10th Annual Betsy’s Overture To Overtown Jazz Music Festival

The Betsy (thebetsyhotel.com), a family-owned and operated luxury hotel in Miami Beach, known internationally as a hub for arts, culture and community, hosts the 10th Annual Overture to Overtown (OTO) Jazz Festivalon the occasion of National Jazz Appreciation Month (“JAM”) from April 1 to April 30, 2022 in Miami Beach.

Proud to join other national jazz presenters, the hotel’s month-long program, co-produced with Carol Ann Taylor, includes more than 40 live performances, curated community conversations, curated outdoor exhibits and the exposureSounds of FREEDOM.


The Betsy Hotel, www.thebetsyhotel.comon Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida.


The 10th Annual Betsy’s Overture to Overtown Jazz Festival Highlights Events. Join us in celebrating Jazz Music Appreciation Month and International Jazz Day.

FREE ENTRANCE – https://bit.ly/3JW52Yw


1) The Betsy Hotel – 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

2) The Red Rooster – 920 NW 2nd Ave, Overtown

3) Ocean Drive Promenade, Lummus Park at 14th Place, across from the Betsy Hotel


April 29 – May 1, 2022

April 29: Betsy Lobby Lounge, (1440 Ocean Drive)
6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. – Jim Gasior Trio with Nicky Orta, bass, Wendy Pedersen, vocals

April 29: Overtown @ The Red Rooster, 920 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.– Danny Mixon Trio with spoken word artist Rebecca Butterfly Vaughns and singer Carole Ann Taylor. Presented with the support of Southeast Overtown Park West CRA

April 30: Betsy Hotel Lobby Lounge (1440 Ocean Drive) (International Jazz Day)
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Brian Murphy, solo jazz piano
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Danny Mixon trio with spoken word artist Rebecca Butterfly Vaughns
9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. –Aaron Burnett Trio

1st May: Betsy Hotel Lobby Lounge (1440 Ocean Drive)
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Betsy Lobby Salon, Beau Cornelius, solo jazz piano

1st May: Ocean Drive Promenade (Lummus Park at 14th place)
5 p.m. – Ocean Drive Promenade, Danny Mixon Trio with spoken word artist Rebecca Butterfly
Vaughns and singer Carole Ann Taylor. Presented with the support of the Ocean Drive Association.


This month-long program of 46 events for The Betsy Hotel’s 10th Annual Overture to Overtown (OTO) Jazz Festival pays homage to the historic ties between South Florida jazz and the National Historic Jazz Circuit that brought musicians who played in Harlem to New York to The Harlem of the South (AKA Overtown).

The culminating programs from April 29 to May 1, featuring Harlem legacy jazz pianist Danny Mixon, will take place at the Betsy-South Beach, Red Rooster in Overtown, Ocean Drive. The 10th Annual Betsy OTO Festival was co-produced by famed jazz singer Carole Ann Taylor and Dr. Deborah Briggs, Vice President of Arts and Community at The Betsy Hotel, with guidance from a Community Advisory Committee and support many global jazz sponsors/peers celebrating International Jazz Day on April 30 and National Jazz Appreciation Month (April 1-30, 2022)

#jazzatthebetsy, #jazzappreciationmonth, #jazzday

Enjoy the smooth jazz music: Festival preview and performers are listed here: https://www.thebetsyhotel.com/overture-to-overtown

Video Highlights:

Cultured Focus Magazine is proud to highlight some of the talented artists who will be performing during the festival. Watch the video here!

Hotel Betsy

Tribute to Miami South Harlem (Overtown) and New York Harlem

About Besty Hotel:

The Betsy Hotel is a family-friendly luxury hotel located at the quiet end of Miami Beach’s iconic Ocean Drive. A beachfront gem honored by Travel + Leisure as one of the best hotels in the world, the Betsy’s exquisitely designed indoor and outdoor spaces host rotating art and photography exhibitions in nine public galleries, from jazz to live nine times a week, an artist residency program, classical music pop-ups, a large library and in-room book collections.

Special design touches include a rooftop pool with 360-degree views suspended in the air, an orb-shaped flyover (hailed as a groundbreaking piece of Miami Beach public art), a sculptural Poetry Rail honoring blacksmiths from Langston Hughes to Muhammad Ali, and special projects like TransArt and Escribe Aqui/Write Here that celebrate community through the arts.

The Betsy’s Overture to Overtown Jazz Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary in April 2002. The Betsy Hotel, owned and operated by the Plutzik Goldwasser family, is located at 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, in the heart of the Art Deco District.



Ada J. Kenney