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Hilario Durán + Ade Meyi at Lula Lounge in Toronto



HIlario Durán at Lula Lounge in Toronto

HIlario Durán at Lula Lounge in Toronto

Award-winning Cuban jazz pianist Hilario Durán returns to Lula Lounge for a rare solo performance. Followed by a set of Cuban soul funk fusion with Ade Meyi.

Multi-award-winning Cuban jazz pianist Hilario Durán returns to Lula Lounge for a rare solo concert. Hilario’s performance will be followed by a set of contemporary Cuban funk, soul flamenco fusion with Ade Meyi featuring Zamira La Costa and Tico Riverón.

Presented by Lula Music and Arts Centre
Thursday March 12, 2020 – Doors: 6:30 pm, Show starts: 7:30 pm. $20 ADV / $25 at the door. Buy your tickets now.
Reserve for dinner and enjoy the show from best seats in the house!

Please note that dinner reservations guarantee seating so book early and enjoy the show while exploring Lula’s delicious tropical fusion dinner, cockails, wine and beer menus. Reserve online, call 416 588 0307 or e-mail Please note that concert tickets do not include food or drinks.

About Hilario Durán 

A recipient of the Louis Applebaum Composers Award and the Chico O’Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award from Latin Jazz USA, Juno-award winning and Grammy-nominated pianist Hilario Durán has long been considered a leading light on the the Canadian jazz scene. Chucho Valdés has declared Durán to be one of the greatest Cuban pianists of the 20th century, calling him “an unparalleled pianist; composer and arranger of the first order.”

Duran’s work with Jane Bunnett, Paquito D’Rivera and Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, as well as with his trio, jazz quintet, Havana Remembered Orchestra and 20-piece big band have earned him international recognition and lead to many tours across Canada, Europe and the U.S.

Always looking to stretch his creative boundaries, Hilario Durán will perform his original compositions which reflect a wide range of influences including classical, jazz, traditional and modern Cuban melodies and rhythms; Afro-Cuban prayers influenced by gospel harmonies; American standards; Spanish styles, Flamenco-influenced melodies and Argentinean traditions.

This is a rare opportunity to hear this living legend of Latin jazz in Lula’s intimate setting.

Ade Meyi

Fusing funk, RnB, soul, flamenco and Cuban trova, Ade Meyi is the next generation of Cuban music in Canada. With influences as diverse as Amy Winehouse, X Alfonso, Daniel Caesar, Pablo Milanés, Jamiroquai and Mercedes Sosa, Ade Meyi, meaning “crown of two” in Lucumí, the Yoruba-derived liturgical language of Cuban Santería, features songs by co-leaders Zamira Lacosta and Tico Riveron.

Presented with support from Ontario Creates, Toronto Arts Council, Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council. and Heritage Canada.

Latin Jazz Network is a project dedicated to the advancement of Latin jazz and its creators. Since 2000 LJN has been spreading the word about this wonderful music known under the umbrella term: LATIN JAZZ.

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Dizzy, Chano and Chico – The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall



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.

Dizzy, Chano and Chico - The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall
Dizzy, Chano and Chico – The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall

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

Dizzy, Chano and Chico – The Original Influencers – 75 Years Later at Town Hall

Featuring: Pedrito Martinez, Big Chief Donald Harrison, Jon Faddis, Daymé Arocena

With: Adam O’Farrill, Jacquelene Acevedo, Melvis Santa

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