Grammy-Nominated Flamenco Jazz Pianist Returns to West Coast & Select Cities in May and June
Chano Dominguez Quintet To Perform Flamenco Sketches and Debut Piano Ibérico
For over 40 years, pianist Chano Domínguez has been at the forefront of Spain’s unique flamenco-jazz scene, integrating these two iconic, improvisatory musical traditions into a seamless, original, cross-cultural sound. With over 20 recordings under his own name — including 2012’s GRAMMY-nominated Flamenco Sketches— Domínguez is well known for his collaborations with such greats as Wynton Marsalis, Paquito D’Rivera, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Joe Lovano, and Chucho Valdes, as well as his explorations of the music of Harold Arlen, Theonious Monk, Miles Davis and Joaquin Rodrigo (not to mention his scene-stealing performance in Fernando Trueba’s canonical 2004 Latin jazz documentary Calle 54).
In 2016 Domínguez left his longtime home of Seattle, WA to relocate to NYC, where he’s been quietly making waves on the city’s celebrated Latin jazz scene — and this summer Chano Domínguez will hit the road on an extended West Coast tour with a band that brings together heavy hitters from both Spain and NYC.
The Chano Domínguez Quintent features two of New York’s finest — award-winning bassist and composer Alexis Cuadrado, and acclaimed drummer/percussionist Henry Cole — performing alongside two of Spain’s contemporary flamenco greats: GRAMMY-nominated singer Blás Córdoba, National Flamenco Contest winning dancer Daniel Navarro. Anchored by Dominguez’s lyrical, inventive piano, this ensemble embodies the volatile spirit of Flamenco Jazz: equal parts New York cool and Andalusian fire.
The quintet will revisit the music of Miles Davis with selections from Domínguez’s Flamenco Sketches album, which pays homage to Miles through interpretations of his classic 1959 album Kind of Blue. Titled for one of that album’s iconic pieces, Domínguez explores these songs in a reading that teases out the flamenco that inspired Miles’ jazz improvisations.
The Chano Domínguez Quintent will also debut Piano Ibérico on this tour — a brand new piece commissioned by Chamber Music America (CMA). Piano Ibérico won a CMA Presenters Consortium grant award for New Jazz Work in 2017, a component of the Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project.
In addition to these West Coast dates, Chano will be performing at New York City’s legendary Blue Note on June 26h with his trio, consisting of Alexis Cuadrado and Henry Cole; and at the Montreal International Jazz Festival on June 28th, with Cuadrado, Cole, and NYC-based flamenco duo Ismael Fernandez (vocals) and Sonia Olla (dance).
Last but not least, Domínguez will be releasing Chano & Colina, his latest recording for the Sunnyside label, on June 1st. The album captures Chano and his old friend and collaborator, Spanish bassist Javier Colina live at the Sala de Camara del Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid in January 2017. It’s an intimate and beautiful record that invites the audience to listen in on the duo’s extraordinary, decades-long musical rapport.
Chano Dominguez Summer 2018 U.S. Tour Dates:
May 25: SFJazz, San Francisco, CA
May 26: The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), Phoenix, AZ
May 29: The Athenaeum, San Diego, CA
May 30-June 1: The Ford, Los Angeles, CA
June 2: Stanford Live, Stanford, CA
June 3: Winningstead Theater, Portland OR
June 4: Triple Door, Seattle, WA
June 6: Boise, ID venue TBA
June 26th, The Blue Note, NY *With Chano Dominguez Trio featuring Alexis Cuadrado and Henry Cole
June 28th, Montreal International Jazz Festival *With Quintet, featuring Ismael Fernandez and Sonia Olla
About The Artists:
Chano Domínguez (Piano) For over four decades, the award-winning , Spanish-born pianist, composer, bandleader and educator Chano Domínguez has synthesized the blues-based, African-American improvisations of jazz with the dynamic, duende-flavored, Afro-Gitano/Moorish inventions and dimensions of flamenco into a profound and personal artistic expression.
With over twenty recordings as a leader, and his collaborations with a wide variety of stars including Paquito D’Rivera, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Joe Lovano, Chucho Valdes, Martiro, and Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Domínguez has extended, elaborated and redefined the artistic boundaries of jazz and flamenco, performing his own compositions, as well as the music of Harold Arlen, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis and the Spanish classical composer, Joaquin Rodrigo.
His numerous recordings include: Chano (Nuba 1993), 10 de Paco ( Nuevos Medios 1994), Hecho a Mano (Nuba 1996), New Flamenco Sound (Verve 2007), Piano Ibérico (Blue Note 2010) and his GRAMMY®-nominated Flamenco Sketches (Blue Note 2011). His music has been played by many different ensembles and orchestras including: the Orquesta Nacional de España, WDR Big band, and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra among others.
