momentum with scheduled participants Mary J. Blige, Melanie Fiona, Boyz II Men, Bryan-Michael Cox and Johnny Nunez celebrating top honors this year.

Melanie Fiona secured her first Grammy nod with a nomination for Best Female R&B Performance. A Toronto native, her song "It Kills Me" is enjoying its second week at the top spot on the Billboard R&B Chart. While expressing her enthusiasm about the nomination on YouTube Fiona was emotionally moved.

Mary J. Blige, scheduled to perform March 20th, received decade end honors from Billboard Magazine alongside Jazz in the Garden's DJ, Grammy Award winning songwriter/producer Bryan-Michael Cox. "Be Without You," a ballad co-written by Cox and Blige and produced by Cox, was named the number one R&B Song of the Decade by Billboard Magazine. In conjunction, B. Cox was just recently inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame along with being named Billboard's number eight producer of the decade.

Boyz II Men announced last week plans to celebrate the group's 20th anniversary that will include returning to the studio to work on a new album. "We have always wanted to play the 'Jazz in the Gardens' event, we love coming to Miami Gardens. Add in music, great performers and a few drinks... we can't wait!" says one Boyz II Men member.

In addition to the performing artists, famed celebrity photographer Johnny Nunez, who has been tapped to document Jazz in the Gardens for the past 3 years, is also enjoying monumental achievements. "Shooting Stars," a documentary profiling Nunez's life and career, won The Best Documentary at the San Diego Black Film Festival. Nunez also partnered with New Era Caps in 2009 and released a line of baseball caps called Hip Hop Royalty.

Jazz in the Gardens, a two-day weekend festival is now in its fifth year and has grown to be one of the top cultural events in America. The jazz festival delivers a diverse mix of music genres that range from jazz, R&B, Caribbean and African sounds. Having something to offer all music aficionados at an affordable price, the 4th Annual Jazz in the Gardens shattered expected ticket sales, enjoying an attendance of almost 40,000, which was more than double the sales of the 2008 festival. In 2009, the Jazz in the Gardens crowd enjoyed the hip hop flavor of Common, the beautiful neo-soul melodies of Erykah Badu, the smooth R&B of Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds and the crowd-stopping soul of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, among other a-list artists.

For more information on the highly-anticipated 5th Annual "Jazz in the Gardens" hosted by Tom Joyner, go to www.jazzinthegardens.com or contact the City of Miami Gardens at 1-877-640-5299. All media inquiries should be directed to Circle of One Marketing at 305.576.3790 or Axiom Blue at (310)-800-0037. To view photos of Melanie Fiona, Mary J. Blige, Boyz II Men, Bryan-Michael Cox or Johnny Nunez, please visit our Flickr stream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/45394394@N06/sets/72157623136950011/

ABOUT THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS

The City of Miami Gardens was incorporated on May 13, 2003, as the 33rd city in Miami-Dade County. At a population of approximately 10,000, it is the third largest city in Miami-Dade County. Miami Gardens is a solid, working and middle class community of unique diversity. It is the largest predominantly African-American municipality in the State of Florida and boasts many Caribbean residents. In 2007, the City hosted the 41st annual Super Bowl. The City recently hosted the 2009 college BCS championship game and in February 2010, will host the 44th Super Bowl.

JAZZ IN THE GARDENS

For general information visit www.jazzinthegardens.com or call the event hotline at: 305-622-8043. For vendor and sponsor opportunities, contact Vendor Express at 954-275-3092.

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