jueves, 15 de marzo de 2018

Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita + Gustavo Ovalles " Transparent Water" in Brooklyn, NY

    "Transparent Water" 
    featuring GUSTAVO OVALLES 
    Omar Sosa, piano  • Seckou Keita, kora, vocals  
    Gustavo Ovallespercussion

    Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 8:00 PM

    Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Avenue
    Downtown Brooklyn
    "a powerfully elegant statement of joy over shared musical discovery…I often imagined Omar Sosa lifted up to the Yoruban spirits in the form of a swarm of butterflies. Such is the beauty of his musical spirit.” – NPR

    The celebrated 7-time Grammy-nominated Cuban pianist/composer/bandleader Omar Sosa and Senegalese kora (harp-lute) master/singer Seckou Keita are acclaimed musical adventurers with a rich heritage that spans jazz, Latin and African influences.  They are joined by Sosa’s longtime collaborator, Venezuelan percussion wizard Gustavo Ovalles, who encompasses the polyrhythmic sound of the African diaspora.  They will perform music from their acclaimed album on OTA Records, Transparent Water. Evocative of translucence and flowing light, it is a deeply spiritual recording full of serenity and a gentle elation with music that comes across as an antidote to the world in turmoil. The program at Roulette is part of their first national tour of Transparent Water.

    Omar Sosa is one of the most versatile jazz artists on the scene today.  His musical trajectory traces the diaspora from Cuba to Africa and Brazil, from Central America to Ecuador’s African-descent communities. Born in 1965 in Camagüey, Cuba’s largest inland city, he studied percussion and marimba at the music conservatory in Camagüey, piano at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Música in Havana, and completed his formal education at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana. Among his influences, Omar cites traditional Afro-Cuban music, European classical composers (including Chopin, Bartok, and Satie), Monk, Coltrane, Parker, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Chucho Valdés, and the pioneering Cuban jazz group Irakere. His extensive credits include Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, London’s Barbican and Queen Elizabeth Hall, Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and such festivals as Monterey Jazz, JVC Jazz, Montreal Jazz, Montreux Jazz, WOMAD and Cape Town International Jazz. Nominated seven times for a Grammy and twice for the BBC World Music Awards, Sosa entwines the expressive traditions of Africa and the Americas in a distinctive cosmopolitan voice, articulating a brilliant, joyous, and thoroughly contemporary global jazz idiom and creating a fresh and original urban sound – all with a Latin jazz heart. He received a lifetime achievement award from the Smithsonian Associates in Washington, DC in 2003 for his contribution to the development of Latin jazz in the United States.

    Seckou Keita is one of the most influential kora players of his generation, seated in tradition whilst constantly pushing the boundaries of his art. Growing up in the Casamance area of southern Senegal, he was a child prodigy born of a line of griots (praise singers and oral historians) and kings. He has graced the international stage since 1996, earning worldwide acclaim for his kora playing and appearing with such luminaries as Salif Keita, Youssou N’Dour, and Miriam Makeba. His current solo album, 22 Strings, explored what it means to be a modern global citizen, and yet to live with seven centuries of tradition and heritage expressed through music. The album won Best Album in the Africa and Middle East category in SonglinesMusic Awards 2016, and was recently selected as one of Simon Broughton’s Top Ten Kora Albums.

    Gustavo Ovalles has worked with leading artists from the worlds of salsa and jazz and shared the folkloric music of his native Venezuela with world musicians.  After studying at the Caracas Conservatory, he turned to percussion and traditional Venezuelan dance, visited Venezuelan villages to find the roots of traditional music, and went to Havana to work with drum masters. He has participated in many jazz festivals, and appeared on prestigious stages from New York to Tokyo. Prior to Transparent Water, he worked on three projects with Omar Sosa: Sentir, Ayaguna, and Eggūn.

    Made possible in part with public funding provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State legislature.

     ¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!

