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Herlin Riley Presents CUBANOLA

The Appel Room 2019-2020 Season • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Feb 21 • Sat, Feb 22

New Orleans drummer extraordinaire Herlin Riley explores the ways in which Latin jazz intersects with the sounds of his hometown. Featuring Cuban percussion genius Pedrito Martinez, prolific trumpeter (and fellow New Orleanian) Nicholas Payton, and New York's lively, go-to bassist Russell Hall, the event will showcase classic New Orleans repertoire reimagined and spiced up with Cuban music traditions.

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Art Blakey: The Legacy Continues

The Appel Room 2019-2020 Season • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, May 1 • Sat, May 2

The Art Blakey Festival kicks off with a reunion of elite alumni from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, led by Ralph Peterson—the only drummer ever to play in the band alongside the drum maestro himself. Joining Peterson are saxophonists Bill Pierce and Bobby Watson, trumpeter Brian Lynch, pianist Geoffrey Keezer, and bassist Essiet Essiet.

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Etienne Charles’ Carnival

The Appel Room 2019-2020 Season • 7:00PM, 9:30PM

Fri, Jun 5 • Sat, Jun 6

Just in time for Caribbean Heritage Month, Trinidad & Tobago’s world-famous Carnival celebration comes to The Appel Room courtesy of trumpeter, percussionist, and composer Etienne Charles. This high-energy spectacle seamlessly blends American jazz traditions with the thrilling sights and sounds of Trinidadian Carnival.