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viernes, 16 agosto 2019, 08:05 am

Issac, Night 1

Three More to Come at SFJAZZ

[all photos by Tom Ehrlich] It was vintage Issac Delgado at SF JAZZ Thursday night, with a 13-piece working band from Cuba--a full complement of young conservatory studs, including a wild new pianist, Victor Campbell, along with three celebrated veterans:

- musical director/tecladista Yusef Díaz of Klímax fame

- Elpidio Chappottín, a founding member of Los Metales del Terror who recorded with NG La Banda when Issac was singing lead

- trombonist Ariel Guillot, who began playing with Issac in the late-90s, taking a break to play with Pupy for a few years.

The show was all in Issac's classic live timba style, thus turning the tributes to Cheo Feliciano and Beny Moré into two of the hottest numbers of the night. The songs spanned Issac's full career, from NG (Necesito una amiga) through the torrid 90s (La sandunguita was truly ferocious) and onwards to La primera plana, Salsa, timba y amor, tracks from the new album, and--in true timba fashion--a few new improvisational tumbaos thrown in for good measure. Chappottín played several smoking hot solos with the soon-to-be-famous young lions hot on his heels. The pianist one-upped Jimi Hendrix by playing part of his solo with his back to the keyboard (almost infinitely harder than JImi's behind-the-neck trick because both hands are doubly reversed from their usual functions). He didn't use his teeth, however. Maybe he will as the weekend progresses! [Kevin Moore]

They're back Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Don't miss it.

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viernes, 16 agosto 2019, 03:37 am

Manolito Simonet & Leoni Torres US Tours to Begin

Two US tours worth catching if you can are about to begin:  

I.  Manolito Simonet y  Su Trabuco  are touring multiple US cities from August 23 to 31 as they celebrate 25 years for the band.   Currently-announced dates and locales are

August 23, 2019 - Miami, FL. - Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center 
August 24, 2019 - Tampa, FL. - Avalon Event Center
August 25, 2019 - Chicago, IL. - JC Martini Club
August 29, 2019 - New York, NY. - S.O.B.s
August 30, 2019 - Washington D.C. - Howard Theatre
August 31, 2019 - Newark, N.J. - Palacio Europa

We will be covering the the Chicago performance.   

II.  Leoni Torres will be touring the US from August 23 to September 22 and again with a visit to Miami Beach in February 2020.   We will be covering the Chicago concert on August 29 at the House of Blues

This being, Manolito Simonet is already well-known to you if you are reading this, and you already know why you need to go.   Leoni Torres sang with Maravilla de Florida and Charanga Habanera  for several years before launching a solo career in 2006.  His style is eclectic but tends towards Salsa Cubana including ballads. In a addition to his solo work, he has had collaborations with Gente de Zona and Gilberto Santa Rosa among others.  Here is a taste of him with Gilberto Santa Rosa

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martes, 13 agosto 2019, 08:30 pm



To celebrate his new album Issac Delgado is coming to SF JAZZ for 4 nights (August 15-18) with a huge band from Cuba that includes the great Elpidio Chappottín from NG La Banda, Yusef Díaz from Klímax and many other luminaries. This should be one of the most exciting weeks in the Bay Area in recent years.


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miércoles, 07 agosto 2019, 07:20 pm



Elito Revé Stockholm 2019Elito Revé & Ogbe Shé i Stockholm at the concert hosted by JVH Events

ENGLISH: Elito Revé y Su Charangón are finishing up their European tour with a concert tonight in Catania, Italy and a grand finale at Antilliaanse Feesten in Hoogstraten, Belgium Saturday, August 10. They conrinue their summer tour in Japan with ten concerts, from August 20th through September 1st. 

2019 has been a great year so far for Orquesta Revé. In May together with Los Van Van, they won the Grand Prize at Cubadisco 2019 for the DVD "Dos Leyendas" - a megaconcert with Orquesta Revé and Los Van Van filmed in December 2017. The Charangón also has a CD hot off the presses: "¡UEA!". It isn't available at digital retailers yet, but if you get a chance to catch them in concert you can buy the CD as well as the DVD, so bring some extra cash.

Elito sat down with before the concert ni Stockholm Auust 3rd, to talk a little about "¡UEA!", the DVD and upcoming plans for the Charangón. Next February they will tour all of Cuba, beginning in Oriente and moving west. They will be back for a longer European tour in 2020 as well. To keep up with the latest info and videos, subscribe to Elito Revé y Su Charangón at Facebook.

ESPAÑOL: Elito Revé y Su Charangón están terminando su gira europea con un concierto esta noche en Catania, Italia y una gran final en Antilliaanse Feesten en Hoogstraten, Bélgica el sábado 10 de agosto. Continúan su gira de verano en Japón con diez conciertos, del 20 de agosto al 1 de septiembre.

2019 ha sido un gran año hasta ahora para Orquesta Revé. En mayo, junto con Los Van Van, ganaron el Gran Premio en Cubadisco 2019 por el DVD "Dos Leyendas", un megaconcert con Orquesta Revé y Los Van Van filmado en diciembre de 2017. El Charangón también tiene un CD recién terminado: " ¡UEA! ". Todavía no está disponible en los minoristas digitales, pero si tienes la oportunidad de verlos en concierto, puedes comprar el CD y el DVD, así que trae algo de dinero extra.

Elito se sentó con antes del concierto en Estocolmo el 3 de agosto, para hablar un poco sobre "¡UEA!", el DVD y los próximos planes para el Charangón. El próximo febrero recorrerán toda Cuba, comenzando en Oriente y avanzando hacia el oeste. Volverán para una gira europea más larga en 2020 también. Para mantenerse al día con la información y los videos más recientes, suscríbete a Elito Revé y Su Charangón en Facebook.

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