Latin Jazz events at the 2009 Stanford Jazz Festival.



Stanford Jazz Festival presents Gonzalo Rubalcaba, solo piano

When: Saturday, June 27, 8 PM

Where: Campbell Recital Hall, Braun Music Center, 541 Lasuen Mall Stanford, CA 94305-3076

Pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba's playing combines advanced musical concepts and formidable technique with emotional immediacy and hypnotizing grooves. Born in Havana, Rubalcaba grew up surrounded by Cuban musical heritage; his father was a pianist whose home was a gathering place for prominent Cuban musicians. Rigorous classical study and a passion for American jazz further shaped his artistic growth, and he was performing extensively in Cuba and at festivals around the world by 1986, when a chance meeting in Havana with bassist Charlie Haden opened the door for him to reach audiences in the United States. Blown away by Rubalcaba's playing, Haden helped him secure a contract with Blue Note Records. Rubalcaba's recordings have earned multiple Grammy awards, and as a performer he is in constant demand, leading his own groups and collaborating on a dazzling variety of projects with artists like Haden, Joe Lovano, Dave Holland and Chucho Valdez. Rubalcaba's exciting new program of solo piano music is a new step on his artistic mission to express the beauty and vitality of Cuban musical culture in a contemporary international context.


Inside Jazz: Cuban Jazz Piano from Yesterday to Today

Speaker: Jesse Chuy Varela, Music Director KCSM Jazz Radio 91.1 7 pm, free with concert ticket

Stanford Jazz Festival presents Dafnis Prieto Si o Si Quartet: Peter Apfelbaum, tenor saxophone; Manuel Valora, piano; Armando Gola, bass; Dafnis Prieto, drums

When: Sunday, June 28, 7:30 PM

Where: Campbell Recital Hall, Braun Muslo Center, 541 Lasuen Mall

Stanford, CA 94305-3076

Dafnis Prieto's first appearance at the Stanford Jazz Festival in the late 1990s is already the stuff of legend. Performing with Yosvany Terry and Columna B, the young Cuban drummer blew listeners away with his amazing musicianship, versatility, and propulsive rhythmic energy. In 1999 Prieto relocated to New York, where he has had an equally enthusiastic reception, quickly establishing himself as one of the city's most innovative and prolific drummers. He has performed and recorded with artists including Henry Threadgill, Steve Coleman, Eddie Palmieri, and Rey Hargrove. The rhythmic precision of his drumming is breathtaking, and his virtuosity is always in service to the music...

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