Mario Adnet, Elio Villafranca at JALC

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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.