Dizzy's Club

Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators: Life Stories

With pianist/composer/vocalist Elio Villafranca, trumpeters Jeremy Pelt (2/18 and 2/19 only) and Alex Norris (2/20), tenor saxophonist/soprano saxophonist/clarinetist Roxy Coss, trombonist Robin Eubanks, bassist Peter Slavov, drummer Dion Parson, percussionist (bata)/vocalist Mauricio Herrera, and percussionist (cajon, congas)/vocalist Lisette Santiago.

Cuban-born pianist Elio Villafranca is known for his inventive and ambitious projects that fuse Western jazz with a cross-continental array of influences, including an extensive breadth of percussion and Latin rhythms. Tonight he presents a collection of original music entitled Life Stories. Through tales from his own life experiences, Villafranca will offer a musical and humanitarian journey through Haiti, Cuba, Spain, and New Orleans, as well as a moving tribute to the teenagers who recently assembled in our nation’s capital to protest gun violence. For the first time ever, Villafranca will also present selections of his newest suite—Don’t Change My Name—a tribute to Florentina Zulueta, the queen of the Ararás in Cuba. Villafranca is often featured in The Appel Room, and tonight’s performance is a great opportunity to catch him while he’s back in our most intimate venue.

Visitor Info

Dizzy's Club
Broadway and 60th Street
5th Floor


Set Times*

7:30 & 9:30pm nightly

Late Night Session Tues-Sat

Doors Open at 11:15pm

*unless otherwise noted


Reserve by phone
In person after 6pm

daily at the club

Price Info

Tue/Wed $35; Thu $40