New York, NY – September 27, 2017 – Jazz at Lincoln Center will celebrate Latin jazz across the Americas with twelve performances on all three stages in Frederick P. Rose Hall dedicated to showcasing jazz as a cross-cultural art form on November 3-5. With an artist roster that spans the Americas, the performances will exemplify the diverse roots of jazz and its influences.
The weekend kicks off in The Appel Room with Nuevo Jazz Latino, November 3-4 at 7pm and 9:30pm. This all-star ensemble features some of the greatest young leaders in Afro-Latin music today, including four brilliant Cubans – pianist Elio Villafranca, saxophonist Yosvany Terry, drummer and MacArthur Award-winner Dafnis Prieto, and genius conguero-vocalist Pedrito Martinez – plus two native New Yorkers: trumpet powerhouse Mike Rodriguez and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra bassist, composer, arranger, and educator Carlos Henriquez. This group was commissioned to create new songs and arrangements by Jazz at Lincoln Center in 2014, and it resulted in an eclectic repertoire of new music that utilized the unique talents of each musician. The super-group reassembled for a sold-out week at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in 2014, and they are joining forces again to present new pieces and expand upon the original Nuevo Jazz Latino compositions.
The celebration continues in Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola with Brazilian guitarist, vocalist, and composer Vinicius Cantuaria and his quintet, featuring pianist Helio Alves, bassist Paul Socolow, drummer Adriano Do Santos, and percussionist Marivaldo Dos Santos on November 3-5, with sets at 7:30pm and 9:30pm each night. Cantuaria is a highly respected artist internationally and in New York’s jazz and contemporary music scenes. He has recorded as a leader since the early 1980s, creating an extraordinary body of work that unites jazz and bossa nova listeners though his effortless musicianship.
Brazil-born, New York City-based pianist, singer, and composer Eliane Elias will take audiences on an auditory journey from the music of Bill Evans to Brazil in Rose Theater on November 3-4 at 8pm. In this unique Rose Theater concert, audiences will experience two sides of her artistry across two distinct sets. One half of the performance will be dedicated to the iconic Bill Evans Trio, with a band featuring both members of Evans’ final trio: drummer Joe LaBarbera and Elias’ husband, bassist Marc Johnson. Elias’ Bill Evans repertoire is particularly special for its inclusion of two unpublished Evans compositions, personally given to Johnson before Evans’ passing. The other half of the show is described as a “Brazilian Journey” takes the music through several generations of Brazilian compositions, including songs from Elias’ Made in Brazil, winner of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. In addition to bassist Marc Johnson, the band includes two of Brazil’s finest modern musicians: drummer Rafael Barata and guitarist Rubens de La Corte.
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall is located on Broadway at 60th Street in New York, NY. For more information about the concerts, tickets or reservations, go to jazz.org.
NOVEMBER 2017 LATIN JAZZ WEEKEND LINEUP
NUEVO JAZZ LATINO
November 3–4, 2017 | 7:00pm & 9:30pm | The Appel Room
VINICIUS CANTUARIA QUINTET
November 3–5 | 7:30pm & 9:30pm | Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
ELIANE ELIAS: FROM BILL EVANS TO BRAZIL
November 3–4, 2017 | 8:00pm | Rose Theater