Wednesday, September 18 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Valley Performing Arts Center
Featuring Omara Portuondo, Guajiro Mirabal, Barbarito Torres, and Eliades Ochoa, with special guest Robert Fonseca
Since its introduction to an international audience by American guitarist Ry Cooder, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club has become a worldwide sensation. Over a decade's worth of touring has only increased the group's enthusiasm for performing to packed houses and their sound has remained utterly fresh since the release of their debut album in 1997.
The band continues to thrive with the addition of skilled musicians and legendary Buena Vista Social Club alumni such as trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal, vocalist Omara Portuondo and laÃºd virtuoso Barbarito Torres, who are passionate about Cuban music. Each put their individual stamp on classic styles such as the son montuno, danzÃ³n, cha cha cha, bolero, and Cuban jazz. Talented young pianist Roberto Fonseca opens the evening with a program of deep, soulful and expressive Latin jazz notes.
Friday, October 18, 2013
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Great Hall
Jonathan Batiste is the founder and leader of The Stay Human Band, a modern jazz ensemble noted for its world-class music, high-energy and uplifting spirit. A talented and already well-traveled ambassador for jazz, this dapper young musician and his band have ignited the New York City music scene and is poised to take over Los Angeles, as well. The debut in our Great Hall promises to be one of the season's much talked about performances.