(Bronx, NY) Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture presents “Zaccai Curtis Afro-Cuban Jazz Quartet” on Friday May 28, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. on Zoom, Facebook Live and YouTube. The event will feature a premiere performance recorded from the stage of the Hostos Main Theater followed by a Live Conversation. The evening is hosted by Michael Ambrosino, producer and host of Currents, Dialectics & Dialogs at 33third.org
FREE ONLINE EVENT ON ZOOM, FACEBOOK & YOUTUBE
Friday, May 28, 7:30 p.m. (New York Time)
View on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96171809057
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View on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/HostosCenter
Zaccai Curtis is a pianist and composer advancing African – Caribbean – New Orleans music norms in rapid motion. The Zaccai Curtis Afro-Cuban Jazz Quartet expands upon the CUBOP era, mixing new compositions and classics from Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Dorham to Machito. Through exploration, this ensemble brings forth a new sound to classic Afro-Cuban jazz concepts with their own arrangements – taking the music to uncharted landscapes. Zaccai Curtis is a Winner of the 2017 Chamber Music America’s “New Jazz Works.” Zaccai Curtis Afro-Cuban Jazz Quartet features: bassist Luques Curtis, timbale player Willie Martínez; along with, conga players Camilo Molina and Reinaldo De Jesús.
Dizzy, Chano and Chico – The Original Influencers 75 Years Later at Town Hall
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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.
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