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Afro-Cuban All Stars on Fire
Four Nights in LA Beginning Tonight - Phoenix on Sunday
The current incarnation of Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars may be the best in its legendary, star-studded 20-year history. They'll be in LA at the Catalina Bar & Grill tonight through Saturday and in Phoenix on Sunday.
De Marcos quipped that when he started the band he was the youngest member, surrounded by octogenarian legends. Now he's the oldest and he's assembled a blazing hot young band that's as much about innovation as celebrating the past.
Tany Allende, Caleb Michel, Asley Rosell, Marcos Crego, Jiovanni Cofiño
The rhythm section is tight, intense and never too loud - with de Marcos' daughter Gliceria on vibes and synth, ex-Klímax pianist Marcos Crego, ex-Revé musical director Jiovanni Cofiño on bass and a stunning young rhythm section with Arizona-born Caleb Michel on timbales, Tany Allende on congas and newcomer Asley Rosell on bongó.
Juan de Marcos
De Marcos has become an excellent singer and now uses only one additional lead vocalist, Emilio Suárez, who's also started contributing original compositions.
Juan de Marcos, Laura Lydia González
But what continually blows me away about this band is the horn section. While finding a spot in the band for his younger daughter Laura, de Marcos hit on an idea that works so brilliantly it's a wonder that no other bands have adopted it. Placing a bass clarinet below three trumpets creates a completely unique sound and an ensemble capable of sounding as in tune as three trombones, and as ferocious as the agile, but often unruly combination of trumpets and saxes.
Laura Lydia González
Laura Lydia González combines the accuracy and perfect intonation of a classical player with the bite and rhythmicattack of a percussionist. She also solos on the standard Bb clarinet as I've never heard it played - almost reinventing the instrument. The traditionally straight-laced clarinet tends to be more accurate but less expressive than the sax, but Laura plays with a wailing, soaring tone that sounds more like a soulful trumpet. If you're anywhere near LA or Phoenix don't miss this one.
Juan de Marcos, Emilio Suárez, Laura González, Gliceria González
Some Upcoming Events in San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Chicago
I. San Francisco and Santa Cruz:
Omar Sosa will have a 4-night residency with different guests on different nights at SF Jazz Thursday-Sunday, April 20-23. His Cuarteto AfroCubano, John Santos, percussionist Mino Cinelu , who started his career with Miles Davis, GRAMMY® -winning trumpter Joo Kraus and Yosvany Terry are among the guests during the residency, and the final night includes Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu and Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu. The trio has played extensively in Europe, but this concert is their debut in North America.
Omar will also be at Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz with Gurtu and Fresu on Monday, April 24.
For more details about the San Francisco concerts, click here.
For more details about the Kuumbwa concerts, click here.
Also in Santa Cruz, Juan De Marcos & The Afro Cuban All-Stars will be at Kuumbwa on Monday, April 17. Full details here.
And in Chicago......
1. Movie Night!
Ya no es antes, a feature film by Lester Hamlet , in addition to having already won some awards as a film, features a soundtrack with music by Harold López-Nussa , Kelvis Ochoa and Haila . At the AMC River East 21 Friday April 21- Sunday 23. The director, Lester Hamlet, who already has an impressive body of other work, will be present for all three screenings.Complete details here .
2. Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro concerts
Two of them coming up on May 1 and 2 - full details at Hothouse.net
3. Roberto Fonseca in a television program taping with a live audience at WTTW Friday, May 5
Live taping of The Experience features an interview with Roberto followed by a performance and an autograph session. Full details here .
Bamboleo Tour Starts Today
Happy Birthday Lazarito!
Congratulations to Lazarito Valdés' who celebrates his birthday today which also happens to be the first concert of the Europe 2017 Spring tour for Bamboleo, tonight in Strasbourg, France at the Cubahinama festival. The tour will take them to France, Italy, England, Switzerland, Tunisia and Serbia. Click here for the list of concert dates .
Felicitaciones a Lazarito Valdés en la ocasión de su cumpleaños, que también es el día del primer concierto de la gira de Europa 2017 para Bamboleo, que empieza esta noche en Estrasburgo, Francia, en el festival Cubahinama. La gira los llevará a Francia, Italia, Inglaterra, Suiza, Túnez y Serbia. Dale clic aquí para ver la lista de conciertos.
Seria de JAZZ AFRO-CARIBEÑO en SUBROSA Nueva York
Ícono del piano EDDIE PALMIERI presenta
Eddie Palmieri Presents Afro-Caribbean Jazz Mondays
New York City gets a heavy Latin Jazz boost with the announcement of "Eddie Palmieri Presents Afro-Caribbean Jazz Mondays", a new series of musical performances, beginning April 17th running through August 14th, 2017 (every Monday) @ 8pm & 10pm at SUBROSA, located at 63 Gansevoort St, in New York City.
Eddie Palmieri Quintet w/ Sp.Invited Guest Joe Locke
Monday, April 17th, 2017 @ 8pm & 10pm
Eddie Palmieri, a restless, yet instinctive artist, embraces the future of his music by unapologetically blazing a distinctive musical path to the delight of fans across the globe. With a musical career that spans over 50 years as a pianist, bandleader and composer of Salsa and Latin jazz, the ten time Grammy® Award winner was honored in 2013 with the NEA Jazz Masters Award, the nation’s highest honor in jazz, recognizing him as a true American musical icon. Palmieri’s new album, “Sabiduria” (Wisdom), will be released in April 2017. “Sabiduria” is a fusion of Jazz, funk and Latin, fused with Afroworld rhythms. Palmieri continues to innovate, and new music will be released in successive volumes commemorating his 80th year along with a tour entitled “EP @ 80.” Palmieri has mentored and toured with countless musicians, many of whom have become leaders in their own right. This celebratory performance will be a mini-reunion for Palmieri’s school of music, featuring over a dozen esteemed vocalists and instumentalists – with an extensive Latin rhythm section including congas, timbales, bongos and maracas. A true powerhouse of brilliance, known for his astute arranging skills and historic compositions, Eddie Palmieri has shown that time is infinite with respect to his repertoire as he continues to thrill audiences throughout the world with his legendary style.
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