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Elio Villafranca at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola on April 16-17
(Published: March 17, 2016)


Cuban Pianist Presents
Cinqué - Suite of the Caribbean
April 16-17
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

April 16 - Cinqué - Suite of the Caribbean at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

April 17 - (LIVE WEBCAST) - Cinqué - Suite of the Caribbean
at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Cinqué - Suite of the Caribbean debuted in The Appel Room in 2015 and was one of the top concerts of the 2014-15 season. Cuban pianist and composer Elio Villafranca now brings this incredible project to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. Villafranca is known for ambitious projects that fuses the jazz idiom with extensive knowledge of percussion and Latin rhythms. This suite is one of his greatest accomplishments.

Focusing on the influences of Congolese traditions of rhythms, melodies, and dances through the music of Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo, Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba, Villafranca showcases the unifying elements of the islands, which share similar cultures despite their diverse histories. This five-movement work is inspired by the life of Joseph Cinqué, a slave born in Sierra Leone who, revolted aboard the Amistad slave ship and gained his freedom. If you missed this special concert in The Appel Room or wish to hear it performed by yet another outstanding group of musicians, join us at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola for a powerful night of music.

The ensemble includes pianist Elio Villafranca, alto saxophonist/flute Vincent Herring, tenor saxophonist Greg Tardy, bass clarinetist Todd Marcus, trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, trombonist James Burton, acoustic bassist Gregg August, drummer Jaimeo Brown, percussionists Arturo Stable and Jonathan Troncoso, and dancer Liethis Hechavaria.

2016 Partial Schedule

February 27 - Morley at Rockwood, NY
March 8 - Concert/workshop at Bama in Tel Aviv, Israel
March 21 - Gig with Morley at The Blue Note - New York
April 30 - Solo Piano - The Burlington Festival of Jazz & Classical Piano, Burlington, NJ
May 9 - Elio Villafranca Trio at Kalamazoo Jazz Festival, NY
May 10 - Elio Villafranca Trio at Battle Creek Jazz Festival, NY
June 25 - Trio - Saratoga Jazz Fest. Gazebo Stage, NY
June 25 - Trio - Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT
June 26 - Trio - Rochester, NY
June 27 - Solo Piano - Rochester, NY
July 4 - Concert / Inauguration of Jazz Academy and first Jazz Band
in Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Oct. 14/15 - Letters to Mother Africa, Appel Room, JALC
Featuring: Elio Villafranca-piano, David Murray-tenor sax/bass clarinet, Billy Harper-tenor sax, Dezron Douglas-bass, Lewis Nash-drums,
Abdou Mboup-African percussion)
Nov. 30/Dec. 1 - JALC Collective with Ulysses Owens Jr., Melissa Aldana, Etienne Charles and others at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Photo credit: Scott Sternbach

More Information: http://www.jazz.org/dizzys/events/168267/elio-villafranca-cinque-suite-of-the-caribbean/

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