The Appel Room
Historically a folk music associated with Brazilian Carnival of the Pernambuco region, the brilliance of frevo lies in its evolution, influenced by religion, elaborate dance, and varied instrumentation. Saxophonist Inaldo Cavalcante de Albuquerque, also known as “Spok,” is considered a frevo maestro with an adventurous mind. Drawing from the democratic underpinnings of jazz, Spok uses improvisation as an exercise in expressing freedom, taking this music from the streets of Brazil to the international stage. His 17-member orquestra demonstrates both deeply traditional roots and explicit jazz elements. Special guests Melissa Aldana and Wycliffe Gordon join the orquestra for their Jazz at Lincoln Center debut. A native of Chile, Aldana is the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition winner, the first female to take home this prize. Renowned trombonist and Downbeat poll topper Wycliffe Gordon, a former member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, rounds out this performance of our Brazilian Festival.
October 24-25 Only, 6pm-9:30pm
Frederick P. Rose Hall, 5th floor
Join us to celebrate the dynamic culture of Brazil at our free Brazilian Festival. Featuring live music by Samba Laranja, samples of Brugal XV and Brugal 1888 alongside Brugal Extra Dry mojitos from Brugal USA, and samba lessons with The Ailey Extension (Saturday 10/25 only). The Festival is the perfect complement to SpokFrevo Orquestra in The Appel Room, The Brazilian Duke Ellington in Rose Theater, and Crescent City Samba in Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. All are welcome!