The Appel Room
Elio Villafranca’s Music of the Caribbean
Featuring Jon Faddis and Leyla McCalla
An artist who incorporates elements of Bebo Valdés, Perez Prado, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Elio Villafranca is a leading voice of music today and part of an extraordinary lineage of Cuban pianists. Villafranca possesses a unique gift of conceptualizing projects that fuse the jazz idiom with his extensive knowledge of percussion and Latin rhythms. Along with special guests trumpeter Michael Rodriguez (2/20 only), who recently performed with Nuevo Jazz Latino at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Dizzy Gillespie protégé Jon Faddis (2/21 only) and singer, cellist, and banjo player Leyla McCalla, as well as his band the Jass Syncopators, featuring alto saxophonist Vincent Herring, trombonist Steve Turre, tenor saxophonist Gregory Tardy, clarinetist Michele Wright, bassist Gregg August, drummer Willie Jones III, and percussionists Arturo Stable and Jonathan Troncoso, Villafranca will present Cinqué-Suite of the Caribbean, a debut work focusing on the influences of the Congolese traditions of rhythms, melodies, and dances through the music of Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba. Via this five-movement work, Villafranca will showcase unifying elements of these islands, which share similar cultures despite their diverse histories.
Free pre-concert discussions at 6pm (2/21) and 8:30pm (2/20).
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Broadway and 60th Street
7pm Tickets: $55-$75
9:30pm Tickets: $45-$65