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The Appel Room 2019-2020 Season

Herlin Riley Presents: Sounds of Cuba and New Orleans

What To Expect

  • An energetic performance featuring classic New Orleans repertoire reimagined and spiced up to include Cuban music traditions
  • Free pre-concert discussion about the music and artists at 6pm and 8:30pm

There’s just something about New Orleans drummers you don’t find anywhere else, and you’ll recognize that special feeling the moment you hear drummer extraordinaire Herlin Riley. One of the hardest-grooving, most infectiously energetic drummers alive, Riley breaks down every perceived line between art and pure entertainment.

Tonight’s concert will continue Riley’s exploration of the ways in which Latin jazz intersects with the sounds of his hometown, showcasing classic New Orleans repertoire reimagined and spiced up to include Cuban music traditions. Joining Riley are Cuban percussion genius Pedrito Martinez, prolific trumpeter (and fellow New Orleanian) Nicholas Payton, New York's lively, go-to bassist Russell Hall, and special guests Yusa on vocals, Oscar Rossignoli on piano, and spoken word artists Chuck Perkins and Indio Melendez.

There’s always a homecoming energy when Riley, a longtime member of Wynton Marsalis’ small groups and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, returns to the House of Swing. Be a part of it when Cuba meets New Orleans in The Appel Room.

Visitor Info

Box Office

Broadway and 60th Street

Ground Floor



Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm

Sun, 12pm-6pm




Group Sales



Run Time

75-90 Minutes