(Bronx, NY) Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture presents “Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans with Ada Rovatti & Randy Brecker” on Saturday April 2, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. in person and online at the Main Theater of Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx.
Acclaimed percussionist Annette A. Aguilar celebrates her “Women in Latin Jazz Festival” and 30 years of StringBeans – her ten-piece ensemble named for using string instruments. Together with her extraordinary musicians, Aguilar performs an evening of Latin Jazz, Brazilian music and Salsa. Seven-time Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker and his wife, the acclaimed saxophonist Ada Rovatti, join her for an explosive musical experience. These power-house musicians have shaped the sounds of jazz, Latin music, R&B and rock for more than four decades.
In Person Tickets are $20 Regular, $15 for Seniors, and $5 for Students & Under 18. Online Access is $9.99. Purchase Tickets at the Hostos Box Office at (718) 518-4455 or online at hostos.cuny.edu/culturearts. Box Office window hours are Mon – Fr, 1pm to 4 pm. Hostos Community College can be reached by the IRT Trains 2, 4, 5 and the Bronx buses Bx1, Bx2, Bx19 to 149th Street and Grand Concourse.
Annette A. Aguilar, percussion and leader | Karen Joseph, flute | Nicki Denner, piano | Jennifer Vincent, cello and bass | Laura Dreyer, saxophone | Sofia Tosello, vocals | Eddie Venegas, trombone & violin | Rob Thomas, violin | Rubén Rodríguez, bass | Renato Thoms, percussion | Benny Koonyesvky, drums
Quotes on the Musicians
“Annette A. Aguilar sat behind her army of congas and began playing fiercely while the seven other members of StringBeans slowly filled in around her…the results were spectacular.” – Washington City Paper
Randy “Brecker was at his crisp, fiery best, playing dazzlingly fleet trumpet solos that soared as much emotionally as musically… Brecker positively soared and swooped with the grace of an osprey on flugelhorn…” – The Star Ledger
Annette A. Aguilar: Percussionist, bandleader, composer, and music educator, best known for her Latin and Brazilian jazz band Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans. Aguilar has played with Tito Puente, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Jefferson Airplane, and The Grateful Dead and in the Broadway shows Streetcorner Symphony, The Capeman, and the Grammy-winning Smokey Joe’s Cafe. As Latin Jazz Ambassadors for the U.S. State Department, Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans have toured extensively around the world in addition to releasing three albums and playing at the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, among other important American jazz venues. Born in San Francisco to Nicaraguan parents, Aguilar began playing the drums in sixth grade after seeing The Beatles on television. By sixteen she was performing with well-known artists such as Chepito Areas (formerly of Santana), Cal Tjader, and Sheila E. She studied classical music at San Francisco State University and earned a master’s degree in music from the Manhattan School of Music as well as a master’s degree in music education at the City University of New York. She also studied Latin music with Louis Bauzó at Boys Harbor Conservatory, and with Jerry González of the Fort Apache Band. Aguilar currently teaches percussion at the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York and the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music in the Bronx. In 2004 she organized the first annual Women in Latin Jazz Festival in Upper Manhattan.
Randy Brecker: Jazz trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament/Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa. Born in 1945 in Philadelphia to a musical family, Randy’s musical talent was nurtured from an early age. He has performed with Blood, Sweat and Tears, Horace Silver Quintet, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, with his brothers in the Brecker Brothers Band, as well as a solo artist – winning seven Grammy Awards as well as numerous nominations along the way. As a composer, performer and in-demand Yamaha clinician, Randy Brecker continues to influence and inspire young musicians around the world.
Ada Rovatti: Italian native Ada Rovatti started playing saxophone in high school after years of classical piano training. She studied at the Berklee College of Music in Italy and has performed in important festivals such as JVC in NYC Rochester Jazz Festival, IAJE, Detroit Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, San Francisco Jazz Fest, NorthSea Jazz Fest appearing and performing with an impressive and diverse list of artists and bands such as: Mike Stern, John McLaughlin, Anne Ducros, Bob Mintzer, Victor Bailey, Joanne Brackeen, Tony Levin, John McLaughlin, James Moody, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath Patti Austin, Joe Bonamassa and many others. She released this past year her new recording co-leading with Randy Brecker “Brecker Plays Rovatti: Sacred Bond” and received outstanding reviews and radio airplay entering the top 10 chart. She is married to jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker.
StringBeans: Celebrating 30 years, StringBeans was formed by Annette A. Aguilar in 1992 to perform Latin and Brazilian jazz. The ten-piece band is named for its use of string instruments, including violin and harp. The band is known for its distinctive blend of styles, drawing on Aguilar’s diverse influences. They became popular in New York’s Lower East Side and East Village and have released three albums. Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans have played at the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and many other venues in the U.S. and abroad. They have been selected three times as Latin Jazz Ambassadors by the U.S. State Department as part of its “Rhythm Road” cultural exchange program, traveling to South Africa, Rwanda, Swaziland, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, and Madagascar. In Madagascar they played for the president, Marc Ravalomanana. Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans is comprised of the following stellar artists: Annette A. Aguilar, band leader and percussion, Karen Joseph on flute, Nicki Denner on piano, Jennifer Vincent on cello and bass, Laura Dreyer on saxophone, Sofia Tosello on vocals, Eddie Venegas on trombone & violin, Rubén Rodríguez on bass, Renato Thoms on percussion, and Benny Koonyesvky, drums.
About the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture
An integral part of Hostos Community College / CUNY since 1982, the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture includes two state-of- the-art theaters of 900 and 367 seats each, a black box experimental theater, and a museum-grade art gallery. The Center is a resource for students and faculty in addition to serving the cultural needs of South Bronx residents and neighboring communities. Recognized nationally as a leader in Latin and African-based programming, the performing and visual arts forums celebrate and cultivate the diverse cultural heritages of the Hostos Center’s audiences. Nearly 60,000 partake in the programs each year. The Center is dedicated to the development of emerging artists and the creation of new work.
Support for Hostos Center programs come from the Hostos Community College Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Office of NYC Council member Rafael Salamanca, Jr., and the Office of NYS Assembly man José Rivera.
About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities for nearly half a century. Since 1968, Hostos has been a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. Hostos offers 27 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges. https://www.hostos.cuny.edu/