South Florida Dominican Jazz Fest
Oct 19, 2012 07:00 PM - 11:59 PM
The South Florida Dominican Jazz Fest is a multicultural event that will unite the best Jazz that is currently being made by musicians in the Dominican Republic as well as Dominicans living abroad.
On Friday, October 19th, Miami will witness the Jazz proposals from the land that gave Merengue & Bachata to the rest of the world. Exciting presentations by two groups that are based in the Dominican Republic and New York City. They will play various genres of Jazz in fusions with the rich native rhythms of the Dominican Republic.
From Miami, hosting and opening:
Alejandro Vargas “Colita” y su Caribbean Jazz, a quartet of experienced musicians, who under the leadership of "Colita" Vargas, will give jazz lovers, the rhythms of merengue and bachata in Swing time. This will be the debut of Caribbean Jazz, but "Colita" has played - with other notable musicians, including Jose Antonio Molina, Jorge Taveras, Bertico Sosa, Manuel Tejada - different venues in the world. The accompanying musicians are: Jose Emilio Valenzuela (drums), Eduardo Sama (bass) and Rubiel Cabrera (tenor saxophone).
From the Dominican Republic
Oscar Micheli Trio (Guy Frometa, on drums and Abednego De Los Santos on bass), blends intimate Pan-Dominican rhythms with many Jazz styles, which in turn give it a warm sophisticated elegant mixture of sounds. Micheli and his trio have participated in many local and international events alongside major players such as Arturo Sandoval, Chucho Valdes, Giovanni Hidalgo, David Sánchez, Fellé Vega, Néstor Torres and others. His CD Swimming Notes was arranged, produced, and partially written by Micheli.
From New York and closing the Fest is:
Alex Diaz & his Merengue Jazz is a quintet of very well known jazz musicians from New York, under the leadership of Dominican Conga player Alex Diaz. Alex has played with Tito Puente, Mario Rivera, Mario Bauzá, Dizzy Gillespie and many more. His format is marrying jazz and merengue in a very tasteful way – taking jazz standards into merengue rhythms and tempos, and vice-versa. Their latest album – Beyond 145th Street – has received excellent reviews (see AAJ
The venue chosen for the event is CUBAOCHO Art & Research Center, a rich hispanic heritage will surround a beautiful evening of Jazz which will make it into the ideal scenario for the concert. All this will make it a prime place for sponsors to strut their wares.
Cubaocho Arts & Research Center
United States of America
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