GRAMMY®-Nominated Bassist Carlos Henriquez Presents Monk Con Clave With The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
A part of the Ertegun Jazz Concert Series, Monk Con Clave will run from May 20-21 at Rose Theater. The two-night concert will be musically directed by long-time JLCO bassist, Carlos Henriquez
GRAMMY®-nominated bassist Carlos Henriquez has been a bassist in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis for over two decades. After recently celebrating a GRAMMY® nomination for his critically acclaimed The South Bronx Story, the in-demand bassist and composer will musically direct the JLCO Orchestra for his Monk Con Clave concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater from May 20-21, 2022. Tickets can be purchased in advance here.
The concert will explore the brilliance of the legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Monk’s music through clave and swing rhythms, a territory familiar to Henriquez, who in 2018 released his sophomore recording Dizzy Con Clave, a wide-ranging masterwork dedicated to Dizzy Gillespie.
Now, Jazz at Lincoln Center will host a world premiere of new music inspired by the syncopated melodies and rhythms of genius composer Thelonious Monk with an Afro-Latin treatment. This first-ever performance includes reinventions of Monk classics such as “Blue Monk,” “Evidence,” “Reflections,” along with inspired new works. With congas and clave providing the groove, any Monk piece becomes danceable. Monk Con Clave will feature a roster of special guests including percussionist Pedrito Martinez, trumpeter Michael Rodriguez, vocalist Anthony Almonte and pianist Osmany Paredes.
Monk Con Clave will run from Friday, May 20 through Saturday, May 21 with a concert each evening at 8 PM EST. Virtual tickets are also available for purchase. This program is presented through the generosity of Mica and Ahmet Ertegun as a part of the Ertegun Jazz Concert Series. For more information, visit jazz.org.
More about Carlos Henriquez
A preeminent bassist of his generation, Carlos Henriquez is one of the first truly bilingual musicians and a rare virtuoso in both the jazz and Afro-Cuban traditions. He hails from the Bronx, a rich musical hub that boasts local legends such as Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri and Celia Cruz, who all played major roles in Henriquez’s musical and personal development. In 2021, Henriquez received a GRAMMY®-nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album, honoring his knockout recording The South Bronx Story. Henriquez has played as a bassist for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis for over two decades, and New York Latin Jazz Culture Magazine calls him “one of the most important Latin jazz artists in New York City today.”
Source: Lydia Liebman Promotions
Dizzy, Chano and Chico – The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall
[New York] – The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance & The Town Hall Present: Dizzy, Chano and Chico — The Original Influencers — 75 Years Later at Town Hall. A celebration of the monumental moments when jazz met the rhythms of Cuba and changed the face of modern music forever. In 1947, legends Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo composed “Manteca” — one of the earliest foundational compositions of Afro-Cuban jazz and among Gillespie’s most famous recordings. In December ’47, Dizzy and Chano performed it live at the famed Town Hall in New York City. Consecutively, composer Chico O’Farrill’s masterpiece “Afro Cuban Jazz Suite” brought together bandleader Machito with O’Farrill and Charlie Parker, among others. O’Farrill’s work to meld modern jazz with Cuban big band continued with his collaboration with Dizzy on “The Manteca Suite.” ALJA and Town Hall celebrate Dizzy, Chano and Chico for their groundbreaking introduction of Latin music influences in jazz.
On January 14, 2023 at Town Hall, the continuum pushes forward 75 years later with the next generation of performers keeping Afro Cuban/Afro Latin jazz alive and well. Multi-GRAMMY Award-winning Arturo O’Farrill and his 18-piece Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra revisit the acclaimed compositions “Manteca,” “The Manteca Suite,” and “Afro Cuban Jazz Suite” as well as new compositions, arrangements and recent works with some of today’s most distinguished Latin jazz artists. Featured guests include “Superstar of Afro Cuban Percussion” Pedrito Martinez, NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Big Chief Donald Harrison, Cuban vocalist Daymé Arocena, trumpeter Jon Faddis, as well as emerging talents trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, percussionist Jacquelene Acevedo, and singer/composer Melvis Santa.
This event is part of the on-going centennial celebrations of both Chico O’Farrill and the Town Hall.
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