06/17/13 By Kimberly Chmura
KCC Productions and the Museum of Contemporary Art present Jazz at MOCA, with Manuel Valera and the New Cuban Express
Friday, June 28, from 8-9:15 PM. The concert is free for all ages. MOCA is located at 770 NE 125th Street, North Miami.
Based in New York City, 2013 Grammy-nominated artist, pianist and composer Manuel Valera was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. Since arriving in NYC, he has become well known in the NYC modern jazz scene, garnering national reviews and lending his talents as a pianist and composer to
such notable artists as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch, Dafnis Prieto, Jeff “Tain” Watts, John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Joel Frahm, and Yosvany Terry among many others. His 6th record as a leader New Cuban Express was released in June/2012 and is nominated for the 2013 Grammys in the Best Latin Jazz Album category.
Manuel Valera, piano
Felipe Lamoglia, sax
Horacio “El Negro” Hernández, drums
Armando Gola, bass
“He leaves no doubt that he is destined to play a role in the future of jazz.” —Philip Van Vleck, Billboard
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