After 12 years, Jazz in the Gardens is still grooving and growing

Tens of thousands of fans of smooth grooves, break beats and monumental melodies will make their way to Miami Gardens this weekend for the city’s 12th annual Jazz in the Gardens festival.

The event will be held just outside Hard Rock Stadium but will feature some standout neo-soul, jazz, R&B and hip-hop acts Saturday and Sunday while also showcasing local talent from the city.

The festival was not a money maker in its early years but has continued to grow and gain acclaim and recent festivals have continued to bolster impressive lineups including iconic R&B artists and soul singers like Babyface, Usher, Patti Labelle and Mary J. Blige, hip-hop heavyweights like Run-DMC and younger stars like Janelle Monae and Trey Songz.