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Junior Santos at Fort Langley Jazz and Arts Festival 2022



Junior Santos at Fort Langley Jazz Fest

Experience the impassioned and invigorating merge of Afro-Dominican rhythms with contemporary jazz by virtue of Dominican-born percussionist, Junior Santos

Sunday, July 24 at 7:00 pm – Chief Sepass Theatre, British Columbia, Canada
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Special discount of $10/ticket – Promo code: JazzFest2022

Junior Santos – drums
Joaquin Núñez Hidalgo – percussion
Dánae Olano – piano
Pol Coussée – sax & flute
Francisco Luviano – bass

A fresh and exciting fusion of Afro-Dominican rhythms with Jazz featuring some of Canada’s finest Latin jazz recording artists. Junior has had a lively career performing and recording with many influential bands and ensembles throughout the years. His work has been influenced by Afro-Dominican and Afro-Cuban music, as well as jazz artists such as Steve Gadd, Chick Corea, Yellowjackets and Spyro Gyra. As a freelance musician, he’s played with Canadian artists like Laura Fernández, Joaquin Núñez Hidalgo, Zeynep Ozbilen, Roberto Linares Brown, Kalabash and a number of other Latin-influenced bands.

It didn’t take long after releasing his debut album, Conpambiche, to be nominated for a Juno Award for Jazz Album of the Year (Solo, 2021). Join Junior Santos for a musical merge you won’t forget on Sunday, July 24th at 7pm.

Founder, Editor, Webmaster: Latin Jazz Network, World Music Report, That Canadian Magazine. A passionate and committed communicator with a sensibility for the arts based in Toronto, Canada.

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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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