Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Bobby Carcasses & Afrojazz @ Jazz Gallery 3/11/10

Wow! This was awesome! I love afro cuban! I believe the entire band was Cubans. I loove drums and percussion and Cuban rhythms. It was great! A little too much singing for me, but I stilled loved it. I would have stayed for the 2nd set, but I've been in a little hibernation mode.

Bobby celebrates the release of CD De La Habana a Nueva York

Bobby Carcasses - vocal/flugerhorn, Yosvany Terry - saxophones/chekere, Manuel Valera - piano, Yunior Terry - bass, Dafnis Prieto - drums, Marvin Diz - percussion

Widely known as the ultimate guru of Afro-Cuban Jazz, vocalist/flugelhorn maestro Bobby Carcassés was born in 1938 in Kingston, Jamaica, where his Cuban grandfather worked as a diplomat. His immersion in music ultimately took him to Europe in the 1960s, where he played with the legendary Kenny Clarke and Bud Powell. According to Patrick Jarenwattananon of NPR's A Blog Supreme: "Thanks to Carcassés's efforts, he - with Paquito D'Rivera, Chucho Valdés and others - was able to launch Cuba's first jazz festival, now the Havana International Jazz Festival. But unlike [others], he stayed in Cuba and taught amazing musicians like Dafnis Prieto and Yosvany Terry, who are now killing nightly in New York." Indeed, those musicians, Bobby's protégés and familiar faces at the Gallery, will join him on Thursday, part of a U.S. tour to celebrate the release of the compelling new disc De La Habana a Nueva York.

According to Dafnis Prieto, quoted in The Miami Herald, Bobby courageously stood up for jazz in Cuba, arguing that "jazz is not an American style - it's a universal style." These are words The Jazz Gallery lives by.

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