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Ray Mantilla and Ali Bello by Andrew James



Ray Mantilla

Jazz Photographer Andrew James Presents Ali Bello & The Sweet Wire Band at the New Haven Jazz Fest 2014, and the Ray Mantilla Ensemble at Bushnell Park for the Hartford Jazz Society’s. Monday Night Jazz Summer Series.

“Greetings from Bourbon Street, these series of photos are from The Hartford Jazz Society’s Monday Night Jazz Summer series in Bushnell Park, Downtown Hartford, CT. featuring, “Ray Mantilla Ensemble.” In celebrating the year of his 80th birthday, the percussionist showed no mercy and displayed the energy of youthful adolescence, but on this day 7/28/14, the City of Hartford Connecticut, The Honorable Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, presents a Proclamation of Ray Mantilla Day.” – Andrew James

Ray Mantilla Ensemble performing @ Bushnell Park for the Hartford Jazz Society’s Monday Night Jazz Summer Series on July 28, 2014 – Ray Mantilla: Percussion; Cucho Martínez: Bass; Bill Elder: Drums; Ricky Germanson: Piano; Guido González: Trumpet & Flugelhorn; Iván Renta: Flute, Reeds & Tenor Sax.

Ali Bello & The Sweet Wire Band Performing @ the New Haven Jazz Fest 2014, on the New Haven Green, August 16, 2014. – Ali Bello: Violin; Luis Perdomo: Piano; Bam Bam Rodriguez: Double Bass; Javi Olivencia: Alto & Tenor Sax; Pablo Bencid: Drums; Neil Ochoa: Percussion.

Concert Reviews

Stefano Bollani Trio At Koerner Hall



Stefano Bollano Trio

TD Jazz · The Art of the Trio Concert Series

The Royal Conservatory of Music featured the Stefano Bollani Trio & the Roberto Occhipinti Trio on the evening of November 18, 2016, at the magnificent Koerner Hall in Toronto. This was the second concert in the series celebrating the trio, which is one of the most enduring formats in jazz. As every concert on this series, one international artist (Bollani) and one Canadian trio (Occhipinti) were presented on the same evening.

Stefano Bollano Trio

Roberto Occhipinti, one of Canada’s premier bassists, a five-time Juno Award nominated musician who is equally at home playing classical music as well as jazz and world music, opened the concert, joined by a powerful duo of Cuban-American artists, pianist Manuel Valera and percussionist Dafnis Prieto. They opened their set with a fitting tribute to pianist Keith Jarrett entitled ‘Umbria’, and continued with several songs (‘Dom de Iludir’, ‘Que Bolá’) from Roberto’s new album Stabilimento.

Stefano Bollani was joined by Jesper Bodilsen on bass and Morten Lund on drums. A great entertainer with a contagious sense of humour, Bollani is the embodiment of artistic elegance and true showmanship. A charismatic leader who conducts his musicians (in this case a trio) with flair and exuding energy, Bollani plays the piano as a river flows on a quiet valley. His musical ideas are like a continuous lyrical flow that touches the audiences with a full range of emotions.

Photos of Stefano Bollani Trio by Atael Weissman (click to enlarge)
Photos of Roberto Occhipinti Trio by Atael Weissman (click to enlarge)
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