James L. Knight Center in Downtown Miami. October 13th, 2007. 8:00 p.m.
A double bill of Afro-Caribbean Jazz, starring Omar Sosa's Afreecanos Quartet and Jerry Gonzalez and The Fort Apache Band, marks Hispanic Heritage Month at Carnival Center for the Performing Arts. These two great musicians and their bands come together in the acoustically brilliant John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall on Saturday, October 13th at 8:00 p.m.
One of the most versatile jazz artists on the scene today, Omar Sosa is a composer, arranger, producer, pianist, percussionist, and bandleader who mixes his Cuban roots with tastes of bebop, free jazz, even hip-hop and electronica, into a strikingly fresh and spicy modern stew. Sosa’s new Afreecanos ensemble features Cuban drummer Julio Barreto, Mozambican electric bassist Childo Tomas, and Senegalese vocalist Mola Sylla. The ensemble fuses the folkloric with the contemporary, the tribal with the urban – all with a Latin jazz heart.
Jerry Gonzalez and The Fort Apache Band, one of the most influential modern Afro-Caribbean jazz groups of the past 30 years, take over the Knight Concert Hall with their blend of complex Latin rhythms and impeccable jazz improvisations. As noted in the New York Times, "A Fort Apache tune may start out swinging with the feel of the drummer Art Blakey, then move into a Cuban guaganco, then take on a shuffle, then return to swing."
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