Blás Córdoba (Singer & Palmas) Also known as “El Keijo”, Blas Córdoba is a self-taught flamenco singer who displays an original style of his own, influenced by flamenco masters such as Manolo Caracol, Antonio Mairena and especially Camarón de la Isla. He started out in 1998 and, after releasing his debut album Viejos Maestros, he played at Grec Festival in Barcelona supported by Taller de Músics. Blas is a researcher of the different styles and genres in flamenco. He is interested in its origin and continues to innovate within the genre using new musical resources. His voice (kejío) stands out with its rich natural timber, excellent technique and unquestionable soul (duende). He displays such a great sensitivity and charm in his live shows that he makes the audience accomplices straight away.
Discovered by Chano Domínguez, the Cadiz-born pianist invited “El Kejio” to participate on his album Imán (Nuba Records, 2000). Shortly after, he crossed the Atlantic with Chano to take part in Calle 54, a film directed by Fernando Trueba.
“El Kejío” has accompanied Chano on tour ever since. They have played at jazz festivals around the world. Chano and “El Kejio” opened the 30 Nits de Sabadell Festival with a piano and singing concert. In 2000, “El Kejio” became a member of the line-up of flamenco guitarist Vicente Amigo, with whom he worked until 2007, later on participating as a guest vocalist on the album Paseo de Gracia (Sony, 2009). He has also worked with Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center, Jack DeJohnette, WDR Big Band Köln Orchestra, Perico Sambeat, and participated in Carlos Saura’s theatrical play Flamenco Hoy.
Daniel Navarro (Dancer & Palmas) is a performer (bailaor) and choreographer from Córdoba, Spain with a degree in Spanish Dance and six years of classical ballet. He has danced with companies such as Javier Latorre, Antonio Canales, Cristina Hoyos, Los Ulen (Theater Company), Aída Gómez, Javier Barón, Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía, and Ballet de Murcia. Navarro collaborated with Vicente Amigo from 2007 to 2015 and with Chano Domínguez from 2007 to the present, touring the world with both artists and at the same time working with the likes of Wynton Marsalis at the Lincoln Center, Paquito de Ribera, Michel Camilo, Metropole Amsterdam Orchestra, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Manuela Carrasco, Antonio Sánchez, el Pele and many more.
His recordings include El Viento with the Metropole Orchestra, conducted by Vince Mendoza, with the WDR Big Band of Colonia and Chano Domínguez (both works awarded or nominated for Latin GRAMMY® Awards). He’s also appeared in the films Porque Se Frotan Las Patitas by Alvaro Begines, The 7th Day of Carlos Saurawith music by Roque Baños, the television series, Buscando a Carmen, and the award-winning (Los Angeles Film Festival) documentary Tiempo de Leyenda by TVE.
Navarro started his own company in 2009 with the show Calida Hondura, featuring music by Juan Requena and a collaboration with Vicente Amigo and Javier Latorre. He also has choreographed shows such as Asómate, Un Ramito de Suspiros and Piano y Duende. He obtained the National Flamenco Award “Mario Maya” in 2001 and the “Desplante” in the International Competition of Cante de las Minas in 2005.
Alexis Cuadrado (Bass) is an award-winning composer, producer, bandleader, bassist and educator. Born in Barcelona, Cuadrado has become one of the most sought-after musicians in the New York scene. NPR music says, “Listen to Cuadrado’s compositions and you’ll find every reason to take him seriously.” New York Magazine adds, “His intricate and sharply defined compositions show that he’s tapped into something much deeper.”
Cuadrado’s compositions show a unique voice that draws from the crossover of jazz, flamenco and new music, exploring the confluence of the Spanish and American cultures, as well as embracing a deep commitment to comment on social issues. His recent output is a restless exploration of cross-disciplinary works that embrace poetry, film, radio and design.
Henry Cole (Drums) is at the forefront of a growing wave of jazz innovation and cross-cultural rhythm in the 21st century. With his flexibility, grace and sheer power, he has proven indispensable to some of the world’s most acclaimed jazz groups, including the GRAMMY®-nominated Miguel Zenón Quartet, GRAMMY®-winner David Sánchez, the Alfredo Rodriguez Trio, and the quartet 90 Miles featuring Sánchez, Stefon Harris, and Nicholas Payton.
Cole has also asserted himself as leader of the Afro-Beat Collective, striving to integrate all his varied influences, including Puerto Rican folklore, funk, R&B, jazz and Afro-Caribbean rhythmic traditions. The San Jose Mercury News praises Cole’s “explosively detailed” playing, and All About Jazz notes his ability to “make instantaneous, organic adjustments at every turn.” In a Modern Drummer article, Cole was cited as an outstanding young player to watch by illustrious drummers Alex Acuña, John Riley and Antonio Sanchez, and his visionary approach was highlighted in a JazzTimes feature.