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viernes, 2 de marzo de 2018

Pablo Ziegler - 2018 Grammy® Winner "Best Latin Jazz Album"

Pablo Ziegler Trio
Jazz Tango 
2018 Grammy® Winner
"Best Latin Jazz Album" 
Years As Pianist With
Legendary Astor Piazzolla
Ziegler Featured on Univision NYC    
Pablo Ziegler Trio - 2018 Grammy® Winners
The Pablo Ziegler Trio won the 2018 Grammy® Award for "Best Latin Jazz Album" with their exciting release Jazz Tango (ZOHO).  Ziegler, who honed his piano and composing skills working with legendary fellow Argentinian Astor Piazzolla, continues developing the style of Nuevo Tango

On Jazz Tango, pianist/composer/arranger Ziegler presents his US-based trio of world-class Argentinian collaborators Hector Del Curto (bandoneon) and Claudio Ragazzi (guitar).  They play three Nuevo Tango standards by Astor Piazzolla and seven soulful, virtuosic originals by Ziegler.

This Grammy® victory follows a win for Best Tango Album at the 2005 Latin Grammys, along with four additional nominations from 2008 to 2016. It also represents a historic first for the genre of Nuevo Tango, as the first major Grammy® win for a Nuevo Tango recording.  This year's 2018 Grammy® Award for "Best Latin Jazz Album" further highlights Ziegler's pioneering forward momentum.
Looking Ahead:
In March, Pablo's first solo piano album "Solo Pablo Ziegler" will be released on the Steinway & Sons label.

Among Ziegler's upcoming concert dates, two special engagements include:
1) US premier of his new work called "12 Horas" - Argentina Meets Japan on September 21st in Denison, OH at Denison University - Swasey Chapel - Vail Series.

2) Pablo Ziegler Ensemble & Paul Taylor Dance Company on Sep 14th at Virginia Tech - Moss Art Center.

"There's no question that Ziegler takes the tango to levels of sophistication and refinement probably undreamed of by Piazzolla."  --The Chicago Tribune

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martes, 27 de febrero de 2018

GRAMMY® Award Winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra Celebrates 15 Years with New Studio Album Anniversary, Due out April 16, 2018 on ArtistShare

