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Report From Chicago

REPORT FROM CHICAGO

See our Events &  Reviews Section for an extensive Calendar of Events that shows what's happening in the Chicago area and within driving distance for Chicagoans. See also our Nuestros Primos Musicales page for other Latin music items of interest that don't quite fit in this section and our Sin Clave No Hay Na'  blog for items of national and international interest. (All photos used in this section that are watermarked with the "TIMBA.com" logo  are by Bill Tilford unless otherwise specified, all rights reserved.)

24 August 2014

THIS WEEK:  



Aruán Ortíz Orbiting Quartet.  In Chicago on August 29 at 8pm at the Beverly Arts Center and Detroit on August 30 at The Detroit Jazz Festival.  This Santiago-born piano virtuoso is now an internationally-famous Jazz artist who has performed with multiple names including Wallace Roney, and he represents part of the new generation of Cuban-born musicians that is helping to move the music forward in New York.   The Chicago Jazz Festival may be getting most of the PR oxygen right now, but this is worth attending too. Check out his website, which includes audio samples and videos, here.    

Festival Cubano was a blast - you can read our synopsis, which includes three photo galleries, here. 


10 August 2014

THIS WEEK:  


Now in its 5th year, the festival features a special tribute to Juan Formell on opening night and one of this writer's personal favorite groups, Palo! on the closing night:  For more info, click here.

I was really hoping to tell you that the Havana d'Primera concert was wonderful.  And it could have been if it had been produced and promoted properly.   Here are the unfortunate details, written fairly and objectively.   I would like to see HdP come back and do the concert that should have happened, but never this way again.  Ever.  Ditto any other bands from Cuba. 


3 August 2014

THIS WEEK:  

One of Cuba's most important Timba bands.  I saw then live in New York a couple of years back, and they put on a high energy show than galvanizes audiences.  A don't-miss.   If you are new to this group, here's a taste:

COMING UP:  


Now in its 5th year, the festival features one of this writer's personal favorite groups, Palo! on the closing night:

Cuban-American artist Alex Bia is also on the bill during the weekend:

Fajardo Jr (son of Charanga legend Jose Fajardo)  is also on the bill:

We'll share more next week.  This is a Festival that you don't want to miss.



27 July 2014

THIS WEEK:  

A. Chucho Valdés and the Afro Cuban Messengers at Ravinia,  Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 8pm
A concert by the Afro Cuban Messengers and Bebel Gilberto.  Chucho is one of the Dinastia Valdés and is one of Cuba's premier Jazz pianists, composers and bandleaders. Ravinia's schedule page for purchasing tickets is https://www.ravinia.org/Calendar

Border-Free, Chucho's latest album, was nominated for a Latin GRAMMY and won a Cubadisco.

UP NEXT:  

B. Alexander Abreu & Havana D'Primera, Friday, August 8, 2014, Doors open 7:30pm
Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie, Chicago

One of Cuba's most important Timba bands is appearing in Chicago for one night. Expect a few hours of DJs before the band comes on, but this group puts on a don't-miss show. For tickets, see 
Brownpapertickets.com/event/742435

The radio show Sábados de Fiesta, in which yours truly participates, has been featuring some of HdP's music.  Sabados de Fiesta runs on Saturdays  between 8:00am-10:00am central on WCGO AM 1590


20 July 2014

A photo gallery of the Chappottin concerts may be found here

A photo gallery of Chuchito Valdés may be found here.

UP NEXT:   

A. Chucho Valdés and the Afro Cuban Messengers at Ravinia,  Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 8pm
A concert by the Afro Cuban Messengers and Bebel Gilberto.  Chucho is one of the Dinastia Valdés and is one of Cuba's premier Jazz pianists, composers and bandleaders.  Ravinia's schedule page for purchasing tickets is https://www.ravinia.org/Calendar

Border-Free, Chucho's latest album, was nominated for a Latin GRAMMY and won a Cubadisco.



B. Alexander Abreu & Havana D'Primera, Friday, August 8, 2014, Doors open 7:30pm
Logan Square Auditorium, 2539 N. Kedzie, Chicago

One of Cuba's most important Timba bands is appearing in Chicago for one night. Expect a few hours of DJs before the band comes on, but this group puts on a don't-miss show. For tickets, see 
Brownpapertickets.com/event/742435

The radio show Sábados de Fiesta, in which yours truly participates, will be featuring some of HdP's music Saturday, July 26 between 9:30-10:00 am central on WCGO AM 1590


13 July 2014

RIGHT NOW:

Conjunto Chappottin
Sunday, 13 July at 4:45pm, Square Roots Festival
Lincoln Square, Chicago IL 

Monday, 14 July at 8pm Martyrs          
3855 N. Lincoln Av, Chicago IL                      

Two opportunities to hear this legendary band from Cuba.  As the successors in Cuba to Arsenio Rodriguez' group, they specialize in that style of Son.   This might be their first US tour; it is definitely their first time in Chicago.  This is a must-see.  Both days are worth catching; we especially recommend the Monday night show for dancers as there will be a dance floor. 

LAST CALL:

Chuchito Valdes
Thursday, 10 July - Sunday, 13 July
Multiple Showtimes 
Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth
Chicago IL
Chuchito returns in the same trio that he brought with him last July.  That show was a must-see, and this should be as well.  You can see a review and photos of last year's show here.  We saw the Friday night show this time, and it is every bit as excellent.  We'll be reviewing it in a few days. 

THIS WEEKEND:  

Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, Friday-Sunday, July 18, 19 and 20th, 2014
July 18:  Chicago Summerdance, Spirit of Music Garden, 7:30pm
July 19: Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival, 5:30pm
July 20: Celebrate Clark Street Festival

We have reviewed Makina Loca a couple of times in these pages; this group brings a strong mix of Congolese Rumba, other African and Afrocuban styles (including some innovative treatments of Cuban classics).  There are three different Festival opportunities to catch them this weekend, and we recommend that you catch at least one. 


6 July 2014

THIS WEEK:

Chuchito Valdes
Thursday, 10 July - Sunday, 13 July
Multiple Showtimes 
Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth
Chicago IL
Chuchito returns in the same trio that he brought with him last July.  That show was a must-see, and this should be as well.  You can see a review and photos of last year's show here.


FOLLOWED BY:

Conjunto Chappottin
Sunday, 13 July at 4:45pm, Square Roots Festival
Lincoln Square, Chicago IL 
Monday, 14 July at 8pm Martyrs         
3855 N. Lincoln Av, Chicago IL                      

Two opportunities to hear this legendary band from Cuba.  As the successors in Cuba to Arsenio Rodriguez' group, they specialize in that style of Son.   Another must-see.


See the RFC BLOG ARCHIVE for earlier entries

Kevin Moore - lunes, 25 agosto 2014, 09:56 pm