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Your New Jazz Fall Back : KJ Trio @ Lagniappe

Miami is a fast-paced city. Alive, pulsing with art and music. Miamians party like it’s a job – in the City of Vices, partying can, in fact, be a job.

Trust us, Sunday night rolls around and we don’t want to sit at home and lament the coming Monday either. But perhaps painting SoBe red all weekend didn’t leave you with much energy for another night out. So try on our favorite new routine for a change of pace.

The ever-popular Lagniappe doesn’t need help bringing business through the door. The renovated Midtown-based house-turned-wine garden has a wide following, with live music seven nights a week, a limited but excellent menu, and some of the best wine selections in Miami. Each night of the week, however, brings a different energy, and Sundays just may be the classiest.

A typically quiet night for restaurants and bars, Lagniappe has smartly secured the KJ Trio for Sunday night sets. Founded and run by Costa Rican composer and bassist Kenneth Jimenez, the group plays a majority of original compositions punctuated by a few key classic standards for several hours of fantastic modern jazz. Still an undergraduate student at Florida International University, Jimenez has been performing professionally in Costa Rica since his teens and the US since he transplanted here for a musical education. The young bandleader, at 24, has a natural knack for writing. His compositions balance the sensibilities and heritage of the great jazz tradition with some Latin nuance and modern evolution. Keyboardist Derek Fairholm improvises with exceptional lyricism, a rare talent, and drummer and prominent Miami jazzer Rudolfo Zuniga rounds out the group with richly intricate and melodious percussion.

These guys are energetic, easy to talk to, and happy to play, and the gratefulness of crowd is apparent. The trio seeks no attention or ‘bandstand’ (pun only mildly intended), but always manages to hush the room and garner applause as they settle into their sets. Go frequently enough and you might catch them on a night when friends of theirs visit and step in for open jam sessions. The energy is magnetic as musicians from Miami, Chicago, and New York all feed off of each other, often playing together for the first time in years.

The KJ Trio can be found around town and are hire-able for private events, but catch them at Lagniappe for a Sunday night to clear your head before Monday hits. KJ hits at 9pm.

knthjimenez.com for booking.

Sundays 9-11pm
@ Lagniappe
3425 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137


Roots Meltdown @ The Annex, Wynwood

Nobody recovering from Saturday night is ready for a repeat Sunday – may we recommend a hair o’ the dog and some breezy reggae to help you unwind and nurse that head. The Annex is poised to be your new go-to for lazy afternoons now that Scratch DJ Academy has moved in with their “Roots Meltdown” fixture every other Sunday.  DJ’s New Sheriff, Freddy Selector, and Goldie-Knocks serve you hours of reggae and dancehall curated from their impressive collection of vinyl on hand.

The open air venue offers overhead coverage to keep you vibing regardless of the temperamental Florida weather, while all of the eclectic decor and seating is outfitted by owner Steve Harivel’s other venture, Ace Props (that sofa you’re lounging on may have done some time on a movie set). A handful of taps offer rotating local brews and Estrella as the house special. Order some re-envisioned Italian fare and peruse the solid wine list while you relax.

Now back to the music: for a five hour block, biweekly, the three DJ’s trade off sets to keep the rhythm coming while you imbibe and unwind. Very exciting in particular is the up and comer and Scratch alumna Goldie Knocks, a Canadian raised Cubana who can’t stand still while she spins. Once your headache’s feeling a little better, you might even wind up dancing with her. Be sure to come through to celebrate Canada Day with her at their next session.

Roots Meltdown will be happening again:
July 1st, 4-9 pm, and
Every other Sunday this summer
The Annex
44 NE 29TH ST.
Miami, FL 33137