Release show: April 4, 2018 at Le Poisson Rouge, NYC
In celebration of their 15-year anniversary, 2x GRAMMY® Award winningSpanish Harlem Orchestra is proud to announce the release of their aptly titled sixth album Anniversary due out on April 16th on ArtistShare. On Anniversary the powerhouse 13-piece all-star salsa big band demonstrates why they are the “the leading light of the salsa reconstruction movement” (Newsday) by doing what they do best: hard-hitting, no-holds-barred New York salsa that is both contemporary and reverent to its rich musical history.
Since their inception 15 years ago, Spanish Harlem Orchestra (SHO), under the direction of pianist, composer and arranger Oscar Hernández, has earned its reputation as the true voice of the barrio with intricate arrangements and pulsating rhythms that are steeped in the authentic salsa tradition. Their high-energy performances have delighted audiences across the globe from Asia to Australia, from Latin America to Europe. Grounded in the past, but with a focused eye on the future, Spanish Harlem Orchestra continues to play an integral role in ensuring salsa dura (“hard salsa”) is not just alive, but a thriving musical force. “Over the course of 15 years, the consistent thread in each of our records has been the hardcore rhythm, sophisticated arrangements and a lot of care toward producing quality music with high integrity for our genre,” says Hernández.
Each member of Spanish Harlem Orchestra has a significant connection to the authentic salsa tradition. It begins with Hernández, who has long been considered one of the most prominent musicians on the Latin, salsa and Latin-jazz music scene. Hernández’s musical legacy can be traced back to the 1970’s, a time in which he performed with a who’s who of salsa legends including Tito Puente, Machito, Celia Cruz, Ray Barretto, Rubén Blades, Conjunto Libre, and Willie Colon. Later, Hernández went on to become the Musical Director for Paul Simon as well as the orchestrator and arranger for Gloria Estefan.
Along with showcasing the vocal prowess of long-time members Marco Bermudez and Carlos Cascante, Anniversary displays the talents of one of Latin music’s most promising up and coming stars in vocalist and flutist Jeremy Bosch. On his recording debut for SHO, the 27-year-old talent contributes, in the words of Hernández, an “instant new dynamic and energy to the band”. One of Bosch’s brightest vocal moments can be heard on the album’s second offering “Yo Te Prometo” and his virtuosic flute playing can be heard on “Goza El Ritmo”.
While SHO’s previous album featured jazz greats Chick Corea and JoeLovano, Anniversary allows the band to speak for themselves over the course of 13 lively tracks. Standout moments include the album opener “Esa Nena”, which swings to no end while highlighting SHO’s signature sophisticated arrangements, and Hernández’s “Goza El Ritmo”, which will instantly bring listeners to their feet. Other noteworthy flashes include three modern arrangements of salsa classics: the bolero “La Media Vuelta” is reworked in a salsa style featuring 3-part harmonies and a simmering brass section, while “Y Deja” (Ruben Blades/Willie Colon) and “Guaracha Y Bembe” (Joe Cuba/Cheo Feliciano) are given contemporary updates with a fresh flair. On all their recordings, SHO includes some Latin Jazz. This time jazz trumpet legend Randy Brecker is a featured guest on Hernández’s original song “Somos Uno”.
Produced by Hernández and co-produced by SHO trombonist and 2018 GRAMMY® Nominee Doug Beavers, Anniversary builds on the dynamic legacy built by their previous five releases, which have garnered four GRAMMY®  nominations and two wins (in 2004 for sophomore album Across 110th Street and again in 2010 for Viva La Tradicion). Considered “virtuosic journeymen who are one of New York’s great musical resources” (The New York Times), SHO has expanded greatly from their home turf of Harlem to some of the world’s premiere stages including the Sydney Opera House, the Playboy Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, and many others.
To celebrate the release of Anniversary, Spanish Harlem Orchestra will be performing on Wednesday, April 4th, at Le Poisson Rouge located at 158 Bleeker Street in New York City.
Other dates include:
May 25-26 at Yoshi's Oakland, CA
June 21-24 at Dimitrious Jazz Alley, Seattle, WA
June 25 at Vancouver International Jazz Festival
June 26 at Victoria International Jazz Festival

¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!


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sábado, 24 de febrero de 2018

En Pie De Lucha: Miguel Zenón (Benefit Concerts For Puerto Rico)

En Pie de Lucha - Miguel Zenón - Benefit ConcertsTwo benefit concerts celebrating the resiliency of the people of Puerto Rico
March 2 (MIT) and March 3 (Hunter College, NYC)

