Atlanta Jazz Festival 2012 Preview – Mushy Widmaier

“Haitian Music is, Song, Classical, Root, Dance, Contemporary, Traditional, Jazz and all musical genres originated from the Haitian soul. This variety constitute the Opera of our History.” – Mushy Widmaier

Mushy Widmaier has a fairly unique name and, for a jazz musician, a fairly unique background; as Mr. Widmaier, a keyboardist,  is of Haitian descent.  A mélange of influences can be heard in his playing, from the rhythms of his island roots, to the European masters he was taught about as a boy, to the modern jazz masters of this era, such as Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner.  These influences come together to create a sound that can be at once soothing yet energetic.

Mr. Widmaier has been a working musician since the late ’70’s, when he formed a jazz rock group with his brother, Joel.  He has been a mainstay of the Caribbean jazz scene, for the better part of three decades and since settling in South Florida, he has begun to make inroads in the States as well.

His latest album, My World is a beautiful blend of all of his influences, at times, it’s reminiscent of Pat Metheny’s work during the late ’80’s and early ’90’s.

You’ll get to experience the sound of Mushy Widmaier, which is perfect for a summer afternoon; as he opens Day 2 of the 2012 Atlanta Jazz Festival, on the Mainstage, Sunday, May 27, at 3 p.m., at Piedmont Park. Admission is, of course, free.

For further information about Mushy Widmaier and his music, visit his website

To find out more about what’s happening at the 2012 Atlanta Jazz Festival, go to


One Response to “Atlanta Jazz Festival 2012 Preview – Mushy Widmaier”

  1. […] The day got off to a frustrating start, as the APD, which otherwise did an outstanding job of traffic control throughout the weekend, closed off access to the street that I had used to access parking every day since I first came to the AJF last year.  This was doubly frustrating because this rerouting caused us to miss the performance of Hatian Jazzman Mushy Widmaier.  […]

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