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AFRO HORN Jazz Jam – The 3rd Incarnation



AFRO HORN Jazz Jam – The 3rd Incarnation

Thursday, June 28th – With special guests direct from Santiago de Cuba: Eliaser Mendoza, Alexander La Rosa & Mikael Castellanos on bata drums & Jesus La Rosa, vocals – Sets at 9m, 10:30, midnight

Guided by voices that sing of a new music , Afro-Latin drummer/composer Francisco Mora-Catlett maps the secret paths that connect avant-garde jazz to Cuban folklore, African mysticism and Mexican Surrealism. All roads lead to Afro Horn, a visionary project that gets its name from the celebrated Harlem writer, Henry Dumas, who described the Afro Horn as a rare object of power: “There are only three Afro-Horns in the world. They were forged from a rare metal found only in Africa and South America. No one knows who forged the horns, but the general opinion among musicologists is that it was the Egyptians. One European museum guards an afro-horn. The other is supposed to be somewhere on the West Coast of Mexico, among a tribe of Indians. Probe grew into his from a black peddler who claimed to have traveled a thousand miles just to give to his son.” – Henry Dumas, “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”

Francisco Mora-Catlett comes to his visionary work naturally: born into a family of illustrious artists (Mexican painter Francisco Mora and African-American sculptress Elizabeth Catlett) he began his musical career in Mexico, where he grew up. He studied music at the Berklee School of Music, and subsequently played Sun Ra’s Arkestra, from 1973 to 1980. He released his first album as a leader, the Latin project Mora!, in 1987and received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to study drumming and percussion with Max Roach in New York City. Mora-Catelett worked with Roach’s advanced all-percussion ensemble M’Boom, appearing on two Blue Moon LPs, 1990’s “To the Max” and 1992’s “Live at S.O.B.’s New York”.

The Afro Horn project was conceived by Mora-Catlett in Sun Ra’s home, during a tenure with the Arkestra in the late 1970s. Afro Horn’s 3rd Incarnation, which is starting a residency at Zinc Bar on June 28th, presents a dynamic collaboration between jazz and Latin elements: jazz is represented by saxophonists Abraham Burton, Alex Harding, and J.D. Allen, pianist Anthony Wonsey, Radu Ben Judah on bass; the celebrated Cuban folklorist/percussionist Roman Diaz on the Latin side; Francisco Mora-Catlett on drums. This debut performance of AFROHORN will feature the paticipation of four virtuoso percussionists direct from Santiago de Cuba – Eliaser Mendoza, Alexander La Rosa and Mikael Castellanos on bata drums and Jesus La Rosa, percussion and Lucumi vocals.

J.D. Allen – tenor saxophone
Abraham Burton – tenor saxophone
Alex Harding – baritone saxophone
Radu ben Judah – bass
Roman Diaz – percussion
Anthony Wonsey – piano
Francisco Mora-Catlett – drums
Eliaser Mendoza – bata
Alexander La Rosa – bata
Mikael Castellanos – bata
Jesus La Rosa – percussion and Lucumi vocals

Cover $15 1st show or $10 at bar & $10 2nd & 3rd shows
Zinc Bar – 82 West 3rd Street, New York, NY 10012

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