Miguel Zenón, saxophonist-composer with The MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble and clarinetist-composer Evan Ziporyn
March 3, 2018 / 8:00pm
Silberman Auditorium, Silberman School of Social Work
Hunter College, 120th and 3rd Ave. NYC
$20 general admission
$15 student admission with college I.D.
Limited Seating. Tickets available at the door but advance purchase is recommended.
All proceeds go to the Puerto Rico Recovery Fund
Co-sponsored by MIT Music and Theater Arts & Hunter College
Puerto Rican-born MacArthur “Genius Grant” fellow and multi-Grammy-nominated saxophonist-composer Miguel Zenónjoins conductor Fred Harris and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Festival Jazz Ensemble and clarinetist/composer Evan Ziporyn in two special benefit concerts for the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Both performances will feature the world premiere of En Pie De Lucha, Zenón’s new composition for jazz ensemble.
Zenón and the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble (FJE) were slated to tour Puerto Rico in January of this year but had to postpone due to Hurricane Maria. “We were so excited about this trip,” says MIT FJE music director Fred Harris. “Along with concerts, we were planning on educational outreach events connecting MIT students with middle and high school students. We look forward to making the trip happen in 2019 but we want to contribute something now!”
“Even though it isn’t front page news anymore, there’s still a lot of need in Puerto Rico,” says Zenón, “I’m very excited about these concerts and grateful to Fred and MIT for putting them together. The benefits are meant to raise funds as well as awareness about the situation on the island.”
Zenón has twice been an artist-in-residence at MIT, most recently in 2015 for the premiere of his extended composition for wind ensemble Music as Service, which was the subject of the MIT documentary film Call and Response.
Both concerts will feature the world premiere of Zenón’s En Pie De Lucha, an homage to the people of his home country. “The piece was inspired by the resiliency and courage of Puerto Rican people during these very trying times. It’s a tribute to those who stayed on the Island in the aftermath of the destruction, who were willing to put up a fight and rebuild their country.”
The program also features music from Zenón’s celebrated recordings as well other works by noted jazz artists. MIT Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music, Faculty Director for MIT’s Center for Art, Science & Technology, head of the MIT Music & Theater Arts Section, and renowned clarinetist-composer Evan Ziporyn will be a featured soloist on both concerts.
The Silberman Auditorium concert is sponsored by MIT Music and Theater Arts. Collaborators include The Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College and the Association for Cultural Equity, an independent cultural research organization affiliation with Hunter College.
¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!
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viernes, 23 de febrero de 2018

Nilson Matta SAMBA MEETS JAZZ, today and morning...Gozalo!


@ The Jazz Forum
Friday & Saturday Feb. 23rd & 24th

1 Dixon Lane
Tarrytown, New York 10591
Sets 7pm and 9pm

Reservations Recommended 

Eric Alexander-tenor saxophone
Dave Stryker-guitar
Helio Alves-piano

Marcello Pellitteri-drums
Fabiana Masili-vocals 
Nilson Matta-bass

Performing music from Duke Ellington, Monk, Jobim, Mingus,Toninho Horta, Stanley Turrentine, Noel Rosa and much more music from the American and Brazilian song book.

All this mixed with exciting Brazilian and American rhythm combinations!

2009 Grammy nominee Nilson Matta has been a creative force in the evolution and popularity of Brazilian Jazz in the United States. It was not long after he came to New York in 1985, that he was performing and recording with Grammy-winning jazz greats Kenny Barron and Joe Henderson, as well as Herbie Mann, Lee Konitz, Claudio Roditi, Paul Winter Mark Murphy , Slide Hampton, Paquito D’Rivera, Nancy Wilson and many more. Drawing from these collaborations, and from his work with Brazilian luminaries such as Hermeto Pascoal, Joao Gilberto, Luis Bonfa, and Johnny Alf in Brazil, (to name a few), Matta has developed his own musical signature making him a first-call bass player of Brazilian music and jazz musicians. It’s not surprising therefore, that when Yo Yo Ma sought band members for his Brazilian project, Nilson was the obvious choice for bass. Their recording of two Grammy CDs(ObrigadoBrazil and Brazil – Live in Concert) prompted a two-year worldwide touring every corner of the globe.

A founding member of internationally acclaimed group – Trio Da Paz. Matta has emerged in recent years as bandleader, composer, arranger and producer. In 2008, he released Walking With My Bass, an autobiographical CD incorporating special guests from his long and distinguished career. His next release, Nilson Matta’s Brazilian Voyage - Copacabana on Zoho Records takes the listener on a musical journey through Brazil’s diverse geographic regions–via Matta’s artful arranging of classics masterpieces (e.g.,VillaLobos), not to mention Matta’s original compositions such as Baden and Copacabana which have earned him wide acclaim as a composer.

February 12TH 2013 Nilson released on MOTEMA Records his 3rd CD as a leader “NILSON MATTA’S BLACK ORPHEUS” revisiting the music from the film 1958 and the play 1956.

Matta is committed to passing on his talents and experiences to the next generation of bassists. He is a member of the International Society of Bassists, making frequent appearances as a featured guest and performer at the ISB conventions. 

