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Mario Adnet, Elio Villafranca at JALC



Mario Adnet, Elio Villafranca at JALC

Sounds of Brazil: Mario Adnet

February 20-22, 2015
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola – Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC – Broadway and 60th Street, 5th Floor
Set Times: 7:30 & 9:30pm Nightly / 11:30pm Tuesday-Saturday
Reserve by phone: 212-258-9595 / In person after 6pm / daily at the club

With Mario Adnet, guitar; Duduka Da Fonseca, drums; Eduardo Belo, bass; Vitor Gonçalves, piano; Billy Drewes, reeds.

Composer, arranger, producer, and guitarist Mario Adnet is a Grammy® Award-winning musician and frequent contender at major events like the Latin Grammy® Awards, Brazilian Music Awards, and more. While music speaks more loudly than awards, the diversity of his wins and nominations – including Best Classical Album, Best Crossover Album, and Best Arranger – shed light on the depth of his talent. Adnet’s compositions have been recorded by artists like Charlie Byrd, Chuck Mangione, and Lisa Ono, and Antionio Carlos Jobim recorded one of Adnet’s arrangements on his final (Grammy® Award-winning) album. This all goes to say that, in addition to being quite the guitarist, Adnet will bring some very high quality material to these performances. His band includes some Jazz at Lincoln Center favorites who have performed to sold-out audiences in our multiple venues.

Elio Villafranca’s World Premiere: “Cinqué – Music of the Caribbean” w Special Guests Jon Faddis and Leyla McCalla

February 20-21, 2015
The Appel Room – Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC – Broadway and 60th Street
Set Times: Friday, Feb 20 at 9:30pm / Saturday, Feb 21 at 7:00pm
Box Office: Broadway and 60th Street, Ground Floor
Hours: Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm / Sun, 12pm-6pm
CenterCharge: 212-721-6500

Elio Villafranca brings an all-star band with special guest Jon Faddis into The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center on February  20-21 for the world premiere of “Cinqué – Music of the Caribbean.”

“This is my largest musical work to date,” exclaims the Cuban composer and piano virtuoso. “I have been integrating the roots of the Cuban Congolese tradition that I grew up with as a child into my music, with my training in classical music and also with my inspiration and interest in the entire Caribbean Diaspora. Since I come from a Congolese area (the Tambor Yuka community of Cuba), I wanted to explore all of those traditions in a much broader way.”

To help Elio realize his dream within his new suite are the following master musicians: Jon Faddis (trumpet), Leyla McCalla (vocals), Vincent Herring (alto sax/flute), Steve Turre (trombone), Greg Tardy (tenor sax), Michele Wright (bass clarinet/clarinet), Gregg August (bass), Willie Jones III (drums) and Arturo Stable (percussion).

Villafranca’s world premiere of Cinqué – Music of the Caribbean, is inspired by the African slave Cinqué, who led the rebellion aboard the ship Amistad in 1839 on his voyage to Cuba. “I chose five islands with five stories: Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Jamaica and Santa Domingo. This suite reflects the entire range of my upbringing as a musician in the Caribbean and in Cuba,” says Villafranca.


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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