For Immediate Release
February 09, 2011
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Melissa Agudelo
Circle of One Marketing


Festival to be officially renamed "The 6th Annual Jazz in the Gardens hosted by Michael Baisden" March 19th & 20th, 2011 @ SunLife Stadium

(BLACK PR WIRE) (February 09, 2011) (Miami, FL) – The “Jazz in the Gardens” super concert, in six short years, established itself as the "must-attend” annual jazz/R&B music festival and this year is adding even more star power to its roster. The City of Miami Gardens is thrilled to announce nationally syndicated radio personality, Michael Baisden, will be the official host of the 2011 festival. The new name is “The 6th Annual Jazz in the Gardens hosted by Michael Baisden”. Organizers believe Baisden’s expansive national reach and style embodies the energetic, positive and progressive vibe the festival exudes.

“It’s very exciting to have renowned radio personality and author, Michael Baisden host the City of Miami Garden’s 6th Annual Jazz in the Gardens music festival. I know everyone at Jazz in the Gardens will enjoy his participation and the positive energy he generates. He will be the show within the show,” said Shirley Gibson, Mayor of the City of Miami Gardens.

National radio personality, bestselling author and late night TV talk show host, Baisden is known as one of the “baddest men on the mic!” He began his career in 2003 when 98.7 FM in New York City offered him a position as the afternoon drive-time host and within six months the afternoon drive ratings soared from number 9 to number 1. That same year, Baisden attained the first of many career milestones by launching a nationally syndicated radio show after just 8 months on the air.

When Baisden isn’t hosting one of the hottest shows on the radio, he uses his vibrant personality to entertain, enlighten and educate. He spearhead the famous Jena 6 march in Louisiana; coordinated events during the 2008 successful presidential election of Barack Obama; launched social initiatives to promote country-wide mentoring campaigns; and created the Michael Baisden Foundation, to which he donated $350,000 of his own money to kick-off a 76 city tour, the” One Million Mentors” national campaign focusing on mentorship, education, literacy and technology. He also partnered with TV One to host “Baisden After Dark.” Most recently, Baisden produced, wrote and directed a ground breaking documentary titled “Do Women Know What They Want.”

Baisden will join a star-studded line-up includes: Ms. Lauryn Hill, Charlie Wilson, Al Jarreau, Gladys Knight, EnVogue, El DeBarge, Lalah Hathaway, Branford Marsalis and former New Edition members Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant. Miami’s homegrown star, DJ Irie will also be a part of the two-day music festival.

For more information about the 6th Annual "Jazz in the Gardens," please call the general hotline at (877)-640-5299 or visit Sponsorship requests should be directed to Roane Consulting Group at (804)-506-4020 or Food and merchandise vendor requests should be sent to All media inquiries should be directed to Circle of One Marketing at (305) 576-3790

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 110,000, 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 and Hispanic residents. The City hosted the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl, the 2010 NFL Pro Bowl™ and Super Bowl XLIV™. This is the second time that the City has hosted the Super Bowl under Mayor Shirley Gibson’s Leadership. Recently the City of Miami Gardens dropped 5 places from 35th in crimes being committed in metropolitan areas to 40th in the nation according to CQ Press of Washington, D.C., who publishes the annual Crime in Metropolitan American report. The City attributes this achievement to its successful implementation of its own Police Department. To learn more about the City of Miami Gardens, go to