He has taught at NYC’s Bass Collective, Litchfield Jazz Camp, and has conducted master classes worldwide. As Artistic Director of Samba Meets Jazz Workshops in Bar Harbor Maine (SmJ-Bar Harbor) and Samba Meets Jazz Workshops – Brazil (SmJ-Brazil), he has become a leading figure in promoting the music he is passionate about – Brazilian Jazz.

¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!

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lunes, 19 de febrero de 2018

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque March 2018 Tour Dates

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque - Café Pilon

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque: 21st Century Women – By Christopher Loudon – Jazz Times
A conversation at the outset of a new era for female jazz musicians and Cuban culture’s global impact. (Article previously published in Jazz Times June 2017 issue)

Latest CD
2018 Grammy Nominee
Best Latin Jazz Album

March Tour Dates

March 10 (Saturday): Hugh’s Room Live – Toronto ON – 8:30PM & 10:30PM
March 13 (Tuesday): Birdland – 315 West 44th St. NYC – 11:00PM – BUY TICKETS
March 14 (Wednesday): The Mainstay – 5753 Main Street – Rock Hall, Maryland – 8 pm – Ticket reservations: (410) 639-9133
March 15 (Thursday): Bethesda Blues and Jazz – 7719 Wisconsin Avenue – Bethesda Maryland – 8PM – BUY TICKETS
March 16 (Friday): Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church – Unitarian Universalist, 717 Rugby Road – Charlottesville, Virginia – 7:30PM – Ticket info TBC
March 17 (Saturday): Bailey Hall at Broward College (For South Florida Jazz at Bailey Hall) – 3501 SW Davie Road – Davie, Florida – 8PM
March 19 (Monday): Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts – 1905 Kentucky Ave, Winter Park, Florida – 8PM
March 20, 21 (Tuesday, Wednesday): University of New Orleans – Jazz at the Sandbar
March 22 (Thursday): Snugharbor Jazz Bistro, New Orleans – 8PM
March 22 (Thursday): Jane Bunnett & Maqueque features National NPR Show Jazz Night in America
March 23 (Friday): Scullers Jazz Club – Located in the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel – 400 Soldier’s Field Road – Boston, Massachusetts – 8PM & 10PM


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viernes, 16 de febrero de 2018

Fabian Almazan upcoming perfomances

Fabian Almazan
 upcoming performances
Manhattan, NYC
ALCANZA Chamber Music America Presenters Consortium Performance

Very excited to perform "Alcanza" at our beloved Jazz Gallery with Rhizome, featuring special guests Sara Serpa Dan Weiss + Linda May Han Oh, Henry Cole, Megan Gould, Tomoko Omura, Karen Waltuch and Noah Hoffeld.

Friday & Saturday, February 16 & 17, 2018
Friday 7:30 pm purchase tickets
Friday 9:30 pm purchase tickets
Saturday 7:30 pm purchase tickets
Sunday 9:30 pm purchase tickets
Arcata, CA
ALCANZA Chamber Music America Presenters Consortium Performance

Rhizome will be making its debut at the Redwood Jazz Alliance and I can't wait.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Friday 8:00 pm purchase tickets
Santa Cruz, CA
ALCANZA with special guest Friction String Quartet

I have performed many times at Kuumbwa as a sideman and I am very happy to be coming back with Rhizome.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
7:00 pm purchase tickets
Chicago, IL

Fabian Almazan Trio

One of my favorite venues in the Midwest in one of my favorite cities, with two of my favorite musicians: Linda May Han Oh - bass
Henry Cole - drums

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Friday 8:00 pm 
purchase tickets
Detroit, MI

Fabian Almazan and Rhizome w/ guest artist Sara Serpa

Last year, Rhizome had its debut performance at the Detroit Symphony Hall. It was one of our most memorable performances and I couldn't be happier to be coming back. We will be graced with Sara Serpa's mellifluous voice.

Friday, April 13, 2018

¡¡Viva The Latin Jazz!!

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