[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.
Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Featuring: Pedrito Martinez, Big Chief Donald Harrison, Jon Faddis, Daymé Arocena
With: Adam O’Farrill, Jacquelene Acevedo, Melvis Santa
Holiday Jazz & Latin Jazz Parranda with Papo Vázquez and the Mighty Pirates Troubadours
(Bronx, NY) The Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture presents the acclaimed trombonist and bandleader Papo Vázquez in concert, celebrating “Holiday Jazz & Latin Jazz Parranda” with the Mighty Pirates Troubadours and Guest Artists Camille Thurman and Héctor Mercado on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. in the Repertory Theater of Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx.
Grammy Award-nominee and NEA Master Artist Papo Vázquez knows that everyone loves their holiday traditions. In “Holiday Jazz & Latin Jazz Parranda” he celebrates and keeps those traditions alive with his band Mighty Pirates Troubadours. Parranda is traditional Christmas music from the Caribbean and Latin America, including Puerto Rico, Cuba, Trinidad and the coastal areas of Venezuela. In addition to performing Parranda music, Papo Vázquez will celebrate traditional Jazz and Latin Jazz-influenced holiday songs. The acclaimed vocalist and saxophonist Camille Thurman joins him in the festivities with her impeccable vocal virtuosity and captivating artistry. Héctor Mercado brings his Puerto Rican cuatro (a 5 double-stringed guitar) to ramp up the parranda celebration. The concert will be a holiday celebration of inclusivity and cultural togetherness, featuring your favorite holiday songs, new arrangements, new songs and more. For Families and For All Ages.
The Mighty Pirates Troubadours are: Papo Vázquez – Trombone, Leader; José Mangual – Vocals, Percussion; Iván Renta – Sax; Rick Germanson – Piano; Ariel Robles – Bass; Alvester Garnett – Drums; Reinaldo De Jésus – Percussion; José Claussell – Percussion.
In Person Tickets are $15 Regular, $10 for Seniors, and $5 for Students & Under 18. Purchase Tickets at the Hostos Box Office at (718) 518-4455 or online at www.hostos.cuny.edu/culturearts. Box Office window hours are Mon – Fr, 1pm to 4 pm and two (2) hours before showtime. 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.
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