Along with all else in the Cuban jazz scene there is a great swath of veteran and newcomer performers appearing at their own calendars & schedules. There is talent of all varieties to be seen here. We are bringing in the work of 5 – 10 names as samples for you.
Some of the work here is jam sessions and street concerts. In a *great* son jazz jam session, pianist Lazaro Valdez appears with his medium-sized afro-Cuban band & singer in a patio session, with lots of partying :-). Elsewhere sax player Jesus Fuentes appears about 3 minutes into this next video at a mixed-jazz street concert. Tony Rodriguez is on his piano in a euro-Cuban jam at the Jazz Cafe.
Stage and club performances include piano player Rember Duharte bringing some great euro-Cuban music, fierce piano & guitar work with a stage group playing La Revancha. Trumpeter Yazek Manzano and group back a tap dance group on stage, and then are in a club show with their singer, with an avant-guard piece.
Tours and recordings include pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa’s trio on tour in a good piece of modern euro-Cuban jazz. Elmer Ferrer, the Cuban-Canadian guitarist and his mixed-jazz band play on a recording “El mar no descansa.” In the next piece he plays an afro-latin “Semilla de cana brava” on tour with the Sierra Maestra Band. Keyboardist Tony Perez plays with the afro-Cuban Klimax Band at a festival, and then plays a light brisk dance piece with a large group.
This Cuban series relates to the KCSM Spring 2015 jazz tour to Cuba, and to the second tour coming this October. For tour information consult the KCSM site: key “KCSM Jazz 91″ in search. At the home page, look down the right side about 1/3 of the way for a menu rectangle “Travel to Cuba with KCSM.” Clicking this will lead to the tour company site. (If the KCSM menu item is not up you could consult the EarthboundExpeditions page directly.)