Smooth jazz is one of those musical genres that you hated as a kid. Fact. A parent would strap you into the seat. Your mom would bob her head to the trumpets as she glided down the highway. Do you understand why she loved it so much? Smooth jazz is the epitome of emotional music that appeals to the churning heartache and soaring elation that comes with being human. Jazz aficionados -- or even occasional dabblers -- in the musical field will enjoy Boca Raton's "Jazz Live at MPA" series at Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center's Studio Theater (201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton). On Thursday at 7:30 p.m., you'll get the blues stylings of Iko-Iko and Nicole Yarling. On Sunday at 7 p.m. will be the FAU Jazz Band and Marching Band. Then on November 17 at 7:30 p.m., it's gonna be all Latin jazz and salsa up in there with conjunto progresso performing. The series will end December 2 with Nicole Henry: smooth and swing.
Entrance to the series is free, and attendees are welcome to bring blankets or chairs to lounge on. You can also rent chairs for two bucks each. Premium seating chairs are available for $5. Visit mizneramphitheater.com or downtownboca.org.
Thu., Nov. 10; Thu., Nov. 17, 2011