Deep in the Ju Ju, Chasing the Train
Jazz, an intrinsically American art form, actually has deep roots in the music of Africa and hence in the music of the Caribbean and Indigenous America. With all that worldliness going for it, you'd think the form would be considered the most popular musical idiom, instead of an esoteric adventure into complexity and obscure chordal and rhythmic structures. Really the only thing preventing the rise of jazz music is an audience, hint hint. So if jazz is to rise to our culture's expectations, that means you, dear readers, have to go to more jazz recitals. If that bit of twisted logic makes sense—and even if it doesn't—give jazz a shot by going to check out one of it's greatest proponents and most awesome representatives. Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Manuel Valera, bassist Hans Glawischnig and stickman E.J. Strickland of the Manuel Valera Trio bring their post-bop, funk-infused Afro-Cuban sound to the Outpost Performance Space on Thursday, Oct. 19. Hear for yourself why jazz is so formidable … and so relevant in today's multi-genre world. For only $15 to $20, you'll come away with a diggable mental expansion that's sweet, sour and sublime. (August March)
Thursday Oct 19, 2017
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Manuel Valera performs jazz.
Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, New York City based pianist and composer Manuel Valera is a Grammy nominated artist who has become well known in NYC's modern jazz scene working with artists such as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, Dafnis Prieto, Antonio Sanchez, and many others. He has released several critically acclaimed albums, including his 2004 debut cd, Forma Nueva, with John Patitucci, Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez Bill Stewart and Seamus Blake. His latest release, The Seasons (April 2017) the second recording featuring his trio with bassist Hans Glawischnig and drummer EJ Strickland, with whom he has worked for the past four years, fuses elements of straight-ahead jazz, Latin jazz and R&B to create a very personal sound with a broad appeal. In a review of that CD, Troy Dosert of All About Jazz writes, "Valera displays just as much interest in drawing from the musical worlds of classical and pop, refracted through the general prism of post-bop, as anything immediately identifiable as "Latin" jazz... and it's a band that can offer beauty and strength in equal measure." Valera is also the leader of Manuel Valera and the New Cuban Express, which mixes elements of Jazz, R&B, fusion and funk with Cuban music styles and he has been awarded several composing grants, including Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works and the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award.